December arrives like a real party girl, ushering in a host of events, shows and sales.

Here’s a rundown of items on my virtual desk right now:

December 1

Meet designers Robin Brouillette, Nha Kahnh and Karolina Zmarlak at a one-day-only trunk show at Julia Farr boutique. View the collections, which include ball gowns, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Late comers can enjoy the wine reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Party-dress perplexed? Try the post-Black Friday sale at Lacy Couture Apparel, where the celebration season starts with a sale: 40 percent off selected cocktail and formal gowns by Gomez Gracia and Hoaglund.

Hela Salon & Spa at the Collection at Chevy Chase is holding a Beauty & Style Soiree from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests not only get beautified with free celebrity makeovers but are treated to drinks, appetizers and gift bags.
Celebrity esthetician JoElle Lyons of JoElle Skincare will be providing consultations while Monica Barnett, the image curator for Blueprint for Style gets your style up to snuff.
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Next up: Two Habitat for Humanity, Montgomery County fundraisers

December 3

Shop at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. when 10 percent of sales will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, Montgomery County.
The bonus: cookie decorating for the kiddies in the Home Department (sounds like risky business) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To donate, please bring your receipt to the Habitat desk on the third floor of the store.

December 15

Head to Rockville Town Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and shop at the following five merchants: Ice Jewelry, Ten Thousand Villages, Red Hue, Marble Slab Creamery and Oro Pomodoro, who will donate 10 percent to 15 percent of sales to Habitat for Humanity.