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09 Dec, 2010

Ottawa giveaway alert: this time we’re going undercover

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

What a week! We’ve had giveaways for movie tickets and candy… and now we have something a leeeettle unconventional, but just as fun. Lingerie. (!)

I have to confess, I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be hosting a giveaway for underthings. But Emilia Kutrovska, Fishbowl patron and owner of Lilac Lingerie, has a self-described addiction and enthusiasm for underthings that I have never witnessed before. She is eager to spread The Gospel That Is Good Underwear, and you know what, so am I, because Looking Great Underneath Our Clothes is a cause I’m willing to fight for. So let’s just say AMEN to that and move on with the deets.

This giveaway is for a set from “Change”, which Emilia describes as one of their more casual brands. It’s not over-the-top flashy but at the same time very pretty and comfortable to wear. Here it is:


Can I get a woot woot?

The underwear comes in a hipster style too, if that’s more up your … alley. ;) Sizing runs from A to G. I’m adding in some clarification about the sizing. Here it is:“… the particular model that is in the picture ranges from a 30B to a 38D. That is the moulded cup. The same style is then offered in a full cup (non-padded) in sizes 30D to 38F. The details are very similar, however the full cup gives added support to the larger cup sizes.”

The bra straps can be worn haltertop or cris-cross style (which is awesome, and comes in very handy with certain styles of tops). If you happen to be interested in kicking it up a notch you should know that there is a matching garter belt and stockings available too, but they are not included in this giveaway. They would, however, complete the outfit. :)

Enter! And think of it this way:

1) Ladies: this could be a great Christmas gift for yourself. And you deserve to look fabulous underneath those party pants.
2) Gentlemen: this could be a great Christmas gift for the lady in your life because we all deserve to look and feel great.

Also, dudes, did you know that you can buy instantly-printable gift certificates right on their website? OH YES YOU CAN.

The value of the set is $74 and includes the Change bra and panties (and as I mentioned, garter and stockings are available for purchase).

So who’s going to throw their name into the ring? Please don’t be shy.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Lilac Lingerie has a Facebook page! “Liking” it is not a requirement here, but I urge you to do so because it’s a great way of finding out what’s happening at the store. Did you know they can host private parties too?
  • You need to live in the Ottawa area, because the winner (or the spouse of the winner) will have to go to the Lilac Lingerie for a professional fitting. They’re located in Westboro at 307B Richmond Road.
  • For your entry to qualify you must leave your name in the comments below. That’s it. Rants, complaints, and stories of bra-related woes are welcome, but entirely optional. :)
  • If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com.
  • One entry per person please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.

I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on December 16, 2010. Please make sure you leave a valid email address, because you can’t win if I can’t reach you.

Sound good? Thank you to Lilac Lingerie for hosting this giveaway!

Over to you, and may the gods of good underwear be with you, always. :)

91 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: this time we’re going undercover"

1 | jessrawk

December 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


How can I say no to an underwear giveaway?!

2 | plastikgyrl

December 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


You’re offering bras that go up to G. That is reason enough for me to comment. :D

(and i’m in Ottawa often enough that getting a fitting is hardly hardship.)

3 | Jennie Maynard

December 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


OMG – a pretty bra that comes in sizes bigger than a C or D? Hallelujah! Where were you the past 10 yrs when a DD seemed tiny to me (yep – I’m not shy and I’m down to a DD from a much bigger cup size post-reduction this year). So excited to see this!!

4 | Melissa F

December 9th, 2010 at 12:36 pm


I’ve wanted to go for a professional bra fitting for such a long time. I have absolutely no idea what size I am, and bras in my dresser range from a B34 to a D36…all different brands, all “fit” to an extent. It’s exhausting, and frustrating, as I’m sure with a properly fitted bra my boobs would look fan-frigging-tastic.

5 | Chrissy

December 9th, 2010 at 12:37 pm


I would love a pretty set of underwear! DH and I go on our first vacation in YEARS (sans little ones) and my wardrobe has absolutely nothing new and exciting (or pretty) in it.

6 | Danielle

December 9th, 2010 at 12:38 pm


Can’t have too many underwear. Getting a nice set wouldbe great for this mommy who always puts herself last.

7 | andrea

December 9th, 2010 at 12:41 pm


This entry is on behalf of Louisa who has firewall issues:

“I aspire to be the kind of woman with an underwear drawer full of lacy confections like this one, instead of Spanx and leftover maternity gear.”

8 | Erica

December 9th, 2010 at 12:41 pm


Another day, another lovely giveaway at the Fishbowl. My goodness. :)

9 | Binki

December 9th, 2010 at 12:43 pm


Very nice. Sign me up.

10 | Krista

December 9th, 2010 at 12:52 pm


Great Giveaway! Please include me.

11 | Joy

December 9th, 2010 at 12:55 pm


Sign me up! I am too timid to go in for a fitting, but maybe one day i will have the courage. I haven’t bought a new brassiere in…. years. My husband would really appreciate this prize :)

12 | sassymonkey

December 9th, 2010 at 12:57 pm


Hmm I wonder what band sizes they come in. I have a small band size which makes finding bras that fit properly stupidly difficult and expensive.

13 | Cari

December 9th, 2010 at 12:57 pm


Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.

14 | A Crafty Mom

December 9th, 2010 at 1:01 pm


Wow, that is really beautiful! I’m in desperate need of a real actual fitting b/c I’m sure I’m not wearing the right size, which has changed drastically from the size I was before giving birth to and nursing three children :)

(I’m actually much smaller . . . go figure)

15 | Alicia

December 9th, 2010 at 1:03 pm


Sign me up! I have no idea what size I am anymore and would love their professional help.

16 | Meghan

December 9th, 2010 at 1:08 pm


Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes!

17 | Capital Mom

December 9th, 2010 at 1:16 pm


Now this is a useful giveaway. :-)

18 | Isha Tan

December 9th, 2010 at 1:18 pm


Thanks for the giveaway!

19 | plastikgyrl

December 9th, 2010 at 1:23 pm


@sassymonkey I hear you! I’m a 32G most of the time, but after losing 10 pounds and wearing all of my bras on the tightest closures, I’m starting to suspect that I may have to go down to a 30 band or risk starting to look like a Weeble again (because that is what short women with curves often look like when we wear clothes that don’t fit right!).

20 | Mel

December 9th, 2010 at 1:33 pm


Since I stopped nursing (well over a year ago now!), I keep thinking I should go for a fitting. This would be good incentive, thanks for the chance

21 | Heather

December 9th, 2010 at 1:59 pm


Love, love, love it!

22 | Liisa

December 9th, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Love that! I am a Jockey girl and my husband has been suggesting that I should go check out that new boutique.

23 | Judy

December 9th, 2010 at 2:04 pm


I would never say no to a new bra!

24 | andrea

December 9th, 2010 at 2:13 pm


Please note, i’ve had to clarify the sizing. If you need to drop out for this reason let me know and I’ll remove you from the draw: “…the particular model that is in the picture ranges from a 30B to a 38D. That is the moulded cup. The same style is then offered in a full cup (non-padded) in sizes 30D to 38F. The details are very similar, however the full cup gives added support to the larger cup sizes.”

25 | Kaitlin

December 9th, 2010 at 2:15 pm


mmmhmm. as a student, there are somethings that I don’t afford myself. new underroos is one of them. and those are some mighty pretty ones indeed!

26 | Michelle

December 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm


Okay,so baby #2 just about to turn 1, just finished nursing… Where did they go… Need I say more! A new undue set would bring up my spirit among other things… :-)

27 | Karen

December 9th, 2010 at 2:32 pm


My hubby would definitely be happy to see me in a pretty new bra and undies. After two kids the undies are alot more practical these days-lol!

28 | Days

December 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm


I could totally use a new set of lovely underthings.

29 | Sonya

December 9th, 2010 at 2:55 pm


I was in Lilac for the first time last week. It’s a really nice little boutique and the service was great! Would definitely go back – even if I don’t win the bra/underwear set!

30 | Hellcat13

December 9th, 2010 at 3:06 pm


I’m with Sonya – I was in a few weeks ago and received excellent service. I had a great fitting and came away with a really nice set for a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it!

31 | Patricia

December 9th, 2010 at 3:16 pm


I have been desperately wanting to get down to Lilac….just have to wait until the baby is fully weaned and the boobs settle down! I LOVE that they carry beautiful bra’s in big sizes. It’s hard to find nice, supportive bra’s that don’t look like my grandmothers!

32 | coffee with julie

December 9th, 2010 at 3:25 pm


My hubby might miss my granny panties, but what the heck, this set looks so pretty! ;)

33 | Julie

December 9th, 2010 at 3:32 pm


Hi sooooooo want this! never have enough for all these sexy boudoir pictures :)

34 | DA

December 9th, 2010 at 3:42 pm


Woot! Free xmas gift for the wife sounds good to me.

35 | Vessy Panayotova

December 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm


Yes, great giveaway! Would love to be mine, and it could be a Bday gift for me as well ( Dec 18)

36 | Roz

December 9th, 2010 at 4:07 pm


such a wonderful giveaway! please add my name to the hat!

37 | lacoop

December 9th, 2010 at 4:33 pm


You had me at underthings.

38 | Davina

December 9th, 2010 at 4:48 pm


Enter me, please!

39 | Maya

December 9th, 2010 at 6:37 pm


Pretty! I like it.

40 | Tiana

December 9th, 2010 at 6:54 pm


Ouu want. Pregnancy has made my jugs into blimps and all I have a grandma bras.

41 | Tanya

December 9th, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Oh my my! After years of wearing “whatever”, this year I discovered the absolutely guilty pleasure, and self esteem kicker of sexy colourful bras & undies. I could shop for this stuff every week! The brighter the colour and sexier the style the better. To ladies who are missing on this secret…even in your old sweats you can feel fabulous with a hot pink bra and matching undies!

So glad these come in “my” size too! Thank you please count me in!!

42 | Jen

December 9th, 2010 at 8:23 pm


“To ladies who are missing on this secret…even in your old sweats you can feel fabulous with a hot pink bra and matching undies! ”

Tanya, I’ve heard this from others….Now’s the time for me to try. Count me in!

43 | Alison in Ottawa

December 9th, 2010 at 9:01 pm


I am sad that my pre pregnancy fancy things no longer fit and all the new sstuff seems to be very practical… is it beause I am getting older or I sem to spend most of my money on my daughters?

44 | ann

December 9th, 2010 at 9:13 pm


I would love to win this!!! :)

45 | Ingrid

December 9th, 2010 at 9:30 pm


Beautiful, count me in!

46 | Jo

December 9th, 2010 at 10:00 pm


woot! woot! sign me up. thx.

47 | Trish

December 9th, 2010 at 11:16 pm


Very pretty and very wearable-looking. Much nicer than what’s in my collection. Enter me, please.

48 | Valerie

December 10th, 2010 at 12:13 am


Please count me in, too!

49 | KT

December 10th, 2010 at 12:28 am


Me too please !!

50 | Sara Horton

December 10th, 2010 at 6:01 am


Count me in for the draw, please.

51 | Natalie

December 10th, 2010 at 9:01 am


Please let me win oh beloved god of all things, sexy, lacy and lovely :)

Thanks Andrea!

52 | Anne

December 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am


I’ve lost some weight recently and my bras are all too loose now. A new bra and fitting would be awesome!

53 | Tracee Smith

December 10th, 2010 at 10:50 am


Glad to be included in the draw!

54 | Kathy

December 10th, 2010 at 10:58 am


Include me too, please and thank-you!

55 | Jane

December 10th, 2010 at 11:47 am


Wow – they have beautiful stuff don’t they?

An amazing set of underwear always makes me feel thinner and beautiful.

Thanks Andrea for sharing.

56 | Georgina

December 10th, 2010 at 12:50 pm


I would love to win this!

57 | Ryan

December 10th, 2010 at 1:18 pm


I missed this when it was first posted! It would be a great present for the wife (which would make it a great present for me :). Count me in!

58 | Keira

December 10th, 2010 at 2:51 pm


Great giveaway. merry christmas to me!

59 | Faustina

December 10th, 2010 at 5:56 pm


Ohhh, pretty panties!

60 | Randy

December 10th, 2010 at 7:23 pm


I’ll be guy #2 to throw in my hat. I like lingerie. I particularly like Lilac Lingerie. Count me in.

61 | Melody

December 10th, 2010 at 7:29 pm


A little somethin’ pretty thats suits me & my inner Diva… who could resist!

62 | Shannon

December 10th, 2010 at 10:32 pm


Sure, sign me up! They’d be the fanciest undergarments I’ve ever worn!

63 | Lara

December 11th, 2010 at 8:28 am


Count me in! I’ve seen the stuff she sells – it’s gorgeous!

64 | Laurie

December 11th, 2010 at 10:31 am


Yes Please – Count me in!

65 | lisa

December 11th, 2010 at 10:36 am


Woot woot! Count me in, please.

66 | Kiki

December 11th, 2010 at 5:49 pm


Please enter me. The last bra I bought (nursing bra from Marianne’s – and yes I was fitted by their staff) does not fit properly and it cost me $100! Crazy, I know!

67 | Erin

December 11th, 2010 at 9:13 pm


Love! Love! Love!

68 | Lucie

December 12th, 2010 at 12:57 am


Yes please, count me in!

69 | Michelle

December 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am


Very pretty!! Count me in!

70 | katie

December 12th, 2010 at 11:39 am


Count me in – I’d love to win this! Emilia is fantastic – she helped me get lingerie for my wedding night ;)

71 | Cath in Ottawa

December 12th, 2010 at 5:29 pm


I’d love this as well – every mum wants to look naughty and nice while entertaining the whole extended family!

72 | Natalie

December 13th, 2010 at 10:25 am


Please, please, please include me for two reasons: a) I am an unusual size which I can only get in specialty shops and tends to cost an arm and a leg. b) I am way overdue in replacing some of my bras. With three kids, it tends to fall at the bottom of the list. Oh, and I just thought of a third reason: my dear hubby who would no doubt enjoy it too! ;) Gratefully yours.

73 | Heidi in Ottawa

December 13th, 2010 at 11:08 am


Me too please !! Happy Holidays!

74 | Mommy Marshall

December 13th, 2010 at 11:14 am


Like this set a lot … Would be a definite upgrade from the Hanes!

Merry Xmas!

75 | Redheadedmama

December 13th, 2010 at 5:25 pm


Would make a nice replacement for my greying cotton briefs :)

76 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

December 13th, 2010 at 7:33 pm


very pretty — count me in!

77 | Marie Chantal Leclerc

December 13th, 2010 at 11:11 pm


I went to Lilac a few weeks ago for a maternity bra fitting. Great service and my new bra is perfect! I would love to go back!!!

78 | Amanda

December 14th, 2010 at 8:46 am


Oh my this would totally help me feel a little bit more like a woman since having a baby who never lets me sleep ;) I had a table beside Lilac Lingerie at Shopping & Sweets and was totally eying her wonderful stuff!

79 | Sherri

December 14th, 2010 at 10:04 am


Lovely! I’ve never taken the time to have a proper fitting so that part of the prize would be really appreciated as well.

80 | Stephanie

December 14th, 2010 at 10:18 am


In desperate need of new underthings :)

81 | Amy B

December 14th, 2010 at 10:23 am


It took me a little while, but I have learned the beauty of a well-fitted bra

82 | kayla

December 14th, 2010 at 10:43 am


delish!!! Count me in!

83 | Chantal

December 14th, 2010 at 5:56 pm


I am in desperate need of a new bra!

84 | Randa

December 15th, 2010 at 4:37 pm


Please count me in! That looks beautiful!

85 | Susan

December 15th, 2010 at 5:05 pm


I wasn’t going to enter the draw because sometimes even a G doesn’t fit me (!) but then I decided that if I win, I could give it to my sister who’s been needing a fitting for a while. Please count me in!

86 | MaryP

December 15th, 2010 at 6:02 pm


Oh, yes! I am down to two bras that fit. The girls are desperate for support!

87 | Dana Mason

December 15th, 2010 at 6:50 pm


Beautiful lingerie.

88 | Sara

December 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm


I would like to enter. Chiming in that my situation is similar to Kiki. Went to Marianne’s. Spent a ton of money. And I think the new bras are even more uncomfortable than the old ones if that was possible.

89 | Neeroc

December 16th, 2010 at 12:29 am


They are so on my list to visit now that I’ve ditched that work gig until the new year!

90 | andrea

December 16th, 2010 at 1:10 pm


Comments are now closed. I will be doing the draw ASAP. Please check back to see if you won!

91 | andrea

December 16th, 2010 at 1:50 pm


We have a winnnnerrrrrr!

Please note: Everyone who entered this giveaway is entitled to a one-time only 25% (!) discount at Lilac Lingerie between now and December 24, 2010. There will be a list of names and emails at the register. Just tell them you’ve arrived via the Fishbowl giveaway, flash some ID, and you’ll get the discount.

So buy yourself somethin’ pretty. Santa would approve!

Without futher ado, the winner is Ann, with comment 44 who wrote: “I would love to win this!!! :)”

Oh Ann, you weren’t the only one. :) I will be emailing you right away with some details. Congratulations, and thanks again to the lovely Lilac Lingerie for this giveaway!

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