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13 May, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway alert – refreshing your basics with Lilac Lingerie

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

We have a winner! Thank you all for your entries… many of which were totally hilarious. :)

HELLO T-SHIRT WEATHER. Bonjour lighter-than-air sundresses. I am so glad to see you. I have MISSED YOU SO MUCH.

This giveaway is brought to you by the lovely folks at Lilac Lingerie. They want you look and feel great, inside and out. And so do I for that matter. :)

A quickie administrative note: I would like to point out that fellow Fishies decided the outcome of this particular giveaway! Thank you to those who took the time to vote on the Fishbowl Facebook Page. Woot!

As we welcome the warmer weather and do the ol’ wardrobe switcheroo (goodbye sweaters! farewell boots!) we must ask ourselves, do we have the right stuff to go underneath our summer wear? And (if you’re like me) are your undergarments from last summer, and, um, the year before still in good shape?*

* Let’s put it this way, if you were hit by a FedEx truck while crossing the street** and it sent your sundress flying over your head, and the incredibly hot firefighter who arrived on the scene saw your skivvies, would you be embarrassed by your shredded grannie panties and pilly bra … or not? :)

** Don’t worry, you’re not injured, just shaken.

Ok. Enough of the what-ifs. Let’s cut to the chase. Did you realize that “the basics” can look this incredibly hot?


Lilac giveaway summer


Me: I like a smooth look under summery tees and I want my underthings to be practically invisible. But you know… invisible doesn’t mean plain. And it certainly doesn’t need to be boring.

I think we proved that!

This bra and panty combo by Pleasure State Basics is available in sizes ranging from 30B to 38G and I’m told it fits most body types really well. The matching bottoms come in a thong or fuller cut (pick one). A note to the future winner: Lilac Lingerie is a boutique, and although they do their absolute best to have a broad inventory, depending on your fit there is a slim chance you *may* have to wait for your size to be ordered, which may mean a slight delay for you, but hey, we’re not quite into summer yet and I’m confident it will still work out!

Bonus bonus bonus:

Anyone who enters this giveaway gets a one-time 10% discount on merchandise at Lilac Lingerie until May 31, 2011. So make sure you leave your proper name and email address because this is what will qualify you for the discount in the eyes of the staff at Lilac.


Here are the deets:

  • The winner will have to pick up their prize from Lilac Lingerie in a timely manner. They’re located in Westboro at 307B Richmond Road here in Ottawa.
  • This giveaway is open to men and women! Men, enter for your wives. Ladies, enter for yourselves!
  • For your entry to qualify you must leave your name in the comments below. If you have ever had a hot firefighter see your skivvies I would be interested in hearing more about it.
  • 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 (however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)

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 May 20, 2011.

Good luck my pretties!

84 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert – refreshing your basics with Lilac Lingerie"

1 | Jennifer Covert

May 13th, 2011 at 11:00 am


ooh! lovely. i’d like to enter the contest please.
Jennifer Covert

2 | Maranda

May 13th, 2011 at 11:05 am


After finally ditching the nursing bras (4 years worth!) I really need to win this :D

Maranda Carvell

3 | Megan Cornell

May 13th, 2011 at 11:06 am


What a fab give away! And thank you to the FB fans for selecting it!

As for the hot firefighter questions … I invoke my right to remain silent!

4 | Josée

May 13th, 2011 at 11:07 am


Desperately need some new stuff. Great giveaway!


5 | Heather

May 13th, 2011 at 11:09 am


I am overdue an undies overhaul.

6 | alison

May 13th, 2011 at 11:10 am


I would love to win that lovely set!

Sadly, the only time a hot firefighter saw my skivvies was when TWO hot firefighters were going house-to-house to check for working smoke detectors. One of my smoke detectors is just outside my laundry room, where I had just taken a load of undies and teeshirts out of the dryer.

7 | Sara

May 13th, 2011 at 11:11 am


Pleasure State is divine. I had a strapless bra that worked for my larger bosom. Pity I piled on the weight & it no longer fits.

Would love to enter the giveaway.

8 | Jessica Schafer

May 13th, 2011 at 11:21 am


Sign me up! Totally need some new basics!

9 | Faustina

May 13th, 2011 at 11:21 am


I love your giveaways, Andrea.

Faustina dot konkal at gmail dot com

Thanks, Faustina.

10 | Mary Vincent

May 13th, 2011 at 11:25 am


No haven’t had my skirt fly up in front of a firefighter, but at the school drop off, yes…

mary vincent

11 | Meghan Fusco

May 13th, 2011 at 11:42 am


After years of nursing bra’s I’d love some new undies

12 | Joy

May 13th, 2011 at 11:47 am


Please pick me – i am desperate!

13 | Rae

May 13th, 2011 at 11:48 am


Ooh! We are almost done nursing and my foundational undergarments need an overhaul!

14 | Tammy

May 13th, 2011 at 11:48 am


Who couldn’t use new undies?! I’m in…. thanks! :)

15 | Natalie

May 13th, 2011 at 11:49 am


I due for some new skivvies too! Sign me up :)

16 | elsewise

May 13th, 2011 at 11:50 am


I could definitely use some pretty and functional underthings. It is entirely possible that a hot firefighter has seen my skivvies, as there is a hot firefighter who lives next door and I am not always vigilant about closing the blinds (by accident! honest!). If he HAS seen anything untoward, he’s been nothing but gentlemanly in spite of it.

17 | Louise

May 13th, 2011 at 12:02 pm


years ago a my best friend and I were coming back from the night club when she had noticed her brother’s truck on fire… the fire dept was there… and I needed to use the bathroom really really bad and she lived on the top floor of high appt. building so i pulled my skivvies down and peeded right there….lol it was quiet the intersting evening;) lol

18 | Shaunacey

May 13th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


I really need to win these. I need some lift after all this breastfeeding.

Shaunacey Peplinski

19 | Kaitlin

May 13th, 2011 at 12:29 pm


Sorry, I don’t have any stories about firefighters and underthings, but I do have one about professional hockey players and their underthings. But, I was a teenager (a puck bunny, if you will), so it doesn’t seem as risqué.

Anyway, underthings, I need some new ones. And even if I don’t win, I’m happy for this discount :)

20 | Christina

May 13th, 2011 at 12:30 pm


I would love these. After losing weight, my old nursing and bigger bras and panties just aren’t doing the trick anymore.. I would love something that doesn’t fall down when I walk.. :) or even worse, fall when I run the bases!

21 | Tiana Dargent

May 13th, 2011 at 12:43 pm


I WISH there was a hot firefighter involved with my skivvies!

22 | Jen

May 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm


I’d love to hang these on my outdoor clothes line, proving I am both environmentally oriented and a creature of good taste. Please enter me in to the contest. My neighbours will thank you!

23 | Emily G

May 13th, 2011 at 12:46 pm


Ooooh, this would be awesome!

24 | Vivian Cheng

May 13th, 2011 at 12:47 pm


I would love to launch into this story about this incredibly hot firefighter helped me out in a very modern-day damsel-not-in-distress-but-needed-a-hand sort of story, but alas, it would be a work of fiction.

All this to say, count me in :)

25 | andrea

May 13th, 2011 at 12:48 pm


You guys are so funny. I am really enjoying your skivvy stories involving accidental sightings. Perfect for a Friday. :)

26 | Tuesday De Jong

May 13th, 2011 at 12:54 pm


I love this!

Annnd I loved Lilac lingerie. The lovely staff found a perfect bra for me right after they opened, and i am a tricky size…
It’s my favourite! covered with pink lace and a cute little bow I wish I had bought two!!!

27 | Tamara

May 13th, 2011 at 1:06 pm


3 weddings this summer… I definitely need some new undies! I went to Lilac Lingerie before and whatdya know I walked in with a 36 C and walked out a 38 DD. Most comfy bra ever.

28 | Kim Doel

May 13th, 2011 at 1:35 pm


Oh wow, I would absolutely die if I won this. I’m in the same boat as the commenter above me… A few weddings to attend, gotta look sharp!

29 | Wendy

May 13th, 2011 at 1:43 pm


Would love love love to win these skivvies!

30 | Sonya

May 13th, 2011 at 1:53 pm


Love this giveaway and love lilac lingerie! Please sign me up! Any way we could arrange to see a firefighter in his skivvies? ;)

31 | Debbie

May 13th, 2011 at 1:54 pm


great contest! I have some special events to attend this summer, and winning this contest would be a wonderful help!

32 | binki

May 13th, 2011 at 2:06 pm


Nice!!!! I want.

33 | Chantal

May 13th, 2011 at 2:22 pm


I am currently stuck in my pillie nursing bras (although I am still nursing so I have a good excuse). Something sexy would be nice :)

34 | Matt

May 13th, 2011 at 2:23 pm


Looks good to me!

35 | Rachael Dennis

May 13th, 2011 at 2:26 pm


Definitely in need of new undies!
~Rachael D.

36 | Amber

May 13th, 2011 at 2:31 pm


Ditching the nursing bras and need new bras!

37 | Heather

May 13th, 2011 at 2:40 pm


Yes please!
Honeymoon coming soooon xo

38 | coffee with julie

May 13th, 2011 at 4:00 pm


p.s. I am only writing this p.s. because it will not accept my comment if it is too short :)

39 | Roz (Rosalind)

May 13th, 2011 at 4:20 pm


my skivvies definitely need a refresh!

40 | Heather

May 13th, 2011 at 4:23 pm


This is a great contest from an even better store. Everybody should go through their underwear drawer and remove the “best before” skivvies.
I wll be visiting the store this weekend as my bra’s no longer fit due to planned weight loss.

41 | Jo

May 13th, 2011 at 4:28 pm


Yes please. This looks great. I love new undies!

42 | Erin

May 13th, 2011 at 6:25 pm


I love Lilac!
Here’s hoping to some new panties!

43 | EmmyB

May 13th, 2011 at 7:06 pm


Ooh, I like this giveaway! Looks like first names are sufficient? Count me in,


44 | JoAnn

May 13th, 2011 at 7:08 pm


Love to visit that store – looks like they have some great products :)

45 | Genevieve L

May 13th, 2011 at 7:20 pm


The store is awesome and their employees are very friendly and know how to measure properly!

46 | Sabrina Kalapati

May 13th, 2011 at 7:28 pm


What an awesome contest! After losing 40 lbs, my undies need to go from drab to fab

P.S. I’ll take the firefighter, too!

47 | Days

May 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm


I desperately need to make time to pick up some new underthings.

As for the firefighters, my only uncle is a fire chief, so I spent a lot of time in my teens visiting the fire station and checking out the newest recruits.

48 | Sofie M

May 13th, 2011 at 8:20 pm


Lilac=greatest discovery of my life! :)

49 | Sarah Young

May 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm


What girl wouldn’t benefit from a properly fitted bra?!? Awesome giveaway!

50 | Tobi

May 13th, 2011 at 8:59 pm


Pick me please!

Tobi Henderson

51 | Stephanie

May 13th, 2011 at 9:06 pm


Ooh. I need underwear. I recently started making holes when pulling up my undies after going to the bathroom… Would love to win! My name is Stephanie L.

52 | Amanda

May 14th, 2011 at 7:22 am


I could use some new ones!

53 | Carrie

May 14th, 2011 at 7:25 am


The only time anyone has seen me in my skivvies is when I was changing in a van while I was on my way to an important meeting out of town and a farmer saw me changing my shirt lol. (no i wasn’t the driver). But never again :)

I love your website :)

54 | Rebecca

May 14th, 2011 at 12:33 pm


My undies drawer is very sad looking indeed. Pick me!

55 | Judy

May 14th, 2011 at 10:15 pm


You always really have the most interesting giveaways :)


56 | Valerie

May 14th, 2011 at 10:37 pm


I have better luck winning your give-aways for my daughter than for myself, but I’ll still keep entering. Don’t know any firefighters, though, sorry. ;)

57 | Mary @ Parenthood

May 14th, 2011 at 11:16 pm


Some of the comments above are too funny.

I don’t exactly need new underthings. Maybe someday I’ll blog about my husband’s incredibly cute version of panties by post which started out with me telling him “can you believe what they sell on the Internet!”

But maybe he’ll be going to this store and 10% off would be kind of nice. Can Brendan J get my discount?

58 | WendyH

May 15th, 2011 at 1:24 am


I am loving the stories!
Andrea , you have the best giveaways!!!

Would be wonderful to win, I am a 51 yr old Grandma and maybe a NEW bra would help me NOT look like a Grandma….;)
Sorry, no Hot fireman stories, but my Granddaughter did ask me why I have “hangin down boobies” LOL

59 | Shannon Kenward

May 15th, 2011 at 7:41 am


Just got back to work last month after being off for maternity leave. I need this :)

60 | Nicole

May 15th, 2011 at 9:14 am


Lilac is my fav! Love the bras and panties…I may have to go visit as it is raining and the best kind of shopping day.

61 | Alison in Ottawa

May 15th, 2011 at 2:44 pm


If I win, I will throw out the things that are no longer in good enough shape to hang on the clothes line outside.

62 | Lorrie Douthwright

May 15th, 2011 at 4:51 pm


I need help supporting the girls!
Would love to win this!

No, a firefighter has never seen me in my skivvies,however I can’t say the same for a police officer. :)


63 | Finola

May 15th, 2011 at 7:45 pm


Thanks for the chance, and I would love to win!

64 | Lori

May 15th, 2011 at 8:18 pm


Pick me! Pick me! I love pretty skivvies!!!

65 | Michelle

May 15th, 2011 at 10:37 pm


Yes please! Love it!

66 | Caroline

May 16th, 2011 at 9:40 am


You get what you pay for! Buying properly fitted bras makes the outfit… especially under a t-shirt or little summer dress. This looks like an awesome set! Can I choose the body size too? I’d like to be a size 10… LOL! Pick me!!!

67 | Lucie D.

May 16th, 2011 at 11:08 am


I would love a new bra!

68 | Patricia

May 16th, 2011 at 1:36 pm


I desperately need something new and properly fitted! Unfortunately, no firefighters have seen me in my skivvies!

69 | Shakira

May 16th, 2011 at 7:20 pm


I don’t have a hot firefighter/lingerie story but I wish I did!!!!
Maybe if I win, I’ll ‘accidentally’ burn dinner in my new underwear and THEN I’ll have a story to share :)

70 | Redheadedmama

May 16th, 2011 at 9:29 pm


I would love to own those! Hopefully I could fill a B cup :)


71 | Melissa B

May 17th, 2011 at 1:50 am


Would loveee the chance to win something that fits properly!! Looking forward to my next visit!

72 | Aley

May 17th, 2011 at 6:20 pm


I must win this! Nothing makes me feel better than new skivvies!

73 | Karinny Cezar

May 19th, 2011 at 10:56 am


Oh I want it!!! Then I will have a story to tell ;)

74 | Emma

May 20th, 2011 at 12:10 am


Emma Vossen! I hope I win this is just down the street from my work :-)

75 | Sarah L-Y

May 20th, 2011 at 2:24 am


After giving birth to two wonderful boys in less then 3 years I have finally lost the baby weight and then some. Those old bras’ and skivvies just don’t cut it anymore. I would love to win so I could have an excuse to buy some other stuff as well and check out this boutique. Heck I’ll call the fire department after I win so they can put out the fire because I will look so damn hot in these ;)
Great stuff!

76 | Patti Church

May 20th, 2011 at 7:45 am


I was thinking it was time for a little more lift. Add me to your random draw please.

77 | Ross Brown

May 20th, 2011 at 9:05 am


Please count me in.

Yes, the lengerie would be for my wife, which also means it would be for me!

78 | Kirsten Duke

May 20th, 2011 at 9:23 am


I would love love love this set – count me in!

79 | Laura S

May 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am


Please enter me in the contest. Nice lingerie helps me feel better when I’m feeling a bit blue. (Hot firefighters too, lol)

80 | Kelly

May 20th, 2011 at 9:38 am


Wow — hot stuff! Would love to win!

81 | Tanya P

May 20th, 2011 at 11:14 am


Oooooh I love pretty underthings!
Tanya P

82 | Caroline

May 20th, 2011 at 11:30 am


Need this badly! Conference coming up – New bright yellow linen dress – this would be perfect for underneath! PLUS, I happen to be spending the day in Westboro tomorrow discovering new stores (albeit mostly furniture and maybe Lulu)… so, this is clearly meant to be! :)

83 | andrea

May 20th, 2011 at 12:06 pm


This giveaway is officially closed to new entries! Draw coming up next… drum roll please….

84 | andrea

May 20th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


The winner is commenter #78 – Kirsten Duke – who wrote
“I would love love love this set – count me in!”

Congratulations Kirsten! I am jealous of you and your new skivvies. Please look twice before you cross the road from now on. :)

As for the rest of the entrants, you all have until May 31 to take advantage of a 10% discount on items in store at Lilac. You need to give the person behind the counter your name and the email address you used to enter this giveway (they’ll have a list) in order to qualify.

Thank you Lilac Lingerie for hosting such a cool giveaway! :)

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