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06 Feb, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway Alert: Lilac gives you hot fuschia for Valentine’s

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

Fishbowl patron Lilac Lingerie really hopes that you get what you want for Valentine’s Day… whether it’s chocolate, flowers, or a quiet dinner for two. Whatever makes your heart flutter! But let’s get something out of the way here, nothing says YOU LIGHT MY FIRE more than lingerie. Right? Right.

Lilac is giving away somethin’ fuschia to one lucky Fishbowl reader, just in time for V-day:

Hot Fushia giveaway from Lilac Lingerie


The chemise is by Change, and the thong is BonBon Lingerie.

The chemise comes in S, M, L, and has adjustable straps. (And if you ask me, that neckline will look amazing on just about everyone.) The chemise is very soft and stretchy. It’s pretty AND comfortable and joyful and bright and sexy, and I am told it is comfortable enough to be used as an everyday nightie. The thong is one size fits all and is a very feminine piece … a flash of black lace trim and little cat applique guarantee the wearer will knock someone’s socks off. Literally.

The total value of this giveaway is $88. The chemise retails for $49 and the BonBon kitty thong goes for $39. (BonBon Lingerie is one of Lilac’s higher end brands.)

Here are the deets:

  • You need to live in the Ottawa area in order to qualify, because 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.
  • FYI, 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 AND tell us how you celebrate Valentine’s. Do you do it up big? Something small, or not at all? Confess! Does reality meet your expectations?:)
  • 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 February 11, 2011. This gives you a bit of time to pick it up before the 14th.

Please make sure you leave a valid email address, because you can’t win if I can’t reach you.

If you don’t win, take heart. There are some great Valentine’s Day suggestions on the Lilac Lingerie blog. Also available –  this perennial favourite idea for the last-minute shoppers… printable gift certificates. They’re perfect solution for Valentine’s, birthdays, bridal showers, and Fellows Who Are Generally Unsure (but they can be forgiven for that, right?).

Sound good? Over to you, and thank you to Lilac Lingerie for hosting this giveaway!

73 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway Alert: Lilac gives you hot fuschia for Valentine’s"

1 | CampingGirl

February 6th, 2011 at 6:40 pm


Every year my husband and I go for dinner downtown and take in the sites that Winterlude has to offer. It’s the perfect night to walk through the ice sculptures.

2 | Natalie

February 6th, 2011 at 6:43 pm


My partner and I do what we love most: skiing. We are going to Jay Peak for a romantic weekend a deux which will also include hot tubbing.

3 | Days

February 6th, 2011 at 6:46 pm


We do nothing for Valentine’s Day. I’d like to but my partner despises the holiday. Oh well.

4 | Stacey Leek

February 6th, 2011 at 6:47 pm


This year, it will be with a new girlfriend, and I want to make the evening special.
Dinner on Bank street at a small restaurant, live Jazz, then a walk along the canal with hot chocolate and smuggled Baileys! shhhhhh!!!
Ending the evening by presenting her with the outfit above!!!

5 | spydergrrl

February 6th, 2011 at 6:48 pm


We don’t usually celebrate any holidays that Hallmark makes a card for (including our anniversary). We do surprise “random acts of love” throughout the year, instead. So, this year, Valentine’s Day will likely just be the day the Dude has to bring all his valentines to school, unless of course this prize is won ;)

Great contest!

6 | Georgina

February 6th, 2011 at 7:25 pm


We usually have dinner in after our little guy has gone to bed.

7 | Vicky

February 6th, 2011 at 8:51 pm


Every year we have chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and wine after the kids are in bed.

8 | Patricia

February 6th, 2011 at 9:17 pm


Since having kids it’s been different every year depending on age of children (last year we had a 1 month old) state of pregnancy and availability of babysitters!
For now it will be more of a family fun loving day, but in April DH and I are sailing away on a cruise where we can have 7 romantic, child free nights!

9 | Liisa

February 6th, 2011 at 9:20 pm


V-Day is the anniversary of our first date. We usually exchange Swedish Berries (as we did on our first date – unplanned). We don’t necessarily go on a date on the 14th (actually prefer not to), but we try to do something special near it. This year kids are sleeping over at the grandparents on the 11th and we’re herding out to a matinee followed by some shopping downtown and a nice meal.

10 | Paige

February 6th, 2011 at 9:23 pm


We never celebrate Valentine’s on Feb. 14th because everybody is out celebrating that night. Usually a week or two afterward, we like to get away overnight at a great hotel, or a bed and breakfast. The celebration must include a wonderful dinner, a walk around our old neighbourhoods, and, if he’s lucky, he’ll get lucky ;>

11 | JoAnn

February 6th, 2011 at 9:36 pm


We’re planning a romantic dinner at a lovely restaurant here in the “prior!

12 | Summer Solstice Girl

February 6th, 2011 at 9:40 pm


I’ve been single for ages therefore I haven’t celebrated Valentines in ages.

Wouldn’t mind to get a head start with this lovely give-away, though :)

13 | Mary @ Parenthood

February 6th, 2011 at 9:51 pm


I have to say that I’m highly skeptical that the outfit pictured could possibly be comfortable enough to wear every day.

Not every day wear for me right now for sure cuz I’m still breastfeeding :)

What do we normally do for Valentine’s day? We make heart shaped pancakes and draw ketchup hearts on grilled cheese sandwiches. Often I get flowers but not usually on the day of because there are too many people exchanging

14 | Angela

February 6th, 2011 at 10:18 pm


There is always chocolate and dinner and usually something pretty:) like this.

Great give away:))

15 | Paul O

February 6th, 2011 at 10:20 pm


Single, and looking. Valentines is just another day most years, but this outfit would be a great little gift for some new lady in my life!

16 | Chrissy

February 6th, 2011 at 10:24 pm


We never do anything for Valentine’s Day, but I’d still love this prize for another special day!

17 | DanMan

February 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm


For the past several years I get my wife a dozen boxed roses from our favourite local flower shop. Then my girls and I make her dinner. Nothing fancy, but i’m sure that hot little number might add some spice!

18 | Sara

February 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm


Nothing on the 14th because mark up and space on everything is incredibly. The chicken tastes the same the day before or after and it is cheaper too!

19 | Lindsay

February 6th, 2011 at 11:19 pm


As a single girl I grab some girlfriends, a chick flick and a bottle of wine!

20 | Natalie

February 7th, 2011 at 5:27 am


We are not big on the whole Valentines Day thing but for the last four years it’s been all about our kids. We might hit the slides Jacques Cartier park again or the Gatineaus for a snowshoe en famille. I have to say, that little outfit would cap the day nicely and throw some spice in our evening after the kids go to bed ;)

21 | katie

February 7th, 2011 at 7:52 am


We started this a few years ago and I really love how we’ve handled the holiday: for Valentine’s Day, my SO always “buys” me a panda from World Wild Life Fund instead of the usual suspects of flowers or chocolate. The rest of our evening is about us, but we tend to keep it low key…and I spend most of the time thinking about what name I’d give the panda should we ever meet. Hee hee.

22 | Faustina

February 7th, 2011 at 8:31 am


We usually glaze ironically into each others eyes and quote some silly card that we read at the store.

Then we have cheese fondue or watch a movie.

But, secretly, I always hope that he’ll get me something like that outfit. Shhhh!

23 | Lara

February 7th, 2011 at 8:38 am


If we’re lucky we manage to go out for dinner and we maybe remember to buy each other cards. SO romantic ;)

24 | jessica

February 7th, 2011 at 8:39 am


to be honest we don’t really do anything big for valentine’s…maybe just grab dinner

25 | Kelly Rusk

February 7th, 2011 at 8:40 am


We usually go pretty over the top either with a trip or a really great dinner.

Last year we ate at Murray Street Kitchen and had such an amazing experience–he started working there a few month later.

This year we’re taking the train up to Montreal, staying in a nice hotel (which he told me he’s never actually stayed in a nice hotel!! I do all the time for work but never realized he hadn’t) and eating at Salle a Manger. The lingerie would be the perfect addition!

26 | andrea

February 7th, 2011 at 8:41 am


Mary @ Parenthood: I have to chime in here. I didn’t say the *thong* was comfortable, just the chemise. :)

I have a feeling that it is made out of the same material as a piece I have from Lilac. It is amazingly comfortable.

27 | Ludovic

February 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am


Usually a quiet evening. I bring her flowers and we have a nice dinner.

28 | Rebecca

February 7th, 2011 at 9:04 am


We keep things pretty low key. Either a dinner our (if we get a babysitter) or dinner in. Always buy a card and chocolates ;)

29 | Stefania (Ingredients for Life)

February 7th, 2011 at 9:17 am


We are celebrating in Cancun. Not as romantic as it sounds since Hubby is there for work but we’re going to go out for dinner before things get hairy.

Once we get back we’ll celebrate with the kids and take them to the movies and for dinner.

30 | Connie

February 7th, 2011 at 9:19 am


We’ll probably try to convince my in-laws to stay Sunday night so we can sneak out and celebrate a day early. If not, it will be a romantic Monday evening of spit-up and toddler ‘tude!

31 | Cleo

February 7th, 2011 at 9:41 am


We celebrate twice; once with the kids at a fav Italian restaurant on the weekend closest to the 14th and then on the actual day, we celebrate again. We put the kids to bed and order Chinese food and have a picnic in out living room with some wine as well. We’ve done this for years.

32 | Don (@foodieprints)

February 7th, 2011 at 10:05 am


I very much disagree with Valentine’s Day for the same reasons as spydergrrl. However, it does permit me an occasion to especially celebrate my life with my better half. So, the weekend before February 14th, I take her to the restaurant that most impressed us this past year for dinner.

The day of, I make her dinner. Though, this February 14th, because of work pressures, I am considering looking at a catered solution for 2…

33 | Hellcat13

February 7th, 2011 at 10:16 am


We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, either. I like to think it’s the other 364 days that matter most, not some manufactured holiday where he’s obligated to show me how he feels. It’s the little things that I love most, like how he spent most of Saturday doing maintenance on my car while I went skating on the canal with a friend!

34 | Lucie

February 7th, 2011 at 10:19 am


This year will be special. We will be away on vacation somewhere warm :-)

35 | Kerry

February 7th, 2011 at 10:41 am


We don’t usually do much for valentine’s day, but will probably have a quiet drink together after the kiddies go to bed.

36 | Valerie

February 7th, 2011 at 11:36 am


We don’t tend to do much except help the kids with their valentines for school. I like the idea of heart shaped pancakes, though – will have to try that Saturday.

37 | Natasha

February 7th, 2011 at 11:41 am


My Husband and I usually prepare a nice dinner together. After dinner we cuddle up on the couch, watch a movie and eat chocolate fondue.

38 | Chantal

February 7th, 2011 at 11:47 am


Honestly my DH and I haven’t done much to celebrate Valentines since the kids came along. This year I am planning on getting a take home dinner (either from Tulips and Maple or Epicure) and we’ll enjoy it after the kids are gone to bed. I wish Valentines was always a Friday or Saturday. This Monday thing kinda ruins it :)

39 | Erin

February 7th, 2011 at 11:56 am


This year, we are dropping off our baby at my in laws and going to Little Italy to eat to a non chain restaurant that is fancy with no babies.

40 | Mommy Marshall

February 7th, 2011 at 12:36 pm


Recent VAlentines Days have involved our two daughters. Now we’ve added our newborn son to the mix. Would love to have this beautiful lingerie set to perhaps enjoy some adult time with the hubby; who knows we might just get ten minute alone together!

41 | Maria

February 7th, 2011 at 12:38 pm


I’m a single gal so I like to celebrate with my 6 year old son, the only man in my life lol. I help him prepare his Valentine’s Day cards for his classmates at school. We usually add a little extra something (homemade chocolate or candy treat), & we cook a nice dinner together for Valentine’s Day and exchange gifts (chocolates, stuffies, cards). His Dad usually helps him pick out something nice for Mom :D I’ve never received lingerie though, that would be nice for a change lol

42 | 3 girls

February 7th, 2011 at 1:24 pm


Valentine’s Day is different since the kids came along (7 years now). I always do something special (usually flowers and special dinner out…I know kinda boring) but it’s more family-oriented now. It’s Dad showing his love for his girls.

Valentine’s Day has always irked me a bit in that it’s mostly a males-giving-to-females thing. I actually like ValDay but am turned off when I hear certain women exclaim that their spouses/boyfriends “had better deliver”. My wife expects nothing (“it’s a Halmark Holiday…let’s ignore it”), which makes it a joy to get her something special. Much more special though when it’s out-of-the-blue (not on ValDay).

43 | joanne darrell

February 7th, 2011 at 1:45 pm


We go out for supper and I usually get chocolates on Valentines Day.

44 | Tanya

February 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm


Like so many others, since children our V Day celebrations are pretty minimal.
Sometimes dinner out the weekend before or after if we can swing it, or maybe an attempt at heart shaped pancakes for the kids. No cards, chocolates or flowers but I do usually try to find a little something like this give away for after the kids are all in bed.

45 | Lynn

February 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm


We don’t celebrate it at all. My husband and I are legendary for being completely unromantic.

However, I’m sure he would make an exception for that awesome outfit. I actually have Lilac on my “to shop at” list when I get some fun money. I am really hopeful they carry my (almost impossible to get) size. So even if I don’t win this giveaway, I’ll be coming by soon!

46 | Cath in Ottawa

February 7th, 2011 at 3:10 pm


the last few years we’ve gone with the Red Apron’s menu and enjoyed it once the kids were down. This year, I’m having dental surgery (yay, me!) but perhaps I’ll wear this …

47 | Jen

February 7th, 2011 at 3:16 pm


We usually have a low-key V-Day, but this year we are getting out to enjoy winter with a night ski (cross country) and then some fancy hot chocolate. We are really looking forward to getting outside together!

48 | Ingrid

February 7th, 2011 at 5:33 pm


Rawr is right!

Hubby and I do nothing for V.D. , but I usually give cinnamon hearts to the kids.

49 | Michelle

February 7th, 2011 at 7:08 pm


Since the kiddies nothing much… We aren’t big on Hallmark holidays. That being said this year I will be planing something special to switch it up. I am sure this outfit would be a step in the right direction…

50 | Lucie

February 7th, 2011 at 7:42 pm


I decided long ago to go with the flow and to love my dear spouse with food on Valentine’s day. Kids will join us for lack of babysitter, but that’s OK. Menu will include fondant au chocolat. And we will decorate heart-shaped cookies during the weekend with the kids – maybe give some away if there are leftovers:) It’s all about love

51 | Jo

February 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm


Wow! That looks lovely. We’re not big Valentines people, but usually put the kids to bed early and have a nice bottle of wine and a dinner that does not involve ketchup.

52 | Mel

February 7th, 2011 at 8:48 pm


My husband would really like that (on me of course!). My birthday is the day before so I’m pretty much off the hook!

53 | Tanya T

February 7th, 2011 at 9:04 pm


To be honest, Valentine’s Day is usually about the kids around here. Making valentine’s, chocolate candy and cinnamon hearts (yum). We usually have strawberrries and chocolate for dessert (for the kids).

When they are just a little bit older maybe we’ll try and swing Valentine’s Day back to being a date night :). Of course you don’t need an excuse to wear something as fabulous as this chemise – love it!

54 | Laura Daub

February 7th, 2011 at 10:06 pm


We usually have a special dinner with the kids with candles, chocolates and a little gift for them… Then we celebrate alone at the first chance we get!

55 | lacoop

February 8th, 2011 at 5:39 am


We don’t do anything special, which is kind of nice. Instead, we just appreciate each other throughout the year, which feels really good…it’s on our terms.

56 | Jessie

February 8th, 2011 at 7:58 am


My hubby’s abroad and we’re both quite busy, so just a few little things around the big day is always sweet – just casual and a little romantic.

57 | Michelle

February 8th, 2011 at 11:19 am


It will be the first Valentine’s with my boyfriend. Looking forward to a romantic evening at our favorite restaurant, exchanging cards, and maybe a walk by the canal.. Hopefully end the evening wearing the outfit above :)

58 | Crystal

February 8th, 2011 at 11:45 am


This year will be extra special because last year I was due 2 days after Valentines day with our second son. I have two wonderful boys I’m a proud of of 2 under 2 :)

So this year DH and I are going to celebrate our special evening out of the house dinner for 2 @ Manotick Prime. We already have our babysitter booked and our reservations booked. This year I’m going to enjoy a nice glass of Red Vino and tell my DH how much I appreciate him as a Husband and Father and enjoy our much deserved special Date night like no other we have to make it special because it’s Valentine’s Day :) it will be a no kid zone talk it will be our own special night out!

HAPPY Valentines Day EVERYONE! Enjoy your night!

59 | Kelly

February 8th, 2011 at 12:10 pm


When we remember that it is actually Valentine’s Day, we enjoy a nice bottle of wine and dinner from Thyme & Again once the kids are in bed. This year, I am planning to have the kids involved and we will make a special dinner and dessert to celebrate together. :)

60 | Finola

February 8th, 2011 at 6:02 pm


Valentine’s Day will also be the 19th anniversary of when DH and I started dating. It has been a good but looooong 19 years and we could use some spicing up :)

61 | j.d.

February 8th, 2011 at 9:33 pm


i’ll likely stay in with my boyfriend and watch a movie, have a few drinks and eat some cupcakes. nothing fancy.

62 | Caroline

February 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm


This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday and I will be doing what I do every Monday night. I volunteer at a Palliative Care Hospice and I can’t imagine a better way to spend that night than with caring for people and their families.

And my loving husband agrees!

63 | Alison

February 9th, 2011 at 12:24 pm


We don’t normally do anything because my man does thoughtful things throughout the whole year to show me how much I mean to him.

Although if I was to win, we will definitely be celebrating with me in that saucy little number…

64 | MommyJen

February 9th, 2011 at 2:07 pm


I usually make a nice dinner for us and the girls. My husband surprises me with flowers on a day other than the 14th … on a day that he feels like making me feel special, rather than when Hallmark tells him to!

65 | Kaitlin

February 9th, 2011 at 3:03 pm


We are usually fairly casual about it. A nice dinner and some cuddling on the couch. We don’t buy gifts: We’d rather celebrate days that we have created meaning for, such as our dating anniversary, or the anniversary of our engagement (five years ago next week…!)

66 | Jenn

February 10th, 2011 at 9:03 am


We always celebrate by putting the kids to bed early, drinking a nice bottle of wine, ordering in takeout and…….:) This chemise and thong would certainly spice things up!

67 | Rae

February 11th, 2011 at 9:06 am


How did I miss this? :P

We call it Singles Awareness Day. It’s the only day of the year you are KEENLY AWARE of being single.

I don’t like the consumerist drive of Valentines, or the historical mishmash, but we do our best to educate where we can.

That said, that nighty is pretty :D

68 | BeachMama

February 11th, 2011 at 9:08 am


We used to do it up big, go for dinner get a hotel all the nine yards. Now with the kids we usually have a chocolate fondue after a nice dinner. A little help from Lilac Lingerie would be fun.

69 | Kellie

February 11th, 2011 at 9:14 am


This year I am planning a scavenger hunt at Winterlude for my hubby-to-be (hopefully he doesn’t see this!). It includes havig to complete different tasks at different locations along the canal and following hints as he goes. Also includes going to the IMAX, tobogganing and is ending at Dow’s lake for dinner at Lago.
I have been sending him hints and tips since last week. He has no idea, one tip was “Baby, it’s cold outside” Another was “I wear my sunglasses at night”. You get the idea! The chemise would be a great addition to the end of the night – no way I am skating the canal in that…lol

70 | andrea

February 11th, 2011 at 1:41 pm


Just a reminder that comments are closed to new entries. I will do the draw and announce the winner ASAP!

71 | andrea

February 11th, 2011 at 1:53 pm


We have a winner! Congratulations to Hellcat13 who wrote:

“We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, either. I like to think it’s the other 364 days that matter most, not some manufactured holiday where he’s obligated to show me how he feels. It’s the little things that I love most, like how he spent most of Saturday doing maintenance on my car while I went skating on the canal with a friend!”

Hellcat: I’m sure you will get a lot of mileage out of this little number, no matter what day it is. Congratulations! And thanks again to Lilac Lingerie for hosting such a great giveaway!

72 | Hellcat13

February 11th, 2011 at 2:06 pm


I just got your email – Yay! Thanks so much! @elsewise and I are circumspectly chatting back and forth over the cubicle wall about it. Thank goodness most of our other coworkers are off today; I’m sure they are dying to know why I am now feeling saucy ;)

73 | Michael

February 11th, 2011 at 8:39 pm


My son and I will be delivering flowers on Monday for mom and the girls, and the whole family will be enjoying a ‘red’ dinner together and our exchange of Valentine’s cards :)

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