What could be better than networking, newly-polished nails & a little vino on a Thursday night? Truthfully, not much could compare. Wendy & Lisa, the wonderful ladies from The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide, arranged a night for ambitious Toronto women at Yorkville’s gorgeous LUX spa. For $30, we were treated to a mini-manicure, a glass of wine from Muskoka Lakes Winery, treats from The Healthy Butcher and some sweet swag. I attended with fellow PR girls Stephanie Ullman and Daniela DiStefano – this was my first networking event so it was nice to have some moral support!
After finally choosing polish (I grabbed OPI’s Dutch Tulips – one of my favourites! – and Steph picked up the brand’s No Spain No Gain), we crowded around the nail bar for a round of introductions. After we were all properly introduced, Lisa announced some speed networking – we were all to spend a couple minutes speaking to someone new in the room. I took the time to get to know Daniela, who I’d tweeted with a lot but never actually met. I really appreciated that everyone was on a different career path, while still being very social media savvy. Since I get to meet PR people all the time, it was great to chat with those in other professions.
I absolutely loved the vibe at LUX Spa. Although I frequent Yorkville, I’d never thought to drop into the spa nearby some of my favourite haunts (namely: Anthropologie). The boutique spa is decorated in Tiffany blue (a personal fave) and white, the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. There’s a cozy nook for pedicures in the back, a line of nail tables up front, and a few rooms for services like waxing and facials. The staff did an amazing job with my mini-manicure. In less than 15 minutes, I had perfect polish and moisturized cuticles. I’ll definitely be back to check out the rest of their services and get a full mani/pedi.
These Hip Urban Girls really know how to get their swag on. As soon as we walked in the door, we were handed CARGO bronzer, LashEm eyelash growth serum and a $30 gift card to Devlish Angelz. I can’t wait to try the lash serum & bronzer and report back! During the event, Lisa & Wendy gave away prizes for the best #hugLUX tweets. First prize was a full mani/pedi at LUX Spa valued at $100 and the runner-up was given a big makeup bag full of goodies.
I had a fantastic night – topped off with a trip to Starbucks with the PR ladies – and can’t wait for the next hugTO event. Word on the street is it’ll involve cooking and a professional chef. Count me in!