A LUXurious night with Hip Urban Girls


A wall of pretty polish - how is a girl ever supposed to choose?

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!

Hip Urban Girl - Lisa!Networking

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.

Glorious swag

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!

PR Ladies: Daniela, Steph & I with our pretty polish