The Toronto Eaton Center was bustling last night. Tuesday night is the new Thursday night when it comes to having a good time out at the mall and having a giggle with your girls over fashion, sweet eats, drinks and fab deals.
I popped over on my dinner break alongside a gaggle of other excited ladies and took in the hot pink chaises, lovely mini manicures, MAC make up consults at the splashy, fun and youthful LOULOU Magazine Shop ‘Til You Drop Event.
For eight fun-filled, fashion-fuelled shopping-filled nights this April, LOULOU and Cadillac Fairview are bringing the ultimate shopping experience to eight centres across Southern Ontario. In addition to the retail discounts (up to 30 per cent), the events will feature complimentary food and drink, fashion advice, makeovers, giveaways, swag bags and contests.
The mood on the floor was exciting! It’s remarkable how a lil shopping, giveaways and fashion inspiration from a cool fashion magazine like LOULOU can bring out a united sisterhood with female shoppers in one of Canada’s biggest shopping malls.
What I loved when I checked out the ultimate LOULOU closet for the latest trends was that the fashion included were in stores right now in the Toronto Eaton Centre, fashion forward and economically priced. I wasn’t stepping into ‘too much try’ territory.
Now, the best part of this event was that 200 shoppers who spent $100 received a coveted LOULOU gift bag valued at $200 and a full year (eight issues) subscription to LOULOU magazine!
Some of the items in my gift bag (which weighed close to 10 pounds) included of:
Valentina by Valentino perfume spray – the good stuff you can pop in your purse for a night and not have to worry it is going to leak inside your purse.
Nina L’eau perfume spray
Pop Chips – perfect for an afternoon at work snack.
Bench Notebook – a great travel companion for note taking on the run.
Kernels Popcorn – no words, just happiness.
Sunrype Slim Cranberry Twist Juice – a yummy full size addition to keep in the fridge when you need something light and fruity with your Canadian Club on a Friday night.
TreSemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Condition 700 ml x 2 – these were generous full sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I’m guessing they will last me 6 months each.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 120 ml Fine to Full Hair Blow Out Spray – fantastic as the summer is coming and my hair will need a lift for my summer music festival fashion.
One Coconut Water – a refreshing companion for on the go in the city.
Lacoste Socks – these socks retail for $40 and were included free in my gift bag. Did someone make a mistake?
Bath and Body Works Shower Gel: Warm Vanilla Sugar – perfect timing as I change up my shower gel for the Spring.
Mendocino $20 Gift Card – Again, did someone make a mistake?
Guess $20 Gift Card – Um, it happened again! I can’t wait to use this!
Nivea Body Milk – a neat lil sample to keep in my suitcase for travel this summer.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – I have always wanted to try a sample of this.
Lush Soap – a decadent soap for a spa night in.
Aeropostale Boom Box – a lil surprise to pop on my desk and plug my ipod into when I’m alone in the office.
Nivea Roll On – when a girl realizes in the morning she has run out of roll on and there is none left in the house. A nice safe guard for those moments.
Blistex Renew and Restore Lip-gloss – a sweet addition to my purse for after a night out application.
Yves Rocher Élixir 7.9 – I love new finds – worthy of seeing the results.
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp – nice for a summer night out with friends.
Bourjois Soirée A Versailles – we girls always need a variety in nail colour and Bourjois is all class.
Devil Wears Prada Lip-gloss – this lip-gloss is like a golden nugget in a girl’s purse for work and play.
Ladies, I felt like J. Lo walking into a gift lounge and getting the best of the best product to try out at my leisure. This Gift Bag was serious and I’m sure I will never get anything close to the same again.
The bag also came with a stack of coupons. The best coupons I know I will use include of:
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Lipstick
15% off Mr. Greenjeans
20% off one item at H&M
Complimentary Coffee at Aroma
2 for the price of 1 offer at Kernels
There were a stack of other coupons in my bag which I will pass onto my co-workers. Let the ‘winning continue’.
If that is not enough to sell you, I’d encourage you to attend and once you spot the LOULOU squad at each shopping centre to receive a code to unlock the LOULOU safe for thousands of dollars in prizes at XXI Forever, GUESS, JACOB, L’OCCITANE, Trade Secrets, BitterSweet Jewellery, Winners/HomeSense and SoftMoc.
Lastly, don’t forget to pick up your passport at any participating Cadillac Fairview shopping centre the night of the event and visit all the retailers and partners featured on the passport for the chance to win a $500 shop! card® and more.
Depending on where you are in the province – your day is coming so I encourage you to pop the following dates and times in your agenda, smartphone and fridge calendar. Now only was it fun, who doesn’t like to get free stuff!
Southern Ontario Spring Shop ‘Til You Drop (all events run from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m.)
•Wednesday, April 10: Promenade, Vaughan
•Thursday, April 11: Fairview, Toronto
•Friday, April 12: Markville, Markham
•Tuesday, April 16: Sherway Gardens, Etobicoke
•Wednesday, April 17: Masonville Place, London
•Thursday, April 18: Fairview Park, Kitchener
•Friday, April 19: Lime Ridge, Hamilton
If you attend, send me a note and tell me what you bought and all the fun you had!
For more on what is happening at each participating stores at all shopping centres, and to sign up to win prizes, visit: louloumagazine.com/shoptilyoudrop