Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Stillwater Spa Giveaway

Stillwater Spa is located at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Toronto (Bloor & Avenue Road) but you'll quickly forget about all the hustle and bustle as soon as you step into this urban oasis. I recently checked in for a 60 minutes massage to release some tensions and to just bliss-out. The first thing I noticed upon my arrival was the aromatherapy smells that enveloped the spa and the sounds of tranquil waterfalls. My mind was at ease already!

While lineups are one of my pet peeve, this time I actually didn't mind waiting for my turn - there is a steam room, sauna and whirlpool for relaxing before your treatment and the lounge was cozy and had comfy seats. Guests are encouraged to treat themselves to complimentary coffee, tea, apples and biscotti while they wait. Now onto my treatment! My therapist was very accommodating and definitely knew what she was doing as she took note and worked her magic on the areas that needed the most attention. At the end of my massage, I left feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the city again!

I had such a wonderful time at Stillwater Spa that I'll love for you to experience it yourself! So we've got one Bestie & Me Treatment up for grabs. This package includes massages, manicures and pedicures... and the best part? We want you to enjoy it side-by-side with your favourite BFF (whether that is a girl friend, sis or your mom)!

All you have to do is comment below and tell us who your Bestie is and why! Don't forget to include your name and email or Twitter so we can contact you. We'll be picking one lucky winner and pampering her and her plus one so enter before 11pm EST on Sunday, May 19.

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  1. My Bestie is my Mom because she is always there for me, she gives great advice and when we hangout its a great time.

  2. It sounds cheesy, but my bestie is definitely my Mom! She's been a solid sock for me during hard times and ALWAYS makes me laugh. :)

  3. There is no doubt I have the best bestie in the world. In fact, I am lucky to have two (one of whom lives in New York). We call ourselves the Neo Trio (lame, but catchy) because of Neopolitan Ice Cream as I have red hair, one is a brunette and one is blonde. Please send the two of them to get pampered as they have been there for me through SO much this year (including, but not limited to, a break up of 10 years). Thanks HIP&URBAN girl, love you guys! My twitter: @ellehopp

  4. My sister is the best bestie! I trust her implicitly, and would LOVE to share a fabulous spa experience with her!! :)

  5. twitter handle is @sassygirlcanada. :)

  6. Kris is my bestie. We are the kind of friends (and roomies) who are constantly boosting each other up and having too much fun doing it. It is the most positive, supportive friendship. We are there for each other no matter what and do whatever we can to make the other person happy, whether it's picking up a little surprise gift on the way home from work or making extra green juice for the other person for breakfast the next morning.

    She is always making sure that others are happy and having fun. Kris works so hard, volunteers and just ran the SportingLife 10k for Camp Ooch so she deserves a bit of time to focus on herself.

    We'd love to spend an afternoon at Stillwater.

  7. Hello! What a fantastic contest! I would love to be pampered alongside my sister! She's absolutely my best friend, despite our seven year age difference. Growing up, she never acted like the terrible older sibling (no fights, no telling me I'm adopted, etc.). She has been an amazing friend to me and we have only been growing closer as we get older.

    She recently had a baby girl (almost a month!) and is desperately in need of some relaxation. What an amazing surprise and prize for her if I'm selected. I would love to spend an awesome day of tranquility and relaxation with my sis!


  8. My bestie is Eva (@evakmo) because she understands me inside and out. After ending a toxic friendship, she stood by my side and never once judged me. She showed me what a true best friend looks like it and made it possible for me to open up and trust someone with my whole heart again.

  9. My bestie is my older sister Jennifer. As a child, I tagged along with her friends and insisted to have matching clothing i.e. pink Air Nike shoes to the mini backpack. Things are different these days, but I have moved on to lusting her Prada purse and click wine glasses with her group. Jennifer is my bestie because she is the only individual that understands and accepts me inside and out. She has always watched out for me and is one of the major reasons why I have turned out the way I have. Thank you Jen for teaching me how to swim, how to braid hair, and how to live large!

  10. My bestie's name is Leslie. She was my bridesmaid in our wedding just two months ago. She was the most amazing bridesmaid I could have asked for. She took great care of the on our wedding day and made sure everything was perfect.
    I gave her a little token of my appreciation after the wedding but how awesome would it be to treat her to a spa trip as another way to say thanks?
    Thank you,

  11. I'm pretty lucky to have amazing in-laws and my sister-in-law is definitely my bestie!!! No matter what I need big or small, she will drop everything to help me out. We always have fun no matter what we are doing, from chores to shopping to just sitting around chatting. She's been making some big life changes recently and a spa treatment is definitely what the doctor ordered for her!! With all the stress and upheaval, having some downtime at the spa would mean the world to her and no one deserves it more!!!


  12. My bestie is my roommate! During my stay in Canada for 7 years I have been roommate with her for 4 years. I am an international student so all my family is back in my home country. Instead of my family, my roommate was always there for me as my little sister and as my true best friend. Because of each others we successfully finished our university and now, we have to say goodbye. When i go back to Asia, i dont know how often i can come to visit her. so when i saw this event i thought it would be a cool memory to add in !! We can relax and chit-chat about all the things we've been through!! it would be an awesome memory together and we totally deserve some spa treatment after 4 years of university life! :D

    It would be amazing if we were to be picked ! thank you!!


  13. My bestie is my mom... she's the only one who truly understands me!

  14. My bestie is my friend Valerie. She's the best and basically can read my mind even before I speak. She's classy, fun and always there when I need her.
    - Emilija @e_m_i

  15. My bestie will be my mom, who is always there for me through ups and downs!


  16. My roommate told me to apply for this contest! I didn't know about Hip and Urban Girl's Guide but it seems really cool! Here is the story about ME & MY BESTIE. So i met my roommie in 2009! We met from our very first university class! both of us were lost and didn't know anyone then. I decided to speak to her! Since then we've been best friends/family and roommate. All of her family is back in Korea so holidays and stuff we went to my house to celebrate with my family! Now we are not just roommates but more like sisters! I really hope to have our relationship continued even after she moves back to Korea. we will be one of those life-time friends! I really wish all the best for her and before my "BESTIE" leaves the country, if we can get relaxing spa treatment from stillwater would be something to remember for sure. It would be good gift to one another.. I LOVE YOU BESTIE <3


  17. My BFF is my mom. She is the best person to hang out with because she is always honest, kind and caring. All the time we spend together if fantastic.


  18. Tope is my best friend! we became best friends because we grew up together on the same street, which we both lived on for about 16 years. she lives in England..i live in Toronto and we haven't seen in 3 years but we talk on skype at least once everyday. i love her :-) but i still would also like to go to this spa with one of my good friends who lives in Toronto!

  19. My bestie is my sister. No matter how much we fight or disagree, at the end of the day we're there for each other no matter what.


  20. my bestie is my MOM!!

    When growing up family wasnt an emotional kind but as adults weve become so close and try new adventures/experiences.

    Best Mom / Bestie ever

    Name: Kiki
    Twitter: ManilaThrillah


  21. My best friend has always been there for me, is the most caring and selfless person I have ever known. Now that I`m moving away for graduate school, we are trying to enjoy as many new experiences as possible before we are apart! If you haven`t already guessed, I`m talking about my Mama! : D


  22. My bestie is Dee, the tomboy I despised in middle school only to become inseparable in high school and hopefully till old age. We don't even need words to understand what each other is thinking or feeling. She's just gone through a crazy emotional and physical ordeal and this would be perfect to cheer her up!

  23. I'd like to give a big shout to MY BESTIE Pascale. We laugh, we cry, we gossip togheter and we're always honest with each other. We've been friends for more then 15 years and seen it all... toghether. Now that she's waiting for her first child, i'd like to pamper herself and let her know that everythng we'll be OK cause even if she's pregnant she still has SWAAG!

  24. My bestie Christa has had a horrible week. She failed a work-related training exam by ONE mark and she desperately needs some cheering up. We've been tight since we were 13 - going on 12 years now, and I can literally count on her for anything. Let me take her out! :)

  25. My best friend is Tara. We went to high school together, and she is the only friend who didn't fade away because I was a teen mom. Despite an awful childhood and many problems as a teen, she was always there for me as my daughter and I grew up.

    Tara has had a really rough few years - she was sick for a long time, her grandpa died, she was laid off from her job, her boyfriend was deported back to Ireland, and she's struggling with some serious health issues that are compounded by the fact that the survival job she's now working doesn't offer health benefits or paid sick days. Tara really, truly, honestly needs a break, and this would be JUST the thing!!!

    She's the only person who can make me laugh until my sides ache. She tells it like it is, even when her views are unpopular. Despite the struggles and hardships she faces daily, she is also putting herself through school at George Brown, one credit at a time, and she sends money home to her mom on a weekly basis, sometimes even forgoing food for herself in doing so.

    In my opinion, there's no one who deserves to be pampered more than my best friend Tara.

    Jennie -

  26. My bestie is my GF Kimm. She is a terrific friend and neighbour!

    I'd probably be rocking in a corner in the basement drooling if it weren't for Kimm!

    I have a tendency to be a bit of an introvert. One of the things that Kimm does really well, is get me out of the house and attending events and meeting people.

    We have had so much fun together over the years attending cooking events, makeup events, shhhhoooopppping events!!! And lots and lots of foodie stuff. Oh, and wine too!

    She is always there for you when you need her and when times are good - she is a hilariously fun to be around.

    It would be amazing to be able to treat Kimm to a day at the (in my opinion) best spa in Toronto!

    Thanks for reading!


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  28. My mama! The past couple of years have been rough and she has never left my side. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for her. I would love for her to experience a special treat at Stillwater. :)

  29. I have been blessed with amazing family and friends but if I had to choose one BFF it would be my older sister, Elisa. She is the most generous, supportive and loyal person I know. I wouldn't be where I am today if she hadn't been such a positive influence in my life.

    Although it's at the top of our wishlist, we haven't yet had the opportunity to visit Stillwater. We love trying fun things together and I think the Bestie and Me Treatment will be a truly memorable experience for the both of us.

    Ramona - Twitter: @pink_ramsan

  30. My sister for sure. We're very close in age and did everything together growing up, and still have almost everything in common and do as much as we can together. A close sibling is the ultimate support system!

  31. My bestie is my sister, hands down.
    She has always been there for me, whether it was bullies, a shoulder to cry on, someone to cover you when you laugh so hard you almost pee, or someone to buy you your first drink (when of age, of course).
    She would, and still does drop whatever she's doing when her little sister needs her. And I will always love her for that!
    Now that we are older, I would love to give back to her, and what better way than a girl's day out.


  32. my sister is my bestie and i hope she would appreciate a day of pampering and having some quality sister time!


  33. My bestie is my mom. I can tell her everything and she always supports me in everything I do!

    mijulin(at) cox(dot)net

  34. My mom is my bestie. In giving me advice, she always strikes the perfect balance of bluntness and empathy--a rare gift! For 24 years, she has offered me a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, and a smile to make me forget about all of my fears.

  35. I'd take my best friend who (I'm gonna use a strong word and say...) needs asap this spa experience.

    - Her boyfriend left her for his ex-gf, she found out through FB photos of the ex wearing his pj's (surprise!)

    - The ex-gf looks eerily similar to my bestie (AWKWARD! Causes questions like did he like me only because I reminded him of her, etc.)

    - My bestie's been living off only coffee

    - I visited her yesterday and couldn't get her off the couch. Snot Kleenexes everywhere.

    - Following that thought... she hasn't been outside for 4 days

    - She needs to get out of this funk before she writes her final licensing exams for her career, and this Stillwater spa experience would go very very far with helping my bestie out who has a heart of gold and is so emotionally broken right now. True story!! & thanks for the chance!

    @StephCD_ (twitter)

  36. Thanks everyone for entering this contest. So many heartfelt stories were shared making it extra tough to chose only one person. But our big winner is Jennie M. Congrats and enjoy the spa day with your BFF!