Hollie Grace James

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Hollie Grace James is a local freelance writer passionate about providing you with the trendiest experiences, the most interesting people & places, and the ins and outs of mega meaningful current issues affecting us all today. She wishes she could have a pyjama party in the vault of Harry Winston, always has wanderlust, and thinks that it's our job to heal the broken world. Find a list of her work at www.lotsalocallove.com/about.
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Coffee Shop, Corner Bar, and Casual Fine Dining Come Together in Corner Peach

Coffee Shop, Corner Bar, and Casual Fine Dining Come Together in Corner Peach

Photo credit: Hollie Grace James Completely surrounded on all sides by the authentic sounds and smells of family-owned-and-operated Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean restaurants, the newest transplant to the Chinatown neighborhood may come to some as a bit of a surprise. This teeny tiny corner space, [...]

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We spent time in sub-zero temperatures to find out what cryotherapy is all about

We spent time in sub-zero temperatures to find out what cryotherapy is all about

Even though winter is so terribly cold and blustery here in Ottawa, and I’d rather be dreaming of beaches and patios and sunlight streaming through my golden hair, I dragged a friend to try out the latest and greatest in the health and wellness industry - spending (almost) two-and-a-half minutes [...]

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Party Without the Pitfalls: Masterful Mocktails in Ottawa

Party Without the Pitfalls: Masterful Mocktails in Ottawa

At the beginning of every year, plenty of talk surrounds Dry January, an encouraging health campaign where people opt to cut booze out of their lives for the entire month. Given that studies show drinking in excess is linked to all sorts of health risks like breast cancer and heart disease, it’s [...]

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First Ever Ottawa Coffee Fest Attracts Hundreds of Jazzed Up Java Fanatics

First Ever Ottawa Coffee Fest Attracts Hundreds of Jazzed Up Java Fanatics

All photos by Hollie Grace James Coffee – raise your hand and keep reading if you can’t live without it. One thing us Ottawans certainly have the luxury of is a plethora of choices when it comes to cute and cozy coffee shops. From cat cafes to the most insta-worthy hot spots, finding a [...]

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Gals That Brunch Ottawa Tightens Community with Female Focused Events

Gals That Brunch Ottawa Tightens Community with Female Focused Events

Every year on March 8th, gender equality is celebrated across the globe for International Women’s Day. Considering we weren’t even allowed to vote only a century ago, women have made enormous strides, and it’s the connection, support, and empowerment provided to each other that’s [...]

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Yes I Tried Botox. And This Is Why I’ll Keep Doing It.

Yes I Tried Botox. And This Is Why I’ll Keep Doing It.

It was totally out of the blue when it happened. I was glancing in the mirror one day, when I noticed wrinkles. And not just like one, but a whole bunch, in three separate locations. I wasn’t totally horrified – I whole-heartedly agree with the cute quote, "wrinkles are a map of a beautiful [...]

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Nothing Competes with Brunch: Jackson Serves Up Enticing Bites for the Best Meal of the Weekend

Nothing Competes with Brunch: Jackson Serves Up Enticing Bites for the Best Meal of the Weekend

Photo courtesy of Jackson Walking into the recently revitalized Ottawa Art Gallery at 10 Daly Ave, you can’t help but notice the light, airy, and open space dedicated to in-house restaurant & cafe Jackson, the dazzling result of co-creators Caroline Gosselin and Chef John Leung’s passion, [...]

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Make Time for Modern Meditation at The Peace Room

Make Time for Modern Meditation at The Peace Room

All photos by Hollie Grace James Welcome to the Peace Room! There’s evidence that hitting the pause button for a few minutes on the daily is greatly beneficial for your mental health. And the ability to do just that is being made much easier for Ottawans with the addition of The Peace Room [...]

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Four Reasons You’ll Jump on the Bone Broth Trend Immediately

Four Reasons You’ll Jump on the Bone Broth Trend Immediately

Tucked in between the artisanal kombucha and small batch cold brew coffee in the grab n’ go section at your local Farmboy, you’re now able to find the hottest new trend in the health & wellness industry. Consumed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, and touted as the new elixir [...]

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Inventive and eclectic event series, 3 Chefs 1 Dinner, closes out 2018 with blowout showcase

Inventive and eclectic event series, 3 Chefs 1 Dinner, closes out 2018 with blowout showcase

For the past three years, Michael Blackie, co-founder and executive chef at NeXT, has been spearheading an inventive and eclectic initiative; playing host to two guest chefs every month for a one-of-a-kind event series aptly named “3 Chefs 1 Dinner”. Wrapping up the 2018 season with a blowout [...]

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