Hollie Grace James

Contributor

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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Travel the world with five authentic Black owned restaurants

Travel the world with five authentic Black owned restaurants

As the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement continues, it’s important to note that this is a lifestyle, not simply a short lived viral trend. Standing in solidarity with the Black community can take on so many different forms, from education to marching in protest, but eating out at these [...]

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Luxury consignment — all glitz and glam, yet sustainable

Luxury consignment — all glitz and glam, yet sustainable

With sustainability at the forefront, Dia Shams put luxury resale on the map in Ottawa when she opened Valamode, her Wellington West showroom in May of 2018. With a professional background in HR and Procurement, Shams admits that going from an office job to a dreamy walk in closet-like storefront couldn’t [...]

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Support Ottawa restaurants with Love Local Delivery

Support Ottawa restaurants with Love Local Delivery

Karen Wood, owner and president of Knock on Wood Communications, is at the helm of Love Local Delivery, a collaborative platform showcasing local independent restaurants that offer takeout and delivery. As many small businesses suffer huge hits amid the ongoing pandemic, consumers are being encouraged [...]

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Getting to know Alanna Bale from CTV’s hit show Cardinal

Getting to know Alanna Bale from CTV’s hit show Cardinal

Most known for her recurring role on CTV’s hit crime drama television series Cardinal, Alanna Bale was born right here in Ottawa, but was always destined to do great things. With some really interesting projects in the works, I had a chance to sit down with her and chat about Cardinal (I’m [...]

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Stephanie Bullock Lights Ottawa Up With New Single Firestarter

Stephanie Bullock Lights Ottawa Up With New Single Firestarter

Photo: Stephanie Bullock, local singer/songwriter Growing up in Kanata, Stephanie Bullock wasn’t born into the limelight. But she was born to sing. You can see videotapes of her at only four years old, singing at the park in front of her house for the whole neighbourhood, or whoever wanted [...]

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Ottawa Fashion Network is on a Mission to Elevate the Scene in Ottawa

Ottawa Fashion Network is on a Mission to Elevate the Scene in Ottawa

Photo: Beautiful Zarucci gowns, a Canadian Bridal line, on display (credit: Hollie Grace James) It’s an honest realization that Ottawa isn’t exactly known for keeping up with the likes of other major cities when it comes to…well almost anything, but especially the food, fashion [...]

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Lovers of the Sea – Conscious Lifestyle Brand Aims to Help Reduce Plastic Footprint

Lovers of the Sea – Conscious Lifestyle Brand Aims to Help Reduce Plastic Footprint

We met with Omar Itani to get all the details about plastic pollution and his new initiative that’s putting a stop this epidemic “Lebanon is a country on the coast, so the sea means a lot to me.” Earlier this week environmentalists collectively let out a long-held breath as a small [...]

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The Best Rainy Day Activities in Ottawa for When You’re Stuck Inside

The Best Rainy Day Activities in Ottawa for When You’re Stuck Inside

Photographed: Think you can outsmart the Byward Market Butcher? Test your skills at one of Jigsaw’s Escape Rooms! (credit: Hollie Grace James) At last, Spring has sprung, and we can finally look forward to the shining sun and rising temperatures. You know what that means right? Taking advantage [...]

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This Facial is all the Rage Right Now and We Tried It

This Facial is all the Rage Right Now and We Tried It

While traditional facials might present colorful arrays of new masks, aromatic essential oils, and botanical infused cleansing balms, the newest treatment sought after by big name celebs (like Queen Bey herself) is more about zero downtime, absolutely no discomfort, and clinically focused results. Forget [...]

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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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