Ottawa has an eclectic variety of writers and bloggers who made it their mission to experience, test, and try different kinds of adventures throughout the city to let you know what’s hot and what’s not. From beauty to fashion, food to parenting and history to travel, Ottawa bloggers have a lot to offer. In fact, Canada’s capital city boast of a very thriving and booming blog industry that covers a wide range of genres. While there are many incredibly popular and successful ones that are quite well-known in the city, there are also some hidden gems that you may or may not have heard of yet.
In this new edition of Ottawa Spotlight where we bring you the latest news and updates on what’s worthy to know and do in Ottawa, we bring you our 7 Must-know Ottawa blogs (in no particular order):
Want to know about all the must see travel spots? Seeking an adventure and need some tips and tricks? Traveling can be risky, especially if you’re going somewhere where you don’t know the language. If you’re looking for inspiration, help for choosing your destination or some assistance during your travel preparation, we’ve got the perfect Ottawa travel blog for you. Named as one of the White House Top 100 Travel Blogs around the world, Turnipseed Travel is your non-average Ottawa couple touring the world and sharing their top travel tips and life advice with you. Vanessa and Ryan (whom we love and follow quite diligently here at Twenty York Street) love to learn about history, tradition and food from around the world and does not hesitate to give you the lowdown of the good, the bad and the ugly. Check out one of their favourite blog posts here.
OTTAWA FOODIE GIRLZ
Want to know about local restaurants, eateries, and cuisine events? It’s never fun to be disappointed in an expensive meal. This is why it’s important to have a trustworthy source of foodie information and Ottawa Foodie Girlz have you covered. Recognized as the credible, reliable foodie source in the city, they are often invited to the biggest food events to judge, review and eat and they’ve also been the force behind many a fundraising food-related events for worthy charities in the city. Find their latest article here.
TETHERED 2 HOME
Looking to create the perfect gift this season? Love to craft and need some inspiration? Sick of unrealistic Pinterest expectations? When you’re elbows deep in glue and glitter, it isn’t the time for confusing instruction. Tethered 2 Home was created by an Ottawa mom who loves to craft, and posts step by step guides to beautiful, simple crafts. Check out this simple and ingenious photo holder craft.
MAVEN OF MAYHEM
Are you struggling? In life or at work? With you gender or your sexual orientation? Worried about doing the right thing or raising your children well? The Maven of Mayhem has a story to touch all our lives. Amanda Janette Knox shares the incredible story of supporting her transgender daughter through the struggle of accepting her conflicting gender. It’s a beautiful story of acceptance, struggle and love, that happened right in our own backyard. Amanda recently spoke at Blog out Loud where local bloggers come together and read their best pieces of the year. Find the incredibly touching CBC news feature on her daughter’s story here.
A LABOUR OF LIFE
Does your wardrobe needs an upgrade? Are you unsure how to stay edgy and current while dressing appropriately for your age? A labour of life focuses on fashion over 40. Linda Cassidy (our recent winner for the Burberry – Nordstrom Mother’s Day Give-away Extravaganza) picks up the latest trends sophisticated enough for the mature and wise woman and regularly shares them at her popular and engaging social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out her latest post here.
OTTAWA PAST AND PRESENT
Are you patriotic and love our beautiful city? Or maybe you feel like you were born in the wrong time period. Wouldn’t it be cool to walk the streets of Ottawa a hundred years ago and see what once stood in your neighbourhood? Ottawa past and present compares century old photos to those of today to show you what Ottawa used to be and lets you vote on your favourite pictures. Did you know that Lebreton flats was once a hub of housing full of industry? Find out much more about Ottawas past here.
Are you over 50 and looking for a new hobby? Interested in meeting like minded people? Can’t seem to find the right products, books or restaurants for you? Ottawa boomers, spearheaded by Christine who’s also the creative and managerial force behind Santé Restaurant and Holtz Spa) finds all the local events, stores, books and restaurants to love life after 50. Read more about Ottawa Boomers here.
And of course, don’t forget that Twenty York Street has all you need to know about Ottawa’s latest fashion and beauty trends, must-know events and can’t miss sales. Are you writing a local blog? Let us know in the comments below and we might just feature you!
ABOUT TAYLOR BOILEAU
Ottawa-based French Canadian Blogger Taylor Boileau is Twenty York Street’s Resident vintage bargain shopping expert. With 10 years experience sifting through racks at Value Village, she’s got all the tips and tricks you need for finding those tags worth scouring the racks for. Taylor describes her style as quirky, bohemian and retro. She loves to mix and match to create a perfectly unique outfit. She’s currently studying public relations at Algonquin College and hopes to make on career copy writing and blogging. Taylor’s interests lie in fashion and beauty, writing and reading fantasy novels, knitting and sewing, as well as social activism, politics and current events.