About me

Hi there! I'm Amy Karlin, an Ottawa-based blogger of all things local and lifestyle. Some of you already know me as @amyin613 on Twitter and Instagram, while others met me in my past life running a PR and events company. And to those of you visiting for the first time, welcome! So glad you came.

I moved to Ottawa (aka the 613) in 2000, and since then I've seen our little city grow (and grow up) enormously. This town has never had so many outstanding shops, restaurants, galleries, breweries, bars, farmers markets, festivals, pop-up events, high end stores (hey there Nordstrom!) ... you name it.


There's always something going on in the 613, some new place to check out, or some new product to try. When I ran my PR and events company I had a little blog to share all my favourite finds, and in September 2015 I realized how much I missed it. So here we are!

I publish product reviews, host giveaways, introduce you to local small business owners, and hook you up with exclusive deals and promo codes.


Something you'd like to see on the blog? Let me know at amyin613@gmail.com.


I'm humbled to have over 35,000 of you following along with me. I adore your comments, jokes, questions, cat pictures, and emails -- you folks are the best.

brand ambassador at:

Maker House
The Ten Spot Beauty Bars
Iron North Studio
Inner Fire Canadian-Made Yoga Apparel
ISO Spa Ottawa Floatation Centre
The Dailey Method Ottawa Barre Fitness