Great gift idea…

This luxury champagne & chocolate box from Fortnum & Mason makes the perfect gift.

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Two of my best girlfriends turned 40 recently and we (me and each friend) sent the other, one of these fabulous boxes.

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They both loved getting the glamorous delivery and said it was the perfect start to their BIG birthday celebrations. I have to agree – that huge milestone needs to start with proper Champers and just keep rolling on and on and on….

So, I was pretty excited to receive a special delivery myself recently. At first, I wondered if my friends had got my birthday date (and year!) confused as I’ve a (little) while yet until that BIG date.

But it was actually goodies from Time Out Edinburgh for my blogging contributions. How exciting!

I could have saved it for a special occasion or… just fired in. We (me and Mr T) opted for the latter and, it was well worth it.

Seriously, the champagne is lovely and the chocolates are super-amazing.

The perfect treat for someone…or maybe just for you.

Any fab gift ideas to share?

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Design by K…

My absolute favourite Edinburgh boutique is Kakao by K on fabulous Thistle Street. And, I love it for two reasons.

  1. One of my very good friends, Karina owns it and shopping / hanging out there is as lovely as she is (okay, I’m a bit bias but go see for yourself)
  2. It’s got Scand-chic all wrapped up

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Karina – a Denmark lass – has been bringing a taste of Scandinavia to the city for well over six years now. Her impeccable taste has gained her a loyal following and the brands she stocks like Soaked in Luxury, Gestuz and Y.A.S have gone from strength to strength.

For me, it’s perfect for adding statement pieces to my wardrobe as it offers designers that are not-so-easy-to-find in the UK. And the prices are more within my range (not cheap but not crazy top designer ££s).

The gorgeous accessories and jewellery Kakao stocks – including her own Design by K range – are also incredible. I have a drawer full of fabulous chunky, sparkly and elegant necklaces. And, a unique scarf to go with all of my outfits.

So, it was very exciting to be invited along to the launch of Karina’s latest Design by K collection: Scandiburgh.

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Inspired by her Scandinavian heritage and her Edinburgh lifestyle, the new jewellery range offers a unique mix of gold and silver designs. Each piece being a symbol of Karina’s life in some way.

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Like the beading on a pair of hoop earrings that were inspired by the black bead design that surrounds the Melville monument in St Andrew’s Square. Or the stag’s head necklace that was created thanks to the view from her boutique’s window (Howie’s 21st Century Kilts …and his stag head are across the road). While the clean lines of all of the jewellery’s design puts her Scandinavian stamp on them.

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This necklace was one of my fave pieces, which I purchased on the night. I love the clean design with the pale blue stone. The stone is a reference to the appreciation of a pure blue sky in Edinburgh, especially as we often have rain. It’s also a nod to the the current 70s trend and a great match for the many-new tan colours I have introduced to my s/s wardrobe.

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I’d highly recommend checking out the range – you can view her ranges online too at kakao.co.uk . Don’t worry either if a piece you want is sold out. Karina offers bespoke designs as part of her Design by K brand so she’ll happily make you another.

What’s your favourite jewellery to wear? Are you strictly silver or gold or, do you mix it up?

Kakao by K will also be taking Scandi-chic to Aberdeen this weekend with a pop-up shop in Amicus Apple. Danish knitwear designer Stinne Gorell will be there too.

If you’re in the area it’s a fab opportunity to combine lunch with a spot of shopping and you’ll definitely snap-up some unique items. The shop will be open 12-5pm.

Big bandana love…

It’s good news that bandanas are back. Well, I got a bit excited and bought a red one and a blue one from Zarabandanas

I was supposed to take one back but couldn’t make my mind up which colour I’d wear most. So, now I have two. I’m also looking to make it three as (thankfully) the trend is rolling on into a/w so…I clearly need a black one too.

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I might even need a baby bandana for Little Miss M…

What’s your thoughts on bandanas? Do or don’t?

Any baby bandanas you can link me to?