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.


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.



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.


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.


I’d highly recommend checking out the range – you can view her ranges online too at . 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.


Next stop…the 70s

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This s/s it’s time for the fashion merry-go-round to stop (again) in the ‘70s.  Are you excited? I’ve got mixed feelings…why can I not get crazy, flower-power-prints and peace signs out of my head?!

Pattern1 PEACE MAN

Or, just, like…the colour brown.

Hmmm there are so many looks from this decade that make me feel a bit queasy.

But so much that I LOVE about it too! Well, it was was the decade I was born after all…and It gave us her


And, of course, him…


So maybe, just maybe I will indulge in the 70s trend…again.

For me, as always, it’s about adding a dash of this key trend to my s/s wardrobe rather than a head-to-toe affair. I’m super excited at the prospect of wearing flares again and, looking forward to introducing some textile prints.  I love this scarf from H&M for starters and WANT these MiH jeans.

One of my favourite-favourite looks from the 70s though, has to be, BIG pointy collars. The bigger the better, right?  So, that’s what I’m off on the fashion hunt for…will keep you posted!

Summer of Love? Bring. It. On.


Will you be rockin’ the 70s look this s/s? What’s your favourite themes?