Karina Chronicles

Frockstar™: Kristin Buchholz-MacKillop of ‘Highland Fashionista’

Name: Kristin Buchholz-MacKillop
Age: 41
Location: Scotland
Online homes: blog // twitter // facebook // instagram // pinterest

Favorite Karina dress:
I have spent an embarrassingly huge amount of time online trying to find the answer to that question, but I’m finding it hard to choose just one. At this moment in time, I would have to say it is the Penelope dress in either the red rose print or white with black dots (pockets!), followed by the Rita short sleeve in Hibiscus Mauve floral.

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off? 
Huffington post, my Bloglovin’ feed, U.S. Vogue magazine cover to cover (the paper copy…I have it sent over), and one of the many, many books that I have loaded into my Kindle but haven’t had time to finish. Or start.

You’re an American living in Scotland.  How did you end up there?
I was in graduate school in upstate NY when I got an email from one of my dear friends who was getting married and moving to Scotland. She asked me to be a bridesmaid. I travelled over for the wedding, and while there, hit it off with the best man, who is now my husband. I now live just down the street from my friend. It sounds like a magical fairytale, and it is a fun story to tell, but believe me, the real version was fraught with a lot of immigration woes. I was nearly not allowed to be present at my own wedding!

Tell us your top three style DIYs/tricks!
One, I’m a big believer in the old thing where you put on every accessory that you want to wear for the day, then right before you set out, take one piece off. Two, I’m sort of obsessive-compulsive about balancing accessories. Big statement necklace, tiny stud earrings, Big cocktail ring, no bracelets…and so on. And three, there is nothing in life that cannot be made better with the addition of something leopard print.

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
You should always have something in your life that you are working towards. A project  that engages you and that you enjoy.

Your perfect day. What would it look like?
At the moment, I would love to wake up in New York city and just wander the streets and skulk about soaking up the atmosphere. But to be honest, these last few days of weather here in Scotland make me think I would be wiling to settle for a nice, sunny warm day where I could actually sit outside and not have to dry the dog with a towel every few hours.


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