A warm welcome from our Cotswold corner this blustery evening.
How is today going for you?
We’ve been enjoying a lovely cup of tea and perusing the beautiful blog of one of Jen’s friends in America.
Katherine McAdoo is such a wonderful inspiration in every way.
Of Corgis and Cocktails is a fashion, photography and lifestyle blog about quirky fashion, adorkable pups, delicious foods, and more.
We were lucky enough to pin her down for a quick chatter to find out more about her inspiration and how she has developed as a blogger…
Your blog has such a fabulous name and branding style, what was the inspiration?
I love the line in the poem from Alice and Wonderland, The Walrus and The Carpenter : ‘The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.’ Well, I would like to talk of corgis and cocktails!
When did you set up “of Corgis and Cocktails”, and why?
I’ve been blogging to some extent for years. From 2 years of 365 projects (how I know Jen!) to a small time design and life blog, I had been participating in many communities without an established blog.
I moved to Pennsylvania on my own while my husband went to grad school, and I decided I wanted to get back into fashion and cataloging my outfits. It helps my confidence, is a great creative outlet, and just gives me a whole lot of things to do!
(Katherine was one of the most beautiful Brides ever, and had gorgeous colour scheme, styling and cutest wedding party!)
You have quite the following, how did you get established?
I’m not sure! I have made great connections and friends through my blog – really I believe the community I got into is just really supportive. I continue to reach out to people and try and grow.
Have you been featured anywhere?
A few small places – Turtle Love Co. featured me on their blog early on, I’ve had a post appear on Lucky, and I’ve done guest posts all over.
What is your favourite fashion style?
I really just love anything quirky. Animal prints are my favorite thing.
My favorite brand is Kate Spade right now
Do you have a Style icon whom you admire?
I really love Jenny Lewis
and Zooey Deschanel.
I think wwzdw.com is a great resource if you love what Zooey wears on new girl.
What is your weakness fashion wise?
Everything with animals! Things with dogs, foxes, bunnies, or any animal on them have me at first glance.
In terms of fashion, Do you have a fail-safe item from your own wardrobe that is a fashion fix-all?
I think my DIY half and half cardigan adds a nice accent to anything. I love it and it’s really easy to do.
What do you think are the trends to look out for this season?
I see a lot of vintage stylings, wide legged jeans again, and even more fit and flare dresses coming along.
Who are your daily reads and why?
The Clothes Horse – Rebecca dresses amazingly and lives in the same area as me which keeps me inspired because sometimes I feel a bit down about where I live!
Southern California Belle – Ashley is just terribly adorable, nice, and has the same love of fun prints as I do. I love keeping up with her life as well.
Delightfully Tacky – Elizabeth has such depth and I love reading whatever she writes about. Her style posts are amazing and always come with a story to keep me interested.
The Drawing Mannequin – I visit Ali’s site a lot. She is amazingly beautiful, genuine, and hilarious. She always makes me smile. Her posts are nothing short of amazing all of the time.
How do you get inspired?
Other people, new places, and just being around. Driving helps a lot – I come up with so many ideas on the road!
Why is your local area important to you?
This is a hard question for me because I am still relatively new to where I live! I think it is important to dive into local culture where ever you are. It will help you make more connections, find new things, and really enjoy life. I’ve found wonderful friends and food here!
Do you have a favourite local place that you like to visit as a treat?
I like to travel into Philadelphia and Baltimore on weekends as much as possible. Both are awesome cities that are really close to me!
If you Google our village of Minchinhampton is there anything you would like to see up close?
Any good local restaurants are bars you would take me to if I came in! It’s hard to Google that kind of thing – you can find food, but recommendations of locals is the most important thing to rely on.
(One of our favourite places is The kitchen – We would take you to sample their cakes of dreams and afternoon tea. The hot chocolate is out of this world and the cinnamon toast is delicious!)
Any up and coming Of corgis and Cocktails news you’d like to share?
I think we are preparing for a nice move soon with my husband’s new position! We’re really exciting to be starting our lives together in one spot!
What is the plan for your blogs future?
Keep taking outfit photos, going on adventures, and sharing our recipes. I love the pace I’m going at and hope to keep it going strong and growing!
Thank you so much for sharing your story Katherine, its been wonderful to get to know you a little better.
We would like to share one of our favourite outfits from your blog that seems to embody your blog philosophy.
We love your style, positive, colourful and unique.
You are a constant inspiration, we can’t wait to see where your Of Corgis and Cocktails Adventures take you!
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch!
Love S and J x