I’m so excited to be featuring the lovely, stylish, and witty Carey Wodehouse of Corks & Caftans for this edition of OnTheSpot! We share two great passions in life – wine and fashion… there’s definitely a special bond going on here. She blogs with her husband, Rob, and together they maintain an awesome site with expert wine reviews and killer outfit posts. I am beyond inspired by Corks & Caftans… hurry and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!
Carey’s totally nailed the bohemian-chic look, has she not? Get to know the fun-loving, hilarious, and one-of-a-kind woman behind Corks & Caftans by reading the interview below:
How would you describe your style in a nutshell?
Where the wind blows me! I’m inspired by so many different styles. But deep down, there’s a huge internal struggle between a fringe-wearing groupie and a buttoned-up, gin-drinking lit-head who dresses up to go to the airport.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Just shy of two years! As the story goes, I got laid off from my job the day we got back from our honeymoon. I needed somewhere to channel my energies during a bleak winter of unemployment, and it grew from there. It was pretty wine-fueled in the beginning, but we’ve learned a lot and cyber-met a ton of rad peeps… yourself included.
What are three pieces you’d hate to live without and why?
My olive suede fringed boots—they are transformative and musical; my ancient Da-Nang silk camoflage pants—they are blissfully comfortable and sort of rebellious; and my blue Mara Hoffman caftan—it has this mood-lifting effect on me and looks as good with bare feet as it does with thigh-high boots.
Who and/or what inspires your style?
Definitely other bloggers… Penny Lane… huge, chunky knit sweaters… Candice Bergen in her modeling days… Marisa Berenson… Copenhagen cycling chic… Jane Birkin… characters in Judith Krantz novels.
What is the best part about wearing a caftan?
The drama! It’s also really conducive to lounging around while still looking polished. [Which is directly supportive of my daydream to one day have a home completely furnished with floor pillows.] People are always so surprised to see how sexy a caftan can be, and make you feel. I’m one woman strong and growing to fight the “muumuu” stereotype.
It’s so fascinating to me that wine is basically a living, breathing thing. It literally has a piece of where it came from inside it, and will mean something different—and taste different—to every person that drinks it. That and, anything that someone puts their heart and soul into I want to taste and be a part of. The whole concept is passionate, dramatic, and sensual.
Favorite everyday wine? Favorite special occasion/isn’t-life-grand wine?
Everyday: We are finding tons of New Zealand Pinot Noir that’s super affordable and delicious; it’s so light, you can drink it into the wee hours. Which I’m prone to do on “school nights.” But deep down, I’m a lover of dusty, earthy Italian wine you imagine carrying in a leather pouch through Tuscany. I’d say my special occasion would be some out of this world Sangiovese I have yet to try, or, more modestly, Monsanto Chianti.
Funniest experience while under the influence?
Let’s say I haven’t always been the responsible cyclist I am today. It might have taken me 8-9 times to actually get on my old beach cruiser in FL… before crashing into the bumper of a parked police cruiser a few yards away.
If you could be anywhere in the world right this second where would you be?
I would be sipping wine in a tiny bar in a little town along the Canal du Midi in Southwest France, watching soccer on a flickering television set with a cat lounging in a sunny spot—maybe Trebes. I did a 2-week boat/bike cruise along the Canal 5 years ago and it changed my life.
What’s on your playlist right now?
I’m having writer’s block at work this week, so a specially concocted blend of The Black Crowes (always), Band of Horses, Cloud Control, The Drive-By Truckers, Delta Spirit, The Burning Hotels, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Andrew Bird, and a little Cat Stevens for good measure.
What are a few of your favorite blogs?
Holy guacamole… let’s see. I love An Apple A Day from Emerson Merrick. She’s like a living vintage doll who canoes and wears antique underpants. Race for Prosperity is like all the editorial eye candy I’d ever need all in one place…. heaven. And for personal style, Mariannan is so perfect. Easily imitable, breezy, sweet… just perfect.
Justin Bieber… go.
…is like Lady Gaga for undersexed tweens, and thank God for him! That poor generation out there right now going through puberty doesn’t have a JTT or a Kurt Cobain [or Aladdin, if you're into animated abs] to get them through all that angst like we did. Beebs, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.
Karl is such a naughty little biotche! Let’s call him Karl Jangly Fingers Lagerfeld. One person’s brain I do not want to crawl inside. Guy can make a mean abominable snow man suit, dude. You know you want to get one and come visit us in Saratoga when it gets to around 11 below.