On Trend | Oh Romeo!

When your wanderlust takes you back to home base it’s time to settle into a new stride, one with a more leisurely pace. We’re talking lazy Sundays, lounging for hours, and kicking up those travel-worn feet.

There’s no better way to indulge at home than throwing on a pair of comfy, cozy slippers. These are far from your run-of-the-mill pair (you know, the kind that only last one season). They have a plush pile-lined interior and our soft trademark suede. Plus a rubber sole means you can still venture outside, even if it’s just a few steps.

Guys, it’s time to indulge. Girls, it’s time to treat him. Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner, pick up a pair in rich chocolate or our classic brown. After all, uninterrupted downtime comes too far and few between to not be able to fully revel in all it has to offer.

Featured Product: Romeo Slipper 

Back Roads & Backstage | Modern Rivals

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man, The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

How did Modern Rivals form?
We’re friends that met in various ways – high school, college, working in a studio. Some of us had played in bands together before, so when we all ended up in Brooklyn we formed a band.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
This is a constantly changing thing for us. But I’d say we gravitate most towards artists who are masterful arrangers and use innovative palettes. And the songwriting has to be good too, of course!

What’s your favorite city to play?
New York! But we’ve had great experiences elsewhere too.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
Our record release show at Glasslands. There was such great energy in the room that night and it was also our last time playing the venue. RIP.

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
Cassette adapter, spare tire (learned this the hard way), patience

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
We had incredible, massive po’boys near Mobile, Alabama.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
Our gondola shoot! The first and most likely last time we’ll get to perform while flying up a mountain.

Featured Product: Classic Fringe Boot Softsole, Classic Moc, Casey Slipper, Street Moc

For more behind-the-scenes moments from On the Mountain check out our latest lookbook.

Well Worn | DYLANA/SUAREZ

A single Minnetonka style can be worn a million different ways.  In our Well Worn series we spotlight unique individuals who seek to stand apart not only in what they wear but what they do.

For our winter lookbook Dylana from DYLANA/SUAREZ and Natalie from Natalie Off Duty took to the streets of New York to show us six ways to look cold-weather cool this season.

Today Dylana shares a few of her cold-weather style secrets along with a few of her favorite ways to spend a wintery weekend.

What inspired your cold weather style?
I wanted to find a way to give this preppier bootie a more sporty chic look, and worked the look around with this vintage sweatshirt. The tennis style mini and leather baseball hat were the final finishing touches. Overall the outfit felt sporty yet refined, which I feel suited the Chukka Wedge Booties perfectly!

What are a few of your winter wardrobe necessities?
I definitely can’t live without my long wool menswear coat, a thick knitted pom pom beanie and an oversized, cable knit turtleneck sweater.

Favorite weekend winter activities.
I love checking out the indoor food and shopping markets like Chelsea Market or the Brooklyn Flea. It’s always warm and cozy and full of delicious food and pretty decor. The perfect way to keep warm during the day.

Also hanging out and catching up with friends at a large beer garden is always really fun!  And a bundled up stroll around Central Park is also quite the treat in the winter time.

Featured Product: Chukka Wedge Booties

Made By Hand | Mason Jar Lanterns

Inspiring handcrafted how-to’s for your home, life and well being.  Our Made By Hand series features distinct DIYs made with a little love and a lot of creative spirit.

These Mason jar lanterns are an inexpensive way of personalizing and styling your home or dinner party, and can also be given to friends as gifts. Hang them from tree branches or set them on tables for a romantic evening light. They are rustic and whimsical at the same time and chances are you have most of what you need already in your house.

Supplies:

  • A mason jar of any size (the wide-mouth variety are easiest)
  • 22-gauge (or thicker) nontarnish silver wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fine pea pebbles, available at garden supply stores
  • Votive candles
  • Long lighter or long matches

Wrap the wire around the neck of the jar, leaving an inch of slack. Cut the wire and twist the ends together.

Cut another piece of wire to make the wire handle, about 8 inches, or a piece that’s long enough to attach to both ends of the wire around the neck in a loop.

Tuck the second wire under the first one and twist together. Repeat this on the other side, combining the wire twist from the first wire so that they connect.

Trim off any ends with the wire cutters so nothing sharp is sticking out.

Pour in the pebbles or dried beans or rice into the bottom of the mason jar.

Secure a votive candle inside.

Light it with a long lighter and hang the lantern wherever you please, or simply set a whole bunch of them on your dinner table!

It is an inexpensive and magical way to tap into your pioneer spirit.

About Georgia Pellegrini:

Georgia’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of “Food Heroes,” “Girl Hunter,” and the new book “Modern Pioneering.” She has appeared on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iron Chef, and much more, and her outdoor Adventure Getaways have been featured everywhere from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to HBO. She lives in Austin, Texas and chronicles her adventures on her wildly popular website GeorgiaPellegrini.com and her Facebook fan page.

Everyday Adventure | Treasures & Travels

The beginning of a new year brings fresh inspiration for finding new winter adventures.  We asked Vancouver based lifestyle bloggers Tegan, Bethany and Lindsay of Treasures & Travels to share with us their favorite ways to find adventure in the colder months plus a few of their style tips for staying warm while still looking cozy cool this winter.

Lindsay: I absolutely love cafe’s. There is nothing better than sitting in a cozy cafe on a cloudy day and sippin’ on a toasty coffee brew.

Gastown is one of my favourite places to explore in the winter time in Vancouver. The streets are lined with twinkling lights, there is hustle and bustle but in an old fashioned way. I love people watching as they wander on the cobblestone streets going from shop to shop, buying quality goods and groceries.

While exploring the city in the winter, I love pairing a simple dress with tights and high socks, which pair great with my mocs!

Bethany: One of my favourite things this time of year is going for walks all bundled up with my family.

We live in the woods and just through the park there is a coffee shop and amazing bakery, a little further down the road you hit the beautiful coast. There is something so breathtaking about the sand all frozen and covered in snow. We try to get our baby girl and puppy down there as often as possible.

My go-to style in the winter always involves layers. My winter uniform starts with my favourite black skinny jeans, usually a few baggy layers on top, and chunky scarves. A sort of boho look that pairs perfectly with my Outback hat.

Tegan:  My favourite thing to in the winter is explore my city! Sunday is my day off, so if it’s sunny, my husband and I love to just bundle up and head out our door, discover a new cafe, shop around Gastown, or head to our favourite brewery for brunch.

Since we do live in Vancouver, it rains a lot, so my other favourite winter activity is cozying up and watching movie marathons or a good series, obviously with some coffee and a big home cooked breakfast!

I would say my cold-weather style is mostly cozy. Especially this winter, being pregnant, comfort is a must! I live in big cozy sweaters, comfy shoes, toques and scarves!

Featured Product: Outback Hat, Moosehide Fringe Kilty, Moosehide Classic

For more winter style and beauty inspiration, DIY projects and recipes visit Treasure & Travels.

How are you finding adventure this winter?  Share in the comments below!