Blogger Spotlight: My Style Diaries


Nikki of My Style Diaries signature style in her Kilty Unbeaded mocs.


A perfect summer look in Minnetonka Studded mocs.

Very fringe-tastic in her Calf Hi 2-layer Fringe boots.


Minnetonka Blogger Spotlight:  Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

Twice a month Minnetonka spotlights the style of bloggers we absolutely love in our Minnetonka Blogger Spotlight.   This week we’re thrilled to spotlight the always stylish Nikki Minton the blogger behind My Style Diaries.  We’ve always admired Nikki’s laid back glamour and love how she perfectly styled three different looks featuring a few Minnetonka classics including the Kilty moc, the Studded moc and the Calf Hi 2-layer Fringe boot.

Take a look at how Nikki describes her style along with a few of her summer must-haves in our Q&A and be sure to visit My Style Diaries for more of Nikki’s signature style and always on trend style advice.   Plus My Style Diaries is giving away a pair of the Minnetonka Calf Hi 2-layer Fringe boot, be sure to visit My Style Diaries to enter.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I’ve always loved moccasins, but my boyfriend had a pair before I did – he got me hooked!  He bought me my first pair (Back Zipper Boot) as a birthday gift, and since then, they’ve become a closet staple that I take everywhere with me.  Now I have several pairs.  It’s getting a little out of hand, but I love them.

If you could describe your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Comfortable basics with a bohemian twist

Who’s style inspires you?
Kate Moss, Erin Wasson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Basically I love the whole model-off-duty thing.  I also love Nicole Richie and Vanessa Hudgens – they embody bohemian chic in a fun and relatable way.

What song do you currently have on repeat?
I’m a huge American Idol fan, so Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is a current favorite.  I’m also loving “Ghosts” by Thick As Thieves.  If you haven’t checked them out, you definitely should.

What’s on your summer reading list?
I’m currently finishing up “Chasing Harry Winston” by Lauren Weisberger.  (After reading “Everyone Worth Knowing”, I figured I’d just read all of her books, and I haven’t been disappointed.)  When I’m done, I’m thinking about boarding “The Hunger Games” train, but I feel a little late to the party.

What is your favorite summer destination?
I’m from Louisiana, so I try to get there every summer despite the heat.  You really can’t beat a few days in the South.  (Except, of course, if you’re worried about your diet.)  Otherwise, anywhere with a beach is fine by me.

My Minnetonka must-have item is…
My black Woodstock boots!  I definitely bring those everywhere I go.

Minnetonka Takes Manhattan Giveaway!



I spy my Minnetonka style!  Have you seen Minnetonka’s road trip to Manhattan?  Take a look and tell us which style shown in “Minnetonka Takes Manhattan” is your Minnetonka must have!

Three lucky winners will be selected to win their favorite pair of Minnetonkas featured in Minnetonka Takes Manhattan!

And don’t forget to download your copy of Minnetonka’s Summer Anthem “The Goldenhand” featured in the film and performed by The Parlour Suite!

Congrats to the winners of the Minnetonka Takes Manhattan giveaway! 

Meghan Finley

Rebekah Greavu

Christine Solheim

Thank you to everyone who entered!  Be sure to check back for future Minnetonka giveaways!

Giveaway Rules:

  • Add your name, email, country and favorite style of Minnetonkas from “Minnetonka Takes Manhattan” to the comment section of this post for entry
  • To be eligible, you must LIKE the Minnetonka Facebook page (or already be a fan!)
  • One entry per person
  • Winners product choice is pending upon available inventory.
  • Sorry, but you must live in the US and you must be 16 or older.
  • Enter between 12AM Central Time, Saturday, June 23, 2012 and 11:59 PM Central Time, Friday, June 29, 2012.
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My Minnetonka Story: Rach Gent

Rach Gent in her Minnetonka 3-Layer Fringe Boots!


My Minnetonka Story: Rach Gent, blogger behind So, hi.

What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins?
I remember when I was a little girl, maybe about 5 or so, I would just stare at my mother’s Minnetonkas with some sort of crazy infatuation. So my love for Minnetonka’s started at an extremely young age. My first pair were actually a pair that my mother had purchased for me, they were the classic Thunderbirds and they were beautiful. I was probably about 9 years old when I had gotten them and I fell in love. They were so classically cute and they went along with every outfit a spunky, adventurous 9 year old girl could come up with.

What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonkas?
One of my favorite memories involving my Minnetonka’s are all of the wonderful comments I receive while wearing them! I swear, when I wear my 3-layered fringe boots I get stopped at least 5 times every time I go to the grocery store! Who knew I was so stylish?

How far have you and your Minnetonka’s traveled?
The furthest my Minnetonkas have traveled is the Windy City, Chicago. I think the best Minnetonka fans actually live there! So much Minnetonka support!

Describe your Minnetonka style.
My Minnetonka style is very versatile, because Minnetonka shoes are versatile. I can wear my fringe boots with a floral dress and belt to go for a flirty, bohemian feel or I could wear my beaded mocs with a pair of cropped jeans and a sparkly oversized tee for a glam feel. I guess I would describe my Minnetonka style as “Boho Glam”.

Tell us your Minnetonka story!

Do you remember your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins? Are you a lifelong Minnetonka fan? Tell us your Minnetonka story!

We would love to hear your Minnetonka memories.  Please answer the following questions, sharing your Minnetonka story with us.

  • What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins or boots?
  • Where were your first pair of Minnetonka’s purchased?
  • What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka’s?
  • How far have you and your Minnetonka’s traveled? (i.e. Coolest city you’ve visited in the world wearing your Minnetonka’s)
  • Describe your Minnetonka style.

Email us your story along with a photo of yourself (past or present) in your Minnetonka’s at  If your story is selected we will send you a free pair of Minnetonka mocs, your choice!

Please include your contact information including name, email and phone number so that we may contact you with further questions!

My Minnetonka Entry Details & Rules:  

  • Email your story to, answering the above questions and providing requested images
  • Submission must include full name, age, and address
  • To be eligible, you must LIKE the Minnetonka Facebook page (or already be a fan!)
  • One entry per person
  • Sorry, but you must live in the US or Puerto Rico, and you must be 18 or older
  • Minnetonka will select one story to spotlight the first and third week of each month.
  • If your story is selected, you will be notified in advance. Upon submission you release all provided materials to Minnetonka for potential use on the Minnetonka Moccasin blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Winners will have their choice of moccasins or slippers. Prizes will be mailed within 2 weeks of story spotlight.
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Minnetonka Music Notes: The Parlour Suite

The Parlour Suite: Josh, Inga & Joel. Photo credit: Robert Sanchez

Joel and Inga from The Parlour Suite stopped by Minnetonka to pick out some new mocs!

Minnetonka Music Notes:  The Parlour Suite

Meet The Parlour Suite, the band behind Minnetonka’s Summer Anthem “The Goldenhand.”  Check out our interview with the band to learn a little more about their musical stylings and be sure to visit for summer tour dates!

And don’t forget to download your free copy of “The Goldenhand” to add to your summer playlist here:

What’s your Minnetonka story?  
My grandma, Vivian, was a Minnetonka Moccasin queen! She wore them all the time. It is one of my strongest memories of her. She wore the tan ankle boot with the fringe at the ankle that zipped up the back. All the time! She wore them in the morning (in her robe), and to go out to run errands. I loved them! Actually I bought a pair a few years ago just because of the sentimental value and understand her style choice even more.

Tell us how The Parlour Suite came to be?
I have been in some sort of band or music endeavor since maybe being a preteen. Inga would play piano and sing at home all the time. One of the first things I was baffled by when I met Inga (pre-couple) was her behemoth power singing. I showed her some Mamas and Papas songs, Leslie Gore, Etta James, and it kind of started there.

How would you describe your sound?
Inspirations taken from Elmore James, Dick Dale, Bo Diddley… for percussive rhythmic leads on guitar. With that in mind to push and pull with the organ.

The tonality of our writing draws off of surfy, vintage inspirations. I tend towards pop music, new and old. Droning analog organ tones and gritty fender strat accompanied by driving drums are our instrumental foundation. For this last album Joel and I focused on creating a musical composition that we would be excited to play live, something we could feel. Energy.

What inspired the song The Goldenhand?
Around the time I wrote The Goldenhand, I was listening to an oversaturation of numerous girl groups: The Ronettes, Leslie Gore, and Dusty Springfield were on heavy rotation. I loved that they could say something so powerful and yet fairly vague at the same time. I liked the idea, that writing a song in this way, could be interpreted differently to the listeners living in various situations.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
We just got back from our West coast CD release tour. Wow! That was completely packed with some favorite performances.
We recorded a session at Lost Ark Studio in San Diego. Even though it wasn’t for a live audience, the performance was a really special experience. It was the first time the 3 of us had been in the studio together. It was such a cool experience to play live together and record the session in such a sweet studio, right on the beach in La Jolla.

Bootleg Theater, LA with Sweethearts. Perfect peak to our most recent west coast tour. The space, sound, people with played with and met, all the aftermath….

Describe The Parlour Suite’s fashion style?
I think that we all have a unique style interpretation, I prefer something more on the feminine meets edgy feel. Black, lace, metal detailing, clean lines, and comfortable. We don’t really try too hard to blend in together, but it just kind of naturally happens.

Equal parts The Breakfast Club and Blondie.