Blogger Spotlight: Fine & Feathered

Blogger Spotlight:  Josie of Fine & Feathered

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I fell in love with Minnetonka mocs when I was about 16, and later found out that my mom wore Minnetonka moccasins in high school too! I guess Minnetonka love is just in our blood. I can’t live without a pair of Kilty mocs in my closet now!

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
I suppose it would be something like, classic vintage prep with some masculine pieces thrown in there. I’ve learned to just wear what speaks to me, and not worry about what style it falls under.

Whose style inspires you?
Audrey Hepburn has always been a huge style inspiration for me, she’s so classic and timeless. I also love Jenna Lyons and how she mixes a lot of those classic pieces with more fun, modern ones.

What’s your favorite trend this season?
I don’t keep up with trends all that much, but I love how a lot of stores seem to have more woodland and folk inspired things this fall, they’re so fun!

What song do you currently have on repeat?
I’ve been in a very reminiscent music mode lately, so I’ve been listening to old Goo Goo Dolls songs a lot. “Sympathy” is one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite city and why?
I adore Boston. Me and my husband love touring historic buildings and gushing over old homes. We spent a week just wandering around the city and taking naps in the beautiful parks. I really would love to live closer one day!

My Minnetonka must-have item is…the 5-layer fringe boot! It’s so comfy and it keeps my legs nice and warm on the crisper fall days, especially with dresses and skirts.

Enter to win one of the pairs Josie styled this week on Fine & Feathered!  

Minnetonka Mural Project

Before & After: A Minnetonka green space transformed

When faced with an empty outdoor space at our Minneapolis headquarters, Minnetonka employees along with artist Andrea Avery, creatively came together to construct a beautiful mural capturing the essence of Minnetonka and in turn creating a gorgeous green space for all to enjoy.

Watch how this timeless piece of art came to be and learn more about artist Andrea Avery’s Minnetonka story and the inspiration behind the Minnetonka Mural Project.

Minnetonka employees letting their creative juices flow!

Meet the Artist: Andrea Avery

What are some of the techniques you used to create this Minnetonka mural?
To tackle a mural of this size, it can be approached in many different ways. First, this was a true collaboration with the Minnetonka team and myself. The concept was developed and executed together.

We freehand painted many of the trees and shrubs, and used different spray painting and stencil techniques for the leaves. We projected the logo to make sure it was as accurate as possible. The woodland animals are all prints of paintings I have done, which were then wheat pasted on the mural. About a dozen Minnetonka employees were involved in the creation of the mural, from the design, to putting up scaffolding, to actually taking different shifts to help paint. This was a really great collaborative effort that fully transitioned the space.

Minnetonka Mural Team: Creative Manager Mark Bahn, artist Andrea Avery & Director of Marketing Kalyn Waters

What does Minnetonka mean to you and how did that translate into this mural project?
I grew up in a small tourist town in northern Wisconsin called, Chetek. You could buy Minnetonka moccasins at the local dime store, so the beaded Thunderbird has become a symbol of nostalgia and Americana to me and my family. I’ve  had a pair ever since I can remember. My mom also wears Minnetonka moccasins so I guess you could say they are a staple fashion piece in the Avery family.

When I think of Minnetonka the first thing that comes to mind is “handmade.” Minnetonka reminds me of home– being out on the lake fishing or on a hike in the woods. That was largely the inspiration for this mural project, the natural surrounding of the north woods as well as the changing of the seasons.

 

 

Fall Fashion Frenzy Winner’s List

It’s a Minnetonka Fall Fashion Frenzy!  Did you enter each week?  Think you’re a winner? Check out the winner’s list below and then check your email for further details from Minnetonka.

Congrats to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who entered the Fall Fashion Frenzy Sweepstakes!

Week 1: MINItonka School Style
Tammy of Trevor
Mary of Huntsville
Stephanie of Dalhart
Marie of Smyrna
Erin of Pittsburgh

Week 2:  Fall for something New!
Nelly of Memphis
David of Waltham
Lauren of Pottstown
Jackie of Lebanon
John of Cape Coral

Week 3: A Few Good Mocs (For Men!)
Kevin of W. Hollywood
Charley of Conyers
Lisa of Wells
Cole of Leesville
Curt of Ballwin

Week 4: Fall Favorites for Her
Susan of Jacksonville
Carole of Newark
Deborah of Griffin
Tiffany of Gladstone
Shelia of West Valley City

Blogger Spotlight: Jenny Highsmith

Blogger Spotlight:  Jenny Highsmith

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I ordered my first pair of Minnetonka moccasins – the 5-layer fringe boots – about a year ago after seeing multiple other bloggers wearing them and raving about how comfortable and fun they were. I literally wore them every day for almost a month. After that, I was hooked. I currently own 8 pairs of Minnetonka shoes and would say that I’m definitely a raving fan. They are by far my most comfortable and most versatile shoes in my closet.

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
I would say my style is classic and comfortable with warm tones and a touch of bohemian.

Whose style inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by other blogger’s and friend’s style as well as styles I see on Pinterest. I love going back to my Pinterest board to see what I pinned last month and getting re-inspired all over again.

What’s your favorite trend this season?
My favorite trend for this season is the flowy, kimono-inspired cardigans that I’m seeing this fall. I love the variations of prints and the loose, dreamy look they have.

What song do you currently have on repeat?
Mumford & Sons “Babel”

What’s your favorite city and why?
My favorite city is Charleston, South Carolina, because my family took beach trips to Wild Dunes every summer growing up and we would always travel into Charleston for 1 or 2 days and walk around the Market, eat homemade fudge, and go on a historical tour on the Battery. It not only has those sweet childhood memories, but it also is a beautifully historic city with a lot to see and do.

My Minnetonka must-have item is…a pair of 2-layer or 5-layer fringe boots. Either one of those will get you through all year round. I love wearing my boots in the winter as well as with shorts in the summer. They are so comfortable and extremely breathable. And let’s be real, they look good with almost any outfit.

Visit Jenny’s blog this week and enter to win a pair of Minnetonka mocs to style this fall!

 

DIY Project: His & Her Heart Mocs

A new DIY to try this Fall!  Adorable His & Her Heart Mocs created by A Bit of Sunshine blogger Rebekah Gough.

Visit A Bit of Sunshine today and enter to win a pair of Suede Ankle Boots to DIY!

Supplies: Minnetonka Suede Ankle Boots and Moosehide Double Bottom Softsole Moccasins, heart and arrow template, heat and bond, plaid fabric, suede, pen, fabritac glue, x-acto knife, scissors, an iron a needle and thread.

Instructions:

Step 1:  Begin by ironing on a small piece of heat and bond to the plaid fabric and then trace your heart template onto the back along with the arrow in the center. Using scissors and an x-acto knife carefully cut out the plaid heart and arrow shape.

Step 2:  Place the heart and arrow appliqués onto the suede and iron them down per the heat and bond instructions letting them cool before cutting out each shape leaving a small border of suede on each one.

Step 3:  With the needle and thread stitch around the outside of each heart if you wish to give them some character and add your initials to the design too if you want!

Step 4: Using the glue attach each finished appliqué to the shoes in the desired location and let dry completely before wearing.