Blogger Spotlight: Pieceology

Blogger Spotlight:  April of pieceology

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I think I bought my first pair over 7 years ago when I started college. I had no idea when I bought them that they were Minnetonka. Then a few years later I found out about the brand and really wanted a pair of the fringe boots, only to realize I already had some! I still wear them all the time and have since bought a couple more pairs because they are super cute and so comfy.

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Bohemian with an urban, edgy twist.

Whose style inspires you?
The hippies of the late 60s and early 70s and my two favorite fashion blogger sisters Dylana and Natalie Suarez. It’s insane the way they mix prints and textures so effortlessly. I find inspiration of course from style blogs and I love browsing the site WhoWhatWear.com for outfit ideas. I’m also inspired by the music scene in Austin. I go to a lot of festivals and shows in town. I pretty much dress in festival attire year round.

What’s your favorite trend this season?
Over the knee boots. They work for short people too, I promise!

What song do you currently have on repeat?
“The John Wayne” by Little Green Cars

What’s your favorite city and why?
Paris because of the fashion, the culture and the people. Everyone just seems to be totally in love with life there. It’s contagious.

My Minnetonka must-have item is…The Double Fringe Side Zip Boot. Really if you give me anything with fringe and suede I’m happy!

Visit pieceology today and enter to win one of the three Minnetonka products April styled!

Blogger Spotlight: Snappy Casual

Eric, Kelsey & daughter Rooney Jane on a family adventure in their Minnetonka mocs!

Blogger Spotlight: Kelsey of Snappy Casual, her husband, Eric, of Words of Williams, and their daughter, Rooney Jane

On a blustery and cold (39 degree!) fall day, Kelsey, Eric and Rooney set out on a family adventure to Pilot Knob, a state park in northern Iowa. Eric and Kelsey grew up near the park and visited it when they were younger, so it was fun and nostalgic to bring their daughter Rooney there for a family adventure.  Kelsey told us “One thing I love about Minnetonka moccasins is how warm they keep our feet at Pilot Knob.  Even though our noses and fingers were cold, our feet were still warm!”

Find out more about Kelsey and her family’s Minnetonka story and style in our Q&A!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I bought my first pair of Minnetonka moccasins (the Kilty in dusty brown) a couple years ago when I was 24 weeks pregnant with my daughter. We were about to get on a plane and fly to Washington, D.C., and I knew I needed comfy shoes for sightseeing! I was starting to outgrow some of my regular shoes and the moccasins were forgiving for my swollen feet.

Then, my daughter got her first pair of Minnetonka booties when she was 6 weeks old. They are extra cute on little kids’ feet!  My husband joined the club earlier this year, and now everyone in our family has two pairs. We’re big fans!

Whose style inspires you?
I get a lot of my style inspiration from other bloggers. Sydney from The Daybook, Jen from Jen Loves Kev and Kendi from Kendi Everyday are a few of my favorites.

What are a few of your family’s favorite autumn activities to do together?
We love to ride bikes! My daughter has a seat on the back of my bike, so we all strap on our helmets and ride to the park or a nearby restaurant. It’s a great way for us to get exercise and enjoy the gorgeous weather at the same time.

What are each of your Minnetonka must-have items for Fall?
Kelsey’s pick: The El Paso Ankle Booties are calling my name! I’m also excited to see what comes out for Spring 2014 – the sneak peek at Texas Style Council was awesome.

Eric’s pick: Eric has the Chukka Boot in two colors and still wants another – he’s got his eye on the black ones to round out his collection.

Rooney’s pick: Kid’s Thunderbird II mocs are just too cute! I hope she wears them in and then passes them on to her own daughter some day.

Stop by Snappy Casual this week and enter to win a pair of Minnetonka mocs to wear this fall!

PIZZAMERICA Road Trip

Recently Kayley from Sidewalk Ready along with friends Ambrea, Bethany, Fairfax and Mae from travel blog PIZZAMERICA embarked on an end of summer road trip to California.

With a tightly packed car and adventure on their minds they departed Michigan and headed west, crossing ten different states with stops in Chicago, Iowa, Colorado, Las Vegas and finally California for FYF Fest.

See a few of our favorite road trip moments documented by these stylish road warriors below and be sure to visit PIZZAMERICA and Sidewalk Ready for more of their cross-country adventure.

Tell us, what’s your most memorable road trip?

All photos courtesy of Mae Stier

Minnetonka at We Day Minnesota

Minnetonka Student Correspondents: Jenn & Nick

On October 8th students from across the state had the opportunity to attend Minnesota’s first ever We Day event.  Minnetonka Student Correspondent Nick Raap joined the press team at We Day to cover this inspiring event for the Minnetonka blog.  Read Nick’s recap of this special one day event below!

Queen Noor of Jordan onstage at We Day Minnesota 2013

Minnetonka We Day Student Correspondent: Nick Raap

We Day – There is no event more inspiring and meaningful. Every student who is there has earned their way through service to see an awesome line up of speakers and performers! They have given their time and effort to help others, whether it be planning a trip abroad to build a school or collecting books for children, they have done something meaningful. And after all of their hard work, We Day is their reward!

Free The Children co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger Photo Courtesy of Michael Rajzman/Free The Children

We Day and We Act are initiatives of Free the Children an international charity and educational partner founded in 1995 by Craig and Marc Kielburger after they read the story of Iqbal Masih in a local paper. Iqbal was born in Pakistan to a very poor family. At age 4, he was sold into slavery by his family for the equivalent of $12 dollars. He was chained to a carpet for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 6 years.

At age 10 he escaped and started to speak out about child labor. Two years later, Iqbal was murdered. His story went worldwide, and it was that story that Craig and Marc used to start Free the Children. Today, Free the Children has grown and We Day is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations, with over 3.2 million fans on Facebook.

Robin Wiszowaty and Mia Farrow both in Minnetonka at We Day Photo Courtesy of Michael Rajzman/Free The Children

Stories like Iqbal’s are the types of inspiring stories that many speakers at We Day shared with 18,000 students. Speakers like Martin Luther King III, who shared his father’s message of freedom and equality. He gave hope to the crowd by saying if his mother and father were still alive, they would be championing the We Day cause.

Or when Mia Farrow told everyone that when she was a young star with her own TV show, she was miserable. She said that she had bounced around for a few years, trying to find a purpose in her life before she found Free the Children and her calling.

The Kenyan Boys Choir performing in their Minnetonka Mocs! Photo Courtesy of Michael Rajzman/Free The Children

Many of the speakers at We Day had a common theme in their speech- that all of the 18,000 people present were the leaders of tomorrow. Barbara Bush said “I am here today because I believe that young people are the fundamental key to success”, echoing Marilyn Carlson when she said that “this whole event (We Day) is because we believe in you.” And they are right. Those 18,000 people, they are the future; they will be the leaders of tomorrow. They are the new ‘Great Generation’. Not a generation of Me, but a generation of We!

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Star of Disney's Good Luck Charlie Bridgit Mendler wearing her Thunderbird II Mocs. Photo Courtesy of Michael Rajzman/Free The Children

Behind-the-Scenes at We Day Minnesota

Minnetonka We Day Correspondents: Jenn & Nick

On October 8th, 18,000 students from across Minnesota flooded into the Xcel Energy Center for Minnesota’s first ever We Day.  Each student in attendance had to earn their way into this daylong celebration of musical performances and inspiring speakers by committing to one local and one global act of service this year.

Minnetonka We Day Student Correspondent Jenn Fabian went behind-the-scenes as part of the press team to cover this incredible one day event for the Minnetonka blog.  Read Jenn’s coverage of We Day below!

Students from across Minnesota packed the Xcel Energy Center for We Day!

Minnetonka We Day Student Correspondent: Jenn Fabian

If there is one overriding message to take away from We Day and the Me to We Movement, it’s that we are never too young to change the world.  We Day celebrates this generation—and empowers it to strive for ever more.

While each speaker at We Day Minnesota brought their own unique and inspiring message to share with the 18,000 young people in attendance, arguably the most powerful talks were those given by people our age or even younger.

Minnesota's first ever We Day

Hannah Alper, at ten years old, has already accomplished more than most of us in our teens could ever dream of accomplishing.  She started her own blog, Call Me Hannah, and while she began writing about the environment, it soon turned into so much more.

As she pointed out, she was the same age as the now famous education activist Malala Yousafzai was when she began blogging.  At 10 years old, both girls realized there was something wrong in the world, and they refused to stand idly by.  Despite their young age, they knew they could do something to impact at least one life, but they did so much more.

Free the Children co-founder Craig Kielburger takes the stage at We Day Minnesota in his Minnetonka mocs! Photo Courtesy of Michael Rajzman/Free The Children

As part of the press, I was able to attend the press conference with Debby Ryan, Joe Jonas, and Craig Kielburger (one of the founders of Free the Children, the organization responsible for the creation of the Me to We Movement and We Day).

During the press conference, Debby Ryan spoke about her belief in the positive power of social media and what the Me to We Movement is doing to erase the negative stigma associated with social media: “Everything’s gone online and we have so much more power now than ever before, and people like Me to We and Free the Children are kind of changing that and transforming that and using that power for good.”

Bridgit Mendler, Debby Ryan & E! News correspondent Jesse Giddings

We Day is not just about changing the world—it is about changing our world.  As one person we can only do so much, but when you harness the power of 18,000 young people, we can reach more people than we could ever imagine.

How will you change your world?

We Day Minnesota Co-Chairs Dean & Hutton Phillips