Everyday Adventure: Miami Spring Break

Anyone no longer in school gets hosed come spring break. Did I really need a week-long break in college? No way! College was like a four-year party. As I approach my ten-year anniversary of entering the workforce, I’m really wishing spring break for adults was a thing. Just one more thing wasted on youth.
 
Man, I sound old. 

Last month, I was fortunate enough to ditch the polar vortex for Miami. Hot, humid and full of people in tiny swimsuits, South Beach offered the two of my favorite things: a natural source of vitamin D & excellent people watching. Plus, there are two convenient airport options, which often means you can score a decent deal on airfare.
 
I started my trip out with dropping my bags at The Raleigh Hotel. An Art Deco beauty right on the beach, it’s like time hasn’t touched this place since 1940 (except for in all the good ways… like wi-fi). As you walk up the drive, the craziness of Collins Avenue magically disappears and it’s like you arrived in mid-century Cuba.

The lobby boasts a cute coffee shop and an absolutely glamorous, intimate martini bar fit for, I dunno, any member of the Rat Pack. However, the pool steals the show. Made famous by Esther Williams, take a dip and perfect your synchronized swimming skills… or just sip a cocktail and read a trashy book in a lounger (or hammock).
 
Restaurant Michael Schwartz, a poolside eatery situated beneath the property’s stunning cypress trees, is a fantastic and convenient dining option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Order the ceviche or, if they have them, the shishito peppers. Side note: I’ve never been there and not seen a celebrity; be sure to wear your sunglasses and/or a hat so you can gawk discretely. 

Photo courtesy of Yardbird

Speaking of food, all I ever want to do on vacation is eat. Two of my favorite dining options are within walking distance of the hotel: Yardbird and Khong River House.

You can’t beat brunch at Yardbird, an homage to traditional southern food, with amazing chicken and biscuits and shrimp and grits (who cares if you have to put a swimsuit on later! You are on vacation.)  Khong River House does some of the most authentic Thai cuisine stateside.  Start out with Burmese noodle wraps, a chili-peanut-lemon-cilantro-soy-Srirracha flavor bomb wrapped in one neat little package. Then move on to Panang curry with short rib; stir-fried eggplant; or Vietnamese-style crispy prawns.

Photo courtesy of Yardbird

Photo courtesy of Khong River House

Unlike my college spring break days, I attempt to incorporate some healthy stuff into my vacay routine. Throw on your sneakers, workout gear and sunglasses, then hoof it down to Jugofresh, the best cold-pressed juice bar in town. It’s about a 25-minute walk from the hotel, and worth every step. For people craving more of a scenic walk/run/bike (Miami now has the Deco Bike Share program), hit the seaside boardwalk and cruise to South Pointe Park. It’s about a two-mile trek each way. Bonus: Jugofresh is opening a South Pointe Park location in April, which means those of you with a later spring break can kill two birds with one stone.

About Molly Mogren:
The daughter of a flight attendant and a hippy-turned-real estate developer who toured Europe in a Volkswagen bus, Molly Mogren came into this world with an undeniable sense of adventure. From hiking the Antarctic Peninsula, to outrunning a hyena in South Africa and even driving a street-legal monster truck through Des Moines, Iowa—she never turns down an opportunity to do something crazy. She’s worked as Andrew Zimmern’s right-hand lady since 2007; they’ve co-written three books together and  co-host a weekly podcast called “Go Fork Yourself.” Her latest project, Hey Eleanor!, chronicles her year-long journey of tackling one thing that scares her every day.  She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her fiancé, dog (Patsy) and kitty, Bogart. She likes to drink coffee, do crossword puzzles and is very good at parallel parking. 

Store Spotlight: Goodman’s Department Store

Goodman's Department Store owner Hayley Goodman with store manager Richard Kirk

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Goodman’s Department Store 402 Pagosa Street Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Goodman’s Department Store of Pagosa Springs, CO, was established in 1900 and has been family owned and operated since then.  It’s currently under the fifth generation ownership of Hayley Goodman.

Meet Hayley in our Q&A and learn more about Goodman’s Department Store of Pagosa Springs, Colorado!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
The Goodman’s legacy began 114 years ago with my great, great grandfather, David Lowenstein.  It’s been family owned and operated for five generations. We’ve proudly carried Minnetonka for four of those generations!

I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my family members, while trying my best to maintain Goodman’s historic feel. Goodman’s just wouldn’t be the same without our Pendleton Blankets, Cowboy Boots, Cowboy Hats, and Minnetonka moccasins.  I hope to make my ancestors proud and continue this legacy as long as I can!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The most popular styles vary based on the season.  When it’s cold, sheepskin slippers (my favorite!) are a sought-after style. Currently, the leopard mocs are extremely popular but when it warms up a bit more, sandals definitely become a favorite of our customers.

What is your favorite Minnetonka slipper style?
My favorite pair of Minnetonka slippers would be the Sheepskin mules.  You’ll rarely catch me walking around my house without them, so comfortable!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
My personal style is boho chic with a western flair.  My favorite outfit would be styling my 5-Layer Fringe Minnetonka boots with skinny jeans and a western top or Tasha Polizzi’s long Aztec print cardigan. And then accessorizing with lots of turquoise jewelry and a large, slouchy handbag or perhaps my matching Minnetonka fringe handbag!

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
A definite must see in Pagosa Springs would be our natural hot springs. In the winter our ski area, Wolf Creek, gets the most snow in Colorado so it’s worth checking out.

The beautiful San Juan River runs right through town so rafting and tubing are great activities during the summer months. Pagosa is such a magnificent area, but to me, it’s especially magical in the fall when the leaves are changing.

Festival Hair How-To

Not much of a dirty-haired festival goer? Have no fear! Try mixing up your default style with a few minimalist loops. Plus, it only takes 3 minutes to get this sleek look!

Step 1: Grab a chunk of hair above the ear and create 2-3 knots a few inches apart. Or if you’re not feeling the loops, try a few simple braids instead.

Step 2: Secure the end of your knotted (or braided) strand by pushing a bobby pin in the opposite direction. Be sure to double up on pins so your style doesn’t loosen during those long band sets. (Or for you hardcore head bangers!)

Step 3: Select a 2nd strand (or 3rd too) and repeat the steps above. Finish it all off with a dash of hairspray!

About Blair Badge:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. Communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger, (part-time) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.

Festival Hair How-To

Music festival season has officially hit! As we pack our mocs (naturally) and boho threads for a weekend at Coachella, let’s not forget our mane asset — Sporting amazing hair like we just rolled in with the band. Here’s our first “kinky and knotty” style to get those hairs concert ready!

Step 1: Unless you’re already sporting 2nd-day hair, dirty up those tresses with a bit of dry shampoo. Then add a little “kink”, rocking a flatiron back and forth along random hair strands. Need help with that flatiron? Check out my old “boho wave” tutorial here.  Otherwise sleep in a few pigtail braids overnight for next-day crimps!

Step 2: Grab a handful of bobby pins and get twisting! Twist, braid and secure those tresses at the back of the head. Remember, the messier the better!

Step 3: Don’t forget to add a few hippy braids throughout and secure the ends by rubbing in a tiny dollop of pomade! Spritz with hairspray to finish. Voila! Rocker-chic tresses!

About Blair Badge:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. Communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger, (part-time) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.

Store Spotlight: Evergreen Crafters

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Evergreen Crafters 28076 Highway 74 Evergreen, CO 80439

Meet owner Susan Fariss in our Q&A below and learn more about Evergreen Crafters of Evergreen, Colorado!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Evergreen Crafters has carried Minnetonka Moccasin for 40 years.  We started as a souvenir shop, catering to a large tourist trade. While tourism continues in Evergreen, we have now developed a largely local following.  

At Evergreen Crafters we offer a nice selection of clothing for both men and women, including both a men’s and women’s moccasin department. As you can see, we have a large moccasin wall for women and just recently created a men’s nook upstairs.  
 

What is your favorite Minnetonka moccasin style?
My favorite style is the Women’s Moosehide Moc. Not only are they comfortable, but they look great with just about anything.  

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
At Evergreen Crafter’s our best selling styles are the shearling slippers for both men and women.  Since we are located in a Colorado mountain town, it is always a little on the cool side, plus they are so long lasting as well.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
There are plenty of must see’s in and around Evergreen, CO.  The biggest and most famous is Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which is just down the road from our store.  

There is also Evergreen Lake, with plenty of opportunity for fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and biking during the summer.  During the winter, the focus turns to skating on the local rink and skiing at the local resorts.