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.  

Road Trip: Nashville with Sidewalk Ready

A few weeks ago Kayley from Sidewalk Ready left the snow and cold of Grand Rapids Michigan behind to embark on a road trip to Nashville. Follow her Music City adventure and find out a few of her favorite places to stop when road trippin’ through Nashville.

In the midst of a freezing and snowy winter, sometimes the key to staying positive is to take a vacation. While traveling by plane is convenient and time efficient, something about commuting by car appeals to me.

Seeing the snow slowly disappear as the hours go by is so gratifying, and if travelling with a good friend or family member, road trips can also be relationship building. It’s impossible not to learn something new about the person you are traveling with when trapped in a car with them for hours on end.  Looking back on the road trips I’ve taken in the past, the commute tends to be as memorable as the vacation itself.

This particular road trip brought my friend, Heather, and I to Nashville, TN. After grabbing coffee at a local Grand Rapids favorite, Sparrows (essential for starting a road trip out right: warm and caffeinated), we cranked out the miles in about 8 hours, stopping only for gas and bathroom breaks.

We took turns playing the role of driver and DJ and the time flew by. Sidenote: My #1 tip when it comes to encouraging time to pass quickly – dress in comfortable layers. I started our journey in a jacket, cardigan, t-shirt dress, tights, and one of my favorite pairs of Minnetonka mocs (a road trip staple for me!). As we travelled further south I was able to lose a couple layers, but the basics of my outfit proved to work for many seasons and it transitioned to each pit stop perfectly.

While Nashville has enough to see to keep a person occupied for weeks, it is also a wonderful place to stop if you happen to just be traveling through. If I had to make recommendations on where to go in Nashville for a brief road-trip detour stop, this is what I would choose:

Barista Parlor. Fresh brewed coffee from all over the world in an inspiring space full of sunlight and interesting décor. This was my favorite place to hunker down and get work done so don’t forget to bring your laptop if you have work you need to tackle while briefly stopped!

And Mitchell’s. Perfect for being on the go – a wide of range of reasonably priced sandwiches in a charming space that also sells specialty grocery items. Out of curiosity, I ordered the báhn mi sandwich and it didn’t disappoint!

Or (depending on budget) MarchéMore of a time and financial commitment than Mitchell’s but worth it. If you happen to be stopping through on a Saturday or Sunday, I would strongly recommend going for Marché’s brunch and don’t leave without ordering the French toast, whether it be a full order for your meal or a half order to split with others for dessert.  

No matter how long you stay, Nashville is absolutely worth a visit. I hope you have a chance to check out this all-american city and indulge in some amazing food and all the entertainment it has to offer!