Well Worn | I AM Kindness

A single Minnetonka style can be worn a million different ways.  In our Well Worn series we spotlight unique individuals who seek to stand apart not only in what they wear but what they do.

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Inspired to remind her community that there are simple, small ways to be kind every single day, Sarah Edwards set out to create a “no-strings-attached” way of volunteering. From that simple idea came the creation of I AM Kindness.  The mission?  To promote good will by creatively inspiring and surprising people with small acts of kindness.

Recently Minnetonka was invited by Sarah Edwards and Carrissa Glarner to take part in an upcoming art gallery show. The concept of the show is simple: make art available to everyone not simply by the price tag, but instead by each individual’s commitment to perform one act of kindness in their community. Those acts of kindness can earn them a one-of-a-kind piece of art with a unique story and reminder behind it.

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This Saturday, February 21 at the Burnet Art Gallery in Minneapolis, Sarah and Carrissa will host the first I AM KXNDNESS art show.  Inspired by the talented pool of artists around them, they set out to not only celebrate great art but also to connect the artists’ work to something they truly care about.  And at the same time bring awareness to all the great nonprofits and organizations available in their community.

Since starting I AM Kindness Sarah said she has “finally learned the meaning of really feeling alive when you are thinking outside of yourself.” Along with meeting so many great friends and collaborators, Sarah said her heart has been made completely full since beginning I AM Kindness. At a past event where they provided glamorous makeovers at a senior center, being able to pamper senior citizens while listening to their stories had a huge impact on her.

Well Worn | I AM Kindness

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Since working with Sarah, Carrissa has learned that nothing is impossible.  “If you can dream it, and you believe in it, you can do it. There are already so many phenomenal people in this world giving their time and resources to many different organizations. But in every act, it’s important to remember the basics of where our concept came from. The small acts are just as important as the grand gestures.”

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Besides inspiring others with the love and kindness they are spreading, Carrissa says people inspire her every day. “Whether it’s people I know or don’t know and just see/hear, I like to acknowledge my surroundings and pay attention because I think the world is full of opportunities for us all to make genuine connections.” 

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What’s next for I AM Kindness? The organization is growing and working on a few exciting upcoming events. At the end of April, I AM Kindness is planning to host a generational fashion show at Varsity Theatre and screening of the documentary Advanced Style. It is going to be a fun day filled with fashion, brunch, mimosas, and celebrating beauty at all ages.

For ideas on how you can commit to inspiring kindness in your community visit our #InspireEveryStep campaign on Instagram.

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Inspire Every Step | Day 19

Inspire every step you take today. Spread the love this February by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

Inspire Every Step | Day 19

Inspire Every Step – February 19, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Bear Fox Chalk

Day 19: Give freely. Go through your belongings and give to someone in need.

Join our kindness challenge! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a sweet surprise.

Click here for Official Rules.

Inspire Every Step | Day 18

Inspire every step you take today. Spread the love this February by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

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Inspire Every Step – February 17, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Melissa of Bubby & Bean 

Day 17: Leave a dollar bill in your favorite book at a library or book store.

Pass on the kindness! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a sweet surprise.

Click here for Official Rules.

Inspire Every Step | Day 17

Inspire every step you take today. Spread the love this February by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

Inspire Every Step | Day 17

Inspire Every Step – February 17, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Laura of Roots and Feathers 

Day 17: Be generous with compliments today.

Pass on the kindness! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a sweet surprise.

Click here for Official Rules.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.


As daily admirers of singer/song-writer Sherri DuPree-Bemis’ Instagram feed (featuring an occasional Minnetonka moc or two!) and as fans of Eisley’s whimsical indie-pop sound we jumped at the chance to hit the open road with Sherri and the band last summer for a behind-the-scenes look at Eisley on tour.

Check out our Q&A with Sherri below and enjoy a back stage glimpse of Eisley on the road.

Back Roads & Backstage | EisleyDescribe Eisley’s sound.

It’s very emotionally vulnerable and transparent. Whimsical. A sort of moody-melodic-indie-pop!

What’s your favorite city to play in and why?

Dallas, TX shows are always incredibly fun because it’s home-turf, but that’s a given. So many family and friends in one place always make for the most fun! But Los Angeles is another city that’s always been so very amazing and accepting of Eisley since the earliest days of playing shows.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

What’s been your most memorable performance to date?

That’s such a hard question because it doesn’t take a lot for me to deem every last show more fun and more memorable than the last! Other than being a wife and mom there are few things that I enjoy as much as singing and playing music, so I have such joy and gratitude for being able to do it for a living during shows. It’s really a hard feeling to beat every night!

What’s your favorite part of being on the road with your family?

Sharing music and touring adventures with my best friends and my kid (soon to be plural) and their kids.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?

Aside from my moccasins and my iPhone (because, yes, I am obsessed with Instagram), I never leave without a super cozy robe for the bus or hotels, a Moleskine notebook for my drawing and my Kindle.

Which artists or bands inspire you musically?

My forever staples are The Beatles, Sunny Day Real Estate, Bjork, Radiohead…But currently I’m listening to a lot of Beach House, The Hotelier, Local Natives and Good Old War.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Describe your on-stage and off-stage style.

It doesn’t differ very much to be honest! I pretty much always wear dresses.  Not because I’m so very girlie, but because I’m obsessed with easy but cute fashion.  You know, not sloppy, but not fussy! I just think life is too short to be uncomfortable, but that really doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and feel cute.  And I have a closet full of cozy, eclectic print dresses to prove it!

And I honestly live in my Thunderbird soft soles on and offstage (I have for years…you can ask our fans). They’re my staple! I’m convinced they’re the perfect shoe.

What’s next for Eisley?

A new record! We’re writing it right now. I’m due with mine and my husband’s second daughter in a few weeks, but we plan to start pre-production on it not too long after she’s born. We turned our garage into a studio a few years ago so it makes it easy to work on music with the kids around!

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

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