Blogger Spotlight: Melissa of Bubby and Bean
What’s your Minnetonka story?
Minnetonka has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had several pairs of Thunderbird mocs as a little a girl, as did my sister. We wore them everywhere! My parents wore Minnetonka moccasins too. When it was time for a new pair, we’d take a family outing to a little general store a few towns away. I remember thinking it was such an adventure – once we got there, we’d get to pick out a special treat (usually a piece of candy) along with a new pair of Thunderbird moccasins. Minnetonka shoes have always been the epitome of casual, classic style to me, and I’ve always had at least one pair in my closet.
If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Whose style inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many different styles – everything from ’60s mod to ’70s hippie to current, edgy looks. But I find the greatest inspiration in everyday people who dress for themselves. I love it when I see someone on the street wearing an outfit that looks equally effortless and unique. I like the idea of incorporating current trends in small ways, but to me the best overall style is defined by individual personality rather than than what’s “in.”
What’s your favorite trend this season?
I love the bold stripes that are big this summer. Stripes are so timeless. I also like the free-spirited, boho trend that’s continued into this season from last year.
What’s your favorite city and why?
I’m a Chicago girl and that never really goes away – so Chicago will always have my heart. My favorite city to visit is and always has been San Francisco. It’s so diverse and eclectic but still down-to-earth, and the food, music, art, and culture are unparalleled. I also love that it’s right on the ocean and so close to my favorite natural area in the country, the Redwood forests.
My Minnetonka must-have item is…
The Thunderbird II in grey. I am not exaggerating when I say that I wear these every single day. Sometimes it’s out with friends, sometimes it’s to casual business meetings, sometimes it’s just to get the mail. But on any given day, they will be on my feet at some point! I love how versatile they are – they look equally amazing paired with a feminine dress as they do with a pair of cut-off jean shorts and a t-shirt. They’ll always be a staple in my wardrobe.