Mamas & Babes: Cassidy June and Rylie

This weekend we’re celebrating the style and wisdom of each of the lovely moms featured in our new “Mamas & Babes” lookbook,  inspired by motherhood and a bohemian lifestyle.

Cassidy June of O My Darlings and daughter Rylie

A perfect day together is spent…
Outside! I love watching her explore the world outside. I feel the best at the end of the day when I’ve put the electronics away for awhile, and just followed her lead, enjoying her sense of curiosity and humor. One of my favorite quotes is: “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
There is no such thing as balance, or being a perfect mom. I make tons of mistakes, and feel out of balance all the time. I’ve also learned that to get even close to balance means that I need to seek support and be ok with having support in parenting. Letting others help me, like family, provides me the time and space to do other things that contribute to my sense of identity. Then, when I am with my daughter, I feel more present and have that much more energy for her.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Getting to experience parenting with my husband. We’ve known each other since we were kids ourselves, so it’s incredible to experience having children with him. I love our days and nights together, and having that shared experience with him has been one of the best parts of being a mom.

A lesson I learned from my mother is?
My mom taught me what I hope to teach my daughter. She was a working mom, and I grew up feeling empowered to take on whatever goal I had for myself. My mom also taught me though that it’s ok to not “do it all.” Meaning, we did not always have the cleanest house, and there were a lot of take-out dinners…but we almost always ate together and she was at every ice skating competition and soccer practice. She even ice skated with me, we did a mother-daughter duo at a competition once! Those are the things I remember, and the things I hope my daughter remembers.

Best piece of advice you’ve received or the best piece of advice you could give.
Ask for help. That doesn’t make you a bad mother, because really…it takes a village.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Tori Hendrix and Lucca

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we asked each of the lovely mothers featured in our latest lookbook a few questions about their favorite day-to-day joys of being a mom.

Tori Hendrix of Sitting In A Tree and daughter Lucca

A perfect day together is spent…
Exploring! We travel a ton and there’s nothing I love more than sharing the world with this girl. She’s been to Morocco, Paris, Nicaragua, Mexico, Amsterdam, and all over the U.S. hopefully all these adventures make her a really well rounded kid!

Our favorite activity to do together is?
Create! I love working on projects with her and she loves to get dirty and paint.  A day well spent involves some creativity, for sure.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Reliving life through her eyes. I’m a person that is on the move non-stop and she helps me slow down and pause and appreciate things a little more.  And having this constant buddy is so fun. I’m so lucky to be able to share this journey with her!

What’s a lesson that you’ve learned from your mother?
My mom taught me to be strong and go after what I want.  She’s always run her own business and been a leader in her community and I know that’s the reason I walked away from more conventional career paths and tried to carve my own way in this world. I hope my daughter does the same and really pushes for what she believes in.

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?
All of it. I never knew it would be like this or that I would embrace it in this way. I was never that girl that KNEW I’d have kids. I really love our day to day and spending so much time with her because I work from home.  It’s hard, very hard on some days, but it’s so rewarding to be a part of the every day with her.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Isobel Benesch and Holden

In celebration of Mother’s Day we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.

Isobel Benesch of Bel & Beau with son Holden

A perfect day together is spent…
Being outside, exploring. One of the most amazing things about having a little boy is their adventurous spirit. It must be something innate in boys or perhaps it’s just Holden’s always-on-the-go/curious personality, but we are constantly moving, exploring, imagining.

And there’s something about having a little boy that makes me want to put on a cape and mask, build blanket and pillow forts, splash in puddles, dig through mud, climb trees, and imagine that the maps we draw lead to the world’s largest treasure chest.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Getting the opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes.  As a mother, you realize that children are connected to the world in a way that adults are not, noticing all of the little things that make up our surrounding environment that adults have long forgotten how to notice, too busy with life to notice.  Holden’s childlike wonder at the most mundane fascinates me to no end.

A lesson I learned from my mother is?  
That I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. My mom always pushed me to follow my dreams and to think outside the box.  She has always supported and encouraged me.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far? 
Holding him in my arms for that first time, and then watching my husband hold him for the first time.  No one could have prepared me for that instantaneous bond I felt to that tiny little human.

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To really live in and appreciate every single moment because time moves way too fast.  Before my son was born, life was rushed.  Life revolved around where I was going…getting to work, getting to the next meeting, getting home to my husband, getting to dinner, getting to bed…a ceaseless list of deadlines.  Of course, I enjoyed my life, but I failed to notice all of life around me and truly enjoy every minute.

Having Holden changed all of this.  He taught me to look at time with slow eyes.  I now swim in every minute of our waking hours, soaking up every last drop.  We take the long way home on our morning walks, stay at the park slightly longer than initially planned, and leave the light on a little past bedtime. The true urgency to self-imposed deadlines has been realized.  And through this slowing of time, I have discovered things about life that I never would have noticed if I hadn’t slowed down to be truly present in each and every moment.

Be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Festival Hair How-To: Knotted Bun

Inspire your favorite festival look this summer with this rad knotted bun! It’s the perfect style to mix up your look for those evening festival shows or after a few “dry shampoo only” days.

Step 1: Remember, the messier the better. Start by knotting large pieces of hair on either side of the head, securing firmly with a few bobby pins.

Step 2: Start creating smaller knots, pinning at random and allowing the excess hair to poke out. Remember, the secret is to make your style look effortless. If it starts to resemble a prom-do, texture up a few strands by rubbing them together to create frizz, then add a bit of dry shampoo.

Step 3: And last but not least, hairspray it!

Styles in collaboration with Corinne Skala and Scotti Langely at Cheeky Strut Salon
Photography by Alessandra Myers

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.

 

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!