Blogger Spotlight: Mom’s Best Network

Blogger Spotlight:  Tana from Mom’s Best Network

What’s your Minnetonka story?
For as long as I can remember I have been a fan. Minnetonka is a brand that has stood the test of time! As a family we own at least 10 pairs of Minnetonkas…and our collection is growing!

What inspired you to start Mom’s Best Network?
I have been involved in product design and development for the past 10 years within the children’s and baby industry through my own apparel and accessory brand.  Two years ago I had my fifth and final baby, at that point my life shifted I felt inspired to take a different course. With all the knowledge I had gained thus far as a mother to five children, as well as my product background, I really wanted to create something that would help and inspire others by connecting moms with moms, moms with brands, and encouraging mothers and women in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

I wanted to create a platform where I could help others by featuring inspiring content from inspiring women. With Mom’s Best we bring you the best in motherhood, lifestyle, business, fashion, design, and more.

Where do you find style inspiration for yourself (and your kids)?  
I am inspired by classic and modern design and I love bright colors and patterns, but I still crave simplicity!  I’m not so much into the latest trends. Those get old real fast!
One thing I have learned is there are no set rules.  Don’t be afraid to combine the most unlikely of items because it just might look really good!

What are a few of your family’s favorite winter activities to do together?
Traditional Christmas tree cutting, ending with a hot dog roast and hot chocolate by the fire.  Sledding, going to the movies and making yummy treats…especially marshmallow popcorn with dots candy!

Minnetonka product styled by Tana:  Bandera Boots and Kid’s Double Fringe Side Zip Boots.

All photos courtesy of Emily Egan Photography.

Blogger Spotlight: SigneRoo

Today we are excited to welcome Signe, from the blog SigneRoo, as a guest contributor to the Minnetonka blog!

 

My name is Signe and I blog over at Signeroo.com.  I am so excited to be guest posting on Minnetonka today!  Even though I grew up in the South, I was born in Wisconsin and that Northern blood is flowing through my veins. Every year, we would travel up to the Wisconsin Dells and every year we would each get a new pair of Minnetonka moccasins. Which means my love for Minnetonka goes way back to teeny tiny moccasin feet.  So when Minnetonka reached out to me, I knew I wanted to do something a little different than the same old outfit photos.  And this time, I wanted my husband Chad to be involved.  (He’s normally the man behind the camera, and I wanted him to join me in this one!)

When brainstorming this collaboration, I decided I really wanted to embody what it is about Minnetonka that make moccasins a desired staple in every closet.  Chad and I live in the cutest little town in Texas, and we just recently purchased an old historic home right off the downtown square.  On the weekends, we enjoy strolling downtown for a little date at the bookstore, one of our favorite restaurants, or a little antique shopping. (Of course, there is always a trip to the candy store tucked away in there.)  So when I got down to it, I really wanted to capture a day in the life of Chad and I.

To me, Minnetonka moccasins are the perfect “every day, every way” shoe. They can literally be worn anywhere.  On a quick stroll through the lovely Fall foliage, on a date downtown, lounging around the house, work, play…you name it!  That’s what I love so much about them!  So, I hope you enjoy watching this video of  “A Date with Minnetonka” as much as we did creating it!

Visit SigneRoo and enter to win one of the styles featured in “A Date with Minnetonka!”

Minnetonka product featured:” Double Fringe Tramper Boot, El Paso Ankle Bootie, Thunderbird II Moc, Chukka Boot & Moosehide Driving Mocs.

Blogger Spotlight: Story of My Life

Blogger Spotlight:  Jenni of Story of My Life

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Casual chic. I’m not too fancy. I like to be comfortable above all else!

Whose style inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration from other bloggers, Pinterest, and of course my favorite brands (like J. Crew and Madewell!)

What’s your favorite trend this season?
Overall I just love the colors that are out this season. Earth tones! My favorite! I love all the hunter green and deep burgundy.

What song do you currently have on repeat?
Demons by Imagine Dragons

What’s your favorite city and why?
New York City. I don’t think this really needs TOO much explanation. It’s only THE MOST AMAZING CITY IN THE WORLD. Besides that, my hometown of Austin, TX isn’t half bad either. Why? So many fun activities here, an active lifestyle, great food, nice people… and just enough quirk to keep it interesting.

My Minnetonka must-have item is…Every color of the Deerskin Soft T mocs, they are so incredibly comfy!

Visit Story of My Life this week and find out how you can enter to win one of the mocs Jenni styled!

Minnetonka product styled by Jenni: Deerskin Soft T Mocs, El Paso Suede Mocs, Boat Mocs.

Blogger Spotlight: Pieceology

Blogger Spotlight:  April of pieceology

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I think I bought my first pair over 7 years ago when I started college. I had no idea when I bought them that they were Minnetonka. Then a few years later I found out about the brand and really wanted a pair of the fringe boots, only to realize I already had some! I still wear them all the time and have since bought a couple more pairs because they are super cute and so comfy.

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase what would it be?
Bohemian with an urban, edgy twist.

Whose style inspires you?
The hippies of the late 60s and early 70s and my two favorite fashion blogger sisters Dylana and Natalie Suarez. It’s insane the way they mix prints and textures so effortlessly. I find inspiration of course from style blogs and I love browsing the site WhoWhatWear.com for outfit ideas. I’m also inspired by the music scene in Austin. I go to a lot of festivals and shows in town. I pretty much dress in festival attire year round.

What’s your favorite trend this season?
Over the knee boots. They work for short people too, I promise!

What song do you currently have on repeat?
“The John Wayne” by Little Green Cars

What’s your favorite city and why?
Paris because of the fashion, the culture and the people. Everyone just seems to be totally in love with life there. It’s contagious.

My Minnetonka must-have item is…The Double Fringe Side Zip Boot. Really if you give me anything with fringe and suede I’m happy!

Visit pieceology today and enter to win one of the three Minnetonka products April styled!

Blogger Spotlight: Snappy Casual

Eric, Kelsey & daughter Rooney Jane on a family adventure in their Minnetonka mocs!

Blogger Spotlight: Kelsey of Snappy Casual, her husband, Eric, of Words of Williams, and their daughter, Rooney Jane

On a blustery and cold (39 degree!) fall day, Kelsey, Eric and Rooney set out on a family adventure to Pilot Knob, a state park in northern Iowa. Eric and Kelsey grew up near the park and visited it when they were younger, so it was fun and nostalgic to bring their daughter Rooney there for a family adventure.  Kelsey told us “One thing I love about Minnetonka moccasins is how warm they keep our feet at Pilot Knob.  Even though our noses and fingers were cold, our feet were still warm!”

Find out more about Kelsey and her family’s Minnetonka story and style in our Q&A!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I bought my first pair of Minnetonka moccasins (the Kilty in dusty brown) a couple years ago when I was 24 weeks pregnant with my daughter. We were about to get on a plane and fly to Washington, D.C., and I knew I needed comfy shoes for sightseeing! I was starting to outgrow some of my regular shoes and the moccasins were forgiving for my swollen feet.

Then, my daughter got her first pair of Minnetonka booties when she was 6 weeks old. They are extra cute on little kids’ feet!  My husband joined the club earlier this year, and now everyone in our family has two pairs. We’re big fans!

Whose style inspires you?
I get a lot of my style inspiration from other bloggers. Sydney from The Daybook, Jen from Jen Loves Kev and Kendi from Kendi Everyday are a few of my favorites.

What are a few of your family’s favorite autumn activities to do together?
We love to ride bikes! My daughter has a seat on the back of my bike, so we all strap on our helmets and ride to the park or a nearby restaurant. It’s a great way for us to get exercise and enjoy the gorgeous weather at the same time.

What are each of your Minnetonka must-have items for Fall?
Kelsey’s pick: The El Paso Ankle Booties are calling my name! I’m also excited to see what comes out for Spring 2014 – the sneak peek at Texas Style Council was awesome.

Eric’s pick: Eric has the Chukka Boot in two colors and still wants another – he’s got his eye on the black ones to round out his collection.

Rooney’s pick: Kid’s Thunderbird II mocs are just too cute! I hope she wears them in and then passes them on to her own daughter some day.

Stop by Snappy Casual this week and enter to win a pair of Minnetonka mocs to wear this fall!