Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

Product Featured: Thunderbird II Mocs & Moosehide Double Bottom Softsoles

On Trend: The Canvas Moc

A trend we love? The classic canvas look. As temps warm up and bulky jackets are swapped out for tees and tanks, fashionistas everywhere are embracing canvas.

The canvas moc offers a refreshing twist on the classic suede moc with a fabric lining that offers a lightweight chic summer style.  Plus, these little numbers are quick drying, easy to clean up and comfy, making them perfect for every adventure.

Slip into summer-cool colors like lime, coral and aqua. Or step into basic black or natural. Every lightweight canvas moc is good for the sole. Are you ready to make the summer switch?

Craftsmanship + Color: Limited Edition Thunderbird II Moc

Our iconic Thunderbird II moccasins have been infused with a fresh, citrus hue. These limited edition nectarine mocs are the must-have accessory for every summer adventure. They feature the same quality and hand construction everyone’s come to love.

A few weeks ago we got the chance to see how these handcrafted beauties begin.

It all starts with the best materials around. Quality, suede leather is cut with steel dies.

Each piece will become part of our iconic moccasin. The only way these reach our feet is by hand, which makes each pair totally unique.

Here the collar is expertly stitched. Hand sewing ensures an attention to detail unlike any other.

Next it’s time to sew the sporty sole to the moc. These rubber bottoms are key to comfort. They bend and flex with every step.

Hand lacing closes the moccasin around its round toe, which features our iconic hand-beaded Thunderbird detail.

Handcraftsmanship and a distinctive style meets a fun, new color. Pair these limited edition nectarine mocs with skinny jeans, skirts or shorts for a stylish, summer look.

 

Mamas & Babes: Kelli Murray and Rylee

Happy Mother’s Day!  To celebrate 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.

Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To be flexible.   Things don’t always go exactly as planned, you have to learn to go with the flow.

What’s your favorite activity to do together?
Draw.  Rylee has grown up watching me paint / draw (I work as an illustrator and graphic designer).  She could draw with me for hours.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
The immense joy she brings to my life.

What’s one lesson you learned from your mother?
In regards to parenting, my mom has taught me to always confirm individual worth and beauty.   Each of us was created with a unique purpose.  She taught me to believe that in myself, and I want to do the same with my daughter.  Encouraging her in her strengths and affirming her worth.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give?
Early on, when I was struggling with the balance between work and motherhood, I remember reading that it was less about balance and more about “the juggle”.  Finding balance somehow implies that everything will be perfect one day and that we will come to a place where we have “everything figured out”.  The juggle however, is learning how to make it work within our own situations.  It’s a constant challenge and it’s not always pretty, but somehow, you make it work.

I’ve slowly learned to let go of  the unrealistic expectations I put on myself to “do it all”.  I do the best I can with each day and try to remember that that my best is enough.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far?
Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I’m not sure if anything will beat that.

Share your favorite part of motherhood.
The overwhelming and unconditional love that they bring.  It’s hard to remember my life prior to having my daughter.  But I know for sure that she has filled my life with so much more joy and fulfillment than I ever thought possible.

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: 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