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

Back Roads & Backstage with Nikki Lane

Since 1946 Minnetonka’s distinct style has been woven through the music scene of the moment. From the free-spirited style of the ‘60s Woodstock movement to the Urban Cowboy trend of the ‘80s, today Minnetonka is a fashionable fixture on the music scene.

Fusing our love of discovering new music and the adventure of hitting the open road (in our mocs of course!) we are excited to introduce our latest music series Back Roads & Backstage.

With Back Roads & Backstage we look forward to accompanying 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.

So crank up the tunes and hit the open road with a behind-the-scenes look at singer-songwriter Nikki Lane on tour now with her new album All or Nothin’.

Nikki’s sultry, honest and modern vocals combine with gritty old-school country and a splash of rock for a sound that’s 100% unique.   


Loving Nikki’s free-spirited album and sense of adventure, we met up with her for a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest album All Or Nothin’?
All the life I’ve been living. There’s plenty that goes on in the life of a woman working her way through a career in country music. For me, the influence is all over my work.

Describe the story behind the song “Wild One.”
It’s funny because this is actually a song I wrote about being in a fight with the girl who is photographing the story for Minnetonka. A perfect example that as an artist you can go deep down a path to find a storyline much more dramatic than how it went in real life. After all, she and I are out here on the open road together as we speak.


Nikki’s passion for fashion is intertwined with her love of country music. She runs a pop-up vintage clothing store and uses her road trips to hunt for one-of-a-kind finds.
 
What’s your favorite part about being on the road?
The antiques. I stop as often as time will allow. And space. The band is always begging me to stop buying. After all, there’s only so much room in the van.
 
 
What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
I have a strict one bag policy for my band mates, simply because I need five. Comfy shoes like my Deerskin Soft-T mocs, as well as a good bag of toiletries and two or three t-shirts is all I really “must have,” but I seem to bring about a hundred other things. After all, who wants to be stuck without a sewing box, power drill or down pillow?



What’s your favorite city to play?
The small ones. Where music lovers flourish. The big cities have great venues, but often times the crowds barely move.

Describe your on-stage and off-stage style.
On stage I try to be a little dolled up. After all, we’ve probably been in the car since morning. So I’ll curl my hair and put on some boots and a skirt. On the road and just day to day I like to keep it casual, almost tomboyish. With a fitted t-shirt, high waisted jeans and a shoe that I don’t have to tie. That’s how I fell in love with Minnetonka in the first place.

Check out Nikki Lane on tour this summer! And kick off music-fest season in style by entering to win a pair of mocs and music autographed by Nikki!

 

Minnetonka Music Fest Sweepstakes Winners List

Think you’re a winner in the Minnetonka Music Fest Sweepstakes?  Check out the winner’s list below and then check your email for further details from Minnetonka.

Linda M. of Weymouth

Matthew C. of Portland

Tai M. of Marietta

Sarah W. of Wind Lake

Elain T. of Beach Park

Congrats to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who entered the Minnetonka Music Fest Sweepstakes!

Spring Celebration Winners List

Last month we asked you to pin your favorite Minnetonka spring styles for the chance to win!

Today we are excited to announce the 15 winners of our Spring Celebration Sweepstakes. Please check the list below to see if you’re a winner, then check your email for further details from Minnetonka!

Dwan S. of Oklahoma City
Erin T. of Hampton
Theresa S. of Phoenix
Sarah S. of Fremont
Angel C. of Clear Lake
Nina Marie B. of Pottstown
April D. of Neenah
Jaime D. of Staten Island
Susan P. of Pembroke Pines
Kylie S. of Santa Cruz
Marla M. of Belen
Gabrielle D. of Mount Arlington
Ada M. of Johnson City
Whitney H. of Salinas
Carol G. of Rochester

Thank you to everyone who entered and stay tuned for future sweepstakes from Minnetonka!