Minnetonka Me to We Scholarship Winner

Me to We Scholarship Winner: Mallory Dudra!

Minnetonka and Free The Children are thrilled to announce the 2013/2014 Minnetonka Moccasin Me to We Trip Scholarship Winner, Mallory Dudra!

After reviewing many amazing applications, Mallory’s in particular stood out.  Mallory has gone out of her way to serve her community for years.  She is a dedicated Girl Scout Ambassador and is working towards achieving her Gold Award. To do this, she has volunteered her time extensively.

She told us, “I have earned my Bronze and Silver awards by working at a food shelf and teaching other girls how to find an escape from their abused lives through theater. I participate in service projects through my school and church as well. Lately, I have cleaned a park behind my school and played my clarinet at a fundraiser for animals.”

And that’s not all – Mallory has also been busy coordinating an event for a local children’s hospital as well as collecting food for Free the Children’s campaign, We Scare Hunger. She’s a 17-year-old superhero inspiring us with her commitment and passion!

It’s clear that Mallory has been a strong force in her community, and we know that she will have the same effect in a community overseas.  As the Minnetonka Moccasin Me to We Trip Scholarship winner, Mallory will have the option of traveling to a community in either Ecuador or Nicaragua. She will immerse herself in a new culture, and inspire a new generation of students by helping to build a school or school room.

She told us, “One of my favorite things to do is touch other’s lives through my words and actions. I have a huge heart and am always looking for an opportunity to serve.”

We can’t wait to see how you create change on your Me to We trip, Mallory!

Little Tree’s Winter Style Guide

Little Tree’s Winter Style Guide!  See how Maria from Little Tree styled three different Minnetonka looks perfect for any winter occasion.

When I first saw these booties in person, I knew I wanted to style them up with something flowy and chic. I really love this kimono paired with the bootie because I feel like it channels the bohemian side of me.

I love the feather accent on the booties and I think the oversized kimono is the perfect way to dress up a pair of jeans. I wore this outfit on Thanksgiving and I love how it all came together. I think it bridges comfort, and an indie chic look, that I really love.

During the busy holiday season we all need comfort right?  These Pile Lined Tramper Boots are so warm and fuzzy, which is exactly what winter is about. I spent Christmas on my feet helping my Mom cook, and running after my three nephews so these boots were the perfect pair for me.

I love bright tights for the winter, and layering is obviously great for colder weather. I wanted to stay in a dress, but I knew that wearing the tights would dress up my outfit a little bit. I like the pop of red and the fur lining of my coat, because I think this whole look screams HOLIDAY LOVE!

I wanted to layer up for the cold snowy weather, and I knew that mixing patterns and fabrics was the way to go. I love the look of high socks and tights together, and of course high boots also tie into this.

I chose the jewelry to accent the outfit because black and white can be a little boring on its own.

Minnetonka products styled by Maria: Pile Lined Tramper Boots, Concho/Feather Side Zip Boot and Over the Knee Fringe Boot.

Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Rhinestone Gypsies!

The winner of the 2nd annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest is…Rhinestone Gypsies of Merkel, Texas!  Congrats Rhinestone Gypsies!

And congratulations to Regina C. the winner of today’s drawing to receive a pair of Minnetonka mocs or slippers of her choice.

Thank you to every one who voted and to all of the Minnetonka stores who created fun and festive Winter Wonderland displays reflecting the spirit of the season!

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Hot Chocolate Stirrers created by Kinsey from Sincerely, Kinsey

For the Handcrafted for the Holidays lookbook, I made three different kinds of hot chocolate dippers:

Peppermint
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
S’mores – You’ll need graham crackers and mini marshmallows.

See below for all three recipes to make this winter!

Ingredients: dark chocolate chips, wooden skewers, chocolate mold, cooking pot and mixing spoon.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate Dippers

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. Break up small pieces of Reese’s and placed them in the bottom of the chocolate mold.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, begin pouring it into the chocolate mold on top of the Reese’s pieces.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

S’more Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, take one graham cracker rectangle and cut it in half.

3. Once the chocolate is melted, take the mixing spoon and spread a thick layer of melted chocolate on the inside of the graham cracker square.

4. Quickly place four mini marshmallows onto the graham cracker and wedge the skewer in between the marshmallows.

5. Lastly, add a thick layer of melted chocolate to the inside of the other graham cracker square and place it on top of the marshmallows, creating a s’more. Again, you’ll want to do steps 3-5 quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

6. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, break the peppermint stick into small pieces.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour the melted chocolate in the mold and sprinkle broken pieces of peppermint on top.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Kinsey wearing Minnetonka Lace Up Fringe Ankle Wedge Boots