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2019 Style Summit details

What: Seattle Style bloggers + Influencers

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Where: MOHAI 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109

Time: Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


The Gossip & Glamour Style Summit is an annual event designed to bring Seattle fashion bloggers offline for a day of shared insight, inspiration, and community building. The high-energy day features four panel discussions, lunch & refreshments, coveted networking opportunities, MOHAI Style exhibit access, and an official after-party. Get your ticket now!


2019 panel discussions

Panel 1: Exploring Seattle Style / 10 a.m.


This discussion led by Clara Berg of MOHAI will explore Seattle fashion history and uncover the local brands who have made their mark on the global style scene. The discussion will also include an overview of the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit which opens to the public on May 4th.

Panel 2: Fashion blogging 2.0 / 11 a.m.

This panel will discuss next-level strategies for success including when and how to find an agent, how to maximize brand partnerships, the importance of understanding metrics, monetization, and how to prepare for mobile-first indexing.
Featured speakers include: Tiffany Ishiguro of I am Style-Ish, fashion photographer and social media strategist Karla Melgarejo, Youtuber Monica Church, Sydney Mintle, and more.

LUNCH BREAK + Exhibit access

Panel 3: Balance + Blogging / 1:15 p.m.


This panel will focus on the importance of mental health + wellness for creatives and uncover the digital pitfalls commonly experienced by the blogging community. The conversation will also include strategies for navigating the highs and lows of digital content creation and the importance of establishing daily wellness practices. Featured speakers include: Melody Todd of Honest Chatter, photographer and author Masoud Torabi, retailer and author Moorea Seal, Dr. Ayla Hopkins of Voda Health, moderated by Lestraundra Alfred of Balanced Black Girl.

Panel 4: The Future of Fashion / 2:15 p.m.

What does the future of Seattle fashion look like? How will retail change with the emergence of technology? This panel will explore the future of fashion and dive deeper into retail trends, beauty, the independent designer scene, and the importance of sustainability in the fashion community. Moderated by Andrew Hoge of Seattle magazine, featuring insight from April Pride Of Like Minds, Liz Kang Yates of K Banana, and more.

Closing remarks by sydney mintle / 3:15 p.m.

niche Networking / 3:30 P.M.

EXHIBIT TOURS / 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.

additional On-site activities

  • Refreshments provided by Gourmondo Catering

  • Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit access

  • Photo opportunities

  • Speed networking hosted by Elisa Yip of E for Elisa, Cortney Bigelow of The Grey Edit, and Mary of Sportsanista

  • Brand activations


$50 / Morning half-day access

$50 / Afternoon half-day access

$100 / full-day access (Includes morning and afternoon panels + lunch)

+ Curious about what Style Summit events are like? Check out recaps from 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Meet the Speakers


Clara Berg is the curator of Seattle Style: Fashion/Function. Berg grew up in Seattle and received her MA in costume and textile studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has been MOHAI’s Collections Specialist for Costumes and Textiles since 2011, managing the museum’s holdings of nearly 30,000 garments, textiles, and accessories.


Tiffany Ishiguro is the blogger behind I am Style-ish and her instagram @tiffanyish which is focused on everyday fashion, her life as an entrepreneur and being a mommy to two girls.  Tiffany is the co-founder of a clothing line that quickly grew into a million dollar business based on her social media following and knowledge of the industry.  She is now a full time blogger and influencer who has worked with brands such as Nordstrom, Olay, Amazon, Mattel and many more. In 2018 she was ranked #2 on’s Top 50 Mom Fashion Blogs.


Karla Melgarejo is a published fashion photographer, marketing strategist, and advocate for Latina makers and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Karla currently lives in Seattle where she helps women from all over the world scale their businesses through intentional imagery and purposeful marketing strategies. She founded 3 different companies before turning 30 and launched the first digital magazine in Bolivia back in 2013. Karla deeply believes in the power of community and the importance of living an authentic life.

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Les is the founder of Balanced Black Girl, an online community dedicated to helping women of color live their healthiest lives. Upon graduating college in 2011 and diving head first into “the real world” Les soon found that the happiest part of her day was during her gym sessions every morning before work. Each day she felt herself becoming stronger and more confident in a way she had never felt before. So in 2012,  she became a personal trainer and nutrition coach to help others feel the same. She started her first blog The Balanced Berry in 2014 to share what wellness looks like in real life. After four years of sharing recipes and workouts on The Balanced Berry, Les is excited to focus more on amplifying women of color in the online wellness space through the Balanced Black Girl Podcast. Les is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Certified Instructor, and Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach.


Masoud Torabi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1990. While growing up in the streets of Tehran, Masoud developed an urge to tell stories through various media such as short stories, audio recordings, drawing, and short films. With an eventual passion for travel and wanderlust, Masoud has created an impressive body of work that ranges from editorial/lifestyle photography, fiction novels, Instagram Influencer work, and more. He was most recently featured in Seattle Magazine's February 2019 issue. In addition to his creative work, Masoud has developed a successful career within the Financial Services industry, named amongst Business Equality Magazine's prestigious 40 Leaders Under 40 list. Masoud's imagery in his modeling repertoire, writing body of work, and his photography company Masoud Torabi Photo embodies his strong story-telling background, often creating elaborative aspects to all he does.

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Melody Todd resides north of Seattle in Lake Stevens, WA with her high school sweetheart husband, Scott, and 2 daughters, Holland (13) and Savannah (7).  Melody has enjoyed 17+ years with local teen retailer, Zumiez, as the Office Manager and Executive Liaison at the Lynnwood Headquarters. Outside of office hours, Melody spends time with her family, including 2-year-old lab, Brutus, who steals the show.  Cooking, hiking, and low-key weekends are just a few of the family favorites.  Melody immerses herself in writing and sharing content for her blog Honest Chatter, where she encourages fellow women of the community to share their truth, talk about the real real, and find humor and joy in the unfiltered  #momlife struggles.  Put her in a room with wine, like-minded women, open hearts and laughter - and she’s in heaven. 


Born in Yakima, Washington, Andrew braved the pass to study at Seattle University, where he launched his career in fashion marketing at Luly Yang Couture, the famed Northwest-based couture house. He later cemented his love for the fashion industry as a public relations intern for Oscar de la Renta in New York City. After joining the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in his current role as director of celebrations, Hoge launched his personal blog,, as a way to continue sharing his passion for empowering others and working with the Northwest fashion community. He now also shares his passion at Seattle magazine, where he oversees the style, shopping, fashion and  beauty features and the Flash/Talk party-pictures pages as the style and social writer. Off duty, you might find Andrew exploring the latest restaurant or cocktail bar, attending the ballet or networking with fellow fashion enthusiasts. He shares his perspective on Instagram at @andrewhoge.


Dr. Ayla Hopkins founded Voda Health with a passion to make naturopathic medicine more accessible to the public, and more efficient in it’s delivery. Taking accountability for one’s health and breaking bad habits, all while solidifying healthy ones, can be difficult and often feel defeating. During her time in clinical practice, she found the most important predictor of long-term success and continual motivation for her patient’s health goals was to feel better quick. Vitamin B shots provide just that - a powerful platform for change in an easily delivered treatment, available to nearly everyone. A graduate of Western Washington University in Kinesiology and Pre-Med sciences, she then went on to graduate from the world-renowned medical school at Bastyr University to attain a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.