#Driven was a free event that featured a panel discussion about what it takes to build a successful blog and a Luxury Garage Sale trunk show. 

The panel discussion was led by Claudia Camargo of Miles And Smiles.

Claudia — who is originally from Colombia and fluent in English, Spanish and Spanglish — started Miles and Smiles 3 years ago after an afternoon of BBQ ribs with her husband and realizing that she had a lot to share with the world. Driven solely by the need to share her story and inspire people around her, Miles and Smiles took wings of its own, developing into the brand that it is today. Still new to the Twin Cities after a year and a half, but trying to make her way through; she founded the Minneapolis Blogger Union to bring together the blogging community to support each other, learn form each other but most importantly to spread the message of "Kindness over competition" in the industry. 

Doreen Mokeira Nyamwaya

Doreen is originally from Kenya but she has spent the majority of her life in Minnesota and considers herself Minnesotan too. Her blog Doreenmokeira.com was started on February 1st of 2018 after thinking long about it and not finding enough representation of people like her in this blogging community. She started this platform along with her Instagram as a way to share her passion, connect with people who are different from her and hopefully inspire other black creatives who are a bit nervous to embark on their own creative journey. 



Andrea Peña

 Wife, Fur Mom, Paralegal by day and Law Student by night. For as long as Andrea could remember, she had always had an interest in Beauty and Fashion but for many years, she never felt confident enough to pursue it. It was only after some life experiences and starting law school that she decided life was too short to be afraid of doing what makes you happy. Even if you didn’t fit the “industry standard”. Thus, ThatAndreaLife.com was born. While ThatAndreaLife.com serves as a creative outlet and space for Andrea to share her life experiences, Beauty Tips, Fashion Dupes and Shopping Guides, she also hopes to inspire others to feel confident and secure enough with who they are and have the courage to do what makes them happy. 



Krista Brumm

Hi I'm Krista of Krista Collective which is a collection of everything from fashion, beauty and lifestyle from my daily life. I am a Minnesota native that tries to embody the glamorous side of our cold state and show people that not only do we have a great community, but great fashion as well. I hope to inspire my readers to step out of their comfort level and feel beautiful in whatever they wear!


Luxury Garage Sale did a drawing for a $100 gift card at the event! They also styled shop-able Jaguar and Land Rover trunks at the event!

LGS is a designer consignment brand bringing you stand-out, authentic new and vintage pieces.

Thank you to all who came.

To win a weekend with a Jaguar or Land Rover, guests took photos at the event and them on social media using the hashtag #DrivenJLR!