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Belk Fall Fashion Preview for Style Bloggers



Last month I had the opportunity to join several local style bloggers at a fall fashion preview event hosted by Arlene Goldstein of Belk. Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction at Belk, was there to help us “find our fabulous,” which was the theme of the evening. She told us all about Belk’s style statements for the upcoming season and how best to rock these looks. The evening also gave me the chance to chat with a few Birmingham bloggers about their favorite fall fashion trends. 

If you’re a style blogger, here are three looks that should be on your radar for fall: 

Complex Simplicity 

This look is all about new proportions and shape shifts, Goldstein said. From oversized and boxy silhouettes to exaggerated sleeves and new age layering, this is an ultra modern look. Playing with textures is key while extreme coatings, metallic finishes, trapunto stitches, and new knits will ensure that your look is far from ordinary. Goldstein recommends sharpening this look with edgy accents, including statement jewelry in architectural shapes, structured handbags, sleek ankle boots, and the always-chic over-the-knee boots. 

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5 Reasons You Should Attend WordCamp Birmingham

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Jane needs a makeover.

In the next month or so SeeJaneWriteBham.com is getting a major redesign. Part of this website overhaul will include changing platforms: I’ll be moving See Jane Write from Blogger to WordPress.

For years I was fiercely loyal to Blogger. And even though last year I launched See Jane Write Magazine using WordPress.org and my portfolio website, Javacia.com, using WordPress.com, I still had a soft spot for Blogger. I couldn’t help it. It’s so easy to use and it’s the platform with which I started my very first blog.

Then I attended WordCamp.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences that cover various topics related to WordPress, the free and open source publishing software that powers over 75 million websites.

At last year’s WordCamp Birmingham, Sara Cannon — one of the event’s organizers and speakers — said something that was music to my ears: “You can do anything with WordPress.”

I was sold.

I have big plans for See Jane Write and most of those plans will rely on having an amazing website. And so I’m making the move.

This year’s WordCamp Birmingham is set for Saturday, August 16. I’ll be there, of course, and I would love to see some See Jane Write readers there too.

So I’m here to convince you to join me. This isn’t a sponsored post — WordCamp is paying me to sway you. I just really believe that whether you run your blog on WordPress or not, you could learn a lot from this event. (And you’ll get a cool t-shirt.)

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Hear Jane Speak on Biz Talk Radio

In the WAGG studio with Roy Williams recording my segment for Biz Talk 

Be sure to tune in to WAGG Heaven 610 AM today from 3 to 3:30 p.m. I’ll be on Roy Williams’ radio show Biz Talk discussing blogging, See Jane Write and the upcoming Bloganista Mini-Conference.

You can also stream the show at http://www.610wagg.com.

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, don’t delay. We have less than 20 tickets remaining.

You can get your tickets today at thebloganistaconference.eventbrite.com.

Check out Meet the Bloganistas to learn more about our speakers and read about our sponsors to learn what door prizes you could win at the event.

Jane About Town: To Kill a Mockingbird at the Alabama Theatre

Gregory Peck (center) as Atticus Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time. Set in Depression-era Alabama, Harper Lee’s novel follows the story of Atticus Finch as he defends a black man against a false rape charge and strives to shield his children, Scout and Jem, from prejudice and hate. 
As an English teacher I have the privilege and pleasure of leading a group of 8th graders through a reading of this book each school year. And after we finish the novel we watch the 1962 film adaptation of the book, which in my opinion, is a classic in its own right. 

This Sunday, July 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.,  I’ll have the chance to see To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen at the Alabama Theatre as part of its 2014 Summer Film Series. 
Beginning at 1 p.m., author Beverly Crider will be in the Alabama Theatre lobby signing copies of her new book, Legends & Lore of Birmingham and Central Alabama.
Doors will open one hour before showtime. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door or in advance through Ticketmaster.

Meet the Bloganistas

See Jane Write believes you, your life and your blog should be fabulous. And so we present to you our first mini-conference – The Bloganista Mini-Con, a partial day conference for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers. But don’t worry if you’re not a style blogger; this conference has something for everyone. Not only will our speakers and panelists discuss style tips and best blogging practices, but they’ll also cover ways to use your blog to land freelance writing gigs, speaking engagements and other opportunities. 

The mini-conference will be held 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road. You can find a complete conference schedule and order tickets at thebloganistaconference.eventbrite.com

Now get to know our speakers and panelists. 



Alexis E. Barton is a style blogger and digital influencer whose commentary and fashion advice appears weekly on the popular blog SameChicDifferentDay.com, which she launched in September 2011. Her personal style tips have been featured in The Birmingham News, Skirt.com, Life and Style PR and on WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ. Alexis has appeared on ABC 33/30′s Talk of Alabama and on CBS 42′s Wake Up Alabama. She has worked with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, H&M, Girls Inc., Macy’s, Belk, and a number of other non-profits, businesses and brands to help make the world a more stylish place. Alexis has been named a 2013 Role Model by the Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama and this year was named a Birmingham Trailblazer by The Birmingham Times. 





Heather Brown is the lifestyle blogger and social media and blogging consultant behind MyLifeWellLoved.com. She is a Birmingham native, has been married for 5 years and has been blogging for 4 years. She would love for you to connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram @MyLifeWellLoved.






Erica Bunker is from Hoover, Alabama and is the creator and editor of Erica B’s – DIY Style, a popular sartorial sewing and fashion blog that can be found at ericabunker.com. Erica is a wife, mother of three, grandmother of one and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also a self-taught seamstress whose personal mantra and way of life is: “Why buy it, when you can make it!”




Megan LaRussa Chenoweth is the fashion stylist, image consultant and personal shopper behind Southern Femme, which is both a blog and a style consulting service. A Birmingham native, Megan moved to New York City to work for a famed trend forecaster and pursue a Master’s degree from Parsons School of Design. But the South wooed her back with its slower pace and picturesque landscape. Megan created Southern Femme because of her desire to educate her favorite women in the world, Southern ladies, on both high fashion and their everyday wardrobe. Megan has styled and produced fashion shoots for several magazines including Birmingham magazine, Alabama magazine, and Seventeen. 




Vanessa Culpepper of the blog BuddingFashionista.com is ready to step out in style no matter the time of day or occasion. As a producer of a morning news program, she doesn’t let her overnight shift keep her from putting a stylish spin on work-appropriate looks. She carries the same attitude toward her weekend wardrobe when she is off the clock and running around with two kids in tow! Vanessa does all this while stretching her budget to the max! She doesn’t claim to be the hottest fashionista around…she is just budding.



Dr. Bertha Hidalgo is a PhD-level genetic epidemiologist with a true calling and passion for fashion.  She began blogging in August of 2013 and has grown her brand to include daily “outfit of the day (#ootd) posts on Instagram. She is a mother of two boys, a wife, and loves attempting to find balance between family, work, and life as a fashion blogger.  Her blog is an extension of her day-to-day life, featuring posts on ways to dress fashionably on a budget; ideas for office-appropriate outfits; and how to score deals on designer duds.  She firmly believes that it should be socially acceptable for a woman to be both intelligent and fashionable, and that those two qualities should not be mutually exclusive.  She strives to show the world that a woman can indeed be both, one outfit at a time, on ChicInAcademia.com.  


Williesha Morris has been hustling gigs of the freelance variety since she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a journalism degree in 2001. Since 2012 she has been pursuing the dual title of administrative consultant/virtual assistant and writer. Having this title allows her to never get bored, along with helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get more done and show freelancers how to truly live a “free” freelance life. You can find her on Twitter – @willieshamorris. She created her blog MyFreelanceLife.com in 2013 and also blogs at nerdythirtysomething.wordpress.com


Tanya Sylvan of the blog All In Stride is a Jersey girl living in Birmingham who loves to run far and eat lots. Her real life and blog life collided recently when a long-time blog reader offered her a job doing marketing and public relations for an outdoor publications company. Now she can say that she really does eat, sleep, and breathe all things outdoors! You can find her blogging about running, recipes, and random life events at tanyasylvan.com.


Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is managing editor of Birmingham magazine. Her first book, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, is set for publication by The History Press on July 22. Carla Jean founded the music blog Birmingham Box Set, and has also written for BookPage, Paste, The Birmingham News, Sky and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. Carla Jean volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University. Her favorite yoga pose is bakasana and her favorite cats are orange. Connect with her at carlajeanwhitley.com.

The Call to Be Bold


I should have known Friday would be a great day. 

During my personal Bible study time Proverbs 28:1 was brought to my attention: “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” And this was after a week of feeling God urging me to be bold in my prayers and to be more confident about my future. 

Marla and Marcia Pruitte
a.k.a. The Pruitte Twins

Then I went to Cupcakes and Conversations, a ladies empowerment night hosted by inspirational speakers Marla and Marcia Pruitte, better known as The Pruitte Twins.  

The night was full of motivational talks by local women who true are movers and shakers in our city. Women who spoke at the event included  radio and TV personality Eunice Elliott, Robin Ato, owner of Gracie Grove Venue where the event was held, Kimberly Davis and TaShara King of Davis and King Consulting, public relations pro Chanda Temple and Kanisha Shamburger of Created to Win Enterprises LLC. 

All throughout the night the message I heard over and over was to simply be bold. 

Be bold enough to dream. I knew I’d love the Pruitte Twins as soon as they started talking because they mentioned that they are fans of vision boards. A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams and goals. I make a new vision board every year or so because I believe that, as Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  (more…)

Jane About Town: Cupcakes and Conversations


On Friday night you’ll find me with my business cards in one hand and a cupcake in the other. 

Think of Cupcakes and Conversations as a ladies night out for women looking to be empowered in their professional and personal lives.  The theme for this event is “reNew You: Renewing Your Mind For Your Purpose.” The panel discussion will cover a variety of topics including personal finance advice, beauty tips, and guidance on how to get the most out of life. 

One of the panelists for this Cupcakes and Conversations event is See Jane Write member Chanda Temple, who is director of public relations for the Birmingham Public Library. Alabama 13′s Eunice Elliot will be a speaker as well.  

The night will include food and drinks (and cupcakes, of course). Click here to learn more about this event and to purchase tickets. 

Scenes from the Bloganista Mixer presented by Hamer Law Group

On Thursday June 19 we held a preview party of our upcoming conference for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers. We had about three dozen people show up for our Bloganista Mixer presented by Hamer Law Group. The event was scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m., but we were having so much fun the party didn’t end until 9 p.m.

Here are some highlights from the mixer:

Thanks to Chris Hamer, Keith Lee, and Alan Duke of Hamer Law Group for being great supporters of See Jane Write.

White blazers were definitely trending!

LaTanya Millhouse (left) with fashion blogger Erica Bunker, who is one of the panelists for our upcoming conference.

I had to get a picture with Heather Brown of MyLifeWellLoved.com. Heather is also a panelist for our upcoming conference. 

More great fashion! These ladies are true bloganistas!

With my pal Jen, who blogs at StellarFashionandFitness.com

Jessica Furniss of SpiffyEats.com was definitely dressed to impress. 

I’m so glad my girl Karri Bentley could make it to the party!

The first five people to arrive received a bumper sticker from the Original B’ham. Portia shows off her prize!

Sherri, Mandy, and Carla Jean — three ladies Birmingham is lucky to have!

My pal and fitness blogger Tanya Sylvan will also be a panelist at the Bloganista Mini-Conference.

We had a great turnout and the folks who came didn’t even know there would be strawberry cake from Edgar’s Bakery.

Thanks to Hamer Law Group for providing refreshments for the evening. 
More great fashion from Ivette Thomas of AllAboutBham.com, Heather Brown of MyLifeWellLoved.com and Buffy York of TheStyleGathering.com.

Karri Bentley, Chanda Temple, and Dru Harris pose for the camera.

Time for a selfie!

See more pictures from the Bloganista Mixer at the See Jane Write Facebook page.

Get your tickets to the Bloganista Mini-Conference at thebloganistaconference.eventbrite.com.

Jane About Town: The Bloganista Mixer presented by Hamer Law Group

Here at See Jane Write we are very excited about our upcoming event The Bloganista Mini-Con, a partial-day conference for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers. To celebrate we’re hosting a mixer for local bloggers. 
At the Bloganista Mixer enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers provided by Hamer Law Group
The first five people to arrive will receive a door prize from The Original Birmingham


At this party you’ll have a chance to meet and greet some of the Bloganista Mini-Con panelists and speakers as well as network with other local bloggers. 
Attendees will also have a chance to purchase conference tickets without online processing fees. This will be the last day to purchase tickets at the early bird price. 

Join us Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Wine Loft in downtown Birmingham. The Bloganista Mixer is free, but registration is required. 

RSVP here
Dress to impress! 

The Bloganista Mini-Conference

 
 
See Jane Write believes you, your life and your blog should be fabulous. And so we present to you our first mini-conference – The Bloganista Mini-Con, a partial day conference for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers.  The mini-conference will be held 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road.
 
Don’t worry if you’re not a style blogger; this conference has something for everyone. Topics we’ll cover include: 
  • Using your blog to land freelance writing gigs and speaking engagements
  • How your blog can land you a new job
  • Working with brands
  • Niche blogging 
  • Time management tips 
  • How to dress like a fashion blogger (even if you’re not one)
  • Turning your blog into a business
  • Spreading the word about your blog 
 
Our Speakers/Panelists: 
 
Alexis Barton of Same Chic Different Day
Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved
Erica Bunker of Erica Bunker DIY Style
Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme
Vanessa Culpepper of Budding Fashionista
Bertha Hidalgo of Chic In Academia 
Williesha Morris of My Freelance Life 
Tanya Sylvan of All In Stride
Carla Jean Whitley of Birmingham magazine
 
Tentative Conference Schedule
 
Morning Mingle     10 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy a continental breakfast and network with other local bloggers. 

Welcome by Javacia Harris Bowser, Founder of See Jane Write 11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 
 
Morning Keynote by Alexis Barton of Same Chic Different Day     11:15 a.m. – noon  
 
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN     NOON – 1:30 P.M. 
 
How to Be a Bloganista     1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Local bloggers will share tips on time management, blog promotion, developing blog post ideas, working with brands, how to dress like a fashion blogger, and much more. Panelists: Heather Brown of My Life Well LovedErica Bunker of Erica Bunker DIY StyleVanessa Culpepper of Budding Fashionistaand Bertha Hidalgo of Chic In Academia
 
Beyond the Blog     2:15 – 3 p.m.
Editors of local publications and local bloggers will share tips on how you can use your blog to land freelance writing gigs and even a full-time job. Panelists: Alexis Barton of Same Chic Different DayWilliesha Morris of My Freelance LifeTanya Sylvan of All In Stride, and Carla Jean Whitley of Birmingham magazine
 
Break     3 – 3:30 p.m. 
 
Afternoon Keynote
by Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme     3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
 
Farewell     4:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

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