See Jane Write won’t be hosting any events in October, but there’s still plenty for women writers and bloggers to do in Birmingham this month.

Swoozie’s Birmingham TOAST to TEN

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Join Swoozie’s at The Summit as they TOAST to TEN years of business in Birmingham on Wednesday, October 7 from 5pm to 7pm. An over the top soiree benefitting The Exceptional Foundation will feature local artists and designers. Local companies to be showcased at the event include artists such as Bradford Billingsley, Carrie Pittman, Dixie Creative, State Traditions, Inspirations by Janie, D-Zines & Letters and many more! Special discounts for the day include 10% off your entire purchase all day and 20% off your purchase between 5pm and 7pm. The first 25 guests to RSVP to will receive a free swag bag. Swoozie’s will be giving away prizes throughout the evening valued at $100 each. To learn more, visit

BPL’s Eat Drink Read Write Festival


The Birmingham Public Library’s Eat Drink Read Write Festival is in full swing. A major highlight of the week will be the Thursday, Oct. 8 presentation from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Baked NYC, a New York bakery that has been featured on various national media outlets. The bakery’s brownie has been listed as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” (Lewis is a graduate of the University of Alabama.) They are former ad men, turned bakery owners and cookbook authors. They will discuss their bakery, dole out samples from their restaurant and more. Their 2010 book,Baked Explorations, is a tribute to American treats and baked goods that range from regional gems to family secrets. EDRW will end on Friday, Oct. 9 with Bards & Brews poetry and beer sampling event at the Central Library. Get more details on all  EDRW events at the Birmingham Public Library website

An Evening of Empowerment

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I’m excited to be one of the “Women Who Inspire” set to be honored at the upcoming Evening of Empowerment sponsored by Girls on the Run Birmingham.  The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on October 8 at Clubhouse on the Highlands. The evening will include wine, appetizers, and a meet and greet and Q&A with the “Women Who Inspire,” including Molly Baker, the founder of Girls on the Run International. There will also be a screening of The Empowerment Project, a one-hour documentary that celebrates positive female role models. If you’d like to attend An Evening of Empowerment, you can purchase tickets here. Use the code GOJAVACIA for $10 off your ticket.

Southern Women’s Show

The 31st annual Southern Women’s Show is Oct. 8-11 at the BJCC. Local food blogger Katrina Adams of In the Kitchen with K. Marie will be featured on the cooking stage at the event. Go out and support your fellow Jane! Get tickets to the show and more information here.

PinkLux Meetup Presented by Sephora

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Christina Renteria of the blog PinkLux is hosting a meetup Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Sephora located in Riverchase Galleria. There be a makeup application demonstration, gift bag giveaways, and refreshments. Learn more and RSVP via Facebook.

Fall Birmingham Boutique Blowout

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Birmingham Boutique Blowout is hosting its fall event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 17 – 18 at the Pelham Civic Center. This is your chance to shop the best local boutiques and vendors all in on spot. This event is sure to offer much inspiration to fashion bloggers! Register as a VIP shopper at

Mastering Makeup with PinkLux

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Christina Renteria of PinkLux is hosting another event later this month for those determined to master their makeup skills. Mastering Makeup with PinkLux is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Vestavia Hills Public Library. Beauty bloggers definitely shouldn’t miss this event. Christina is a proud member of See Jane Write and is offering the Janes a $5 discount on the event. Just use the code SJWBHM. Visit the official EventBrite page for more information and tickets.

Smart Party 4.0

Tickets are on sale now for the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham’s Smart Party, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29 at Iron City. This annual event helps raise money for the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, which is dedicated to helping women move beyond poverty. Each year the Smart Party recognizes 10 local women who are innovators in their fields and who are helping make Birmingham a better place. I was honored to be in the first class of Smart award recipients in 2012. Learn more here.