I’m ALWAYS in the mood for celebrating on a Friday, but I’m ESPECIALLY in the mood today…. because Afrobella won THREE Black Weblog Awards!!!

I won the popular vote for Best Culture Blog, Best Writing in a Blog (which I wanted more than anything), and Best Style and Fashion Blog — which I was really surprised to be nominated for and to win. I was up against strong competition like Scandalous Beauty and The Fashion Bomb in that category, and my hat’s off to both of them. I can’t believe I won. I have YOU readers to thank!

Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much for voting for me, and thanks to the folks who organize the Black Weblog Awards to begin with. It’s gotta be so much work, and this black blogger sincerely appreciate your efforts.

Over the weekend I’m gonna shout out all of my homies who won (YAY, Soulbounce!!). Right this minute, I wanna share the celebration with you!!!

I dropped hints that something big was coming up throughout August for my bloggiversary, but a giveaway of this magnitude takes time and finesse. Thus, September.

Bellas, my history with the Carol’s Daughter brand goes back to some of the earliest days of Afrobella — Lisa Price inspired me to get up, get out, and get a little something of my own. I figured, if she could turn the hair and beauty concoctions she mixed up in her kitchen into an internationally recognized, sold-in-Sephora brand, then HEY! Maybe this little beauty blog I dreamed up at home could someday grow to be the kind of movement I always wished I could be a part of. I feel great about the progress I’ve made so far!

I wrote the Carol’s Daughter Is It Worth It post in July, and the 100 + comments you left set some powerful wheels in motion! Not only did the CD peeps love all of the feedback — good, bad, indifferent, it just proved how connected customers are to the brand. I can think of very few black hair care and beauty brands that would inspire such an active response. In that review, I came to the conclusion that yes, some Carol’s Daughter products are indeed quite worth it. And the good people at CD hooked you guys up with a very special giveaway of my favorite products!

Five lucky Afrobella readers can win a package containing:

the famous Hair Milk

Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner

Mimosa Hair Honey

Almond Cookie Shea Soufflé

Candy Paint in Bubbling Brown Sugar.

What can you do to get your hands on this beautifying bounty? It’s easy!

Click here to sign up on the special Carol’s Daughter sign up page between now and September 12. They’ll help me to choose five random winners, and I’ll be in touch to get your contact details shortly thereafter.

Have a happy, happy Friday!!! And thank you all so much again. I love you bellas!

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dettygirl says:
September 5, 2008, 11:04 am
Your success is well-deserved Bella! Congratulations! I just found out last night Carol's Daughter is going to be sold in Macy's, so congrats to CD for continuing to do big things!
BK says:
September 5, 2008, 11:35 am
CONGRATS BELLA!!! you deserve it all!!! Now your CD faves are some of mine too hahahaa I made sure I registered.. I just wish we could get some of the ole skool items back..
bella says:
September 5, 2008, 11:40 am
Thanks, ladies!! BK -- your requests won't fell on deaf ears, the people from CD are reading! What products do you miss?
WARRIOR11209 says:
September 5, 2008, 11:41 am
Congratulations - the accolades are well deserved!! Of course , I registered with CD for the giveaway - good luck to all the bella who applied!
Jovita says:
September 5, 2008, 11:47 am
You GO Bella!!!!!!!!! Your website is truly a blessing for a product junkie like me.
Ashley says:
September 5, 2008, 11:52 am
This is only my second post, but would like to congratulate you on all of your success! It is well deserved, my sistah. Well deserved! I heart Afrobella.
Shell says:
September 5, 2008, 11:57 am
Congrats on winning. You deserve it, you put your heart and soul into afrobella.
Denise says:
September 5, 2008, 12:24 pm
Congrats AFROBELLA!!!
Doris says:
September 5, 2008, 12:43 pm
Go Bella, Go Bella, Go Bella, HEY! HEY! Congrats on your awards, it was well deserved. :)
thecla says:
September 5, 2008, 1:08 pm
congrats bella.you did knock on the door well and it is opened for you.ride on to victory.
Bebroma says:
September 5, 2008, 1:24 pm
Hooray for you!
ceecee says:
September 5, 2008, 1:39 pm
congratulations Bella!! You deserve it :)
Mar says:
September 5, 2008, 1:51 pm
Congrats Beautiful Trini Bella! You absolutely deserve this. I am so thankful for your blog and try to check it regularly. I am so excited for you, and I know there's more to come.
Andrea says:
September 5, 2008, 2:32 pm
Congratulations on winning THREE Black Weblog Awards!!! Outstanding! Your blog inspires me and I hope to reach women of all colors and hues through my shoe blog, Your Feet Make You Unique, created for full-footed women around the world who wear sizes 10 and up. You Go Girl!
styleosophy says:
September 5, 2008, 2:34 pm
YAY BELLA!! Many congrats to three well-deserved awards!
Claire says:
September 5, 2008, 1:45 pm
Hey Bella, Claire from the Fashion Bomb! I'm a new fan....congrats on taking home three awards. Hats off to you... Smootches
MeikMeik says:
September 5, 2008, 2:53 pm
Congrats Bella!!! Your rewards and recognition are well deserved. A previous poster asked what were some discontinued favs, I would have to say Empress salt scrub, Jou Jou oil, and the Green tea scents.
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
September 5, 2008, 3:13 pm
Oh my! I almost fell out of my chair after reading this exciting news.Congrats Bella! and Congrats! to Lisa Price and the Carol's Daughter staff.I love, love, love, Carol's Daughter products so much that I won't get my hair done unless I have healthy hair butter,and black vanilla by my side.Bella, What are you going to do to celebrate your win?
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
September 5, 2008, 3:17 pm
Bella,I already receive Carol's Daughter updates,but i'll sign up again to enter the contest.
Anaylli says:
September 5, 2008, 3:20 pm
Huge congrats Bella!! You deserve each and every one! :o)
Nai_Nai says:
September 5, 2008, 3:51 pm
This blog is a daily staple to me! Thanks for great reviews and topics. As a nu napptural woman, I am always on the quest for new information. You have provided it... Congrats on your awards, you deserve it... And I hope to win the CD giveway, as I am running low on the Black Vanilla leave-in!
Roxy says:
September 5, 2008, 4:03 pm
Wooohoooo!! Way to go, girl! Congratulations ... xo
angel79 says:
September 5, 2008, 4:11 pm
GO Bella! Congrats on the awards. I enjoy reading your blog. Not sure if you have many Canadian bellas reading your blog, but you got one here for sure. I just wish there was more access to all the natural hair products up here. (I'm in Toronto, but it's still hard as I'm sure in other parts of the country not to mention costly) Keep doing your thing girl. Take care.
UnalteredBeauty says:
September 5, 2008, 4:27 pm
Another well deserved victory I see!
Aisha says:
September 5, 2008, 4:55 pm
Congratulations on your wins.
Jam says:
September 5, 2008, 5:27 pm
Congrats!!! I really LOve your blog and its always so informative and exciting!!! :D
SoFrolushes says:
September 5, 2008, 5:38 pm
Congrats girl. i was just watching scandalous beauty's latest video on youtube where she mentioned you were a winner and wow. so happy you got the award for the category you wanted. Your writing style is sooo inspirational. well done. look forward to seeing you grow and prosper and getting more awards
Bridget says:
September 5, 2008, 6:02 pm
Congrats on the wins Bella!!! Enjoy these, and I know many more are to come :) I'd love to enter the CD contest, but it won't let me 'cause I'm in Canada :( Maybe next time! ~ Bridget
Olivia says:
September 5, 2008, 6:18 pm
Congrats Ms. Bella! We are all proud of you :o) Wonderful writing and always a fresh point of view, and I am happy that a voice like yours is on the internet, everyone hears you loud and clear! Once again congrats!!!
flygyrl72 says:
September 5, 2008, 6:42 pm
Congratulations Bella! It is well-deserved!
Roshanne says:
September 5, 2008, 7:06 pm
CONGRATS on all your wins.. So Well Deserved.. You keep us all informed and you keep it real.. So Keep On Keeping ON.....
LBellatrix says:
September 5, 2008, 7:58 pm
WTG Bella! Congratulations! :D
bella says:
September 5, 2008, 8:37 pm
Thank you ladies!! It feels good. I'm basking in the glow of victory and love. To celebrate this weekend, I'm just going to kick back and relax as much as possible. Maybe give myself a total day away from a computer screen. I kind of need one, I think!
pets says:
September 5, 2008, 8:42 pm
Wow! I already congratulated you by phone & on an earlier post but now that it's officially written here in this section I have to congratulate you again. Please continue to thrive and develop your skills, mentor others and stay eager and fresh. You should also let readers know about your other recent award!
Sumatra77 says:
September 5, 2008, 9:05 pm
Much deserved, those awards. I've read your blog religiously everyday since I found it over a year ago. Keep up the good work. Always love reading your perspective on everything and you have turned me on to some other wonderful blogs. I really love how selfless you are about sharing not only your knowledge and interests with your readers, but also the work and talents of your other blogging peers. Keep up the good work and many happy returns.
sandra says:
September 5, 2008, 10:42 pm
Congrats...I love your blog: it's informative and light hearted and it appeals to all ages. I was impressed when you decided to leave some pretty rank opposing view posts on the Obama nomination. That showed a real blogger's spirit. They posted vile and then they left! Your readership also are a delight to communicate with. Natural hair off to you!
Nicole says:
September 5, 2008, 11:28 pm
Congrats!! You deserve it. You and CD are an inspiration-
afrobello says:
September 6, 2008, 2:26 am
Go, girl!
Sabrina97 says:
September 6, 2008, 2:37 am
Congrats Bella! Your blog is great and it's always great to see that writing about what you love is so rewarding... it is for those of us who read it! It's also great to see brands listening to consumers. Thanks CD for this giveaway!
cococure says:
September 6, 2008, 6:30 am
Congrats!!! Absolutely deserved! Is it my computer messing up or is the link not working(anymore)?
bella says:
September 6, 2008, 10:24 am
Just tried the link and it works for me, cococure. Try again, or try in Internet Explorer? (I use Firefox). It's ongoing till the 12 so keep on trying and if more readers tell me it isn't working, I'll let CD know. Apologies to my international readers -- I've had international giveaways in the past, but I guess this isn't one of them. And I've honestly had problems with international giveaways in the past (wherein my foreign winner somehow never gets the package, and I ask the local PR and they swear to me they sent the item out... how can I investigate further? I can't. Oh I see). I will try to find a beauty brand totally down to mailing their stuff overseas and have a giveaway for you sometime in the future. I know all too well how it feels to not be eligible to enter. And thank you readers for your congratulations. My sister Pets left a comment revealing another recent beauty blog victory I had... at a recent South Florida Black Journalist Association event I won the New Media/Blog category for Pretty in the City!
Amber says:
September 6, 2008, 10:34 am
Cheers to you Bella, for working to achieve your dreams and being rewarded for it. This blog is pinned under my favorites and I come here daily to read your current faves and recommendations. Enjoy winning the awards, you deserve it!!
Naki says:
September 6, 2008, 10:38 am
CONGRATULATIONS! Well deserved. Excellent success and the best of wishes to you. Please keep up the great work!
golden star says:
September 6, 2008, 11:27 am
Congratulations! x3!
Tiffany says:
September 6, 2008, 3:42 pm
Congrats. I love carol's daughter
Vivrant Thang says:
September 6, 2008, 8:57 pm
You already know! *round of applause* Congrats on your other award as well. You are doing it to death over here! By the way, I was actually considering Carnival this year. If I make it, I'll be sure to contact you beforehand.
jen says:
September 6, 2008, 9:28 pm
I have to thank you and praise you. You're wonderful.
T.T. says:
September 7, 2008, 1:34 am
CONGRATS BELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
b. says:
September 7, 2008, 9:07 am
Wonderful! Beautiful!!! I'm happy for you, and proud to see your hard work pay off. Your blog is one of maybe four that I read on a regular basis, and the one I read most often. I'm so glad I found your work and please KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Your honesty, openness, and joy for life keeps me reading. Thanks, Afrobella. :D
Amber says:
September 7, 2008, 12:59 pm
Crystal says:
September 8, 2008, 11:24 pm
Hey bella. My name is crystal and i am a big supporter of Carol's Daughter. I remember seeing her on Oprah when i still attending hight school. I told myself when i get enough money i will buy at least one of her products- she reminded me of my mother; a proud honest hard working entepreneur. When i attented college i had some money from my refund check... thats when it all started. I bought a body and bath oil for my mom and attempted to buy a saturday morning hair kit for myself. Unfortunately they were out of stock when i tried to purchase it off line. From then on i've been buying carol's daughter item 1 at a time. I just love to support black woman- that's my professional prejudice~ keep it ladies
Tiera says:
September 9, 2008, 12:42 am
Congratulations on you win! I don't remember how I found your site but ever since I've found out about it, It's nearly impossible for me to go anywhere else for info on beauty.
Jean says:
September 9, 2008, 6:10 pm
Ive had the pleasure of meetin her! The sweetest woman Ive ever met! I also have a tip for you ladies.I heard Jessica Alba say in an interview that she used this product called Abs in a Box to get her pre-baby body back. Then I saw these products by a company called It Cosmetics www.itcosmetics.com on the Today Show so I thought I would try them. I TOTALLY look like I've lost 15 lbs instantly and I feel like I'm finally able to get that in-shape look I've been working so hard for in the gym. I used their ABS IN A BOX and SMOKIN' HOT LEGS. I am now going to order the MY BEAUTIFUL BREASTS kit. Just thought I'd share this GREAT find!!!
ACL says:
September 10, 2008, 12:13 am
Hi, I am a reader in Tokyo Japan and I love your blog. Congratulations on the awards. I am also wondering if the Carol's Daughter's give away is open to international readers... ACL
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
September 11, 2008, 6:38 pm
I also want to Congratulate you Afrobella on your New Media/Blog award for Pretty in the City.Cogratulations are also in order for Lisa Price for winning the Glam.com Beauty Award for Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub.
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