This year has been so rich with blessings already, and every day I have something new to be thankful for.

For example… on Saturday my husband and I strolled on over to the nearest bookstore. He needed to get computer books. And I needed to buy a few of the magazines I’m featured in this month!

That’s right, bellas. I’m in at least three magazines that I know of right now at your local newsstand.

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Last December, I was flown out to San Francisco for a top secret photo shoot. Finally, the secret can be revealed! I’m in this month’s Fast Company — in a feature called The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2010. My advertising network, Glam Media is #37 on the list! Click here to read more. I’m on page 91, in a big beautiful photo alongside the bloggers of Hostess With the Mostess, Coquette (and her baby!), Stiletto Jungle, and Kristopher Dukes. The photographer — the amazing Mike McGregor, made the photo shoot so fun and engaging. SO excited about this, and thanks to Glam Media for absolutely everything. I love being part of the Glam fam!

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My SECOND bit of big news is a new and exciting direction for me. You can find me on page 103 of this month’s Essence Magazine (the one with the Obamas on the cover). I’m featured in a Creme of Nature ad, along with some truly outstanding bloggers. Renee of CutieBootyCakes, Sunshyne of HairliciousInc.com, Leila of BGLHonline.com, Nadege of relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com and I each have a photo and a quote about our favorite Creme of Nature hair product — I’m talking about the lemongrass rosemary leave in conditioner I had a giveaway of for my birthday in 2007. And if someone had told me back then — three years from now you’re going to be a product endorser in a magazine ad, I would have laughed out loud and told them to stop trippin’. But now, it’s here, it’s happening, and IT’S ABOUT TIME.

So many cosmetics companies pay celebrities, celebrity makeup artists, and celebrity hairstylists big bucks to be on their payroll and endorse their products. Finally a beauty brand has recognized that bloggers have been speaking to their readers, and our readers are their consumers. And increasingly, their consumers are turning to the blogs for information instead of impersonal magazine editorials. This feels like the beginning of a very interesting chapter for the blogosphere, and I heartily applaud Creme of Nature’s initiative in recognizing us bloggers out here grinding every day!

The Creme of Nature ad is also in Sister 2 Sister and a few other magazines, I believe! Let me know if you see it anywhere else.

2010 is already proving to be an incredible year. All of the hard work I’ve been putting in, is proving to be so very worthwhile. And guess what? It ain’t anywhere near over yet, and the best is yet to come!

COMMENTS

UnalteredBeauty says:
February 22, 2010, 12:40 pm
Congratulations to you! Well deserved indeed!
Living Fly on a Dime says:
February 22, 2010, 12:42 pm
Congrats on all of your success, much deserved!
BlackBetty says:
February 22, 2010, 1:08 pm
Way to go Bella! This is only the beginning for you. Congrats
Chatel says:
February 22, 2010, 1:30 pm
This made me happy today! Congratulations!!! The ad in Essence is gorgeous along with the Glam Media shoot. Can't wait to see more;-)
universoul*truth says:
February 22, 2010, 1:43 pm
congrats!!!!!!i love it when women do our THANG. you are absolutley beautiful.
BeautyXchangeGirl says:
February 22, 2010, 1:52 pm
Congrats Bella!! Keep doing it!
Leslie says:
February 22, 2010, 1:53 pm
BRAVA BELLA!!
Lia says:
February 22, 2010, 2:01 pm
Congrats and enjoy your success - you are an inspiration!
Luvvie says:
February 22, 2010, 2:05 pm
This is AWESOME! You look fantastic in both!
Tahitian Moon says:
February 22, 2010, 2:10 pm
I'm so excited for you. You said 2010 would be your year and you did it. It must be surreal to open up a magazine and see your face. I'm glad companies are recognizing that your endorsements carry weight (you have been a HUGE influence on my natural hair journey). Go Bella!
pets says:
February 22, 2010, 2:15 pm
Bella Again from your family much congrats and love! Keep grounded and true and good things will continue to happen to you. Hugs
Deanna Jackson says:
February 22, 2010, 2:24 pm
I was flipping through my March issue of Essence and was like OMG! that's Afrobella!!! Congratulations to you and continued success!!
NiaSoul01 says:
February 22, 2010, 2:25 pm
YOU GO BELLA! I'm an Essence subscriber and I almost died when I saw the Cream of Nature Ad (and wondered why you didn't mention it). You are sooooooooo a friend in my head so I am exceedingly proud of you!
Darlene says:
February 22, 2010, 3:30 pm
Bella, Big tings a gwaaaan!I am so happy for you! Darlene
Becky says:
February 22, 2010, 4:05 pm
Congratulations to you! Three magazines in one month? That is so exciting and you look beautiful! ~ Becky
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
February 22, 2010, 4:12 pm
Woot. Congrats Bella!
Dad says:
February 22, 2010, 4:35 pm
Congratulations;You continue to make us proud. You are charting your own course and that is what makes it so special. D
Nia says:
February 22, 2010, 5:17 pm
I am elated and sooooo proud of you! I feel like you are my fd in my head. :) You deserve the recognition (and the BIG BUCKS)! Honestly, I tried products based on you and your followers recommendations.Glad the companies are seeing the POWER of great informative blogs. Keep Doing YOU!
Zoe says:
February 22, 2010, 5:39 pm
Congratulations! You look beautiful and the recognition in print is much deserved. I've loved your blog for a few years now and I never miss a post. Thanks for the great info.
Courtney aka Glamah says:
February 22, 2010, 6:00 pm
Wow! Outstanding! I hope food bloggers start getting this type of regognition. You deserve all this and more!
urbanbydesign says:
February 22, 2010, 6:06 pm
I'm thrilled for you! Congratulations, and much continued success!
BeShayBE says:
February 22, 2010, 6:16 pm
AWEsome!!! Beautiful!
Eb says:
February 22, 2010, 6:19 pm
congrats... going to check you out in essence right now
Kimmoy says:
February 22, 2010, 6:28 pm
Congratulations! This is so awesome! It's definitely about time and you look like you're having a blast. May the blessings continue in 2010 and beyond!
Victoria says:
February 22, 2010, 7:01 pm
Congratulations! What wonderful news! :)
Contessa says:
February 22, 2010, 7:07 pm
loooooooooooooove it! ;)
Sabrina says:
February 22, 2010, 8:10 pm
Woot! Go Bella, go Bella!
Jasmin says:
February 22, 2010, 8:52 pm
I saw you this weekend in Essence and I was waiting for you to mention it. You look great, and I'm glad your life is filled with nothing but *shine*. Go on witcha bad self! :-)
K to the... says:
February 22, 2010, 9:17 pm
Awesome! Congratulations!!!
Shannon says:
February 23, 2010, 2:35 am
I won that giveaway! Was that three years ago! Good for you!
Purple says:
February 23, 2010, 5:42 am
Congratulations and may you be blessed even more abundantly. I love the dress or top that you're wearing in the first photo. And the jewellery. You look fantastic!
L'afrique c'est chic says:
February 23, 2010, 8:28 am
We are soooooooooooooooooooo happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ceecee says:
February 23, 2010, 9:48 am
Congratulations!! You look pretty as ever! :) So proud & happy for you Bella!
SJay says:
February 23, 2010, 10:37 am
This is so cool...I just peeped you in the Essence last night and I was so proud!
AnnellaBella says:
February 23, 2010, 12:01 pm
This is soooo awesome Patrice! I'm so happy for you!!!!!! More, more, more!!!!!
cdona says:
February 23, 2010, 12:35 pm
Congratulations!!...continued blessings and joy as your journey moves on!!!
C says:
February 23, 2010, 1:21 pm
Congrats to you. Continued success - you deserve it!
Gina says:
February 23, 2010, 1:35 pm
I'm so happy for you!
Lynette says:
February 23, 2010, 1:58 pm
Congrats Bella!!
anna12 says:
February 23, 2010, 2:24 pm
Really happy for you. Keep reaching for bigger and better things. It pays to work hard. Go Bella!
warrior11209 says:
February 23, 2010, 9:46 pm
I am sooo happy for you - you deserve this and so much more. The pics are beautiful and the glam shot looks like fun. It is about time that companies realize that the bloggers are our there pushing their product to the masses. Go Go 'Bella!
Caribbean Girl says:
February 24, 2010, 1:40 am
Congrats!!!!!
LBell says:
February 24, 2010, 11:19 pm
WOW, Bella! Congratulations! You actually have me thinking about trying some CON leave-in (and I can't remember the last time I bought a Revlon hair product)!
savvybrown says:
February 24, 2010, 11:23 pm
You GO girl! I wanna be YOU when I grow up! - savvy
Clair says:
February 25, 2010, 12:09 am
I was flipping through my subscription of Fast Company and lo and behold Ms. Afrobella herself. Looking good! Fast Company's a great magazine to find yourself in. Keep up the good work bella. C
designdiva says:
February 25, 2010, 9:50 am
Do yo thang Bella! Congrats!!!
Miss Journey says:
February 25, 2010, 10:59 am
WOW! Major Congrats! I couldn't think of a more deserving woman, you SO deserve every blessing coming your way, and I hope that your future is even brighter than you can imagine.
tycajam says:
February 25, 2010, 11:38 am
Congratulation Bella! This is awesome. Big things a gwan indeed and you are most deserving!!!!
Ann A says:
March 1, 2010, 9:12 pm
That is great news, I have been reading your blog since forever, however I never get a chance to comment; but I will say CONGRATS on this BIG news. @NaturalMomm on Twitter!
Andrea says:
March 2, 2010, 12:28 pm
Congratulations! So happy to see you enjoying the fruits of your labor...of love!
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