Bellas! At the beginning of this year, I made some resolutions. One of them was to be a braver blogger. That means pushing myself to do new things to add dimension to everything Afrobella. So I present to you – my first YouTube haul video! Where’d I go? Marshalls!

I will try my best to find links for the items I shared. I would love to hear your feedback – should I keep the videos coming? I’m thinking of doing hair, makeup, home decor, food…the sky’s the limit!

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Giselle says:
May 27, 2010, 12:04 am
Hey there. I love that I'm hearing your voice. :) Too cute. Proud that you're Trini too. Also, that BCBG top will look great with white jeans with a pair of hot wedges. Love this blog!!!
erika says:
May 27, 2010, 1:06 am
keep the videos coming, can't wait to see more! love your blog.
Purple says:
May 27, 2010, 3:11 am
Keep them coming. I love your skin and makeup too:)
Nicole says:
May 27, 2010, 5:49 am
I loved your first video!! You should definitely do more of them. I started doing videos this year as well all though I don't think their quite as good as yours. Keep up the excellent work on both the blog & videos!! I look forward to seeing many more. I'm tuned in!!
Cristine says:
May 27, 2010, 6:42 am
SO TRUE you cannot just run in & out of Marshalls unless you know exactly what you're looking for. You look beautiful & you hair looks amazing! I'm loving Afrobella more & more :) Keep the videos coming!
Bella says:
May 27, 2010, 6:48 am
This is completely off subject, but what blush are you wearing? Please do tell!
Oops..this is Kweenie for Bella...Sorry says:
May 27, 2010, 6:52 am
The blush question is from Kweenie for Bella. Didn't mean to use your name. :( I have another question to add on to it: What did you use in your hair to define the curls here, because it looks great!
shani says:
May 27, 2010, 7:43 am
ur photos don't do you justice, you look great in this video. hair looks great. I think we have the same texture but I need to go thru your logs and see what your regimen is!
1969 says:
May 27, 2010, 8:58 am look fab on video. Your hair looks great as does your makeup. I too am a Marshalls and TJ Maxxinista. Always walk out with a fab find. Good job on your first video. Any thoughts on our new FEMALE Prime Minister in TNT?
Nina says:
May 27, 2010, 9:10 am
LOVED IT!! You looked great in the video and I feel you completely on Marshall's and shopping alone. I have only one piece of feedback. If possible, adjust the camera and hang the clothes up so that we can see them full-length. Even better than that would be for you to model them! You come across as very modest, so that might be a stretch for you, but have you seen Kimmay's Youtube fashion shows? I think they're fabulous. But I haven't seen anything like that from a curvy woman, and I really think you have the energy, charm and personality to pull it off and make it approachable. It really helps to see how the clothes fit/hang and see how you make that bright green dress work or how you'd rock a particular shoe/boot/accessory. In any case, I know your channel will be a huge success, and I'm looking forward to more videos from you.
Gabrielle says:
May 27, 2010, 9:25 am
Love the video bella! You look beautiful and your makeup is fabulous. (I will be looking forward to a makeup tutorial video ;D) Keep up the good work.
Nikia says:
May 27, 2010, 10:39 am
Love, love, LOVE your first haul video! I typically shop alone as well. Although, I did have a blast shopping at TJ Maxx with you. Maybe we can do a joint haul video one day. :-)
online shop says:
May 27, 2010, 10:41 am
Good one. And by the way, you do look nice...what makeup are you using? I mean, I totally agree with Gabrielle on that makeup tutorial video. :)
Holistic Locs says:
May 27, 2010, 10:55 am
YAY! What a great video. I hope you post up more of these - I've posted it up on my blog too ;o) @ Keep inspiring!
bella says:
May 27, 2010, 11:01 am
Kweenie, no worries! LOL I saw that and was like...huh? LOL - not sure what blush I was wearing, I know it's a Bobbi Brown bronzer...let me find out for you! Shani - will definitely do a hair video for ya!! 1969 - SO proud of Trinidad right now!! I've been posting links over at but will do something here as well! Nina - THANKS for the constructive criticism, will do a video like that next! I have much to learn here =) Gabrielle - LOL lots of ppl asking for a makeup tutorial, so I will post on makeup soon! Maybe next =) Thank you ALL for your feedback. This was a good decision!
Fabulous1 says:
May 27, 2010, 11:20 am
I visit your blog almost daily! Love it! Please do videos on 1) your favorite and least favorite hair products 2) your hair care regimen 3) your favorite cosmetic products. Looking forward to seeing more videos!
anna12 says:
May 27, 2010, 11:20 am
You look awesome. Love, love your makeup and hair. Great video. Looking forward to the next one and I am keeping my fingers crossed for the makeup tutorial. Great stuff. Keep pushing the limits.
Reecie says:
May 27, 2010, 11:21 am
nice first vid! its always nice to hear voices--and you looked so cute! I think you picked some nice items, especially that BCBG top.
bella says:
May 27, 2010, 12:38 pm
OK! next video will be a makeup video!!!
Cheekie says:
May 27, 2010, 2:52 pm
Watched this yesterday when you tweeted. Just wanted to let ya know it was fab. I love me some Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I also fux with Filene's sometimes. Cute stuff and great deals! And you look FAB in that yellow.
paradisebird says:
May 27, 2010, 2:56 pm
I love it!!! You are so beautiful and I love listen to you. Your skin looks awesome and I`d love to know how you get this glow and how you do your makeup.
Niki says:
May 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
Love the video! I always manage to find something at Marshall's--which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time! LOL Ditto on the comments about your skin--it glows!
Melanie C says:
May 27, 2010, 3:11 pm
LOVED it! Its funny, how you can read someones words for so long and you automatically have an idea of what they sound like in your head (as if you were narrating your blogs). You sound exactly like what I imagined! Beautiful and glowing as well! Keep them coming Afrobella...and all! Do it all! LOVE!
Dasheen Magazine says:
May 27, 2010, 3:55 pm
How cute were you here! I loved that green racerback. OMG yes! You are a natural! I'm firmly in your rah rah section. So keep 'em coming. Here's to being a brave blogger!
Swarthy Daisy says:
May 27, 2010, 5:01 pm
When I think of shopping, I think of Marshalls! I loooove that place! Cute stuff for all seasons. I'm like totally with ya on that one. Gread Vid!
warrior11209 says:
May 27, 2010, 5:30 pm
Love your hair and makeup. The video was great..looking forward to more vids in the future
Shones says:
May 27, 2010, 6:54 pm
It's so nice to put a voice with the words! You did a nice job. This has already been said, but I agree that if you do another "haul" vid, try on the clothes or hang them up so we can see the whole thing. I would love to see a hair vid. Your curls are amazing!
pets says:
May 27, 2010, 7:48 pm
I commented at the Youtube site but will also do so here: you look fresh! younger than the age i know you are :) very fashionable as always - i love the whole ensemble. hugs
sandra says:
May 27, 2010, 10:12 pm
Absolutely luving it. Keep them coming. You look fantastic! I would like makeup videos too...
Nia says:
May 28, 2010, 12:22 am
Luv the video! First of all you are gorgeous! I agree with the other post-great makeup and hair. Cant wait for your hair and makeup video! I tend to only buy accessories and household items at TJ and Marshalls. Primarily due to the limited plus size selections in the NorthWest stores. Your video encouraged me to give it another try. Iam addicted to beautiful colors & fabrics. The feel of a garment means as much as the style for me. So, I tend to buy high end items-at bargain prices. I shop alot on line (I search for designers that I find offer a better fit for my body type. I think the key is finding clothes for your body type and personality.) I would love for you to do a video on designers that offer quality plus size chic clothes. Also, an interview with buyers. I am frustrated that some designer will offer beautiful colors/style in smaller sizes. Then offer the ugliest color combinations in the same style in plus sizes. A buyer told me that they tend to buy for the culture of that particular city. And fabric cost too much for plus size-so it limits what is offered. Thats crap. Well keep up the good work! Keep the videos coming! By the way, has anyone ever mentioned that your alluring eyes & smile rermind them of Janet Jackson's? :)
Tahitian Moon says:
May 28, 2010, 12:29 am
You look gorgeous! I think your on-camera work has gotten so much better and I'm looking forward to more videos. I'd love to see some home design stuff (I can't seem to get my place just right) and some tips on entertaining (if you have any).
Gina says:
May 28, 2010, 9:54 am
I think that your video is a great touch. And you are absolutely right, the Marshall off of North Michigan is the better one in the loop for women's clothing. I've got to get over there to add pieces to my wardrobe as well. Just want you to know that you are appreciated. Love your blog and the information you provide!!!!!
juliette says:
May 28, 2010, 3:42 pm
For the NW person - are you in Seatte Washington or another location? There's a Marshalls in Edmonds that sometimes has decent things. I love Marshalls, Ross and TJMaxx to but I never ceased to be amazed at the difference in plus size merch from store to store - some stores have NOTHING and others have great brands and selections -sometimes the out of the way ones have the best stuff. Bella, you are one gorgeous girl, and I -like others - am very very interested in your hair regime -your do looks the way I want mine to look but it seldom does! HELP! And keep up the wonderful blog.
Adetta says:
May 28, 2010, 4:22 pm
I wanted to say that your hair looked great. It made me want to run in the bathroom and break out my kinky curly. Your curls were really popping.
KindredSmile says:
May 28, 2010, 5:22 pm
I absolutely love this vid - and you went to my fav Marshalls! Keep em coming dear!
Thicky says:
May 28, 2010, 5:35 pm
Hi Bella, you are so perrrrtyyyy!!! Keep up the great work.
Shell says:
May 28, 2010, 7:23 pm
First, you look beautiful on camera. Second, keep them coming!! Marshalls is my place. They have the best of everything there. I love for you to do a makeup and hair video.
Linda L says:
May 29, 2010, 12:28 pm
It was a pleasure viewing your video. Your own glow did the clothes you shared a favor! Thanks for being an inspiration for us older women, too.
Sahar says:
May 30, 2010, 1:09 pm
Bella!! I loved the video and you look amazing. I'm rocking a similar color on my nails right now. OPI, "The IT color" I get so many compliments on this color. I'd love to see some video of you out and about. Where's your FLIP???
Sahar says:
May 30, 2010, 1:31 pm
Bella, Quick you use and like Carol's Daughter Hair Milk for defining your curls?
dgh says:
May 30, 2010, 1:32 pm
Really nice job, Bella! It's definitely time to take your place in front of the camera. Marshalls and its more sophisticated sister TJ Maxx have been the answer to my wanna-be-fabulous-but-challenged-by-bank-account woes. As many of you know, everything arrives at these stores at at least 50% off. And when things are marked down, one can easily snag deals at 75%-90% off retail. If you shop these stores on the regular, you're bound to find deeply discounted treasures "on clearance." Ladies, don't fail to check out my fave shopping experience...Runway at the Maxx at select TJ Maxx stores. This boutique-style, store-within-a-store features high-end designer clothing and accessories. Runway sells lines like See by Chloe, Prada, Gucci, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, and more accessible fashions from the likes of Vince, La ROK, Rebecca Taylor, Alice & Olivia, Hudson, and Catherine Malandrino. I recently purchased 4 pairs of Proenza Schouler shades at the Runway at my local Philly-area store, and one pair was only (drum roll, please)……………….$5. (Check out TJ Maxx’s online store locator to see if your local store has Runway at the Maxx.) Some TJ Maxx stores also sell off-price fine jewelry from Roberto Coin, Judith Ripka, and Stephen Dweck. !!!Love me some TJMaxx!!! As for my video interests, home decor and gift items would tickle my fancy (por favor).
Dad says:
May 30, 2010, 3:19 pm
Lovely to see you experimenting. Keep up the good work. We are all very proud of you. Mom and Dad
dgh says:
May 31, 2010, 7:28 am
More on Marshalls and TJ Maxx from Kathryn, The Budget Fashionista:
Jai says:
May 31, 2010, 8:55 pm
Keep the videos coming, thanks!!!
KeShaJo says:
June 2, 2010, 5:32 am
Marshalls & TJ Maxx have the best home decor!!!!! For the affordable factor, I guess! It's like shopping at a boutique furniture spot that no one knows about!!! I've received so many compliments on little pieces I've purchased there! For example, everytime some one comes to my desk, they immediately pick up my basket made out of magazine paper! They oooh and aaaah at my thumbs up statue, too!!!! I love it! Love it! Love it! Big city Marshalls and TJ Maxx-es are better for clothes and shoes. =(
Vonmiwi says:
June 3, 2010, 10:19 pm
My daughter normally does these types of videos on her blog and they seem to be fun. Marshall's is also one of my favorite stores and I just hauled off my share of clothing and shoes to add to my Summer wardrobe from them. This year for shoes it's all about embellishments and I found a great pair from Eli Tahari in bronze. Tory Burch may have reintroduced the tunic back in fashion, but I found two beautiful cotton linen tunics from Carole Little that will go great with a pair of white jeans or a flowing skirt and they didn't cost as much as hers does. Great post!
karen says:
February 21, 2011, 9:41 am
Very nice blog and please keep the videos coming.
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