Afrobella at SXSW 2013. My First SXSW!

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Of all of the conferences that bloggers go to and talk about, SXSW is the one with the biggest reputation for FUN. A mashup of interactivity, technology, music and film in the heat of Austin, TX – fueled by free alcoholic beverages, random performances and pop-ups and tacos? I’ve wanted to go for YEARS. And […]

My Target Inner Circle Essence Black Women in Hollywood Experience

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  The closest thing I can compare this feeling to, is the end of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy re-awakens in her bed in the black and white world of Kansas. She opens her eyes and sees the people she remembers from Oz, and says “…it wasn’t a dream. It was a place. And […]

Valentine’s Day Love Advice From This (Old) Married Lady

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  OK so I’m not OLD. I’m 33 (almost 34 as my husband is quick to point out). 33 isn’t old, but we’ve been happily married for 11 years this year. That’s a long time, especially in this day and age. We got married a few short weeks after graduating from college – I remember studying for finals while […]

What My New Media Expo Experience Taught Me

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One of the things I’m learning about blogging as a career – there is no set road ahead of you. Many of us are figuring things out as we go along and finding opportunities in unexpected places. Take for example, my recent trip to Las Vegas. I was brought to Vegas to speak at the […]

I’m Speaking at Blogworld’s New Media Expo! Vegas, Here I Come

Hey there! It’s the first week of this bright, shiny, brand new year and already I’m writing to you from an airplane. I’m on the way to Las Vegas, where I’ll be speaking at Blogworld’s New Media Expo! My session is on Tuesday morning and it’s titled How To Actually Grow A BIG Brand And […]

Trinidad, I’m Coming Home!

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They say life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. If you’d asked me months ago, “Patrice, will you be in Trinidad in December?” I would have said no. I had no plans to go back home in the immediate future, but plans were in the works for me. And now […]

Behold, the Afrobella Avon E-Boutique!

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Hello, Avon shoppers! Have you seen me on the site yet? Here I am!      One of the coolest things about being an Avon ambassador is the international reach of the brand. Avon is everywhere! I’ve gotten such sweet messages from all kinds of people from around the world, many of them Avon salespeople, […]