Month: April 2010

Staying A-head of The Curve

What A Girl Wants Right NOW!

I like to take evening walks through Beverly Hills, particularly on Rodeo, Bedford, etc. and check out what everyone has put in their windows. I noticed a few really fabulous trends for spring. Take a look.

The next “haute” thing is actually something already on your head- Hair!! But, here’s the catch- Ribbons and Braids! The Chanel Boutique in Beverly Hills showcases all of the mannequins wearing thick black and white solid three inch wide satin ribbons wrapped around the forehead then braided into a side braid or tightly wrapped around the base of the pony tail about 4 inches down.  Here is a really cool video I found to inspire the look!


Actress Kasja Smutniak attends the Chanel Cruise 2010 Fashion Show on May 14, 2009 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kasja SmutniakChanel Ad 2010

Wang Spring 2010

Also, check out these instructions on how to create the Chanel look.

Over The Head Version:

over the head

The easiest way for two braids, such as to go under a hat: Measure a length of ribbon that is as long as your hair–start at one end of your loose-hanging hair, go up over your head, and back down to the end of your hair on the other side. (See the drawing.)

Separate your hair into two sections; left and right. Use a bobby pin to anchor the ribbon at the top of your head so that one end hangs down on the left, and one end hangs down on the right. Start braiding on one side, using the ribbon as one strand and the hair as the other two. When the first side is finished, braid the other side.

To finish, wrap the extra ribbon around the bottom of the braid and tie it off. If you would like more security, use an elastic and then cover the elastic with extra ribbon. This style will result in two braids and a ribbon that goes over the top of your head, which looks kinda nice, or can be covered by a hat.

Not Over the Top Version:

ponytail version

For single braids, or braids without the ribbon going over the top of your head, you can start the braid in the following manner. This is also the easiest way to make a braid and tie it off without elastics. Take a length of ribbon twice as long as the hair you are going to braid. Tie it snugly, with a half-knot, around the hair. Separate the hair into two sections; begin braiding. After making about three crossovers, make sure the ribbon is still tied fairly tightly at the top. Continue braiding to where you want to stop. Wind one of the two ends of ribbon clockwise around the braid, and wind the other one counter-clockwise. Tie off.

How To Keep Braid Cases On Your Hair:

braid cases

If you are wearing braid cases, or just want to tie off your braids without elastic, thread a piece of ribbon straight through the finished braid. Crisscross the ribbon down the braid for about 3″ or more (or over the outside of the braid casing), and finish by wrapping the ends in opposite directions around the braid and tying it off.  Some people think that braid cases are a bit dubious; do a websearch for articles if you’re interested in the issue.

Hats Off To This Trend!

Cochella Fan 2010,

Bailey 'Mannes' Hat

Price $53.00

For purchasing info,Bailey 'Salem' Straw Hatclick on the photos.

Bailey 'Billy' Straw Hat

Price $55.00

Bailey 'Mannes' Hat

Price $55.00

Short Short Shorts!

Time to “hit the gym” girls, because looks like we got a quite “a leg” ahead of us for spring and summer trends.

Cochella Fans 2010- Notice the trend in Doc Martins! Who would have thought? Who wears short shorts? They wear short shorts!
Fan of Cochella 2010,
Carolina Herrera Spring 2010
Stella McCartney Spring 2010
David Vasiljevic Spring 2010
Karl Lagerfeld Spring 2010

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The Fender Fam at The Farm!

My horse, Bandito, Lilly Claire, and guess who?

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I Found Me A Real Catch!

Catch of The Day!

I got one y'all!

While I am no David Fender when it comes to fishin’- somehow, I managed to reel one in despite the fact I can barely cast a rod and reel! Don’t you just love surprising yourself like that?! Well, I do. Take a look at the big event in this video and visit the “haute Photos” page to see more! Learn how to worm the hook and all!! Thanks Fender Family for your contributions to this “haute” little video.

Abby Fender- Your Bargain Buddy and Personal Shopping Material Girl

Fender Family Fishin’! from Abby Fender on Vimeo.

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The Best Part Of Waking Up!

Classic Roast

Click Here To Listen!

Check Out What’s Brewin’!!!

Hey y’all! Just thought I would let you in on a little secret. Next time you are in the car and listening to the radio, if you hear an ad for Folger’s coffee, it is me! Just landed my very first Folger’s jingle and although I never drink coffee, for me it is still “the best part of waking up!” Take a listen here or in the car. Also, check out the cool coffee products I found!

Bodum Mousse Electric Milk Frother

Price $29.95

Create smooth, delicious foamed milk with the Mousse Electric Milk Frother from Bodum. This stylish, compact milk frother is designed to quickly foam milk without heating it. It features a push button on the top to give you full control, and the 5 oz glass beaker provides a clear view of your milk. The Mousse Electric Milk Frother uses a built-in spiral wand to thicken the milk, which can be adjusted to deliver the best foam for different quantities of milk. Simply move it up or down depending on how much milk you’re foaming, and the spiral frothing wand will deliver fast, consistent froth in about 20 seconds. The Bodum Mousse Electric Milk Frother not only froths milk, but it’s also great for dressings, whipped toppings and light mixing. Requires 2 AA batteries, not included.

Bodum Calorius Electric Water Kettle

Price $69.99

The hassle of heating water on the stove is over with the Calorius electric water kettle. Just plug it in and 48 oz. of water will be heated in no time. The gorgeous brushed stainless steel finish and elegant lines make this kettle as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful. The transparent polycarbonate cover is extremely durable and features a whistle indicating when the water has reached boiling temperature. The Calorius also comes in a stovetop version for those who like the old fashioned process. Available with two different polycarbonate lids: clear and orange.

Bodum Eileen Coffee Press

Price $59.99 – $69.99

I love this particular item because it is just so cute. Why not have great coffee and be stylish at the same time? With the Eileen Coffee Press you can!

Keurig B30 Mini Brewer White

Price $89.95

The Keurig Mini B30 single-serve brewing system lets you enjoy brewing away from home. With The Keurig B30 Mini and their patented K-Cups, you can brew fresh, great tasting coffee at your desk, in your dorm room, in your hotel room, in your boat, or just about anywhere. The Mini only takes 3 minutes to heat the water and brew the perfect cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot cocoa. To enjoy a great cup of freshly brewed coffee, all you have to do is plug in the Mini, pour in 8 oz of water, insert a K-Cup and push a button. K-cups are pre-measured single-servings of coffee that eliminate the hassle of grinding, tamping, measuring and messy clean-up. And you can choose from over 200 different coffee, tea and hot cocoa varieties from 13 gourmet partners. Better than coffee to go, it’s the coffee machine to go. Also available in black.

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Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Deep In The Heart Of Texas!

It has been a while since I have been home, but I thought I would go and visit my folks in East Texas, Tyler to be exact. It was an absolute blast and the first three hours proved to be quite an adventure.  If you know about Diary Queen, you will appreciate the video I am about to post and if anyone has ever been stopped by the Highway patrol, I am sure you can relate to the next video post. Anyhow, I just wanted to share the fun times in Ft. Worth, Tyler, and Dallas and let you in on where I am from and what we Texans do when we all get together!

Have a great day and enjoy the videos!

Abby Fender- Your Bargain Buddy and Personal Shopping Material Girl

Everything’s Better In Texas! from Abby Fender on Vimeo.

The Dairy Queen Up-Close and Personal from Abby Fender on Vimeo.

Mom Gets Caught from Abby Fender on Vimeo.

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Rollin’ With Abby At The Flea Market

Hey Y’all!
Just wanted to let you know that I went, I saw, and I purchased! You will too, once you see the amazing deals I found at Ellen Lee’s, Dazzle Boutique. She not too far from the Rose Bowl entrance- just take a right and get the goods!
Have fun saving money and your back!!
Abby Fender- Your Bargain Buddy and Personal Shopping Material Girl!

Rollin’ With Abby’s Hautespots! from Abby Fender on Vimeo.

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Instead of Mama Please, How About Please Mama?!

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I decided to post a few good Mama’s Day gifts. Check some of these cool new items out!

Janie Clapp’s Cakes

I am not just posting this company for home-town pride, but I have been enjoying Janie’s Cakes for the past 20 years and let me tell you- they are just as good now as they have ever been! I love the packaging and your mother will too, but just as cute as they look, especially “The Baby Janes,” the incredible moist taste of these little babies will blow your mind and hopefully melt your mother’s heart!

Butter Pound Cakes

“The Plain Jane”– Homemade taste

Everyone should know what a “Homemade from scratch” pound cakes taste like!

The Plain Jane is what its name implies, just moist and delicious pound cake. But, don’t let its name fool you. It’s anything but plain and packed with rich, moist flavor. No lemon or almond flavorings. The Plain Jane is perfect for pound cake lovers.

Serving suggestions: Plain Jane pound cakes can be eaten by itself or garnished with fresh fruit, ice cream or your favorite sauce. The Plain Jane can be served at room temperature, chilled or frozen. Toast or microwave a slice for that “fresh from the oven” flavor.  Serves 12-15.

Pound Cakes in Hat boxes

The Janie’s Cakes Signature Box

“It’s a happy box!”

Every Janie’s Cakes pound cake is shipped in its own yellow and white box with a blue ribbon.

Your gift will taste good and look good, too!

Lemon Pound Cakes

The Stationary Studio

The Stationery Studio - Personalized Gifts for All Occasions

Personalize fun stickers, note cards, for your mother and not only will you love the finished product, but the price is just as pleasing!

Natalie Marigold Memo Pad
Code: WE_198124-Natalie-Marigold
Price: $22.00
Quantity: 75 sheets

Natalie Marigold Memo PadOrder by 4/30/10 and
We will double your order today!

Personalized Pet Throw

Made from images as small as wallet-size, PhotoThrow combines the art of photography and knitting. It is a unique and breath-taking product. The perfect gift for any pet lover.

Click on photo below to purchase.

Personalized Pet PhotoThrow$67.50 each

Indoor Gardening Tool Set

Bring all your gardening necessities with you in our Garden Tote Tool Set! This small gardening dynamite includes a pruner, snips, rake, trowel, shovel, and glass spray bottle.

Click on photo below to purchase.

Indoor Gardening Tool Set $19.95 each

Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Pitcher has a removable fruit infusion rod that screws into the lid. Fill the rod with cut lemons, limes, strawberries, oranges, etc. to infuse your water or tea with wonderful natural fruit flavor. Acrylic. 80 oz. capacity.

Click on photo below to purchase.

Fruit Infusion Pitcher $24.99

The Art Of Doing Nothing

The perfect prescription for those who do too much and live too little, this book’s filled with tips for carving out that all-important downtime. By Veronique Vienne. 96 pages. Hardcover.

Click on the photo below to purchase.

The Art of Doing Nothing Book$17.00

Deep Sleep Wellbeing Starter Kit

Say good-bye to counting sheep with Community Trade camomile in this TSA-approved kit that helps you sleep like a babe whatever time zone you’re in.

Click on this photo to purchase.

Deep Sleep Wellbeing Starter Kit$32.00

For The “Adventure-er”

How about a hot-air balloon ride? I have always wanted to do this and I am sure your mother has an adventurous side to her as well! Once you get her there, what choice does she have? LOL!

Click on the photo below.

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