Monday, October 4, 2010

A Post by Violet . . . Violet and the City

Hello Girls, It's Violet!
So nice to finally meet you!
If you're new to the blog, let me quickly explain what it's all about.
There are eight Ooh La Frou Frou girls that star in the
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection card line.
One of the eight girlfriends writes a post to the blog each Monday,
talking about WHATEVER we'd like ...
and we LOVE it!
Occasionally, the artist, herself, will write a post about something
on another day of the week, such as a special giveaway, etc.,
but Mondays are reserved for the eight Ooh La Frou Frou girls
to visit with you!

We eight girls are all different,
but we're all city girls.
Oh ... and we're all stylish in our own way ...
just like all of you!
Okay, so that's the quick background ...
now on to MY very first post!

Let me tell you a little about me, Violet.
I guess the first thing you should know
is that I'm an interior designer --
if you put something in front of me,
I'll think of a way to make it a little more glamorous.

Like all of the other girls, I love the city.

What do I love about the city?
Well, I love the fact that
you never know who you'll see or what you'll see.
I can walk out my door on any day of the week
and see a crowd gathered on a corner
and realize that they're filming a scene from a movie.

I love all of the city architecture.
And I love the surprising little things you see as you walk along,
like these pretty yellow umbrellas --
not on the ground where you'd expect to see them --
but high above the people on the sidewalk below.
By the way, that's me walking by in the yellow dress!
(Thanks for walking with me on a little tour of the city.)

Illustration of Violet by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
I actually LOVE the busy streets.
Yes, that's me again in the pink jacket!

Illustration of Violet by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
But if I'm in the mood for green, I can easily find it.

I'm actually lucky enough to live in a townhouse
with a rooftop garden!
(I know, I know, I can hardly believe it myself!)
I set out to find a place with a rooftop garden
when I realized how much I loved looking down on the city streets.
Each time I'd be dining in a restaurant with a city view below,
I'd just fall in love.

I'll give all of you a tour of my townhouse and the rooftop garden
at some point.
In fact, sometime I'll host a little virtual
rooftop party and invite all of my
Glamorous Girlfriends ... you!

There are some very breathtaking townhouses in the city.
Being a designer, I've been lucky enough
to have seen the inside of a few.
These are some of the residences I adore.

Sometimes I just have to stop and gaze at how beautiful they are.
Illustration of Violet by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
The views from the interiors of some penthouses 
are just too beautiful to believe.
Like the view from this penthouse on Fifth Avenue.

Or maybe you'd like a Park Avenue Penthouse.  I adore this one ...

and look at its fabulous view!

These interior shots of New York penthouses
 are from Sotheby's --
a fun little website to browse through and dream!

And, now, I've saved the best for last!
I can't end my city post
during the month of October
without talking about Halloween in the City!

You never know what you'll see in the city
at Halloween!
New York's Village Halloween Parade and Street Pagaent
takes place on Halloween night!
It stretches more than a mile and draws two-million spectators,
 fifty-thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers.
It boasts of dozens of floats bearing live bands
and other musical and performing acts
and a worldwide television audience of 100 million.
It's sometimes called New York's Carnival.
The parade even features giant rod puppets run by teams of puppeteers!

And all over the city,
Autumn and Halloween decorations abound.
I've dressed up the front of my townhouse entrance
especially for the Ooh La Frou Frou Collection's
fabulous Halloween Card, 
entitled "Glamour Ghoul."
The actual card is embellished with glitter & crystals
and its envelope is orange.
Inside reads: "Happy Halloween, Ghoulfriend!"
This card will available for purchase on the
Ooh La Frou Frou website Wednesday, October 6!

(c) Ooh La Frou Frou 2010 - Ooh La Frou Frou Collection Halloween Card entitled
"Glamour Ghoul." Illustration by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou.

All photos of  New York City were taken by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou
All photos of Interiors of Penthouses from Sotheby's website
All illustrations are by the artist of the Ooh La Frou Frou Collection card line, Sandra Markwalder.  The images are copyrighted.  (c) Ooh La Frou Frou Collection - all rights reserved. Do not copy images from this site without the written permission of the artist.


Rachael said...

That 5th Ave apartment is beautiful! Great post!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Violet handed me this message for:

Rachael: Can you believe the view??? The city's just filled with excitement for me! Can't wait to take everyone through my townhouse little by little on the blog!

GlamaMama said...

From one glamour girl to another...I love you girls!!! I too love adding a bit of glamour in my client's home!!! Can't wait for your virtual glamour girl party!!!
Christine AKA GlamaMama on Twitter

Beth's Blog said...

I love the card! soo cute :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

From Violet to:

GlamaMama -- I'll definitely plan on doing the virtual party sometime, it'll be a blast! Thanks so much for stopping by to chat, Glamourous Girlfriend!

Beth's Blog: Thank you, sweetness, for loving the card! I actually paid the doorman a little extra to help me string the lights on the iron stair railing ;) (sometimes it pays to be a glamour girl!)

Have a Stylish week, darlings! Love, Violet


Oh Violet you captured our city perfectly!!! I'm off to leave my office for a little stroll around some city blocks :) xoxo

Annett M said...

oh, I LOVE the city... you captured it beautifully! I've visited several times and I'm always mesmerized by the stunning architecture...

and I love the card - super cute!

Anonymous said...

A big sigh... NY is so beautiful! The architecture is amazing. I wouldn't mind an apartment on Fifth Avenue!!! Wonderful post, thanks!

Taj Acosta said...

How cute is this blog! So glad I found you gals today! hugs ;)

Brunch at Saks said...

Oh Violet, you are my a girl after my own heart! Love all of your choices here- especially those gorgeous interiors! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Violet wanted me to rush this note to the blog:


The Alternative Wife: Maybe we'll bump into each other sometime in the city! xo

Annett M: I know, I LIVE here and it mesmerizes me!!!

Cafe' Bellini: I know, that penthouse is to die for. And at night ... can you imagine that the view becomes even more magical? Like a fairytale!

Taj Acosta: I'm just THRILLED that you found us! Our Glamorous Girlfriend circle is expanding! xo

Brunch at Saks: Yes, the interiors ARE to die for! Fabulous, fabulous!!!!!!!!!

Thanks again, Glamorous Girlfriends that have posted so far, for your sweet comments. All of the girls and I chat constantly about how we're LOVING blogging and talking to our new friends!

Talk to you later, Stylish Girls! Violet xo

Layers and Layers said...

Gosh, I can't believe how much work you put into your blog posts. Incredible! Love this one about New York. Some really great shots ... different ones, i've never seen before. Lovely job :)

TLC_Designs said...

Adorable post! I loved seeing Violet in the photos - so very, very sweet! Thanks for all the eye candy once again today :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

To: Layers and Layers From: Violet

Thank you ever so much! The artist and I both LOVE the city! The photos were taken by the artist, Sandy, as we trotted around the city for a little photoshoot. The interior shots of the penthouses, however, were by Sotheby's. Thank you, Glamorous Girlfriend, for your comment on my post! xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

To: TLC_Designs from Violet ...

From one interior designer to yet another fab designer, thanks dahhhhling!

xo Have a very Stylish week!

Kristin said...

I'm right there with you Violet! Looooove the city! And your glamorous Halloween getup!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Violet left this teensy (but cute, however) note for Kristin:

Kristin ... thank you so VERY much for your lovely comment. Your blog is so fun .. so fun that we became Rosebuds (8 Rosebuds to be exact!)

Have a very stylish week! xo Violet

Kristin said...

We're delighted to have you Violet! Have a lovely evening!


Loooooove this card!!! and those pictures are va, va,voom Violet! the architecture is just gorgeous and the views...breathtaking! *wink*

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

WOW!!! Loooove the photo's of NY. Makes me want to book a flight NOW!!!
Violet is such a sexy little minx-a "Divine Diva!!!
Kisses to Sandy and Violet from Spain.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A Little Note from Violet for:

Margarita Bloom: And I Looooove that you Looooove the card - thanks, sweet girl. And I love showing pictures of New York ... I'm definitely a city girl!

Vanessa@Luxuria: Well, when you get to the city, I'll put you up in my townhouse with the rooftop garden! ;)(p.s. I think I love being called a little minx and Divine Diva!)

Kisses to you both, Stylish girls! xo Violet

Pink Champagne said...

5th Avenue penthouse? Pretty please! Love the Halloween card too - so glam!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi Pink Champagne! Violet here, darling!

I know, the 5th Avenue Penthouse is to die for and it IS for sale according to Sotheby's if you're interested ;) ~ thanks so much for your compliments on my Halloween card ... I try to be glam as often as possible!

Thanks, Stylish Girlfriend .. Violet

Sarah said...

Adore your blog!! Thanks for following mine xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A note for Sarah from Violet:

Thanks, new Glamorous Girlfriend! I'm so glad that you'll be a part of all of the fun ahead of us and thanks for leaving me a little note! All of the girls just love it when we get to chat with our new bff's! xo

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, New York! Lived on Park Aveneue for many years and adored it. It's always nice to re-visit the Big Apple and drink in the American architecture, food, lanscape, sights and so forth. A very happy post indeed. I have fond memories of New York stored in my mind. Enjoy the weekend;-)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A note from Violet for:

Fashion, Art and other fancies: A girl after my own heart!! New York does steal a part of your heart forevermore ~ and to live on Park Avenue! Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment and have a wonderful weekend!!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sandy,
Just found your fabulous site. What a marvelous idea, your cards are so unique. I wish you every success with your new venture. I'm anew follower, and will be back for more NYC adventures!
Bon weekend,

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A Note from Violet for:

BonjourRomance: Loooove your name, BonjourRomance! All of the Ooh La Frou Frou girls are in love with Paris just as we are New York ... the one of us that DREAMS of Paris always is Aimee, so you'll truly enjoy her posts as well!!

Have a Stylish weekend! Kisses ~ Violet

Sarah Klassen said...

OooOooo, how I love this post! (the entire blog makes me smile so much) I adore NYC -- before I ever visited, I pictured a massive, modern city, but was happily surprised to find so many older and beautiful buildings of character. The row homes are most gorgeous -- very, very chic! Would love a tour through :)

Enjoy the weekend*

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A note from Violet for Sarah Klassen:

Hi Sarah! I know, New York has such a nice mix of both modern and classic older architecture. I love it! It has a piece of my heart! Thanks for your comment & tomorrow our friend, Ooh La Frou Frou girl Alex will tell about a party she's planning ... ;)

Hope your weekend is wonderful! Thanks Glamorous Girlfriend! xo Violet

Camille said...

This blog is just fabulous. So glad to have discovered it :) Paris in Pink