Monday, November 1, 2010

A Post by Belle ... Romance, Romance

Hello, Lovelies ... Belle here!
For everyone that's new to the blog,
I'm the Ooh La Frou Frou girl that's a
southern-girl-turned-city-girl.
So sit yourself down and let's chat a bit about
Romance.

I love everything about Romance, don't you?
When people say we shouldn't put so much stock in
Romantic Love,
as it sets us up for disappointment,
I say "well, why not, for goodness sake?"
That's like saying
"don't bother looking for that perfect career ...
you'll only be disappointed ... don't shoot for the stars."
I beg to differ.
Sometimes you just have to look harder to find it,
choose the one that thrills you and makes you feel alive,
and then keep it exciting once you find it
by looking at each day as if it's brand new.
And I say don't settle for anything less.

Open your heart's window and be ready to fly.


I'm setting out to find someone
that aspires to have a lifelong Romance ...
with me!

Needless to say, because I'm such a fan of Romance,
my favorite movies are romantic comedies.
(surprised, are you?)
I like nothing better than curling up
with a cup of cocoa on a chilly night with a charmer like this.


Bridget Jones Diaries
or heading out with a girlfriend to see something like this ...

or watching any of these again ... for starters!
And as for real Romance,
I wouldn't want to miss one little part of it.

From the moment you share that long glance
across a crowded room ...

to the simply electrified magic in the air
when you find yourself days later
still thinking about him.

A new Romance is deliciously fun.
And its made even more magical because
you never know where you'll meet that someone.

Maybe you just set out to take an innocent walk
on a beautiful day ... and so does he ...
kismet!
(that's why I say be ready for destiny at all times)

... or maybe you meet the love of your life
when you share a taxi to the other side of the city
and the handsome stranger you rode with
hands you his number as you start to get out.

However you meet, one day there will be a first date with him.
And what is more exciting than preparing for a
romantic evening out!
It's the ritual we women just love.
A perfumed bath,
silky lingeree,
picking out just the right sparkly dress
and which shade of lipstick to wear ...
I even love the butterflies I get
 at the thought of an evening with him ...

A darling blog we love, called Paris in Pink,
often features perfume commercials
among many other fun things.
I thought this one that she shared recently
fit in perfectly with our little talk of Romance ...
thank you for showing us a Parisian commercial, Paris in Pink!



What kind of man am I looking for, you ask?
Well, let me tell you.
I want a man that makes me tingle to my toes ...


I want a man who believes playing doesn't stop with childhood
and knows how to make me laugh ...


I want a man who is a romantic himself,
one that leaves me little surprises when I least expect them...


I want a man with integrity, who will be there for me
even when the days aren't sunny.


Come to think of it ...
I wonder if the gorgeous Old Spice guy,
Isaiah Mustafa,
is available?



What do YOU love about
Romance?
All illustrations are by Sandy, artist - Ooh La Frou Frou Collection.
Credits:
Magazine Photo 1: Emma Watson, Vogue Italia Sept-Oct 2008
Magazine Photo 2: Red Magazine, Octoaber 2010 Chiffon Dress Vivienne Westwood Gold Label
Photo 3 of Taxi: Personal Photo of taken by artist, Ooh La Frou Frou
Photo 4: Sex and the City
Magazine Photo 5: Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen - Teen Vogue Sept 2009
Image No. 6: Tiffany and Company
Magazine Photo 6:Unknown - if anyone knows, I'll gladly post the credit for the image.
Image No. 7: Artwork of Belle on horse with Isaiah Mustafa by Sandy - artist, Ooh La Frou Frou collection.
Background image of Mustafa and horse on beach is a still taken from the Old Spice commercial video
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50 comments:

Pratishtha Durga said...

I am with you on Romance. Am a hopeless romantic myself and refuse to settle for less than a fairy tale romance...

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

anoooother amazing post. while HOPE is my favorite, i do love belle, too!! and love the photos. as always, wonderful!!

Paris in Pink said...

YES, long live romance! Beautiful post (as always) with so many inspiring images and words. Merci, dahling Belle for the mention. Great job, lovely! :)

Pink Champagne said...

Romance makes me positively giddy! SO many of my favorite movies made your list, too! Keeping my fingers crossed that you meet your dream love soon...XO

Taj Acosta said...

Ah amor! Romance is what makes the world go-round no? I would like to believe so anyway! I get teary-eyed in those diamonds are forever commercials where its from now to the future! Great post doll ;) xo

Skinni Peach said...

oh my GOD, your blog is so gorgeous and CUTE! love it!! I might just have to do a post on my blog about your picture cards, they're just so lovely! fab work!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note from Belle to the following Glamorous Girlfriends that commented so far:

Patrishtha Durga: Yay, another hopeless romantic! Hi there, sweet girlfriend!

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong: Plugging my ears so I can't hear you say that Hope is your very favorite "lalalalalalala" can't HEAR you! ... just kidding! (actually, she's saying "nananananana" in my other ear as we speak!) Seriously, all eight of us and the artist are laughing and know you love us all, as we do all of you! xo

Paris in Pink: Thanks beautiful Paris in Pink! And thank you for showing us that fabuuuulous romantic perfume video -- just love it and I'm sure everyone is enjoying watching!

Pink Champagne: Oooh, too bad we can't watch a few girl movies together! Maybe I'll have to post a "girl movie night" on the blog sometime and see which movies everyone will be bringing!

Taj Acosta: You get teary-eyed in those commercials TOO? I feel better that I'm not the only one! xoxo

Skinni Peach: Thank you darling ... we would love for you to post about the blog and cards anytime you'd like! So sweet of you to think of maybe doing so sometime!

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

You and I are the same person. I'm convinced! Oh, there is nothing I love more than romance, nothing in the world! I am such a hopeless romantic...And can I please tell you what a crush I have on Mr. Mustafah??! He's perfect for you, darling girl!!

MUAH! Xo!

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Sandy, what a fun and perfect post to remind us all that if we've ever doubted finding love, not to despair. Love is something that is truly amazing, life changing and oh, so powerful. Your images are lovely - I adore all of the films you listed. Again, yet another fantastic post. (I apologize for not commenting as regularly - I do so appreciate your beautiful attitude, kindness and wonderful work.) Have a great week. :)

Kristin said...

Any post that featured the Old Spice guy gets two thumbs up from me!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Sweet post and it is true...real love will find a heart that is open.

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wonderful post Sandy. How long does it take you to conjure up such wonderful posts?
Well as the saying goes, "if you haven't loved you haven't lived". I attest to that ;-)
Funnily enough watched Bridget Jones again last night. It's really very heartwarming.
LOVE Aimee (I can no longer be loyal to any one frou frou girl because they are ALL so divine).
p.s will you be making any special cards for Christmas?

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little love notes to from Belle to Glamorous Girlfriends:

Julie (brown eyed belle)Ooooh, Julie, I LOVE that we're so much alike! Wish we could see these movies together ... maybe one day I'll have a girlfriend's movie night on the blog! (I know ... Old Spice Guy is dreammmmmy!)

The Simply Luxurious Life: Thank you, darling! Your comments are always so appreciated ~ happy that you're blog & newsletters are so successful!

Kristin: A girl after my own heart ;)

Amy@MaisonDecor: Thanks, Amy, for visiting & commenting on my post -- I'm keeping my heart open!

Vanessa@Luxuria: Okay, several questions, so here are your answers, girlfriend!: Takes quite a while. First, we girls have to think up what we'll post on (fun research), then we have to let the artist know so we can put our heads together and she can illustrate for us. Then it's putting it all together till we all say "It's a wrap!" I'll let Aimee know that you LOVE her and I'm glad you think we're all divine! The artist will have a card or two coming out in mid-November for Christmas ... stayed tuned! (boxed cards not until next year)

Toodles, Belle

CJ said...

Wonderful post and I am in total agreement!

Layers and Layers said...

Lovely post ladies! I'm a total sucker for romance ... I was one of the lucky ones and found my handsome prince early on ... (he's had his "frog" moments, & I've had my "princess" ones ... but all in all, it has been glorious) ... NEVER give up on your dreams :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note from Belle for the following Glamorous Girlfriends:

CJ ~ Thanks, darling ~ so nice to hear from so many lovely Romantic girlfriends!

Layers and Layers: Thanks, sugar! Ooooh I just love Love Stories and so glad you found your handsome prince ... I know I'll find mine someday and I'll definitely take your advice and NEVER give up on my dreams! Thanks for dropping by to see me! xo

Toodles, Belle xo

Café Bellini said...

Hhahahaha that just cracked me up! He had me laughing out loud and cringing at the same time... deep breath now... well, I sincerely hope you find your Old Spice guy!!!

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

This post is absolutely divine! I love it! You are beyond creative, my dear! I'm ga-ga over the latest glamour girl, Belle! And what girl doesn't want some glamour in her life! Thank you bunches for making me smile!

http://girlwhimsy.blogspot.com

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little Love Notes for the following Glamorous Girlfriends from Belle;

Cafe Bellini: Hahahaha I'm glad I brought you smiles with my Old Spice fantasy, sugar! xo

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie: Hi sweetheart! Thanks for dropping by my post and I'm thrilled beyond that you're ga-ga over me! xoxo

Toodles and Kisses ~ Belle

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Belle I'm just like you, darling! I'm such a sucker for romance. A hopeless romantic really and I try to fill my life with it in so many ways. Funny enough, I even had that photo of SJP & Big on my wedding inspiration board a few years ago :) So happy to meet you, sweetie! xoxo

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Belle, I think Romance is what makes the world more beautiful! I can not say that I am a hopeless romantic, but I do believe in miracles and I get inspired by love stories ...Thank yu for the wonderful post that brought smile to my face. :-)))

Talking with Tami said...

What a fun post lol

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note from Belle to the following Glamorous Girlfriends:

The Alternative Wife: The artist is a hopeless romantic too and when I told her what I wanted to do my post on, she had a special gleam in her eye. I love that photo of Big & SJP! It is just so expressive and you can almost hear their laughter. I love the way it looks like they're so into each other! Thanks for stopping by, love! xo

Couture Millinery Atelier: Yes, I can't even IMAGINE a world without romance ... what fun would that be, I say? And I'm so glad I brought a smile to your face ~ that brings a smile to mine! Thanks, darling! xo

Talking with Tami: Thanks, Tami! I was hoping that all the girlfriends might enjoy that fun surprise ending of my little fantasy about the Old Spice Guy! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting me! xo

Toodles and hope your day is FILLED with Romance ~ Belle xo

Holly said...

Love it! Makes me feel so much better after my recent heartache!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A love note for Holly from Belle ...

Holly: Ooohh, so sorry to hear, love, that you've had a recent heartache. Sending you a big bandaid and kisses and hope that someone worthy and wonderful makes that heartache just evaporate. xoxo Luv, Belle

Cupcake said...

cute post
cupcake
www.fashion-tarts.blogspot.com

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A love note from Belle to: Cupcake

Cupcake: Thanks so much, darling, for the compliment on my post and thanks for dropping by -- next Monday's post will be by Sunny, our California girl! Going to drop in on your blog now with the artist! xoxo Luv, Ooh La Frou Frou girl Belle

Cupcake said...

I would like to write a post about your cards and blog...it is too freakin' cute!!! Ok if I use some of the images off your blog to do so?
cupcake

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Cupcake ... left you a message on your blog regarding your question and thank you so very much for following the blog! xo Sandy, the artist

Brunch at Saks said...

I agree, Belle! I love your romantic movie choices, especially Letters to Juliet. I went with a few girlfriends earlier in the summer to see it in the theater and fell in love with the movie and scenery! Thanks for the inspiration love xoxo

Cupcake said...

Hi Sandy, I posted about your blog and your card collection today. Fashionistas will luv this idea! Your concept is the sweetest darling!
cupcake
www.fashion-tarts.blogspot.com

Rosa&Carlotta said...

I love your drawings! I'm following you via bloglovin!! :)



xx
Check out our fashion illustrations at Illustrated-Moodboard.com ! = )




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Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note from Belle for the following Glamorous Girlfriends:

Brunch at Saks: Yes, the scenery was so fabulous in the movie, Amanda is always so adorable and Vanessa Redgrave is such a beautiful older woman -- and sophisticated! Thanks for stopping by to see me, sweet! xo

Cupcake: Yay ... I'll rush right over to see Ooh La Frou Frou featured on your blog! Thanks, darling!

Rosa and Carlotta: Hi love! Thanks for following on bloglovin!! And I'll let the artist know that you complimented her on the ilustrations! Thanks so much for stopping by. Ooh La Frou Frou girl, Sunny, will be posting on Monday! xo

Toodles, girls! Belle

Isabelle Lafleche said...

Your creativity is soooo inspiring! Love it!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A luv note for Isabelle Lafleche from Belle --

Thanks, darling, for stopping by my blog post and commenting -- the artist said to tell you thanks so much for your compliment -- means a lot especially coming from someone as creative as you!

Toodles ~ Belle xo

GlamorousWhimsy said...

Belle with the handsome gentleman from old spice just made my day. Seriously if I could just steal on ounce of your creativity today that would be wonderful. Have a whimsical Day!

xx,
Poppy

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A luv note to darling GlamorousWhimsy from Belle:

I'm glad my Old Spice fantasy man brought a little joy to you too! You bring lots of smiles to all of us, as well, every day!

Toodles ~ Belle xo

Angelica Ng said...

Oh I am such such such a hopeless romantic. I totally believe in true love, and hope I will find that perfect man one day. And yes, I hope he is romantic too, and give me all the love I would give him. Love the thought of getting little surprises when I least expect it.

http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

pretty pink tulips said...

Sandy, this post was so much fun!!! I adored the movie Letters from Juliet and I feel fortunate that my husband of almost 12 years STILL makes me laugh!!!

xo Elizabeth

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note from BELLE to:

Angelica Ng: Yay! Another hopeless romantic! Thanks, darling, for commenting on my blog post! Here's to hoping that we both find that fabulous guy one day! xo

Pretty Pink Tulips: Thank you, sweetie, for commenting on my post (and Sandy thanks you as well for your compliment) ;) Sounds like you have just what I'm looking for ... someone that still makes you laugh! That's so wonderful! xo Just like the artist ... she does too!

Have a wonderful weekend, girls! xoxo Belle

Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

Such gorgeous artwork and images. A beautifully romantic way to begin my day. Thanks so much sweetie! Have a beautiful weekend!
XO Piper

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

To cutie-patootie Piper (DailyDivaDish) from Belle:

Thank you lovely for your comment on my post this week ... I enjoyed tossing around a little romantic fantasy and fun! California girl Sunny will be posting on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Toodles ... Belle

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Such a fun post my dear...I love your movie selection...many of my favorites are there :-)

Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

Cheers: Evi

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little note for Absolutely Ladylike from Belle -
Thanks, love, for your sweet comment on my blog post ~ I never tire of romantic comedies and happy to know they are your favorites too! Hope your November is a wonderful one! xo Belle

Paris Pastry said...

Mr. Old Spice is not available ... he's already taken by me! Went a saw Letters to juillet with a friend, lovely movie!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Letter to Paris Pastry from Belle:

Aw, shucks, already taken by you? I wasn't fast enough? ;) Thanks for stopping by, sweetie ~ so appreciate your visiting my post this week. Wasn't Vanessa Redgrave gorgeous in Letters to Juliet? I hope I'm that pretty when I'm older! Sunny (our California girl) will be posting to the blog on Monday and she's already getting excited! Wishes for a wonderful weekend to you! (from me AND the artist!)

Toodles & Kisses ~ Belle

Sarah Klassen said...

ooooh, I love this post, Belle!

There's nothing like the fun of romance— the feeling that your heart is both incredibly nervous and filled with butterflies, and excited at the possibilities... I love everything you mentioned here... little surprises, getting ready for fun dates... the little moments shared are my most favorite part of all. When you're just relaxed and enjoying each other's company.

Lovely to meet you*
Hope your weekend was perfect!

xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little love note to Sara Klassen from Belle:

Hi Sarah ~ So glad you stopped by to visit my post! And it sounds as if you feel about Romance as I do! There's nothing like Romance to make your days a little more magical! Have a lovely week ahead, darlin'. Sunny is excited about posting next a post entitled "California Girl!"

Toodles ... Belle

Antonia at Swedish Love Affair said...

I don't think I've ever seen a prettier blog! Love it<3

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little note to Antonia at Swedish Love Affair from Belle:

Thank you SO MUCH for saying that, sweetie! I'm so glad you enjoyed my post on Romance -- all 8 of the girls and the artist just love the comments from the Glamorous Girlfriends of the blog!! xoxo Belle