Monday, January 17, 2011

Will You Be Mine, Valentine? ... by Cherie

Less-Than-A-Month-Till-Valentine's Day
And such a "charming" holiday it is!

It fills your head with dreamy thoughts of
romance, chocolates, flowers, special gifts,
and finds us getting ready for a date night,
applying Valentine red lips,
adding a sultry spritz of perfume,
sliding into a pair of heels
for a dinner by flickering candlelight.
Of course, love letters are often involved.
If you're looking for inspiration
or perhaps a clever way to say
"Will You Be Mine ... Valentine,"
one of these books may help you find just the right
twist of a phrase.
You never know ...
a love letter may work even more magic than just the right
twist of an ankle.
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I'm introducing TWO
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection Valentines
on today's post ... (so exciting!)
and they are available for purchase
One is a Valentine to send to your love
and one is to send to your girlfriends!
Also ...
something very special from Ooh La Frou Frou ...
because we LOVE you!

You can order any of our cards
without being a blog follower, of course,
but we're offering a special treat
for Valentines Day!
Blog Followers are being given the opportunity
 to have their Valentines personalized
with their own words inside!
If you haven't followed the blog yet,
by all means, sweetie, scoot on over to the right column!
Ordering instructions are at the end of the blog post!

How do you celebrate
Valentine's Day?
I started a little something
a few years ago when I wasn't dating anyone
and it has remained a part of my Valentine's Day
EVERY single year, whether I'm dating someone or not!
I enjoy the luxury of it so much,
I know you'd love it too!
Think of yourself as your very own Valentine
FIRST and treat yourself with extra love
on Valentine's Day!
I fill my day with beauty and purchase a few treats for myself
because, seriously, who knows me better than ... me?
Then if I get Valentine surprises from someone else ...
it's simply icing on the cake.

Think of Valentine's Day as a love letter especially for
glamorous, wonderful you.

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Pick up your favorite flowers for your nightstand
just because you ARE fabulous.

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then buy yourself some luxurious little treats
and wrap them in the most glamorous giftwrap or gift bag
such as this Boudoir Gift Bag
and leave your package on your nightstand
next to your flowers to open at the end of the day

Upon opening your gift(s),
you'll honestly be able to say ...
"It's just perfect!"
And believe me when I say
this will become one of your very favorite
Valentine's Day rituals EVERY year!

Our first Ooh La Frou Frou
Valentine's Day card is entitled
"Valentine Shopping"
and stars Ooh La Frou Frou girl Violet
shopping in the city!
It's a glamorous card to send to your girlfriends
to express the sentiment of treating yourself
on Valentine's Day!
Embellished with sparkling glitter and Swarovski crystals,
this charming card with pale pink paper inside reads

"Who says you can't buy love?
Happy Valentine's Day
glamour girl!"

Any ideas of what you will get your Special Someone
on Valentine's Day?
I'm curious to know
how you darling blog girlfriends
celebrate Valentine's Day with your loves.
A great way to celebrate with your boyfriend or husband is with a
 Valentine Scavenger Hunt.
This will be as much fun for you to plan
as it will be for your significant other to enjoy!
You've got plenty of time to put it together
by February 14!!

A Valentine Scavenger Hunt
works like any scavenger hunt, with gifts hidden in his car
and in the house when he gets home.
Notes are attached to the gifts,
giving a hint to where he might find the next gift.
I always start by purchasing several gifts for him ...
some small things he'd enjoy, some more significant.
One small gift that's a big hit is to make some
Valentine Fortune Cookies
(Martha Stewart has a great recipe).
They're easy to do
(shhh .. I let Ooh La Frou Frou girl Alex make mine!)
The fun part is that you get to make up the fortunes.

You can place the cookies in a colored chinese take-out container
with a ribbon tied to the handle that holds a note on a small card from you,
giving a hint where he might find his next gift.
(You can get boxes in a variety of colors.)

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Scavenger hunts are great because you can repeat them
year after year with different themes ...
and you need not limit yourself to car and home
(although it's amazing how many places you can hide gifts at home ...
even the refrigerator)
You can even get creative and lead him all over town
to stores and restaurants that you've enlisted in the fun.
So ... put on your chic Valentine thinking cap,
good luck and happy planning!

Whatever you do for your Valentine,
be sure to send your love
a little fabulousness from Ooh La Frou Frou!
I star in our second card,
entitled "Heart You Valentine!"
My Valentine red dress is covered in glittery red hearts
and I'm sprinkling more love from my fingertips!

The pink paper inside the card says
"I So Heart You."

I love my sparkly heart dress!
Here's a little something else fun:
Did you like this Ooh La Frou Frou
"candy heart" at the beginning of the post?

You can have your OWN personalized heart!
Just go here and you'll be able to personalize
a Valentine candy heart to use as you wish!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Ordering instructions for the cards are below!

(All illustrations by Sandy Markwalder, Ooh La Frou Frou)


To Order With Standard Words Inside
To order either of these Valentines,
just go to the Ooh La Frou Frou website at
and click on "Cards" and "Holiday"
and you will see the Valentines in that category
and anyone can order them
with the standard charming words inside that they come with
as shown on the website.

To Order With Personalized Words Inside
Followers of the blog
have the option
of ordering either or both of these Valentines with the
standard words OR
 personalized with their very own words
as our Valentine's gift to our blog followers!

If you would like a PERSONALIZED message inside,
this is what you need to do:

1. Make SURE that you've followed the blog.
If you have not, do so before ordering your Valentines.
(click "Follow" in the right hand column of the blog)
2. Next, go to the website (
and once there, order the cards of your choice as you normally would.

3. After completing your order, click the "Contact Us" tab on the website.
Let us know your name, e-mail and which Valentine you ordered.
Also verify that you have followed the blog and state
how you would like your card personalized.
You may personalize your Valentine with
up to four lines of 30 characters each,
including spaces and punctuation.

If you have any questions,
please contact the artist at:

Thanks everyone!
See you next Monday


Cupcake said...

You are a brilliant business woman Sandy! Genius!

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

Your illustrations are whimsically mind blowing! Ooh la la! The girlfriends Valentine card is divine!

Anonymous said...

Love the cookie/scavenger hunt idea... so cute! I am now following. xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Notes from Cherie to:

Cupcake: Oooh, I'll tell Sandy you said that ... she'll be thrilled ;) Thanks so much for all of your support, Cupcake! xoxo

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie: So glad you love the girlfriend's Valentine card, Debbie, and thanks so much for your compliments to Sandy's illustrations. I know all of us girls are happy that she illustrates us in glam fashions! xoxo

A message from Sandy to: Debby .. Welcome to the blog, sweetie. You're now a new Glamorous Girlfriend and we're so happy to have you joining in the fun! You did a fab job on your Brown Eyed Belle guest post today ;) xoxo

Candy said...

Simply Elegant and Divine!! What a Fabulous way to spend Valentine's Day!! XO Candy

Brunch at Saks said...

Such fabulous ideas! I cannot believe Valentines Day is less than a month away- these holidays just come and go so quickly! xoxo

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Happy early Valentine's Day Miss Sandy! I love your post today and it is so true, valentine's day can really be about treating oneself! You have inspired me to do so! Can't wait to see your new cards!

xo Mary Jo

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Oh, is it coming already!? I think you cought me off guard with all this ultra glamorous ideas for Valentine's Day!:-) I absolutely love your beautiful Blog. Each post charges me with inspiration and something to look forward to.:-)))This post is no different!Thank you for this beauty in my life.:-)))
P.S. And here is my e-mail address .:-)))

Pink Champagne said...

Oh how I just love Valentine's Day! My besties and I have always sent each other Valentines since our high school days and still do now even though we are all married or have boyfriends. Extra frilly things always make me smile!

And I just a-dore your Valentine's cards - they are pure perfection! XO


Honey these cards are beyond gorgeous!!! I want/need both!!! Can't wait for V-Day. Thank u so much for getting me in the mood.

Hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Well love is in the air with Cherie. Your Heart You Valentine Card is a sparkly gorgeous love fest. I can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for next Monday!

Taj Acosta said...

These cards are just darling! hmmm you've got me thinking!
I also love the love letters book, I have one that I bought centuries ago and I find letters to be an art form slowly being forgotten. A real love letter is far more precious to me than any jewelry my husband could give me. Well, unless it's Harry Winston! xo

stylemefab said...

Great post...your blog is soo addictive, I come here and I cant leave...the posts, the pretty illustrations. You guys are soo imaginative and creative I love it...

PS: Valentine is stressful for me, I dont know if I will ever appreciate this day... maybe one day..haven't given up on me yet.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A love note from Cherie to:

Candy: Yes, it IS a fabulous way to spend Valentine's Day ... do you treat yourself on that day too, darling? As you say ... "sing with me, 'I feel pretty ..'" ;) xoxo

Brunch at Saks: I know, Valentine's Day is here before we know it! And it's pure fun ... doesn't involve as much work as Christmas! (Thank goodness!) xoxo

Mary Jo at Trust Your Style: I can't wait to hear how you treat yourself! Hmmmm ... will it involve something fashionable? I'm so sure! ;) xoxo

Couture Millinery Atelier: Thanks sweetie! We DO have a little time till Valentine's Day, but when you are selling cards, you need to be out there a month before so you still have time to plan your Valentine strategy! I'll send you an e-mail soon! xoxo

Pink Champagne: Yes, sending cards to girlfriends is so fun because girls SO appreciate such a pretty holiday! So fun that you treat your girls with Valentines! Thanks for visting me, love! xoxo

The Alternative Wife: Hi doll! Thanks so much for your compliment! So glad we're doing our duty well by getting you in the mood for Valentine's Day! Hope yours will be lovely! xoxo

Glamorous Whimsy: Love that you call my "Heart You Valentine" card a love fest! Thank you for the compliment, and yes, come back next Monday ... we ALWAYS have SOMETHING up our sleeve (smile)! xoxo

Taj Acosta: I agree ... a love letter is such a sweet addition to a Valentine's surprise to your love and one that will be especially treasured!! Thanks for visiting my post, glamour girl! xoxo

stylemefab: Oh my gosh, girlfriend, thanks so much for the compliment of saying that our blog is addictive to you! All of the girls are jumping up and down and twirling because that's the way we'd love you to feel. And ... WHAT? Valentine's Day is stressful to you? Non non, sweet thing! Sounds like an EXTRA BIG helping of the "treat yourself for Valentine's Day" advice is needed for you this Valentine's Day ... and don't give up on YOU by any means! You're FAB! Sending you kisses from all the girls! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Happy almost 2-14 to you too!

Kristin said...

I love sending Valentines to my girls!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, it's such a joy to visit your blog - what an inspiration. I adore your painterly and unique illustrations - you have such Talent, and thank you for reminding me of valentines Day.
I actually forgot all about it;-)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little notes from Cherie to:

Eddie Ross: Thank you Eddie! We girls are one of your biggest fans!

Kristin: Love that you send your girls cards! It's easy to forget our closest buds in all the romantic planning, but who do we LOVE to shop with, to gossip with to just share our lives with? THE GIRLS! Thanks for stopping by, Kristin! Hope YOUR Valentine's Day is sweet! xo

Fashion, Art & Other Fancies: Ooh, so happy that I could be the one to remind you of Valentine's Day ... guess that makes me a little Valentine angel of sorts! :) Hope yours is heavenly, darling ~ thanks so much for your sweet comment and for dropping by to visit us! xo

Angelica Ng said...

Oh can't believe it's almost Valentines Day! Oh, I'm so excited! One of my fav days...not because I get things from my non-existent boyfriend (lol), but because of what it represents. Love. And who doesn't love love?

What great suggestions! All of these would be a wonderful gift...all so thoughtful.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

To: Angelica Ng from Cherie: Thanks for dropping by, red-soled fashionista girlfriend! Yes, Valentine's Day is fun for me too because it's all about love and we all have people that we love in our life! Thanks for your compliment on my post and sending you wishes for a fabulous Valentine's Day of your own! xo

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Sandy your illustrations are so gorgeous. Unfortunately Valentines is not a big thing here in Spain. Nonetheless, I love your idea of treating yourself to an extra special day of pampering; very "oohlafroufrou!"

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A note from Cherie to Vanessa@Luxuria:

Thanks for stopping by, sparkling jewelry girl! Thank you so much for your compliment on Sandy's illustrations .. I'll be sure to let her know! So, if Valentine's Day is not a big thing in Spain (poor baby!) do you have an equivalent day that's especially for lovers? Curious! Yes, taking a day to pamper yourself is just as much fun ANYTIME! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Someone just left me a comment that they'd like me to e-mail them, but you failed to leave your e-mail address. I'd be happy to get back to you, if you could just leave me a comment with your name and e-mail address please. Thank you! The Artist


Another wonderful fabulous glamorous post! Oh, your cards are sooo purty!! Love the love letters! Who wouldn't want to get a sweet love note filled with sweet prose? :) Love that boudoir gift bag too...frilly goodies are just a must! :)