Monday, February 21, 2011

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

Hello Darlings ... Cherie here!
Are these not the most adorable
you've ever seen?

These sweet-as-sugar images are courtesy of
Layla Grayce
(the place where you can find darling
tutus, ruffly petticoats and more for little sweatpeas)
and were the perfect images
to embellish with the title of our post
"Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice!"
Girls were just made for
beautiful things ...
even the tiniest of us!

The idea for this post came to me
while I was preparing for a photoshoot in the city recently.
If you're new to the blog,
you may not know that I am the
Ooh La Frou Frou girl that is a fashion model,
and on this particular day,
I was getting my make-up and hair done for the shoot ...

I normally sit with my eyes closed
just relaxing while my hair is styled
and my makeup gets professionally perfect.
On this day, I looked about me
at the beautiful brushes in the make-up artist's hands
and at the counter laden with
 all of the lovely acoutrement that is pure femininity
and suddenly felt very thankful
that I'd been born a girl.

Sugar and Spice
All Things Nice.
As I sat there
feeling the soft brush on my face,
and warm air of the hair dryer,
I thought about what would be
in this fun category of
"All Things Nice."

I think
"All Things Perfume"
would fall into this category for sure!
Walking through a spritz
of your favorite perfume
can be a very "scent-sual"

And then there would definitely be  ...
"All things Sparkly and Bright"

And there would most certainly be
"All things Soft and Feathery"

Of course, included in the list would be
"All Things Tulle, Lace and Ruffles"

About this time,
the hairstylist's voice saying that my hair was finished
interrupted my daydreaming.
The makeup artist put her tools away
and a couture gown was held out
for me to step into
so that I could head out to the cameras
waiting for me on the city streets.

I reached for a beautiful fluffy powder puff,
dipped it into perfumed powder
and whisked it over my body
just before stepping into the gown
and I thought ...
the "All Things Nice" list
simply must include
"All Things Powder Puffs!"
This vintage Parisian powder puff
from the 1920's is so cute!

My pal, Ooh La Frou Frou girl Aimee
introduced me to the most
luxurious Parisian powder puffs
from The Parisian Apartment Boutique.
I just have to tell you about them!
A must-have for your dressing table if you want to feel
luxuriously glamorous!!

The gorgeous pink puff below is from
The Paris Apartment Boutique.
These puffs are 100% handmade in Paris
from delicate goose down.  They retail for $98
and can be purchased with or without a wand.
They are described as the cherry on top for any diva's dressing table!

For a less-pricey puff, the powder puffs below have wands
that are filled with sparkly powder to make your skin glisten.
The pink, black and white puffs on wands are from
Fresh Beauty Studio ($13 each).
The purple glitter puff is from Allesandro and retails for $20

The puffs below from Wake Up Frankie look like real powder puffs
but they're actually 12" powder puff pillows!
So cute for a dressing room chair!

If you like the idea of the big puffs for fun,
Faire Frou Frou
makes a gorgeous medium (12" $110) and large (18" $225)
puff made of maribou!

It's been fun, girls, chatting about
all of the sparkles, tulle, perfume and powder puffs
I'd add to my "All Things Nice" list ...
what girl doesn't want a little sparkle ...
After all,
who doesn't want to look simply unforgettable
as they peer from a limousine?
What would you add to the list?

Image Credits:
All illustration is the work of Sandra Markwalder,
artist and creator of the Ooh La Frou Frou Collection.

City photograph outside of window
in Cherie getting makeup illustration via

Images 1-3: Babies via Layla Grayce (linked also above)
Image 4: Photo of Words created by Ooh La Frou Frou
Image 5: Sparkle edited by Ooh La Frou Frou,
original image from DeviantART via
Image 6: Ladies on Chandelier via
Image 7: Sparkly Top/Black Tulle Dress via
Image 8: Anne Hathaway from cover of Gotham via
Image 9: Peacock Feather Skirt via
Image 10: Yellow Chanel Ostrich Feather Skirt from
Paris Spring/Summer Fashion Week via
Image 11: Zac Posen Feather Jacket from
Paris Spring/Summer Fashion Week via
Image 12: Chanel Feather Dress on the Runway
from Paris Spring/Summer Fashion Week via
Image 13: Image of Girl's Face on Ostrich Feathers ~
Photography by Camilla Akrans via
Image 14: Three Models ~ Tulle and Ruffles on the Runway via
Image 15: Marchesa Black Tulle Hem and Louboutin Heels from
Fall Fashion Week 2011 via
Image 16: Marchesa Black Tulle Dress from
Fall Fashion Week 2011 via
Image 17: Model in White Lace Dress ~
Image from Vogue Spain via
Image 18: Group of Models ~ Ruffles on Shoulders via
Image 19: Ruffled Tulle from Opal Petit  via
Image 20 and 21: Vintage Powderpuff with Legs from The Paris Apartment blog
and Pink Powderpuff from The Paris Apartment Boutique (linked also above)
Image 22: Pink, Black and White Powderpuffs on Wands from
Fresh Beauty Studio via (linked also above)
Image 22: Purple Powderpuff on Wand from Allessandro via (linked also above)
Image 23: Hot Pink, Light Pink and Black Powderpuff Pillows
from Wake Up Frankee via (linked also above)
Image 24: Blonde in Limo ~ Photography by Eugeniore Cuenco
for a Gloria Vanderbilt ad campaign via


Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Gorgeous images as always Sandy. Those little cuties at the top of the post are good enough to eat!!

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

Ooooh LOVE this daydream!! The powder puffs are so cute. Would add all things flowery and all things silk too I think;)

Candy Dye said...

Mmmmmmmm! What a beautiful way to start my Monday! I LOVE the Parisian Pink Powder Puff!! Everything makes me feel so girlie! XOXO Candy

Raicreations Designs said...

Faboulous, gorgeous pictures, especially the cute babies :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Luv notes from Cherie to:

Vanessa at Luxuria: Aren't those babies so sweet? You just want to kiss their little necks in that warm spot that smells like baby!! xo

Cristel @ Captivated by Image: Yes, perfect additions! All Things Flowers and All Things Silk! Love it! xo

Candy Dye: So glad we helped to bring out even more girlie in you today! Every girl needs a little powder puff in her day! xo

Raicreations Designs: Yes, nothing in life is more perfect or melts your heart more than a baby! Too precious for words! And seeing them in these adorable tulle petticoats ... icing on the cake! xo

Thanks so much for visiting me, girls! Love, Cherie!

Hope Ava said...

Oh that little pink sweetie on the grey velvet settee is to die for! And I loooove that feathered concoction of peach and purple feathers...thanks for the lovely Monday inspiration darling!

Angelica Ng said...

Ah what a wonderful post that appeals to all the romantic, feminine ladies out there (that means me!). The babies are just too cute, and if I'm sitting in a makeup chair getting all prettied up, I too would be ever glad that I was born a girl. I love the sparkle photos, and the tulle, lace and ruffles ones are just too beautiful!

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Divine escape as always!!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little luv notes for:

Hope Ava: You're welcome, lovely, thank YOU for stopping by to see me! Yes, the babies are just lusciously sweet as sugar! And I love how they were dressed SO perfectly for this post! xoxo

Angelica NG: Hi Sweetie ~ yes, sitting in a chair being pampered (or a massage table for that matter!) is probably one of those times we MOST enjoy being a girl! Those poor, poor boys. ;) xoxo

Ruby@Ruby's Musings: Ruby, thanks lovely darling for stopping by ... we so love it! And yes ... an escape is exactly what this blog is meant to be! For those times when you say "Take me away, Ooh La Frou Frou!" ;) xoxo

Thanks so much, girls, for stopping to see me ~ I LOVE it! Happy Monday ... Cherie!

Brunch at Saks said...

Such a gorgeous post, Cherie! The mini-fashionista's are my favorite! If I ever have a little girl one day, I hope that I can dress her in such a cute way!

Hugs xoxo

Kristin said...

Adorable bambinos, tulle and feathers...This is my kinda post!

Fanny said...

lovely x

Anonymous said...

Lots of beautiful textures upon which to gaze and enjoy. Have a lovely day ~ xox Alexandra

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little Luv Notes from Cherie to:

Brunch at Saks: I KNOW ~ AREN'T THEY JUST PRECIOUS? I keep thinking about Rachel Zoe and wondering if she is going to be having a girl (I certainly hope so!) .. can you IMAGINE? Thanks, sweetie, for coming to see me! xoxo

Kristin: Love those words together ... Bambinos, tulle and feathers ... even the words are glorious! Thanks, Kristin, for stopping by! xoxo

Fanny: That one word says SO MUCH! Thank you very much, darling! xoxo

Coco Coterie: Thank you sweetheart! I say every girls life should be full of texture! I hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

Thanks, darlings, for dropping by! Love, Cherie <3

Layers and Layers said...

Lovely, as always! I don't have a make up table but if I did I would love to have one of those parisian poufs!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

OH my! Is it possible that this is my favorite post you've done so far. I am just crazy about tutus and poofy things--and had a beautiful pink feathery poof that I LOVED as a teen--I would use it to dab powder and pretend I was a princess. This post brings all of that back. Hope you're having an equally delightful week so far Sandi!

xoxo Mary Jo


Oh yes, sweetie! Sugar & spice & ruffles & feathers & sparkles & fragrance....all the lovely treats that comes along with being a girl. Thank you for the midday pick me up! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Layers and Layers: Sounds like the perfect excuse to create a dressing table! I can imagine you'd create a fabulous one! Thanks so much for stopping by, lovely! xo Cherie

Kori said...

Amazing post honey! You always write the most wonderful things! Kori xoxo

Pearl said...

I love everything!!! Lace, ruffles, feathers and soft pink colors are the ultimate sign of feminity in a vintage style. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job on this post. I so enjoyed visiting.
Take care.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little luv notes rom Cherie for:

Kori: Thank you SO much, Kori! So glad you stopped by to visit ~ we love chatting with all of the Glamorous Girlfriends! xo

Pearl: Such a SWEET compliment, thanks truly, Pearl! Wish we could have a virtual party and invite ALL of the Glamorous Girlfriends to come! xo

Have a lovely February week, girls! Love, Cherie

Piper Larson said...

Such a yummy post, Sandy! Have a beautiful weekend!
XO Piper

Alleen said...

I love those babies and how lovely are those pink puffs!!! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little luv notes to from Cherie to:

Piper Larson: So glad you could stop by, Piper! Thank you so much for your compliment on the post ... wishing you a FABulous Oscar weekend!

Alleen: I feel the same ... both soft and sweet smelling! Thanks for dropping by, Alleen ~ have a glamorous, glamorous weekend!

Luv, Cherie xoxo


Oh, yes please I want all things sparky and glittery, feathery and girly and fluffy like those gorgeous powder puffs!!!! Loooove this post! :)

And what an absolutely adorable store Wake Up Frankie is! My kind of store!

stylemefab said...

OMG...the first 3 pictures literary made smile!!!. those babies are too cute and I may or may not be crying at that sight (I wont say)....the peach/nude dresses are perfect and its not my birthday but will someone send me one of thise Powderpuff pink...thank you!!!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

So romantic, feminine, girlie and sensuous. I adore those mini fashionistas. They are so adorable.
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.xx

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Little luv notes from Cherie to:

Margarita Bloom: Hi lovey! One of everything coming right up! ;) I agree, Wake Up Frankie is darling ~ I just recently discovered it - it's so retro cute! Did you see those Parisian loveseats in furniture? So cute! Thanks so much for stopping by, darling! xoxo

stylemefab: hahaha you sound like me, sweetie, if I had to choose one thing, I don't know WHAT it would be! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the tweeting about my post ... so love it! xoxo

Fashion Art & Other Fancies: Thanks, sweet, for droppng by my post ~ so luv visiting with all of the Glamorous Girlfriends! Yes, the babies just melted my heart!!! xoxo

Much love to all, Glamorous Girls ~ Cherie!

quintessence said...

What a wonderful girlie bundle of nice = and beautiful to boot!!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

A little note for:

Quintessence: Thank you, lovely, for stopping by to visit me! And what a sweet compliment ... a girlie bundle of nice! Love it! So love all of our Glamorous Girlfriends! xoxo Cherie