Monday, April 18, 2011

If Raindrops Were Dreams ... by Aimee

Bonjour Darlings ... it's Aimee.

We girls know how it goes ...
we look in the mirror before heading out for our day,
checking off on our internal list ...
Good hair day? Check.
Sultry eyes, lipstick moist? Check.
Perfume on pulse points? Check.

Then, our mouth drops open
(albeit very cutely, if I do say so myself)
when we open the door to find drizzle.
And I'm not talking about the delicious caramel kind.
Suddenly, looking glamorous by the watercooler
seems merely a lost dream.

Even though rainy days are not my favorite cup of tea ...

... they are the best workdays,
the best days for a nap or a matinee,
and are lovely for reflecting,
sitting cozily inside the coffee shop,
enjoying a cappuccino.

If I am going to be walking in the rain,
I like to be protected and feel glamorous at the same time!
Did you know that Ooh La Frou Frou
is always busy dreaming up darling items
to feature Ooh La Frou Frou illustrations?
One of those sweet items is our
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girl Rainboot designs
that we've copyrighted for future creation under our name.
Aren't they fun?
They'll let let you "wear" your dream shoes in the rain!
Stay tuned ...

And it's so much more fun to face a rainy day
with a gorgeous umbrella.
You'll be so glamorously protected,
you may even look at a rainy day forecast
as nothing more than
"cloudy with the chance of daffodils" ...

Top to bottom:
Purple Daisy and Pink Gerbera (two versions)
and both Daisy umbrellas via;
the center Pasotti black umbrella with the camel dahlia via;
the hot pink Lulu Guinness bird and cat via;
the Pasotti zebra-print parasol on the right via;
the black ruffled Guy de Jean umbrella in the center via;
the peacock umbrella  on the left via;
the Guy de Jean Montmarte Parisian skyline in center via;
the Guy de Jean Parisian Poodles on the right
and another view of it in lower left hand corner via;
the Frank Usher fuschia Mantova (petals on tan umbrella) on left via;
the pale pink Bella Pagoda on the right via;
the deep pink Pasotti with leopard edge in center via;
the black over stripe Chantal Thomass on right via;
the Pasotti white with leopard underside on the left via;
the Pasotti black with red leopard underside in center via;
the Guy de Jean Parisian skyline on bottom right via.

I don't know about you,
but rainy days make me dreamy.
And, of course, my dreams are Paris dreams!
I dream of wandering in and out of the boutiques
along Champs-Elysees.
I dream of sitting outside at Parisian cafes,
watching people stroll by.
In my daydreams of walking in the rain in Paris,
even the raindrops are glamorous,
 like diamonds, melting when they hit the ground!

I'm so excited to be starring in
Ooh La Frou Frou's
brand new blank card
Raindrop Dreams ...
the backdrop is Paris,
the umbrella is lined with pink glitter,
and the raindrops are diamonds ...
(well, ahem ... crystals). 

This darling blank card comes with a
raspberry envelope lined in pink.
The inside of the card is lined with pink paper.
Inside message: blank
To order the sparkling Raindrop Dreams, simply go here.

If my raindrop dreams weren't diamonds,
what else would they be?
Well, they would definitely be dreams of
something born in Paris.
Perhaps they'd be Chanel and Dior handbags!
The featured umbrella below is by
Pasotti via
and is scattered with Swarovski crystals
(pssst .. like diamonds!)!

Or maybe my raindrop dreams would be
Miss Dior Cherie parfum and Chanel lipsticks!
The darling umbrella featured below
is by Lulu Guinness via
It has fishnet-inspired background and is scattered with
shoes and mirrors!

Or, since I love Laduree so much,
perhaps my raindrop dreams would be
miniature Eiffel Towers and macarons!
The umbrella featured below with
images of Paris is a Galleria Art Print umbrella via

If you haven't been to the
Laduree site recently, you simply must check out
the darling animation of the Laduree Paris store, here!

And if you're still longing for
more Paris dreams,
this video will whisk you away to Laduree ...
without the cost of airfare!

If raindrops were dreams, darling girlfriends,
what would your raindrops be?

To see and purchase Ooh La Frou Frou cards
please visit our website at
If you are a boutique and are interested in our
wholesale program, please drop us a note

Photos (via) and Illustration Credit as follows:
All illustration on this post of:
rainboots, Ooh La Frou Frou card,
the watercolor illustrations of purses, perfume and lipstick,
macarons and Eiffel Tower by Sandra Markwalder,
artist and creator of Ooh La Frou Frou Collection.
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girl Rainboot design
(c) Ooh La Frou Frou ~ All Rights Reserved.

Photo: girl in car via
Photo: black and white of girl holding Chanel No. 5 bottle via
Photo: teacups in the rain via
References to Laduree ~ Laduree Paris via
Video of Laduree courtesy of DestinationLuxury via You Tube


Glitterista said...

It's cold and rainy here, but what fabulous images to make a dreary Monday so much better! Adore the Parisian umbrellas. I dream of Paris at least daily. ;)

Raicreations Designs said...

Love the umbrellas and those rainboots, what a clever idea, I love to visit Paris once again, it's practically my neighbor! :)

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Lovely post as always Sandy, and I love the image with all the umbrellas (I've made a note of my favs!). So, what would be my dream raindrops?

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Glitterista: Hi lovely ... if we made your Monday a little nicer, we've done our job! I love the Parisian umbrellas too ... the Parisian Poodle umbrella is SO cute! Thanks for stopping by, sweetie, and hope the rest of your Monday is mahvelous! xo

Raicreations Designs: Hello, darling. Thank you for your compliment on the rainboot design ... there are so many shoes and stockings that could be illustrated for them ... can't wait! Thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment, lovely. xo

Vanessa at Luxuria: I'd have to say that diamonds would probably be mine too! I'm curious as to which umbrellas were your favorites! I loved so many of them, it would be a very hard decision. Thanks, honey ~ it's forever a pleasure to chat with you xo

SoapyMermaid said...

lovely post about rainy days.. I love the umbrella with the bow. I like Laduree but do you know that real "parisiens" prefer Pierre Herme's macaroons? ;) great illustrations.

Anonymous said...

You know how to make a girl's Monday. I think I might be in illustration overload and I love it!!

Stitchfork said...

Raspberry and raindrops - Happy Monday!
xo Cathy

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Loving all your inspiration this week! That top image I used on my blog when the President won, just love it! And of course we are 2 of a kind because I love Pasotti umbrellas and have the black with the pink flower inside :) I've only been to the Laduree in London but dream of the day when I can sample it again in person! My raindrops would be a macaron in Paris over coffee with you!

xo Mary Jo

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

However did you know that it was raining today? This was simply perfect! As always a transport into my dream.

Pink Champagne said...

With rainboots and umbrellas like that, I may actually start to like the rain! Tres chic... and my mind has drifted to Paris again... le sigh. XOXO

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Those boots are adorable! What a cute idea :) And I adore the peacock umbrella.

I actully like the rain, it makes everything looks so much more green and beautiful :)

Cupcake said...

YES!!! A blank card is perfect! I'll be ordering soon. So true, rainy days are perfect for being productive or on the weekends being relaxed and lazy. You have the dreamiest posts Sandy...a little mental holiday.
Have a wonderful day!

designchic said...

Love a rainy day when I can be inside and be productive...adore these umbrellas!!

{ aggie } said...

Oooo I want EVERYTHING you posted! :D
So pretty!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Soapy Mermaid: Thanks, sweet, for stopping by and leaving a comment ~ I've never tasted a Pierre Herme's macaron but I'll make sure that I do sometime! Thank you for mentioning them as another yummy treat! xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Glamorous Whimsy: This is definitely the place to go for illustration cravings ;) Thanks, Poppy! xoxo

Stitchfork: Raspberry and Raindrops indeed! I have the raindrops outside today, but no raspberries ... I should buy a raspberry trench like Aimee perhaps! ;) xoxo

Ruby @ Ruby's Musings: So glad you come to dream with Ooh La Frou Frou, Ruby. We like to sweep all the girls away into a grown-up fairy tale! xoxo

Pink Champagne: I'm glad your mind drifted to Paris once again ... can't drift to Paris often enough! Thanks, lovely, for the compliment on the rainboots & I agree, the umbrellas are divine ... to decide on which one I like best would be difficult!

Leann @ Join The Gossip: Thank you, sweets, for the compliment on the rainboots .. so glad you like them! They'll be fun to have created. What I like best of all about the rain is the smell in the air afterward. You can smell the earth and the green ... mmmmm, wonderful! xoxo

Cupcake: I LOVE that description .. a mental holiday ... we all need one, don't we? Thanks for your compliments on the card and posts, sweet. Always love it when you drop by. xoxo

Designchic: I so agree, being in the studio with french doors when it's sunny outside makes it very hard to be productive but I accomplish so much when it's rainy. Do you know which umbrella you'd choose? I can't decide! xoxo

Aggie: Hi Aggie! Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by ... and for your compliment on the post ... we're so happy that you enjoyed it! xoxo

The Thirty-Something Bride said...

Love the inspiration!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Thirty-Something Bride: Thank you, darling! xo

stylemefab said...

truer words have never been said "... they are the best workdays,
the best days for a nap or a matinee, and are lovely for reflecting, sitting cozily inside the coffee shop,enjoying a cappuccino". Being currently unemployed I look forward to rainy days because i get to do all that. This was not so much when i was working, i HATED rainy days, and getting soaked on my way to work and spending half the day dripping all over the office floor. I also have a TV show (that shall remain nameless because i will out myself as a geek) that i love to watch when its raining. Rain boots are also my favorite part of a rainy day, and these days you can get as stylish as you want with a perfect pair of rain boots.

PS: i linked to Sandy`s previous post on my "links you will enjoy" post, also apologies in advance for ripping an image from that post. your link has actually been one of the most popular posts on that post.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Style Me Fab: First, thank you, darling, for placing a link and mentioning Ooh La Frou Frou on Style Me Fab. Truly appreciated!! And no apologies necessary on using the image, darling blogger buddy... we love the exposure! As for the rain, I am lucky that my studio is in a separate wing off the back of my house. It has a separate entrance so I walk out the door of my house with my coffee, take five steps and step into my studio, so I don't have to get very wet!! I know that I'm much more productive when it's rainy than when the sunshine looks so inviting through the three sets of french doors in my studio ... I love the sun so much, it makes it very hard to be a good girl!! Thanks so much for stopping by, sweet. P.S. Dying to know which show you watch ... I have a tv in my studio and probably watch the same thing ;)

Moi Decor said...

J'adoreeeee mon ami! Trop cool,pluie,pluie,pluie,! Bisous! xxx

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Moi Decor: Je vous remercie, darling! J'adore vous ... baise à vous aussi! xxx


Oh sweetie, you make rain look so so pretty!!! It's been raining so much here lately, April showers and all, that I've been dreading going outside. I have naturally curly hair that I blow out daily so rain is not my friend. If only I could look at chic as this. I'll just fantasize about it :) xoxo

Julie Khuu said...

What wonderful collections! Those umbrellas are simply divine! My fave has to be the ruffly black edgy and chic! SoCal rarely gets any rain these days so I'd clearly be accessorizing simply for the heck of it :D

Btw, Haute Khuuture just celebrated the 1-year mark and I'm celebrating with a HUGE giveway! Would love to see you stop by when you get a chance!

Happy Tuesday hun!


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Anonymous said...

If rain drops were dreams, they would be my children gathering, fresh and fragrant among my spring flowers....xoxo ~ Alexandra

Beth - In My World... said...

Oh. My. Stars.

I just found your site thanks to the lovely Vanessa at Decadence for Divas and must say...

I. Am. In. Love.

You just made the cold rain much easier to endure!

Fash Boulevard said...

I'm so excited I found your blog. I'm a new follower, I hope you will as well. I started my blog a little over a month ago. It's all about celebrity fashion from the point of view of an LA stylist. Stop by to see multiple post a day on all the latest celebrity fashion news and check out pictures from the fall/winter preview I attended yesterday in Beverly Hills. Would love your support. xoxo

CJ said...

Beautiful illustrations! Have a great day sweetie!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

The Alternative Wife: I'm with you ... spring has been kind of a party pooper this year ... it will be 80 and then it will get cold ... and so rainy ... but that's why we have Ooh La Frou Frou ... where even rainy days are happy! xoxo ;)

Julie Khuu: Julie, so nice to meet you and thank you for the invitation .. I'll definitely do that! You're like Ooh La Frou Frou girl Sunny (being a CA girl!) ... and I say LUCKY you that you don't have a reason to use an umbrella very often with the exception of a fashion statement! xoxo

Coco Coterie: Such a sweet and poetic sentiment ... and so you, darling Alexandra! xoxo

Beth - In My World: Yay! So nice to meet you Beth! Love Vanessa, she's a darling and I'll have to thank her for introducing me to one of our latest Glamorous Girlfriends! Welcome to the Ooh La Frou Frou fun ... I'm so glad you love it! xoxo

Fash Boulevard: Hi Darling! So nice to meet you ~ thank you for becoming one of our Glamorous Girlfriends by following, and thank you for your invitation to visit you ... I'll definitely do that! So nice to meet new friends ;) Welcome to Ooh La Frou Frou! xoxo

CJ: Thanks, honey, for stopping by and for the compliment on the illustrations ... makes me so happy that you enjoy them! xoxo Have a wonderful week! xoxo

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, rainy days.....I'm afraid we've had way too many for my sunny disposition! And it makes walking my new puppy a bit tough. But, I do love a snappy raincoat, boots and a fun umbrella do help.

Here's to seeing the sun!
xoxo Elizabeth


I'm sitting in front of my computerlistening to my blog music...Moulin Rouge Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend (Nicole Kidman)...what a perfect song for your blog post! Raindrops do remind me of sparkling glittering diamonds!

Those umbrellas are fab! My favs...
the black ruffled Guy de Jean umbrella, the pale pink Bella Pagoda, and the black over stripe Chantal Thomass!!

I love Aimee's cute little pout in the card!! It reminds me of ME! giggles...

Oh, gosh I'm DROOLING just watching that delicious Laduree video!! Your posts are like mini fantasies! LOVE.

Anonymous said...

You know what they say, "April showers bring May flowers"! I love the image of the teacups in the rain. Such a perfect caption for the weather right now.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Pretty Pink Tulips: I KNOW what you mean, Elizabeth ... and it's been chilly here lately to go with it. One minute 80 degrees and the next we plunged back into the 30's with rain! Almost feel as if spring has passed us by! Maybe we'll catch up with a fabulous summer! Btw, Your new puppy looks ADORABLE! xoxo

Margarita Bloom: Hi sweetie!! It was so good seeing you at Julie's little pink Twitter party last night! ;) And oh my goodness, you're right! Gir's Best Friend would be perfect background music to this post! Thanks so much, Regina, for your compliment on the posts ... I just love taking people to a fun and Ooh La Frou Frou place! xoxo

Eddie Ross: Hi Eddie ~ so nice to have you visit ~ let me place a cup of tea in front of you and a slice of cake ;) ... I, too, love the image of the tea cups ... there's just something about stacked teacups that I find so interesting with all of their different patterns. Have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning! You must visit Paris soon.


Carolina said...

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Angelica Ng said...

Ooo such pretty things in this post! I love the line "albeit very cutely"...haha! Anyway, I actually don't mind the rain, and would prefer it over snow any day. Those umbrellas are gorgeous, really! I've never seen umbrellas so beautiful! The one that looks like a flower inside is amazing, so is the black frilly one.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

notjustanothermilla: Thank you, darling. I would lovvvvvve to!! xoxo

Carolina: Nice to meet you, sweetie! Certainly, I'll drop by to visit your lovely blog! xoxo

Angelica Ng: That's one of my favorites of the umbrellas, too! Isn't it gorgeous? It would almost make you HAPPY to have an occasion to open it up! ;) xoxo

Sarah Klassen said...

Good morning, my friends!

I hope that you are having a fabulous Friday. I absolutely love this post so much... so much sweetness and prettiness to appreciate. I would love it all :) ... especially those umbrellas -- my goodness! Vancouver always rains and they would be a delight to carry, even with the miserable rain.

I wish a very Happy Easter -- filled with love, fun, quiet moments and of course, some splendid sweets to enjoy :)


Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

SarahKlassen: Hi lovely Sarah! Thank you so much for your compliments on the post and your wishes for a lovely weekend ... I hope you find the same and come into the new week relaxed, happy and full of inspiration! xoxo

Piper Larson said...

Never has rain seemed so lovely. As always, a gorgeous post and beautiful card. Have a fantastic weekend, Sandy!
XO Piper

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Piper Larson: Hi Piper! Thanks so much for dropping by the post ... I wish you much joy and relaxation this weekend! PS Still LOVING my SPARK Thursdays! xoxo

Layers and Layers said...

OMG, just finished watching the Laudree video .. ahhh memories ... SO beautiful ... funny I posted about Laudree last week ... we are on the same wave length. LOVE the dress at the beginning and the umbrellas are tres belle. Always beautiful posts, so appreciate the time and effort you put into these ... Amazing!

Fashionista622 said...

These images make any rainy day better. Oh yes dreaming of Paris...same here. I love love love the umbrellas. Where can I get one for the spring rainy days in my town?


Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Layers and Layers: Thanks, sweetie! With all of the rain we've been having, escaping by dreaming of Paris is a lovely trip for the mind, indeed! And Laduree ... what could be sweeter? Hope you have a lovely weekend, darling! xoxo

Fashionista622: Hi lovely ... if you're interested in finding one of these umbrellas, you can order most of the umbrellas shown I believe by clicking on the links above them or googling the designer. Thanks for stopping by, sweets. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

I think I have died and went to Heaven! The first picture is absolutely amazing and the rest of the images made me want to pac my suit case and leave for Paris! Thank you for this treat of seeing the owrld through your beautiful eyes. I have been sucha terrible Blog friend lately and almost forgot how much I missed visiting you and your delicious posts. I am wishing you very Happy Easter. Sending million of Sun bunnies your way.:-)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Couture Millinery Atelier: So lovely to have you visit, Anya! Such a pleasure! And I'm so glad you enjoyed this post ... could there be a prettier place to walk in gentle showers than Paris? Have a wonderful week, darling! xo

Lane said...

I love this blog SO much! Your art makes me happy, and those umbrellas made me giddy! I'm going to have to have that pagoda umbrella.

Thanks so much for brightening the internet with frou-frou.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Lane: Thank you, darling. What a delightful comment .. you love the blog and my art makes you happy ... couldn't be a sweeter comment than that! Thank you so very much. And I agree ... that pink pagoda umbrella ... positively delightful!! xoxo

Talking with Tami said...

The rainboots are adorable!