Monday, October 17, 2011

Aimee's Grande Paris Adventure Part III ... "Pink Champagne Bubbles"

If you're new or would like to read the two previous episodes of
Aimee's Grande Paris Adventure,
click here for Part I and Part II
where you'll see Paris-loving illustrated Ooh La Frou Frou girl Aimee
and three of her Ooh La Frou Frou girlfriends
arrive in Paris and suddenly feel like
~ real Paris girls ~

This week on Ooh La Frou Frou, we'll look in on
the girls' last day of their Paris adventure ...
so grab onto a cloud and let's float off to Paris for a peek ...

The girls have been having a très fabulous week in Paris ...
they've sipped the most delightful
hot chocolate with whipped cream at Angelina ...

... they've spent leisurely mornings and afternoons
 at different sidewalk cafes every day ...

... they've dreamt their way through
street after lovely Parisian street,
insisting that those streets would have been
more appropriately named
~ Rue de Fabulous and Rue de Charming ~

... and they've ended each day dressed in frothy skirts,
taking misty walks at sunset.

Now, they're ready to celebrate the stunning success of their
~ Grande Paris Adventure ~

~ Their Last Day In Paris ~
As they wake on this sunny last day of their
~ Grande Paris Adventure ~
it feels to Aimee, Hope, Belle and Alex
as if their beautiful apartment is filled
with champagne bubbles ...

... and as they plan an ooh-so-glamorous
~ Pink Champagne Party ~
to take place this very evening,
those sparkling champagne bubbles follow them
throughout their entire day ...

During their morning walk at
~ Jardin du Luxembourg ~
the girls see the beautiful
fountains, statues and tiny sailboats
through sparkling champagne bubbles ...

... even as they shop for delicious treats for their
evening party at fabulous food markets such as
~ La Grande Epicerie de Paris ~
the champagne bubbles follow ...

Paris girlfriend Milla of Not Just Another Milla
has provided lots of tips of places to see during the girls'
~ Grande Adventure ~
and now she has shared two of her favorite french recipes
for the girls to make for their
~ Pink Champagne Party ~

... So ...
... while Alex shops for ingredients for Milla's French Onion Soup ...
... Aimee shops for items to make Milla's Mousse au Chocolat ...
... and Hope picks up everything needed to make little triangles of
{those delicious french crunchy ham and gruyere cheese sandwiches}

... and while the other girls are food shopping ...
Belle searches for
the prettiest flowers and
most delicious bottles of pink champagne ...

~ Once Back At The Apartment ~
The girls throw open the apartment french doors
and turn up the french music!

And as the lights begin to come on
all over Paris ...
the girls dance and sing as they cook
and prepare for the party,
while music drifts out onto the Paris street ...

Ooh La Frou Frou girl Alex
{who just lives to entertain}
 adorned the table with tiny Eiffel Towers ...

... and soon they were ready for
the party to begin!

~ A Paris Pink Champagne Party ~
As the music plays
and the girls start arriving,
pink champagne is poured!
In the illustration below:
~ Alex is the girl in the fluffy hot pink dress and hat on the RIGHT ~
~ to Alex's left with her hair up and in a black dress is Aimee ~
~ to Aimee's left, in a light pink dress and pink hat is Hope ~
~ and to Hope's left in a sleek sparkly black dress and hat is Belle ~
Milla is included in this illustration too ...
in a ponytail and gold gown on the right, standing in front of Alex.
The other girls are all a variety of fancy french friends
the girls have met during their
~ Grande Paris Adventure ~

~ Later ~
The girls' last night in Paris is complete
as they all leave the party in their gowns
and take a trip to the top of the Paris skyscraper:
for one more fabulous view
of the City of Light ...
And very soon they will be back
in their very own sparkling world  ...

Thank you for joining us for Parts I, II and III
of Aimee's Grande Paris Adventure!

If you, too, love Paris AND New York,
I'm including in today's post a new trailer for a glamorous read by
Isabelle Lafleche ... "J'Adore New York"
now available in the states!
Isabelle is currently working on "J'Adore Paris."

Au revoir darlings!

The illustrated characters created for the
Ooh La Frou Frou blog and card line:
Belle, Hope, Aimee, Alex, Sunny, Violet, Cherie, Tiffany
 are fictional and are the work of
the artist and creator of Ooh La Frou Frou,
Sandra Shelton Markwalder.
(c) Sandra Markwalder - All Rights Reserved.

You may purchase
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection cards here.
Credits and Sources:

Illustration Credit:
All illustration on this blog and on the
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection card line
is the work of Sandra Shelton Markwalder.

Photo Sources:
(Many of the photos were edited by Ooh La Frou Frou)

1. Pink and blue clouds
2. Blue clouds
3. Hot air balloons over Paris
4. Dreamy Paris
5. Paris Streetlight
6. Champaign bottle Moet & Chandon
7. Champaign bottles in bucket
8. Champaign Lanson
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Jardin du Luxembourg photos (placed in bubbles by me)
15. Moet bottle pouring champaign
16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Poilane and La Grande Epicerie
(placed in bubbles by me)
22. Gold bottle Moet & Chandon champaign
23. 24. 25. Flowers (placed in bubbles by me)
26. Pink bottle of Moet and Chandon
27. Paris apartment with door open
28. Paris apartments with lights and Eiffel Tower
29. First party picture girl serving champaign to another
30. Second party picture pink dress pouring champaign
31. Paris at night
32. New York at night
33. Isabelle Lafleche Pink Lemonade Blogspot

Additional: La Grande Epicerie photo used
in the background of illustration of girl shopping is from here -
Illustration by artist Sandra Markwalder.


Isabelle Lafleche said...

Thank you!!! It looks amazing!! Have a great week! Isabelle XXXX

genuinstyle said...

Amazing post :)


its always so much fun to travel with you to Paris--pink champagne bubbles and all! gorgeous images and such a fun post--have a lovely week!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Isabelle Lafleche: You're welcome .. loved the book and look forward to the next!

genuinestyle: Thank you lovey ... glad you could fly with us to Paris! xo

Hampton Hostess: Yes, I think any trip is even better with pink champagne bubbles, no? haha Have a lovely week!

Meta Musings said...

just love that image of paris with the hot air balloons!! xx

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Which girl doesn't like pink champagne in Paris;-)

Layers and Layers said...

Sandy, I loved the your illustration of the girls in their fancy dresses at the party ... really pretty, and I didn't know about the books ... I will have to check them out.

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Fab as always! What more can I say??


Oh I feel like I am right there with the girls in Paris! The music is so perfect! And I just love the Jardin du Luxembourg! Ah if only I could be there right this instant. Thank you for taking me as close as I can get at the moment :)

And I just love Isabelle and her book is fantastic! I read it this summer. It's definitely a must read! :)


Fashion-isha said...

Awesome post!! I love the bubble photos!!! I must learn how to do that. Have a wonderful week!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Meta Musings: Hi lovely, thank you .. and thank you for stopping by Ooh La Frou Frou! Have a wonderful week!

Fashion Art & Other Fancies: I don't know ANY girls that wouldn't! ;) Hi lovey ... so nice to "see" you!

Layers & Layers: Thank you, Sharon .. it was a fun illustration to do ... sort of felt as if I was at the party! And I read J'adore New York this last summer ... it was fun and looking forward to J'adore Paris! ;) xo

Ruby @ Ruby's Musings: I think that says everything wonderful! Thanks, doll.

The Alternative Wife: My pleasure, darling Dawn .. so glad I could take you at least THAT close to Paris. I too read Isabelle's book this summer and loved it ... can't wait to read J'adore Paris!

Fashion-isha:Thank you, Sharon! Still thinking about your black white and gold post .. may have to go back and dream at those images some more! ;) xoxo

Kori Donahue said...

Simply fabulous as always Sandy honey! I'm so sorry I haven't been by lately. I've been a bit overwhelmed! Have a great night friend. Kori xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Kori Donahue: Thanks, sweetie! So glad you could stop by ... and I SOOOO KNOW what it feels like when you're overwhelmed!!! Have a relaxing week, darling ... deep breaths! ;) xoxo

Kristin said...

Sure wish I was in Paris enjoying some pink bubbly with the girls!

Fashionista622 said...

Always such a treat to visit. The glitter, the pink, the sunsets, champagne. It's such a feast for the eyes. Love the flowers in the bubbles. Genial! Paris at its best. Have an amazing week sweety. xoxo

SoapyMermaid said...

oh. I remember last time I drank pink champagne : it was in provence with a lover. such a sweet memory. I love your selection of photos and of course, this wonderful joyful and festive illustrations (fantastic cocktail dresses!) :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Kristin: So do I, Kristin ... let's go!

Fashionista622: You're such a darling .. thank you for such sweet compliments on the blog, sweetie and you have a wonderful week too!

Soapy Mermaid: Ooooh, sounds like a fabulously romantic memory! Love it! And thank you for the compliment on the illustrations and cocktail dresses the girls are wearing ... it's always hard to choose how to dress them when I can choose ANYTHING! (Harder than one would think!)

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I LOVE this sparkly romantic post Sandy! It takes me to another world as always! And thank you so much for stopping by my new style site On PCH, I really appreciate seeing a familiar face--so nerve-wracking to start something new :)

xo Mary Jo

kristina@beancakes ★ said...

bonjour sandy! i just love your whimsical illustrations!! and how i wish i had these girls' lives!! i have a soft spot for all things french. . . hope you are having a great week so far!! ;)
bises ~ kristina

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh's my favorite. Pink champagne!!! Alex is my kind of girl in the frilly pink dress. I have been eyeing a certain hot pink strapless number for black tie - but wondering if pink wansn't "holiday" enough. I'm re-thinking now!!!

Might this be a glimmer of what we'll see for holiday, Sandy?

I just love that these girls have sprung from your imagination and that you bring them to life for us!

xoxo Elizabeth

Christina said...

Only today I discovered your beautiful blog. And I just LOVE it.
See what I posted on mine.
Kiss!!! Christina

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Mary Jo at Trust Your Style: Love that you said that it takes you to another world, Mary Jo, as that's precisely the blog's glamorous purpose .. a little escape. And all the best on your new venture: On PCH! xo

Kristina @ Beancakes: Hi Kristina! Thanks, darling, for the compliment on the illustrations .. it's fun creating them as well. Just as the readers go to another world reading the blog, I go to another world when creating the illustrations! So glad you stopped by ;) xo

Pretty Pink Tulips: Ooh, Elizabeth, the hot pink strapless number for a black tie event sounds stunning! It's fun to choose what to dress the girls in in the illustrations, as I have the choice of any outfit in the world ... decisions decisions!! ;) xo

Christina: Hi Christina! So nice to meet you and welcome to the glamour of Ooh La Frou Frou! Glad that you're a part of it now! And I'll definitely stop by to visit you too ;)

Glitterista said...

Sandy--your gorgeous illustrations, the most perfect and delightful photos, your superb storytelling, and Paris is the MOST perfect combination. I may need the Eiffel Tower placecard holders. ;)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Glitterista: What a lovely comment! Like a sundae with whipped cream on top! Thanks so much, darling...made my day! XO

classiq said...

I love the girls' adventure in Paris, Sandy. And your illustrations are even more beautiful with Paris as background. This city casts such a spell on everyone, doesn't it? Mousse au chocolat, it sounds heavenly! Hope you're having a wonderful week! :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Classiq: You're is so interesting how Paris seems so magical and casts a spell on everyone..even those that have never been. So glad you enjoyed the Paris episodes, darling ..thanks so much for dropping a line! Xoxo

Anonymous said...

Oooh I absolutely loooove Paris! It was interesting to see Paris and NY one after the other... hey, NY's not that bad, either...

The French Mouse said...

Oh I love champagne, especially when it is pink! Cheers darling!!

Pink Champagne said...

I don't know where to start with this post because I am so in love with it ALL. Pink, champagne, Paris... my favorite things! That illustration of the girls is just gorgeous, too! XOXO

Noelani said...

You have perfectly captured the delight of the city of lights. And Milla! She looks lovely, what an honor to be included! She is the perfect addition. Seriously need to book ticket back....