Monday, November 14, 2011


 Hello Ooh La Frou Frou girls!
~ There's a special treat in this post ~
our new boxed holiday card design!

For the last two weeks, we've been peeking in at
 illustrated Ooh La Frou Frou girl Sunny
and her very romantic "meet cute."
If you missed Grand Flirt and its sequel Grand Flirt II
slip over for a little grand romantic escapism!
Sunny's romantic adventure will continue later,
when Sunny is again featured!

~ Now For This Week ~

Let's walk just a few blocks over from
Sunny's apartment at The Mark Hotel and
look in on Hope at her
luxe fantasy apartment building called
~ "The City Girl." ~

Early on this November morning,
the sun is awakening the city
with the promise of a
delectable and glamourous
 day to come ...

As Hope opens her eyes to the sun sparkling
on the chandelier drops above her bed ...

... she looks forward to the day stretching before her ...
as Kathryn Hepburn said ...
"Never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun."

And if ever there was a girl
that enjoyed "just being"
{in the city, in particular}
it is Hope!

She throws handfuls of fun
into each day in every way she can ...
Autumn, with its crisp leaves and burnished color,
simply adds to the glamour of her days ...

And today is the kind of day that 
Hope adores ...
one without obligations ...
a day that's an empty giftbox
 to fill up as she pleases ...

What better way to start the day than by walking ...

 ... straight to her favorite upper east side cappuccino ...
at a charming place that's even a
 favorite on Gossip Girl ...
Via Quadronno

Via Quadronno
 will be dressed like this ...

The mere thought of the holidays
fills Hope with a sense of
~ anticipation. ~

If you've been with Ooh La Frou Frou for a while,
you know that Hope loves nothing more than shopping ...

And as the holidays approach,
she loves leisurely browsing the stores of the city
when its early enough to take her time
and gather ideas for things that are
~ just right. ~

On this Autumn day as she's shopping,
 Hope finds a little present for herself ...
Paris Hangover by Kirsten Lobe ...
a book about a girl from New York
that finds herself in Paris dating handsome frenchmen ..
an ooh la la perfect book to read
since she just came back from a Grande Paris Adventure
with fellow illustrated girls Aimee, Belle & Alex!
{If you missed the posts of the fantasy trip,
here are links to Paris I, II, III.)

With that first purchase,
Hope feels she's seriously begun her holiday shopping
~ even if it is for herself ~
and she begins to feel a little like Christmas
truly is right around the corner ...
~ oh, the anticipation ~

So, to help you feel the anticipation also,
 she thought she'd share
just a couple of items that will
definitely be wrapped up
for gift-giving under her tree ...

She starts with a little something for your stylish friends
that love fashion, entertaining and design ...
a wonderful coffee-table book ...
Rebecca Moses ... A Life of Style ...

All of your friends will say,
 "divine, darling!"
when they unwrap this book with its fun illustrations ...

We think you'll love this Rebecca Moses
illustrated video ... it will give you an idea of
what the illustrations in the book are like ...
it's almost as much fun as a hot fudge sundae ...
 well, almost ...

Normally, silk scarves are pricey,
but these adorable scarves called
"So Many Shoes"
are only $24.95!
Hope thinks they have "glamorous stocking stuffer"
written all over them!
They come in green (below) and grey ...

You'll probably have as hard a time as Hope would in ordering this
personalized zebra-print tray to give away as a gift
 instead of for yourself ...
it's $55 by Lovey Dovey Creations ...
isn't it an oh-so-chic way to keep your
goodies in one place? ...

This bangle is oh-so-made-for a girl like Hope that's
uptown, downtown, all around the town ...
from Kate Spade ...

If you'd like to feel as if you've begun your holiday shopping too ...
and perhaps even feel as if you've hung out with Hope in the city today,
here are links to some of the stores in her playground ...
via this season's
on-line holiday catalogues ...
Kate Spade
Henri Bendel

~ Now For Our Holiday Card Introduction ~

I'm happy to introduce:
"Christmas in the City."
Perfect for girls that love to shop
as much as Hope does!
Hope is starring on this card doing her favorite thing ...
Holding her cappuccino to go,
she stands before a scene in a holiday store window ...
giant ornaments depicting Christmas in the City.
The ornament in the widow on the top right
is embellished with a townhouse illustration,
the ornament in the lower left shows
 city buildings and taxis
and the one in the lower right is filled covered with
taxis with Christmas trees on top!

"Christmas in the City"
is sold by the box of eight blank cards.
Embellished with clear glittery snow,
the card is lined with pink paper,
and its white envelope
is lined in with a glossy deep pink metallic liner.

To purchase a box of these holiday cards, simply go here.

If you are looking for an individual holiday card,
Ooh La Frou Frou girl Cherie stars in our individual card
"Santa Baby."

To purchase this individual card, simply go here.

Thanks so much for joining us this week everyone!
And from Hope ...
Happy Holiday Anticipation, Darlings!

Illustration of Ooh La Frou Frou girl Hope
 and her "City Girl" apartment
in the post above by the artist and creator of
Ooh La Frou Frou
(c) Sandra Shelton Markwalder ~ All Rights Reserved.

All illustrations on
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection cards by
Ooh La Frou Frou creator:
(c) Sandra Shelton markwayder ~ All Rights Reserved.


Sources for Photos Used in Above Post:
1. City with Golden Light
2. Bridge in Central Park
3. Chandelier
4. Iron Fence Photo in Autumn by Raceytay on Etsy
5. NYC Townhouses and Vintage Taxi
6. Images of Via Quadronno
7. Hermes Scarf and Pearls
8. Paris Hangover from Amazon (linked above)
9. Townhouses in Snow
10. Rebecca Moses A Life of Style from Amazon (linked above)
11. Inside Shot of A Life of Style
12. Rebecca Moses Video
13. So Many Shoes Scarves green and grey (linked above)
14. Zebra Tray from Lovey Dovey Creations (linked above)
15. Go The Extra Mile Bangle from Kate Spade (linked above)
16. Be Merry


Anonymous said...

I really must order some of your cards for the upcoming festive season!

Loved this post, especially that gorgeous pic of NY and the Chrysler building, which is my favourite piece of architecture in the entire world!

Katherine said...

Such gorgeous holiday cards! Such a fun post too :)

Anonymous said...

Santa Baby is oh so glam, what a wonderful card!

Margarita Bloom said...

Ah, your posts always take me on a daydream adventure of glamour and luxury! Love it!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Sandy, your card set looks adorable and I am planning to get one! I hope you are staying warm--cannot believe the holidays are just around the corner!

xo Mary Jo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Sarah-L-B: Glad you're loving the cards & thinking of ordering, darling ... and I'm with you ... as I LOVE everything about New York, some icons stand out ... and the Chrysler Building is one of them! xo

Katherine: Thanks so much, lovely, for your praise of the cards and the blog ... so glad you're a part of the Ooh La Frou Frou fun! ;) xo

Cafe Bellini: Hi darling ... yes, Cherie in Santa Baby IS glamorous as she stands before her tree with tiny high heels all over it! So glad you like it! xo

Margarita Bloom: Is there anything better than a daydream of glamour and luxury? I think not! ;) Thank you, sweetheart! xo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Trust Your Style: Hi Mary Jo ... so glad you like the new card and are planning on ordering ... can't believe the holidays are as close as they are! I'll be hosting Thanksgiving this year at my house, so the holiday spirit has begun! ;) xo

Veronica Popoiacu said...

These photos are so wonderful

Layers and Layers said...

Gorgeous Sandy ... LOVE the cards and that little bangle from Kate Spade. I'd love to have a Christmas as see through your eyes ... quite magical :)

LV said...

I enjoy reading your posts so much! The cards are amazing! I love santa baby...could you be any more fabulous?

Fash Boulevard said...

love love love this post. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a brand new FASH FOR LESS with Giuliana Rancic. I'd love to hear what you think. xo

Ivana said...

What a beautiful post! It really made me smile :) And your christmas cards are simply divine! I have to get me some :)

xx Ivana
Style in the City

classiq said...

Sandy, I simply love those holiday illustrations! And how much fun that scarf is. Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Veronica: Thanks lovely! xoxo

Layers and Layers: So glad you love the cards, Sharon ... and I love the bangle too and it's now on MY Christmas list! I LOVED YOUR SWEET COMMENT: "I'd love to have a Christmas as seen through my eyes ... quite magical." The word "magical" seems to come up frequently lately ... I smiled when I saw your comment because when I delivered the custom artwork of the outside of a hotel at Christmas yesterday, they said "we have to thank you for bringing so much magic to the hotel." I collect those comments like jewels collected in a special box on my dressing table ... thank you. xoxo

LV: Aww, thank you, darling! So very happy you enjoy the posts. The Santa Baby card is Ooh La Frou Frou girl Cherie with her tree decorated with lots of tiny high heels! ;) xoxo

Fash Boulevard: Thanks for stopping by, lovely. Glad you enjoyed it and I'll be dropping by soon ;) xoxo

Ivana: Hi darling Ivana ... thank you! So glad you love the holiday cards ... one of the joys of being an artist is that when I'm working on an illustration, I'm actually "there" in the scene mentally while I'm creating it ... so I get to be shopping in the city A LOT with Ooh La Frou Frou! ;) xoxo

Classiq: Thanks darling, so glad you enjoyed them. I loved the scarf too, it's so cute ... would be cute tied to a purse where you could see the cute shoes! xoxo

Jessica said...

Gorgeous and unique cards! I want them!! I'm doing an awesome Sonia Kashuk giveaway on my page. Stop by and check it out!!

<3 Jessica

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, this is so fun. I literally felt like one of your glamour girls this weekend, as Grant and I went in for a day/night for an early anniversary. Boot shopping at BG followed by champagne and snacks upstairs at the restaurant/bar. Grant insisted I look for a dress at Barneys for an upcoming black tie and wouldn't you know the perfect Derek Lam was found! Dinner in Tribeca followed by a night at the Ritz. The next day a walk through Central Park, which looked just like your photos!

Now, I'm looking forward to spending time there during the holidays!

LOVEEEE the new card. You just capture the essence of the season!

xoxo Elizabeth

Kristin said...

I wouldn't mind enjoying a 'cino at her favorite java joint! p.s. They're opening an Henri Bendel in Tampa. SO excited!

Fashionista622 said...

Sandy, lovely post! The holiday cards are fabulous and festive. I really enjoyed how you walk us through these ladies journeys with great photos.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and glad you showcased the "Keep Calm and Sparkle" pic. You have great home for it! Smooches!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Jessica: Thank you, lovely .. so glad you love the cards ... I'll drop by to see you soon too! xo

Pretty Pink Tulips: Hi darling ... love that you're walking around the city like an Ooh La Frou Frou girl ... because you are one! Thanks so much for your compliment on the cards, lovely! xo

Kristin: Oooh ... Henri Bendel is one store you just about have to pull me out of ... love it! xo

Fashionista622: Thank you darling, for your sweet words about the posts and the cards ... and yes, thanks to you I have a pretty new sparkle in my sidebar! ;) xo

Fashion-isha said...

Another fabulous post! I just can't get enough. I'm dying to get back to NYC it's like my air!

SoapyMermaid said...

gorgeous, gorgeous rebecca moses' illustrations. and your wonderful christmas cards. A mere pleasure to see... ♥♥

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

What a gorgeous collection. And I love your NYC fall photos. My favorite city, especially this time of year. xo

Angelica Ng said...

Wooow that photo for the chandelier part is beautiful! And why can't my city always look this dreamy and welcoming? Haha! As for the scarves, it would be fabulous if those shoes could magically end up in my closet...

kristina@beancakes ★ said...

hello sandy! well it's been another magically wonderful day spent with hope!! too bad i had to wake up from this fabulous dream haha!! ;) ;) you are such a talented illustrator to say the least!! hope you had a wonderful thursday!!
xx ~ kristina

Taj Acosta said...

I love that coffee table book on style! So cute! And I love your new cards!! The pink dress is amaz!! Always wanting to hop on a plane to nyc after reading your posts dear! Happy weekend! xo