Monday, December 19, 2011

Have Yourself a Sparkly Little Christmas

~ Merry Almost Christmas ~
 Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls! 

~ Before we begin ~
I wanted to let you know that
there will not be a blog post
next Monday, December 26
{the day after Christmas}
and the Monday after that, January 2
{the day after New Year's Day}
so that I can spend this special time with family.
Ooh La Frou Frou's City Girls
 will be back very soon
with an exciting brand new year beginning
Monday, January 9!

So ...
since this is the last post of 2011,
I wanted to say thanks so much
 to all of you for a simply wonderful year
and for all of the
 Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls cards
 that you've ordered
{they've been shipped all over the world}!
A sincere thanks also for
all of the fabulous comments
about Ooh La Frou Frou
that you leave on
 Twitter, Facebook and here on the blog ...
I so love them all!

I hope that Santa Baby brings all of you
every little (and big) thing you wish for!
You're all just fabulous!

Now ...
come with me and let's take one more holiday walk ...
this time, just a short one ...
through the city together ...

It's that glamorous time of year
when the city puts on her sparkly dress
and awaits the snow
that will magically turn into glitter at her feet ...


... so it's no surprise
that we feel the desire
to sprinkle a little glitter all over ourselves, as well,
in celebration of this, the sparkliest of seasons ...

All over the city,
the glamorous exteriors of apartments and townhouses
are also dressed and draped in holiday finery ...

... and we can't help but wonder what beauty might lie
beyond the brownstones' doors during the holidays.
I'm sure we would find a little of this:
the fresh smell of pine,
the tinkle of distant laughter,
the clinking of glasses,
the sounds of our favorite Christmas carols
and plenty of sparkle ...

No place sparkles
quite like the city ...
~ any time of the year. ~

In fact ...
there is so much sparkle on any given city night
that it's not even a necessity
to have a special someone
to fall in absolutely in love ... with the city.

Thank you for joining us for
our holiday posts in the city.
Ooh La Frou Frou's
 been featuring fabulous holiday windows
of one New York store on each of these holiday posts.
For this last Ooh La Frou Frou post of the year,
however, I thought I'd close this post instead with two small videos.

The first video is of the amazing 3D video projection show
on the side of the Saks Fifth Avenue buildling that
appears every fifteen minutes each day throughout the holidays ...
it will take you there!

Next ...
if you saw the recent Victoria's Secret Fashion Show,
you know it was full of glamour, glitz and fun.
This second video should send you off with
smiles at the silliness at a few of the
Victoria's Secret models
as they attempt to sing Jingle Bells ...
{a certain amount of silliness is required during the holidays, no?}

In closing ...
I'm adding two final gift tags
that you can print off for your holiday gifts!

I've recently illustrated
and made available for FREE
 five gift tag designs that can be downloaded and printed and
now there will be two more ...
just because you're fabulous!

These new tags are Paris-inspired tags are in honor of our
Paris-themed posts we did this year
{where we saw four of the illustrated
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls
depart for a Grande Paris Adventure}.
If you missed those posts and would like to see them,
 just go to Aimee's Grande Paris Adventures I, II and III.
What girl doesn't love Paris too?

To print any of the seven free gift-tags:
Just go to our DOWNLOAD PAGE
and once you're there,
scroll down the page until you see a list of seven gift tag names.
You can click on the name of the tag you'd like to see
and they can then be printed off onto cardstock!
Then, simply cut, punch holes in your printed tags for ribbons
 and attach to your gifts
(you can even add a little glamour to them with a touch of glitter)!

The first Parisian-inspired tag is a stack of
macarons in the shape of a
Christmas tree ...
{called "Macaron Christmas Tree" on the download page}

The second Parisian-inspired tag is a
sparkly Eiffel Tower inside a snowglobe ...
{called "Eiffel Tower in Snowglobe" on download page}

Merry Christmas ... {and Joyeux Noel!}
Until January 9, 2012 when we'll be back ...

Lots of Love from
 Ooh La Frou Frou
 and its City Girls!

All illustration by:
Artist and Creator of Ooh La Frou Frou:
(c) Sandra Shelton Markwalder ~ All Rights Reserved.

The Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
City Girl Cards
can  be purchased at

1. Fifth Avenue Clock by Steven Rosenbach Flickr
via New York, New York Tumblr
2. Sparkles with word Twinkle via
3. Lights in front of New York Palace Hotel via New York, New York Tumblr
4. City lights via
5. Macy's with white Christmas lights via
6. Trump Tower via
7. Glitter via Live Colorfully
8. Sparkling snow via
9. Central Park Bow Bridge in snow via Landscape Lifescape
10. Sparkly eye via
11. Sparkly dress via
12. Peacock wreath via HGTV
13. Christmas tree outside of window Unknown Source
14. Townhouse #1 via
15. Townhouse #2 via
16. Townhouse #3 via
17. Townhouses #4 via
18. Upper West Side Townhouse (#5) via
From Me to You  (Photographer: Jamie Beck)
19. Candles on mantle via
20. Red Christmas balls via
21. Fireplace greenery with feathers via
(Design: Christopher Todd Design)
(Stylist: Mandy Keener Photo: Rett Peek)
22. Turquoise ornaments via
Southern Living
23. Christmas balls in glass dish from Rue via 
24. Purple and gold decorations on tree Unknown Source
25. "Let's go to the city and fall in love" via

Saks Holiday via You-Tube
Victoria's Secret Jingle Bells Holiday via You-Tube


Suburban Princess said...

Insanely gorgeous! Thank you so much for all of the beautiful Christmas tags! I have saved them to plan my colours around them next year :O)

Dale said...

I loved looking through these pics and seeing all the snow. It never snows in San Francisco and these photos are making me crave a trip to NYC in the winter :) The sparkly snow pics were gorgeous. Also, that Victoria's Secret video is so funny with them singing. Thanks so much for stopping by too :)

SoapyMermaid said...

Ilove all that glitters so much :) the 3-D video projection is absolutely divine and the downloadable pics are divine.

SoapyMermaid said...

Ilove all that glitters so much :) the 3-D video projection is absolutely divine and the downloadable pics are divine.

Pop Champagne said...

ooh these photos are really pretty! love the macy's one it's so magical!

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

So delightful my sweet!! Happy sparklie holidays!!


I don't know how it's possible, but you make me love living in NYC even more with each and every post. I'm so incredibly fortunate! And it is so magical, especially this time of year, isn't it?

Have a wonderful holiday, Sandy! Thank you for bringing such joy and beauty into our lives each and every week :) xoxo

Angelica Ng said...

First of all, I hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday with family and friends! I didn't quite have the Christmas spirit before reading this post, but now do I ever! As always, amazing photos to accompany. What in the world do you type into Google Image Search that gets you such breathtaking photos?? Hahaha!

Konstantina said...

I love NY, I was pretty lucky I lived there for almost 6 years. Thank you sooo much for sharing those pictures, I share them to my blog, I can not resist!

Sam said...

Beautiful and inspiring photos as always.
Wishing you a wonderful holidays and Christmas. Hope that you get everything you wished for ;)

Chic in Vancity said...

Thank you for the lovely comment on our blog! Loving Christmas Sparkles!! Very inspirational!
Happy Holidays!!
Bella xox

Kristin said...

Sparkle is my favorite part of the holiday season!

Fashion-isha said...

Wow wow wow. Your posts are the best!! I love all things sparkly so this really spoke to me! You're comment on my blog was so sweet and greatly appreciated.

Happiest Holidays ever to you!!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Suburban Princess: That's a GREAT idea! You're always thinking, darling! xo

Dale at Savvy Spice: Thanks so much, Dale .. so so glad I could bring a little Christmas in New York to you in sunny California ... such a nice compliment! I enjoyed the VS video too ... after seeing them so glamorous in the fashion show, it's fun to see their silly contrasting personalities! xo

Soapy Mermaid: Thanks, sweetie. I love that 3-D projection too, amazing how realistic it looks, isn't it?! So glad you love the tags. Hope you and your family have the very best of Christmases ;) xo

Ruby at Ruby's Musings: Thank you lovely Ruby! Sparkles make everything better! xo

The Alternative Wife: Such a compliment from a lovely NY girl ... you bring pleasure to my life as well with your amazing blog, Dawn. Your dreamy images always take me away ... xo

Angelica Ng: Hi sweetie .. so good to have you visit! Hope things have been wonderful in your world .. as always, you've left such a delightful comment, so sweet. You're right, it does take quite a bit of research to find fabulous images that tell the story I want told, supplemented with my illustration. I'd do the blog in illustration completely, but I'd have to give up eating and sleeping ;) xo

Constantina: Hi lovely! So glad you enjoyed the images ... I hope they brought you back to NYC for a little while! xo

Sam: Thank you, sweet Sam. Can you imagine getting everything you wish for? It's fun to just dream about it for a while at least! Seriously, thank you so very much and I wish the same for you, darling.

Chic in Vancity: You're welcome, Bella! Hope your holidays are pure delight! xo

Kristin: Mine too, Kristin. Then again, sparkle is my favorite part of SO many things! haha Have a wonderful Christmas! xo

Fashion-isha: You're so welcome, darling, and thank YOU for such sweet comments here on the blog. You're always such a delight. I'm lucky to have such wonderful blogging friends through Ooh La Frou Frou! Very happy holidays to you and your family! xo

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! what can I say other than thank YOU for always bringing me some much needed glamor on a Monday morning when I open your wonderful blog and am transported to another magical place. Wishing you nothing but the best this festive holiday and in 2012.Sending you BIG hugs Sandy from Spain and looking forward to seeing your new creations in 2012. Lots of love sweetheart xx

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, too! The Saks video is amazing, loved that, and the VS video was a bit embarrassing even to watch! "We don't have jingle bells in Brazil" - great. It must be weird, celebrating Xmas in a bikini?

classiq said...

Dear Sandy, this is the most wonderful post! I would love to visit NYC this time of year. I'm sure not even these gorgeous images don't do it justice.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, filled with laughter, joy and unforgettable moments with your dear ones! And Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true! xo

Taj Acosta said...

Fabulous images for the season dear! I hope you have a very blessed Christmas! Thanks for always keeping it Glam over here!! kiss kiss - Taj

Pink Champagne said...

I'm in LOVE with all 5 of your 2011 designs...I'm printing them all as I type so I can finish my wrapping today with these lovely touches!

Such gorgeous NYC photos - Husband and I loved being there and seeing the city aglow at Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noel to you, lovely lady! Kisses!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love all the sparkly glittery fabulousness Sandy! Wishing you the merriest of holidays...see you back here in the new year! Lots of love to you!

xoxo Mary Jo

Fash Boulevard said...

oh my goodness, you're going to be missed. but i hope you have a fabulous time with your friends and family. i'm obsessed with peacock feathers. so cool. thanks for another fabulous post, love. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest. xo

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sandy! xoxo

Beth Dunn said...

Amazing photos! Enjoy time with your family for the holidays. Happy New Year!

Christina said...

Greetings from Greece!
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

Ohhh...NYC at Christmas time is so magical!! Wishing you Happy Holidays!!

Fashionista622 said...

Merry Christmas Sandy! Hope you had a sparkly and fabulous one. Thanks for the lovely gift tags. They were a hit during xmas. Sending you best wishes! xoxo

Sarah Klassen said...


Just stopping by to say: *Happy New Year* —with warmest wishes for the most spectacular 2012! Thank you so much for the constant inspiration, delight, beauty, and imagination that you share. One of my favorite places to visit, read, and escape from the world each week.

Enjoy every moment of quality time with loved ones in celebration of this magical time of year... I look forward to visiting soon again in the new year!


ALESSANDRA - HowToBeInStyle - fashion & style blog said...

Hi dear Sandy,

these pictures really are stunning! So romantic, beautiful and inspiring! I start dreaming when looking at them... :-) Gorgeous!

relax and enjoy your holiday time!



Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, my sister loved her Christmas card! :)

Sam said...

Hi Sweety, Wishing you a fantastic New Years, may 2012 bring you lots of luck, love, success and happiness. Thanks for being a wonderful blog friend in 2011. May you continue to inspire us with your fabulous blog next year!
Luv, Sam

bridechic said...

Thanks so much for all your lovely inspiration and total chic!

Aurelia (A Pretty Life) said...

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Glitterista said...

Wow, every time I think you can't outdo yourself you do! What a lovely post that has me daydreaming about living in one of those gorgeous brownstones with that peacock wreath getting ready to hit the town in my sparkliest dress! ;)

Famille Gerdel said...

Happy & Lovely New Year 2012!

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