Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Christmas Time In The City

~ Hello Lovelies! ~

 is in the air ...
and a certain childlike wonder surrounds us all.
~ The sheer joyfulness of the season ~
 makes us feel so alive, don't you think?

Even though the city snowflakes aren't quite falling yet,
we know they're not very far away.

~ And since we're feeling rawwwwther childlike with wonder ~
we might as well revel in it
and put away our grown-up schedules for a moment
to scoop up some of the magic of childhood
and bring it into our adult world ...

C'mon, glamorous ones ...
let's enter another Ooh La Frou Frou fantasy
and find our childhood selves ...

~ Suddenly ~
we're in the city with the
Ooh La Frou Frou illustrated City Girls
and snowflakes are gently falling ...

To start, we could relax and laugh over
Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
while the city bustles by outside below us ...

We could take a walk through Central Park ...
but instead of just walking by with heads down
and our i-phones to our ears,
we could stop and
put our noses up to a pine,
close our eyes
and let the scent help us to ....

We could walk along the city streets,
 taking in the dreamy lights ...
made all the more magical as the sun goes down ...
{are you feeling childhood magic returning?}

All of this childlike awe
certainly doesn't have to lessen
as we leave
 that "little girl" that we used to be
 behind ...
just remember this, darling ...
~ you never really left her ~
so carry that magic and fantasy
into your day everyday ...

We really are still the same, you know ...
our toys are just much much more fun ...
~ for instance ~
our snow forts are now castles ...

~ our skirts are now frothy as the snow and come with jewels ~

~ our crayons and paints have been replaced
with something much more glamorous ~

~ and each new day we wake and look into our mirrors
at a fresh new canvas to decorate ~

~ finally, when we're satisfied with our creation,
we can add the perfect finishing touch of sparkle ~

Since we've been taking you to some of the holiday windows
of one New York City store each week,
let's walk by a few of Bergdorf-Goodman's windows ...
chosen for this week because they're a mix of
childhood whimsy and grown-up glamour.
This year the Bergdorf-Goodman window theme is a
Carnival of Windows.

"Brass Menagerie"

"Teacher's Pet"

"Artists and Models"

I wanted to close
with a bit of fabulous!
Since we're taking the magic of childhood
and bringing it into our grown-up world,
this fabulous Dior film
is the perfect finish for this post!
Complete with
 pink clutches setting on chandeliers
and sparkling gold glitter for snow,
this Dior film is a whimsical and glamorous bit of joy ...
{for full impact, be sure to make the film full screen by clicking
on the lower right hand corner to enlarge and then
hitting "escape" after viewing to come back to the blog}.

As a sweet reminder of this week's
fantasy trip to Ooh La Frou Frou in the city ...
I have a holiday City Girl gift for you ...
another free downloadable
holiday gift tag especially for you!

Simply click HERE
to get to the download page of our website
where you can print your gift tags onto cardstock!
{When you get to the download page,
just scroll down to the bottom of the page
 and you will see five
Ooh La Frou Frou gift-tag designs
 listed as my gift to you}
Shopping In The City (shopping girl)
Little Luxe the Pug (pug on chair with wrapping paper)
Sparkly Shoes (sparkly stilettos)
Blue Shoes (tiffany blue stilettos)
It's Christmas Time in the City (taxi)

In closing ...
Here are a few fun links for some of the
things we mentioned about above ...
to increase your holiday magic!
1. The yummy Serendipity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
can be ordered direct from Serendipity OR made at home!
2. The beautiful Dior nail colors are from the
Dior Les Rouge Or 2011 Holiday Collection
3. Speaking of Dior, if you'd like to look at many of their
fabulous videos (they're all in one place like a library) click on one of
the photos here in the House of Dior.
4. The Givenchy bottle above spraying gold sparkle is
L'Or Celeste Starry Loose Powder ... pearlescent fine particles
of shimmering loose powder to give a beautiful sparkle to
face or decolletage.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

To order
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection cards
simply click here.

All Ooh La Frou Frou illustrations
on the blog and on the cards is by
the author and creator of
Ooh La Frou Frou:
(c) Sandra Shelton Markwalder.

Song: Winter Wonderland by the Eurythmics

Photo Sources (via)
1. Girl with lights
2. First night city photo
3. Second night city photo of bridge in Central Park
4. Third night city photo of Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
5. Serendipity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
6. Serendipity Chandelier
7. Inside Serendipity
8. Pink Christmas Tree/Lights
9. Pine with Snow
10. Child in Snow
11. First golden sparkly lights
12. Second golden sparkly lights
13. Third golden sparkly lights
14. Fourth golden sparkly lights
15. Fifth golden sparkly lights
16. Sixth golden sparkly lights
16A. Radio City Music Hall Lights
17. NY townhouses
18. Ice castle
19. Tulle dress
20. Les Rouges Or Dior Nailcolors
21. Model for Chanel Holiday 2011 Make-Up
22. Givenchy bottle with gold spray
(L'Or Celeste Starry Loose Powder)
23. Bergdorf-Goodman Brass Menagerie Window
24. Bergdorf-Goodman Teacher's Pet Window
25. Bergdorf-Goodman Artists and Models Window
26. A Golden Christmas by Dior video on You-Tube


Vanessa@Luxuria said...

OMG!!!! Sandy your images are GORGEOUS. I get "blog envy" everytime I visit you here. I can't even choose a fav image as they are all so stunning. Makes me more determined that my next trip to the USA will be Christmas in New York.
Thank you also for the lovely gift tags. How sweet are you? xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Great find - that Dior video is fabulous! Throw in a bit of Chanel and Jo Malone and that's how I'll be celebrating Xmas in heaven :-)

Sam said...

The pictures of a snow-covered New York are enchanting. The atmosphere must be fantastic during this time of year.

Dee said...

Your blog "ROCKS"!! I love it! Fabulous! I get so lost in your's like a vacation you don't want to end.

Thanks for sharing!


Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Glorious and magical!


How beautiful, Sandy! SO funny, I was just walking down Fifth Avenue in front of Saks and Rockefeller thinking that I wouldn't mind a little snow to make the season seem even more magical :)

Hope you have a lovely week! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Vanessa at Van Luxuria: Vanessa, you are such a darling. Thank you so very much for the compliments ... so very much appreciated! I love your blog as well! I'm thankful to have such charming and delightful blogging buddies! xo

Cafe Bellini: Hahaha loved your comment! And what a wonderful mix that would be! ;)So glad you could stop by, darling one. xo

Sam: It is! I've been to many cities and have loved pieces of all of them but the energy of New York is thrilling to me! xo

Dee: Can I frame that comment and hang it above my bed? (tee-hee) Seriously, what better compliment could the author of a blog get than your comment, Dee. Thank you so very, very, very much! xo

Ruby at Rubys Musings: Thank you, Ruby ... two fabulous things to be ... hope your holiday season is exactly that too ... glorious and magical! xo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love this sparkly post Sandy! Sooo pretty! I love frozen hot chocolate, I'm clicking over right now to see the recipe! Yay!

Hope you are staying warm and cozy this week!
xo Mary Jo

Chic in Vancity said...

I could stare at those pictures all day!! Love it!
Bella xo

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

Ok I'm ready to hop on the next plane out of LA and head straight to NYC! I adore this post. Love everything about the city during Christmastime.

Happy Monday to you, Sandy xoxo

sonia daigle said...

I'm leaving on Thursday morning to New-York city, I am so excited to visit during Christmas with my beau, wishing to get the magical feeling you put me true everytime I view your FABULOUS Blog!!! xo

Kristin said...

I've always wanted to be in NYC during the holidays!

Fashionista622 said...

Lovely post Sandy & more importantly thank you so much for reminding us that we still should have that childlike "sparkle". Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment!
Have a great week darling. Happy Holidays!

Clara Turbay said...

Love the way this blog looks!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Mary Jo ~ Trust Your Style: I know! Very dangerous having the recipe lying around but sooooo delicious! Can't wait to try it! ;) Have a wonderful week, sweets! xo

Chic in Vancity: Thanks so much Bella! Hope your holidays are magical! xo

Annemarie ~ Brunch at Saks: Hi sweet Annemarie! Thank you ~ I'm so glad you loved your mini-trip to NY and I hope your holidays in LA are just as magical! xo

Sonia Daigle: Oh, Sonia! How exciting! Let's hope that the snowflakes that are delayed this year will be gently falling on you while you stroll the streets! But even if they don't show up, NY is simply magic! Hope you and your beau make many NY memories to last a lifetime! And so glad you get a bit of the city with Ooh La Frou Frou each week ~ xo

Kristin: I think NY is fabulous anytime of the year (I know you do too!) but the the holidays are unlike anywhere else I know!

Fashionista 622: Thank you, darling. Glad you enjoyed the reminder of childhood wonder. I do find that once you get in the habit of bringing more childhood into your life, the more joy enters it. I consciously try to "play" every chance I can get. Remember the joy of heading outside to "play" and coming back inside for some hot cocoa and your cheeks are so cold and the warmth of the house and the cocoa tastes so good? As adults, we run from the car to the door and from the door to the car and that joy becomes just a memory. When I consciously do something that I did as a child again as an adult, it does really bring back some magic! Hope your holidays are magical, sweetie! xo

Clara Turbay: Thank you so much, Clara! So glad that you are a part of Ooh La Frou Frou! xo

MademoisElla Coquine said...

This makes me excited to come home to New York for Christmas next week! How glamorous it all looks! Paris needs to take a note or two on how "it's" done in NYC! Love these shots!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

MademoisElla Coquine: So glad I could contribute to your magical excitement, darling. Hopefully, snowflakes will fall on you while you're in to make it even more magical! Thanks so much for stopping by Ooh La Frou Frou! xo

Fabrizia said...

Such a nic post, I enjoyed it a lot! I like your sense of style! Wonderful Christmas photos!

Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

CiaoBella said...

Hello Sandy! I had to come check out your amazing blog. LOVE the gift tags so much, can't wait to print them out!

And thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog! Happy Holidays..


Meta Musings said...

Great images! Love the hot cocoa and and the tasting snowflakes image :)


The Desert Fox said...

i love the energy that just jumps right off your blog! love the holiday themed post


Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Fabrizia: Welcome to Ooh La Frou Frou! So glad you stopped by, and yes, I'll definitely be by to pay you a visit as well ;) xo

CiaoBella: Thanks for stopping by, Bella ~ always a pleasure! Hope the gift tags add a little something special to your beautiful gifts! xo

Meta Musings: Thank you for stopping by ~ so glad you enjoyed the post! Many more fun things to come .. happy holidays to you and yours! xo

The Desert Fox: Such a wonderful compliment, thank you very much! I find the energy of the city to be very exciting, so it must come through in my writing ;) Happy holiday ~ hope they're wonderful for you! xo

Julie Khuu said...

Bergdorf's windows are sooooo BEYOND! If I could live in that gilded wonderland my face would light up just like that little girl trying to catch the first fall of snowflake in her mouth...such yummy goodness! Gold and snow, what more can you ask for for Christmas?? Great post as always and Thanks for the blog love babe, hope to see you back soon!

Peace. Love. LOL!

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Fashion-isha said...

All those lights are so fabulous!! I LOVE the city this time of year! Hope you stop by and check out my "I LOVE NEW YORK" post!

Fabrizia said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! Of course I follow you, please follow me back!
Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!

Cosa mi metto???

Joellen said...

Love your blog, I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll follow me back and we can keep in touch, I love finding new blogs! xoxo

PS I'm your 300th follower, congrats!

classiq said...

All the sparkle, the childhood nostalgia, the glamour, you've evoked so beautifully the magic of Christmas, Sandy! It would be wonderful to see more people looking around, stopping in front of the window displays, talking to each other and smiling than with their eyes in their phones. Today I stopped to admire a gorgeous pine, huge and beautifully decorated somewhere in the city, oh my, the smell of fresh pine is incredible. I can't wait to get mine this week. xoxo

Margarita Bloom said...

I love all the sparklies!! I just wanted to grab that cup of hot chocolate and eat it all up...yum! Great video too, made me feel a bit like a GLAM Alice in Wonderland!! Awesome post doll. Happy Holidays!!

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Fabiana said...

love Christmas time and your finds are amazing!

Take a look and if you like we can follow each other!

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

being a new york lover as well, what a fabulous post! you really captured everything this time of year! this will be one of my top 5 blog posts for the week.....hope your weekend is fabulous!!

Girlie Blogger said...

These are such beautiful pictures of the city.

SoapyMermaid said...

so so dreamy selection of photos... ♥♥

Maria said...

The new tags are wonderful, as of course everything else! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Julie Khuu: Hi Julie ~ I agree, the Bergdorf windows are some of the most elaborate I've ever seen! Thank you for your sweet compliment .. so glad you enjoyed this City Girls post! xo

Fashion-isha: Hi sweets -- last week was so hectic I barely had time to think so I wasn't able to get back to you until now! I too am in love with the lights ... and this is a good reminder to check out your New York post! I went to see you earlier today, but didn't stop by this post -- I'll swing back by!~ xo

Joellen: Welcome, Joellen! Of course I'll come by to visit you ... I would have done so last week, but with the holidays it's been kind of crazy for me! So glad you'll be a part of all of the fun that is Ooh La Frou Frou! xo

Classiq: I loved your description of the magic of Christmas, Ada ... reminds me of my favorite Christmas song, Silver Bells (it's Christmas time in the city ... are you surprised this is my favorite?) Thank you ... that I could capture some of this fabulous magic is truly a compliment indeed. Happy Holidays, love! xo

Margarita Bloom: So glad you loved it, sweetie! Always want to make everyone feel like a glamorous Alice in Wonderland! xo

Mom Fashion World: So glad you discovered Ooh La Frou Frou and are now part of all of the fun that happens here! And, most definitely I'll stop by ... I would have done so last week, but with the holiday shopping and heading out of town for the weekend, time sort of slipped through my hands! Welcome, darling! xo

Fabiana: So nice to meet you ... thank you, glad you enjoyed the Christmas post and yes, I'll definitely be stopping by to see you! xo

NY Style and a Little Cannoli: Such a wonderful compliment, darling, being one of the top five blog posts of the week. Thank you so very much and I'm so glad you enjoyed Christmas at Ooh La Frou Frou! xo

Girlie Blogger: Thank you, sweetie, so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by and being a part of the Ooh La Frou Frou fun! xo

Soapy Mermaid: Thank you, sweets! So glad you were able to see our Christmas posts! xo

T.Thomas said...

I love the fact that you drew a yorkie in the midst of the other doggies. I love me some yorkietellos! Haha!