Monday, January 23, 2012


Hello Fabulous Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls!
I hope that all of you had a charming weekend!
The word
is used to describe so many things ...
such as a place (Paris?) ...
an item (an absolutely charming dress!) ...
or a quality in a person (I wish I had her charm!)
What says "charming" to you?

"Charm is a glow within a woman
 that casts a most becoming light on others."
John Mason Brown

~ What is Charming to Me? ~
The quality that either a person, place or thing
possesses that makes me feel
utterly taken, happy, cherished and inspired.
 In a person, it's usually unassuming.
Here is a small handful of some of the things that
I find charming ...

Someone that is witty and makes me laugh
 is absolutely charming.
The way a man's eyes crinkle in the corners
when he smiles is deadly charming.
Ballet slippers with little perfectly-shaped bows are charming.
Orange and pink is such a charming color combination.

You can see that this could go on forever!
I bet you have some fabulous additions .. I'd love to hear them!

My thoughts are of "charm" this week
because a "charming" new Valentine
 has been added to the
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection,
entitled "Charming Valentine."
My Valentine charm bracelet illustration
was just begging to be the star of a Valentine
and it makes the perfect card for a
jewelry-loving girlfriend, a daughter or mom!
Card details are given below the card.
"Charming Valentine" can be purchased here.

Card Details:
Bracelet illustration is embellished with glitter and crystals!
envelope is white with hot pink liner.
Card comes in protective cello wrapper.

Inside Message:
The pale pink paper lining the card
can be ordered blank or have the following message:
"Have a Charming Valentine's Day!"

Thanks for joining me this week for
another Valentine introduction, lovelies.
Next week,
we'll take a peek into a Diary Page
of one of the illustrated
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls!


In closing,
since Valentine's Day
is right around the corner,
just a quick reminder of a few other darling
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection Valentines available ...

"Valentine Shoo-In"
with its glamorous red booties was introduced last week.
Inside Message on this card can be either blank
or contain the message:
"You're a shoo-in for my Valentine."
This card can be purchased here ...

... another favorite is ...
"Heart You Valentine"
Inside Message:
"I so heart you."
This card can be purchased here ...

... and for lovers of fashion and shopping ...
(isn't that all of us?)
"Valentine Shopping"
Inside Message:
"Who says you can't buy love?"
This card can be purchased here.

A warm welcome to all of the blogs new followers!
Have a very charming week, everyone!

All Ooh La Frou Frou cards featuring the artwork
of Sandy Markwalder can be purchased here.

All illustration is the work of the artist & creator of
 Ooh La Frou Frou and author of this blog:
Sandy Markwalder.
The illustrations and content of this blog
 are protected by copyright.
(c) Sandra Shelton Markwalder

If you would like to feature Ooh La Frou Frou
 or Sandy's illustrations on your blog ~ we thank you
and simply request that you contact the artist here.
All illustrations used in the feature
must be linked back to the blog.

Please contact the artist here.

Sources for Photos (found via these sites:)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

"Definition of Charm"
 is a quote by Kathleen Winsor
and image of charm quote above
created by Ooh La Frou Frou.


bridechic said...

It was a pleasure reading this post. I just bought myself a white coat with blac buttons like the one you featured. I'm going to wear a shot of tulle ruffle underneath . . . so cute!

Fashionista622 said...

What a darling post Sandy! The images portray exactly the feel of the post as usual. Charm is certainly a gift and bringing that to a room or space is lovely. It's a bright light, a gleam in an eye or just laughter. :)

Have a great and glamorous week! xoxo

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

Charming to me has everything to do with a person. His or her appearance, their manners and personality. Knowing exactly when to say what to make others feel a little warm inside. Either with a joke, a wise word or even with a gesture. Great post Sandy :) Your charm card looks fab.

miss b said...

A really lovely post - I love the white coat too - so chic!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! you always find the most GORGEOUS images Sandy, and the quotes are divine.
As for your know what I think ;-) You are so talented and the epitome of "charm".

Fashion-isha said...

It's always so nice to see you Monday morning...what a great way to start a cold and grey day with a little glamour!! Wishing you the best day and week ever!!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Hey Sandy! You know who I find charming? YOU! You are charming, fabulous and beyond talented my friend. So is your blog! I look forward each week to reading it. I am loving that cream coat w/the peak of tulle underneath and the quote regarding a ladies dress. I want to THANK YOU for the lovely package I received in the mail this weekend. I adore my Valentine Card. I want to frame it! HAHAHA It is gorgeous! I showed it to my mom and she can't get over the beautiful details. I saw Alex's thank you pic and everything looked lovely. Thank you so much! I will be spotlighting your Shoo-In Card next week (My Sweet Treats). Again, I thank you so much! You made a great start to my week. ((HUG))

Jessica Nielsen said...

So sweet! I'm in love with the first photo! :)


Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love all things charming and this post couldn't be more charming and adorable! Hope you had a great weekend Sandy!

xoxo Mary Jo

Georgianna said...

Your posts are amazing!!! Such a delight and joy and so much fun. This one especially! I agree with Kim – YOU are charming!

Your new card is fabulous, too.

I love the definition you have quoted. Charm has to do with ease and grace and style, with lighthearted joy and appreciation of one's surroundings. You can't be truly charming if you are unhappy yourself.

Thank you for another lovely adventure!

– g

wizardofwords said...

What a delight it is to find your website courtesy of Diana at Shocolaateshop! (We're Twitter pals!)

I could spend a lot of time just taking in the splendour of the images and sprit here.

Doreen Pendgracs


Gorgeous post, Sandy! I think you are utterly charming, my dear! And I just love that quote about a woman's dress. Will have to use that one :)

Have a lovely week! xoxo

Taj Acosta said...

Pretty charming post dear! Love the Edith Head quote she was amazing! And I bought one of your cards today! Can't wait to get it! xx

rolala said...

This post is full of charm and loveliness! Your cards are just fabulous! I find good manners to be incredibly charming myself :)

Pink Champagne said...

This post itself is perfectly charming! Your photos are to die, and those Valentine's Day cards are divine. YOU, Miss Sandy, are charming! XOXO

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I have that book and it's wonderful! What a great post, as usual and the Valentine Cards are gorgeous! Hoping to get things together for my artwork for my blog soon. So Darn Excited!!

Glitterista said...

I always think small towns with main streets are charming as are baby giggles and surprise dates. Hope you are having a charming week! xoxo

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Very sweet post! lovely to read.

The Urban Umbrella

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first quote, brilliant. Your cards are SO charming! I wouldn't send them to anyone, I would just keep them all...

classiq said...

Lovely illustrations as always. Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn were charming. A little girl dressed up, trying to imitate her mother's style, there are so many examples, but I guess that final quote says it all. I hope you're having a wonderful week, Sandy! xo

pretty pink tulips said...

You have captured "charming" here with this charming post! And, I love both the quotes - the one on dressing by Edith Head (the great Hollywood costume designer) and the other about how it makes others feel.

Aren't you drawn to those people that make you feel your best around them?!

I adore all of these Valentine cards - you truly have created a fantasy world I wish I could live in - if just for a day!

xoxo Elizabeth

Angelica N. said...

The way a man's eyes crinkle in the corners is deadly charming...SO TRUE! And so is that white trench with black tulle underneath. I really do need that. ;D

Anonymous said...

What lovely cards!! Wow you did make me think about charm and how you become "charming". I think Edith Head had it spot on with her comment about dresses, you know :-)

Margarita Bloom said...

I must say this is quite a "charming" post!!! One of my FAVORITE words!!

Oh, this is so true! .....The way a man's eyes crinkle in the corners
when he smiles is deadly charming..... and his can make my heart melt into a charming puddle of love...giggle.. awesome post Sandy dahling! It perked up my day delightfully. xoxo

Gerri Ward said...

Solely a lovely post! This coat is too pretty to not own:)

Shop N' Chomp said...

"Charming Valentine" is so cute! I adore Blair Waldorf too. :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Thanks to all of the wonderfuls that visit the blog and those of you that leave comments for me ... I SO LOVE reading them all! ~xosm

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MademoisElla Coquine said...

Oh my loveliness! I'm having a fluffy, pink first photo glamgasm!!

Knit pink tights with matching hoop skirt and silver sparkle strappy shoes?!?!?! I'm in LOVE.

You always manage to put something on your site that rocks my world. Thanks S! xo.

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! amazing post.

<3 Marina

SoapyMermaid said...

gorgeously charming valentine collection. so heartening love it ♥

Marianne M. said...

loved the little manhattan inspired charm i wish it was mine and blair's lime coat was stunning as well as the white one.