Monday, January 16, 2012

You're a Shoo-In for my Valentine!

~ Hello Fabulous Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls! ~

Did you know ...
that, of course, you don't have to live in the city
 to be an Ooh La Frou Frou City Girl?
It's merely a chic state of mind, darling!
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls:
1) love excitement, so they try to make
 each day of their lives an occasion;
2) and they fill their lives with
 their favorite things as often as possible!

Romance is one thing that can
make your day an occasion ...
who doesn't like a little candlelight and dancing?
But these grey days of winter
may be putting a damper on your ability to feel rosy ...
making us feel melancholy ...
 as if life exists merely in black and white.

When the sun hides behind grey skies for too long,
we search for more sparkle in our lives ...


... with Valentine's Day not too far away,
the perfect anecdote for grey days
could be to plan something fun ...

If you're without a special someone
this Valentine's Day, of COURSE,
make yourself your Valentine ...
and plan a day filled with things that you love to do
and treat yourself to one or more of your favorite things!
Who knows what's on your wish list better than you do?

If you do have a special someone this year,
don't you find that when you plan something
for someone else, it takes you away?
You get wrapped up in planning the adventure
and before you know it, it's sunny again.
We all love a little mystery ... a little suspense ...
so why not plan a splendid surprise?

There is still plenty of time to get in a
Valentine frame of mind ...

If you're inspired,
put your thinking cap on
to dream up a sweet romantic plan for your love ...
I've found a romantic scavenger hunt is always fun to plan
with little clues along the way that
lead to sweet hidden surprises throughout
Valentine's Day ...

... it's also fun to plan something
that really creates an "oasis."
Maybe an indoor "beach picnic" ... in front of a fire ...
gather some music that makes you feel as if you're
under swaying palms, add a soundtrack of ocean waves,
and you'll be transported.
Plan all of the details ...
complete with a picnic basket, blanket &
lots of deliciousness ...

... fortune cookies could be fun ...
 how would your fortunes read for your someone? ...
{recipe for fortune cookies here}

The Hostess with the Mostess 
offers her ideas for a "Garden of Eden" picnic here.

One important little necessity for your plan
is a Valentine ...
Ooh La Frou Frou's new
Valentine is being introduced today
and is available here.

In my illustration,
a very chic city girl
(you perhaps, darling?),
is wearing a filmy grey skirt with tiny pleats ...
her sleeve and red purse have sparkles ...
(embellished with glitter, of course!)
she's got a sparkly cocktail ring on her
Valentine red gloves ...
and she's holding a Valentine for a special someone.
Her Valentine has a sparkly red heart for a stamp.
The grey swiss dots on her tights lead right to
her shoes ... and, oh, those shoes.
Sky-high red booties are embellished with a
"diamond" bracelet with an illustration of a sparkly heart
around the left boot.
The little "diamonds" on the boot bracelet are actually
sparkly Swarovski crystals.
Pale pink hearts float on the pink background.

Card details:
White envelope, red liner.
Pink paper lines inside of card.
Card and envelope nestled safely inside protective cello wrapper.
You are given the choice of the card being "blank" inside
or with the following message:
"You're a Shoo-In
for my Valentine."

Definition of "Shoo-In":
1. sure winner;
2. one that has a sure chance of being chosen.

Now, all you have to do is sign it!
Have a wonderful week, lovelies!

Ooh La Frou Frou Illustration is by
Sandra Shelton Markwalder
artist and creator of Ooh La Frou Frou.
For custom illustration, please leave me a note
in the "contact us" section of the website
and I will get back to you right away.

Photos (top to bottom) used in this blog post are via:
Taxis in City
Keira Knightley
Woman with Flowers
Sparkly City
Girl with Red Lips
Note with Roses
Martha Stewart Fortune Cookies
Garden of Eden Picnic Dual Photos
With All My Heart


Fashionista622 said...

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for giving me that little push I needed to get ready for Valentine's day. Love the images as usual and the card is perfection. Roses, red lips, champagne and all the glitters. I love it all!

Have a great week darling! xo

sonia daigle said...

Your inspiring blog, is making me more romantic and creative to do sweet things for my beau everyday!
Thank you Sandy for your fabulous handwriting...xo

how i met your father blog said...

such a beautiful post! i love love love your images.

have a great day! if you have a minute, please stop by to enter my two year giveaway!

classiq said...

The illustration is gorgeous, Sandy! Although I don't celebrate Valentine's Day (do we really need a certain date to celebrate love?), but what i really lie to see on that day is so many more flower bouquets and smiles. Have a wonderful week! xo

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Sandy, I am feeling a "chic state of mind" girl! You are oh so on point! I'm single, so I'm doing little things for myself. I love your suggestions. Your new card is simply fabulous! I love it! You never cease to amaze me. Have a wonderful week my friend!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

My God! you are right; Valentines is just around the corner. I LOVE the card. You are so talented xx

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

The Valentine's card looks fabulous as always! So cute :) I don't feel much for celebrating valentine's day. I'm a romantic but rather see it happen more spontaneously.

Julie Walton - Handmade Beaded Jewellery said...

Great post Sandy, with some wonderful Valentine ideas. The card is beautiful,so chic!

Sheri said...

This is the perfect post! Valentine's day will be here before we know it, already!! Thank you for the reminder and the amazing card. It's gorgeous!
My hubby is my valentine but gee, I kinda want to plan some fun things for MYSELF now...heehee...
Have a wonderful day!

High Heeled Life said...

Wonderful pre-Valentine post!! so many wonderful ideas. And your card is beautiful!! xo HHL

Fashion-isha said...

Wow you are so talented. I'd love to meet you one day...someone with such a talent must be divine! There is nothing I don't love about this post!!

Dale said...

Candlelight and dancing is perfect, love these photos, I seriously need to save this post because that makeup is so gorgeous in that one photo and the fist pic with the taxis going by is so cool.


Fash Boulevard said...

adore this. I totally have Valentine's on my mind. great post, love. thanks so much for sharing. if you get a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

Konstantina said...

Hi Sandy, your illustration cards are wonderful. Reading your post I realize that Valentine's day it's not too far. I am not that romantic but I admit that this day become very special for almost everybody in Greece too.
Great work , as always.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Just a little note from me to all of you, Ooh La Frou Frou's wonderful followers, of how much I enjoy your comments here on the blog. Thank you so very much. I used to leave responses to comments here on the blog, but this year I am coming right to you to read your blog posts too and leaving you a comment there in return. If someone leaves a comment that does not have a blog that I can return the favor to, I'll leave a little note for you here on the blog. Have a wonderful week, darlings ... so glad you're a part of the fun here!

Sandy ~ Ooh La Frou Frou

The Wild Fleur said...

So pretty, Sandy! I'm loving that sparkly NYC animation, and I'm totally adding those dreamy black & white photographs to my inspiration folder.

Camille @ The Wild Fleur

Shop N' Chomp said...

Hi! I am a new follower. :D I found your blog via Kim at A Very Sweet Blog. Your illustrations are sooo pretty! :D

Sam said...

Hi dear, these are some lovely romantic ideas. Your illustrations are so charming and so easy to fall in love with for Valentines day!


Oh Sandy we are so on the same page! I've been dreaming of all things romantic and Valentine's Day lately. I actually just finished tomorrows post and it's about that exactly! Everyone needs a little pretty in their life this time of year, right?

Love the card! It's fabulous! xoxo

Shop N' Chomp said...

Thanks, Sandy! :D

Georgianna said...

Hi Sandy!!

I love the new look – perfect for the New Year and Valentine's day! And that card is the cutest!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

If I didn't say it yet, Happy New Year! I hope it's your best ever.


– g

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

Love the first pic with the moving cabs....I miss the city so much and won't be back until end of February! have a fabulous week as well!!

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Candlelight and dancing...YAY perfect combination!!

You have a very FAB blog. Come visit me and if you like we could follow each other. Hope to hear from you soon.

<3 Marina

Taj Acosta said...

Girl, I so need to get on the ball with valentines day! I love it but I've been so busy! I have no idea what I'm gonna get for the Director this year either...Love the card you made so gorg and those booties! divine! xx Taj

Christa Delgado Design Inc said...

New follower here and such a wonderful post. I look forward reading more...

Angelica Ng said...

Haha, you know, I still remember your post for Valentine's day last year! I remember you had a fantastic, sweet little idea for how to make your significant other smile, and you've done it again this year! Love the fortune cookie idea. Imagine all the things you could write! Endless.

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Sarah said...

This is so inspirational. I don't usually like Valentine's Day one bit but I feel like treating myself this time around! What lovely moving images of NYC you found, I really love them :-)

Marianne M. said...

dear you have an amazing blog, i am very much inspired