Monday, March 5, 2012

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

Sweet news,
Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls ...
don't you love how we
fell asleep in February a few days ago
and woke up in March?
And a new month means we're now one step closer to
 Sweet news, indeed!

As you know,
the posts here on the CG blog
are filled with glamorous fantasy ...
because dreams are where inspiration begins ...
and with inspiration, magic happens.
Sometimes the posts are a fantasy ride to
another place with an Ooh La Frou Frou Novelette;
sometimes we bring you the
introduction of a chic new CG card;
 and sometimes ...
 sometimes we just bring you something
very, very glamorous and pretty
 to make you're day a little more fabulous.
 This is one of those times.

  I've been designing the
 Ooh La Frou Frou City Girls Easter card
and it will be introduced here on the blog next week.
 Designing a spring card makes me feel as if
spring is right around the corner.
I find that I'm in the mood for that
sweet spring smell in the air
and all things pastel.

It is for this very reason that I felt inspired this week
to dip my watercolor brush into the sweet pastel world
 of the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2012 Advertising Campaign.

When the Louis Vuitton advertising campaign
 was introduced last fall, spring was far, far away ...
and we still had to get through winter!
It was a little hard to get in the mood for spring
at that time, don't you think?

Now that we're actually
 on the doorstep of the spring season,
I felt we couldn't really let spring approach
without opening the door and stepping into the
LV Ice Cream Parlor again ...
this beautiful campaign and the breathtaking
Paris fashion show with its glorious carousel
always makes me think of childhood and sunshine
and dressing up in the spring ... with crisp dresses
 and lace and carrying baskets of pastel candy.

You may not have seen the video on the making this
sugary work of advertising campaign art ...
I would have loved to have been one of the models,
how about you?
To make the video full screen,
be sure to click the four-arrow symbol
located before the word Vimeo
and then hit escape to come right back.

I love the song from this video so much
that it's my new ringtone!
{Sugar Me by Lynsey De Paul}
Sexy as well as Sweet!

All of this Louis Vuitton sweetness
made me want to accent the fabulous LV images
with even more images
of some delectable sweet treats ...
so perfect for a little fantasy party
and LV Fashion Show
 in celebration of the nearness of spring!
You're all invited ... come on in.
And I must ask ...
which of these dresses would you be wearing?

Flowers may not be poking their heads up yet,
but we can have a flower cupcake and
dream of the sweet spring days soon to come ...

I can just feel the warmth of sunshine
lighting up the room in this confection ...
can't you?

Rose cupcake anyone?

I almost wouldn't want to touch this beautiful cake ...
it's made up of 150 individual petals
and it took four people two days to hand-make-and-paint
the pieces ... a white Meyer lemon cake
complemented by papaya and blood-orange buttercream filling ...
did you notice I said almost wouldn't want to touch it?
May I cut you a piece to go along with
a glass of bubbles?

Mmmmm ... delicious ...
the fashion and the sweet treats!

This clutch is so adorably whimsical ... is it a flask? a clutch?

What would a spring party be without chocolate?
The chocolate deliciousness below is from
San Francisco pastry shop, Miette ...

... I discovered Miette's beautiful pastry cookbook the other day ...
no detail was left untouched ...
 the pages are even charmingly scalloped ...

Do you think she's asking "which bag would you choose?"

Miniature cotton candy on a stick ...

Fizzzz ...

Aren't these dresses magical?

Thanks for dropping by this week
for our "sweet" pre-spring post ...
The perfect finish is a ride on a carousel ...
let's head to that magnificent Paris fashion show ...
how beautiful it must have been to be there in person!
And I love the way the lights of the carousel turn colors
at the very end of the fashion show.
{once again, don't forget to make it full-screen!}
It's all very dreamy and
Very Ooh La Frou Frou City Girl.
Happy March lovelies!

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Image credits for this post:
Watercolor Illustration by Sandy M, Ooh La Frou Frou
 Ice Cream Parlor sign and Ice Cream Sundae via;
 LV Carousel via ~ Multi-Colored Frosted Cupcakes via
White Rose Cupcakes via ~ Large Pink Rose Cake via ~
Yellow & Blue Cake Pops via ~ Chocolate Cake via ~
Miniature Cotton Candy via ~ Raspberry Float via
Save Water and Drink Champagne via
LV advertising campaign images from google and via
LV purse images from google and via
Videos from Vimeo


SittingPretty said...

I love coming to your blog! It reminds me that there are others out there that dream like me!

XO Kelley

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I am the first comment YAY I actually tore out this ad from my vogue magazine as thought it was so great. So to see this post really made me smile on a Monday morning!!! Thank you!!!!

Marianne M. said...

wow Sandy your watercolor illustration was so so so beautiful, it looked like the girl was breathing, like she wasnt an illustration but real.
beautifuly done! congrats.
and this post is so beautiful, i loved this collection and how magical and fairytale like it looked. it reminded me of my childhood and ice cream and candy and some many other things.
although i am normally not one to wear pastel this post was beautiful to look at. i was staring at it for like 5 minutes before commenting.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Sitting Pretty: I always try to say thank you to my wonderful readers that leave comments ... usually I do this by stopping by their blogs if they have one and if not I leave a little note here ... thank you so much for your sweet note! I'm so happy that you're a part of the fun here at Ooh La Frou Frou ~ a perfect match! Have a wonderful week! ;) ~xoSM

rolala said...

Thanks for these pre-spring sugary sweet inspirations! The LV Spring 2012 show and campaign have to be one of my faves. How I would love to take a ride on that magical carousel! And as always I always look forward to your illustration du jour and this LV inspired one is too fabulous! Have a lovely week Sandy!
rolala loves

classiq said...

Your Louis Vuitton inspired illustration is beautiful, Sandy! I always look forward to those in your posts. Thank you for today's dreamy ride. Wishing you a great week!

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

Hi dear Sandy :-)

Wow, we choose the same theme for our Monday post! :-D Pastel colors! So me must have a lot in common. :-) I really love your posts and your new pastel colored illustration is awesome! Wonderful spring wishes to you darling! xoxo

Glitterista said...

Those gorgeous Merry Go mint green and silver strappy pumps may be my favorite of the collection, but the dreamy dress of layers of blue chiffon, the blue eyelet bag, and blue croc bag also have me dreaming of spring!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Sandy, this was my favorite campaign and what I used to kick off my blog this year. I thought it was very SWEET! I have never seen the video or some of these pics. It just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for sharing these. LOL at you regarding the clutch (or is it a flask?) HAHAHAHAHA Love your illustration of this and can't wait to see your Easter card. You always leave us wanting more! Have a great week!


Oh Sandy, we are so on the same page! I was just pouring over my favorite pastel images willing spring to come even sooner! Love the LV ads and the illustration is just gorgeous! Also that cake is to die for. I couldn't bring myself to eat it. :)

Have a lovely week! xoxo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Beyond gorgeous Sandy! You really outdid yourself this week. And of course, I'm loving the mint and candy colors--they are all my spring nail colors and couldn't adore this more!

xo Mary Jo

Danielle said...

This makes me what Spring ever more, I forgot how beautiful & colourful Spring is thank you for the little boost of sunshine!

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

Sandy, the dresses are absolutely magical. I love how you've created an entire post around the LV spring add. And the illustration looks adorable! I've never seen a more pretty cake then that white Meyer lemon one, oh how fabulous would that one be for a (my) wedding;)

Layers and Layers said...

Oh wow ... really really beautiful. the clothes are spectacular and the accessories are to die for. thanks for sharing .. it was magical ;)

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty, soft and magical post! I would love to have watched the fashion show in person...but this was the next best seat! Thanks Sandy

sonia daigle said...

Spring,fashion and delicious made me salivate throughout your story!
Thank you again Sandy you are the best story teller

pretty pink tulips said...

This was a confectionary dream of a post!!! The LV ad campaign is sooo charming. I would love to have the all white eyelet, sleeveless dress in my closet for Spring.

Ohhhh what are you dreaming up for the Easter card. I can't wait!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Fashion-isha said...

This was one of my favorite collections! And I loved watching the video...I must get out there and get myself some candy colored clothing! Lovely post as usual!

Dee said...

Hi Sandy, Oh how I love escaping reality with the your blog. I would wear all those dress, so chic. And, those mouthwatering pastry pictures left me wanting a cupcake. LOL

Dee xo

The Wild Fleur said...

FLOWER CUPCAKES?!? PERFECTION! Everything looks so delicious and dreamy, Sandy!

XOXO Camille @ The Wild Fleur

Margarita Bloom said...

Pastel pretties!!I'll have a rose cupcake please! *wink* Love that song too...sweet!

Happy Monday pretty!

The Little Flapper said...

Your posts always take me away on a delightful little day dream. I love all the pastries and fashion you included. & of course the carousel fashion show is just divine. Have a lovely week darling.

Off to check out your shop now :)

miss b said...

A wonderful post as usual!! I love visiting your blog - it's always so pretty - a lit bit of escapism...... and we have another one of your gorgeous illustrations too here!

Thoter Thomas said...

Loooove the LV flask or clutch picture. So Awesome! Sandy, your work is just amazing as always. Your blog makes my heart scream out in Joy. Thank you for sharing your love to the world!!! --TT

Kristin said...

Love all the soothing sorbet hues!

Taj Acosta said...

I'm looking forward to spring as well, and these colors are right up my alley! Love the louis v illustration dear! xx

Brandon S said...

As a boy even I found something I must have in there.... The blue and white tote five photos from the bottom? Yeah.... I'm in love :D

Fashionista622 said...

Sandy, this is the super sweetest blog post so far! Marc's video I had not seen so thank you. Loved your illustration and all the delish treats. So delightful as usual darling. Air kisses, muah!

Pink Champagne said...

Oh, how dreamy! This was one of my favorite LV campaigns and shows ever, and I adore your illustration of it! My mind will be daydreaming of sweet pink things the rest of the afternoon.... XX

Anonymous said...

Oh I love that flask clutch! Thank goodness it's spring, I've really had enough of dark, cold, winter days!

Nancy said...

A Blogpost worth savoring!! Beautiful job!


SoapyMermaid said...

so nice. I love these very soft colours. It is true that they make us think of cakes and candies... a delightful sugar world! :)

Sarah Klassen said...

Oooh, delicious and pretty! I adore the pastel outfits (especially that clear handbag) and the treats—just divine in every way!


Stylebabe! said...

I Love The Louis Vuitton Drawing & Pictures! I Just Found Out How To Post A Comment On Your Blog So Forgive Me! Great Job!

Thanks Always Brittany J.

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Stunning!!! The LV ones are just gorgeous.

<3 Marina