Monday, January 7, 2013

What Inspires You in 2013?

What Inspires You Right Now?
Seriously ... I'd love to know!

For me it's all things beautiful, delicious,
romantic, exciting and chic.
Things like...

... the sparkle of Paris ...


... the visual beauty & deliciousness of pretty pastries ...

... glamorous fashion details ...

... chic awnings and uniformed doormen ...

... New York (of course!) ...


... elegant city townhouses ...


... and topiary and formal gardens, to name a few ...


When I first began Ooh La Frou Frou
two years ago, I began the blog
 by dreaming up eight illustrated girls
and gave them just a few of the interests
that I had ... each fictional illustrated girl
 had a particular fascination with
one of the following favorite things ...

... the chicness of Audrey Hepburn ...

... summer fun ...

... shopping in New York ...

... creating magical parties ...

... the world of design ...

... the sweetness of Southern charm ...

... Paris, of course ...

... and fabulous fashion ...

I thought that this first post of 2013
was the perfect post to reflect on where
Ooh La Frou Frou
started and where it's going!

As much fun as it was creating fantasies 
about eight illustrated girls each week,
it wasn't long before I started feeling the urge to branch out.
With a custom illustration career
growing leaps and bounds,
I found myself wanting to expand the blog's fun too
by not limiting myself to these eight fictional girls ...
but to illustrate all of the glamour and fun
that is there residing in my daydreams
just waiting to come to you!

I mentioned before that a new SANDY M website
is being created.  In the next few months you will also see
changes here on the blog's design, as well.
The new site will allow you to purchase
 a constantly changing selection of items
 that my illustrations will appear on
and it will also be the place where
prospective clients can also view custom illustration samples
so that they can see the variety of styles of illustration I offer
when thinking of commissioning a piece for themselves.

Each illustration that I create for you to purchase
will be double fun because each new item
will always be announced here on the blog
along with a tiny little storyline to go with each ...
leaving you to finish the story in your daydreams.
I'm sure you'll recognize some of your
favorite things in them!
The blog will also be the place where I will introduce
some of my clients to you and show you
some of the custom illustrations I've been doing
as they are completed.

I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2013!
Many of my favorite things and yours will appear
in illustrations for the SANDY M store this year.
So tell me!
What inspires you?

Thanks for your patience on the new website ...
creation takes a bit of planning!

Thank you, everyone, for the inspiration!

Ooh La Frou Frou
is the blog of illustrator

For custom illustration inquiries,
drop Sandy a note here.


Fashionista622 said...

Happy New Year Sandy!

I love all your elements of inspiration for 2013. For me it's about energy of my city New York, the comfort of Italy and the chic glamour of Paris. Inspiration can come from a good book, magazine, favorite coffee shop, a walk in the park etc.
I'm excited for you and for your new site. Cheers to all the great endeavors ahead. I am very excited to join you as a client in 2013! All the best to you and your magical talent.



A Well Styled Life said...

I am inspired by luxurious clothing and elegant manners.
I love sumptuous desserts and fine wine. I adore feminine details and soft textures.
Can't wait to see your new site!!

Ivana said...

Your fabulous posts inspire me each week, Sandy! They are about all I love in life: sparkle, glamour, chic lifestyle, beauty and macarons :) And what inspires me in 2013? Motivating quotes that make me dream beyond the realm of "possible!, Paris (of course), New York and its lifestyle (I really hope to get back there this year!), Vogue's fashion editorials, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and dozens of fabulous bloggers out there! Life is full of inspiration, and I love nothing more than to capture it!

Have the most fantastic 2013, my dear Sandy! I'm looking forward to seeing all the fabulosity around here!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

Jovana Miljanovic said...

Dear Sandy,

I cannot wait for the new website :)

What inspires me right now is: Christmas, fireworks, chocolate, coffee, books, your blog, NYC, London, Zuhair Murad dresses and Kayture blog :)
May you have an amazing 2013 and break the record with number of illustrations made.

Love from Belgrade,

Victoria said...

You quite literally described what inspires me right now - glamour, elegance, class and Paris!

Victoria. X

Fashion-isha said...

Your posts are the PERFECT way to start the week. With Monday being so unglamorous there's nothing more glamorous than coming here. I'm so happy for you your business is taking off you deserve it! Have a the best week!

miss b said...

I am inspired by so much around me but especially amazing cities, fabulous fashion and of course all things French. I am excited to see your new website - I'm sure it will be a wonderful place to visit. Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful 2013.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

happy new year sandy! i'm loving the new ideas! that's going to be so awesome. blogs grow and change! they're an extension of US. if we're not growing or doing the same things then something is terribly wrong. i wish you continued success doll.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Happy New Year Sandy! I wish you much joy, good health and great fortune for this year. I hope you're holidays were wonderful. It sounds like 2013 is off to a marvelous start for you with many exciting things to come. I just know your new site and blog changes will be fabulous especially if we get to see more of your gorgeous illustrations. You're an inspiration :) I'm trying to see 2013 through new eyes and finding inspiration in everyday things cause there is beauty in everything if we really look. It's been quite enlightening.

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Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Happy New Year Sandy.Your Monday morning posts inspire me; the glamour, travel escapism, sparkles, interior design.........everything you incorporate in your posts xx

jill815 said...

I just found your blog through Cashmere Lover and I'm so happy to have found it! I love the pictures you included in this post and I also love your drawings. I am a big fan of fashion illustration, have covered it on my blog, and will continue to post on it this year through new exhibits coming to NYC on the subject! I'm following you starting now and looking forward to seeing more of your work. XO, Jill

Margarita Bloom said...

Happy New Year lovely! I just love coming to your always inspires me! Can't wait to see your new site and all the new things you have planned. *wink*

Coco said...

Sandy I'm very excited about your project and I can't wait to "meet" your clients. What inspires me is: creativity and finds from blogging buddies (to name a few: you, a very sweet blog, the dainty doll's house), wise quotes from people I admire (be them yoga gurus or fashion icons), small things looked at with love, and I'm eager to learn something new every day. Love dear! Coco

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy:-)
New on your blog (thanks to Jill from "everything just so"). I love very much your illustrations: simply adorable. And all your photos are inspirational too... When you think about it, any thing in Paris or New York can be inspirational!
Good luck for your 2013 projects!
Cheers from Florida,
Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

Taj Acosta said...

I love this! And I'm so happy for you! I wish you continued success in the coming year with lots of glamour and frou frou fabulousness! xx -Taj