Monday, May 20, 2013

PRETTY THINGS

Have you ever thought about how many times every week
things cross our paths that we fleetingly acknowledge as pretty
and then go on about our lives?
Maybe we should start a PRETTY journal,
sort of like the better-known grateful journal ...
to make note of all of the many lovely things that
we notice on any given day.

I can't imagine a world without pretty.
They don't have to be big dramatic things ...
even though they sometimes are.
Here are a just a few of the pretty things 
that have met my eyes and were remembered lately ... 

My first pretty thing was SO pretty
that I had to illustrate it ...
this gorgeous glazed and dreamy Christian Dior floral skirt
reminded me of watercolors the moment I saw it on Pinterest,
so you know I had to create it in watercolor.
This bit of prettiness is from 
Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2013
and the tight black tee and flouncy black scarf
are the perfect accompaniment ...


For a different type of prettiness,
if you follow me on Instragram 
you may have seen two of the following three
personal photos of pretty things
snapped in the last few days ...

In the first,
as the sun was setting one evening, this crabapple tree in my backyard
with all of its white flowers seemed to glow
as I watched from the side porch swing ...

... and when those white petals fell, it looked exactly like big handfuls of confetti
being thrown and landing on the backyard path ...

Sometimes even a mid-afternoon snack can
beg to be photographed ...
this glossy and juicy pineapple was as pretty
as it was delicious ...

Speaking of Instagram,
three of the lovelies that I follow there
 never fail to fill my i-phone screen with
NYC PRETTINESS on a regular basis ...
I love their snapped glimpses of New York
(a city you know I adore).
Following are the Instagram links to each and
a photo that they recently posted ...
The first of these is @jessikaholiday ...

... the next is @iviwolf


and the third is @katiearmour ...


And we all know
there's so much beauty on Pinterest,
I had to include just a little of the prettiness that I've pinned lately ...
... you may think these gloves are real, but they're not ...
they're the decorations on the top of a cake ...

... what is it about macarons that makes them so pretty? ...

via

... I love a photo that makes you wonder what the accompanying
storyline would be ... and whatever the storyline would be for this image,
I'm sure it's as deliciously pretty as the picture ...

If you're like me, chocolate is always pretty ...
and this pretty Chocolate Truffle Tart is a good example ...
 
via

Whatever the new week holds,
I hope it's filled with pretty things!
Till next Monday ...

OOH LA FROU FROU
is the blog of illustrator SANDY M

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10 comments:

A Well Styled Life said...

I love the idea of a pretty journal. I think I'll start a "Just Pretty" board on Pinterest. Thanks for the idea.
Have a lovely week!

Kim Alston said...

I really like the idea of a pretty journal. I think our blogs serve that purpose also. They capture everything we love. Beautiful illustrations and pictures Sandy. I love those gloves. Have a great week!

InesMrs.Venus said...

Good Morning, Lovely,
I don't know Pinterest and I don't understand how to get an instagram. I am not a technical genius... I avoid to have too much technical things and things in www in my life.
But my beauty experiences are saved in my brain and in my heart. But I enjoy everything in my life and there are soooooooo many beautiful things. Sometimes only little moments can be a great and divine . But I think you know what I mean. You are an artist and able to see things, other one aren't able to see... Your posts show this every week... :-)
Your new illustration is as wonderful as always. So your pics. Beauty in every way. The cake is amazing !
Enjoy your life this week and save your beauty moments...
Love, Ines

Debra said...

Good am Sandy! What lovely pictures. Thank you for starting my week off with a little beauty. :) All of the above make me feel serene. And your illustration is the icing on the cake dear. Much affection!

Debra@stylewisebydebra.com

Fashion-isha said...

You're so right. If we would just pay attention to the little things in life we would all be so happy! Have a wonderful week Sandy!
xo
Sharon

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

That is a lovely idea Sandy...I guess I use tumblr as my
pretty journal for the most part. Love all your images, especially that gorgeous Dior illustration you did! Hope that you are off to a wonderful new week!

xo Mary Jo

Fashionista622 said...

All these photos are "Pretty" Sandy, but my favorite is your Dior inspired illustration. You captured the beauty of it all. A pretty journal is always such a great idea. :)

Have a great week! xoxo

Maria
http://www.onestyleatatime.com/

miss b said...

You always manage to find images which are not only pretty but a little different too as shown in the cake with the gloves decoration! That's so unusual. I have a board on Pinterest called Pretty Things as I too enjoy pretty details. As always, your illustration is wonderful.

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Dearest friend .... So true the small things really are what makes life good.... Inspiration is all around us, if we only slow down for a few moments... Xo C. (HHL)

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! your images never fail to have me gasping in awe. I love that photo of your apple tree and the lake glistening. Is it a year you've been in your new home yet?