Welcome to Olive and Bleu.
I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!





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Weekly Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Hi guys! Happy Monday- ok, maybe not so happy here in Dallas- its rainy and gloomy. And well, its Monday. But I'm trying to make the best of it. Time for my weekly bumpdate... 

How far along? 25 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Yep. My sweet mama took me maternity shopping last month and all the cute things I got have been a lifesaver. Also loving lots of the flowy Anthropologie tops I had before I was pregnant and stretchy maxi skirts. 

Symptoms: With the move and all the stuff we've been doing around our new house, my feet have been really sore lately. By the end of the day, I am dying to put them up. Also have been having a little swelling in my legs, ankles and feet, but not too bad. My least fave symptom is the preggo acne I've been battling lately which is so annoying since I finally got my skin cleared up after a lifelong battle. Hopefully it will go away after little bean arrives. Other than those small things, being a bit tired, and some back aches, I feel really good most days! I feel so blessed to be having a pretty east pregnancy so far.

Sleep: Its getting more sporadic. I wake up more, and have to get up at least once a night to pee. I'm also having the weirdest dreams! Like, seriously crazy stuff. Last night, I dreamt that Geoff and I and my family were on some sort of scuba diving expedition to see killer whales. During the scuba training, we had to cut the ears off of rabbits and the legs off of lambs and I freaked out and refused. Anyone else have disturbing pregnancy dreams? They are really freaking me out.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Booze. Yeah, I'm not gonna lie, its tough not being able to have a yummy cocktail during patio and pool season. Oh, and I miss having a waist. The bump can make getting dressed interesting.

Movement: Little bean has been moving on a pretty set schedule these days. She is active in the morning when I wake up and then after I eat lunch and dinner. And any time I eat something sweet she goes nuts.

Food cravings: Sweets- Milano cookies, anything chocolate & ice cream. Any kind of fruit- especially grapes. Also cereal- but this was my all time favorite food before I was preggo, so no surprise there.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope- been eating like a champ. Anything super fatty gives me an upset tum, so I'm trying my best to stick to healthy stuff. Except I can't stay out of the Milanos. Why are those so good?

Have you started to show yet: Oh yes.

Baby is a: Girl!

Belly Button in or out? In. I had a crazy deep belly button pre-pregnancy, so I'm hoping it won't pop out.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm not gonna lie, I've been pretty moody the last few weeks. By the afternoon, I get tired and more grumpy and just want to be left alone. And I have had more weepy spells in the last few weeks. Most recent trip on the hormonal crazy train- We were at our friends Binny and Jay's house for a cookout/pool party on Saturday and I was helping their 2 year old Layla pick a movie on the iPad. She chose The Fox and the Hound. Have you guys seen this? I totally forgot, but the mommy fox get shot in the first 5 minutes and then the little baby fox is left all alone. Can I just tell you I could not stop crying after watching this? 

Looking forward to: My sweet in-laws bought us our crib and we put it together last week, which got me excited about finishing the nursery. I hope to share the mood board I made for the nursery design soon! 

Best moments this week: My parents visited this past weekend and we had such a nice time with them. We spent the weekend doing a little shopping and we ate A LOT. Definitely had pancakes both mornings and some Pacuigo gelato after dinner Saturday night- so yummy. And they were so sweet to get our rocker for us. Its so beautiful and soft- I just love it. We put it in our bedroom for now- we will have baby girl co-sleeping in her pack n play next to the bed for the first few weeks. My mom also bought the baby her first pair of pink Chuck Taylors- they are so tiny and sweet. Its so odd to think that soon we will have a little someone who will fit in them. 



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Life Lately

Hello there! Goodness, I have been away from my little blog so long. You know how it is, life gets busy and you run out of time for things. Like blogging. Oh well, I'm back and I have a ton of new things happening in my life to share. The biggest of all- I'm expecting a baby girl in October! We are so thrilled and can't wait to meet our little chicken. I knew I wanted to blog about my pregnancy and our life as new parents after the baby arrives, and really had intended to start earlier, but I've decided not to worry about it and just begin now. It will be so nice to be able to look back at this exciting, sweet, crazy time in our lives.

Also, hubs and I just bought a beautiful new house that we have been in for 2 weeks now and we are loving it. I have so many fun decorating plans and projects and am so excited to share them with you. 

I'm so happy to be back- more goodness to come!





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Fall Favorites

Its (finally) starting to feel like fall here in Dallas and I couldn't be more excited. The hubs and I spent the weekend curled up on the couch, snuggling under blankets in our pj's, simmering soup on the stove and enjoying a yummy pancake breakfast on Saturday. I can't wait to enjoy some quintessentially fall activities, like baking pies, carving pumpkins and making some pretty fall crafts.
How was your weekend? Do anything fall-ish?

And to kick off my favorite season, here are a few of my favorite fall things...


1. Sleepy Time Vanilla Tea before bed (in my favorite "L" mug)
2. Scarves! Obsessed with Stella & Dot's affordable new line-
    especially this cute elephant print
3. This cardigan. I literally wore it all weekend- its like a cozy robe you're
    allowed to wear in public. 
4. Its finally chilly enough for tights- how cute are these polka dot ones?
5. Leather (or faux.) This H&M skirt is so cute and flirty!


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I'm Back! (and a fun announcement!)

Hello lovelies! Its been forever hasn't it?! I can't believe how long I was gone from my beloved little blog, but then life gets busier than we'd like sometimes, huh? Well I am happy to be back posting and will hopefully have some lovely things to share.

I also have an exciting announcement... I have become a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist and could not be more thrilled! If you are not familiar with Stella & Dot, it is an amzing line of jewelry and accessories sold by independent stylists through at-home trunk sjows and online. I have been a fan of their line for years and wear it often, so I decided to jump right in and share the pieces I love with the people I love. To showcase some of my favorite pieces, I will be doing a weekly feature called One Piece-Three Ways, were I will show how a favorite piece works in three different looks. So, without further ado, here is the very first One Piece-Three Ways piece featuring the Tempest Statement Necklace.

The Tempest Statement Necklace is the ultimate statement piece, blending diverse elements of steel chain, brass cupchain, distressed black acrylic stones, silk ribbon and an intricate brass closure detailed with pave glass stones.

  • Reversible. Clasp can be worn in the back or on the side. 
  • 16" in length plus 2" removable foldover clasp.
  • Lead & nickel safe.

Please visit my Stella & Dot site if you would like to order this piece or any of the other gorgeous baubles! I would love to help you if you have any questions about how to wear specific pieces and would also love to hold a trunk show for you in your own home (I live in Dallas, but am happy to travel anywhere in Texas!) 

Happy Tuesday Pretties!


Tempest Necklace Set 1: Date Night

Tinley Road sleeveless top / J.Crew skirt / Sam Edelman black ankle booties / Stella & Dot Tempest Necklace / Stella & Dot Rhea Bangles



Tempest Necklace Set 2: Weekend Errands

Kain stripe sweater  / Warehouse pocket jacket  / J Brand zipper jeans / TOMS canvas flat  / Rebecca Minkoff cross body shoulder bag / Stella & Dot Tempest Necklace /
Stella & Dot vintage stud earrings



Tempest Necklace Set #3- The Office

Topshop Blouse  / J.Crew polka dot skirt / High heel pumps / Stella & Dot Tempest Necklace / Stella & Dot Serenity Small Drop Earrings  / Revlon lipstick



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Lazy Weekend...

Around here, we spent our long weekend hanging on a patioin the sunshine, buying matching Ray Bans (cute or creepy? hehe...), sleeping in, watching a ton of golf (well, hubs did, I mostly napped on the couch next to him or played on Pinterest...), whipping up some awesomesauce chicken enchiladas from my fave food blog, giving my nails a sparkly girly manicure, and chowing down on some homemade Easter bunny pancakes. And of course celebrating the beautiful gift of our Lord and Savior. Thank you God for the gift of your Son and for a perfect weekend with my hubs.