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!





Me, in 3's

So, I found this cute little survey on http://4designerd.blogspot.com/ and decided to put on my partici-pants! here we go...

1. What are the last 3 things you purchased?
• gas
• oatmeal, soup, & milk
• wine

What are the last 3 songs you downloaded?
• A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
• Birds - Kate Nash
• A CAse of You - Allison Crowe

3. Where were the last 3 places you visited?
• Dallas, TX
• Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Lubbock, TX

4. What are your 3 favorite movies?
• Love Actually
• French Kiss
• Something's Gotta Give

5. What are your 3 favorite possessions?
• Ellie Mae (she's more of a child, but whatever...)
• my collection of my grandmothers beaded cocktail bags
• photos of all my adventures

6. What 3 things can you not live without?
• my family & friends
• Geoff
• Carbs & Wine

7. What would be your 3 wishes?
• marry my best friend
• travel all over the world
• own my own wildly successful boutique

8. What are 3 things you have not done yet?
• gotten married
• had kids
• been to France

9. What are your 3 favorite dishes?
• Creme Brulee
• Pasta
• anything my mom makes

10. Name 3 things that freak you out.
• tiny holes all together (http://www.unusualphobias.com/clusters.html)
• anyone close to me dying
• pork

11. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
• creative
• neurotic
• loving

12. What are 3 things you are currently coveting?
• a clean, super-organized closet
• my boyfriend to move to Austin
• everything at Anthropologie


Project Hooray!

Its back!! Finally! Project Runway, aka "The Best Show Ever", is back on! Last night's premiere was awesome! BTW, if you haven't seen it and you don't want to know what happens you should stop reading right now...OK, so, I am so pumped that (almost) everyone on this season is pretty much already a bad-ass. Like Wesley- who interned for Marc Jacobs, or Kelli- who owns he own boutique. Love them. My favorite so far is Kenley- I loved her Grocery store get-up and her pin-up red lipstick and headbands style. I loved her dress so much- she really should have gotten higher marks...
Kenley's design- My favorite!

Cutie-Pie Kenley

My other favorites were Kelli- who won. This was a seriously adorable dress made from vacuum bags for heavens sake! And, she used the spiral part of a notebook for the clasps in the back- genius.

Kelli's winning design

I also loved Korto's gorgeous yellow dress- I am waiting to see if her personality grows on me (Geoff agrees) but I can tell she has some serious design chops.

Korto's design

OK, we HAVE to talk about Blayne. First of all, does every season of this show have to have a buzz phrase? I got so sick of Christian (though I heart him) saying "Fierce" all last season...and now Blayne is trying to get "Girlicious" thrown in there-its just not OK. And, this thing he made (see below) was so alarming. I thought this poor girl looked like some sort of woodland creature with a furry tummy on its way to a rave. Or someone who needed a serious bikini wax. Also not OK. Personally, I think Blayne deserved to go home for this- at least poor Jerry (who has a bad attitude, but can still make lovely clothes) had some sort of design aesthetic- even if it was psycho killer meets hospital worker.

Blayne's frightening concoction

All-in-all I though thew show was so much fun- can't wait to see what happens next week!

The cast waiting to run into the store


I Can Has Ellie Mae

Ok, anyone who knows me well knows that I love I Can Has Cheezburger. (http://icanhascheezburger.com/) A lot. Seriously- if I am having a yucky day, nothing makes me happier that adorable kitties! And then I get to go home and see the most adorable kitty of all! Ellie Mae, my furry child, is the best company and also a genius (insert crazy cat lady joke here.) Please enjoy some pics of my baby....
Ellie's favorite toy besides her scratchy pad

She's shy...

Happy kitty on her scratchy pad

laundry day

Posing for her "portrait"...


Bazaar Dreams

My name is Lauren and I live in an apartment. With all white walls. Sadface. I have to be honest, there are few things I hate more than the generic box that is inherently an apartment. But, since I will be there a while longer, I have decided to freshen up (and brighten up) my bedroom. I am so inspired by Selina Lake's new book "Bazaar Style." It is so chock full of yummy patterns and lovely color combinations. Which is exactly the route I plan to go in the bedroom spiffing-up department. I can't wait to get my copy! Please enjoy some other sources of yummy bedroom inspiration:

Selina Lake's new book "Bazaar Style."

From Selina Lake's "Flea Market Boudoir"

by Selina Lake

by Selina Lake
I adore these "Love Pillows"-also available at Urban Outfitters...

From Pink Loves Brown's Blog "Making It Lovely"
I adore her whole house!
Visit more pics of the cute little bungalow at http://makingitlovely.com/photos/
And her kitties are ADORABLE!
From Martha Stewart.com

From Anthropologie.com

From Anthropologie.com


Lunch(less) Lady

I always have the best intentions when it comes to lunch. I have these visions of unpacking fresh fruit, homemade soups and wraps and yummy salads to eat at my desk as I read design mags with my feet up. This relaxing lunch fantasy, however, has yet to come to pass. First of all, I am usually running out of the house in the morning, just grateful to be dressed. Sometimes I show up to work with mascara on only one eye...all this said, my morning routine is harried already, so there is no way I have time to organize my fantasy lunch and make it out the door in time. Plus, I have nothing to carry it in. Enter the oilcloth lunch bag (thank you Martha)! I bought some oilcloth at Craft-O-Rama (my absolute favorite craft and fabric store in Austin) and cannot wait to make this Cutie-Pie lunch bag. Now, I will have a way to organize my yummy lunches and maybe even make it out the door with food in tow.

The pattern is available at the following link: