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!




Entries from January 1, 2010 - January 31, 2010


Fashion Fix Friday: Bows on a Budget

Wouldn't we all love to have a closet full of Louboutins and Manolos? Yeah, but last time I checked my name is not J.Lo or SJP. So, in the interest of my wallet (and my fiance not killing me), I have to shoe shop on a budget. I am using all the wedding parties and fun (ahem, bachelorette party!) to invest in some new fancy footwear, and have fallen in love with a pair of pink Miu Miu's and some gorgeous gold Valentino's. See the originals below and my picks for look-a-likes that we mere mortals can afford.

Happy Friday shoe shopping all!

Miu Miu Bow Pump in Light Pink- $560 (here.)
Totally affordable right? Um.... 

Guess Syria Pink Leather Bow Pump-$69.50 (here.)
Love these! They are the perfect bubble gum pink color, in a rich leather with a yummy girly bow.
I adore the Miu Miu ones, but these are so cute and way more affordable. 


Christian Louboutin Bow T Dorcet (around $900-eek!) but sold out everywhere...
I blame Chloe for my obsession with these. Hot Damn.
But so not in the budget! 

Paris Hilton Senorita Peep Toe Pumps- $89 (here.)
While I really don't want to put extra cash in the socialite's already well-lined pockets (ugh), these are just too cute (and too close to the Valentino's) to ignore. PI adore the pink soles, plus the gold will literally go with everything!


Makeover Time!

Welcome to my new blog! Everyone needs a makeover every once in a while, right? And this little blog is no exception. Which is why I cleaned up, redesigned, and even got my own domain name. Because I am a professional blogger! Ok, maybe not, but I love it and can't wait to share another year of all things pretty with you. So please, come on in and I hope you enjoy!



7 Rules to Understand Design & Designers

I almost passed out from the awesomeness. How lovely would this be in a studio?

I also need these.

That is all.


Currently Obsessing...

Besides all the wedding madness, here's what's taking up precious space in my brain these days..

Can't Stop Coveting...
Ok Tracy Reese. Enough with the adorableness please. We have a honeymoon to pay for! I want everything Tracy Reese makes. EVERYTHING. So maybe I am on a shopping hiatus for a while, but I can still dream, right? Right. Besides, her Frock Line (see some of my faves from the Spring 2010 Collection below) is absolutely fabulous and more affordable than her other collections. And, Daily Candy has a deal- 25% off everything on her site. Just enter Enter code TRDC25 at checkout. WOWZA!

Oh, and while you are at it, oh Magical Shopping Fairy Godmother, I would also like these...
1. Griffin Elan Form Chilewich Case for iPhone 3GS - Gravel (here.)
2. Victoria Pumps in Blush: perfect for making my stubby legs look looooong. (here.)
3. Wicked Tickets (Geoff please?!!! wink...)
4. Incase 13" Hardshell Case for MacBook Pro (here.)
5. Faceted Mirror Side Table (here.)
6. All Seasons Shirtdress (here.)
7. Know Your Anemone Dress (here.)

Can't stop Sketching...
One of my blog-girl-crushes, Jessica of What I Wore introduced me to my next obsession. My Fashionary is my new favorite activity/relaxation tool. I forgot how much I love sketching-and this genius little tool has allowed me to combine my love of art with my love of fashion into one neat little portable notebook. I literally carry it everywhere now. It has a ton of reference material in the front as well: from online fashion resources to body measurements to standard
sizing guidelines. Check out some of Jessica's gorgeous sketches here, and you can see some of mine below. Get your own Fashionary here-its so much fun!

Hope you all are having a lovely day!


Green Wedding Shoes

Ok, I know its bad luck for the groom to see the wedding dress before the ceremony... but is it bad luck for the groom to see your wedding shoes? I say no. On that note, I just got my wedding shoes in the mail-and I am so excited! Aren't they so cute? While I tend to be a high-heel girl (the higher the better, I say) we are having an outdoor wedding and I am afraid my heels would sink into the grass. Plus, these will be so much easier to dance the night away in! And, green is my all time fave color, and I am having a green sash made for my dress as well, so the look is all coming together...I love the look of this green sash (below) with the flower at the waist-I will be sporting a similarly fabulous look at our nuptials.

While we are on the subject of Green Wedding Shoes...that also happens to be the name of a wedding blog I have become obsessed with. Visit Jen, a newly wed herself, as she explores all things matrimony-chic. Thank you for your constant stream of inspiartion Jen-I can't get enough!