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!

XO
-L 

 

 


Entries from March 1, 2011 - March 31, 2011

Thursday
Mar312011

Hello Random

Hi Pretties! Happy Pre-Friday!

I warn you, this post is a big pile of random. But I wanted to share, so bear with me. So, I get a text from husband yesterday that he got me a treat. You should know that sometimes he thinks buying me cereal at the grocery store is a treat. Its not. Its just groceries. But don't tell husband- it'll make him sad.

Anywho, when I get home he makes me run around the house doing a present scavenger hunt. He said he would tell me when I'd found all of them. Long story short, after about a half an hour I held in my hands my fave Chobani Greek yogurt (a bulk pack from Costco!), a Where the Wild Things Are T-shirt and one of my favorite things on the planet-Nutella. That man knows me so well.

So after that, we are supposed to run 4 miles to get back on our training schedule. Did we? Um, no. Instead we went to Heaven on earth (ie: Whiskey Cake in Plano) and pigged out on homemade fries, deviled eggs with smoked salmon and capers, the OMG burger and the cheesy chicken melt. Yum.

Check out some fun pics of our adventures above...

I love Random Wednesday Date Night.

And just to continue the randomness, here are some things I am totally obsessed with in or cannot stop daydreaming about...

Pinterest. Hello time suck awesomeness. Check my boards here.

A Cardboard Moose Head for my office. Because...oh hell, why not?

The Devil in The White City by Eric Larson.
(Murder & Architecture- to of my fave things to read about. Should I be concerned?)

This, this and this at Anthro (oh yeah...and this.)

CAN'T WAIT to head to New Orleans (and stay here!) in a month for a bachelorette party. (I've never been...)

My new dress (to wear at said bachelorette party.)

Thinking I want to refinish my old armoire in a lovely grass green

Almost wet my pants laughing at Awkward Stock Photos.

XO
-L 

Wednesday
Mar302011

Currently Craving: Nude Heels with Fun Details

Nude Heels with Fun Details


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Good morning lovelies! I have finally recovered from all of my running soreness, caught up on all my work, freelance, and sleep. I feel like a new woman. A new woman in need of some gorgeous, super high, nude heels. I am in love with all of the gorgeous details on these pretties-from hints of black, eyelet cutout detailing, pops of crimson, patent and ankle straps. Yes, those Zara ankle strap wedges are haunting my dreams right now. Drool. Don't you think I need an "I finished my half marathon and am training for another one" present to myself? Yeah. Me too. (Husband will most likely disagree considering the beating I put on the bank account at LOFT the other day. But it was 30% off EVERYTHING plus I had $100 off in gift cards...can you blame me? I love that you guys are on my side.)
XO
-L 

 

Monday
Mar282011

We did it!!!

So, I used to be a "runner" (emphasis on the quotation marks.) Throughout all of the training and long runs over the last several months I never really felt like a true runner. I was just trying, just one of those people who hoped to be a real runner someday. Well, guess what, now I AM a runner. No quotation marks. 

Yesterday, I finished my first half marathon-along with my hubs (whose 1st time it was as well) and my parents (both seasoned marathon veterans.) It was one of the most rewarding moments of my life. To see everyone there together, all for a beautiful cause, everyone cheering each other on, smiling and laughing-it was a day I will never forget. Breast cancer is a horrible disease, and no one deserves to go through it. I have so much respect and love for all of the survivors (one in particular-KJ!) and those who have battled bravely. The thing that got me through the race was thinking of these amazing women. Thank you everyone for your support and love throughout this journey. I couldn't have done it without you!

So, here's what I learned through the training and half marathon experience:
1. If you really commit, and pray, you can do ANYTHING.
2. It is 50% physical and 50% mental.
3. I am stronger than I think I am.
4. Anyone can be an athlete.
5. My husband and parents are the most amazing people in the world (well, I already knew that.) 

Yes, I am still tired. And really sore. But I can't wait for my next run.

XO
-L 

Friday
Mar252011

Dear Husband...

 

Dear Husband...

Six months ago today, I became your wife. And each day my love and respect for you grows.
These are the vows we spoke then, and they are more true today than ever...

I, Lauren, ask you Geoff, to be my husband

To live together and always laugh together;

To always seek out the best in you;

To support you if bad times come our way

To respect you when we disagree;

And to always remember, how grateful I am to have you as my “true companion”

As long as we both shall live.

I love you with all my heart.

XO
-Wife 

P.S. I can't wait to cross the finish line with you at our half marathon this weekend!

Tuesday
Mar222011

Style File: Posing, Puppy & Poop

Navy Shirtdress: LOFT  |  Braided Belt: Banana  |  Wood Sole Platforms: Lulu's
Neurotic Westie:
Westie Rescue of North Texas 
(If you live in DFW & you are thinking about a shelter dog, call them!
Westies are the bestie! Even when they poop on you...) 

 

One of these things is not like the other...
Um, yeah. Poop. Remember when husband was requesting more pics of Calvin be included on the blog? Its not a dog blog I said. Well, since he is now the man behind the camera, I guess he gets a say...right? But look at these pictures. This is not a dog that wants to be held. Or wants his picture taken. And to prove it he pooped on me during the last photo. Yeah...we didn't post that one. Good times.

At least nothing got on the best dress ever. Seriously. Go buy this NOW. They are just showing red online right now, but I've seen lots of navy in stores.  It is the perfect shirtdress-perfect length, lovely color, nice thick fabric. Loft totally nailed this one. I'm going to live in it all summer. And speaking of LOFT, I am seriously loving their stuff lately-lots of cute work staples and fun summer tops. Plus, it seems like they are always having a sale. LIKE NOW! Extra 50% off all sale!

More on the new fab shoes later...

XO
-L