THE GIFT OF THE CACTI

Cacti and succulent are really having their moment in the sun right now. Maybe it's because of their most forgiving nature, or that they offer such an array of color and greenery without depleting our water resources.  Either way, they're popping up all over the place.  Who wouldn't love these cheery, tough plants?!

FLOWER POWER

Spring has finally sprung and that means flowers are blooming everywhere! Light green buds are beginning to burst through the ground, the weather is getting warmer and layers of clothing are lightening.  Floral patterns will always be classic and can bridge the gap between modern and traditional. These are a few of my favorite looks without the allergens.

Dark floral dress with mesh boat neck top @ Modcloth.com

Dark floral dress with mesh boat neck top @ Modcloth.com

Floral wooden bangles @ Etsy.com

Floral wooden bangles @ Etsy.com

Painted floral clutch @ nestprettythings.com

Painted floral clutch @ nestprettythings.com

Patent leather floral pumps on Pinterest.com

Patent leather floral pumps on Pinterest.com

Red floral stud earrings @ Etsy.com

Red floral stud earrings @ Etsy.com

Hand painted floral on python @ StuartWeitzman.com

Hand painted floral on python @ StuartWeitzman.com

Hand painted floral cookies, available in my shop!

Hand painted floral cookies, available in my shop!

Seriously, buy them. Love you.

Seriously, buy them. Love you.

Sissinghurst Castle dinnerware @ Anthropologie.com

Sissinghurst Castle dinnerware @ Anthropologie.com

Floral Madeleine shirt @ emmastine.com

Floral Madeleine shirt @ emmastine.com

Floral watercolor tattoo @ Pinterest.com

Floral watercolor tattoo @ Pinterest.com

Floral wedding dress @ Jennifergifforddesigns,com

Floral wedding dress @ Jennifergifforddesigns,com

Floral wedding dress @ Weddingpartyapp.com

Floral wedding dress @ Weddingpartyapp.com

Dark floral gown @ Pinterest.com

Dark floral gown @ Pinterest.com

Floral nails @ Pinterest.com

Floral nails @ Pinterest.com

Amrapali Wallpaper @ Designersguild.com

Amrapali Wallpaper @ Designersguild.com

Embrace the springtime and throw on something floral. It's not all Laura Ashley anymore. From housewares to foot ware, floral is ushering spring in with style. It will automatically boost your spirits and bring the sunshine in!

TULLE FOOL

I LOVE TULLE!  It's like wearing cotton candy on your person.  Tulle has this wonderful sense of playfulness and whimsy and, when mixed with the right pieces, can be elegant and chic.  I very often mix my flowy tulle skirts with a leather motorcycle jacket and boots.  The key is to mix soft and hard, full with fitted. Here are my favorite looks and how you can mix tulle into your life.

Gah, this picture is like poetry to me!

Gah, this picture is like poetry to me!

Tulle comes in all colors. She looks like a modern day princess!

Tulle comes in all colors. She looks like a modern day princess!

An elegant way to wear tulle that harkens back to yesteryear.

An elegant way to wear tulle that harkens back to yesteryear.

Tulle gone country!

Tulle gone country!

Gorgeous gown! What an amazing wedding dress.

Gorgeous gown! What an amazing wedding dress.

LEATHER WEATHER

So wearing leather has lost the bawdy stigma of the past.  It is no longer just for the outlaws or the goth club kid.  Wearing leather can even be pretty, just try mixing a tulle skirt with a motorcycle jacket!  My style philosophy as a woman is to wear something that makes me feel feminine but I try to make sure it has a little edge to it.  I want it to be known that I can kick your ass if needed, but I will be wearing heels.  These are easy ways to style leather, they also make great faux leather these days so don't fret my vegan friends!

Alice + Olivia leather leggings  There are a ton of really inexpensive leather look leggings this season.  Just opt for something with low sheen and a velvety feel and you'll fool them!

Alice + Olivia leather leggings

There are a ton of really inexpensive leather look leggings this season.  Just opt for something with low sheen and a velvety feel and you'll fool them!

Missoni leather jacket  This is just as easy as throwing on a open drape cardigan. It's comfortable and sexy!

Missoni leather jacket

This is just as easy as throwing on a open drape cardigan. It's comfortable and sexy!

Leather pants the casual way.  Pair this outfit with colorful flats and run your errands.

Leather pants the casual way.  Pair this outfit with colorful flats and run your errands.

I love this leather dress. It's prim with the high neckline and universally flattering with an A-line  skirt. Pair with a colorful floral scarf and some flats for a daytime look.  

I love this leather dress. It's prim with the high neckline and universally flattering with an A-line  skirt. Pair with a colorful floral scarf and some flats for a daytime look.  

This is how you wear leather to work.  The idea is to keep it fitted but not skin tight.  That drapey cardigan and simple tee soften the whole ensemble.

This is how you wear leather to work.  The idea is to keep it fitted but not skin tight.  That drapey cardigan and simple tee soften the whole ensemble.

So be brave and give leather a try.  I think you'll be surprised at the confidence that it gives you.