With the exception of dog motifs, mass-produced theme fashion and decor doesn’t stick to me. I tend to avoid overly trendy picture patterns because of how predictable they can be. That being said, I have found myself envying those who have “a thing”.
My sister’s thing is owls, and best friend’s thing is Hello Kitty. Even though I love dogs, I am picky about what I like. For example; put an oil-painted dachshund on a mug, and I’ll fight the urge to take it home, but a french bulldog with hipster glasses and a bowtie on a towel is quickly glanced over.
I have always lived in the midwest city of Cincinnati. Here, we get all four seasons. Lots of foliage in the warm months, and plenty of snow in the cold ones.
Last May, during my first trip to Arizona, something within me stirred. I saw for the first time a plethora of plants in their natural habitat that I had never seen outside niche nature collections.
Here, in the land of the desert, the cactus found its way into my heart.
The colors are fun, and bright. Some are cute and stubby, while others are tall and strong. There are endless variations!
I love a monochromatic color scheme, which are often utilized in variations of green when multiple cacti are used in one piece. On top of that, many bloom lovely colored flowers with an extra pop of statement color.
I find the cactus a refreshing take on nature-inspired patterns and motifs. The floral pattern has been done a thousand ways, but the cactus has yet to reach its full potential.
The cactus is a great pattern for summer style, clearly because of its relation to the desert. Cali style has ruled the summer for as long as I can remember, but the cactus brings out the summer vibes and reminds us where the sun really shines.
I love any break from monotony. The cactus is truly inspired, and speaks a clear message, “Its hot, but I like it.”
If you’ve been eyeing some cacti for yourself, but haven’t quite narrowed down the search, let me help by directing you to a few great cactus finds that are guaranteed to up the cute-factor in your life:
The Sleeveless Cactus Print Top – $13.95
Ready to rock the cactus in your wardrobe? Check out this adorable summer top with a tall cactus and various flower blooming patterns. The large print pattern keeps the top from being too busy, but makes for a great statement piece.
The broadcloth tee comes in three great colors, too; black, orange, and white. Careful, you might need all three!
The Retro Cactus Bandage Bikini – $16.99
If you don’t already know, I love swimwear, and this bikini from Amazon is adorable. This cactus is round and stacks on top of itself with lovely pink floral blooms. Its totally cute, and the variations in pattern makes it interesting to look at (other than being 100% hott).
It comes in white and blush pink. Personally, I am a blush pink fan!
Cactus Stud Earrings – $10
A personal favorite, and cactus must; the stud earring! They are simple, elegant, and freaking adorable. The most non-chalant way to show the world you’re a lover of cacti.
Get these in gold, rose gold, or silver. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.
Watercolor Cactus Leather Wallet – $28.99
If you’re one who likes to match their bag/wallet to the season, consider adding the cactus wallet this summer. This minimal wallet sports a watercolor cactus pattern with light pastel colors.
I Will Survive Cactus Air Freshener – $7
Itching for cactus outside the wardrobe? Take a gander at this lovely cactus air freshener charm. If cacti wasn’t already cute enough, this charm makes a punny joke to all your friends!
This one is great because it can double as a gift for friends. It shows them how trendy you can be.
Really though, who doesn’t like air fresheners?
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My recommendation is to keep an eye out for this prickly little cutie as it continues to grow in popularity and is adorned on a wider variety of products.