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Designed by Contributing Editor, Allise Shingle

Fresh off of Coachella with summer in sight, desert inspired style, decor, accessories, and art are particularly hot right now. (See what I did there? Hot – summer, desert, cacti. wink wink!) Bad puns aside, we’ve rounded up our favorite cactus inspired items should you want to throw this trend into your current style. Believe us, it wasn’t easy to narrow down!

A neutral tote is a necessity. A cactus tote is just awesome. This one found at The Future Kept.

I’m a bit of a hand cream addict and I find that all Illume products are particularly luxurious. Their lavish hand cream in any scent is…well, lavish! Our pick: Illume Cactus Verde Lavish Hand Creme pictured above. Buy it online or stop in Anthropologie.

Postcards are a lost (and missed) sentiment! Send them, receive them, buy them, and as I like to do – frame them and hang them! Cute postcards make great, inexpensive art for your home. These cactus postcards come in a set of 8 4×6 prints for only $12! Too great, right?

Accessorize your accessories! Keep your gadgets on trend with this cactus phone case. I love the simple blue and mint green design, and that it’s not too feminine. Other options that caught our eye can be found on Brika and Keep.

Pillows are the easiest way to inexpensively change up your decor or color scheme. Throw this cactus pillow on a chair or two and it will quickly add a summer vibe to your home. (And who doesn’t want it to feel like summer?)

Simple gold necklaces go with everything and are the best, classiest “everyday” necklaces to have. Change it up with this cactus shape pendant from JewelMint.

If you don’t have a green thumb, go with succulents! If you live in California, we’re in a drought, so definitely go with succulents! If you’re looking for a good hostess or housewarming gift, go with succulents in this wooden planter. It’s simple, chic, modern, and neutral enough to lend itself to any household decor. It’s a pricier planter, but definitely worth it!

Everyone has a denim shirt (right?), but a denim shirt with a light cactus print takes it up a knotch. Pair it with a cute skirt, tie it in a knot (if that’s your thing), and boom – you’re ready, comfortable, and on point!

If you don’t want desert themed overload in your home, this pretty watercolor print is a simple and light way to fold the trend into your current scheme. The print we picked is $30 from The Aestate. Warning: while you’re there, you will be tempted to blow your budget. Everything she does is absolutely beautiful.

If you’ve seen some great cactus products yourself and think we’ve completely missed out, let us know in the comment section!

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Profound, simple, classy, gorgeous, clean and inspiring…

I could go on and on about my feelings for Bianca Cash’s work. She graciously answered my ever-so-curious questions about her career, style, and how (and where) she comes up with her beautiful and original quotes, plus how long they actually take her. Come to find out, her effortlessly gorgeous prints aren’t effortless at all.

Tell me a little bit about how you got into the art of typography and illustration? Was it something you were always good at and enjoyed?

I was generally never really good at school, but I always did well in art class and by the time I finished year 12, I knew that graphic design was something I loved. I have always loved handwritten type but I only started exploring ink typography about three or so years ago. I was in my first year of my graphic design course and one of my classes was drawing. I started to play with ink and kept writing. I wouldn’t say I was great at it when I first started. It’s taken a lot of practice and my style has evolved a lot. I think also having a graphic design background, it helps with my typography work.

When did you decide to turn this passion into a career?

I’ve wanted to be a graphic designer probably since I was in high school. When I finished high school I decided to take a different path and somehow ended up in administration and fundraising in a few different nonprofit organizations for several years. I got to a point where I just wasn’t happy within that industry and had a friend tell me that I just needed to study what I love. It was a scary step but I ended up studying graphic design for two years and ended up in third year Communication Design, which I have started part-time (very part-time) this year, as I’m freelancing full-time as well.

Your art is simple yet profound. How do you decide what you want to illustrate? Do you come up with your own quotes, do you read things that jump out at you, or both? 

Thank you so much – that really means a lot. Honestly.. I’m not sure. A lot of what I write and post online, is personal. It’s something I have learned, it’s something I have/am going through. It’s something I believe in and feel passionately about. They often pop into my mind when I’m driving or in the shower haha.

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Even her “work mess” is pretty! | photo via instagram

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Everything you do looks effortlessly pretty. How long does a typical illustration take you? 

It can really vary. Sometimes I get it at first go or second, other times I write it out a lot.. like a lot. Anywhere from 10 – 50 times. I’m a perfectionist so that really adds to the time. It can take anywhere from an hour to eight. Sometimes I’ll write a piece out and revisit it the next day, or a week later or even six months later.

Just because I’m curious, how would you describe your style? Often someone’s personal fashion style transcends into their work.

I like to think I’m quite minimalistic, classic but playful. Two of my favourite clothing stores here in Australia are Gorman and Country Road. Gorman has some crazy awesome colourful patterns and Country Road has a lot of classics. I own a lot of stripes. I can’t help it..

BiancaCash_work1Lastly, would you say this is your dream job? If not, what would be?

I think this is my dream job… Though it always has to be evolving and changing. Also it’s important to know that dream job doesn’t mean it’s not hard and has it’s lows. It can be exhausting being your own boss and I’m in a constant state of learning. But for the most part I am really thankful I get to do this.

If you don’t follow Bianca on instagram, 1. you should, 2. you have most likely seen her work from the many re-posts of other girl-blogger favorites. Her illustrations are too beautiful not to share, and her messages…well, similar to kindness, should be “thrown around like confetti.”

You can see more of her amazing work on instagram, or buy prints directly from her website. While you’re there, you’ll see that she is not only an amazing artist, but an insanely talented photographer. This girl’s a vessel of limitless creativity, a business woman paving her own path, and a career crush for any Polished Press follower.

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Polished Picks : Poolside Edition

Every good tan starts with a good bikini! This Target bandeau two-piece has removable straps to avoid unwanted tan lines when basking in the sun, and to provide support when frolicking in the water (Baywatch-style, of course). It’s the perfect print for the season, and totals at about $45 combined for the top and bottom. Need more support? It also comes in a halter! Hallelujah!

Dry off and lay out on this Turkish towel beauty from Serena & Lily. I normally would laugh at a towel costing $48, but a Turkish towel is versatile and will last. It will look classic, and most-likely brand new years down the line, and can be used as a light throw blanket indoors or outdoors. It can be worth the cost. Still laughing? There are lots of cute, inexpensive options linked here at Target and Macy’s.

Rihanna can pull off hoop earrings and a belly chain in the water, but let’s be real – it’s not the most practical. Keep your accessories light and easy with this $7 neutral hat from Forever21, timeless eye-wear, and simple gold studs. For added style, go tropical with the pineapple studs above from Bing Bang NYC because…well, why the heck not?

Reading material is must for long tanning sessions. I’m magazine-obsessed and eagerly await each issue of Domino magazine. Naturally, the color issue out now will be with me poolside for many weekends to come (even after I read it, I will read it again). It’s perfect to get you in the spring/summer mood and out of the dark winter vibes.

Skip the oil (always) and tan gradually with sunscreen in high numbers. Relax – it’s March – you have plenty of sunny days ahead. Don’t tan too quickly when your skin is at its lightest and most sensitive. Neutrogena provides great coverage, but the scent of Hawaiian Tropic just sings summer, pool, and beach weather. I love them both.

Speaking of the beach: If you don’t live near one, bring the beach to you by swapping out some framed photos with one or two calming, tropical prints like the one above by Murray Mitchell. Look for prints that coordinate or complement the colors in your home, and you’ll feel a little closer to the beach every time you see it.

Last, but never least – serve yourself a cocktail, a make it pretty! Recipe for the pink babe in the photo is below.

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– 2 parts Burnett’s Pink Lemonade

– 2 parts lemonade

– Splash of sparkling water

– Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

– Drink up and refill!

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Gloomy L.A. weather has me feeling (or craving) blue in the best way. Inspired by dreamy constellations, above are my blue and star-like picks.

A solid blue rug is surprisingly neutral. The Loloi Byron rug in Bluestone above is pricey for me, but the Crate and Barrel Baxter rug in Indigo is a more budget-friendly alternative and still great quality.

This simple, modern, gold chandelier is delicate, not too dramatic, but still a stand-out statement fixture.

A painted pillow can be a unique addition to any couch, and add interest against solid colors.

These Nalani blue heels from Sole Society are professional with just enough badass-ness to wear around the office. I need them!

Constellation jewelry can be dainty, different, and personal. There are a lot of options on Etsy, like the Aries necklace pictured above, but Baublebar has also caught on to the trend with their constellation ear crawler and stud.

With jewelry as pretty as that, you’ll need a beautiful jewelry dish to set them in, such as this one from Suite One Studio. Anything and everything from on that site is a stunning one-of-a-kind piece. If you see something you love, buy it! There will never be another one exactly like it.

Lastly, my constellation obsession started while searching for blue art to dress my walls. I came across this beautiful watercolor print on The Aestate and it was love! Even better, you can buy each zodiac sign as it’s own individual print from their etsy shop. If blue isn’t your color, you can find the black and white options below from GirlAndParrot.

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Other gorgeous zodiac prints can be found on Minted by the talented Annie Clark. These three words – watercolor & gold foil – make my eyes widen with excitement. See for yourself!

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Now excuse me while I spend these rainy days online shopping!

Bio_3When I envisioned starting this blog, I pictured a site that would inform as much as it would inspire, and look as “polished” and put-together as we all strive to be when presenting ourselves; a site that represents who I aspire to be and highlights the people I admire.

As I began writing questions for the many Career Crushes that I plan to feature, I at some point decided to try and answer these questions myself. Had I done that from the beginning, I would have realized they aren’t easy. Nonetheless, if I expect others to dig deep on the lessons they’ve learned from their career path, share their best advice, and reveal their dreams for the future – I should be able to do the same.

About me: I’m 31, currently working at E! News as the Segment Production Coordinator. After almost 4 years with E! News, I still struggle to explain what I do. In general, the segment producers and I are the liaisons between E! News and network, studio, and personal publicists (and more). We pitch new ideas, book and produce shoots, read scripts daily, “put out fires,” correct errors, scramble for last minute materials, negotiate exclusives, work the red carpets, and are on email 24/7.

The challenges of my job: Accepting that news never stops, not even for my dinner or my weekend plans. When I first started in this position, the concept of having to check my email on the weekend made me cringe. It still does. I’ve gotten used to it and I’m much better at prioritizing what is urgent and what can wait.

Most tedious part of my job: Calendars, and ever-changing excel grids. This might be TV, but it’s still a job and there will always be documents to fill out and keep up.

Favorite part of my job: I love that every day is different. I love that I have the opportunity to be creative and to create. I love working red carpets. I love the stress and rush of tight daily deadlines (I understand that’s not normal, but I do). I love that I am constantly meeting new people, and I especially love when I get the chance to meet and work with someone whose work I have admired since I was a kid. In those moments, its like my childhood dreams have come full circle and I feel like I am in the right place. (Cheesy, I know).

What I’ve learned about myself since starting this position: I learned quickly that I wasn’t as great as I thought I was. When I came in, I thought I was quick, but I wasn’t quick enough. I thought I had great confidence, but at times when that confidence would have served me well, I was intimidated. I thought I was a go-getter, but no matter how much I did there was so much I felt I wasn’t doing. Now, I’m quicker. I am more confident, and sometimes even fearless. I am stronger – I can handle criticism and negative personalities, no problem. Most importantly, I don’t let other people get the best of me. I just don’t.

Best Advice I’ve been given: “If you don’t have your health, you will never have all the things you are trying so hard to achieve.” When I was in college, after recently being diagnosed with Lupus, I was juggling a full schedule at Cal State Fullerton, a managers position at The Limited, and commuting over an hour to an in internship in LA throughout the week. I spent a lot of time shooting, editing, and writing news packages for school, and I took three internships back-to-back to gain production experience and connections. Add in a social life, and I was busy – I was a college student! I remember one day, while talking to my mom and grandmother about all that I had to do, they were of course concerned that I wasn’t getting enough rest. My grandmother turned to me and said, “You know Lauren, if you don’t have your health, you will never have all of these things that you’re trying so hard to achieve.” She was so right. I already knew that (how could I not?), but it had never been put in such perspective. I have never forgotten those words, and I often have to remind myself to slow down, or completely stop to take care of myself when I am trying to do too much.

Best advice I would give: Don’t be so focused on one career goal that you overlook so many other great opportunities. I interview a lot of college students that are on the brink of entering their careers, and so often, when I ask them about their career goals they say, “I want to be the next Giuliana Rancic.” No joke – they actually say that to me. Or, “I am willing to put in time as a PA, but I ultimately want to be on camera.” I have so many problems with this. First of all, “I am willing to put in my time as a PA” – you should want to put in your time as a PA. You will learn so much! Second, you most likely will have to, so be more than willing – be excited to be a P.A. Third, if your ultimate career goal is to be at E!, why are you trying to start here? I got my start at a smaller network, and because there were so few of us I was able to do so much more. I gained so much hands-on experience, and I credit that experience to helping me land my job at E! If your ultimate goal is to work at any big network, focus on getting a job at a smaller network first – you will learn more and move up a lot quicker. And lastly, just because I have to: want your own path and envision it as your own. Don’t go into an interview and say you want to be the next anyone. Be able to elaborate on the experience you want to achieve.

Ultimate Career Goal: I  have a lot of goals, but I don’t have one “ultimate” goal right now. I did earlier in my career, but it changed and now I don’t know that I want one. I don’t want to see an end point. I’m at a place where I want to try so many different things and explore new opportunities. To pick an ultimate career goal right now feels like I might be limiting myself. You really never know how far you can get.

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My 5 everyday work essentials?  Coffee (always), my phone, a notebook, my planner, magazines (for constant inspiration and just because), hand cream and lip balm. (sorry that’s 6)

Favorite work style accessories?  Cute notepads and my indestructible black bag. I’ve used it every day for over a year and it still looks and feels brand new.

DSC_1156How would you describe your at-work fashion?   Whether I’m dressy or casual depends on my mood, but I’m always simple. I love color and neutrals equally, but I’m not too big on patterns or mixing too many tones. I always wear earrings, a simple necklace, and my nails are always painted.

Who is your fashion or style icon and why?  Blake Lively and Olivia Palermo. Both ladies always look effortlessly put-together and classy.

My career crushes and why: Beyonce – no explanation needed. Oprah, because she’s built an empire from being herself (and a damn good businesswoman). Robin Roberts because she amazes me. Carson Daly because he’s genuine and just great at his job(s). Eva Chen, because she’s the EIC of Lucky Magazine which already sounds like a dream, and based on her instagram, she has a lot of fun doing it. There are so many others.

If you have any career crushes of your own, please comment! I look forward to sharing inspirational features with you, introducing you to new people, businesses, and ideas, and creating a space that is both visually pleasing and uplifting.

Thank you so much for reading!

Love, Lo.

 

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50 Shades of Grey is all the hype this weekend, but let’s be honest – nude is better.

A nude polish is always a classic go-to, and Julep is one of my favorite brands. Try this color, Florence, or find any other shade on their site.

The Rochas Tote is far out of my price range, but simple handbags are easy to come by and a staple to have.

Who can resist a sexy, yet classy bralett. Even if no one sees it, you can’t help but feel pretty in this: Bat Your Eyelash Bra in Peach Quartz by Free People.

A nude strappy sandal needs no explanation – it goes with everything! Same with a comfy nude sweater. One as light-weight as this from Luulla can also be worn year-round.

 

When in doubt, or simply whenever – go nude!

 

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You may just be learning her name, but if you’re a viewer of E! News or have tuned in even a few times over the past 6 years, you are very familiar with her work. At 31, Linda has a job that, well, many of us hustling LA youngsters dream of. As a Segment Producer for E! News, she is not only booking the big names (Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton to name few), but she’s also the liaison between E! News and the music and television publicists that she’s in constant communication with; whether that’s to lock an interview, confirm details on breaking stories, soothe relationships, or simply to schedule a time for drinks. It’s a 24/7 job, and she tends to makes it look easy. Don’t be fooled, however. Linda will be the first one to tell you, while she loves her job (and kicks ass at it), it’s not all Hollywood glamor (just sometimes).

What would you say is the most tedious part of your job?   My job requires constant attention to emails so a lot of time is dedicated to checking my phone and having to respond to emails as soon as possible.

What is the biggest challenge?   I would say time management can be challenging, only because sometimes, I feel like there is not enough time in the day.   I want to be everywhere and meet everyone I can but it’s difficult to try to do everything when it’s busy in the office.

Is this what you went to school for? If not, how did you get where you are?  It’s not what I went to school for but I always knew I wanted to work in entertainment.  I started interning at different companies to get my foot in the door and gain experience.

What is your favorite part of your job?   I love to see an idea or shoot come to life.   We all work hard together to make sure a shoot goes go smoothly so it’s always satisfying to see the product of great teamwork.   I also am thankful for the people I get to meet and the friendships that have come out of work.

What have you learned about yourself since starting in your career?   I learned that I take my work very seriously and want everyone to be happy.   It can be difficult to please everyone but I try to always have good communication.

Best career advice you’ve been given?  To always work hard, give it my all, and stay true to myself.

 Best career advice you would give?  Don’t give up on your dreams.  When I was a young girl, I had dreams of going to the Oscars.   I finally had the opportunity to go- to work – but it was such a magical moment stepping on that red carpet.   Also, be kind to everyone you meet.  You never know who you are going to meet and the relationships that come out of random encounters so always be gracious and respectful.

IMG_4902IMG_4905What’s your ultimate career goal?  To be honest, I’m not sure what my ultimate goal is or what the future holds but I am enjoying where I am at now and being able to have time to do other things I love on the side, such as blogging, photography, and event planning. 

Your 5 everyday work essentials?  coffee, my phone, laughter, positivity, and more coffee.

Favorite work style accessories?  I love my big tote that holds everything.

How would you describe your at-work fashion?   Casual and comfortable.

Who is your fashion or style icon and why?  Jennifer Aniston because she has a simple yet classic style and Sincerely Jules- a fashion blogger who looks chic in everything.

You are one of my career crushes. Who is one of yours and why? I have several friends who are doctors and I admire them so much for going to work overnight and saving lives everyday.

If you know Linda, this only scratches the surface of who she is, what she does, and what she’s great at. Beyond her job as a Segment Producer, she’s a well-known foodie in the social world, blogging and posting under @delish_thoughts on instagram. If you want to know the best places to eat in the Los Angeles area, or just want to drool on a daily basis – follow her. Her personal instagram is just as swoon-worthy. Follow @lindak68 and you will undoubtedly be inspired to drink more lattes (with pretty foam art, of course), eat good foods, make time for friends, and most importantly – enjoy the simple things, and explore a little more.

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Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to eat our way through heart-boxes of chocolate, but let’s be honest – do we really need an excuse to eat chocolate on any day? This year, give (and receive) thoughtful, pretty, and useful gifts, and leave the cheesy stuff to the sweet kids we all once were. Here are some pink inspired Polished Picks for you or your favorite Galentine(s). Links to the goods below!

“The Romantic” Chocolate Bar: Compartes.com

Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Mug: ShopBop.com

 Romper Room pale pink polish: Essie.com

Large Hex Necklace in Pink: Brika.com

Hayley Stone Ring from Nordstrom by Keep.com

Rose Swirl with Gold jewelry dish: SuiteOneStudio.com

Copertina Pump by Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry: Nordstrom.com

“Austin” Pink Suede Pump by Nine West: Zappos.com

“Orchid” Art Print by Emily Rickard: Artfullywalls.com

“Rhodochro” Art Print by Anna Ullman: Artfullywalls.com