The Polished Braided Pony (& Stripes for the Office)

After a weekend away, without a care in the world, it's time to return to the workforce. Hopefully, my brain cells join me since it's been quite the trip.


Whenever I come back from a long weekend, the one thing that puts me in motion for a good (or at least semi-functional) work week ahead is dressing the part.

The first part I tend to focus on has always been my face and hair. I do have a ten-minute makeup routine I'll share on my YouTube soon, so I'm never too worried about that. My hair, on the other hand, needs all the help it can which is why you'll always find me bright and early at RPZL on those Monday mornings.

If you've never been to the braid and pony bar in Flatiron, you must give it a shot. First off, the salon specializes in hair extensions. But their stylists are so talented when it comes to whipping the best insta-worthy hair creations. If you're curious about the price, it's on par with the other blow-dry bars but the styles last a lot longer.

The salon uses the R+Co line, which I've come to love after dying my hair and re-learning how to care for it. The space is also pretty cute and would make for a great spot to prep with girls before any big or not-so-big event. If you're in NYC, check them out here.


Once I have my hair for the week figured out, I lean on separates from my favorite "grown-up" stores - one of them being Banana Republic.

I'm feeling these striped separates since together they form an out-of-the-box look but a part build up the perfect basics for any closet.


Shirt: Banana Republic  Skirt: Banana Republic (similar)  Heels: J. Crew  PurseRebecca Minkoff   Bracelet: J. Crew + My Own (similar eye bracelet)  Watch: Q&Q Smile Solar (similar)  Lip Stain: Red My Lips via YSL Beauty

I'll admit this whole look is a bit risque for the office, I would wear this out to dinner or a very casual work meeting. At the same time, I could always swap out the sandals for a closed-toe shoes to be more work approps.

Are there any things in particular, you do to get ready for the workweek after a long weekend away?

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

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