Ali Ro Life: Long Weekend Checklist

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collageIf you’re like us, you started counting the days until Memorial Day weekend on Monday! Our plans include heading to the beach, soaking up the sun, and taking in our fair share of summer snacks and cocktails. Before you jet out of town for the weekend, here are a few ideas to help plan an amazing kick off to summer.

1. Prep Your Feet: Grab a new pair of summer sandals, and get a pedi to match! As soon as the weather turned warm we couldn’t help but show off our fresh pedis and staggering wedges. 

2. Sun Smarts: Find a flattering sun hat. If you plan on lounging all day on the beach, you need to find the perfect hat to shade the rays and flatter your outfit, as well as slather on SPF.

3. Fake Bake: Now is the time to give yourself a little pre-weekend glow. You’ll thank us when you slip into your sundress on Saturday! (This is our pick for getting a natural looking base.)

4. Mix It Up: If you’re playing hostess this weekend, spend some time perfecting an easy yet impressive signature drink. Bonus points if you incorporate summery fruit flavors!

5. Multitask: Find your weekend dress. Sure there is a dress for every occasion, but we’re on the hunt for the dress that will take us from brunch to barbecue to bonfire without missing a beat. This one is at the top of the list.

6. Signature Sunnies: Find the perfect pair of shades to flatter you face and attitude- heart specs are welcome!

7. Hot Weather Hair: There are few things more uncomfortable in the summer heat than standing under a blow dryer. Opt for a cute braided due, or swept back bun. Plus why not throw on a fun headband or these adorable pins  to tame flyaways!

Ali Ro Trends: Memorial Day Special

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This week’s trend report is a tribute to this weekend’s official kick off to summer- Memorial Day Weekend! We can’t wait to slip out a bit early Friday and spend three days soaking up the sun, hopefully escaping to the beach, and generally relaxing. While the unofficial dressing rules state, no white before Memorial Day, we have to admit we’ve been sporting our favorite little white dresses for at least a few weeks (this one in particular is an office favorite)! We love the idea of throwing in a few patriotic hued accessories for the weekend, including a fresh pedicure in Essie’s Geranium, the perfect perky red polish! Here’s to the week flying by!

Ali Ro Life: Memorial Day Menu

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Clam Bake

The unofficial kick off to summer- aka Memorial Day is next weekend! Whether this means heading to the beach or a backyard barbecue, delicious seasonal food is crucial to making the weekend a true summer welcome. One of our favorite menus? A delicious Clam Boil! Our favorite is  thrown in one pot in the backyard with sand at our feet, but we also found this more refined option which sounds tempting. The countdown is on!

  • For an authentic clam boil we normally layer the clam in a pot with potatos, sausage and a splash of sea water (it’s authentic!) As a city friendly alternative, this white wine version sounds delicious, and indoor friendly.
  • If you’re near the ocean next weekend, why not include lobster in the party! This is a great tutorial to make lobster less intimidating.
  • Must have side dish: potato salad
  • A delicious update on pasta salad
  • Of course corn on the cob has to be included! Make extra of this delicious herb butter for dipping the seafood!

Every menu needs a signature cocktail, and this summer infused gin and tonic sounds perfect! What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend?

Ali Ro Life: Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Mothers Day_2With Mother’s Day on May 12th (ahem this Sunday!) you still have a few days to get the perfect gift, and plan a fun day for the two of you. Here are a few of our ideas for a special day she’ll love:

- Start the day off with a fun brunch including classic mimosas, or this delicious sounding ginger, basil, grapefruit twist, courtesy of Joylicious.

- Our mom rarely takes time for herself, so gift her with some fun treats that encourage R&R. This candle smells amazing, and is perfect for a bubble bath.

- Flowers are a no-brainer gift, yet they make everyone feel special. You could order from a florist (there are plenty of deals still going on!) or head to the flower district to put together your own personal mix.

-Personal luxuries that she will never buy herself are the perfect treat to present on Sunday morning. This ultra comfortable robe will make any night in feel much more luxurious.

- A girl’s day doesn’t get any more classic than a spa day. Check out your local specials, or whip up some at home specialties like this ultra moisturizing mask.

- We’re dying to check out the ultimate fashion documentary this weekend, and we’re sure mom would love it too, followed by an indulgent lunch!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, and thank you for everything you do!

Ali Ro Trends: Citrus Punch

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Ali Ro Fruity TrendDespite the fact that we’re supposed to be getting our 5 a day everyday, the warm weather, fresh farmer’s market options (and bikini season!) make the produce all that more appealing at this time of year. Just as delicious as a freshly chopped fruit salad, we love injecting bright doses of citrus shades into our wardrobe. Bright and feminine tangerine lace requires little else to make a bold statement. We love fresh apricot with a metallic overlay to take the trend in a night-out direction, and a mash up of orange, lemon, and grapefruit is perfect for a day time picnic. Which citrus shade are you loving for spring?

Ali Ro: Behind the Line

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Behind-the-LIneToday we’re giving you a peek behind the line to see what inspired our design team for spring. Warmer days, longer nights, and a more relaxed mindset inspired a collection of made- for- fun- dresses, classic lace with an update, and chic new silhouettes that make slightly preppy feel very cool.

Season after season, our design team continues to be inspired by lace. However, spring’s take on the feminine texture feels totally new thanks to fruity hues (we’ve never seen apricot lace- and we’re in love!) and a metallic overlay, perfect for a warm weather date night.

Citrus shades, combined with pastel blues and pinks offer a very wearable and cheery color palette. The range of shades in this Citron dress are simply begging for giant retro shades, and little else. While the icy blue pattern of our Cherry dress also has a slightly retro feeling, the relaxed shape feels totally new, and carefree for the season.

Here’s to a fresh new season filled with flirty dresses, a jacket for chilly nights, and plenty of new adventures. What’s inspiring your this season?

Ali Ro Style: Mani Matches

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On the list of things we love about spring, quirky, bright manis are at the top along with with flirty sundresses, outdoor brunches, and longer nights. While some of these are definitely on the more “advanced” side, we love the idea of getting mani matchy with our spring wardrobe.ali ro nails - pattern play

Geometric: Some fancy tape work will help get straight edges, and the colors perfectly reflect this plum pattern.
OPI – Sweet Memories
Essie – Playdate
Butter – Union Jack Black

pink and gold nails

Studded: A caviar nail kit is key for this studded mani, but some chunky glitter from the drugstore can get a similar result. East Hampton is a perfect match for our Isla dress.
Essie – East Hampton Cottage
NARS – Versailles

stripey bluesStripes: This sweet nautical dress gets a funky complement with an off beat mani. We love the mix of glitter and stripes in this one!
Sephora by OPI – Robin Egg Blue
Deborah Lippmann – Stardust
Essie – Blanc

P.S How amazing are KimAnnette’s vacation ready nails in our office?!
P.S.S Get more nail inspiration including these looks, here!

Ali Ro Life: Anorak Weather

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danielle mossIt’s officially anorak weather! One half of our favorite Everygirl team, Danielle, shared a glimpse of her anorak with us on Instagram this week, and now we want to see how you’re styling it. Are you sticking with a classic in Black or Putty, or sporting a new spring color like Red Hot or Grenada (one of our new favorites!) Share your #AliRoStyle with us on Instagram @AliRoStyle, and have a great spring weekend!

Ali Ro Trends: Cold As Ice

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ice-blueIt may be heating up outside, but we’re loving shades of icy blue in our wardrobe. It’s a natural shift from fall’s love for cobalt, and the pastel hue feels right for spring. Whether you’re wearing it in a slouchy silky silhouette or a feminine fit and flare we love the crispness of ice blue and white. We can’t get enough of it on our nails, oversized baubles, or swiped across the lids for a fun 90s throw back. Get more ice blue inspiration here!

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