Like Mother Like Daughter


My mother has always been a big inspiration for me. From being the first in her family to graduate college to building her own business from the ground up, I’m so proud to call her mom. She has been so supportive of me in all my endeavors and I’m eternally grateful for her love and encouragement throughout the years. I’ve learned so much from her and I see much of her in myself. When it comes to fashion on the other hand, we couldn’t be more different. I love feminine shapes and bold colors while my mom favors neutral tones and casual, laid-back looks. When creating this look, I tried to combine the best of both our styles with a bold daisy-print dress, classic trench coat, bright yellow sandals and gorgeous Coach Swagger timepiece with a white leather strap and gold plated case. So this one’s for you Mom! I love you so much.
Special thanks to Coach & Chictopis for sponsoring this post! 

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Spring Neutrals with Fossil


Top, Jeans, Jacket, Watch, Bracelet & Bag c/o Fossil
Here's a peek of what's in my bag. #bagspill Bag, Watch, Wallet, Keychain & Bracelet c/o Fossil
As you guys know, I'm not generally one for neutrals. I've always favored bright colors and bold patterns to lighter, subtler tones. This spring, I've been experimenting with softer colors for a change and, while I'm not chucking my colorful stripes or vibrant polka dots, I've been enjoying adding a few neutrals into my outfits. I've even gone a bit lighter on my hair and makeup! As for this look, I'm crazy about this blush top from Fossil. It's a gorgeous shade of pink that really brightens my complexion and is simultaneously sweet and chic. I paired the top with cuffed skinny jeans, a structured beige leather jacket & a delightful camel bucket bag, all courtesy of Fossil. It's really starting to feel like spring in the city and I love seeing the tree-lined streets alive with color. New Yorkers have a hint of a smile on their faces and all the patios are open for rosé drinking! 
Photos by Lydia Hugens. Location: Ainslie Street, Brooklyn, NY. Special thanks to Fossil for sponsoring this post. 

Happy Stripes


It's finally almost kind of spring weather in New York! While it hasn't been quite warm enough for this sunny striped dress from Kate Spade Saturday, I couldn't help photographing it with my new Issac Mizrahi sandals. It put me in such a happy mood! I am sad, however, that KS Saturday didn't make it and has since closed shop. I really loved their fun prints and unique cuts like the 3-in-1 trapeze shape on this dress that can be interchanged using the belt. I can't wait to wear this frock this spring and summer - it's a perfect transition piece that would look equally great at work, at a picnic or out to dinner. What spring trends are you guys excited about wearing for warm days?
Photos by Zach Hyman.

Moody Blues


I know you guys are used to seeing me in bright colors, polka dots and patterns, but for today's look I decided to choose something more subdued and sexy. The dress is a navy silk shift with black lace detailing on the front and back neckline. For an added dose of edge, I paired the dress with my beloved AllSaints leather jacket. To bring a classic dose of fun, my floral pumps from Seychelles (these may be the most comfortable and most fun shoes I own!) This look is perfect for a sultry spring date night in the City. I shot this look with my photographer Zach in the stairwell of his studio in Bushwick. I love how the photos are like nothing else I've shown on this blog because hey, what's wrong with shaking things up a bit?! Let me know what you guys think of this look in the comments!

Windy Sunday


Top (similar): Uniqlo, Jeans: Madewell, Jacket: AllSaints, Pumps: c/o Seychelles, Tote: c/o Ted Baker.
    I am so ready for spring weather. Like all New Yorkers, I've been craving sunshine and warmer weather after a difficult winter season. We're not quite there yet, although there have been a few teasers days will temperatures rising to the mid 50's (hallelujah!) Last weekend I had the chance to see Meghan Trainor at Irving Plaza, one of my favorite concert venues for her #THATBASSTOUR. It was a really windy afternoon and I mixed edgy and sweet vibes with a leather jacket and ripped jeans paired with a blush pink tote & my new favorite floral pumps from Seychelles. The concert was a blast, big thanks to HP for inviting me! I can't wait to break out the sundresses, you guys. What are you wearing for the transitional weather? PS - I'm on Snapchat '@rachmartino'! 

#WorkFromHappy Place with HP + Intel Inside


Balancing a full-time job with a fashion blog (and YouTube channels) can be a bit of a challenge. I try to organize my weekends efficiently to shoot photos for my blog, write and edit content and catch up with friends! I was so excited to work with HP + Intel to showcase the HP Stream with Intel Inside®, a tablet that makes it easy to work from my happy place. The first thing I love is the data, that's included right out of the box. Not every place has WiFi, so I love being able to tap into the data plan to get work done on the go. I can easily access Instagram, and even share a selfie without a WiFi connection. When I'm shooting photos there is often downtime while my photographer sets up the shot and checks the lighting, so I can edit a PowerPoint Presentation or update an Excel document with Office 365 included on the tablet. Last but not least, 1 TB of cloud data is included so I can store and organize my blog photos and videos. My schedule is always crazed so it's amazing to have a tablet that keeps up with me so I can work from my happy place, anywhere, anytime! #WorkFromHappyPlace
This post is sponsored by HP + Intel. All opinions are my own.

First Signs of Spring


Dress, Bag & Shoes (similar) : c/o Ted Baker
This winter has been a tough one for me, both weather-wise and personally. But in the last couple weeks with more light thanks to daylight savings and warming temps, I've been feeling like my best self! I was excited to work with Ted Baker again (see earlier feature on Ted Baker here) showcasing a few pieces from their gorgeous Spring Collection. I picked out a few of my favorite pieces from the line at their Fifth Avenue location on Friday after work. I fell head over heels for the print on this classic fit and flare dress. The florals are dark yet alive with bursts of pink making the dress a perfect transition piece to warmer days. The bag, a sweet blush pink is a perfect mid-sized tote with pretty rose gold-detailing. And speaking of rose gold - can we talk about how cute these rose gold d'orsay flats are?! I love the unexpected color and low cut on the foot that doesn't sacrifice comfort. They aren't yet available on line but here's a similar pair. For a chance to win a special treat from Ted Baker, follow them on Instagram and take a screenshot of this image, explore the filters to reveal a hidden message and re-gram it with hashtag #Pinch_Me. 
Special thanks to Ted Baker for sponsoring this post. 

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