#FaceForward: The Big Time


I am at such an exciting yet scary time in my life. I'm about to turn 25 and I've resigned from a job I love to pursue blogging full-time. It's been a dream of mine for so many years and I'm exciting to be taking this leap of faith. Standing at this crossroads, I want to tell my future self, "you are brave and strong." As I make this big life change, I am also committing to changing some of my beauty and wellness habits. I am determined to start exercising more and taking better care of my body. I'm also excited to stick to one skincare routine that suits my skin. I was so excited when Clinique asked to work with me on their exciting #FaceForward campaign spearheaded by empowering women Tavi Gevinson, Margaret Zhang and Hannah Bronfman. The campaign promotes their classic 3-Step system which I've been using for a few weeks now with great results. I love the idea behind the program which encourages women to 'make a promise to the future and put it out there.' As I transition to an exciting new life, I'm excited to take new risks and refocus on myself. 
Photos: Christina Shields. Location: My place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
Special thanks to Clinique for sponsoring this post! 

Nashville: Imogene + Willie


I hope you guys have been enjoying my Nashville travel diary! Special thanks to Kate Davis for taking these wonderful photos in the great city - she's originally from Brooklyn. Small world! The last stop on our photo tour was the 12 South where we had to get a photograph in front of the 'I Believe in Nashville' mural! Next we headed to my favorite local store, imogene + willie where I picked up the hat & shirt featured in this look (not to mention a pair of their custom denim which just arrived on my doorstep). While I was in Nashville I also got the chance to see my old blogger babe, Jessica of Here & Now blog. Follow her adorable Southern Style here. Anyway, I can't wait to go on my next travel adventure. Where would you guys like to see me next? 

Photos: Kate Davis. Location: imogene + willie 2601 12 South Nashville, TN

Instax fun with Join'em!


 I was so excited when Joinem asked me to team up with them to tell you about their site. I love the concept! Joinem is the first community-based digital store that allows savvy shoppers to buy together and unlock the lowest prices for name-brand products - here's a little but more about how it work here. I checked out the site and decided to go in for a FujiFilm Instax Mini 50s Camera. Having an instant camera is so fun to capture fun moments while they happen! I brought the camera to my friend Jen's wedding and had a blast snapping the night away! I wore my new Two Birds dress from BHLDN in a gorgeous silky grey. Special thanks to Join'em for sponsoring this post - be sure to check out the site and join the movement to get amazing deals. 

Nashville: Sevier Park


Skirt: Anthropologie (on-sale!), Top: Vintage, Shoes: J.Crew, Hat: imogene + willie

Today I'm sharing my second installment of my Nashville diaries with one of my favorite parks, Sevier Park. Back when I lived in this gorgeous city I rented a room from my friend's house overlooking this adorable park. Here's a super old post from 2012 where I shared my favorite Nashville joints including this spot. The park has been revitalized with a new community center (hello $3 Yoga) but has kept its neighborhood charm. I wanted to match my surroundings and show off my new skirt I scored at Anthropologie on sale with this look. I paired the adorable scuba skirt with a simple black top, my favorite summer heels from J.Crew and my new little Nashville hat.  Hope you're enjoying my travel posts - where are y'all headed this summer?

Nashville: Las Paletas


Dress: Oasap (currently $21!), Shoes: J.Crew, Hat: imogene + willie

I'm back in the Big Apple after a lovely long vacation visiting family in California and then heading down to Nashville for my friend June's baby shower. I had such an amazing time visiting my old city after 3 years away (I went to college in Nashville at Belmont University 2008-2012). I was amazed to see how much the city has grown and developed in three short years. I decided to do a little tour of my old and new favorite spots, starting with Las Paletas. This popsicle shop has the most delicious flavors like hibiscus, Mexican caramel, avocado and my favorite, cantaloupe (featured above) among others. For the look, I couldn't help but wear my popsicle dress (currently $21) paired with my favorite J.Crew Sandals and new hat from local Nashville shop, imogene + willie. Now located in the ultra-hip 12th South neighborhood at 2199 12 S Ave in Nashville, TN.
Photos by Kate Davis. Follow her IG @NashvilleFoodFan for great food suggestions.

Off Duty Stripes


I'm having a pretty serious stripes love affair at the moment. I just cannot keep my hands off navy blue and white stripes. I found this top on sale at Madewell and I had to have it. I actually bought it in a large because I wanted that super casual boyfriend look. I paired it with black skinny jeans, a brown belt and red pointed toe flats. This look is very much my 'off-duty' weekend look of the moment. It feels good to be casual sometimes! How do y'all wear stripes!
PS- I'm on vacation now - first I was in L.A and now I'm in Nashville. I'm with friends and family so I'm doing a bit less blogging - but follow my adventures on Snapchat - add my username 'RachMartino'
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