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. 

Boom! Pow!


When I saw this skirt on Kate Spade Saturday's website I fell in love with the lively print coined by Saturday as the 'Eureka.' To balance the bold colors, I paired the skirt with a black cashmere sweater, black tights and my favorite loafers. Sometimes you see a piece that's just too fun to pass up. Check out Kate Spade Saturday's site - everything is currently 40% off! 

French Chic with Uniqlo


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I first heard of Ines de la Fressange when I was reading one of my favorite books "All You Need to Be Impossibly French" back in high school. I was obsessed with French culture and the book featured quotes from French style icon de la Fressange. I never forgot her words of wisdom, this quote in particular stuck with me over the years, "You should always follow fashion a bit but don't forget your own style." When Uniqlo asked me to partner with them for the launch of their Spring collection with de la Fressange, I agreed without hesitation! I shopped at Uniqlo's SoHo location and fell in love with so many of the French chic yet understated pieces. For my first look I picked this blouse that reminded me of the ubiquitous grid paper used in French notebooks. I paired it with my signature bright red with a flowy ponte skirt from the collection and sweet bow heels. I had a blast shooting this look in the studio with Zach and channeling my inner French girl, but keeping it me just like de la Fressange taught me so many years ago.
Special thanks to Uniqlo for sponsoring this post! Photos: Zach Hyman

Black & White Studio Shots


Shooting in a studio is definitely something I'm not used to. But between the cold weather and my crazy hours at work I decided to shoot indoors with Zach Hyman, who often photographs Origins events and has a cozy little studio close to my apartment in neighboring Bushwick. For a change of pace from my colorful outfits, I chose this black and white look against a dark backdrop. I love this large scale gingham top & chic white topper from Zara paired with edgy ripped black jeans and ladylike pumps (my new favorites from J.Crew). I was so nervous about being 'on-set' because I've become so accustomed to feeling free and natural when taking photos outdoors. But I always love a challenge and Zach was great to work with. Plus I could wear my new favorite shoes without freezing my little feet. Win win? I think so! What do you guys think of the studio shoot?

My Favorite Retro-Inspired Looks


My love for retro and vintage inspired looks started early on. In my early teens I toyed with cat-eye glasses and petticoats (well I really wanted one but I never managed so save enough allowance to afford one.) I love incorporating vintage touches into my looks whether it's just a retro silhouette or a full on pin-up look. Today I'm sharing a few of my all-time favorite retro outfits! Be sure to comment below with your favorite look of the bunch. Hope you guys are enjoying these round-ups - it's been way too cold to shoot and I've been under the weather for the past few weeks. xo
A classic pin-up look with my signature polka dots, a red scarf and a classic cola! {Original post here} {Shop dress here}
 A little bit sweet, a little bit edgy it's like good Sandy meets bad Sandy in Greese. This gorgeous pink midi is one of my absoulute favorites - would you believe it's from H&M?! {Original post here} {Shop skirt hereAn oldie from the archives - this look, shot in Prospect Park back in 2012 paired a vintage skirt with a bright blue blouse and bold accessories. {Original post here}One of my favorite and most daring looks, I am jealous for the sun just looking at this outfit. High waisted shorts a crop top and retro accessories are perfect for a hot summer day in the city. {Original post here}
A twist on a vintage look. I adore this Paris print skirt from Pin Up Couture paired with an edgy crop top from Nasty Gal and modern sandals. {Original post here}

I liked the polka dot dress from the first photo that I also got it in Pink! Another full on pin up look that was very popular (on the blog and on the streets!) I love these adorable lace-up shoes from Seychelles. If you're looking for comfortable vintage-inspired heels, Seychelles is the way to go. I adore their shoes! {Original post here}My "pin up in the desert" look was captured so elegantly by my favorite LA photog Grant Legan on our blogger roadtrip to Palm Desert for the Lacoste Pool Party! It was fun to create a whole new dimension to a business-like outfit. {Original post here}Yes, another polka dot look! This retro look created quite a splash. Easily my favorite swimsuit, this red one-piece is flattering and eye catching. Paired with high-waisted shorts & my favorite red scarf, it really completed the 'pin up on the beach' look. {Original post hereLastly, an outfit that's more vintage-inspired than pin-up, I love this floral frock from Anthropologie. It has a timeless look that's super flattering and just an all around showstopper. {Original post here

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