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. 

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
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