Dressing Taller for Petites with Macy's


Many times when people who follow my blog or Instagram come up to say hi they are most surprised by how short I am. Standing only 5'2" I definitely fall into the petite category! Growing up I always wanted to grow tall like my dad and sister but as I've grown up I've come to love my small frame.

Dressing petite, however, isn't always easy. I teamed up with Macy's to showcase some of the best trends for petites and a few general tips and tricks for looking fabulous under 5'4". Macy's has such a wide selection of clothes specifically tailored for petites so they fit better and are more flattering! Hems, straps and sleeve lengths are shorter and provide a better overall fit.

In terms of advice for dressing a petite frame, my first rule is tuck it in! Tucking in your shirt automatically elongates the legs creating the illusion of being taller. This tip really changed things for me and now you'll always see me with a tucked-in top. I love this INC International Concepts blouse from Macy's in a rich burgundy with a bold triangle pattern. The cut-out shoulder is very on-trend and make the top a perfect transition piece into fall. I paired it with mid-rise Style & Co jeans with zipper detailing. These help balance my wider shoulder by drawing the eyes across the hips. A dark denim is universally flattering and helps add length for us shorter sisters. I always recommend mid to high rise jeans in a dark wash for petites. As for the shoes, there's certainly no denying that heels add height! I like these black round toe Mary Janes because they go with everything. They pair especially well with a darker bottom to continue the look of a long line on the legs.

For the second look I paired a white tie-blouse from Alfani with a petite perfect trend for fall - the A-line skirt by INC International ConceptsThis style creates a flattering silhouette that highlights the waist and draws the eye down. It is especially flattering for petites when it hits a few inches above the knee creating a long leg line. To further the look of long legs I added this pair of pale pink suede platforms. They are a bit of a throwback to the seventies and I love the color! I hope you guys like these tips for dressing petite - see more tips on the Macy's Petite Fit Guide.

Photos: Noelle Downing. Special thanks to Macy’s & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! 

Greetings from Disney!


I'm out in California visiting family for a few days. My cousin Riley and I decided to spend a day at DisneyLand (and California Adventureland) and boy did I have a blast! I didn't bring my Canon Mark ii but I did snap some photos on my iPhone that I just love. We had so much fun walking around the parks and riding coasters until midnight. The parks were decked out for Halloween so it was cool to see the park in a different light. My friend Ty even joined us later in the evening just in time for a scary ride on the Tower of Terror (which is closing in just a few months!) It's definitely worth a trip of you're out in Southern California! 
Top & Bandana: Madewell. Skirt: American Apparel. Shoes: Keds. Bag: Chloe. 

Downtown Brooklyn Staycation


A few weeks back I got an email from the folks at the Marriott asking if I would be interested in checking out their Downtown Brooklyn hotel for a little weekend staycation. I’ve never actually done a ‘staycation’ before but the idea intrigued me so I asked Gerhard and he was totally on board. Honestly, it was one of my favorite weekends of the whole year. If you could use a ‘staycatio’n now is the perfect time as Marriott is offering 20% off when you book in advance with their Advance Purchase Promotion! As for the Downtown Brooklyn property, the hotel is stunning; it has been newly renovated with incredibly sleek, modern guestrooms. Our suite had a lovely little terrace with views over Brooklyn and Manhattan! Every morning I’d drink a cup of coffee on the balcony. Being away from our apartments really gave Gerhard and I a chance to reconnect without the stress and distractions of actually being at home. We didn’t feel the need to run errands or clean up – we had a chance to enjoy just being together. And, as strange as it may sound, on the weekends we don’t usually leave our neighborhood in Brooklyn. The staycation gave us the opportunity to try explore a different area, try new restaurants and enjoy the beauty of Brooklyn. The hotel featured some of our favorite local vendors including Brooklyn Roasting Company, one of my favorite coffee companies. I really liked that they brought Brooklyn’s great energy into the hotel. We also loved the M Club lounge where we could relax and recharge with snacks, drinks and free premium WiFi. The best part, in my opinion, was the location. Downtown Brooklyn is such a vibrant area and we really took advantage of the neighborhood. We even filmed our favorite Downtown Brooklyn spots – see here.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m running a sweepstakes and you could win a two-night stay for you and a guest at one of the 7 great Marriott New York City Properties! To enter, upload to Instagram or Twitter a fun photo of their favorite place or activity in NYC using the both of the following hashtags: #UnexpectedNYC and #sweepstakes. See more details and other entries here & good luck!

I have to say a huge thank you for welcoming us and sponsoring this post. We’ll certainly be back! 

Branded Bombers with Lord & Taylor


 Bomber & Tunic: c/o Lord and Taylor

Every New York Fashion Week is such a blur. Running around to different shows, events and parties all while trying to look fabulous in extreme temperatures! This season I teamed up with Lord & Taylor to give a sneak preview of their Fall Highline Collection. I fell in love with this bomb bomber (yeah, I made that joke) with trendy patches of ‘flair!’ They even monogrammed it with my handle, @rachmartino on the back. Seriously, I’m obsessed. I paired it with a perfect transition piece, a gingham tunic, also from the Lord and Taylor Design Lab collection. I met up with two other fabulous bloggers, Cassandra of Dressed for Dreams and Sarah from The House of Sequins to parade around in our awesome jackets at the center of it all, Skylight Clarkson before heading out to the shows. Bombers are such a big trend for the season so be sure to pick one up before they’re gone!

Special thanks to Lord & Taylor for sponsoring this post!

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