Mini Bootcamp with Old Navy Active


About 6 months ago I decided to make a change for myself and my health. I started a new workout routine and cut back on unhealthy foods and I'm happier and more in shape than I've ever been! Growing up our family always shopped at Old Navy and I especially love their activewear so I was so excited when they asked me to create a  mini-bootcamp challenge! I absolutely love being outside, especially in the summer and exercising outdoors is fun and motivating! As a warm up I rode a CitiBike from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park, just under 6 miles. I love riding and it its a great low-impact workout. Once I got to the beautiful park (talk about fitness with a view) I started my solo mini-boot camp. All you need is a stopwatch - I just use my iPhone! 

Jog for 1 minute 
20 push ups
20 mountain climbers 
20 jumping jacks 
20 walking lunges 
20 second plank
Jog for 1 minute

Repeat 3 times

Try and stay really quick on your feet to get the full benefits of this high intensity interval training (also know as HIIT) workout. Be sure to also drink tons of water to stay hydrated! As for the workout gear, I really appreciate lightweight pieces that wick swear and keep you dry, especially on a sweltering day in the City. I choose the Old Navy Go-Dry Run tank with breathable mesh on the back and the Compression Mesh Panel Crops which are super high waisted! As for the sports bra - which is always my favorite part of any workout look I nabbed this Strappy Cami bra in an adorable Palm Print. The look is super comfortable and even more importantly super breathable, essential for a sweaty outdoor workout. Thanks again to Old Navy for sponsoring this post. 

#GelEnvyChallenge with Revlon


This post is sponsored by Revlon through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Revlon, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I'm so excited to be partnering with Revlon to show off their new ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and New ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ - their strongest top coat yet! The polish comes in a variety of shades but I decided to go with 'Berry Treasure' a rich fuchsia color. We're going to put the strength of this polish to the test! I'm going to show you how to apply for maximum strength and then I'm going to cut, de-stem and arrange some prickly roses and see how the polish holds up! 

How to Apply

Step 1: Choose your favorite shade and apply two coats. The ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel is a Base + Color all in one! Wait 5 minutes and move to next step!
Step 2: Next we're applying the ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ to lock in the chip-resistant wear! This is Revlon's toughest top coat with Diamond-Flex Technology™ - a technological advancement in the nail industry that you'll only find in Revlon's ColorStay Gel EnvyDiamond Top Coat™. It not only protects the nails from chipping and shattering, it also adds a gorgeous shine to the nails! 
The finished look! I love the color and the shine. Now let's put the polish to the test with some thorny roses! 
The nails still look perfect after cutting, de-stemming and arranging the flowers in a vase! This polish even has a satisfaction guarantee - see more details here.  I challenge you guys to take the Gel Envy Challenge!
Optional Step: Thank boyfriend for the beautiful flowers! 

Summer Staycation at Rockaway Beach


I'm so excited to be collaborating again with undoubtedly my favorite brand for vintage-inspired looks, ModCloth! This summer their dress selection is incredible - I picked up quite a few including this gorgeous flamingo print shirt dress with a bright red belt. To shoot the playful look I hopped on the subway to Rockaway beach with Noelle. We stumbled upon this charming restaurant/motel called "Playland." After scarfing down a delicious meal of fish tacos, guacamole and a friend chicken sandwich with tater tots we each shot our favorite ModCloth looks. Noelle wore a large scale gingham dress and I donned this perfectly retro frock. We got tons of compliments on our throwback outfits! I paired my dress with a bright orange-red lip and yellow "hello sunshine" flats. Be sure to check out their selection of summer looks perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to wear-to-wedding styles! 

Special thanks to ModCloth for sponsoring this post and continuing to create retro inspired looks that always hit the mark! 

How to Get A Perfect Rope Braid


I partnered with Garnier Fructis to create the perfect summer hairstyles! The video shoot back in March was SO much fun! I got to meet Leigh Ann, one of my favorite YouTubers. She is so sweet! As for the hairstyle, I chose a textured rope braid. It's super easy but totally chic. It's perfect for a pool party or brunch with your girlfriends! The video below shows exactly how to achieve this flirty look. I'll also be outlining the steps in photos.
For this look, you’re going to need:
1.         Fructis Texture Tease
2.         Fructis  Sheer Set Hairspray
3.         A wide tooth comb
4.         Two ponytail holders
5.         A cool hair tie or ribbon – any color you like 
Start by separating the hair into two sections - this will allow you to focus on creating texture in the crown.
Next, use a wide tooth comb to tease your hair at the crown. I like to use a wide tooth comb because it’s easier on my hair but still gives great volume. 
The hair after being teased - there should be a good amount of volume around the crown!

After you finish teasing, spray Fructis Texture Tease all over, focusing on the ends. This is going to give you even more texture and add some hold to the rope braid, so it doesn’t fall apart.
Pull your hair into a low ponytail, but not too tight, with a ponytail holder. I like to do it on the side because then it’s part of my entire look.
 Next, separate your hair into two equal sections. Twist each section around your fingers in a counter clockwise direction, making sure to keep your fingers tight on the twist. This is going to help create the rope look. 
Then holding a piece in each hand, cross the pieces over each other clockwise, in the opposite direction. Switch hands as you move down your hair and secure with a pony tail. Then add a cute hair tie! 
To add more texture, take your fingers and gently pull apart the hair along the braid – but not too much. You don’t want it to come undone or lose the twist. 
Use Fructis Sheer Set to finish and that's the final look! I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, @rachmartino for more InstaStyles - quick photo tutorials!

Special thanks to Garnier Fructis for sponsoring this post!

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