Jazz Age Lawn Party 2018

8.30.2018

You guys know I love a theme. Dressing up as a kid was my favorite thing to do, and now, as an adult I still haven't lost my love of playing dress up. The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island is such a fun event! This was my third year going and it did not disappoint. The festival is 1920s themed with drinks, music and dancing. My look was from Unique Vintage who graciously sent me the pieces last minute after I failed to find any good options at a local vintage store. Gerry and I met up with my assistant, Harmony along with her husband and friends. Events like this aren't quite Gerry's cup of tea but after some persuasion he agreed to come but not dress up. You win some, you lose some! After a few Aperol Spritzes I was out on the dance floor jiving in my flapper gear. Here's some of my favorite photos from the day.

dress, headband, fan & earrings: Unique Vintage







Fine Arts & Good Eats in Atlanta

8.23.2018

Gerry and I often spend our travel days exploring internationally, since this time last year we’ve visited Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam and Negril, Jamaica. That being said we often forget to enjoy the beauty of the United States! We decided we wanted to spend more time domestically with fun weekend getaways. This month we decided to book a trip to one of our favorite Southern cities, Atlanta with Ebates Travel Thursdays. Booking with Ebates is a super easy way to get cash back from your travels. Gerry is always finding ways to maximize our credit card points and find great cash back offers so we can make the most of our travels and with Ebates we got $120 in cash back from our flight and hotel bundled via Expedia. Right now, Ebates is offering 10% cash back with their Travel Thursdays offer– be sure to book today to take advantage of this deal! Honestly, it was so easy to book and we were able to pick from some of the best hotels in Atlanta! Ebates’ Travel Thursdays has tons of travel partners at 10% Cash Back like Marriott, Hilton, and more. We were able to put that money towards tickets to great museums and hot spots in ATL. We traveled for my birthday weekend with our friends Danny & Noelle and had an incredible weekend. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

{bodysuit: Reformation, jeans: Revolve, bag: Louis Vuitton, shoes: Bobbies}
Away we go! We booked our flight via Ebates and were able to get a non-stop flight out of our favorite airport, LaGuardia (it’s much closer to our apartment than JFK) at 10am on Thursday morning. I packed light for once with just the essentials aka swimsuits and cute summer dresses for the hot, humid temperatures down in Atlanta. 
{dress: Reformation, scarf: Madewell, shoes: Chanel, earrings: H&M}
One of our first stops was Ponce City Market and more important the Skyline Park. We had the pleasure of visiting Atlanta last year in November and one of our favorite spots was Skyline Park, a mini amusement park overlooking the gorgeous midtown sky. We grabbed a few beers, played a few sideshow games and even played putt-putt before eating at Mercury, a yummy seafood and steakhouse downstairs in Ponce City Market. 
(A smattering of houseplants at Citizen - our favorite store in Ponce City Market!) 
We also cruised through the boutiques in Ponce City Market. My favorite store is Citizen, an industrial style loft with products from local artisans. They have household plants, trendy clothes, great gifts and even locally sourced goods from Georgia. I picked up a vase, a cute tee-shirt as a gift and Danny even picked up a nice button down oxford for his days as a lawyer (he starts in September!) 

{Noelle's dress: ASOS, Noelle's shoes: Gucci, bag: Chloe, My shoes: Kate Spade, bodysuit: Reformation, skirt: Chicwish} 

My favorite part of the entire trip was dinner at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants, Kimball House. We fell in love with the rail station turned restaurant with incredible cocktails and Hawaiian rolls that I dream about! It was my big birthday dinner so we all dressed up and I even wore a child’s ‘Happy Birthday’ tiara because, yes I’m that extra on my bday. 
{dress: Madewell, bag: ChloƩ, scarf: Madewell}

For a bit of culture, we all headed to the High Museum of Atlanta in Downtown. We loved the exhibits we visited last November and the museum did not disappoint this time around. We were actually lucky because we were there on ‘Second Sunday’ which offers free admission from 1 to 4pm the second Sunday of each Month. The Winnie the Pooh exhibit was truly excellent, a walk down memory lane from childhood! In addition to free admission the museum offers lots of fun activities for kids and families (or grown-ups who act like kiddies!) 

Our last stop in Atlanta before heading back to New York was BRUNCH! I love a good Southern breakfast so we headed to the Atlanta staple Buttermilk Kitchen. The wait was over an hour but it was totally worth it. I got the classic Buttermilk Pancakes that were just melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Noelle and Gerry had the Southern breakfast with yummy, flakey biscuits, eggs and traditional grits. It was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had so it made it hard to say goodbye to Atlanta (but easy to fall asleep on the plane, haha!) 

{bodysuit: Urban Outfitters, jeans: Revolve, bag: ChloƩ, scarf: Madewell, shoes: Bobbies}


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My 28th Birthday!

8.14.2018

So it's official - I'm 28! Like most years my big day really snuck up on me {see my 24th25th, 26th & 27th posts} This summer has gone by so fast! It feels a bit strange to realize I'm really really in my late twenties, no doubt about it. I basically considered 25, 26 & 27 just 'mid-twenties' but here I am just 2 years until the big 3-0! 27 was a fabulous year. I traveled all over the world; Copenhagen, Paris (twice!), Disney World, Atlanta, Lexington, Richmond, Los Angeles (twice), Finland, Dublin, Jamaica, Washington D.C, Amsterdam, Iceland, Chicago, Atlantic City and back to Atlanta to celebrate my birthday with my favorite people. Last year I spoke at the Blog Societies Conference and this year they asked me back. I proposed the idea of doing a photography workshop with Noelle and they loved the idea. Noelle, Gerry, Danny and I spent the weekend frolicking around Atlanta mostly eating and drinking and shopping our way through the ATL (more on that to come!) I just want to say a huge thank you for all the incredible birthday wishes on Instagram, Twitter and my YouTube channels. I feel so blessed to be able to lead a life I absotieyl LOVE thanks to your constant love and support! THANK YOU! As for this incredible photo shoot I want to thank my lovely boyfriend, Gerhard who agreed to wake up at 6:30am so we could take photos on the Brooklyn Bridge before our 10am flight! I'm so obsessed with how they came out. Also thank you to everyone who voted for which birthday dress to wear on my Instagram stories and YouTube videos {ENG / FRE}. I love this dress from Hello Molly {click to shop - it's only $67 - perfect for a night out or special occasion}







Skincare Challenge with Olay

8.05.2018

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Day 1 : I started the Olay 28 Day Challenge at a perfect time. I had just returned from a family reunion out in California and my skin needed some TLC after a lot of sun, chlorine and sweat! For my Olay challenge I used two products every day for 28 days; the Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Moisturizer with SPF 15 and the Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. Summer can be especially hard on the skin so I was so excited to try out these new products to see how my skin would react. Right away I fell in love with the Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. The gel is cooling to the touch so it feels amazing when you put it on aftr waking up. I noticed my eyes were much less puffy and looked more awake in the mornings. The 7-in-1 Moisturizer is perfect for my active lifestyle with built in SPF plus it’s very lightweight so it doesn’t affect my makeup. 

At the 14-day mark I was really starting to see differences in my skin. My eyes were less puffy in the morning even before applying the Deep Hydrating eye gel and the tone of my skin was more even. I had less dry patches on my cheeks which I sometimes get in the summer time and my hormonal acne was less than usual. 
Yay! We did it – 28-days strong with Olay! Overall I was really impressed with the results. My skin tone and texture had improved and my eyes were less puffy and brighter. Our journey with our skin is lifelong and it can be hard to find products that really make a difference. I’ll definitely be keeping these Olay products in my regime for years to come! Special thanks to Olay for sponsoring this post and supporting this blog! All opinions my own. 

RachMartino Celebrates 6 years

8.04.2018

I can't believe I've been blogging for 6 years! When I first started my YouTube channel and not long after my blog it was just a hobby. I was in college and I wanted a creative outlet to showcase my favorite fashion and beauty looks. After graduating and moving to New York in 2012 I began to take my blog much more seriously and now I'm so proud to say it's been my full-time job for the past three years (where does the time go?!) To celebrate the many years I decided to share a few of my absolute favorite looks from over the years. My style has changed but in many ways it's stayed the same. Hope y'all enjoy this walk down memory lane! 


Mini-Facial at Sephora inside JCPenney

7.18.2018

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of visiting the Sephora inside JCPenney at the Gateway Center in Brooklyn. I had an appointment for a (free!) mini-facial with a SiJCP Education Manager. This is a totally complimentary service offered at Sephora inside JCPenney! This summer, they are focusing on feel-good ingredients to nurture healthy skin for all ages. I chose to test out products formulated with antioxidant-rich tea which helps protect against environmental damage. I’m going to take you through each step of my fabulous mini-facial and share tips and tricks I learned from the experts at Sephora inside JCPenney!


The first step is, of course, cleansing. Nicole used the Youth to the People Green Tea Cleanser. This cleanser comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a pump (hello major vanity points) and is formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea to help protect skin against environmental damage while removing makeup, dirt, oil and debris.




Step two is a high-powered mask! Nicole applied the Boscia Matcha Magic Mask with a brush for an even, mess-free application. The mask penetrates deep into the skin to reveal healthy, radiant skin thanks to the Matcha tea. Don’t I look stunning in green?!


After gently removing the mask after it had fully dried, Nicole moved on to the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. I didn’t know what an essence was! Nicole explained that a toner helps clean the skin further after cleansing and rebalance your skin’s PH balance while an essence is a skin treatment which helps to hydrate the skin after cleansing and help the products applied afterwards to penetrate deeper into the skin. The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence softens the skin and prepares it for the next steps! Instead of applying with a cotton round as you would toner, Nicole recommends gently patting an essence into the skin so it can absorb with the heat of the hands.


After applying the essence, we moved on to a moisturizer. Nicole used one of my OG favorites, Origins A Perfect World. I fell in love with the A Perfect World back when I worked on the Origins brand in my early twenties. This range is made with white tea so it’s full of antioxidants to help prevent aging and environmental damage from pollution. The moisturizer is lightweight and smells incredible.





So fresh and clean! I highly recommend y’all check out this free service available at Sephora inside JCPenney. No appointment necessary! This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP

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