2012 was absolutely, with out a doubt the best year I've had so far. I graduated college, scored my dream job in New York City and changed my skin for good. I jumped in a fountain at a singles mixer, recovered from being hit by a truck, saw Delta Spirit 3 times and traveled to Austin, Orlando, Southern California, Chicago, Lexington, Omaha and of course, New York. I hit over 1 million views on both my French and American YouTube channels and started this blog. I've loved every minute and wanted to share some of the highlights of my year with you. This will be a long post so hold on tight, it was a crazy ride!
New Year's Eve, 2012 in Austin Texas.
February: Launched RachMartino blog which was over 100,000 hits now thanks to you
February- Finished Accutane, the best decision I ever made for my skin and self-esteem.
February 20: I was hospitalized after being hit by a truck as a pedestrian
March: Took the most amazing 900 mile/13 hour road trip from Nashville to Austin with my best friend, Michelle for South by Southwest.
March: Met (and partied with) Bianca Caampued at Style X during South by Southwest who would come to change my life for the awesome.
March: Took my first stab at Street Style blogging on the streets of downtown Austin during SXSW
April: Visited New York City with Michelle for Easter break and had my first meeting that would turn into an interview for my now job at Origins
May: GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE at Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor's Degree in French and English. PS- How cute is my mom?!
Here I am with my cap on the steps of my Freshman year dorm (where I first met Michelle when she was assigned as my roommate).
Spent an incredible week in Chicago visiting friends including my other best friend, Amy. Here we are at the Chicago waterfront.
June: Moved into my Brooklyn apartment (where I still live). That balcony with two chairs is mine, y'all.
June: I became a Petite Publicist working for Small girls PR. How could work be anything but wonderful with these charming girls as your bosses?
My Small Girls partner in crime and close friend, Annie Grace Jackson. Oh, and I had pink hair which totally rocked.
June: Celebrated my wonderful parents' 30th Wedding Anniversary with an incredible party in Southern California with over 100 people! I cried as I delivered my speech celebrating their marriage and happiness.
Independence day in Brooklyn with good friends, a white dress and some Brooklyn Summer Ale
A fantastic moment of clarity when I knew I was truly happy in New York. Michelle and I saw Givers in Central Park and it started pouring rain and we just danced and got soaked and took in the beauty of being young and living in the best city on earth.
August 9: I turned 22 and was able to celebrate with my two favorite people on earth, Amy and Michelle. This photo strip from the end of the night says it all.
August 23: Bianca's Wedding Themed Birthday party, one of the most fun New York nights of my life. I was dressed as a rock and roll bride, obviously.
September 4: My first official day as an employee of Estee Lauder Companies as the Associate Community Manager at Origins.
September 22: The most beautiful wedding I've ever attended of my dear friend and previous roommate June to her husband (the lead singer of my favorite band, Kopecky Family Band) Gabe at the Nashville Symphony. It was truly breathtaking.
September: Started filming at the YouTube Next Lab in Manhattan, leading me to meet some other incredible YouTube Content Creators.
October: I was Lana Del Rey for Halloween, enough said. Here's the video transformation.
I spend Thanksgiving in Blue Mountain Beach Florida with my cousins Riley (pictured), David, my uncle and parents. It was so warm and beautiful and it was nice to get away from the city for a few days.
December: Had the lovely chance to do a studio shoot with my blogger gang (Apneet + Rachel et Nicole)
December: We threw a wicked Christmas party at our apartment. Emily, my roommate (pictured) made jello shots and it was an incredible night to say the least.
December: Christmas at home with my mom and dad in Lexington, KY. Merry Christmas, y'all!