A Year in the Life: 2013


I can't believe another year has gone by. 2013 certainly passed in a New York blur. I've started to feel at home in my new city, despite it's quirks, inconveniences and freezing temps. It felt like the first true adult year filled with my grown-up job, bills and responsibilities yet equally unadulterated fun and excitement for the future. Plus, I met someone pretty wonderful. So here goes: 
January: my first real New York winter. Not much to say but brrrrr! 

I took a leap of faith and left my number to a cute barista that I know call mon cheri

February: My first real fashion week: exciting and exhausting. 

An Easter jaunt to sunny Nashville to see old friends (and adorable pups!)

A chilly March afternoon brunch with my bloggers babes (see full post here)

Finally a burst of Spring in April. One of my favorite posts with Jessica of Here and Now blog.

A great opportunity to work with LookTV on a YouTube Series called "Beauty With Rach"

The biggest (and best) gift I've ever bought for myself, an iMac!

May: Glowing with happiness from my next big purchase, my baby blue Brooklyn Cruiser

Took my new love on a ride to Coney Island (12 miles / 19 km) Exhausting but so worth it!

July: So happy to have spent some time back in California with my family (here on 4th of Juy!)

During that trip, I had the pleasure of seeing my cousin get married in a lovely outdoor ceremony

Spent my birthday (August 9th) with my parents in Long Island for my second cousin's wedding

Celebrated 23 years of happiness back in Brooklyn with my favorite people

Impromptu visit with my cousin who came to the Big Apple after her high school graduation

One-year work anniversary at Origins! 

September: Had the incredible opportunity to meet Julie & Pauline, both high inspirations to me during Birchbox Sample Stop at fall fashion week in NYC

Weekend trip upstate to pick apples with my honey. Video here

Halloween dressed as Don and Betty Drapper with a very dapper Alex

November: An awesome last-minute trip to Montreal for Week-end de Tout Beaute where I had the chance to meet YouTube Beauty vloggers Cynthia & Ally. See the video here.

Certainly the most exciting weekend of the year- I had the incredible opportunity to go to Paris to cover the presentation of the Prada Christmas Windows at Printemps. Video here.

My first ever meet-up at the Tuileries garden in Paris. Quite frankly the most amazing day of my life! Video here.

Thanksgiving at the beach with my family and adorable cousin, Riley. Video here.

Relaunch of rachmartino.com! Shout out to my amazing photographer, Jeff Thibodeau!

After two years of braces (after having them in high school for 4 years) I'm finally free of orthodontia!

Christmas at my old Kentucky home with my family.

Ringing the New Year back in the frozen tundra of Brooklyn for a snow day with my man

Moving forward to 2014 with my new one bedroom apartment right around the corner in cozy
Williamsburg. See a sneak peek of my new place here.


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