3 Places I want to Visit

Reine-norway Travel-Destination



How magical are these places? With the hustle and bustle of fall approaching and getting my calendar in order I always take comfort in looking at my travel wish list. I have a few trips planned this fall but I wouldn’t mind adding one of these to my list. Peeking out the window from Magic Mountain Hotel in Chile and then flying to see the Marbled Cathedral would definitely top my list of favorite things I have done. dream. Since my husband grew up in Europe he has been lucky enough to travel to just about every country within and surrounding the EU. After our trip to Brazil this past summer we both decided we wanted to explore more of what South America has to offer (hence my two Chile destinations). One, because it is beautiful and two, so we can experience new things together. But, being the european lover that I am I couldn’t resist putting up this beautiful picture of Norway! I am dying to get there!

p.s. six more days until the new site launches – So Then They Say!

picture source for marbled cathedral, reine norway (I searched all over the net for the original source but couldn’t find- thanks pinterest- please let me know if this is your photos so I can credit), magic mountain

Lace and Length

Hello, again! I was excited to be chatting with you all from my new site today but with a few last minute changes – it will hopefully be next Monday! Do you ever have a project where you worked on it so long you because you wanted it to be absolutely perfect? I relate it to riding a roller coaster (of emotions) – you love it, then you start to second guess it, then you love it again, then you make little nit-picky changes, then it is okay, and then you become over it and are ready to just turn it in. I am at the “ready to just turn it in part.” I can’t wait to be finished with the new site and share it with all of you. Almost there!

I had a long paragraph of what I wanted to chat with you about but it is Monday and I haven’t had my coffee yet so I think I will save it for next week! Instead, read what my pal Molly has to say on her latest “Toast Talk.” If you haven’t ever read one of her “Toast Talks” you should start! They are by far one of my favorite blog posts on the web. Molly hates the accolades but her writing is one of my favorites. Where my writing is riddled with grammer mistakes and a conversation-like feel, her writing is beautiful, honest, and relatable! And today’s TT is no different. It is by far something we all relate to and could read time and time again. Complaining becomes such a habit and after reading what she said, really made me evaluate just how much I do it. Is it constructive or destructive? Just some food for thought on this Monday!


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Nicholas Crossover Hem Pencil SkirtChelsea28 Embroidered Lace pullover (on sale and comes in black), Gold Chain Necklace,  Christian Louboutin Patent Pigalle heels,

beauty:: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Call The Shots

photography by suki lynn

BIG changes – So Then They Say

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Hello! I have a lot to say today so hopefully you all can keep up!…. I have mentioned over the past few days that my name will be changing to So Then They Say. I am not sure this has been met with as much enthusiasm has I had hoped. To be honest, people are completely confused by the change and I feel the need to explain myself.

I first started blogging in 2010 with my best friend, Amanda. Both of us were stuck in un-creative jobs that were never going to be our “forever.” I decided one day, I was going to start this blog and asked if she was in or out? She was (thankfully) in! It was such a magical experience getting to be creative with your absolute best friend and soul sister. I swear to this day she should  be the blogger and not me, but life didn’t happen like that and she found her self in another path – psychology. Knowing that was her absolute passion, we parted ways on the blog as I wanted to take it more seriously and she just didn’t have the time. Being a few years later, I could have never imagined where this crazy journey would take me. Amanda has since graduated with her masters from SMU and I am doing this full-time. Seems crazy looking back four years to now and where we both are! Life is just so amazing!

So, why the name change? When I originally started blogging by myself I wanted a name that represented me – the reason I chose M.A.S. (my initials). I wanted to blog about all things fashion. It was, after all, my number one passion. However, as we get older, passions change. You grow as an individual and start to realize what is important to you and your growth as a human being. While I still love fashion and couldn’t imagine not writing about it, it isn’t my only passion anymore. I personally love a brand that encompasses a lifestyle and not so much just one avenue. The older I get the more I realize just how much travel means to me. It isn’t just something I think we should all do because “everyone needs a vacation.” It is something my veins crave. Something my entire being needs. And something that has become extremely important to me.

I have always been the kind of person who gets extremely antsy or anxious staying in one place. I always thought it was the “small town” I grew up in. The fact that everyone was okay with staying there and raising a family. That mentality always made me feel so confined and something I never found myself relating to. I think this idea of living is where my need for travel came from. But my love for travel came when my parents first sent me abroad in high school. Seeing the different architecture, cultures, people, and fashion made me realize just how much there is to see and learn and so much opportunity to grow as a person. So again, why the name change?

To be 100% honest, I don’t want to be or be-known as “just” a fashion blogger anymore. Not that there is anything wrong with that but for me I feel like I am not being 100% honest with people when I tell them I am a fashion blogger. I always feel like I am holding back when I categorize myself so one-dimensionally. I absolutely love fashion but I love so many other things just as much, and I find myself researching those other things more and more. Calling myself M.A.S. FASHION seems so limiting and I am starting to feel that feeling of “confinement” I felt growing up. Like my growth as a person is being stunted, and that scares me! I want to move away from the “fashion only” site and into an overall lifestyle site. I want to share my passion for travel and photography, and be able to share new discoveries with you – all while feeling like I am staying true to my “brand.” With M.A.S. FASHION I felt a duty to post about fashion and always felt guilty when I would go outside those “boundaries.” Like I was cheating on my original brand. So a fresh start is something I am really looking forward to. A new name, a new brand, a new boost of inspiration, and a new outlook on this entire idea of blogging!

Since I find myself looking up international designers, fashion, and destinations on my free-time, you will be seeing a lot more of that on the new site, so then they say. I can’t wait to share the new layout! There were a few things that were important to me when myself and (the amazing) Hannah from Gadabout were designing the site – one being a place that I call, “mini post.” These are a quick way for me to introduce you to new products without having to write a large and long-winded post on it. They will be updated daily and you can check them whenever you have spare time! The idea for them is to inspire you, be it travel, fashion, or a new product! Another thing that was important to me was to make the new site more “shoppable.” I always find such great pieces or unique destinations but never felt like I had the right forum to tell you all about them – now I will! I can’t wait for you to see the new shop and hopefully you can always use STTS as a place to find everything you are looking for!

I hope you bare with me over the next few days as we figure out the new site and what will surely be a few glitches. I can’t wait to reveal it and hope you love it just as much as I do!!! Thanks for sticking with me this long (and through this long post) and I hope so then they say will be as much fun as M.A.S. fashion has been!

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