Pure Barre Preston Hollow

I have been very open about my recent weight struggle. The hubs and I have thoroughly enjoyed our first year and a half of marriage – eating out, drinking good wine, and enjoying yummy desserts. I usually can stop myself and make myself hit the gym but this past year I have really struggled to find the motivation to work-out and to jump start this “new lifestyle.” I voiced this frustration to the universe (which I whole-heartily believe in doing) and the next morning I received an e-mail from Britta, the owner of the new Pure Barre Preston Hollow. I had been looking into pure barre for a while because it seems to really yield results (I have literally seen  my friends bodies transform) but, again, really lacked motivation to actually go forth and sign-up. And let me back up and say, once I have my mind set to doing something, I go full force and give it my all. I just need to get to the point of wanting to do it. After meeting with Britta and hearing about Pure Barre I became really excited to take on the challenge. It was the exact push I needed and I couldn’t wait to get started. So much so, I am now a brand Ambassador for Pure Barre Preston Hollow.

I am beyond excited to get started on this new adventure! I feel inspired and ready – two things I was previously lacking. I was able to see the new, and beautiful, studio yesterday and get a few pointers from Britta! My, oh my, will this be a tough but exciting new journey! I will post my progress periodically, which I am sure will be a roller coaster of a ride! Everything from frustration and soreness, to ultimately, results! I can’t wait! I hope to see you all there!

  • If you are thinking Pure Barre is what you need – come try out a free class this Saturday (9:30, 10:45, 3:00pm) and/or Sunday (1:30am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm)reserve a class here
  • Also enjoy …
    • Juice from Vim + Vigor on Saturday morning
    • Stella & Dot pop-up shop on Sunday
    • Complimentary Vita Coco and KIND bars all weekend
    • Hair touch-ups/braids from Blownaway after the Saturday afternoon class
    • Last chance to purchase the pre-opening special!

*** If you love your classes at Pure Barre be sure to take advantage of the pre-opening special:  5 Weeks of Unlimited Classes for $100, available up until opening day (September 22nd)


See you there!!!

Fresh Start

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was exceptional! I have been sitting on some exciting news for the past few months and was going to wait to tell you but I think now is a good time. You will be seeing a lot of changes over the next few weeks here at M.A.S. Well, actually let us start with that – M.A.S. will no longer be M.A.S. fashion. I have decided to go back to the name I used when I first started blogging in 2010 –  So Then They Say. Why the change? While I still love fashion, my passions have evolved to include much more and I felt fashion was a bit limiting. Through the years I have been lucky to travel to different parts of the world and see different cultures – something that has grown to have a huge impact on my life. While the new site, STTS, will still have loads of fashion, I want to incorporate more international flair with both travel and fashion. While the new site will have a new look and new name – the person behind it will still be me!

Another goal I have for the new site is to make it much more shoppable. I have received a lot of feedback lately on you all looking for certain pieces at all price ranges or that you like when I call out new designers – this will all be here but in a much more user friendly way! I think you will really love the new features and hopefully everyone will find something that they are looking for. Once the site launches I will do a walk through of how it works but I had to give you a heads up that a BIG change is coming! So when you are looking for M.A.S. you aren’t totally freaked when you see So Then They Say!

Lastly, a change I want to focus on is a non-profit near and dear to my heart, my mothers own Soldier Cookie Project. I talked about this a bit in my July 4th post but I hope to be incorporating more of it in the future. With all of the struggles going on right now it is nice to know we live in a land of the free!

So, there it is! My big Monday news! The new site has a few more wrinkles to iron out but it is coming! New name and all!!! I hope you love it as much as I do!


Maison du Soir :: Geneva, Garden

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Sophia in Pearl Button-Down 100% silk shirt // Jaclyn in Pearl 100% silk shorts

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to have a relaxed morning. One of my favorite places to do this? My in-laws garden in Geneva, Switzerland. The air is always extremely fresh, the flowers are gorgeous, and the energy is calm. I love to have a cup of coffee and enjoy my surroundings. The best part of vacation is to unwind and re-center – something I think people forget. It is so hard to balance all of your expectations  of a trip – with site-seeing, reservations, and so on – I think people forget to just stand in one place, take a deep breath, and just “be.” I had the opportunity on my last trip to enjoy a few mornings and enjoy the moment and it was so necessary. So, I challenge you on your next trip to take three minutes to stand in one place, take deep breathes, and capture mental pictures of where you are!

Okay, so I got that off my chest, lets chat these p.j.’s. You may remember last week I did a Maison du Soir in Rio! This week I am bringing you Geneva. Sweet, sweet Geneva! The pearl button-down and shorts are one of the most beautiful sets I have ever seen. They are classic, chic, and versatile. Yes, I wore the top to a day of shopping! I have always loved the classic relationship between a cream and black. Growing-up I made my mom re-do my room so I could have it only black and white. It had to be more Audrey Hepburn I told her. Though I may love a good trendy piece every now-and-again my  heart will always belong to the classics. The Sophia and Jaclyn fulfill this classic love and were also a total hit among those who saw them. They really are that spectacular in person. I know spending $200 on a pair of pajamas seems excessive but you spend more time in them than any other item in your closet. AND trust me – I used to be like that until I took the plunge and I can’t tell you how great it feels to wear beautiful pajamas. I honestly think it is a revelation. I go to bed feeling great and very chic and wake-up the same way! I am sticking to this purchase and calling it my MUST HAVE ITEM OF THE YEAR! I believe this so much that I wanted those I care about to feel the same way and purchased my mom a set, who now swears by them! I.speak.the.truth.

Need more convincing or just want to see more beautiful pieces from MDS? I am excited to bring you another round of Maison du Soir in Geneva and then in Paris, Normandy, and London! Stay tuned…

In the mean time I will leave you with more on Geneva:

Geneva is an incredible city and one I have loved getting to know over the past few years. Whether you want to go boating, site-seeing, to a park, hiking, museums, or shopping, Geneva has it all! My personal favorite thing to do is to go out on Lake Geneva. It has absolutely stunning waters and being surrounded by the alps is breath-taking.

Little known facts about Lake Geneva (via theswisswatchblog) –

  • It has dual citizenship in two countries – about 60% lies in Switzerland and 40% lies in France
  • It is deep – because it is an Alpine lake, it mimics the Alps, in the inverse. The average depth of Lake Geneva is 507 feet
  • It has contributed to science- in 1827, Lake Geneva was the first place for the speed of sound to be tested in fresh water
  • Expensive bottled water likes to call it home- Evian comes from several springs near Evian-les-Bains, France, which rests on the shores of Lake Geneva
  • Driving around it can add time to your European road trip- the Mt Blanc tunnel costs around 75 USD to travel through one-way and only takes about 20 min. The other option is driving around Lake Geneva, which could add 3 hours to your trip

Just a little fun facts for your Tuesday afternoon reading! I am excited to bring you a city guide of Geneva, if you ever find yourself in the beautiful city!

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