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December mood board + Christmas movies.

Anyone else really confused where the hell this year went? How the heck are we already in friggin’ DECEMBER? I feel like I say this every year but 2018 really flew by. At any rate, here’s what I’m feeling for this festive month (and what I’m watching on repeat). View Post

November mood board + blog updates.

Hot damn, how is it November already?!? It’s been a minute since I really sat and posted on here. If my past track record can tell y’all anything, it’s that I’m horrible at being consistent with sharing blog posts, and I won’t promise to be better, but we can cross our fingers together, right? Right. View Post

Looking to grow a quality Instagram? I've put together my top tips, as well as my go to apps, to help you get your feed looking better than ever. Click through to read.

Looking to grow a quality Instagram? I've put together my top tips, as well as my go to apps, to help you get your feed looking better than ever. Click through to read.

“How do I grow my Instagram followers?” This question is probably one of the most commonly asked questions in pretty much every blogger or social media Facebook group that I’m in, and after writing out a response numerous times, I felt it was just worth expanding thoroughly right here. While I think people know what they truly need to do to grow their accounts, it seems they want followers to flow easily without any work. Who doesn’t though? Let me be clear–that’s not going to happen unless you’re out here looking like Alexis Ren circa 2016.

With the algorithm working the way it is, and how saturated the internet has become with thousands of people striving for the same e-jobs, you need to put in the work. I’m not saying go crazy, but there are things you can be doing to ensure growth, and I’ve shared them below!!

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Y’all it seems like we’re actually starting to see a break in the weather around here, and hopefully that means we’ve finally made it to SPRING! That said, does anyone feel like they’ve been in some sort of mental hibernation the last few months? I’m sure it’s partially in part to seasonal depression, but dang if I haven’t been truly embodying the feeling of just pushing my food around on my plate. Ya know, not really accomplishing eating, mostly pretending? Same.

In the spirit of blooming out of that shell, I’ve decided to try to add more intrigue back into my life, and I’ve listed out some tips to help y’all as well! Do something different to spice things up? Let me know below! View Post

Okay okay, I get that it’s easy to hate on Instagram‘s algorithm (does this even impact people anymore?) and complain about how hard it is to grow your follower count, but I’ve been wondering: are y’all setting your feeds up for success??

Whether people like it or not, part of the job for influencers and bloggers is to create visually appealing photos that viewers want to interact with. I’m getting tired of seeing people give viewers the equivalent of zoomed in, dim-kitchen-fluorescent-lighting plain oatmeal photographs, and then complaining about lack of engagement. Would you engage with that photo? Only for a pity like y’all, and I’d definitely unfollow if that was regular content (or probably never follow in the first place). Keep those boring photos for your stories, because I’m about to help y’all hopefully never take shots like that again.

This post was written with Instagram in mind, but these tips are able to be applied to taking photographs in general, which is important for those creating blog content! I included examples of some fabulous Instagram pictures with each category, so you can see exactly what I’m explaining. Think I missed something? Let me know below!

Need to improve your photography skills so you can step up your Instagram game?? I've got you! Here's 7 tips on how to start taking better pictures, and a FREE DOWNLOAD hashtag list of over 300+ hashtags to get more eyes on your new and improved content!! Click through to check it out.

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What’s that line? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” While I guess that’s true when it applies to copying an outfit or someone’s hairstyle, when you’re potentially going to impact someone’s Google rankings, it’s no longer as cute.

Lately I’ve been noticing a trend in the blogging community where people are straight up yanking posts from other people–and y’all need to cut it out. View Post

Um, excuse me, apparently February 16th was my official two year blogging anniversary! A lot of people don’t know, but The Gold Sister originally started over on blogger in 2015. I kept it kind of hush-hush though, because the idea of sharing with the world made me so ridiculously nervous. I eventually realized I loved my blog name (I’m obsessed y’all), and the only person I was holding back was me by not diving in. So I bought my domain and started fresh on wordpress. You can see my very first post here.

I’ve definitely learned a whole lot on my journey thus far, and while I haven’t properly implemented everything I know, I’m totally in love with the process. In honor of even making it this far, I decided to share some of what I’ve learned with y’all. View Post

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Hey babes! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it seems like everyone is scrambling to pull together something cute for their significant others. While I’m in full support of DIY cards, I’d prefer to shower my love year round. For that reason, I’ve decided to share more ways to treat the other number one person in your life this Valentine’s Day: y o u r s e l f.

You don’t have to go crazy with your purchases, there’s something nice about paying a little extra attention to yourself every once in a while. Read on and let me know in the comments how you usually treat yourself. View Post