diary: september goals + fall 2017 mood board

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HAPPY FALL BABES. Just kidding, I know we’ve technically got another month of Summer, but I cannot wait for it to be over. I hate playing the “Is it Maybelline, or is it sweat?” highlighter game, and I’m low-key as basic as they come with my pumpkin spice obsession. I’ll let y’all do you with the “summer is forever” state of mind, but I’ve never been more ready for chunky knits, good boots, and jean jackets! 

In preparation of the upcoming season change I decided to put together a little mood board of trends I’m looking forward to (or just living in general), and share a few of my goals for September!


1. Delicately layered jewelry.

I’ve been seeing this all over Instagram all summer, and I definitely want to drag this look into Fall. I think delicately layered rings, necklaces (especially a combo of textures), and bracelets would look amazing mixed with a chunky knit! The extra bit of accessorizing will pull together an otherwise lazy outfit, and let’s be real, lazy fashion is where I plan to live in the cooler weather.

2. Chunky heeled black boots.

Y’all, if only you only understood my obsession with finding the perfect chunky heeled boot. When I went to Paris, all I did was scour vintage stores for a boot I could wear into the ground all winter. I’ve got a decent collection in my closet (seriously, it’s a problem) but nothing that I want to be buried in, ya know? Here’s hoping I find “the one” this year.

3. Buttoned-up mini skirts.

I know I’m a little late here, but I never bought into the jean skirt trend in high school and wasn’t sure I was ready to do it now. That said, I’ve seen a lot of pictures on Pinterest of girls layering their button-up minis with turtle-necks and tight, long sleeves, and I think I’ve been convinced. Seriously, imagine how killer one of these would look with some tights and a chunky heel?

4. Jane Birkin, muse.

In case you didn’t know, I’ve got a “muse” board on Pinterest where I save pictures of all the rad girls with that certain je ne sais quois I want to emulate, whether in style or attitude. I veered off this summer a bit and started looking at a lot of beachy spirits, but I always come back to the French girls in terms of inspiration. There’s something about women like Jane, Françoise Hardy, Deneuve, and Jeanne Damas that I hope to capture in myself.

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1. Pitch to at least 3 brands.

Okay, so I pitched myself to one brand and felt like I was on top of the world for just putting myself out there, and then not hearing back crushed me. I’ve been feeling very “been there, tried that” about reaching out to more brands, but frankly, you can’t get anywhere if you aren’t willing to go for it.

I feel like I’ve been really slow moving with my blog progress, and it’s time for me to put my head down and really throw myself into things if I want to start seeing movement. Definitely let me know what brands you’d love to see on The Gold Sister, and I’ll try my best to make it happen!

2. Step up my blog education.

I feel like a bit of a creep because I keep mentioning it everywhere, but I sat through my first blog workshop the other day (run by Sheila), and actually found it really insightful. Even though I feel like I’m pretty knowledgable, it showed me how important it is to take a step back and do a little refresher; other bloggers may see angles you don’t, which is a testament to how diverse the community is. 

I think it’s necessary to invest in yourself, so I’m going to be looking for more low cost (at least for now) courses. If you have one or want to suggest one, comment below!! [clickToTweet tweet=”It’s important to invest in yourself if you want to see gains.” quote=”It’s important to invest in yourself if you want to see gains.”]

3. Be present more often.

Y’all, I feel like I’ve fallen in a black hole with social media lately. I don’t even think I’m taking in any more information, just mindlessly scrolling in circulation. I want to make an attempt to be more mindful about my consumption and just really work on being present in the moment. I’m putting together a few posts on this, because it’s that important to me that I make changes.

(PS, I explain how I personalize posts with my handwriting HERE, if you wanna make your own mood boards.)


What’re you currently loving for the upcoming Fall?
What goals did you make for September?



  1. deliciouslyplated September 6, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I’m so excited it’s almost fall and my boots can come out and play! Love the options!

  2. Jane Davidson September 6, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I really need to work on being more present! Life has been so busy and I’m constantly looking toward the future, but missing the moment. Also…. I want like all of those cute trends in my closet asap!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com
      September 7, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      same! I feel like I’m not actually that busy, just being crappy about managing time haha. and I’m so ready for all those trends to be in my closet! x

  3. Misty Eilar September 6, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    I am also ready for fall. Cool weather where I won’t die going outside with the kids.

  4. Denisse Salinas September 6, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I feel you on the presence/social media thing, and one of my goals is pitching to brands more consistently too! I think one per day for me would be an awesome place to start 🙂 I know a lot of brand reps are just so busy so don’t take it personally if they don’t write back, I think you really need to hit it hard reaching out to companies because maybe for every 10 or 20 that you pitch one might be a good fit or end up working out.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com
      September 7, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      I’m definitely gonna work on pitching and putting myself out there more often! good luck to you in your pitches :)) x

  5. shannon September 7, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    i loveeee these picks and the mood board – and I’m totally obsessed with burgundy right now!!

  6. chantelouisee28 September 8, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Yesssss love these picks! I’m practically living in button up minis and heeled boots at the moment – so cute! Oh and go you for pitching yourself to a brand!!! I’ve been contemplating doing the same thing but it’s kind of nerve wracking haha! 🙊💗
    Chante xo | http://www.chante-louise.com

  7. Emily September 8, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Being present is a goal of mine too! Love the delicate layered jewels!


  8. Deryn | Running on Real Food September 8, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Wonderful goals. I’m always working on being present..sometimes you just kinda forget! Good luck with your blog this month!

  9. Tasheena @SimplyTasheena.com September 8, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Love your September mood board… I’ve learned as a blogger that you can always learn something new from someone. I also suggest checking out YouTube for previously recored content.

  10. Vivi September 9, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I laughed out loud at “Is this Maybelline, or is this sweat?” Girl, the struggle is real out here in this bi-polar weather. Rooting for you and your September goals!

  11. lifeofaministermom September 10, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I’m on the hunt for some new black boots. Love the ones you’ve shared here!

  12. Annette Dattilo September 10, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Love this post! And I totally get the dark hole of social media thing. I definitely have to take breaks from it to feel alive and inspired again. Thank you for sharing. Happy almost fall. ☺️

  13. thesaltymamas September 10, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I am positively SWOONING for the button up mini skirt, just need to find a place in my life for that look, hahaha! Mommyland doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to wear one 🙁

  14. Jessica Linn September 12, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Obsessed with the mood board!
    I definitely feel ya on your first September goal. I’ve found and heard from really big bloggers that most of the time brands don’t respond but you will occasionally have a couple that do! No response isn’t a “no” per say, I like to think of it as a “maybe later” haha

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