This post was originally run in November 2016, but I’ve updated it fresh this year just for you!

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I don’t know about you guys, but does it feel like this year went by ridiculously fast? We’re already back in Christmas season y’all! The real Christmas season, now that we’ve officially passed Thanksgiving and Halloween. With the holiday season comes the shopping season.

I’m sure everyone knows about the madness of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” (especially because nearly every blogger is promoting the sales right now), but did you know today is Small Business Saturday? SBS exists as a counterpart to the corporate conglomerates, basically as a way to #shoplocal and put money back into your community. The money goes straight to your peers, supporting their families and helping neighborhood businesses flourish. A lot of my friends own businesses in Philadelphia, so this is particularly important to me.

To help you out with your shopping today, I’ve put together (with the help of some friends) a list of places that I suggest you check out, not only for your holiday needs but through the rest of the season! View Post

4 tips on how you can build up your confidence and become a stronger, more self-assured person, AND a #giveaway to help you get there! Click through to read and enter! 4 tips on how you can build up your confidence and become a stronger, more self-assured person, AND a #giveaway to help you get there! Click through to read and enter!

4 tips on how you can build up your confidence and become a stronger, more self-assured person, AND a #giveaway to help you get there! Click through to read and enter!A few weeks ago now was my 4 year anniversary of moving to Philadelphia. It’s been a wild ride, and also kind of rad reflecting on not only how much my life has changed since moving to the city, but how much I’ve changed as a person. I’ve been pretty fortunate to find the company of some of the best movers and shakers in this city, and I myself have grown into a fairly confident, independent person. It might come as a surprise to my current social circle, but that person is actually someone I’m still getting to know.

I spent most of my life being the awkward introvert, and it wasn’t till a crappy breakup forced me to reflect and realize I didn’t have to stay that way. There was nothing inherently wrong with the “old” me, but I suffered from the kind of crippling social anxiety that lets you get all dressed up only to wait (in the car, outside the event). You know how some people seem like they’re born confident, with that je ne sais quoi that commands a room? I wanted a fraction of that, and either had to figure it out on my own, or continue through life hugging the dang wall.

Even though I came into Philly often to party, moving into the city was a fresh start. I swan dove at the opportunity to find my voice with people who didn’t fully know the awkward me, and frankly: it worked. Sure, I feel shy sometimes, but I’ve never felt more sure of myself. In celebration of my 4 years in this city that helped me blossom, I’m sharing my four suggestions on how to build your own confidence, and a giveaway to give you that extra oomph. View Post

Lately, I’ve found myself talking to a lot of my peers about starting their own blogs. I’m not sure if it’s because blogging seems like a natural continuation of the creative fields they’re already in, or because I keep talking up how fun creating your own content is, but the convos come up on a weekly basis. So, this one’s for you guys.

I put together my top tips of things you should be focusing on if you’re considering starting a blog, or if you’re a newbie blogger trying to improve. These are things I wish I’d done, and some things I’m still working on! If you’re considering diving into the blogging world or just getting started, this might be helpful to you.

4 things you should be doing before you start your own blog. Click through for more info. View Post

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Wowee. Go figure I put together a post on my fave wellness hacks, then get hit with a cold I can’t shake. I intended to share a rad giveaway this week, but getting sick put me behind schedule a bit. Keep your eyes peeled this coming week!

It seems like everyone online and off are gearing up for the holidays, and I’m kind of into it. While putting decor out before Halloween passed was definitely too soon, I’ve always been a Christmas music in July kind of person. I’ve also always been the kind of person who waits until the last dang minute to snag anyone’s gifts. The last few years I’ve improved a lot, but I’m trying to really be on top of things for 2017!

Here’s my first gift guide for y’all, to help shop for the ever trendy, fashion forward person on your list. I’m gonna be honest and say I’m probably going to purchase every single thing I’ve shared here, because I’m the worst at treating myself (maybe a little too much) during the holidays.

The Gold Sister holiday fashionista gift guide. Click through to shop. View Post

My favorite holistic health hacks, to help get you looking and feeling better without modern medicine.

My top holistic hacks for better health.

Hope y’all had an amazing Halloweekend/fresh start of the month! This weirdo weekend/week combo with nearly 5 days of celebration combined with the new month starting mid-week has me feeling super out of wack. Not only that, I’ve found that everyone around me is starting to feel the effects of this bizarre weather that’s been coming in waves (#globalwarming).

Rather than just share a few of my fave tips for boosting your immune system when it’s feeling run down, I decided to stack up my top go to holistic health hacks. I’ve noticed a big rise in my generation choosing to reach for natural options over modern medicine, and with health insurance prices getting as insane as they are (ps, scoop that enrollment window while you can), it’s not all that surprising!
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Easy DIY seashell crown, perfect for the girl who wants to be a mermaid.

Anyone else kind of suck when it comes to costumes? Do you also end up resorting to a black cat or a skeleton every year because it’s easy (and everything you own is black)? No?

While scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration a while back I stumbled upon mermaid crowns. Some were ridiculously complex, some were dainty and delicate, but all had the same basis: a whole lot of shells. I had never considered trying to dress up as a mermaid for Halloween, but I was so drawn to how dreamy all the tiaras looked (and how easy it seemed like they’d be to make), that it was worth a try!

All together, the crown took me maybe two hours to put together (streaming movies from here slowed me down). Paired just right with a fish hook earring, soft waves, blue makeup, and some netting, and you’ve got yourself a mermaid queen.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and because it took until mid-October for the weather to kind of catch up to the season here in Philly, it’s been hard to get into the “spooky” mood. Not only does it feel like summer out there, it doesn’t make sense that we’re at the end of the year. How? What?!? To help us get into the Halloween spirit, my friends and I took a trip to Linvilla Orchards yesterday to snag some pumpkins and check out the festivities. I used to go with family when I was a kid, and I definitely remember the maze being much bigger!

I’m pretty sure the highlight of our day was the apple launcher, but getting to feed and pet deer came in at a close second. Y’all, their noses are nothing like any animal’s nose I’ve seen before. Scroll down for a few photos from the trip, and a little list I put together for ya! View Post

Raw vegan carrot + date bites, easy to make, easy to eat! Click through for recipe.

Raw vegan carrot + date bites, easy to make, easy to eat! Click through for recipe.

Anyone else really start suffering when the weather changes?? Fall has slowly been trickling in over here in Philadelphia, and I can just feel my body trying to fight off a cold. I’ve been loading up on whole foods and golden milk, but would love to hear from y’all in the comments below with any other immune-booster suggestions!

Speaking of whole foods, I recently discovered Thunderbird Real Food Bars and let me just tell you: I’m obsessed. The food bars are made from simple ingredients, with no crazy additives so you can feel good about consuming. (This isn’t a sponsored post, I’m just that much of a fan.)

In the spirit of saving money, I decided to recreate one of my fave snacks from their Fruit & Nut line. They taste almost like fig newtons and carrot cake had babies.  I ate everything I made almost immediately, so I’ll certainly be experimenting with this more! Hope you enjoy!

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