Highlights of 2013 | Outfits & Personal - Retro Sonja
January 2, 2014

Hi dears!

EN: I hope you all had an amazing new years eve! For me, it was the first new years eve in Amsterdam, as I only moved here last April. We had some friends over and enjoyed the fireworks our neighbors were firing. Yesterday, I had a relax day. The only thing I did was sleep until 12:30 and get over my hangover with the boyfriend by taking a walk outside and watching the end of the year comedy shows. Now, it’s time for a recap of 2013! And 2013 was a great year! So much has happened in that one year. I was looking through my posts and there were truly highlights of which I had forgotten they happened in 2013. In this post, you will find all the outfits you voted as Outfit of the Month, my personal highlights of each month and the most viewed posts of 2013. I hope you’ll like it!

NL: Ik hoop dat jullie allemaal een leuke oud en nieuw hebben gehad! Voor mij was het de eerste oud en nieuw in Amsterdam, aangezien ik in april pas hierheen verhuisd ben. Er kwamen wat vrienden langs en we genoten van het vuurwerk van de buren. Gisteren had ik een relaxdagje. Het enige dat ik gedaan heb is uitslapen tot half 1 en de oud en nieuw kater verwerken met mijn vriend door buiten te wandelen en de oudejaarsconferences en Top 2000 a gogo uitzendingen terug te kijken. En nu is het tijd voor een samenvatting van 2013! 2013 was écht een geweldig jaar! Er is zoveel gebeurd in één jaar. Ik keek door al mijn posts en er zijn gewoon hoogtepunten waarvan ik was vergeten dat die ook uit 2013 zijn. In deze post zie je alle outfits die door jullie gekozen zijn als Outfit of the Month, mijn persoonlijke hoogtepunten van elke maand en de meest bekeken posts van 2013. Ik hoop dat jullie het leuk vinden!
January

My favorite outfits I made with my self made dress. First is from August, the second from November.

In January I had a month off my studies, because I did an extra course the months before. In that month I did a lot of fun stuff with friends, made a new layout (which is now already replaced by yet a new one) and I made my first ever self made dress, a blue midi circle dress. At the end of January I turned 22 and I got my amazing vintage (even antique!) top hat from the boyfriend as a belated Christmas gift and for my birthday he invited me for a trip to Paris which was due for June.

Outfit of the Month – January: New Years Eve
February
Outfit of the Month – February: Black & White on an Airplane | High tea in Edinburgh with my best friend
In February I went to visit my best friend in Edinburgh, as she was studying there for 6 months. I had a lot of fun with her there. Edinburgh is a lovely city and I really recommend visiting if you want to go on a citytrip for a long weekend or such. In February I also spend my €250 (!!!) cheque I won for the TopVintage webshop. If you want to see what I got from that cheque you can check this post. Items from that cheque are also featured in some of the outfits in this post.
March
Outfit of the Month – March

Caro Emerald @ The Royal Albert Hall in London
March was the month of my favorite highlight of 2013; seeing the Caro Emerald concert in The Royal Albert Hall in London. If you were following my blog already in March, you might remember a huge post filled with photos of this. As you might know, I’m one of the biggest Caro Emerald fans, so seeing her perform in this very prestigious venue and seeing her dream come true from front row meant a lot to me. A night to remember!

Jan Boelo show outfit
But more happened in March! In March I went to my very first fashion show, the Jan Boelo fall/winter 2014 show. I’ve been following Jan Boelo’s work ever since I found out he was the one designing some of my favorite outfits of Caro. The tailcoat, pants and blouse she’s wearing in above pictures are also designed by him. So, I was very thrilled when I found out I had won tickets to see his show. Click here to see the post about that show. And whom did I run into at this show? Right, Caro! We chatted a bit about The Royal Albert Hall concert and the new Jan Boelo collection. She’s such a sweet person!
And to top March off, I also went to a gala of our study association with my boyfriend.
Gala outfit
April
Outfit of the Month – April: I Amsterdam
In April I started my internship at Eudia, a hat designer. I’m writing my thesis for Actuarial Science, but my true passion lies in fashion, so I did this internship for my own interest and I’m hoping this will help me get a go in the world of fashion. In April, I moved to Amsterdam with my boyfriend. Also a very big highlight of 2013! And last, but not least, I received this amazing drawing from Rowan of one of my outfits.
May
Outfit of the Month – May: Rosé Shoes & Colourful Beads
In May Caro’s new album The Shocking Miss Emerald came out. To celebrate this fact I wore my Caro Emerald t-shirt she gave to me at my meet & greet in December 2011 and my gun necklace and Vlieger & Vandam bag to add the Bond touch, as I think Caro would be perfect to sing the next Bond theme (like this page if you agree and help make her dream come true!) 
June
Outfit of the Month – June: 50s Hawaiian Summer
In June I went to Paris with the boyfriend. I love Paris. This was about my 6th time visiting Paris, but it just never gets old. We also were very lucky with the weather. Only 1 day it was grey, cold and wet, the rest of the days the weather was as perfect as it could have been! Other than Paris, June was a month that I had my last ever exam for my studies. I’m not yet graduated, as I’m still writing my master’s thesis. 
Paris Outfit – Aztec Chique | Paris Outfit – Monochrome in Paris | Random June outfit – Monochrome Vogue
July
Outfits of the Month – July: Vintage Dress Up | Picnic in the park + how to ride your bike in a maxi dress
In July we had a friend of the boyfriend from the US sleeping over at our place. At the same time we were moving to a new apartment and he moved together with us. During those weeks we did some fun things together, such as biking from Amsterdam to Leiden. That was a pretty long way, haha! And the entire month of July the weather was amazing! In July, I also went to see Caro live for the 10th time. In the meantime, I saw her for the 13th time too. It was a good Caro year! Like I told her in the beginning of 2013; the trend color of 2013 was Emerald, this was going to be her year! And it was!
One of the most viewed posts of 2013: Together With My Sister (click here for her blog)
August
Outfit of the Month – August: My Self Made Dress
In August I made my first ever video for the blog. Namely, a DIY of how to make your t-shirt into a crop top temporarily without using anything but your hands. I had a lot of good comments on that video, so I’m hoping to do more as soon as I have another video idea!


Random outfit from August: Gold, yellow & green on our Chesterfield
September
Outfit of the Month – September: My 10th Caro Emerald Concert
September was the month of our vacation (or as I called it, Eurotrip). We travelled to 6 different European cities by train. I hadn’t been to 5 of these 6 cities before, so it’s great to finally have seen those places. We had a lot of fun and we also did some good shopping.
Prague | Budapest | Venice | Zürich
October
October was a great month for my blog. In October my new layout came online including photos of my very first professional photoshoot, I was invited to my first event for the blog; the Zalando Blogger Awards, I went to the press opening of the first Dutch Urban Outfitters store in Amsterdam and I became a guest blogger for Dutch webshop Dresses Only. I’m still very happy with my layout and I hope you still like it too!
Also, my boyfriend started working full time in October, which resulted in me losing my one and only outfit photographer. I found my new outfit photographers in Simone and Ellen. Thank you both!
Outfit of the Month – October | Zalando Blogger Awards | First outfit shot by Ellen | Urban Outfitters press opening
November
Outfit of the Month – November: Black & Gold + some fall/winter fashion tips
In November I uploaded my second video for the blog, a shoplog from the Primark press opening in Eindhoven. This was the first time you could hear my voice. I got very positive comments and also some nice suggestions to do better next time! This was also one of the most viewed posts on my blog in 2013! In november I also went to a huge record fair together with my father and boyfriend. We bought a lot of great records and I can’t wait to go again. And last, but definitely not least, the ilovefashionbloggers network drink was in November. I met some very nice fellow bloggers there with whom I hope to have a lot more fun in 2014! When I went to the network drink, I brought my very first business cards with me. 
December
Outfits of December | Winter Proof, Sparkling Polka Dots, Posh for Less, Cosy meets Chique
Outfits: Getting in the Christmas Mood | Santa was in Town
In December I did a great project together with some of the lovely girls I met at the ilovefashionbloggers drink. Together with Sharon, Saranda, Wendy, Virgit, Iris and Nathalie I made a special Christmas video. You can check out the video and the links to their blogs here.
Well, these were all my highlights of 2013! I hope you had a great 2013 as well and I hope your 2014 will be amazing too!
Now, do you have any favorite outfits or posts?
Love,
Sonja
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46 comments on “Highlights of 2013 | Outfits & Personal”
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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Wat een superleuke post! Echt veel werk, maar ook erg leuk om naar te kijken! Vind je zomeroutfits het leukste!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks! Het was ook veel werk om te maken, haha! :) XX

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Leuk en overzichtelijk om te lezen :D Wat een leuk jaar heb je gehad!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Dankjewel! Heb zeker een leuk jaar gehad! :) Gelukkig 2014!

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Super leuk overzicht en gelukkig nieuwjaar :)

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    whoop whoop, ik ben een highlight!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Jawel! :)

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Ziet eruit als een geweldig jaar! Ik had me voorgenomen een favoriete outfit te kiezen aan het eind van de post, maar dat kan ik echt niet :( Je wolkenjurkje is zo mooi, de eerste outfit uit februari, je zelfgemaakte jurk.. eigenlijk alles, wauw!

    liefs,
    Femke van unendful.nl

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Haha, dankjewel! Er staan ook erg veel outfits in deze post! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! XX

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Wat een leuke post! Heel erg leuk om zo’n overzicht te zien en nog eens na te lezen! :)

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Leuk overzicht en mooie outfits! Tof dat je zo je eigen stijl hebt :)

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Aah, dankje! Vind ik leuk om te horen! :) XX

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Je stijl is zo mooi en uniek! En wat super dat je je idool hebt ontmoet :)

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Jeee, dankjewel voor dit leuke compliment! :)

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Leuk zeg zo’n overzicht!

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Wat leuk om te zien zeg!! Ik vind jouw stijl echt leuk.

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks! Leuk dat je dat vindt! :) XX

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Wat heb je toch een leuke eigen stijl! Mooi overzicht! :)

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Dankjewel! XX

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    Thursday January 2nd, 2014

    Super leuke post! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks Chloë! :)

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Oh wauwww, jouw style!! Helaas past het niet echt bij mij anders was ik even hard aan het kopiëren geslagen en had ik me zeker door jou laten inspireren.
    Anyway, supervet jaar!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Aah, leuk om te horen! :) XX

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Super gaaf gedaan dit! Mooie outfits meis op naar een niuew fabulous jaar! <3

    XxX
    http://fabulousstylews.blogspot.com
    http://www.facebook.nl/fabulousstylews

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks Wen! Jij ook! :)

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    beautiful year in review style! wishing you a successful and happy 2014!
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com/

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks! Happy 2014 to you too!

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    so in love with each and every of your outstanding looks and with your red hair as well. so pretty

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com
    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Aww, thanks! :) XX

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Mooi overzicht meid! Happy 2014!
    With love,

    Joy

    | justlikesushi.com |

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks Joy! Jij ook happy 2014!

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    je hebt supermooie outfits.! ♥

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Dankjewel! XX

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Superleuk om te zien! Ik vind de outfit waarbij je bij Caro op de foto staat, de outfit met je zus en met je supermooie donkergroene rok het leukst :)

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Thanks! Leuk om je favorieten te horen! :)

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Ik vind die tekening van je zo leuk!

    http://www.style-chameleon.com

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Mooi & klassiek! Die illustration is zo leuk!!

    xx

    http://www.nathalie-kemna.nl

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Geweldig overzicht van 2014! Hele mooie looks!

    xxx Saranda van Sarandipity

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    Friday January 3rd, 2014

    Ik vind de aller-aller-eerste foto zo ongelofelijk mooi! :) En het blijft supergaaf dat je die jurk zelf gemaakt hebt! En.. wat tof dat mijn tekeningetje de eer krijgt erbij staat. :) Liefs, Rowan

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Dankjewel! :D En ik vond hem ook echt super tof! :) XX

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    happy new year! :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Leuk overzicht en I like your style :-)!

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    Saturday January 4th, 2014

    Super bedankt! :) XX

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    Thursday January 9th, 2014

    Je hebt zo’n leuke stijl! Was inderdaad leuk om je even te spreken gisteren! Ik volg jou ook op twitter, lookbook en bloglovin’!

    Liefs,

    Tara

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    Thursday January 9th, 2014

    An excellent Caro Emerald year I see :P

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    Sunday January 12th, 2014

    Love the retro outfits!

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