Hello there!I'm Sonja, a fashion loving Dutchie living in Amsterdam. I'm a huge fashion lover, and I'm also a vegetarian, a crazy cat lady, an interior and pancake junkie, and I'm all about living a green and cruelty-free lifestyle!
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December 29, 2015
The year is almost over, so I thought it would be fun to do a post on my highlights of the year 2015! I categorized the highlights by month, so you will find one or more highlights for every month. I’m sharing both personal and blogging highlights. My absolute number one highlight happened in February already! Can you guess what it is? :D In this post, I’m sharing only a few shots of outfits which are related to some of my highlights. But I will also be posting a ‘Favorite Outfits of 2015’ kind of post on Sunday! In that post, I will be showing you my own favorite outfit posts, and all the outfit of the month winners! So, off to my 2015 highlights! I hope you like it!
In January, it was my birthday. So, it’s my birthday in a month again already! Anyway, on my birthday, my boyfriend took me out for dinner in a nice restaurant. We also did some other celebrations with friends and family, so this was a lot of fun! Also, in January, me and my boyfriend did the very first outfit shoot in the dark for my blog! And coincidentally, while writing this on Monday night, we just did a second outfit shoot in the dark tonight! In January, I was very happy with the result. Of course the photos had some noise, because you need a very high ISO to shoot at night. But other than that, they turned out great! Let’s see if we can beat that tonight. Those photos will be on the blog this Wednesday!
In February, the absolute number 1 highlight of my year happened! Me and my boyfriend adopted our lovely kitty cat Minoes from the animal shelter! Every day, we keep being amazed by how sweet and cute she is. Cuddling is her favorite thing to do in the world, and she wants to be around us as much as possible. And we feel the exact same way. I love her so much!
In March, my new blog came online! For those who started following me in March, or later this year. Before, my blog used to have another name, but I had to change that name because of some legal reasons. So, I took that opportunity to transfer my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and to create a new layout! Now, I’m actually very happy with the name ‘Retro Sonja’ and I think it even fits me and my blog better than my previous name!
In March, I also went to Texel with my mom for a weekend. We went there because Caro Emerald was performing there, and we decided to make a nice mother daugther weekend out of it! The weather was super bad that weekend, but we did have a lot of fun!
In April, one of my favorite posts of 2015 came online! The Style Switch with Ellen! Me and Ellen have totally different styles, so we thought it would be fun to both create an outfit for the other in our own style. One of the most fun shoots ever! I’m hoping to get Ellen to do this again in 2016 ;-)
In April, I also finished this Twiggy style dress! I’m still very happy with the result. And now that I see it in this picture again, I’m reminded that I can also wear it with my new over knee boots! So you can expect another outfit post with this dress soon!
And also in April, I had my very own ‘Feeling Vintage’ jewelry collection in collaboration with House of Lou! I still really like all of the items. I received all the items to try them out myself, and some of them really turned out to be new favorites! Like the Gatsby style drop earrings (lower left corner in the picture below), the gold cherry earrings and the yellow necklace!
In May, me and my boyfriend went for a day of biking through the Netherlands on a sunny day. We really love doing this on beautiful spring days. We always find so many beautiful spots, which you don’t see when you go by train or car. I really recommend it! I also made a blog post of all the pretty things we bumped into that day! And I showed you my biking outfit here!
Also in May, I was on Dutch telivision with a short interview about my clothing style! I shared that interview here!
And last, but not least, in May I posted a blog post which turned out to be one of the most read post of 2015! Namely, my post with outfit photography tips! I often receive questions about how I make my outfit photos. And in that post, I’m telling you all about it!
In June, me and my boyfriend went on vacation for two weeks to Italy! We spend most of our time relaxing, but we also did some day trips to Naples, the Vesuvius volcano, the gorgeous beach city Positano and the ancient city of Pompeii!
Find the Naples diary post here.
Find the Pompeii diary post here.
Find the Vesuvius diary post here.
Fint the Positano diary post here.
In July, FashionWeek Amsterdam took place. I was lucky enough to be present at at least one show every day. I have never been to so many shows at Fashion Week before! It’s already Fashion Week in Amsterdam again in two weeks. I can’t wait! Anyway, since I went to so many shows, I thought it would be fun to do some trend forecasting, based on common denominators I noticed in the shows. And this post also turned out to be one of the most read posts of 2015! I forecasted the trends for upcoming spring and summer, so it’s still interesting to read, if you like!
In August, me and Ellen did a post together again! This time because we both picked out the same pair of shoes. We thought it was a fun idea to shoot our outfits with them together, to show how differently you can style one pair of Chelsea boots. One of the most fun posts to do, and I especially really like this happy shot below!
Also in August, I went to another Caro Emerald concert! This time, it was an outdoor concert near my hometown. I went with my mom again, and it was amazing as always! Of course, I had to dress up again! I was wearing this fabulous petrol vintage hat! If you like, you can check out the entire outfit here!
In September, my first column in Dutch Vintage Lifestyle Magazine was published! In the meantime, I already wrote a second one for the December edition! Definitely a great highlight for me this year!
Also, I started doing more video’s this year. In September, I posted one in which I showed you my (not so small) hat collection. One of the video’s I found most fun to do!
In October, I did another video which I really liked doing; on 15 ways to tie/wear a scarf!
In October, all the trees were looking so pretty! And it was still pretty sunny, so I enjoyed fall a lot this year! And I took my chance to photograph a ton of outfits in fall setting with golden hour effect, like the one below!
In November, I went to a Caro Emerald concert for the third and last time this year. Again with my mom, and we had a blast! In this post, I’m showing you the outfit I was wearing. They changed the arrangements of most of the songs, and it really was one of her best concerts so far! And that says a lot! This was my 18th time seeing her live, so I’m expecting the 20th anniversary in 2016, haha!
One of the biggest highlights of the year; I hosted the Vintage Challenge on the International Collectors Fair in November! My collaboration with the International Collectors Fair is getting bigger every time we work together, and this time I even got to host a challenge! There was evenan online voting, and the winner received a vintage cheque!
The highlight of December definitely is Christmas. As you might know from following my blog the past few weeks, I just loooove Christmas! Last weekend, my boyfriend was free from work for 4 days, so we had a lot of quality time together. And I really enjoyed it! And the best thing is, he’s free for 4 days again upcoming weekend! :D
I hope you liked reading about my personal and blogging highlights of 2015! All in all, I had a great year! What are your highlights of 2015? I’d love to hear!