The last day of 2014. A perfect day to reflect on my blogger life of the last 12 months. Man oh man there has happened a lot! Many lessons learned. Many tears I’ve shared. But most importantly I have enjoyed every little bit of this journey so far with you.
Let’s go down memory lane where I will highlight my favorite moments and outfits with you today. Super fun that you slightly see me grow towards a more “structured” blogger with every month that goes by. I believe you evolve the most in your first blogger year and oh boy you see this so clear in this recap. Let’s start at the beginning shall we?!
Looking back at the photos and reading back my stories of January, it’s funny to see how much a rookie I was. I just started with Hashtag by Lily for 2 months but I was already invited to my first blogger event and attended my first fashion shows (Supertrash & Said Mahrouf)!!!
In Februari I attended the blog class event by Yara Michel, where I met several sweet bloggers that I am still in touch with now. I also found out which lens to use to make those blurry background photos (50 mm lens ;)) during this afternoon. You can see a big difference and upgrade in the photo quality from this month on.
March was about seeding. I started to organise my first event (for April) and tried some new things on the blog such as the Fashion Piece translator and outfit videos. Also, I started to shoot with fellow bloggers Wendy and Virgit, which was very useful to upgrade my ‘blogger skills’. Furthermore I attended the Bloggers clinique hosted by Internet Advantage, where I met even more new bloggers friends.
A vacation to Mexico was the central subject in April. After this vacay I visited my first press day at PR agencies. In this month I also got my very first blog paid job writing about shoes on the blog.
I really was in the blog flow this month. Attending more events and even hosted my own. Let’s sum up May with bullet points:
- I hosted my very first ‘Meet, Talk & Blog’ event. Which must be one of my biggest achievements!
- I wrote my first review articles (for Magic bodyfashions & eyelash silk extensions)
- Attended the Meuq.nl website launch (even starring in their video), I Love Fashionbloggers Q&A event, Ready to fish for Colgate launch, Blogger society event.
- Joined an affiliate program from Reward Style. You might have noticed the new widgets that I use for my posts, like ‘shop the look’ under every OOTD post, ‘shop my wardrobe & wish list’, www.liketoknow.it on instagram etc.
- This month I received my very first sponsor gift, from none other than Steve Madden!!
- This month I posted my first two beauty articles for my collaborations with Rob Peetoom (Eyebrow & Make up).
July started off good with a trip to Como in Italy. But the 17th of July turned into the darkest day of the year, because I lost a dear one in the MH17 crash. Up until this day I still can’t comprehend what has happened and I think about Ninik every single day ever since. I miss her so much.
Despite this horrific incident, life goes on. I picked up my blog life after two weeks. Amsterdam Fashion week started and I also went to Paris to attend a wedding.
Together with Internet Advantage, I hosted my successful second #MeetTalkBlog event this month with a small group of bloggers. The topic was WordPress.
August was also a big milestone for me because I got my monthly fashion column in the ASN NL news paper (with 50.000 copies per month).
A spontaneous trip to London to experience London Fashion Week and attend the RewardStyle bloggers lunch was definitely the highlight. Meeting bloggers from London and Icon Nicole from Gary Pepper girl was such a bonus!
It was also a very busy month with events, Rum store opening, on a boat with Steffen Classens trying out the Scheckter’s etc.
I got invited to Designer Outlet in Roermond for a denim workshop hosted by Linda Tol. October was the big trip of the year where I traveled through Japan for almost a month. The biggest part of the journey we stayed in Tokyo, where I attended Tokyo Fashion Week. It was soooo crazy and sooo cool! Japan has really stolen my heart and has become my favorite travel destiny to go to.
In November I was sharing a big part of my Japan shoots on the blog. Besides that signed the coolest collaboration with Asos, where I monthly post two looks for. I also got a contract at Rob Peetoom for my hair! Furthermore it was a super busy month with a lot of blogger events, such as the Reward Style masterclass, Disaronno wears Versace launch, Dress my friend with Only for Men and #Indenimwetrust The Sting party.
There were two city trips this month, to Paris and Dusseldorf. Also, I posted my first Hotel review / editorial shoot on the blog and shared some more Japan stories. I Attended several events, amongst the Karen Millen Xmas styling event.
This month I spent a lot of time working on something new that I will launch in 2015 (hopefully in the first quarter). I hope I can keep up the growing curve like 2014, chasing for the stars again in 2015!
That’s it for 2014 for now! My aspirations for 2015 will be in the next post. I want to thank you guys for reading my stories and supporting me in your own way! I have said it many times before, I don’t want to get too cheesy, but I appreciate it all so much it means a lot to me! Let’s close this beautiful 2014 chapter tonight and let’s rock 2015!!!
Enjoy your last day of the year darlings! See you in 2015! ;)