The Best Of 2015

I know it’s the biggest cliche to say “Where has the year gone?” but seriously, where did it go?!
I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if someone said we all fell into black hole around March and landed in December without a minute passing.

2015 was a special one for me because it marks the year that I dived into the blogging world and finally launched The Sunday Mode after a solid year of wondering whether or not I should take the plunge. So to mark the end of 2015 and also to satisfy my immense love for all kinds of award related things, I thought I’d do the ultimate 2015 round up style post, the round up of all round ups (okay maybe not) but here we go!

Best Blog/s of 2015:
I’d have to say In The Frow, From Roses & Hello October. All have phenomenal photography and very enjoyable, diversified content. Also, all three bloggers seem like genuinely lovely people and let’s face it, that’s a huge drawcard as well.
Best Youtube Channel of 2015:
Hands down goes to Vivianna Does Makeup. Whether she’s talking beauty, skincare, fitness, food or fashion, I’ll never miss a video and I’m always excited when she uploads something new.

Best Beauty Product of 2015:
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in ‘Light,’ it’s finely milled and my go-to powder for daily use. I haven’t found any powder I like more than this one and I can’t even count how many of these I’ve polished off throughout the year.


Best (Reality) TV Show of 2015: 
Survivor: Second Chance. The season is wrapped now but I would physically sweat while watching each episode, that’s how involved I got. I’ve also been watching Survivor since I was little so seeing some of the older players back for this season was really enjoyable.


Best The Sunday Mode post of 2015:
Brand Focus: Top MAC Lipsticks was by far my most popular post! (Shameless plug)
Best Instagram Account/s of 2015:
@tuulavintage, @viennawedekind, @songofstyle. I’ve followed all of these accounts for a while now and I pretty much ‘like’ every one of their photos.
Best Book of 2015:
Humans Of New York: Stories. Definitely pick this up if you haven’t already, it’s a really interesting (and quick) read, plus it makes a killer coffee table book. If you’re nosy or curious about other people even in the slightest, you’ll love this.
Best Quote of 2015:
“You’re never given anything you can’t handle.”
Best Discovery of 2015: 
The Bloglovin’ app. This baby is great for when you’re on the go or travelling because you can keep up to date with all the blogs you follow without having to use your laptop or the Bloglovin mobile version.
Best Purchase of 2015:
The MAC Nordstrom Naturals palette; so good I can’t even explain.

That’s it guys, let me know what your 2015 highlights/favourites were in the comments below!


159 comments so far.

159 responses to “The Best Of 2015”

  1. Emily B says:

    I love Survivor too! This season was probably the best season ever! so gripping!
    x Emily ||

  2. Shannon Sage says:

    I love that quote! It's lovely! I love the sound of that mineralized powder! I've been looking for one that wasn't that heavy and that sounds perfect!!

    Shannon Sage

  3. I love that quote…I try to keep that in mind for those times when life gets a little rough. Great round up! Happy New Year to you….wishing you all the best 🙂

    Keisha xo
    The Chrysalis Gal

  4. Excellent round up!! I follow @tuulavintage as well and her instagram account gives you all the feels… and it feels like you need to book a ticket and get on a plane asap!

    Stephanie |

  5. I definitely agree with the blog! Victoria's blog content has been super duper amazing this year! Cheers to the new year x

  6. Gemma Magpie says:

    Love this post idea! Happy new year xx

  7. If I had to choose my favorite blog of 2015, it would definitely be In The Frow, the pictures and the display are gorgeous and I love the way she introduces beauty products!

  8. such a wonderful post. I wish you an amazing new year and happy celebration tonight 🙂

  9. In the Frow is definitely one of my favourite blogs too! I get my hair colour inspiration from her and I love her YouTube channel as well! Great post, Happy New Year!! xx

  10. Awesome picks! I follow In The Frow and From Roses, but I will definitely have to check out Hello October!


  11. sammie says:

    Inthefrow has also become a favorite of mine the past years,her blog is amazing! And humans of new york should be on everybodys ,,to-read'' list,such a brilliant book
    Have a great new years eve


  12. Oh I loved reading your thoughts so much! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, I wish you an amazing year!

    Check out my blog if you want:

    Tamara xxx

  13. I love this post and thanks for sharing that quote, very thoughtful! I can't wait for your upcoming posts 🙂

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  14. This was great! 🙂 Love Anna's youtube channel too!

  15. HUEMORIST says:

    Great list! 🙂

    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer.

  16. Love a lot of the same things as you do!

    Have a great New Year's and 2016!

    xx, Victoria

  17. Definitely agree with the best discovery!

  18. Ashleigh says:

    Loved this best of list babe!

    Happy New Year!

    Ashleigh x

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Such a fantastic list! Wishing u all the best for 2016 🙂

  20. Nice list of stuff.I should really check out those favorite blogs because I love checking out new different blogs.Happy 2016.Wishing you lots of blessings and happiness

  21. suzies blog and actually channel have been one of my favorites too. she is such a babe.

  22. Francesca says:

    love! happy new year babe!! xx

  23. Ah I loved your version of a yearly round up post. 2015 definitely went by like a blur! And I need to check out that Humans Of New York book because I always love reading the stories on the Facebook page.

    I hope you have an excellent 2016!


    • Definitely check it out, I love both the HONY books and also their Instagram page, which I'm guessing is probably the same as their Facebook page.

      Happy 2016 to you too Samio 🙂

  24. Natalie Y says:

    Really enjoyed reading this post!! I used to watch Survivor when I was little too and I loved it! Happy New Year lovely! 🙂
    Yours Truly, NY | INSTAGRAM

  25. great post! thanks for sharing all these! definitely gonna check out those blogs and you tube channel you mentioned!!


  26. I love the Humans Of NY account on IG so I definitely still need to check out that book! Happy New Year again love!!

  27. Bash Harry says:

    Oh, I'd love to pick up Humans of NY: Stories! It must be incredible! Happy New Year and have an amazing 2016! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'


  28. I loved this idea. In the frow is amazing!

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

  29. I really like In The Frow's blog as well, I only came across it this year. I'll have to check out the other two as well.

  30. Ana says:

    I'm excited to check out all of your discoveries and recommendations Julia! I'm glad it's been a great year for you and that you finally took the chance of starting your own blog because I personally enjoy it very much! I can see a big future for you coming in 2016. You're my favorite aussie 🙂
    Sending you love, xx

  31. Emmajane. says:

    Love that quote, so true! X

    From fashion faves to 1D, all that was 2015 over on

  32. Fionna says:

    i loveeee HONY so i can't argue with that! haha

  33. Phoebe says:

    Loved Survivor too. They have managed to "outwit and outlast" for so many great seasons. The HONY book is also a favourite easy read of mine- it makes me feel more connected to others. My favourite saying for 2015 was "Don't compare your insides to others outsides."
    I have really enjoyed your blog and look forward to more to come in 2016.

    • I couldn't agree move, I love both Survivor and HONY so much…but definitely Survivor more. I love that quote as well, it's so true.

      Thank you so much for your support Phoebe, it means the world 🙂

  34. I agree with you, where has the last year gone – time is going by so quickly!!!! We need to enjoy every moment of it and make sure we do what we love!! 🙂

    Happy New year hun! 🙂

    Layla xx

  35. veebz boo says:

    Great round up post! I love Suzie and Victoria's blogs too! Their style of blogs are so simple with beautiful blog layouts. I hope that you had a lovely New Year too hun.:D – CHATTY New Year's Eve Make-up Look

  36. My friends make fun of me for LOVING survivor, haha! 🙂

    alexis @ thelittlebrunette

  37. I love Anna from VDM too, she and Lily Pebbles are my favourite YouTubers, though I also love Estee and Amelia 🙂 the Bloglovin app has been a great discovery for me this year too! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  38. Eleanor Rose says:

    Great post! I'm off to check of the blogs you've mentioned now 😛

    Elesaurus |

  39. Tiffany Legg says:

    Lovely post idea. Totally agree on the bloggers of the year, especially In The FROW – she's had an amazing year.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  40. These look great need to try a few, I have the Mac powder and I love it!

  41. Hollie Reed says:

    love love love the quote youre not given anything you cant handle, it is beyond true! love your blog also. You definitely gained yourself a new reader 🙂


  42. 2015 surely did fly by! Lol @ shameless plug! haha

    Rhenicia | Beauty By Rhenicia | Beauty Tag: Would You Rather?

  43. I really want to read the Humans of NY book! Great roundup, hope you have a great 2016 lovely!

    I'm also definitely getting the Bloglovin' mobile app – genius.

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

  44. This is a great round up – I'm off to check those awesome blogs out now! xx

    Jasmine /

  45. Imogen says:

    Amazing roundup, congrats for entering the blogging world in the last year.

  46. anoddgirl says:

    the instagram accounts your chose are also my favourites!
    happy new year

  47. Totally agree with your blog and YT picks! I adore Anna's videos, she's always so much fun to watch! Happy New Year!

  48. B- BICHE says:

    This is a very cool way of looking back at 2015! I agree with so many things, I love bloglovin also and the quote is so true 🙂 I wish you a happy happy 2016 and keep up the good work girl!

    XO from Malta,

  49. I love your picks! Vivianna Does Makeup is one of my favourite YouTubers too, I'm obsessed with her channel!

    The Makeup Directory

  50. I loved this post, and my Vivianna, she's brilliant ♥

  51. great post. happy new year

  52. Josie says:

    I love Vivianna Does Makeup too! I would love the HONY book, I'm obsessed with the Facebook page x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  53. I can only imagine how amazing that palette is! It's SO gorgeous… I've been drooling over it for AGES xx

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  54. Lindsey says:

    I love the bloggers you mentioned, they're some of my favourites too! I actually just did a post like this yesterday and loved reading yours.

    Lindsey |

  55. LB says:

    Great post! Love mac skin finish! 🙂 Happy new year

  56. ►Nadush says:

    Happy new yer ! Great post 🙂
    please follow my blog : THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

  57. Vigi Raj says:

    I also live by the MAC mineralise skin finish powders! great round up xx

  58. Awesome post! That hourglass blush looks freaking stunning. x

  59. Lovely roundup, and a Happy New Year to you! That blush looks just incredible.
    xo Kiki

  60. nycheartsme says:

    just followed you on bloglovin. it is crazy how time flies. great review of the best of 2015. my mom actually works for the company that publishes the book HONY and it def is a great book! I haven't tried any mac products. but i think I might change that in 2016. happy new year!


  61. Mallory says:

    Such a great round up. I hope you're starting off 2016 fabulously!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  62. Tuula Vintage (Jessica Stein) is easily my favourite Instagram account, yet it makes me so jealous!
    Happy new year!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  63. Lena Chu says:

    A fabulous roundup! And any lippie from MAC is great! 🙂 xo~ Lena

  64. Osiarah Blog says:

    The Instagram accounts of Jay Alvarez & Alexis Reneg are my favorite by far!

    Camy xx

  65. Gabrielle says:

    I love your favourite quote of 2015 and I'm with you on appreciating @tuulavintage Instagram account. Two of my other fav Instagrams are Kristina Bazan's Kayture and Chiara Ferragni's The Blonde Salad 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  66. Great post with a lot of blogs and tipps I didn't know! Thanks for sharing. Xo Leni

  67. Elyse G says:

    I've been following In the frow forever! She's what compelled me to create a blog too. What a great roundup! Your blog is especially gorgeous as well, can't wait to see more 🙂

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  68. Gypsy Petal says:

    What a great way to reflect on 2015! Love this idea.

  69. I loved your MAC Lipstick post – definitely a The Sunday Mode highlight for me!
    I still haven't taken the plunge, but Patisserie will be mine!

    Holly |

  70. I really like that quote, it's the kind of thing that can keep you going 🙂 I love Anna's videos too, she's so lovely! x

  71. I really like that quote, it's the kind of thing that can keep you going 🙂 I love Anna's videos too, she's so lovely! x

  72. I also love MAC's lipsticks and Humans of New York is just amazing 🙂
    Happy new year!
    Charlotte Luisa |

  73. I love how you made a recap of every single important thing in a blogger's life haha.
    Totally checking out these blogs. I already knew In the crow and like her a lot.
    Nice post, babe!

  74. Sora Hwang says:

    I so agree. 2015 just flew by! I'll have to check out some of your bests that I haven't heard of before. 🙂

  75. A great recap of 2015! I wish you continued success in this year!!

    Adi xx

  76. This is such an awesome roundup! Can't wait to check out the blogs and Instagram feeds you recommended. I'm always on the hunt for new discoveries 🙂


  77. Val says:

    Great round up. Totally agree with your top blog and youtube choices as well! Bring on 2016, it's gunna be a good one x

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