The Best Of The Sunday Mode

You know, I realised the other day that I’ve been blogging for more than a year now and do you think I celebrated hitting that milestone at all? Nope, in typical Julia fashion I did absolutely nothing. I mean sure, I may have eaten a ‘celebratory’ cookie or two or fourΒ but let’s get real that’s just all part of a normal day for me.

Even though it makes me cringe to read some of my really old posts I sometimes find it refreshing to look back over the content I’ve produced in the last year and reflect. I’ve never done a round-up style post like this before but I figured hey, I’ve surpassed the one year mark now so why the hell not do a little something something to commemorate that?

If you fancy a trip down memory lane with me, here’s what’s been happening on The Sunday Mode over the last year (and a bit):

Top 5 Essie Polishes
Best Confidence Boosting Beauty Products
Top MAC Lipsticks
Beauty Rules You Should Break
3 Easy Flat Hair Fixes
Must Have MAC Eyeshadows
4 Ways To Look Better Than You Feel
Beauty Products Worth The Splurge
The 4 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Haircare
Game-Changing Beauty Tools


12 Hours In Hawaii (A Day In The Life)
Travel Diary: Sydney
10 Ways To Be A Tourist In Your HometownΒ 
Travel Diary: Queensland


5 Reasons To Buy A Trench Coat
How To Pinpoint Your Personal Style
22 Things I’ve Learnt About Fashion In 22 Years
How To Break A Fashion Rut
5 Reasons Why It Matters What You Wear


10 Ways To Feel Happier
The Week In Pictures
A Day In The Life
5 Of The Best Sources For Creative Inspiration
How To Refresh Your Life
5 TV Shows You Should Watch
How To Make The Most Of Every Day
5 Easy Ways To Leave Your Comfort Zone
How To Increase Your Success
Why You Should Be Your Own Best Friend
How To Choose The Perfect Gift

And just to make you all laugh, have a look at the very first post I ever wrote hereΒ and feel free to cringe at everything- the photography, the writing…just everything. Excuse me while I go and hide in a hole.




105 comments so far.

105 responses to “The Best Of The Sunday Mode”

  1. Natalie says:

    Congrats on the milestone! It is interesting to look back at previous posts to see how you have changed or your style!

    nat // dignifiable

  2. Phoebe says:

    Well done!! Time has certainly flown and your blog has just kept on getting better and better. It must be challenging but satisfying to keep progressing toward. Although I enjoyed your first posts it is interesting to see the progression in writing, photos and layout. You are obviously a very creative person who thinks deeply about a lot of things and likes to help and share what you know and learn. You have a loyal follower here who really appreciates your work. I look forward to the next year of posts!

  3. Congrats on one year!!!! I love your blog!! xoxo

    Mel |

  4. One year! Congratulations dear. I love how you organized your posts into header columns.

  5. fashion mews says:

    happy blogiversary, looks like you're doing an amazing job! love your posts!

    xx Melis

  6. i love your posts, really want the olympus pen like you too x

  7. Beckie says:

    You have nothing to cringe about! Even that first post is brilliant! Honestly, it's way better than mine! Hahaha
    Congratulations on the year milestone!!

  8. Georgia Jade says:

    Congrats on still going strong! I've just read your first ever blog post, and I think mine is worse! Yours isn't bad at all! Yay for progress πŸ™‚

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

  9. congrats!!! πŸ™‚ and i really like the idea of this memory post!


  10. Congrats on your one year blogiversary! Loved reading through some of your older posts πŸ™‚

    We are Dannah | Australian lifestyle blog


  11. Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! I know mine is coming up shortly as well and it's such a great time to reflect on how far you have come in the blog world =o) Love your blog!

  12. Adrika says:

    lovely πŸ™‚
    NEW BLOG ! please follow me : YOUNG BLOG

  13. Rae says:

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! We're coming up to our 1 year too, it's crazy to see the difference in writing and photography as blogging starts to become so much more natural over time. Here's to seeing many more posts from you!

  14. This is such a lovely post, it really is so important to look back and reflect over everything you've done and achieved, congrats on 1 year lovely!


  15. Eclectic Alu says:

    Loved reading through your posts! Your first post was pretty nice to me!

    Congrats on year!


  16. veebz boo says:

    Congratulations on blogging for over a year! That’s such a big achievement and you have a beautiful blog to show for it. You should definitely celebrate even more, push the boat out and have a whole cupcake lol. I’m definitely going to be checking out more of your posts. Haha my older ones make me cringe so much too. I can’t look at them, otherwise I know I’ll just end up deleting everything lool.:D xx – My Ultimate Moisturiser – My Top 5 Highlighters

    • Haha I'm not a cupcake person but you know what I'm going to go buy myself some more cookies or something to celebrate more, thanks for the enabling!!

      Yeah looking at old posts is so rough and reading them is even worse for me!

  17. Happy bloganniversary! Sometimes I check my old posts to see how much everything has changed and how far away I am from my goals πŸ™‚ Your photography improved so much!

    Ela BellaWorld

  18. Yiotou_La says:

    Cobgrats! One year is a big deal ans I wish you more successful years to come! I always read my first posts and I usually laugh, but I don't want to delete them cause it reminds me of all the progress I made.

    Yiota x

  19. Yiotou_La says:

    Cobgrats! One year is a big deal ans I wish you more successful years to come! I always read my first posts and I usually laugh, but I don't want to delete them cause it reminds me of all the progress I made.

    Yiota x

  20. Gabrielle says:

    Congratulations on the milestone! I mean, buying a massive cake ''retrospectively'' to celebrate sounds about right, don't you think? πŸ˜‰ haha. I know what you mean about cringing about older posts, I'm the same way – I like to kid myself into believing they don't exist… but they can be fun for comparisons!

  21. Congrats on one year of blogging lovely – time really does fly doesn't it?! You've covered some fab topics – can definitely see why they've been so popular! *going to read your Hawaii post now, sounds amazing!

    Hayley xo

  22. Sarah A says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I also love looking back at my old post and reflect on how my posts have changed πŸ™‚

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  23. Lily A. says:

    Congratulations! It's crazy how fast time flies when you are having fun, isn't it? Wishing you many years of blogging success!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lilyο»Ώ

  24. Sabina says:

    Congrats and happy anniversary! Hope you'll get to (really) celebrate many more! xo

    Sabina |

  25. I cringe too at my old posts but they're so funny too! Congrats and always celebrate milestones, it keeps you motivated!


    Tamara –

  26. MITCH says:

    Love how you can sum up the best blog posts of yours!

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  27. # sweetreats says:

    What I have noticed in the blog posts I've read by you ( I would be lying if I said I read a few),are that they're extraordinarily relatable and are based on topics which your viewers can touch up on and that's my description of a good blogger. Therefore, keep doing what you're doing ,gurrl! οΏ½οΏ½οΏ½οΏ½

    #sweetreats xx

  28. Ileana says:

    This is such a great recap! I think it is always fun to go check out the old posts! Even the best bloggers have some funny first posts πŸ˜€


    Novelstyle Blog

  29. Christine says:

    Wow, congratulations on your first year anniversary! I am like you too, I'll bet when my first year rolls around, it will be anticlimactic. Thanks for summing up your posts for us! xoxo, Christine

  30. DEMELER says:

    such a great post! and congrats on the anniversary!

  31. Congratulations on hitting a milestone and good on you for keeping up with blogging for more than a year. I was tempted to delete my old and yes, cringeworthy posts too but you know what? I think it's a good reminder of how far we've come along in blogging and how much we've improved so I left it there.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  32. Congratulations! Definitely going to be looking through the posts of yours I've missed, and don't worry, my old posts are SO MUCH worse!

    http://www.Barely There | British-Korean Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  33. Congrats on the milestone girly! Although old posts are cringy, I love going through them hehe x


  34. Alice Diner says:

    Great post! Well done on the milestone, how have I only just found your blog?!xx

  35. FashionJazz says:

    Congrats on the mile stone thats awesome, I have been doing it for 8 years and I forget often lol xx

  36. Wow this is incredible!! Always love coming to your blog. Congratulations xx

  37. Elishia says:

    ElishiaSeptember 20, 2016 at 1:57 PM
    Super awesome stuff, CONGRATULATIONS on one year πŸ™‚ I always love finding new blogs to read and I love the content you've been putting up! Thanks for popping over to my site to have a look, I hope you enjoyed NYC xx

  38. Congratulations Hun! It comes around way to quick doesn't it haha.

    Nicole xx |

  39. Elizabeth says:

    It's definitely fun to look back on past posts and see how much you've grown! Congrats on ur one year and hitting another milestone!

  40. Artdicted 2 says:

    Congrats! It's always lovely to see a blog growing fast πŸ™‚
    Nati xx

  41. Mercy F says:

    Aw this is a clever way to summarise your one year of blogging. Same with my blog, it just turned one too. Cheers!

  42. Congratulations! You have achieved so much in just one year – nice idea to summarise your blogposts like that!


  43. Congratulations, this is amazing!
    – Bianca Unhas

  44. Congrats on a milestone!!!! How amazzzzzzzing!!!!!!!!! woot woot!
    xo Beckerman Girls

  45. Laura M says:

    Congrats on the milestone! I'm so embarrassed by many (many!) of my early posts.

    She Likes to Shop

  46. Project RiRi says:

    Congrats on your milestone girl! xx

  47. Rosy Ferry says:

    Congrats on hitting your milestone, and you totally deserved those cookies πŸ™‚

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  48. Congrats on a year of blogging! I find looking back through old posts so strange, but it's so nice to be able to look back and see yourself improving πŸ™‚ Here's to another fab year!

    Hayley-Eszti |

  49. Lubka Henry says:

    Congrats on the blogging achievement! You have done a really good job πŸ™‚

  50. I totally cringe looking back on my old posts, congrats on the milestone! x

  51. Appley UK says:

    Congratulations on hitting your milestone! Many more to come.
    Love your posts in lifestyle.

    Appley UK

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