What Defines Us Turned One

Tired of London, Tired of Life?What Defines Us turned one, and I missed it. Exactly one year and three days ago my baby celebrated its very first birthday, and I completely forgot about it. Not even the fact that my life is still a super turbulent rollercoaster ride can excuse the fact that I managed to forget my blog’s birthday. Or can it? I’d love to think so…Anywho, what is done is done, so let’s have a look at some of the highlights of the past year, shall we?

fresh startThe Hourglass FaceIt all started one year ago with a girl trying to set foot in the blogging sphere with a tripod in one hand and camera in the other. Just one month later she participated in her first blogger competition, and, believe it or not, managed to win together with the lovely Charlotte from Lurch Hound Loves. And that was the beginning of something wonderful.

SunkissedWhat I Wore To - Fashionchick Redesign PartyWinning that competition not only allowed little Jasmin to get to know the fabulous girls from Fashionchick.uk, Kavita and Rebecca, I’m talking about you, and connect with brands like Reiss and House of Fraser, but also to meet many other bloggers she’s now lucky enough to call her friends. Oh and let’s not forgot about the fabulous boat cruise to Greenwich and the view from the Shard Jasmin and her mama bear were able to enjoy thanks to boohoo.com. What then followed can only be described as a serious of a lot more exciting firsts: first press day, first collaboration, first fashion week, first catwalk show….the list goes on.

Boohoo Experience Everything – Boat CruiseThe Art of Turning Heads – Fashion Week EditionWhen Jasmin found out that Fashionchick was organising yet another blogger competition, this time sending four lucky bloggers from Holland, Germany, France and the UK to Mercedes Benz-Fashion Week Amsterdam, she decided to try her luck again. And as fate would have it, little Jasmin managed to win the public voting, and was sent to Amsterdam to experience her very first Fashion Week. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences a fashion-obsessed girl could ask for.

Amsterdam Outfit Day 1Amsterdam Day 2Soon enough it was time for London Fashion Week – yet another exhilarating and completely surreal experience. Jasmin saw Anna Wintour and some of her favourite fashion bloggers in the flesh, and was even photographed by the Urban Spotter (although those pictures never made it onto his site…boohoo). Even though things on What Defines Us have calmed down since then, and Jasmin is no longer living in London, she’s super excited to see what the future holds for her and her blog.

Jingle BellsLFW Day 3 OutfitBut what is a blog without its readers? Some of you have been following What Defines Us from the beginning, and others have only recently stopped by for the first time. No matter what category you may belong to, I am grateful for every single reader, every single visit, for all your support, love, hugs, and kind comments. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world knowing some of you in person, and I’m eager to meet even more of you in the future. Thank you guys for being part of this journey. It’s been a real blast so far!



  • http://www.inspiredsentiment.blogspot.com Reshma

    Wow, looks like you have already accomplished so much in your first year! Congratulations! :)

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Reshma :) xx

  • http://www.swankxtar.com/ Tanaka

    Wooohooooo!!! What an exciting year! All the richest blessing to you as you continue to share great style and content with us in the coming years (:
    x Tanaka
    Swankxtar Style Blog

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you very much Tanaka! Your sweet words mean so much to you :) xx

  • http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk sprinklesofstyle

    Awww it’s so lovely to see how far you’ve come from day one – it’s all about hard work and of course your readers, without them things would be a lot more difficult!!

    I hope you’re well hun! :)

    Layla xx


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      I couldn’t agree more, Layla! Thanks for your sweet comment :) xx

  • http://www.thelaughingshooter.com/ Tania

    amazing style! congrez!!! :) keep the good work up

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you very much Tania! I really appreciate it :) xx

  • http://www.balgarka.co.uk/ Lubka Christova

    You’ve got such an immaculate fashion style, dear! Congrats on the blogaversary :))

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Lu! That’s incredibly sweet of you :) xx

  • #byLily

    Happy birthday ‘What defines us’!!!! I have been following you from almost the beginning and through your stories here I feel like I know you so well! A brave, genuine, incredibly kind, beautiful (from the in and outside) young lady. I feel so lucky to have met you last year! Many years of more exciting content to come!! Wish you all the best!!

    X Lily

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      ‘What Defines Us’ thanks you with all its heart for the kind birthday wishes :-* And you’re making the girl behind the blog blush. I hope you know that I feel exactly the same way about you. What would a life without my favourite Dutchie be? :)

      Jasmin xx

  • Rosa Mimmino

    Na du hast ja mit ganz schöner Geschwindigkeit begonnen!! Wünsche dir was Ähnliches auch für die Zukunft! Und war schön, einen Querschnitt deiner Oufits zu sehen!!

    new post

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Vielen Dank Rosa! Das ist wirklich super lieb von dir :) xx

  • Allie Mackin

    Wowsie you did A LOT in your first year! Keep up the good work!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Allie 😉 xx

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    I love all of these looks



    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Laura :) xx

  • http://www.felinecreatures.com Lena Chu

    This is amazing Jasmin! I’m really glad to learn about your journey as I’ve recently come across your blog and I absolutely ADORE your style! And also you have a very relatable personality which makes readers like you as a person and want to “hang out” with you here on your blog! That’s amazing you had the chance to attend so many fashion weeks across the globe and meet Anna Wintour! Keep up the good work hun, though as you mentioned you’re no longer in London, I believe even better things are awaiting you! All the best!! :) xo~ Lena


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! Could you be any sweeter Lena? This is literally the best compliment ever :) I feel the same way about you and your blog. I’d love to visit you in Chicago some time and hang out for real. xx

      • http://www.felinecreatures.com Lena Chu

        Oh come visit soon! And when you do we can go to some local hot spots and even do a shoot together on Michigan Avenue! Doesn’t that sound fun? hehe~ take care hun!

  • http://www.fashionbyemina.blogspot.com/ Emina

    Congrats!! Happy B-day to your blog

    Love Emina


    -> New post is up – Check it out – I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Emina :) xx

  • Whitney V

    Awww how super sweet is this and how many achievements!! You should be super proud of yourself!! Too bad I didn’t get to meet you in person in London but hopefully very soon! And huge congrats on year one babe!!! xxx



    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Whitney! That’s very sweet of you to say. Let me know whenever you’re in Berlin. I’d love to grab a coffee :) xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    Happy Bday to your blog Jasmin! I wish u all the best! You look stunning in the white sets.. Just perfect!



    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Cvetina! That’s very kind of you. The white sets are my favourite too :) xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    Happy belated Anniversary to your awesome blog, and the owner for making it one of the most welcoming and inspiring blogs I’ve had the pleasure to be following. Your posts whether they are fashion-related or not have been a delicious read and you are my dear, a refreshing presence, someone I truly admire. Thank YOU 😀 xo

    Shanaz | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much sweetie! Your kind words are making me blush! I can only return every single compliment, and words can’t describe how glad I am to have met you through our blogs :) xx

  • http://tr3ndygirl.com/ tr3ndygirl

    hi darling, very beautiful look
    I wish you an happy day
    fashion blogger Pamela Soluri

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Pamela! That’s very sweet of you :) xx

  • AF

    Wow times go by so fast right? its what I feel as well when i think about when i started the blog. Nice post dear.


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Yes, it does indeed! Thank you so much :) xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    Happy belated birthday to your blog…don’t feel bad, I forgot about my blog’s birthday too! However, it is never too late for little reflecting…and it’s always a good time for a recap, especially when that recap is as fabulous as yours.

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Hehe…I’m glad I’m not the only one, who forgot her blog’s birthday! And thank you of course…that’s incredibly sweet of you :) xx