Travel: My favourite places in the world. Part Two

The Norwegian Fjords

Norway is such a beautiful country and the fjords are just breath taking…

Olden Norway Fjords

According to Wikipedia, a Fjord is formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley by ice segregation and abrasion into the surrounding bedrock.

Olden Noway

Glacier in Olden

I was lucky enough to visit a few places in Norway and around the Fjords; Bergen, Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger, Moulde, Flaam, Andalsnes and Alesund. They were all quite different and unique in their own way. Bergen and Stavanger were more built up cities whereas places such as Geiranger and Olden were beautiful Fjord towns.

Stavanger Norway

Bergen Norway

Bergen

The lakes are surrounded by picturesque snow topped mountains, forests and floating clouds. Beautiful green and blue tones make this please surreal. The cruise ships I worked on did many Fjord cruises and they were super popular. The weather is usually very cold and the tourist attractions are expensive but it is totally worth it as the scenery is just breath taking. It is no wonder so many people wish to visit.

Geiranger Cruise Shipo Fjords Norway

I think travelling there by Cruise Ship is a great way to see as you get to dock in various locations and also sail through different Fjords and get to take in the entire scenery.

Olden Norway Fjords

Olden Norway Fjords

I really don’t think my photos do these places justice. You’d need to take panorama after panorama as the entire 360 degrees was beautiful.

Moulde Norway Fjords

I’m glad I got to experience parts of this beautiful country and I would certainly recommend it, also a great chance to buy an awesome woolly hat!

Olden Shiptoria

Has anyone else seen the Fjords?

My favourite Nail Varnish, why I love Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Nail Varnish

Nail Varnish has been a big part of my life for many years, I am rarely seen without it. I remember the days of being 15 and living in Barry M’s bright yellow colour (cringe!) But recently with a hectic schedule and looking after a puppy (Not being able to paint my nails unless he’s asleep!) I became frustrated about the longevity of the varnishes I was using.

I have always been a faithful Barry M customer and own a large variation of colours but for me I was getting bummed about how the chips were appearing so quickly. I decided to branch out a bit, try something new but on a budget.

Sally Hansen Nail Varnish

Sally Hansen was a classic brand I had always know about, it was a big hit in the states so I decided to give it a go…

…and I was not disappointed!

Midnight in NY Sally Hansen Nail Varnish

For the past couple of years I have always worn black nail varnish (embracing my inner goth!) I found ‘Midnight in NY’ in the Sally Hansen range and instantly fell in love, the name got me straight away and the colour, a beautiful black built up with subtle sparkles. I was impressed with how long it lasted without chipping and this was with or without a base coat.

When my bottle started to get a bit gloopy I wanted to stock up and buy a few more but I couldn’t find it anywhere! I think it has now been discontinued but I did mange to find some in Wilkos so I grabbed a few!

Sally Hansen Nail Varnish Pat on the back

I have tried a few more tones and have loved them all, my current favourite is ‘Pat on the back’.

I am glad to have finally found the nail varnish brand for me, with a great colour range, large brush which is great for a quick and easy application, quick drying and long lasting!

Definitely worth the extra £3!

Sally Hansen Nail Varnish

And here is a progress photo, this was taken 4 days after painting, not bad at all!

Nail varnish progress dot finger tattoo

And my final little gem for painting your nails is Leighton Deny Miracle Drops

This little beauty is amazing, I am so glad I found it! Just putting a few drops onto your nails immediately after painting ensures they are touch dry in seconds as well as adding a great shine. A massive time saver!

Miracle Drops

What nail varnishes do you recommend?

Travel: My favourite places in the world. Part One

   So I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled around a fair bit in the past few years. Mostly visiting countries and cities which are filled with tourists, holiday destinations and popular cruise ship ports. At the time I didn’t truly appreciate some of these places as waking up in a different country every day became a regular part of life for me. I was working onboard cruise ships for three years so this became the norm. I look back now and realize I took this all for granted, I wish I stepped off the beaten track and really explored each place I visited, wish I picked up my camera more and captured the beauty of each destination.

   Having looked back through all my photos from my travels I have realized how lucky I was and I want to share some of the places which really struck me, the places which I loved…

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, BVI

I’m going to start with my absolute favourite place, a true paradise

Virgin Gorda BVI Tortola

I spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and it is without doubt my favourite place. A true tropical paradise, sandy white beaches and deep blue seas topped with scorching sunshine. A relaxed place, the islands are each filled with character and a place I am always dreaming of revisiting.

Virgin Gorda was a place of legend; every crew member spoke tales of this beautiful tropical place. The area known as “The Baths” is filled with natural boulders in the sea and I was eager to visit. It took me two years until I got the chance as it was a boat ride away from the island of Tortola where we docked and I wasn’t disappointed!

Virgin Gorda BVI Tortola

The Baths is at the southern part of the small island and shows the history of the island’s volcanic origins as granite boulders lay in piles on the beach and form scenic grottoes.

Virgin Gorda The Baths BVI

The Baths Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda and The Baths is absolutely stunning, I am so glad that I got to spend the day here, swimming in the blue sea, watching fishing boats, exploring the natural boulder grottoes, hiking up and down cliffs to get there, feeling the tropical sunshine, climbing boulders and enjoying the beach. I think that this place was the most beautiful location which I was lucky enough to visit, it was breath taking and really made me appreciate how beautiful our planet really is…

Shiptoria Virgin Gorda

This is just part one, I will be sharing some more of my favourite places soon!

Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?

The start of something new

This is where it beings, hopefully the start of a new little blogging adventure…

I’ve always been a bit of a blog fan girl but never had the balls to start one of my own but now at the grand old age of 26 (Pushing 30 soon…lets not go there!) I thought it was time that I use this opportunity to try and get inspired again to pick up my camera and capture the great parts of everyday life.

I’ve spent the last few years trying to find my feet and now finally I think I’m on track, I want to be able to share and document how a normal girl is trying to be a grown up.

Shiptoria

Expect to see lots of my pug Pickle, kitsch/retro/vintage/trashy/tacky homewares, lots of pineapples, my favourite beauty products and clothes, some of my photography, tales of my foreign travels, a bit of rambling plus a little bit of cooking thrown in for good measures.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the ride.

Victoria x