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How I took self portraits on my solo trip in Italy

self portraits in italy

Hello! My trip to Italy in September was beauuuuutiful and I’m finally getting round to talking about it here. You may or may not know that I went by myself. Of course everyone wants to get those holiday pics while you’re away, and I’m no different.

I took many many selfies, but there was some points where I wanted to get a different angle shot.

I never thought I’d be able to pose in public, especially by myself. But I frickin did it!!

Even though I thought I needed to be with people to feel confident enough to do it, I think being alone is actually what gave me the confidence. No one there knew me and it felt so free.

So I thought I’d show you some of the self portraits I managed to take and tell you a bit about how I got them.

I only took my phone on this trip. Hauling my camera around everywhere didn’t seem ideal, and plus I was worried about pickpockets. 

I meant to take my little phone stand to get better self portraits but my dumb brain forgot to pick it up before I left. So that meant I had to try and take all photos of myself by balancing my phone on whatever I could find in the moment. Which was sometimes very risky. But anyway, here we go.

The Gardens

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The first self shot I got was on my first day in Pisa. I visited the Botanical Gardens and at one point I stopped to chill on a bench for a while and saw this as my first selfie opportunity. There were a few people round, but I’d say this was the quietest spot I snapped a picture of myself over the weekend.

I put my phone on self timer and balanced it against the armrest of the bench. And snap! After a few attempts, this is what I got. I do think the lighting could have been better, but I actually really like the shadows cast by the trees. I feel like it makes me look a lil mysterious, hah

The Museum

I captured this photo while in Florence! The one place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. I went to the Uffizi Gallery, which was frickin’ unbelievable. I took of a lot of photos of all the beauty in the building, but at one point I wanted to capture a moment of me being there.

There was an area with some benches about halfway round and I wanted to take a moment to chill as it was starting to become a long day. And of course I had to use that moment to get my next self portrait.

This setting was much busier than the gardens so apart from having more balls, the way I got the pic was the same.

The Rocks

This little shoot led to some of my favourite photos from the whole trip. I spent one day seeing a few of the Cinque Terre towns, which I totally recommend visiting btw!!

In a moment of total self love and confidence, I stuck my phone in a gap in a rock on the beach in Vernazza and posed my lil heart out. I think this gorgeous velvet swimsuit combined with the incredible time I was having just made me feel amazing. So hell yeah I strutted my stuff and posed my little heart out!

I got quite a few stares while I was getting these self portraits haha, but it was so worth it! Not only because I adore the photos, but also because not caring about what people thought of me in that moment has given me a push to do that more often when I’m in England, and not just when I travel.

So those were the 3 self portraits I got while in Italy! No, they’re nothing you’d see in Vogue, but they represent me pretty well and I’m super proud of them. Mainly because of the confidence it took to get them hah!

But as you can see, I took them on a fairly small scale so it really wasn’t that noticeable. It’s so easy to get paranoid and think everyone is staring at you, which is why I never got any self shots when I went to Prague.

But in a weird way, it’s kind of liberating to pose in public!

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Prague pics

prague pics

It feels like it’s been bloody ages since I was in Prague, but it was only February. Ain’t it crazy how you can be in a different country, have this amazing experience and then you get home and everything goes back to normal in an instant. Almost making you forget about the trip you just had.

So if you hadn’t guessed, my first solo trip to Prague has slipped my mind a bit. But something reminded me of it the other day.

I can’t tell you what exactly that was now, but it made me reminisce about my little adventure.

Then I thought, damn, I haven’t done that photo diary I planned to do. To be honest, it was a good excuse for me to go through all my Prague pics again.

So I’ve picked out my favourites and thought I’d give you a bit of a context with a few of them. It’s mostly it’s all pics for an easy scroll! If you wanna see more of my trip, you can check out my highlights video or my lengthy blog post.

I don’t think it’s possible to truly capture the beauty of Prague, but I hope you can get even just a hint of it from this post.

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prague pics
my hotel room looked super modern but was so so cosy!!

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prague pics

prague pics
the old town was definitely my favourite area i visited in prague. just look how cute these buildings are

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prague pics
the insane view from charles bridge

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prague pics
i couldn’t resist going into a gingerbread museum

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prague pics

prague pics
sunnies!! because even though it was -14 degrees, the sun was blinding, hah!
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ahhhh the hard rock cafe !! i may have left here a bit tipsy, but with amazing food and cocktails, it was the best night i had while i was there!
the old town was even more beautiful at sunset
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the decor in the james dean diner was funky

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prague pics
salvador dali exhibition – so worth a visit !
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because you can’t not take a sneaky selfie when one of the exhibits is a mirror
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the andy warhol exhibition was so interesting. another one i’d hugely recommend

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What I got up to in Prague

andy warhol art gallery prague

So you may have seen my post a few months ago about booking my first solo trip. Welllll, this is it! I’m going to start off cheesy, so apologies. I’m so glad I did this. I’ve proven to myself that I can do anything I put my mind too. Even those things that seem daunting as hell.

It’s been an amazing experience and I’d love to do it again. It would be lovely to visit Prague again, but I think I’ll take a trip somewhere else before I do come back. Because now I know I can take a solo trip (and have a bloody amazing time, aaaah) I can broaden my horizons and have more adventures.

But for now, it’s still all about Prague.

Before I start, if you’d rather not read a hell of a long post about my trip, my YouTube highlights video is linked at the end! It’s not got everything in it, but it’s got a cool city vibe to it.

My flight left Birmingham at 3pm on Friday 23rd February. With Prague being well known for its beer, I expected the groups of lads going for a booze up weekend, but bloody hell they were rowdy. 2 hours and 15 minutes later, I landed in Prague with a headache, but also bundles of excitement.

By the time I reached my hotel and unpacked, there wasn’t a lot of time to do much. So I went for, what I planned to be a short walk but ended up getting lost, then eventually just grabbed a sandwich and a drink. I had an early night to get me ready for the rest of the weekend.

I’m going to be honest and say my only reasoning for choosing the hotel was because of how the rooms looked. Of course I made sure there was a decent shower, had good ratings, etc. but the decor just appealed to me so damn much.

axa hotel prague

I was up bright and early on Saturday and went up to Charles Bridge! I was in awe. The first time I walked over I was snapping pics and getting some videos, so I actually think that drew my attention away a little bit, but I was still taken aback by the stunning views. It was on the way back that I put my phone away and gave it my full attention. Annnnnnd I’m so glad I did because it’s so beautiful. From the details on the bridge itself, to the incredible surroundings, it’s definitely worth putting up with the crowds.

charles bridge prague

I did try to avoid a lot of the attractions bustling with tourists. Not just because of the overcrowding, mainly because I just didn’t fancy doing all of that.

Yeah, I know. I might regret it. But if I change my mind and want to see more of the sights, I can always take another trip (now I’m just looking for excuses to go back, hah!). Seriously though, I love walking, so having a stroll through the streets, grabbing a snack and heading into whatever shops or museums or whatever takes my fancy is much more enjoyable to me. I feel free. Not like I have to rush to get around all the attractions just to say I’ve done it. But obviously I do enjoy some tourist spots, and if you have a list to tick off then that’s also fine! You do you. It’s just not for me.

Anyway, I didn’t just walk across Charles Bridge and then turn back. I did take a walk which (I think) lead me to Prague Castle. It looked stunning but there was a very large queue which put me off a bit. So I just took in the view.

The sky had gone a lil cloudy by this point but it was still beauuuutiful!

prague castle view

On the way back I stopped off at a Gingerbread Museum. I was surprised I didn’t start drooling because everything looked so damn good. Then I had a little wander around the streets and accidentally found stumbled upon a high street, so of course I did a bit of shopping.

Then I headed back to my hotel to chill for a bit before heading out on the night for some food. I couldn’t find the restaurant I planned to go to, the James Dean diner, even though I was using Google Maps (what a knob) so then I decided to just go into the next place I saw. But, being as picky as I am, I couldn’t do that, so I spent a little while walking until my feet hurt enough that I eventually gave up and just pushed the door of a little Czech restaurant.

Which was a good decision because I had an amazing meal. I was stuffed.

My quest for the James Dean diner continued on Sunday morning, and this time I succeed. There’s big curtains behind the door when you first go in, which surprised me a bit. I think I actually made a little “oooooh” sound when I walked through.

james dean diner prague

I decided to just have a mushroom omelette and take in the theme of the place. Then I wandered around, ate a trdelník – one of the best things I did (!!), before visiting a modern art gallery.

You had to go up a winding staircase and then push a big wooden door to get to each exhibition. The final one freaked me out at first because there were people crouching on the floor in a dark room… it was actually one of the pieces of art, by my god, I thought they were real and may or may not have jumped when I went into the room.

I retreated back to my hotel again to defrost and have a shower. That night I left a bit earlier to take a stroll into the Old Town as the sun set. It was beautiful how the light fell around the stunning architecture. Then I reached the Hard Rock Cafe, which was huge compared to its rather small looking exterior.

All of the tables were taken so I sat at the bar, had some amazing chicken strips, some wine and then a few cocktails.

Yeah, I may have left a little tipsy but it was so much fun.

hard rock cafe prague

It was time for me to come home on Monday afternoon, so I spent a few hours wandering around the Prague Gallery of Art. There were exhibitions from Salvador Dali, Alphonse Mucha and Andy Warhol. It obviously had such a different feel to the modern art museum I visited the day before, but it was just as brilliant.

I think I enjoyed how in depth the exhibitions were here just a bit more though. It was all laid out in such a clever and interesting way.

After having a culture filled morning, I had about an hour to kill before I needed to get to the airport. So I became a basic bitch and went to Starbucks. I hate coffee and think the place is both overpriced and overrated but it was freezing so I wanted to stay warm for a bit. I had a hot chocolate and started writing this post, haha!

Then I ended up back home. Over the moon to see my dog but instantly missing it. I’m craving to go back to Prague already.

But anyway, that’s what I got up to while I was there! I would definitely recommend it if you love culture or just want a little break, but that’s not too wildly different from home, if you’re used to city life. It was ideal for my first solo trip, so consider that too if you fancy doing the same.

Watch my Prague highlights video!!

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I booked my first solo trip!

prague trip

I can’t quite believe it. I’ve booked my first solo holiday !!

In my to do list for this year, I said I’d love to do a weekend in Italy. Florence to be precise. But unless I fancied a few flight changes and awkward landing times, it wasn’t going to happen.

Well, just not yet anyway. I wanted my first trip abroad by myself to be as simple (and soon) as possible. So I went for my second destination choice, Prague.

It’s happening in February and I can’t wait!

Time for me to celebrate.

Bare with me as I get a lil mushy… I’m so proud of myself for getting to a point where I feel confident enough to do this. Thinking back to me 5 years ago, I was a completely different person confidence wise.

Hardly leaving the house because I was too anxious. Overthinking every little detail (something i still do way too much, but i don’t let it consume me like i used to).

And now I’m going to a different country by myself. To some people it’s nothing, to others it’s a big thing. Honestly, all I really care about is how important this trip is to me.

13 year old Vicky would find some geeky way to tell me to “fuck off” (i didn’t swear back then, i was a good egg) in disbelief if I could go back and tell her all the things I’m now achieving, which I’ve done all by myself.

Okay, I’m going to stop praising myself up now… I’m just so happy and bloody excited! Admittedly a little scared too, but that’s giving me even more of a push to make the most of it.

Ahhh, a weekend in Prague!

Now to get planning so I don’t miss out anything I want to do.

More wine though first, of course.

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Photo Diary: Lanzarote Week Two

I’m home! My annual holiday to Lanzarote is over for at least another year. As beautiful as it is, I’m actually hoping to go somewhere different next year. It’s always good to visit new places, so why not, aye?

But I can plan future holiday’s later, for now it’s back to Lanzarote!

At first I wasn’t sure which photo to use as the title image. It’s a holiday post, so the picture should be of the destination, right? Well, we managed to get quite possible my favourite photo of me ever while we were there, so I just had to use this one.

It started with me saying “let me be a model”, and then realising I’m way to awkward for that profession, so I just ended up losing the pout and laughing. Snap! The picture of my moment of “modelling” was taken and I love it. It captured my natural smile, which I much prefer to the more common forced selfie smiles. The dress I’m wearing is also one of my favourites. It’s a 90’s grunge style velvet dress with a cheeky split, which shows off my wonderful milk bottle legs. I sound super vain, but I don’t think I’ve ever looked cuter in a picture than I do in this one, so I’m allowed to be a little egotistical for a moment.

Taking a trip.

It didn’t take long before realised I was very tired on this holiday, it’s been a super long year. I needed a rest. So my usual adventurous self was tucked up all cosy at the back of my mind and I was spending a lot of time relaxing, which consisted of lots of reading, writing and napping. Not a bad holiday, if I do say so myself.

But we did decide that we needed some adventure, so this week we took a trip across Lanzarote to another popular tourist area, Playa Blanca. There was a cute little market and the harbour is beautiful! As you can see, it was the only thing I took pictures of while we were there…

The “Armas” Ferry is the one we got last week on our trip to Fuerteventura. (You can read about that in part one).


My holiday friend.

Everyone knows how down I felt about leaving Olive, and it was even worse without her. I was getting updated daily on how she was doing, with pictures of her cute little face attached, but it wasn’t the same! I missed having a pet to look after. So when I met a little stray kitten, I immediately wanted to scoop it up and carry it back to our apartment. There are hundreds of cats wondering around the island, but most of them are smart enough to stick by the streets lined with restaurants, knowing a lot of us humans can’t resist giving them a little treat.

But not this little guy. It stayed away from all the busy areas, and was always in the same spot whenever we walked past. I always stopped to say hi. I hope the kitten’s been doing alright since I’ve been home. Good luck in your life, little one!




I actually did something I said I would?!

In my photo diary of my first week on holiday, I set myself a goal. And what do you know? I actually did it. I managed to take a photo of one dinner I had all week. Okay, so I know it doesn’t sound like much, but my Instagram isn’t full of Nando’s pics. When good food is put in front of me, I tuck in like a greedy puppy. And this photo nearly didn’t exist either as I had the spoon in my hand, but I quickly remembered what I wrote, and ta da! A bloody beautiful lasagne.



After 13 days of much needed lie-ins, we had to be up at 6am for our flight home. The sun wasn’t up, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to be back tucked up in bed. But as it started to rise, wow! I was wishing I hadn’t been so lazy and woken up earlier every day. Photos don’t capture the true beauty, but here’s the sun shining on the clouds and a mountain top.

Tip for my next holiday: wake up early and see the sunrise as much as possible. (I originally wrote “everyday” and chuckled to myself. I know for a fact I will strongly refuse to get out of bed more often than not).



So there you have it! That was a little look into my holiday in Lanzarote. I’m so happy to be home, but I can’t wait to go properly exploring on my next trip. I’m thinking Italy 2018…

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Photo Diary: Lanzarote Week One


If you follow me on any social media or saw my post about leaving Olive, you’ll know that I’m in Lanzarote!  I’ve been here 4 times now and I never get over how beautiful the island is. I always take many pictures while I’m here, but apart from the odd Insta post, no one really gets to see them. So this year I thought I’d share them with you guys.

I’ve been here one week so far. It feels like we’ve been here longer than that, but it’s gone super quick at the same time. But I’ve already been snapping away with my phone camera, so here’s week one in photos!



I always like taking pics of streets. Even at home. I don’t really know why, I just think sometimes there are nice simple views right in front of us, but we don’t notice them. So those are just some of Lanzarote’s streets for you.


The swimming pool has had a make over since we last stayed here.

It’s now an infinity pool and it’s beautiful! At night has to be my favourite view though. There’s lights that change colour. From blue, to green, to purple and red – the transitions are magical! I’m not good enough to capture it’s true wonderfulness, but here’s the mystical green and purple.



We’ve done a lot of walking so far, which is great as I love exploring! I took this next photo just before we walked down some very hot steps to the beach. (I took my shoes off too soon again, and hurt my feet a little. I’m just too eager. Which is ironic because I actually hate how sand feels on my feet, but I do still love the beach so I put up with it for the fun).



What a view! This was took along the harbour in the Old Town, which is definitely my favourite part of the island, and luckily we stay right by it.


Of course I’m throwing in a selfie.

It doesn’t look very touristy, because I took it just before we were going out one night. I’m not often a fan of front facing camera pics. My face just never looks right to me haha. And it usually takes me forever to get one or two I sorta like. But, I think I look cute here, so I shall post it everywhere. Maybe even print it out on posters and hang it in the streets.



Surprisingly, as I’ve ate so bloody much this week already, I don’t have any photos of food. That’s because as soon as it’s put down in front of me, it starts disappearing. A goal for next week is to try and get a picture of at least one meal before I devour it.

Anyway, because of the lack of food, here’s an amazing cocktail I had. (It’s a Margarita, in case you were wondering).




On Friday, we hopped on a ferry over to Fuerteventura.

It’s another one of the Canary Islands which we’ve been thinking of going too next year. Everyone who’s been told me it’s amazing, with old cobbled streets and beautiful scenery. But I have to admit, my heart is with Lanzarote. Maybe it was because we didn’t get to venture out much, and were just greeted by the many little shops and bars. There was a bus we could get into a small village which I regret not doing now because I might have a completely different view on the island if we had. Nevertheless, I had a lovely day! (Even though I was nearly sick coming back on the ferry…)






That was a little look into my first week in Lanzarote! It’s a little cloudy this morning, but it’s only early, and my phone’s forecast for today has lots of little suns.

I’m excited for more adventures! There’ll be a post on week two when I get home!