I am gonna follow the Sun.

 Do what you love.

 ...and love what you do. 

   Hello there :) It's been some time since we last caught up, but here I am! I must say that, in the light of recent events around here, I got very skeptical about publishing these photos and keeping up with Red Rose Cheeks in general, but after giving it a lot of thought, I realized that nothing can or should prevent me from doing what I love. We should never stop dreaming and do the things that give us joy and hope. Or the things that just keep us going through the hard times. We should never feel guilty for any of that. Even more, we should always (try to) love what we do, not only so we can do it well, but most importantly, so that we can feel good with ourselves and get motivated. 
   We can always find beauty around, even in the ugliest days. Whoever first said that, apparently knew better. 

lace crop top and printed shorts thanks to SnS Athens 


Italy Photo Diary 4.

Hello again :) My Italy photo diary is finally completed today! Here is a quick report: 

Number of cities visited: 5. Rome, Urbino, San Marino, Venice and Verona.
Number of photos taken: 1596
Number of photos edited: 183
Number of frutti di bosco tarts eaten: 3
Number of times we walked Via del Corso in Rome up and down: innumerable
Number of Disney Store visits: 3
Number of  Pope lollipops purchased: 0
Number of times I listened to Mr. Brightside while writing these posts: innumerable
Number of great buys: 3. My pink Vans, Miu Miu round sunglasses from San Marino and a beautiful silk skirt from The Hidden Forest Market boutique, in Verona. 
Number of snow balls purchased: 4

Overall, it was an amazing two weeks vacation :) 

 Parts 1-14 
 Parts 15-28 

41. On our first day in Verona we stumbled upon a mini me.

42. Juliet's house was our first stop. The yard with the famous balcony was really overcrowded, people laughing and taking photos. The locket wall really had me staring for a while. All I could think of was that it didn't matter how cheesy or commercial these lockets were- they do represent love and it's amazingly refreshing to know that there is so much love around. 

43. Made sooo many locket close ups.

44. ...and photographed a bunch of love notes.

45. It was a while after that I came to realise that those notes were stuck on the walls with gum. Disgusting... but kind of romantic, too. 

46. We decided that leaving the house without writing down our names, too, would have been a serious omission, and so we wasted no time ♥ Tip of advice: Always carry a pemanent maker with you. You never know when it might be needed ;)

47. Later we enjoyed a beautiful crisp evening in Verona's old town center. It was definitely time for ice cream. Frutti di bosco was yum!

48. On our morning walk the next day, we matched a yellow Osteria with a yellow Vespa.

49.  I took my first Sartorialist-appropriate photo of this man and was so proud of myself. 

50. Made a quick stop outside Juliet's house again at night.

51. ... And then we had to leave. This is my "Can we please stay another night? Pleeease?" kind of look. 

52. Coming back to Urbino, we decided to complete this vacation with the proper movie. Audrey was really comforting. If only we hadn't forgot the popcorn.

My last thought on travelling? Do it. Don't overthink it.  


Italy Photo Diary 3.

♫ music 

   Hello and welcome to the third part of my photo diary. I have to admit that making this diary has been really fun for me! I am reliving it through my pictures and that's cool :) 

 Parts 1-14 
 Parts 15-28 

29. On our last day in the capital, the weather was gloomy but made this girl with the pink coat really stand out in all the gloominess.

30. I made a quick self-portrait while waiting for my boyfriend inside a men's clothes' shop. I was obviously cold.

31. But then the sun shyly came up.

31. We had our last coffee in Rome at the Caffè Ciampini (and a forest fruit tart, to be completely honest!).

32. I realised that I can squeeze a whole monument inside a small soap bubble.

33. On Tuesday we came back home and I made a really cool gif from inside the Vatican.

34. ...while munching the craziest chocolate with Smarties in it! (by Milka) 

35. And then, it was time for Venice! :)  We wandered inside the little streets and among the canals.

36. Saw this lady with her fuchsia coat and her cute little dog.

37. Photographed a whole lot of pink bicycles.

38. Fell in love with the light of those lamps at night 

39. much that I decided to create one in broad daylight and bring my boyfriend right in the spotlight!

40. ...and, also, that I want a small dachshund for myself. It was a day of hard decisions.

The last (and personal favorite!) photo diary of my trip shall be up really soon ;)


Italy Photo Diary 2.

   Hello there :) Here I am again, with the second part of my photo diary. I hope you liked the first one, but in case you've missed it, you can find it here
   Now I am just going to pick it up where I left off, so press the music button above (one of my favorite songs) and come along with me.

Parts 1-14 

15. Apparently there is one Disney store in every city of Italy. That was a huge problem for us because we wanted to buy literally everything. Stitch was our favorite one to hug. 

16. Hours later, we decided to settle for a bunch of mysterious creatures that took over our bed later.

17. We saved a whole day for Villa Borghese in Rome. This is where I witnessed (and managed to snap!)  this beautiful moment. Ahh, young love...♥ 

18. ...but also, "ahh, laying on the grass and soaking up some sun..." Priceless.

19. I remembered why Spring is my favorite season of all.

20. On our way back, we saw a prim lady, full of attitude.

21.  Photographed some good-looking food.

22. ...and saw the most awkward-to-lick lollipop. Yeap, that's the Pope on it.

23. Fortunately, there were some other stuff to fancy while window shopping.

24. Saw a beautiful and very stylish girl.

25. And an older couple under the same umbrella.

26. One evening, we found ourselves strolling in Piazza Navona. I wish I knew what these two were talking about. It must have been something interesting.

27. It was really rainy that night. We found shelter under a small tent, because, erm, we had no umbrella.

28. That night I realised that, apparently, I can make an oil painting just by using my camera in a really, really wrong way. 

Third photo diary, soon on the blog ;)