I have a confession to make.

Usually around five seconds after I walk through my door at home, I tend to de-pant. There’s nothing better than pulling off a tight pair of jeans after a long day at work or slipping out of a stylish skirt on a hot day to instead relax.
Sometimes I’ll go for the option of light leggings instead or small pajama shorts, but generally I almost always say goodbye to jeans/pants/trousers/skirts etc. I simply don’t feel relaxed enough until I do.
In fact – another confession – this is actually my current blogging space (though this is soon to change so do keep your eyes peeled!).
And there’s NO way I can wear something as restricting as jeans in bed, can I? Especially when I’ve got fresh sheets on the bed.
I recently heard about the Pants Optional movement which has been taking place throughout August, so I’m definitely not the only one!

The general idea is to acknowledge that so many things can be achieved with or without pants and that when being uncomfortable is no longer an issue, life is better. I mean who doesn’t want to spend the whole day lounging around in their favorite pair of underwear?

I want to share a bit with you all about how I embrace the pants optional lifestyle and when pants are definitely not needed, so that we can all join in on this movement! (and yes, these are all clean & PC. Mostly.)

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I don’t have my own place yet and neither does my boyfriend; so for the meantime lazy clothes or less are a necessity on a Sunday. I fully plan to insist on naked Sunday’s once we get our own place though. On the rare occasion that I do have a Sunday off to give in to the pants optional movement, I usually start the day with breakfast in bed and a catch up with New Girl and Made In Chelsea in 4od.
Oh yes. Is binging Netflix with pants on even a thing?! How can you sit or lay for hours at a time when you’re not comfortable? It just doesn’t bare thinking about. My next big binge is going to be Stranger Things of course, but I’m also trying to find the guts to watch The Mist and I’m currently catching up on Jane The Virgin. 
Sometimes you just run out of clean clothes because you’re too lazy to do any washing until it all piles up at the end of the month *raises hand slowly*.
Well. This one’s obvious, isn’t it?
Well I know this one is kind of dangerous. But it’s also kind of fun to dance around the kitchen half naked cooking along to your favourite music, no?
How about you? Will you be joining the pants optional movement? Let me know!
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So as you all know, during the second week of our holiday, my boyfriend and I rented a car to road trip around the country!

We had so much fun, though the driving was a challenge for me. In Romania, they drive on the opposite side of the road. I’m also used to driving a tiny Ford KA so to go from that to a huge car was tough. Plus, most drivers in Romania are crazy, especially in busier cities!

Anyway, we got up to quite a lot but in hindsight I think we needed more than one night in each city. Still, here’s some highlights from the trip.

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Transfagarasan is known as one of the most stunning roads in the world and likewise is the most famous road in Romania. It takes you high up through the mountains, offering stunning views, before an exciting winding trip back down. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted but somehow I did it! It was scary but the views were totally worth it and it was a really amazing experience that I’ll never forget.

We spent one evening in a remote cabin in the mountains, which we found on Airbnb. This was a really special night and we chose this unique location because it coincided with the Perseids meteor shower. As it goes; the sky was actually pretty cloudy that night but we managed to spot a few shooting stars as well as a really epic thunderstorm.

Bucharest was lovely; though a bitch to drive around. After some stressful driving into the city, we checked into the hotel and headed off to a nearby vegan place. After this, we walked to a local shopping centre to have a look around the shops and stopped on the rooftop area, which was really cool. It had restaurants and bars, as well as grass, fountains and plenty of places to relax – plus beautiful views over the busy city. Then that evening we went out for a few drinks – it turns out Bucharest is very popular with tourists and even has it’s own busy strip. We stopped in a really cute cocktail bar which offered a very varied list of unique cocktails – I can’t for the life of me remember it’s name but will pop a link back into this post when I remember later. Then we found a kind of western/burlesque bar called Bordello. They had live music on by this awesome girl band and we had a bit of a dance and tried some more cocktails. This was probably the only night we got really drunk on holiday and it was really fun/romantic.Formidable Joy | UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog | A Romanian Road Trip | Travel | Romania | Road Trip | Cluj-Napoca

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Cluj was one of my favourite places, even if I did keep making rude jokes about its name, haha. We arrived pretty late this night so the first thing we did was throw our bags into our very boutique hotel (which had an amazing waterfall shower) and head out again for some food. We found a bar/restaurant by the river which was stopping serving food soon so we ordered some food for takeout and sat by the river drinking delicious Mojitos whilst waiting. Once ready, we took the food back to the hotel and ate it on the cute terrace which was sweet. The following morning we got up early and took a walk around the beautiful city centre. We visited a really fun and interactive museum where I learned a lot about the history of Romania, and then we visited the large church in the centre. Cluj was such a beautiful place, I can’t wait to return one day.
For our final night of our trip, we headed to the seaside! Even though it was late afternoon when we arrived, the first thing we did was drop our bags at the apartment and go for a swim in the sea. We were the only ones in there but strangely despite it being around six, the water was still really warm. I’m glad we got to go for a swim! We took a taxi into the city afterwards (which was scary enough on it’s own as the taxi driver was crazy!) and had some food at a hotel and restaurant on the beachfront. The following day we spent a few hours in the local shopping centre and were delighted to find they had the Body exhibition there, which I’ve wanted to see for years now. So we also visited that.

Off course this is just a small preview of our time on our road trip; there are other places we visited and a lot of memories to last us a lifetime! All in all we packed in quite a lot despite only really having an evening and sometimes a morning too in each place. It was the perfect way to see snapshots of the country though from visiting eye-watering beautiful mountains to upbeat and quirky cities. I was so sad when our trip ended and I still am; I definitely miss Romania already and can’t wait to visit again soon.


Oh, The Sims. I used to love The Sims when I was younger, even though I never played it properly. I’d get bored playing the lifespan of an average sim and would instead spend ages building the perfect house, using money cheats to make myself rich or killing my sims in really stupid ways.
My boyfriend recently downloaded The Sims World Adventures for me on his PC and I’ve become such an addict since – and this time I play it properly!
Here’s some things I’ve learned since delving back into the crazy world of The Sims.

(Yes, I am a 27 year old woman…)

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Clark had no ambition and wore his beanie hat ALL THE DAMN TIME, whereas Jean Luc Beaumont lived in another country (and was rich there) but was nothing but a lazy coach potato once immigrating to Simsville.
When it came to creating my ideal Sim, I played it cool and waited for him to ask me on a date…only to find he already had a partner. I’D ONLY CREATED HIM A FEW HOURS AGO (TWO DAYS IN SIMS LAND) and he’d already shacked up with my best friend and literal partner-in-crime (from back when I was a criminal mastermind). WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW ALEX?
The infamous ‘it doesn’t count if it’s in another post code’ rule from MOVIE is A LIE. It does count. If you fall in love with someone (Jean Luc Beaumont) in France and cheat on him in Egypt (to be fair I only cheated to find out information…) it will get back to him. And everyone. You will be branded a cheat, even back at home. Shame on you.
Days are so short and you NEVER have enough time in a day to do everything. Basically you wake up, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, have dinner, have about two hours spare to watch TV/read a book, go to bed then do it all over again the next day. And don’t even get me started on trying to have an active social life; you don’t talk to your friend for a week because you’re too busy and then suddenly you’re not friends anymore. Okay, maybe that last bit is a bit unrealistic, but it’s really bloody hard to balance everything with work and a social life and whatnot, especially if your life long goal is to become a rockstar/travel the world.
In real life I’d never touch a shovel or anything but in The Sims my garden is blooming! I’m growing plum, apple and pear trees, all my meals are home cooked from freshly grown vegetables and I’ve even got a Death Flower bush – whatever that is..

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Don’t worry, I don’t plan to seduce Mortimer, I just miss those guys. They were a staple in The Sims, what with Moritmer’s moustache and Bella’s glamorous red dress…

Okay so that’s more of a question than a lesson but still…

Yeah, I didn’t think the police would hire me after being a criminal mastermind either. But hey, I figured my knowledge of the dark criminal world would help me progress further. I still got burgled though. A lot. Although I had the option of setting free the burglars when I did, though the policeman told me off when I did that…
Seriously. Please can I visit in real life?! The gardens are beyond pretty and relaxing.

If you really want to get ahead, you need to put in overtime, study in your own time, socialize with your colleagues and more. This reflects in real life too, no? You can work hard during your 9-5 hours at any old job but if you really want to stand out and get a promotion, you need to think about other areas of your career too.

Okay I have no idea if exploring tombs in real life is actually fun or not (I’d assume so but that’s because I’m weird and always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger) but I can bet it’s pretty damn hard in reality too. Max Irons and his rather off putting moustache in Tutankhamun is proof of that.

You insult someone a bit (my favourite insult is ‘Call someone’s mother a llama’), poke them and then disappear into a cloud of flailing limbs. After, if you so choose, you can console someone and apologize to become friends again. It’s a rather easy process and did wonders for my reputation with Jean Luc Beaumont.

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It’s always a worry travelling somewhere new and wondering if you’re going to struggle sticking to a particular diet (as in vegan, allergies etc). But it was surprisingly easy to eat vegan in Romania, mainly due to the fact with how religious the country is.
My boyfriend explained to me that Lent is particularly important over there, so in supermarkets it’s really easy to find meat free/vegan products not just during Lent but all year round too – and products are labelled really clearly as well.
We travelled all around the country but luckily my boyfriend is really great at finding places and relies on apps like Happy Cow a lot. Before we set off on our travels, we also made sure to stock up on tons of vegan goodies and snacks for the long car journeys too.
Here’s some of our favourite vegan/vegan friendly finds just in case you ever find yourself in Romania.
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E85, Popești
This place was actually just off the road side and we stopped here for lunch during our first day. It was a really lovely place, very spacious, with a beautiful outdoor terrace and seating area. We chose to sit in one of the three wooden chalets things and there’s also unique swinging egg chairs dotted around too. The menu was varied with lots on offer. My boyfriend chose roasted aubergine with wedges whilst I went with a veggie option which was melted cheese in bread crumbs (with a side of garlic sauce). We also had a side of salad and bread and it was all absolutely delicious.
Caramfil 85, Bucharest
I wasn’t too impressed with this place but this was through no fault of the restaurants. First of all, what we didn’t realize was that it was actually just a food van as opposed to a restaurant – but we didn’t mind! It had a nice seating area outside and was pretty quirky, but this meant the menu was limited. As it goes, the menu changes daily and there wasn’t really anything on the menu that really stood out for me (plus I wasn’t very hungry). In the end I chose a wrap which was filled with vegetables, a sauce and gherkins and I don’t even know why I ordered it as I don’t even like gherkins. Vincent went for a filling burger which was nice when I tried a bite and he was really impressed with the food. He’s full on vegan, so his opinion is legit, and I would give the place another go myself.
Strada Emanoil Ungureanu 13, Timișoara
This is a cute little gem of a place which is definitely underrated. Unlike your traditional restaurant, it instead provides a set menu which is entirely vegan. We had a tomato soup and croutons for starter, a curry with rice, a samosa and a bread roll and a giant coconut brownie for desert…all for about £4 (when comparing it to pounds that is). Though the menu mostly consists of vegan food, it’s filling and delicious.
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Strada Ștefan, Cluj-Napoca
This was possibly one of our favourite restaurants as everything was veggie and 85% of the menu was vegan too. We were really gutted that we missed eating there on the evening we arrived in Cluj as we arrived so late, but we made sure to stop by for a filling lunch the following day. Not only was the place really beautiful and boutique with a stunning outdoor terrace, but there was so much to choose from on the menu. Like, we were actually spoilt for choice for once. My boyfriend went for a mushroom soup with a generous helping of croutons, whereas I choose sushi (vegan sushi!!!), which honestly tasted like the real thing. Vincent’s soup was creamy and with tons of flavour, and I honestly couldn’t fault the sushi (nor could I work out how they made it taste exactly like actual sushi but y’know, without any fish) Because we always order too much ‘to pick at/share’ and never correctly predict the size of portions, we also ordered bruschetta and a small pizza as sides. These also hit the spot; the restaurant also offered a lot of raw vegan products so the pizza was raw mushroom topped with large tomato slices, olives and herbs and was served on raw almond bread. Yum yum.
Strada Republicii 62, Brașov
I absolutely loved this place. Set in the heart of Brasov, Festival 39 is themed around the 1930’s with awesome decor, live music and a welcoming atmosphere. Despite being super glam, the food was actually affordable too and each menu was themed like a newspaper! I can’t for the life of me remember what Vincent chose for starters, but for main he had a vegan burrito, whereas I chose to wager my veganism for the evening (Vincent insisted I didn’t go fully vegan for this holiday so that I could try traditional Romanian foods and his mother’s cooking!) and settled for pate on toast for starters and breaded chicken for main. Although I’d say this place is worth a visit just for something light or for a few drinks as it was so unique.
There were a few other places we visited but overall it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I think the only issues we had were when we arrived to some cities quite late at night and struggled to find places open at that time; therefore from then on we researched places on the go (well Vincent searched while I drove) so that we were faced with a lot of choice.
Our final other issue was when we visited a cabin in the mountains one evening. Though the location was unique, it was pretty damn remote of course. But we thought ahead and stocked up on lots of vegan snacks from ALDI beforehand. As explained before, everything is labelled really obviously with big green labels. In fact, even though I haven’t travelled loads before, I’d say Romania is one of the easiest places to be vegan in my experience!
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Wow – my first Look Of The Week in at least two years! I’ve been wanting to post more of these (and more fashion related posts) for so long now but LOTW’s are tough for me especially for many reasons. I’m not that stylish, I’m definitely not great at posing and it’s super hard to take outfit photos yourself.

This is where my boyfriend comes in, who I’m slowly training to be a blogger boyfriend, haha.
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I’m not going to lie – I’ve worn the f*ck out of this dress this holiday. It’s lightweight and super comfortable, which I’ve loved as it’s been so damn hot. It’s also really cute and stylish in a really subtle way and I love the shape it gives me. Plus it has pockets and that’s always a win in my eyes.
I picked up the jersey dress from H&M’s basic range and found it lasted me so well. It’s available in other colours and designs too but I loved the slightly Parisian feel of this one and the fact that it’s really versatile. For just £12.99, it’s a total bargain too.
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As usual, I packed lots of accessories to wear. As usual, I wore none (apart from my Fitbit and a cheap pair of sunglasses I picked up from a local shop there – as despite the fact that I own five pairs of sunglasses, I forgot them all. Maybe that’s why I own so many. I always forget to take them away with me and buy a new pair on holiday..). I didn’t even wear my anklets which is so unlike me. Still, I felt my old and trusty pair of sandals from Primark went pretty well, especially with my hot pink manicure. I felt there wasn’t really too much to add to this outfit; I really liked it’s simplicity overall and didn’t want to weigh it down or overdo it with too many accessories.

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So there we have it. A simple and somewhat Parisian inspired outfit which served me well during the many hot days spent exploring Romania.

What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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