I’ve been a little quiet over on my main feed over the last few days as I was busy launching my latest project, the I Travel Too movement. 👏🏻💪🏻
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Imagine flicking through a brochure or scrolling through a website and seeing only straight sized people. As someone with body confidence issues, it’s hard not to feel as though you’re going stick out like a sore thumb throughout your entire holiday. You won’t want to go to the pool, you’ll feel self-conscious on excursions and a night out would feel like a nightmare. Personally I felt have felt all of these things, and more, when travelling.
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This movement is designed to change that.
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A couple of months ago I did research into the travel industry to find out just how inclusive their marketing efforts are when it comes to plus size representation.  I looked at their websites, brochures, videos and social media channels.
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The results, as expected, showed that travel appears to be strictly for slim, white, happy people.
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In fact, 95% of materials I researched include NO plus size people at all.
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I knew that as just one person I couldn’t make the waves I wanted to. and that’s where I came up with the I Travel Too movement.
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I knew there were people out there just like me, loving life, living to their full potential and travelling the world.
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Following the original post, further research showed that 35% of people travelling consider themselves to be plus-size, so I came up with the campaign  to show brands that they’re alienating a large portion of their target audience by excluding us from their marketing materials. We’re just as happy, just as fun and just as amazing as anyone else.
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Head over to IGTV to see the campaign video ❤️🎥 #plussizetraveltoo

I’ve been a little quiet...

AD | GIFTED ⚡️ Another day, another door. I think if I don’t stop finding doors to pose in front of I’m going to have to rename my account to kirstyleanneanddoors, as it’s definitely getting out of hand now 🤦🏼‍♀️
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As this has been the first travel picture I’ve posted in a while, I wanted to let you all know that I have something VERY VERY exciting coming soon. Whilst a few of you already know what it is as you’re involved,  I’m hoping it’s something that is really going kick start the conversations needed to push the plus size travel movement forward. It’s taken MONTHS of preparation, but it will finally be coming this Friday. This is your 3 day countdown klaxon! I’m so bloody excited/nervous 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣
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❤️ Dress gifted by @hellbunnyofficial #plussizefashion #plussizetravel #plussizetraveltoo #plussize #psbloggers

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AD | GIFTED 💙 I’ve had the most productive day ever moving around three of the rooms in my house. My conservatory is now my office, my office is now a spare room and my dining room is now in the kitchen. This means I officially have a spare room so now you’re all invited over for a big sleepover 🙌🏻😂
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To reward myself for all the hard work (by hard work I mean watching my boyfriend do all of the DIY) I’m going to order pizza and spend the night watching episodes of Dexter. The perfect Sunday 👏🏻
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What are your Sunday night plans? 👇🏻 #joaniegals #joanieclothing #joaniegal #plussize #plussizefashion #psbloggers

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Do you ever get those days where all you want to do is lie by the pool in the sunshine? If only I lived in a hot country ☀️💙🌵
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I used to hate hot weather countries as I worried that as a plus size person, I would really struggle to cool myself down. No matter what I wore I’d always feel as though I was 100x hotter than everyone else, even though they were probably suffering too. Luckily, I think I’ve *finally* worked out some of the best ways to stay cool, just in time for my trip to the states next month. Good timing too, as APPARENTLY it’s going to be around 30 degrees by the time we reach Florida 😯☀️ #cactus #cactai #cactusinstagram #cactuslovers #cactusflower #instacactus #cactusporn

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AD | GIFTED ✨ Okay, okay, I know it’s not Sunday yet but after the week I’ve had I REALLY wish it was. While attempting to redo my theme I managed to break my blog TWICE - it was so bad I actually thought I’d lost my blog forever. Thankfully it’s back now and after I few more tweaks I may even have a new layout I love. Bear with me though, I’m not sure I have the patience to edit each post separately just yet 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
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❤️ Jumper gifted from @fashionworlduk
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AD | GIFTED 🌸 Is anyone else loving this warm weather? Despite all of the hail we’ve had today the last few days have been glorious and I could definitely get used to it. As much as I struggle in the heat, I think I’d much rather be hot than cold (can always jump in the pool that way) ☀️
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Would you rather be hot or cold? ❄️☀️
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❤️ Sunglasses gifted from @mvmtforher use code KIRSTYLEANNE15 for 15% off
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In case anyone was wondering, this jumpsuit is by far the comfiest thing I have EVER worn, and I’ll probably be wearing it for the foreseeable future. 🙌🏻❤️
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I always thought that jumpsuits were off limits as a plus size person, but honestly, I’ve realised it comes down to finding what you’re comfortable in. For me, it’s oversized jumpsuits with a little bit of colour (this one is v v oversized and would recommend sizing down potentially). Now, can @primark please make this in a million different colours and patterns? Thanks 😏👏🏻
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❤️ Jumpsuit from @primark
❤️ Plain White Tee from @primark
💙 to @violetglenton for helping add a little colour to the edit ✨ #Primark #primarkuk #primarkstyle #primarkfashion #primarkootd

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AD | GIFTED ☀️ I’m starting off British Summer Time with a very sunny photo, one that I *think* is my new favourite photo of me EVER. I’m also loving that the weather has been so gorgeous the last few days, it’s making me really excited for warmer days and NO MORE TIGHTS 🙌🏻👏🏻
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❤️ Dress gifted from @joanieclothing
❤️ Hat bought from @prettylittlething
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AD | GIFTED 🌴 I’ve been a little quiet around here lately and honestly, I’m so glad to finally be back to posting. The last week has been choc full of deadlines and I am FINALLY seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m definitely going to need a cocktail or two by the time I’m done 🍹
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One thing that will definitely be coming by the end of this week is my review of my stay at @thbhotels @thbtropicalisland - can I go back for this balcony view now please?! 🌴☀️ #gifted #thbhotels #thbtropicalisland #myfavouritespot #lanzarote #visitlanzarote

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AD | Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were set for life? I know I have! Although there is a long list of things I would do if I was in that position, there is one thing in particular that stands out to me ⭐
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As someone who loves travel and exploring new opportunities, it's hard to believe that there are still so many places left on my bucket list. Being set for life would allow me to travel somewhere new every month, giving me the opportunity to experience everything the world has to offer as I go. I'm thinking my first stops will involve snorkelling with sea turtles in Hawaii, completing the Inca Trail in Peru and spending the week relaxing in a floating villa in the Maldives. ☀️🍹✈
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Whilst this may seem a long way off, The National Lottery are giving you the chance to win a monthly sum of £10,000 a month for 30 years with their new game Set For Life. Launched on 15th March, this is definitely an opportunity you don't want to miss! #ad #SetForLifeTNL #AmazingStartsHere @tnluk

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72 Hours in Cologne, Germany

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About six months ago Ashton Jade sent me and Tamzin a message saying ‘how much do you love me?’.Confused we said ‘lots, why?’

‘Well my favourite band is playing in Cologne next year and I want you to come with me!’

I’d never been to Cologne before and I love gigs, so willing to take a chance on a trip we both said yes pretty much straight away! 

Before we knew it, it was 2018 and we were jetting off from Manchester.

I think I’m going to start this post off by saying that the few times I’ve been to Germany I’ve never really been that overwhelmed by how amazing it is, however Cologne had a little bit more character than I was expecting. 

I’m sure if we had more time, better weather and if I hadn’t have injured myself halfway through the trip, then I may have fallen for the city, like I do with most others.

? Read all about my last trip to Dusseldorf, Germany here.

COLOGNE DAY 1

We landed around midday on the Tuesday and made our way straight to our apartment to drop off the cases. Expecting a hotel, we were really confused when we pulled up to office blocks and got that ‘oh my god what have we done feeling’. Turns out one of the floors had been converted into several different apartments, all of which had an incredible view from the 10th floor – not quite the horror movie ending we were picturing.

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As we had a 4am start we refreshed our makeup, then made our way out into the snow in search of a place called Frittenwerk. We had discovered Frittenwerk on the colognefoodguide Instagram and decided that we HAD to try their chilli fries. It wasn’t too long of a walk before we were faceplanting the most delicious fries ever (okay, the most delicious fries in Cologne).

After stuffing our faces we thought we’d walk down into Alstadt (Old Town) as we knew there were some pretty buildings and bars in the general area. At this point the snow started getting much worse and started to stick, but I think it added a little magic to the trip, especially after it had all settled and looked like a real life fairy tale.

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Freezing our asses off, we stopped into a bar to get a drink of Kolsch (the first of many) before deciding where to eat (again). Settling for the pizzeria next door, we spent a few hours putting the world to rights over drinks and pizza.

Thinking we’d go back to the room and get an early night, we ended up walking past an Irish bar and the rest was history…

COLOGNE DAY 2

The next day we started the day in search of more food. Having completely missed breakfast we went straight to a place called MENZBURGER that Tamzin had found on Tripadvisor. From the outside it was like one of those places you would avoid at all costs but as soon as we stepped through the doors we knew we had made the right choice.

The very cute waiter helped us translate the menu and I decided I’d order a Bacon burger with cheese. Unsure about the maple syrup I decided to leave it on and oh my, I am so glad I did! The sweet with the salty of the bacon was like a party in my mouth. Hands down one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

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After eating our body weight in burgers, we took a nice stroll over to the dom (cathedral) as it was nearby. We ended up going the wrong way and walking the long way around until we finally saw it in all it’s glory. I *think* Cologne Cathedral has got to be the biggest Cathedral I’ve ever seen and if I remember rightly, it’s the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. 

The whole building was stunning both inside and out, and we spent a good hour or so walking around and admiring how stunning it was. Afterwards, Tamzin and Ashton headed to walk up to the top of the spires, but as I was in a lot of pain with my knee I decided to sit this one out and head to the nearby Vapiano for a glass (or two) of prosecco.

A couple of minutes later Ashton and Tamzin turned up saying they’d missed the climbing hours by only five minutes, and they wouldn’t let them up. Instead we decided to have another glass of prosecco before going on a hunt for waffles.

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Surprisingly, it took us AGES to find some but the walk was definitely worth the wait. I have a Nutella waffle with cream AS WELL AS a mint Ice Cream cocktail and oh. my. gosh. They were both incredible. 

As we were going to see Picture This that night, we decided to go back to the room to pre-drink and get ready. After a couple of bottles of prosecco, we were on our way with a rather giddy Ashton. 

In preparation for the trip I listened to a lot of Picture This on Spotify and they ARE SO GOOD. My love for them has grown so much more after seeing them live in such a small, intimate gig as they were so fun to watch and sing along to. It was actually my first gig in a long time and I think it’s brought my love for the back as I’m now itching to book another. 

After the gig we found a nearby McDonalds, stuffed our faces and then walked back to the room.

COLOGNE DAY 3

Our last day in Cologne was a bit of an odd one, but I think this was partly our fault.

Not knowing the timing of our trip, we actually managed to book our stay to end on the first day of the Kolner Karneval. Apparently, EVERYONE takes the day (week) off work to enjoy the festivities and all of the shops and bards get in on the action. There’s a big stage in Aldstadt and various different events on across the streets of Cologne, including a parade we *kinda* saw from our taxi on the way to the airport.

As we left our hotel to go for one last burger before our flight we could see crowds of drunk people in costumes, with loud music blasting from pretty much every flat. The whole city was partying, and we weren’t invited. 

Absolutely gutted we were missing out on the celebrations, we decided to find a nearby burger place called Burgerlich. With high expectations after the MENZBURGER burger we’d had the day before, we we were not expecting to be wowed. Incredibly, these were in fact the best burgers in Germany and oh my gosh, I could eat it over and over again if it was possible.

Whilst we were eating we could see everyone partying in the streets and enjoying Karneval, which made us vow we would head back next year and book it so we could actually go this time. 

The girls decided to go walk down to find the main part of the Karneval, but after three days of walking on a very sore knee I thought it would be best to call it a day. I walked back to a cafe near our room and waited for the girls to come back and meet me a few hours later. I was gutted I couldn’t see the festivities but I definitely made the right decision as I had already over worked myself. 

After what felt like a very short 72 hours in Cologne we were back at the airport ready to go home.

I really did love Cologne and although it didn’t take my breath away like Wroclaw, I think I should give it another chance when I am not struggling to walk. There’s so much more I need to do, including actually visiting the carnival. 

Kirsty Leanne

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1 Comment
  • Abi Street
    April 16, 2018

    Cologne looks absolutely awesome! I’ve only been to Germany once, and that was to Berlin this year. I definitely need to explore Germany some more

    Abi | abistreetx

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