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
❤️ Skirt gifted from @fashionworlduk
❤️ Vans gifted from @fashionworlduk
❤️ Bag bought from @primark
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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
❤️ Plain White Tee from @primark #mvmt #mvmtforher #mvmtsunglasses #fashionblogger #fbloggers

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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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#joaniegal #joanieclothing #plussizefashion #psbloggers #plussize #britishsummertime

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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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A Short Trip To Leeds: Photo Diary

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Believe it or not, until last weekend I had never been to Leeds ‘properly’ before. I once walked from the coach station, to an event, then back to the coach station – but I don’t think that counts, does it?

I’ve always wanted to go as I have heard such incredible things and I have so many people I want to meet that are from Leeds, but it’s pretty pricey to get to from the Midlands and up until now, I didn’t really get the opportunity to go explore.

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SO, when I was invited to speak at #BlogAtTheBeach at The Duke Studios in the heart of Leeds, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to book an overnight stay and do a little exploring the next day with Ashton and Amy. After the event we were all pretty knackered so we had a few drinks at the Alchemist, went to see Greatest Showman and then crashed at the hotel with a Domino’s Pizza. The perfect girly night.

The next day we woke up when the emergency alarm went off (oops) and had to get ready incredibly fast to be able to check out on time. Of course, that didn’t happen and we checked out of the hotel, the Cosmopolitan, a little later than planned before making our way to breakfast.

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Photo credit: Ashton Jade

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Recommended by Alex we decided to go to Archie’s for breakfast and although it was incredibly Instagramable, I was not impressed with my incredibly small portion of cold pancakes. I WISH I had ordered something else as Ashton and Amy’s breakfasts looked incredible, but you live and you learn. After a bit of a photo sesh with our breakfasts and a browse in Primark, Amy suggested visiting the Arcades as I wanted to see something ~pretty~.

They did not disappoint.

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I loved the detail that has gone into making each and every Arcade different and it’s own, my favourite definitely had to be the County Arcade. The green and gold made it look so so so stunning, I could have taken a million different photographs. As we didn’t have long to explore Trinity, the shopping centers or the Arcades I 100% want to come back for a bit of retail therapy at some point.

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Photo credit: Ashton Jade

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Photo credit: Ashton Jade

After walking around for a little longer we decided to go to The Corn Exchange (as so many people were recommending it) so I could get some outfit photos, and so we could grab a coffee. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by such a lovely building. The exterior alone was incredible, but once you step inside and you’re surrounded by an array of boutique shops and one of the most beautiful roofs.

Unfortunately, we didn’t stay much longer than that as there was a long journey ahead of me, but I left Leeds knowing that I want to come back for longer next time. What I have seen already is beautiful and I get the impression it’s an incredibly ‘foodie’ place, something I really want to explore.

Have you been to Leeds before?

Kirsty Leanne

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If you don’t take a photo next to a pretty wall, did you even visit LA? @sassyconfetti 🙌🏻👏🏻
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5 Comments
  • Laura
    January 18, 2018

    Always happy to hang out in Leeds with you Kirsty. I bloody love my city

  • Michelle Corrie
    January 28, 2018

    I love seeing Leeds through other peoples eyes! It looks like you had an awesome time 🙂

    Michelle x
    http://www.wanderingcuriosities.com

    • Kirsty Leanne
      February 20, 2018

      Thank you! It was so much fun 🙂 xx

  • Melanie
    January 29, 2018

    It really is a perfectly instagramable spot. Your images are fab and it looks like you enjoyed a lovely couple of days.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    • Kirsty Leanne
      February 20, 2018

      Thank you Melanie, it was so nice exploring somewhere in the UK for a change 🙂 xx

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