AD | GIFTED 🌼 Happy Easter Sunday Instagram! I’m going to be spending the day with family at a BBQ, eating ALL the cake and chocolate. I. Cannot. Bloody. Wait. 🍫❤️
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Also, can you believe this photo was taken on my phone? I’m so pleased with how all of my festival shots turned out, even if I am still washing glitter out of my hair a week later 😂✨
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I also want to point out that no flowers were harmed during the shoot, as we stuck to the tracks that had been made by the tractors for harvesting the rapeseed 🌼 .
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❤️ Dress gifted by @prettylittlething
❤️ Kimono gifted by @prettylittlething
✨ Glitter bought from @primark #festival #festivallook #festivalslooks #festivalfashion #festivalootd #festivalsideas #festivalmakeup #plussizefestivalfashion

AD | GIFTED 🌼 Happy...

AD | GIFTED 💙 So far today I have managed to try baking a cake without turning the oven on, put beef in the slow cooker without plugging it in (at least five hours ago) and have rubbed my eyes after cutting hot chilli peppers. At least bad things only come in threes right? I think it might be time to give up and relax with all of my Easter chocolate 😂🍫
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On a completely different note, how gorgeous is the dress from @joanieclothing? It’s perfect for this incredible heatwave we’re having - especially with a pair of chub rub shorts underneath. The plus size holy grail 🙌🏻 #joaniegal #joaniegals #psfashion #psblogger #psbloggers

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Bosnia is one of those countries that really surprised me when I visited. I knew Mostar would be beautiful, but as were driven from Croatia and through Bosnia, I couldn’t take my eyes off the road the entire time. From the stunning mountains to fascinating fruit farms, it definitely made the long drive (and multiple border control stops) worth it ❤️🇧🇦
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Although I only spent a couple of hours in Bosnia and Mostar, I definitely want to go back to explore more of this beautiful country. ✈️
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What country surprised you the most?
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#bosnia #visitbosnia #mostar #bosniaandherzegovina #visitmostar

Bosnia is one of those...

After a very late night waiting to watch Game of Thrones, I’ve definitely had a slow start this morning - I can’tbelieve there are only five episodes left! I’m really not ready for some of my favourites to die🐺⚔️❄️
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If you watch, who do you think will end up the Iron Throne? 👑 #got #gameofthrones #winteriscoming #forthewatch #allmenmustdie

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AD | GIFTED 🌼 Don’t mind me, just pretending I’m at Coachella this weekend instead of working ✌🏻
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Festival season is well and truly underway and I’m loving all of the out there outfits already. In the past I’ve always been put off dressing up for festivals as I thought I wouldn’t find anything that’s both comfortable and fashionable in my size, but this year I’m spoilt for choice (especially on the @prettylittlething @prettylittlethingplus website 👏🏻)
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P.S. I think this is my *favourite* photo of me ever 🙌🏻
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❤️ Dress gifted from Pretty Little Thing
❤️ Shoes gifted from Pretty Little Thing ❤️ Headband bought from @primark #plussizefashion #psbloggers #plussizebloggers #plussizefestivalfashion #festivalfashion #festivallook

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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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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

Do you ever get those...

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
#plussize #plussizeblog #plussizebloggers #psbloggers #psfashion #plussizefashion

AD | GIFTED ✨ Okay,...

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

AD | GIFTED 🌸 Is...

Staying With Altovita in Vienna, Austria

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you will know I am a huge fan of holiday home rental sites like Airbnb. As much as I love a nice a hotel, there’s something satisfying about going back to an apartment full of character after a busy day of exploring a new city.

I’d say at least 75% of the time I will choose to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel, which is why I am so pleased to have discovered Altovita, a definite contender to rival the ever popular Airbnb.

Altovita is a holiday home rental site that specially curate each and every home they list by visiting them personally. They have apartments in a variety of major cities including Prague, Marbella, Budapest, Lisbon and of course Vienna. 

A couple of months ago they invited me to stay in one of their apartments and as I had plans to visit Vienna in March, I decided it would be the best destination choice. I was so so so so so right. 

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The Location

When looking for accommodation there are usually two things I look out for – the location and the price. When it comes to it I tend to pick the best priced place in somewhere that is near to central, or easily accessible by the Metro or buses. It means that at times I’ve stayed in some pretty questionable places, but as a result I’ve saved money and been able to travel even more. That’s what is important, right?

When it comes to Altovita and browsing their site, I noticed that a lot of the gorgeous apartments that are centrally located are priced so reasonably – and that’s exactly where we stayed.

Our studio apartment was located a three minute walk from the Dom (Cathedral) in the heart of the city and around four or five minutes from the Metro station. We ended up walking quite a bit while we were staying in this particular area as it was so easy to get around, once I’d figured out how to read our map. We were able to get to the Opera, Sacher Hotel, Karlsplatz, Albertina, the river front and much more – all in walking distance of the apartment. 

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The Space

We stayed in one of Christian’s apartments (he has 9 on Altovita all together) and although he told us it was the smallest one, it was still an incredible size for just two people, especially when you consider what a standard smallest size hotel room is like.

As you walked through the door there was a little ‘office’ area with a desk and a chair (not that I was planning on doing any work while there). To the right of that cute little area was the bathroom and separate toilet. Although the toilet was a little small, especially for me at the size I am, the bathroom was a pretty decent size and the shower was huge!

Through an archway was the kitchen which was such a good size for an apartment for two people. There were stocked cupboards (plates and utensils, not food), a fridge, an oven and plenty of space for us to sit and enjoy a meal. We ended up using the kitchen on the first night for a frozen pizza as after being awake for almost 40 hours all we could think about was Netflix, food and bed. Oh, and mimosas 😉

Through the kitchen was the door into the bedroom/living room area. As the apartment is labelled as a studio it was unusual to have the kitchen separate from everything else, but it did make the apartment feel much bigger. The living room/bedroom area had the comfiest big double bed, a two seater sofa and a smaller sofa bed on the corner. There was lots of cupboard space for us to unpack if we wanted to (we didn’t) and the room was so nice to sit in after a busy day out and about.

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The Decor 

Despite being in Vienna, the apartment itself had a very modern set-up. I’m normally a fan of places with a lot of colour and character but as it was a reasonably small place the modern decor was a perfect fit. Too much could have really over done it. 

I think my favourite room in the apartment was definitely the living room/bed room area as I loved the giant clock on the wall as well as the massive window with lace viol.

Checking In and Out 

When we arrived we called Christian, our host, and said we were a little lost (are you surprised though? It’s me…). Luckily we were able to pin point our location and send it to him and within minutes he was walking us to the front door.

We were given a full tour of the apartment and then Christian kindly answered any questions we had about Vienna as it was our first time visiting. I always love when people go the extra mile like this and his tips really helped, especially when it came to getting to the tourism board where I needed to pick up a few bits.

Overall, I’m super impressed with Altovita. From looking at the site it’s easy to see that all of the properties are of incredible quality (all super instagramable too) and such reasonable prices!

There are a range of different properties available, meaning they cater for just about anyone and with stunning places in the heart of some of Europe’s prettiest cities, what more could you want? 

Kirsty Leanne

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