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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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There's An App For That

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

There's An App For That

Rachel Carr

With the improvement of cameras on phones, and the huge market of DSLR and bridge cameras available, there has also been a huge influx of apps that help with photo editing, storage or social media . I find this quite overwhelming at times, but thought I would give a shout out to the apps that I use regularly and actually find useful. Across all the below apps there is one thing in common - ease of use. I am an inherently lazy person and if something is difficult or tricky to use, I simply won't use it.

1) Afterlight

I love this app. I use it to help edit a large portion of my snaps, especially ones where the light had not been great on site, or where I have simply not framed my subject very well.  I find it a much easier to use piece of software than Adobe Photoshop. Whilst this is almost certainly a user error, I find Afterlight systematic, adaptable to all my needs and, importantly, quick to upload to my camera roll or interchangeable with many other apps.

2) Instagram

This app is popular and used by the 100s of millions for a reason. It is my favourite social media app by a long shot. Whilst that is probably due to the fact that I'm a visual person, and love to see pictures of food, holiday destinations and what Taylor Swift is up to, it is a great means for me to promote my work and keep my followers abreast of whatever trip or project I am working on. It also provides me with a great way to engage with my audience. I also like the vast array of filters that Instagram has to offer. It's so easy to use, even my wonderful mother could use it. Find and follow me on the app! I'm under @thisiscarrt

3) OneDrive

This storage app provides storage in its droves which is great for me as I'm not as ruthless about what snaps I should keep as I should be. OneDrive allows me not only to keep 1000s of pictures I have of my gorgeous dog Harry, it allows me to share all those pictures so easily with my friends or love ones simply by knowing their emails. Whilst this may sound facetious, it is with this storage app that I have been able to share a large amount of pictures I took at friends' weddings, and it is when I have used this app that I have had feedback from the people I have shared them with. I can only presume when I have used others, that people have not been able to view them as easily. Whilst you need a Hotmail/Outlook account to have OneDrive, with over 30GB of storage, it's a winning solution to online cloudlike storage needs.

And that's it. I use these three apps on a daily basis which cannot be said of many of the other space taking applications on my phone.  I'd love to hear other recommendations however as I'm always looking for ways to improve. Get in contact with me here, or, if you like what you read, sign up to my email subscription list which means you'll have my blogs sent straight to your inbox.

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