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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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The Swimsuit Edition

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.

The Swimsuit Edition

Rachel Carr

Despite any ambitions or aspirations to look like Margot Robbie, whenever I go on a beach holiday, I unfortunately put a lot more work into finding a new bikini than working on my bikini body. Over the years, however, I have become much more efficient on where to find my latest swimsuits and which brands to target. In the main, I either try to spend very little on my two pieces or a lot - especially considering the amount of material actually purchased. My reasons for this are two fold. One, more expensive bikinis last so much longer than their mid priced counterparts, thus becoming better value for money due to the decrease in cost per wear. Conversely, very cheap bikinis work out at a similar cost per wear to their very dear sisters.

Here are my five go to brands:

1) Seafolly. This Australian brand was introduced to me by my good friend Mrs R. Given her Singapore based location, she knows a thing or two about swimwear and probably has a different Seafolly bikini for every day of the month. Her collection is large, in part, due to the brand's quality. The materials are thicker than most and consequently last. It provides countless designs to suit all body shapes, but also activity levels. Being from Australia, they have to be suitable for surfing, but many of their range are offered in a D cup and above. Whilst this has never been an issue for me, having a well fitted top for a larger bust is so important for the more well endowed. I have it on good authority that Seafolly tops provide this. I am currently lusting after this bikini of theirs.

2) Triangl. This brand sprung to my attention last summer owing to its strong social media presence and adoration from bloggers and fashion mags alike. Their iconic moulded cup tops are instantly recognisable and have been much copied by cheaper high street stores. Either way, I love the colours that this American brand provides. They scream summer and are incredibly feminine. They make several different cuts to accommodate most figures, and have a mix and match aesthetic to help buy a bikini best for you. Personally, I find whittling down to just a handful of bikinis I want very difficult! Here is just one of which I am a massive fan.

3) H&M. I have bought many a bikini from this shop over the years. Indeed, I still mourn the loss of a green and white striped number that I literally wore to death. H&M may not provide the quality of other brands, but at a 10th of the price, does it really matter? The low initial outlay means that it isn't the world's worst thing if you forget to rinse your swimmers after a long sojourn in the sea or pool. Plus you'll have change to buy a kaftan and a hat to protect your hair and face too. This is my preferred pick from the Swedish brand.

4) Melissa Odabash. Worn by footballers' wives and professional holiday makers alike, Melissa Odabash's collection is the ultimate in luxury swimwear. Her range includes beach accessories too, making her online boutique a one stop shop before any holiday. Should your wallet be able to afford it. With bikini tops alone starting £100, this brand is eye wateringly expensive, though arguably worth it, given that one of its swimsuits will last you for years on end. Can that really be said of a £35 costume from Topshop? I would still class a Melissa Odabash bikini as a treat, but this is the one I have my eye on for my next holiday.

5) Pistol Panties. I discovered this brand just before going to visit the aforementioned Mrs R in Singapore - a trip that also took in the wonderful island of Bali. Whilst I bought the brand that was unknown to me in the Asis sale, I would happily buy its offering full price now. My swimming togs from Pistol Panties still look good as new despite having been on several bikini holidays since flying to South East Asia. The brand offers lots of quirky designs and unusual patterns. I want to add this one piece to my collection.

Ah, ladies! Enjoy shopping and the ensuing holidays! Would love to hear all about them! You can contact me here or just leave your thoughts below. 

Rachel xxxx

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