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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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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.

A Weekend Away in Somerset

Rachel Carr

I have just returned from an idyllic weekend away in Somerset as a treat to my husband and I for Valentine's Day as well as the last opportunity we had to go on a baby moon, or rather a last ditch attempt to remember that we love each other before a, hopefully healthy and happy, baby makes us question our sanity through many a sleepless night for the next 20 years. I had suggested it to the husband, and unlike him who would happily spend a weekend watching rugby on the sofa in our home, he was keen for the idea and suggested going to Somerset to see some friends and also visit the town of Wells so he could visit some of the set of Hot Fuzz. This last bit was completely lost on me but I agreed to it thinking I had one in the back pocket for when I want to visit New York and the sets of Sex and The City. 

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Top Ten Lazy Sunday Brunch Recipes

Rachel Carr

Brunch is my favourite meal of the week, without question. By its very nature, it means that I have time to relax with little time pressure to be elsewhere as it is an inherently lazy meal given that it is a morning ritual. If it's on a Sunday morning, more is the better as I find that is when my family is at its most chilled. For this week's top 10 on This Is Carrt, I have chosen the recipes I enjoy making and eating most - beware some are healthier than others! But after a Sunday morning run, all can be a guilt free pleasure. Must remember that in future. 

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Three Pubs and A Little Lady - Gastro Pubs Worth A Visit

Rachel Carr

Back in the day, the point of a pub was simply to be a destination to have a few drinks and perhaps chew the cud with a friend. These days, pubs' food offering is equally, if not more, of a draw than what ales it has on offer. Whilst, as a food lover, I'm all for this, I do have a number of gripes with the nu wave of gastro pubs that charge through the nose, not because their food is exemplary, but because their walls are the current in vogue colour of grey from Farrow and Ball. Recently, I have visited a number of pubs that have happily not fallen into this category and instead, I have dined out exceedingly well at pubs that are sadly not walking distance from my home. That being said, they were definitely worth the drive.

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How To Wear Pink This Season - Top Ten Fuschia Fashion Items

Rachel Carr

Pink is having a bit of a fashion moment at present. I've personally always loved the colour from the moment I picked up my first Barbie. This Spring Summer though it has a grown up edge and none of the items I have picked for my top ten this week can be described as girly. Additionally, it's a colour that has a tone to flatter all and in my latest fashion blog is a selection in several shades from baby pink to bright fushcia so there is something for everyone.

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Winter Skin Saviours

Rachel Carr

I don't know about you, but my skin is in need of a change of season about a month earlier than the environment has planned - with or without global warming. Winter has taken its toll and my face needs some warmer spring climes and a little bit of sun right this minute. Not in March, when we are due to welcome the change in season.

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Weekly Top Ten - New At Marks and Spencer

Rachel Carr

Marks and Spencer has recently been making waves in the blogosphere for their fabulous fluted sleeve jumper. Whilst the pregatron in me can't wear it without displaying my bump, it made me look at the British High Street faithful's latest offering. I was pleasantly surprised, but I don't want even that to be taken as a negative on the stalwart shop. I've always been taken aback at M and S's continued limited success with its fashion range. It always has fab basics, does great knitwear and its workwear pieces last longer than other high street brands. If anything, I think Marks and Sparks suffers from trying to be too many things to too many people. For instance, I don't buy more from there as when I enter the shop I find it confusing - do I head to Per Una, Limited Collection or its standard range? 

I found looking online helped a lot in sifting through its vast collection, which is how I found these ten, new at Marks and Spencer:

Lace A Line Skirt, £69   This beautiful white lace skirt belies its small price tag. Although part of its more expensive Autograph range, it is still more than affordable, especially when considering how much it can be used in the run up to summer. Weddings, girly lunches, hot days at the office when mixed with a button down shirt, BBQs. It's an easy separate owing to its shape and colour. Mix it and match to your style's desire!

Lace A Line Skirt, £69

This beautiful white lace skirt belies its small price tag. Although part of its more expensive Autograph range, it is still more than affordable, especially when considering how much it can be used in the run up to summer. Weddings, girly lunches, hot days at the office when mixed with a button down shirt, BBQs. It's an easy separate owing to its shape and colour. Mix it and match to your style's desire!

Slash Neck Calypso Jumper, £29.50   The sleeve is where it is at in fashion world at the moment, but this otherwise simple shape and neutral colour will live through many more. Not least into our UK Summer with its usual unknown weather prospects.  

Slash Neck Calypso Jumper, £29.50

The sleeve is where it is at in fashion world at the moment, but this otherwise simple shape and neutral colour will live through many more. Not least into our UK Summer with its usual unknown weather prospects.  

Cotton Blend Tassel Beaded Jumper, £45   I love a statement jumper - especially ones that are in my usual colour palette of white and black. It makes for classic dressing with a twist, plus with all the interest being in this one piece, it makes pulling the rest of your outfit  together so much easier. I would pair this with jeans at the weekend and black cigarette trousers for a day at the office with sky high heels.

Cotton Blend Tassel Beaded Jumper, £45

I love a statement jumper - especially ones that are in my usual colour palette of white and black. It makes for classic dressing with a twist, plus with all the interest being in this one piece, it makes pulling the rest of your outfit  together so much easier. I would pair this with jeans at the weekend and black cigarette trousers for a day at the office with sky high heels.

Mono Batik Print Straight Leg Trousers, £29.50   Statement trousers are far more wearable than they may initially appear. Especially when they are in black and white like this monochrome pair. For ease, I would pair them with one of the many white or black tops I have in my wardrobe. However, for the braver, they would also look great with a bright coloured top, or even a contrasting pattern. At such a fabulous price point, whatever you do with them, they make a great purchase for the upcoming Spring.

Mono Batik Print Straight Leg Trousers, £29.50

Statement trousers are far more wearable than they may initially appear. Especially when they are in black and white like this monochrome pair. For ease, I would pair them with one of the many white or black tops I have in my wardrobe. However, for the braver, they would also look great with a bright coloured top, or even a contrasting pattern. At such a fabulous price point, whatever you do with them, they make a great purchase for the upcoming Spring.

Flora Print Bomber Jacket, £69   This bomber jacket is sooooo not me, but it made it on to my top 10 list as the muted colour palette it has makes it far easier to wear than it first looks. I would personally pair it with jeans and a simple white tee, but those that are blessed with the ability to mix, and carry off, patterns will look far more fashionable than one would assume of a Marks and Spencer jacket.

Flora Print Bomber Jacket, £69

This bomber jacket is sooooo not me, but it made it on to my top 10 list as the muted colour palette it has makes it far easier to wear than it first looks. I would personally pair it with jeans and a simple white tee, but those that are blessed with the ability to mix, and carry off, patterns will look far more fashionable than one would assume of a Marks and Spencer jacket.

Long Sleeve Denim Dress, £39.50   Denim dresses make for the easiest weekend outfits. Plus this is a great season transistioner - just wear warmer shoes and a thin layer underneath up until the sun rears its shy head. Come the warmer months, I would wear it with flips flops and a cold cider in the local.

Long Sleeve Denim Dress, £39.50

Denim dresses make for the easiest weekend outfits. Plus this is a great season transistioner - just wear warmer shoes and a thin layer underneath up until the sun rears its shy head. Come the warmer months, I would wear it with flips flops and a cold cider in the local.

Block Buckle Sandles, £35   Nude shoes made it into my wardrobe about the same time Kate Middleton, with her beloved LK Bennett Sledge shoes, made it into Kensington palace. They are leg lengthening and even this clunkier pair will do the same. They will also go with a multitude of outfits and keep it looking fresh with their modern shape.

Block Buckle Sandles, £35

Nude shoes made it into my wardrobe about the same time Kate Middleton, with her beloved LK Bennett Sledge shoes, made it into Kensington palace. They are leg lengthening and even this clunkier pair will do the same. They will also go with a multitude of outfits and keep it looking fresh with their modern shape.

Cotton Lace Trim 3/4 Sleeve, £25   Another top, another statement sleeve. This time in a bright colour that most women will still find wearable. It's light material means that it can be worn tucked into skirts for a polished look or worn over jeans for a more relaxed feel at the weekend. If I was doing top to toe Marks and Sparks, I would probably wear it with the white A Line skirt in lace, or the Batik trousers.

Cotton Lace Trim 3/4 Sleeve, £25

Another top, another statement sleeve. This time in a bright colour that most women will still find wearable. It's light material means that it can be worn tucked into skirts for a polished look or worn over jeans for a more relaxed feel at the weekend. If I was doing top to toe Marks and Sparks, I would probably wear it with the white A Line skirt in lace, or the Batik trousers.

I'd love to know any of my readers' Marks and Spencer's wins. Just leave a comment below!

Blue Leather Buckle Sandals, £25   OK so these totally made it onto my list as it is the middle of February and this Winter has been loooong. My feet are ready to be released from socks and shoes. The bright colour screams Spring and Summer and I literally cannot wait to pair these with an equally bright nail colour when the weather allows. 

Blue Leather Buckle Sandals, £25

OK so these totally made it onto my list as it is the middle of February and this Winter has been loooong. My feet are ready to be released from socks and shoes. The bright colour screams Spring and Summer and I literally cannot wait to pair these with an equally bright nail colour when the weather allows. 

Faux Leather Clutch with Shoulder Chain, £19.5  0   Oversized clutches appear to be going nowhere and this bag underlines why. Sleek clean lines mean it can be worn with so many different chic outfits and also fit in all your mod cons - iPhone, lippie, keys, credit cards and any other spurious items that women need to leave the house. Long may the fashion for oversized clutches therefore continue!

Faux Leather Clutch with Shoulder Chain, £19.50

Oversized clutches appear to be going nowhere and this bag underlines why. Sleek clean lines mean it can be worn with so many different chic outfits and also fit in all your mod cons - iPhone, lippie, keys, credit cards and any other spurious items that women need to leave the house. Long may the fashion for oversized clutches therefore continue!

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How to Have A Stylish Pregnancy

Rachel Carr

I've tried to keep the fact that I'm pregnant off my blog. For many reasons, I did not want to divulge it, but it's so painfully obvious now (I'm, fingers crossed, due in three months) that I felt I simply could not ignore it anymore. Plus I wanted to write down just how overwhelming not only the prospect of pregnancy and having a child is, but simply the breadth and depth of information available to us is. Whilst writing this post will add to such info, I thought I'd impart some things I have so far learnt on the most superficial of matters: how to dress stylishly when pregnant. 

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5 Ways With Quinoa

Rachel Carr

Quinoa is a great, wheat free, alternative carb. But up until recently I've not had much success with it. I simply put it in my trolley because Deliciously Ella was extolling its virtues. Have you, like me an millions before you, bought this healthy food stuff with no real idea what do with it? I've had a great deal more success with it since I discovered that I could simply substitute it for cous cous or pasta. Plus it has a wonderful nutty flavour that can add to many meal. I've collated some great recipe ideas below that give any quinoa virgin some excellent pointers.  

BBC Good Food's Watermelon and Spinach Salad

BBC Good Food's Watermelon and Spinach Salad

Deliciously Ella's Mango and Sesame Quinoa

Deliciously Ella's Mango and Sesame Quinoa

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