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Rae Feather is the founder of aptly named womenswear brand, Rae Feather - specialising in chic wardrobe staples and signature straw baskets and clutches. We caught up with Rae to get the skinny on holiday style and all things beach life.

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First up, what’s your favourite beach?

I am Irish and unknown to many, a lot of  beaches in Ireland are spectacular. We had a beach house in a tiny seaside village and the beach was spectacular - a beach in the middle of Irish countryside - almost surreal. Love, love Crane beach in Barbados - wild and crazy!

What makes the perfect getaway for your family?

A place where you can spend real family time. A place where kids can be kids and adults can be kids. I have 3 boys, all sport crazy and many times have left with the staff and boys beyond sad at saying goodbye.

Where is the most kid-friendly destination you’ve visited?

Sandy Lane in Barbados is incredibly child friendly. Great kids club, amazing staff, great water sports and fantastic beaches. The sea is very calm on that side of the island so very safe for kids. We have been a few times in June and July, which is their off peak period and really affordable.

Which 3 words best describe your holiday style?

Shoeless, (I am hopeless when it comes to having manicures but anal about my feet), effortless, loose chic (made up word).

Any tips for keeping kids happy on the plane?

Sorry, but probably snacks, iPad and a pack of cards.

What small things would you be lost without on holiday?

Moisturiser and hair conditioner (can’t stand sticky hair and skin).

What’s on your holiday reading list?

An oldie but still an amazing read - The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. Wonder by RJ Palacio - great kids’ read.

What are your beach bag must-haves?

Sunscreen, iPod, headset, pack of cards and a good book.

Bucket list destinations – go!

Nashville (love Country Music), Madagascar (amazing basket weavers), Croatia, West Coast of Ireland.

Which holiday sticks in your mind as truly special?

I cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia a few years ago. The cycle ended in Angkor Wat. I don’t have the words to tell you how amazing it was.

Finally, when you get home, what are the signs you’ve been on a successful trip?

When my Ridgeback jumps up on me with muddy feet and I don’t get cross…

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