Behind British Mermaid: Random Facts About Me


I always think that one of the most important things about running a blog of any kind is building up a personal relationship with the people who read it. My favourite blogs are ones where I feel like I really know and understand the person behind the words and pictures on my laptop screen, be it through their writing style or how their personality comes through in their photographic or fashion style. Although I show you a lot of who I am as a person through the things that I wear, I thought it might be a fun post idea to tell you 50 random facts about me so you can get to know and understand me a bit better. I really want you to feel like my blog is a personal, happy and warm place which is like reading something a close friend has written and I hope this post will give you some insight into my (sometimes crazy) life!

1. I'm 20 years old and my birthday is on the 4th of December.
2. I'm half Northern Irish and half Scottish but have lived in Hertfordshire, England my whole life so I don't have the accent.
3. My Hogwarts house is Slytherin.
4. My all time favourite foods are macarons, halloumi cheese, hummus and Oreo milkshakes - if you prepare me a feast involving these, I'll love you long time.
5. I have a scar on my forehead from when I cracked my head open on the desk of a fabric shop aged 6!
6. My favourite place in the world is Disneyland Paris and I've visited there 4 times.
7. I've performed in the West End twice, aged 8 and 10.
8. My favourite colours are baby pink, lilac and silver!
9. Once I had a birthday party on a bus which is probably the most 90s/early 00s thing ever! Haha
10. Once when I was on holiday in Portugal I got swept up in a wave and could've got washed out to sea, luckily my dad saved me! My mum still doesn't know about this...
11. I'm very open about the fact that I struggle with mental illness and I hope that one day I can help others that suffer.
12. My dream career is to be either a fashion journalist and presenter, a radio DJ or a museum curator - though I've always wanted to work in the theatre.
13. I used to play the flute, drums, piano and saxophone but was terrible at them all!
14. I've been dying my hair for 6 years and have been red, ginger, lilac, half turquoise, pink and blonde.
15. Once I randomly met Martin Freeman on Carnaby Street where he was chatting to Warwick Davis - best. moment. ever.
16. I have no piercings, not even my ears!
17. My all time favourite Disney characters are Tinker Bell, Stitch and the Aristocats.
18. I can't ride a bike!
19. I once broke my collarbone by falling out of a very low bed - which is kind of embarrassing! haha
20. I'm a non identical twin.
21. I'm definitely a city person and would love to live in London one day.
22. My dream is to visit all the Disney parks in the world!
23. As well as Disney I love all animated films, especially Shrek 2.
24. I had a huuuge anime phase when I was a preteen and used to cosplay at conventions!
25. I had an undercut for three years which longtime readers may remember.
26. I'm hugely phobic of scary and violent movies so I have to check the IMDB Parents Guide before I watch anything.
27. One of my proudest achievements is running the Race For Life aged 17 in memory of my granddad who passed from cancer.
28. My favourite items in my wardrobe are my American Apparel tennis skirts, my Unif Frost sweater and my pastel blue fluffy jacket.
29. I can't drive.
30. I'm a huge planner and list person - I have so many notes on my iPhone with random lists on everything and anything!
31. I collect a lot of Disney merch, my main collections at the moment being Tsum Tsums, pins, snow globes and Funko Pop figures.
32. I'm fascinated by fan and "geek" culture and love watching documentaries about the topic.
33. I have a weird crush on Louis Theroux!
34. I used to have pet Giant African Snails.
35. I'm working on changing to a vegetarian lifestyle at some point in the near future.
36. I have two best friends; Aimee who I've known since I was 5 and Emily who I met in my first year of university.
37. I hate camping and have never been to a festival longer than a day!
38. I'm terrified of moths.
39. My favourite subjects at school were English Literature and Media Studies.
40. My middle name is Arran which is technically a male name, however I was named after a Scottish island.
41. I say the word "oven" weird and everyone takes the mickey out of me for it haha
42. I have a not-so secret love of musicals, old and new!
43. I worked at my local radio station last year and the first time I got to speak live on air, I accidentally swore... oops.
44. I love St Pancras station in London more than most places in the city and I have no idea why.
45. I have many nicknames and they're basically all puns (Carack Obama, Carzipan... the list goes on)
46. My favourite fashion houses and designers are Saint Laurent, Valentino, Ashish, Clio Peppiatt and Moschino.
47. I own two cats named Link and Ziggy and a dog named Blaze.
48. I'm a massive cat lady... sorry dog fans.
49. I have no tattoos.
50. My ultimate style crush is Cher Horowitz from Clueless <3

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you feel like you know me a bit better! I'd love to know one random fact about you in the comments and I hope that your day is going well xo

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  1. What were you in the in the West End? That's really cool! My cousin is a costume designer and does stuff for the musicals down there! A fact about me would be that i'm always late to the trends. Smart phones, leggings, skinny jeans, I refuse to join it all until much later that everyone else!
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. I was part of a theatre troupe and every year we'd hire out one of the big theatres and do a one night only show! So I played many a role haha xx

  2. I love posts like this, and yours was a joy to read. I think I'd be in Slytherin too! x

    Jodie //

    1. Thank you girlie! YESYESYES, the best house! x

  3. Oh yes! So great that I get to know you a little bit more by reading this post. Hahaha, same as you, I can't bike, but I really wish I could. x

    1. Thanks girl! Haha I'm glad someone else can't too, it always makes me feel so weird x

  4. i loved reading this and you've made me want to do one of my own! i'm actually jealous of the fact that halloumi cheese is such a common thing over there because i can't find it anywhere here. we can be pals when we both live in london, i'll share my vegetarian tips with you haha

    danielle | avec danielle

    1. Oooooh yes do it girl, I'd love to read yours! I didn't realise halloumi was such a UK thing til recently, my American friend hadn't heard of it and I was like WHAT hahah. omg yes!!

  5. 10 - she does now haha! Loved #'s 33 and 50! :D

    Tara xx

  6. Wow the west end! Thats something to be proud of!! Love getting to know the people behind the blog!

    Darriyan xx |

  7. Oreo milkshakes are so good! You just make me want to have one haha. I have a scar on my forehead too and people is asking all the time where is from. And the style of Cher is so stylish, I love it. You're such a cool person :)

    1. Aren't they just?! <3 aw thank you so much lovely! Xx

  8. I enjoyed reading each numbers!!:3 I love knowing a tiny trivia about people (is that counted as being nosy??????) ((more like, I enjoy the feeling relating to someone, lol))

    I googled up 'birthday party on a bus' and thought 'WOW THAT'S SO FUN I WANT TOO'!!!:D

    AAaahh, I've also almost swept out in a wave while my brother trying to take a pic of me... He took a pic first, then saved me later. I was trembling so hard because I'm so scared of vast emptiness in the sea...UGH THIS MAKES ME SHIVER.


    1. Haha not at all, I like learning about people too! Yeah bus birthday parties are a very early 00s British thing, I wish they still existed!

  9. I enjoyed reading this and thank you for being open with us about yourself. You're truly a Disney fan and I can't believe that at the age of 20, you've visited Disneyland Paris 4 times already! I've only been to Disneyland once and it's in Hong Kong. It's truly the happiest place on earth. We also have the same favorite colors especially baby pink! It's nice to know that you dream of becoming a museum curator too. Good Luck on your dreams and continue blogging! :) You have a new friend here! :)


    1. Ooooh I want to see HK Disney so much, lucky thing! Thanks for reading xx

  10. Learned so much about you from this post :) Thanks for sharing and I love your blog title :)

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

  11. love this kind of blog as readers get to understand or know more about the writer. lovely!

    jess x |

  12. Those glasses are so cool!! loving your blog girl <3

  13. Great post! I like your sunglasses �� Kisses!!

    ·Alas de Angel·

  14. You look gorgeous in these photos! I absolutely love your jacket!
    Please check out my blog too. That are absolutely stunning photos!

  15. It was fun reading the facts. But you have no piercings?! At all?!
    It shocked me a bit, no, it really shocked me.
    Haha, love this kind of posts. It's so natural and spontaneous.
    Love, Fads

  16. I love reading these type of random facts, thank you for sharing!

  17. So random but I love Shrek 2 as well! I don't know why but that film always cheers me up. I'd also love to visit all of the disney parks, I've been to a fair few and they're always such an amazing experience.

  18. I love the more personal types of blogs and getting to know the authors without actually knowing them too! (I'm also a bit nosey like that!)

  19. that's really interesting that you performed in the west end! i always wanted to perform there as a child!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE x

  20. I love these kinds of posts! It's so nice to see who the blogger behind the blog is. I love Disney! I've never been to the one in Paris, but I go to the one in Florida a lot. Lovely post, Cara! XX

  21. I'm a big Disney and musical fan too! Also number 43 made me laugh x

  22. I love reading posts like these!! I'm almost 17 and can't drive either! It's nice to finally meet somebody who's like me, yay :) I love hummus also, it's amazing on pretzels.

    Edye //

  23. You met Martin Freeman while he was chatting to Warwick Davis? That's amazing, you couldn't have planned that if you'd tried haha! It's nice to find someone who also hates camping - I stick to daytime festivals as well :) xx


  24. Super cute!

    Dakota D.

  25. THOSE SUNGLASSES THOUGH! Where did you get them from? Also my birthday is the 19th of December! Feeling very jealous too that you've been on the west end and met Martin Freeman!

    I love your style!
    Beth x

  26. i love posts like this:-) i could comment on all points listed here, but i'm just going to say that i want to be a curator too and moths are the worst! xx

  27. yummm halloumi
    "10. Once when I was on holiday in Portugal I got swept up in a wave and could've got washed out to sea" - in which beach? Atlantic can be tricky... It happened to me once as well. Moths...urghhh. My ears are not pierced either :) Also, St Pancras Station is fabulously beautiful.

  28. Great facts! I'm from Hertfordshire too and I'd love to visit all the Disney parks!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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