A new cocktail bar on the scene? Becca's there. I was recently invited down to Mbuntu in Southampton for a complimentary meal at their newly opened cocktail bar and bistro. Founded by Prince Ogbuji, who owns two other restaurants, Mbuntu is a very welcoming place. Mbuntu is an African word meaning “I am who I am because of who we are”. Their whole ethos is about bringing people together and having a real community feel...

Mbuntu Southampton Review

Mbuntu Southampton Review

Mbuntu Southampton Review

Let's get into the review, shall we?

Mbuntu Southampton Review


Having only just opened, there was only a limited menu available when we visited, but their full menu is far more vast. On the full menu is a bit of everything. From burritos to pasta, and katsu curries to burgers, there really is something for everyone on the menu. When we spoke to the owner, Prince, he also mentioned plans for a salad bar in the future, full of healthy and nutritious options...

Mbuntu Southampton Review


When designing Mbuntu, it's very clear that they had aesthetics in mind. With cosy velvet chairs in pink and green, plants and neon signs, it's very much an instagrammable dream. Cocktails and velvet chairs? It's girls night galore. 


As for the food, I had the Chicken Katsu Curry and it was really tasty! The portion was large (the bigger the better in my opinion), delicious and absolutely full of flavour. Dare I say it, I think it was far better than the cult Wagamama offering! My Mum had the Chicken wrap which again was very tasty and very much full of flavour. It's clear that the food at Mbuntu has been well thought out and perfected! 

Mbuntu Southampton Review

Mbuntu Southampton Review


The staff were really friendly and attentive, and the cocktail menu was full of different offerings. I had a mango martini and it was delicious. One thing that was really refreshing to see was that cocktails were less than £10 each. The mango martini is £6.50! We love cocktails that don't break the bank!! 

Overall, I really enjoyed my evening at Mbuntu in Southampton and will definitely be eating there again next time I'm in the area. The food was great, the staff were so friendly and the decor is just fab...

the ducking stool christchurch review

If you're from the Bournemouth area and haven't heard about The Ducking Stool in Christchurch yet, where have you been?! I don't know about you but every other post I've seen on social media in the last few weeks has featured these gloriously decadent milkshakes and this weekend I decided to go and try one for myself. 

Tucked away, just off from the high street, The Ducking Stool is currently operating as a queue outside and order through the window sort of set up. Whilst we were there there was quite a queue, it's fair to say a number of us had had the same idea. That said, it was a sunny Saturday... It was always going to be busy!

The Ducking Stool Christchurch Milkshakes Review

So, when we visited there were a few different flavours of milkshakes on offer; Jammie Dodger, Kinder Bueno, Biscoff, Oreo and Reece's Pieces. 

I had the Biscoff milkshake (obviously) and my sister had the Oreo one. They were both DELICIOUS. They were so rich, and tasted like they were made of 90% ice-cream. They were topped with loads of whipped cream, a hearty drizzle of sauce as well as a couple of biscuits. The milkshakes were way bigger than I expected, so it's fair to say I didn't need a big lunch after that! 

The milkshakes at the Ducking Stool are priced at £4.95 each or £6.95 with the flashing novelty loyalty cup. (It's also worth mentioning they then offer £1 off your next drink if you take back your reusable loyalty cup - so if you buy one, remember to take it with you on your next visit!) For a takeaway milkshake, yes, it is on the pricey side, but as a lockdown treat (being one of the only things open) I don't think it's too bad!

It's also worth pointing out that they had a wide variety of hot chocolates too, as well as other drinks and things to eat. 

Would I go again? If I'm honest, probably not! Whilst the milkshake was really nice I feel like I've done it now so wouldn't rush back for another! 

Overall, I'd definitely give Ducking Stool in Christchurch a solid 4 stars out of 5. If you haven't yet been, go! (It's also conveniently located a few steps away from some pretty pastel buildings making it the perfect insta shot if you're that way inclined!)

Have you had a milkshake at The Ducking Stool in Christchurch yet?

the ducking stool christchurch review

Fast Fashion is out. It's 2021 and we're all getting stuck into being Slow Fashion queens and ditching those cheap, mass-producing, people-exploiting, and planet-ruining brands. But, what with lockdown and this whole global pandemic thing, going to a charity shop and buying second-hand isn't all that easy. So, enter Depop, my new best friend. 

I've recently become quite a hardcore Depop scroller and have found some absolute gems over the last 6 months or so. If you're feeling nosy and what to have a peruse of said gems, here are my Spring Depop Haul and Summer Depop Hauls, scroll away!

There are a LOT of clothes on Depop, and I'm going to be honest, a lot of it is toot. So, for today's post, I thought I'd compile a list of 5 tips for shopping on Depop to save you from the endless scrolling now that I'm a bit of a Depop-pro. Let's get into it, shall we?

5 Tips for Shopping on Depop. My tips for buying second hand clothes online.

5 Tips for Shopping on Depop

01. Filter By Newly Listed 

This is a fairly recent addition to the app and I am SO grateful for it. The number of times I'd searched and found an item that looked perfect only to realise the post was 67 weeks old and the seller was unlikely to still have it laying around. Sorting by newly listed means that everything you're looking at is way more likely to be available and ready to be shipped, and not in an old storage unit 40 miles away. 

02. Search Items To See How They Look On Other Sellers

You can post a maximum of 4 photos on Depop and many sellers don't include any images of the item actually being worn within their four. Searching the item you've found not only lets you see if someone else is selling it in better condition or for a cheaper price but also how it looks on a variety of 'real' people! 

03. Look At Other People's Likes 

Finding other people with a similar style to yours on Depop is fab, not only because their entire page is full of items you'd wear, but because their liked items are also your style too. Looking at what other people have liked is a great way of finding new sellers and pieces, without having to trawl through thousands of items. 

04. Be Flexible With Sizing

Clothes from different shops all fit differently, and second-hand clothes that have been washed and dried many times, also fit differently to how they once did. I recently bought a white broderie anglaise jumpsuit in a size 8 from a seller and couldn't even get a calf in it, but have also bought size 6 tops that have absolutely swamped me. I'd definitely recommend judging sizing by eye and including at least a couple of sizes in your searches because you never know what the item is actually going to be like!

05. Sort By Maximum Spend

This has definitely been the biggest time saver for me! It's mad the number of people who are selling cheap Primark items with stains on for at least twice their RRP. When it comes to my buying process, I tend to think of a specific item I'm looking for, eg a black tee, and then filter by the most I'd like to spend for said black tee. That way, you can filter out all of the designer items (if that's not what you're looking for), and people using Depop to resell cheap wholesale items for a profit. 

So, there we have it, five of my tips for shopping on Depop. Yes, shopping second hand online takes a lot more time and patience than just opening the ASOS app, but, it's also way more rewarding! It goes without saying, spending hundreds on Depop a week isn't particularly sustainable, but, it's way better than spending hundreds on Boohoo. So, if you're looking to make better fashion choices, get on Depop! 

p.s. you can find me over at @beccammartin19 

5 Tips for Shopping on Depop. My tips for buying second hand clothes online.