A Little Life Update 2021

27 March 2021

Well, it's been a minute, hasn't it! This last year in lockdown has simultaneously absolutely flown by and also been the world's longest 12 months ever. I wish I had lots of exciting this to report from the last 6 months or so but it's fair to say it's all been a bit samey...

a little life update 2021


I'm still working in digital marketing and had my one-year anniversary at my job in February. For anyone new here, I work in PR & Content, and spend my days creating social media content, blog posts, website content as well as many other things! I've also recently become in charge of our charitable efforts too, so that is certainly keeping me busy. 

It's fair to say that I haven't really found any new hobbies over the last few months or so, I just spend my days scrolling TikTok and going on walks. (I think we're all living the same lockdown life, aren't we?)

That said, it's not too long now until things start going back to normal and I CANNOT WAIT to go out for dinner and drinks. I've also got a couple of trips booked over the summer and I have everything crossed that they are going to go ahead. My boyfriend and I are going to Wales to climb Snowdon in June and then we are going to Devon for a week with his family in July. Now that I've written this all out, have I just jinxed myself? Stay tuned to find out. 

I turned 23 a week ago today and it's fair to say I am starting to feel OLD. People in my year at school are all doing really adult things and today one of my best friends just got his mortgage accepted for a house with his girlfriend. Helllloooo adulthood, hey! 

This life update certainly hasn't been the most exciting one I've ever written but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless. If you want to keep up to date with my daily life, then Instagram is definitely the best place to follow me! 


How have you been? What have you been up to?

Milkshakes at The Ducking Stool, Christchurch - Review

25 March 2021

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




5 Tips For Shopping On Depop

1 March 2021

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.

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