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I'm Hero, founder of Muddy Stilettos, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable across the counties.

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Gotta Have It

All things bright and beautiful? When it comes to the new jewellery trend for rainbow-coloured gemstones, you betcha.

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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • The Chesterton, Bicester

    Deco styling, black marble bathrooms and oodles of charm make this renovated hotel, just a few miles from Bicester Village, a fashionable overnighter. Here’s what you need to know.

    • The 20 best beachside eats

      Make the most of the British summer at one of our Muddy-recommended coastal eateries. Napkin at the ready? Let's do this!

    • Indian summer

      Take one Michelin chef and interiors by Soho House's design guru, and Atul Kochhar's Hawkyn's is an instant recipe for success.

    • 46 stunning summer pubs

      Fancy sipping a cold one in a pretty al fresco pub with friends or fam? Here are the best of the bunch across the Muddy counties.

    • Eclectic country interiors at the Winning Post Windsor pub with rooms checked settle, wooden tables and bowler hat wall light

      First past The Winning Post

      Bounding around Berkshire in search of pubby perfection? I saddled up for a 3-course nosebag and a comfy sleepover at The Winning Post, Winkfield.

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    FashionView more

  • In all your Finery

    Need a summer party frock? This under-the-radar label majors in cool dresses and jumpsuits. We’ve got £500 worth of Finery goodies up for grabs for 10 lucky Muddy readers – that’s £5k worth of foxy fashion!

    • Gotta Have It

      All things bright and beautiful? When it comes to the new jewellery trend for rainbow-coloured gemstones, you betcha.

    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      In our new Muddy regular, we look at both sides of a hot topic that's currently dividing office...

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    • Beauty bargains

      Quick, raid a teenage girl’s make-up bag! Budget beauty is big news right now. Here are some corkers that’ll only set you back a few quid.

    • Five of the best eye masks

      Finding it hard to sleep when it's light at 4am? Banish insomnia in style with these chic eyemasks. Zzzzzz.

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  • June’s juiciest reads

    June’s best new books are a corking bunch, including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s breathtaking new novel. Check out Kerry Potter’s reviews – and then win the whole lot!

    • Miley goes mental

      Hello, who's speaking please? This fruity promo for her new album be Miley Cyrus' naughtiest stunt yet. Creative juices flowing or cynical marketing ploy - you decide!

    • Eliot *who?*

      Eliot Hodgkin, duh! (OK I didn't know him either). A surprise hit with my kids, this charming exhibition at Waddesdon Manor re-introduces the celebrated 20th century still life and landscape painter. Well worth the detour to the Coach House.

    • Need a brilliant new read?

      A stunning debut novel, a futuristic thriller and an exquisite memoir are among books editor Kerry Potter's marvellous May picks. And you can win the lot!

    • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

      Melly Still and Rona Munro’s adaptation of Louis de Bernières classic novel is a triumph of theatre - turning a glorious mixture of drama, dance, movement and music into a satisfying whole.

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    • Property Flirt’s BACK!

      Is there anything more fun than peering around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the nosiness commence.

    • Through the keyhole

      A sprawling quirky property bursting with character ready to be transformed into the home of your dreams – with your own business too if you wish – in Somerset's most fashionable town

  • Wellbeing
    • Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

      Strip off and lido

      Hot or not, the Thames Lido is quirky, cool and like no other spa you've been to. Eat, swim, spa… repeat. It's got Muddy's name all over it.

    • How to flex your life

      Is life an exhausting loop of sleep, work, chores, repeat? Yep. Need to make a change but now sure what or how? Er, yes. Read our interview with hot new self-help author Annie Auerbach.

    • Flexi-time – are you working it out?

      Flexible working is a buzzy phrase, but seriously - how many of us actually live the dream? Read on to find out how it could work for you.

    • Sexy stationery

      Stationery is one of my specialist subjects. And - whoop! - it's National Stationery Week. Check out this sexy lot. Hubba bubba!

  • Kids
    • Sweetest summer fashion

      There's no shortage of gorgeous children's companies, but high street brand Joules is our pick for the best-dressed kids on the beach.

    • West Buckland School, Barnstaple

      Muddy says: A nurturing, non-hothousey co-ed day and boarding school in bucolic North Devon...

    • Summer Survival Guide

      Summer holidays are coming, stock up on the gin! You’ll cruise it with the Muddy survival holiday guide from The Parenting Partnership

    • Hey, parents, leave those kids alone!

      A new parenting manual urges us to back off and let our kids take the lead. Veteran teacher (and mother of three) Esther Wojcicki on why being a ‘panda mum’ is the way forward.

  • Everybody’s talking about…

    Love Island’s Curtis, who’s managed to snaffle a highly-prized jaunt in the High Wycombe Christmas panto whilst he’s still sunning it on the show!

    • Dermot O’Leary: It’s personal

      Love ogling O'Leary? He's DJing at Ascot Races and Muddy's got all the goss on his *coughs* tooooit trousers, love of cats and mojitos with Madonna. 

    • Female flat racing jockey Hollie Doyle in riding hat and purple silk

      The toughest woman in sport

      She's lost teeth and blacked out, but nothing will stop jockey Hollie Doyle getting back in the saddle. Muddy talks to racing's pocket rocket in the run up Ladies Night at Windsor Racecourse.

    • All hail the Pearly Queen

      Claudia Bradby is the chic designer who's put the pizzazz back into pearls, with celeb fans Helen Mirren and Kate Middleton. Muddy is impressed!

    • Celebrating celebrants

      Just what does a celebrant do? Muddy spoke to a Sussex ceremony star all about the special occasions she's helped create

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