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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

Holly and ivy are SO last year. We're all about these alternative Christmas wreaths, bringing some proper festive ding dong to your front door.

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    Eat OutView more

  • How to ace Xmas lunch

    Worried about your turkey timings? Pondering over your potatoes? 11 Michelin-starred tips to help nail it on the day.

    • 12 cosy local pubs to visit in December

      Local cosy Pubs. They're not just for Christmas, but if you're looking for festive fayre and...

    • 185 Watling St…

      Revisited this gem in Towcester - a great spot for groups of friends looking for a good bar vibe in the evening and a classy dinner. Nom!

    • South Oxon classic pub grub

      Gawd knows we love a revamped pub on Muddy so it's hello, how are you and make mine three courses at The Chequers in Burcot.

    • Mullins Coffee Shop

      I've hit on a great place for lunch in Dorking. Wanna know more? Yes? Huddle in, I've got lots to tell.

    TravelView more

  • Cliff Cottage, Suffolk

    Heart-stopping views and an open, airy interior make this secret, Suffolk hideaway very special indeed. Perched high above the River Alde, expect big sunsets and endless, estuary horizons.

    • Thai for beginners

      As the kids go back to school and the nights draw in, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something a bit further afield this time?

    • Broadway Barn

      Superbly styled, this 200-year-old barn in Ripley is perfect for a romantic or relaxing break.

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    FashionView more

  • Festive fash attack!

    Party season is fast approaching, yippee! But, what to wear? You could cover yourself in Superglue and jump in a giant vat of sequins. Or you could read on for our edit of the best partywear, featuring twinkly little numbers from your high street faves.

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      Uniqlo-oh-oh!

      It’s a match made in heaven – J.W. Anderson’s wondrously cool designs at Uniqlo prices. Let's go shopping.

    • 6 hot-to-trot AW17 trends

      We asked chic Deddington boutique, Nellie & Dove, to decode the new season's top trends. Don't go shopping until you read this!

    Arts & CultureView more

  • Top 10 Non-Fiction Books

    Politics, cookery, science, wildlife and, er, Princess Margaret are all on the hot list for Christmas, according to the indie Gerrards Cross Bookshop.

    • Don’t miss this!!!

      Clear your schedule for Friday night - the best TV show on the box is back and it is definitely worth staying in for.

    • Hetty Feather

      A joyful romp in full technicolour — if you like Gifford’s circus, you’ll love NST Southampton's Christmas production.

    • Best Fiction Books for Xmas

      Nothing better than a good holiday read, and The Marlow Bookshop has given its starter for 10 (well 11, but who's counting?).

    • Need a laugh? Voilà!

      It's a golden time for female-centric TV comedy. Here are Muddy's top new UK shows to discuss around the watercooler.

    • Light up your life

      ... well, your living room at least. Here's our bumper edit of the best scented candles. Perfect for gifts (and, er, self-gifting).

    • Cook *this* at the weekend!

      Here's a scrumptious Donna Hay weekend lunch recipe for you - and a chat with the super-chef herself. If we ask nicely, will she cook it too?

  • Wellbeing
    • Review: Cliveden Spa

      Energy levels hit rock bottom? Get ye to Cliveden Spa, the new multimillion revamp that delivers on substance as well as style.

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      Yay for National Spa Week!

      We don't need to be asked twice to strip off, don a fluffy bathrobe and lounge in luxury. Here are our fave local spas.

  • Kids
    • The top 10 children’s books

      The very best stories of 2017 to inspire young, imaginative minds, as chosen by Banbury indie experts (and Muddy faves) Book & Ink.

    • Twyford Prep School

      Muddy says: A cosy, traditional, prep-school with an impressive, cutting-edge curriculum that encourages creative and independent thinking.

  • Bruce Munro: My Favourite Places

    Artist Bruce Munro has exhibited at the V&A, the Guggenheim and locally at Waddesdon Manor, his current work, the 2266-light installation ‘Moonblooms’, can be seen on the approach to Bicester Village. He talks family, food and living the simple life with Muddy.

    • shaun leane carving metal top on model with silver hair and make up

      Say hello to Shaun Leane

      Meet the man who combines fashion with craftsmanship. Sean Leane talks to Muddy about bringing the bling to McQueen and his own jewellery collection to the Home Counties.

    • We’ll take your advice, Natalie!

      Owner of Cliveden estate and the brains behind its first ever Literary Festival, Natalie Livingstone knows a thing or two about the local area. Here's where she likes to hang out.

    • Shazia Mirza’s Fav Places

      Rarely have I laughed out loud so much while interviewing a celeb. That Shazia is well funny - who else would pick the M40 services as a favourite place?!

    • Griselda’s Secret Oxford

      Celebrated children's author Griselda Heppel has a hotline to some beautiful places in the city that most of us have never heard of. Come on, let's check them out.

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