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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

Fancy the first look at two brand new online London fashion labels? We're here to help!

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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 Globe, Newbury

    One of Newbury’s oldest pubs has become a dog-friendly hip hangout that boasts a cool culinary collaboration with a Muddy Award winner. Who’s up for yappy hour?

    • The Bull on Bell Street

      The stylish Bull on Bell St ticks the boxes for cocktail drinkers, girl's lunches, family roasts and pretty much everything in between. Want to take a look?

    • Coppa Club, Brighton

      Large and loungey, Coppa Club has landed in Brighton. Make a dinner date or linger in an armchair over a coffee, cocktail or light bites

    • Is this Oxford’s best kept secret?

      Quirky, under-the-radar and totally delicious - Fish 4 Lunch is the kind of business that Muddy exists for. Check out this hidden gem.

    • Autumn supper clubs

      Knives and forks poised? Attackkkkk! Yep, it's a brand new round of supper clubs over the coming months with Sri Lankan, S.A and veggie options.

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  • The Lygon Arms, Broadway

    Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages – and The Lygon Arms is a family, pooch and special-occasion corker of a hotel. Weekend away incoming!

    • 24 hours in Matera

      Have you seen the new James Bond car chase scenes around southern Italy? Happens that Muddy was there this summer, checking out the cool places to go. Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while I tell you my insider tips.

    • What’s on your bucket list?

      Have you got a travel bucket list? Are these fantastic places on it? They should be! Muddy picks the brains of fab independent travel consultant Sarah Watts to see what she recommends.

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  • Word up

    Too busy to say it yourself? Lacking the vocab to express your feelings after a long day battling spreadsheets or sprogs? Let a classic slogan T do it for you.

    • J’adore/ J’abhor

      So, what's the hot topic currently creating emotional fracking by the office water cooler? This week - velcro sandals!

    • 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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    • J’adore / J’abhor

      This week's Muddy heated debate: whether or not to embrace a full head of grey hair. Eeeek! or chic? We duke it out.

    • 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.

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  • Awesome Autumn culture planner

    It’s all going on! Behold, your cheat-sheet to the season’s best art, theatre, TV, books and film, as curated by the extremely cultural Kerry Potter.

    • Read THESE this month…

      ... and win 'em all! Curl up into a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and dive into a new fab book with this month's hottest new reads.

    • Everyone’s talking about…

      Jude Law, baby! Or should that be his itty bitty very pretty papal white budgie smugglers? Banish your other half for five minutes and ogle the trailer in peace.

    • Fancy a bear hug?

      A super-sweet exhibition 'Bears!' from Henley's River & Rowing museum definitely has the cuddle factor for the under 10s. Grab a teddy and go!

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      Muddy Book Club LIVE!

      Tickets for our stint at Henley Literary Festival next month are selling like hotcakes. Be there (with us and authors Lotte Jeffs, Lisa Faulker and Elle Dove) or be square!

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    • New season, new home!

      Summer has gone. Deal with it. Embrace Autumn with these 6 breezily cool interior trends of rich colours, retro shapes and pared-back natural materials.

    • Into your interiors?

      Then you're going to LOVE Foster & Gane, a supercool antiques and mid-20th-century treasure trove in Milton Common. Shall we go inside?

  • Wellbeing
    • Feel the burn

      Feeling the need to unwind? Want to support a stylish local business? Strike a light and relax as hard as you can with these recycled, vegan candles from Oxon-based Hunters Moon

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      The magic of ‘me time’

      Frazzled mothers rejoice! Come and hide out with us and let someone look after you for a change. Fitness, fashion, food, wine and unwind. Ahhhh, that's better.

    • Making work work for you

      Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here's some food for thought from the autumn's hottest self-help book by ex Elle journalist turned author Lotte Jeffs.

    • 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.

  • Kids
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      Twyford Prep School, Hants

      This Hampshire prep is a cosy school with a strong sporting pedigree and an impressive curriculum that encourages creative thinking.

    • 7 things adults can learn from teenagers

      Teenagers are snowflakes, always on Insta and wear silly clothes, right? Wrong! We spoke to a group of super-smart teens to get beyond the clichés - and garnered some unexpectedly ace advice.

  • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

    We’re chuffed that she’s repping Leicester on this year’s series of The Great British Bake Off. Here’s everything you need to know about the amateur baker.

    • Yup, stage school works!

      Another year and another surge of nascent stars of the stage and screen graduate from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Want to meet them?

    • 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!

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