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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

Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

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The results are in! Meet your Muddy Awards 2021 winners

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Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and helped celebrate the most awesome indie businesses across 25 counties.

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  • Review: Pluma, Old Amersham

    Review: Pluma, Old Amersham

    Is this the best tapas restaurant in Buckinghamshire? Read on for the Muddy lowdown on Muddy Awards 2021 finalist Pluma in elegant Old Amersham

    • Lunch with a view: 21 top riverside eats

      Lunch with a view: 21 top riverside eats

      Ahh, is there anything better than a stroll along the riverside? Actually, yes - a riverside that includes a long lazy lunch and some stonking views across Bucks or Oxon!

    • Insta-worthy places to eat in Oxon and Bucks

      Insta-worthy places to eat in Oxon and Bucks

      Now we're all going out out, naturally we want to shout about it. Be the envy of your followers at these photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop is as good as the food.

    • Glug! Vineyards in the Berkshire ‘hood

      Glug! Vineyards in the Berkshire ‘hood

      English wine is officially having a moment – and what better time to try it than in English Wine Week (19-27 June)? Top up your glass with a drop from one of these local Berkshire vineyards.

    • Review: Two One Five Kitchen & Drinks

      Review: Two One Five Kitchen & Drinks

      Food reviews are back on the menu and this one's a goodie. Relaunched in lockdown, this 3AA Rosette restaurant offers fine dining that won't break the bank - ready to tuck in?

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  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you’ve probably never heard of.

    • Muddy reviews: The Swan at Streatley

      Muddy reviews: The Swan at Streatley

      This boutique hotel in the village of Streatley, West Berkshire, with its slick styling and stunning riverside location is the ultimate weekend escape.

    • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

      Have pooch, will travel? Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

    • 10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

      10 knockout farmhouses that are up for sale now

      Fell in love with rural life on your staycay? Us too. Quick, before the market turns: check out these absolutely stunning farms to snap up across the Muddy counties (and beyond).

    • Gardening jobs to do in September

      Gardening jobs to do in September

      Who better to advise on what to plants, prune and ignore than Charlotte Tremlin, head gardener at Wormsley, the Getty family's private estate in the Chilterns

  • Wellbeing
    • 10 super spa days in Berkshire

      10 super spa days in Berkshire

      A little pampering goes a long way especially as we head into the colder darker months. Here's the best spa days in Berkshire. And relaaax.

    • Your health questions answered!

      Your health questions answered!

      Don’t understand why the weight won’t shift? Have a back that’s reminiscent of Quasimodo? Muddy puts your questions to Healthily’s chief medical officer, Professor Maureen Baker

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    • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

      Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

    • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

      Back in the office? We’re here to help!

      Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do's and Don'ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

  • Kids
    • Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

      This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

    • How to supercharge your kids learning

      How to supercharge your kids learning

      Are there educational bumps in the road ahead? Why a roadmap of schools advice, academic support and mentoring could supercharge your child's success.

Instamuddy

  • Erm, how incredible is this 👠 cake baked for the @muddyglosworcs #MuddyAwards2021 celebration drinks?! Almost too stunning to eat (hey, we said almost…😉)
  • The number one rule of makeup? Lighting is *everything* which is why we’re loving portable light-up beauty studio @beautifect by @tara_lalvani (you may recognise her husband Tej from BBC’s Dragons Den). It has five light settings to simulate true daylight in any environment so a) you’re not tied to your dressing table and b) no nasty makeup mishaps - result!  Want to win one? Here’s how: 
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TO WIN 
💡Follow @muddystilettos & @beautifect 
💡Post your favourite emoji in the comments 
💡And don’t forget to share the love by tagging 3 friends and saving this post (just click the bookmark icon on the right) 
💡For an extra entry, share this post to your story 
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T&Cs: Competition closes 27 Sept | Entrants must be 18+ | No cash prize alternative | Competition is not associated with Instagram | Entrants must reply within 24 hours to claim prize
  • Who else watched @emmaraducanu absolutely kill it at the #USOpen over the weekend?! WOW. Fun fact: she’s the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1977 - not bad for 18, right? 😱🎾
  • Loving this snap from @muddybucksoxon #MuddyAwards2021 celebration drinks event on the stunning @ashmoleanmuseum rooftop in Oxford (we’re hearing reports of a few sore heads the morning after 😂) 👠👠
  • The best way to make you want to buy your own coffee beans? Make Brad Pitt the face, of course! (FYI we have insider info that a latte is his favourite brew) 😍☕️
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Lovely lunch today celebrating the launch of @delonghiuk’s new #Perfetto campaign; tune in tonight during the footie to watch the UK premier of the TV ad (from the Oscar-winning director, cinematographer and composer trio behind La La Land, no less) to see the Hollywood hunk riding a motorcycle, swishing his hair in the wind and brewing himself a mug with freshly bought beans. Anyone else feeling a little thirsty… better get that coffee in! 😂
  • Madonna’s talking at The Publishing Show (erm, sort of, I’ve got the microphone at least 😂). Excited to be in discussion with fellow digital media innovators 💪 on the Learning from Disruptive Media Startups panel today.

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  • A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    A new leaf: your 10 autumn wardrobe essentials

    Bright knits, checks, big handbags, even bigger boots. We’ve got your autumn/winter 2021 fashion fix sorted.

    • Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Rent your clothes like Carrie!

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with Carrie Symonds showing us how to work a sustainable wardrobe, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your clothes in style.

    • Best swimwear for 2021

      Best swimwear for 2021

      Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

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    • Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Can Haringtons tame the Muddy mane?

      Fly-away hair with lots of grey? Not just me then... The challenge for award-winning hairdresser and colourist Barry was to create a style that will still look good a week later

    • How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

      Forget pale and interesting... we're channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage

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