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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

Trainers so chic that only a fool would take them near a gym are everywhere this season - including some places you wouldn't expect. Guess where these beauties are from?

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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 most impressive culinary reboot of the year?

    Attention South Oxon foodies! There’s an incredible new chef and menu at the Leatherne Bottel in Goring. Muddy’s Sascha Way gets stuck in.

    • Local stars

      It's the accolade that all chefs want - so whose wish on a Michelin star in Bucks and Oxon came true this year?

    • The best inn in Bucks?

      Very rare that I gush, but The Mash Inn is about to get it with two barrels for its fantastic offering for grown-ups in rolling Chiltern countryside. Go!

    • The Curlew, Bodiam

      Muddy visits one of Sussex's best restaurants - a double Muddy Award finalist! - for a real foodie experience

    • Dorset Arms, Withyham

      Find Winnie the Pooh connections on the doorstep and great home-reared food on your plate at this Ashdown Forest pub, renowned for its organic meat.

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  • Need a romantic weekend away?

    We make a break for the border, with Muddy’s Sophie checking in to the recently refurbed Woburn Hotel in Beds for a romantic weekend. Ooh la la!

    • The Big Beautiful Beach House

      This impressive family home was the setting for Richard Curtis' film, About Time and now you can rent it out and make your own memories here. Shall we have a snoop around?

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      The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

      One night at the Northgate Hotel was the perfect respite to recharge my batteries. Less than one hours drive from Norwich and it felt like a proper luxurious escape!

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  • Kids

    Lambrook School, Winkfield Row

    Muddy says: A top co-ed school set in 52 acres of Berkshire countryside, with a strong reputation for sport and extra-curricular activities.

  • Activities

    Buckle up, baby

    Race you to the finish line, this wannabe petrol head puts Absolutely Karting Maidenhead through its paces.

    Muddy Stilettos Berkshire editor Rachel Jane in black race suit and helmet at Absolutely Karting Maidenhead

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  • 5 hot trends for Autumn

    Ready to shop the new season? We’ve picked out five trends we love, with an option for every budget, and all available at Westgate Oxford (or if you can’t be bothered to move, online!).

    • New season, new shoes

      Clear space on the shoe rack - I've rounded up Top 15 Autumn footwear faves, from stilettos to the super-cool sneakers.

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      Millennial magpies

      Worried about your teens' choice of arm candy? Problem solved. Millie Pink's new bracelets are cool, colourful and less trouble than a crush.

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    • J’adore Isabel Marant

      We can't stretch to new Isabel Marant boots or bags right now but it's a big "OUI!" from us to her super-chic new lipsticks.

    • Skin Genius

      This natural and organic skincare range won multiple awards at this year's Beauty Shortlist Awards, and with a new look we love it more than ever.

    • The light fantastic

      I'm already planning my attack on God's Own Junkyard's neon sign pop-up at Selfridges. I want it all. And I want it now!

    • Drink me

      When you drink as much caffeine as I do, a decent mug collection is a must. Pop the kettle on, love, and I'll show you my new season favourites.

  • Wellbeing
    • Fitness challenge!

      Nothing like a race looming to motivate you to go for a walk, run, swim or cycle on these chilly autumn mornings.

    • Ready to change your life?

      Got any dreams packed away that you’ve given up on? Well, get ready to unpack them with this magical life-coaching experience.

    • Flexible working – a personal view

      It's a contentious issue, that's for sure! As a full-time working mum and business owner, I can see both sides of that fence. Wanna know what I think?

    • Co-working: 5 reasons to do it

      Are you tired of working from home? Sick of setting up in coffee shops? Maybe you're over the rigidity of long-term office leases? Then it's time to consider co-working.

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