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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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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

Venturing out into your garden for the first time this year? Here's all the cool cooking and homeware kit you need to jazz it up for summer. BBQ round mine, everyone!

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Fun Finder

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

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  • Sun’s out! 23 brilliant pub gardens in Bucks & Oxon

    The temperatures look set to soar this Easter bank holiday weekend so here’s where to soak up some rays with a chilled glass of rosé to hand. Cheers!

    • The Green Man, Thriplow

      This community-owned village pub has it all with its own micro farm, a dizzying array of craft ales and - oh joy! - a free taxi service at the end of the night.

    • table set for lunch overlooking tulips and gardens beyond

      Little Barwick House, Barwick

      Michelin-listed country house fine dining restaurant – with gorgeous rooms and gardens – in south Somerset

    • Three star thriller

      The Roux's Waterside Inn in Bray boasts 3 Michelin twinklers, river views, classic cookery and you don't have to sell a vital organ to eat here. *Dabs napkin*.

    • A 3AA star treat at Humphry’s, Stoke Park

      A stylish, relaxed, grown-up 3AA restaurant in one of the most luxurious hotels in Buckinghamshire - and no, you don't need to stay there to enjoy it!

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  • Ready to get crafty?

    Forget its naff ’70s connotations, macramé is a big news in interiors and fashion this summer.

    • Killer kicks

      Kick off spring in style with a pair of super-cool new season trainers. Here are our 9 faves - plus how to wear them when you're not heading to the gym.

    • Say my name

      Fashion gets personal with the trend for emblazoning your name across your T shirt, handbag or phone case. Think school uniform name tags but cooler!

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    • Natural fit

      Organic, vegan, super-pure beauty products used to be worthy but not that effective. Well, not any more! Meet your new favourite no-nasties brands.

    • Natural skincare + bio-active science = RESULTS

      Multi-award-winning skincare brand Balance Me has built its reputation on totally natural products backed by serious scientific credibility. I caught up with inspirational founders, sisters Clare and Rebecca, to find out more.

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  • Behind-the-Scenes of The Provoked Wife

    Rufus Hound and Les Dennis join Caroline Quentin, Alexandra Gilbreath and Jonathan Slinger in the RSC’s upcoming revival of John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy at the Swan, Stratford, from Thur May 2.

    • April’s best new books

      Quick, spring-clean your bedside table or Kindle to make room for Muddy books editor's Kerry Potter's awesome April picks.

    • It’s a Woman’s World

      Muddy has a sneaky behind-the-scenes look at some of the stunning costumes made in Stratford-upon-Avon for the RSC's new gender-switched revival, The Taming-of-The Shrew.

    • Need a new book?

      You're in the right place - Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter has picked this month's seven sexiest reads. And you can win the lot!

    • REVIEW: As You Like It

      Audience participation, a disco mirror ball, Post It notes and puppetry feature in Kimberley Sykes’ lively take on Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy at the RST, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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    • How to be a canapé queen

      Does your usual party snack planning involve opening a bag of Kettle Chips? Here's how to raise your game with three easy recipes.

    • Need a speedy supper?

      I declare salad season officially open! This hearty chicken one is easy-peasy to make but packed with flavour.

  • Wellbeing
    • Mud Monsters Run tips

      Tackling this super muddy obstacle course this June or thinking about it? Here's how to prep and what to expect on the day.

    • Nail your work/life balance

      The juggle is real - and not going anywhere - so how the hell can we to get it right?! Let's ask the work/life balance experts for some help.

    • Calling all creatives!

      Networking used to be naff but new collective The Creative Duck is anything but. Plus they sell stylish gifts handmade locally by their talented members.

    • Nail your work/life balance

      The juggle is real - and not going anywhere - so how the hell can we to get it right?! Let's ask the work/life balance experts for some help.

  • Kids
    • thorpe house school red brick building victorian black panels boys in uniform standing in front

      Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross

      A small, friendly day school for boys aged 3-16 between Gerrard's Cross and Chalfont St Peter, set in 7 acres and high on inclusivity, priding themselves on knowing every child individually.

    • modern school building with grass and trees in front

      The Manor Preparatory School, Abingdon

      Check out my update on this highly-regarded day school in Abingdon with fantastic ISI reports (excellent across the board) for kids 2-11 years old.

  • Muddy meets Terry

    Eighties skankers The Specials are back with a brilliant new album and a headline slot at Cornbury festival this summer. We nabbed the delightful Terry Hall for a natter about shopping, selfies and his alternative career as a barber.

    • No, Tom, Noooooo!

      Is this the most excruciatingly cringey celebrity advert ever? Quite possibly Mr Hiddleston, quite possibly!

    • Diary of a Showgirl

      Muddy meets Melissa James, who stars as sultry showgirl Dora Chance, in Emma Rice's racy, "life-enhancing" adaptation of Angela Carter's Wise Children.

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