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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

It's expensive, it bobbles and you can't machine wash it. But cashmere, I just can't quit you. Snuggle up and let me spin you a yarn about my new favourite label.

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

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    Eat OutView more

  • Muddy Eats: Paris House, Woburn

    Elegance, class, sophistication…no, we’re not talking about ourselves! The Michelin recommended Paris House across the border in Woburn, Bedfordshire aces fine dining.

    • Best January cheap eats

      If you caned the credit card at Christmas swanky dinner dates are probably off the menu this month. What you need is a Muddy-approved cheap but chic dining spot.

    • Heston Blumenthals's legendary Hind's Head scotch egg served in silver egg cup

      Heston’s egg-centric pub

      Elegantly eccentric from the decor to the menu – Heston Blumenthal's Michelin star Hind's Head is THE place to scoff and quaff in Berkshire.

    • Royal Standard of England

      Want to impress the rellies? Take them to the oldest freehouse in England - at 900 years old with resident ghosts, The Royal Standard in Forty Green has character in spades.

    • Join the Wine Rebellion

      The perfect gift for foodies - or to self - Muddy tries the Wine Rebellion version of the award-winning Brighton Food Tours

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  • Going anywhere nice on your holiday?

    How about one of these gorgeous self-catering properties in the South West? Not only do they look pretty, they all come with the option for learning something new or getting a wellbeing fix. Bonus!

    • Out-of-Season Scilly with Kids

      Cornwall meets the Caribbean on this unspoilt archipelago just 28 miles from Land's End. Here are my top tips for visiting with the family in 2019.

    • Hot travel destinations for 2019

      After a hip, holiday destination? We've rounded up the best places to visit from once-in-a-lifetime dream destinations to cultural hotspots this year.

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    FashionView more

  • Witness the fitness! The best new sports gear for 2019

    Finding it hard to kickstart that hardcore new exercise regime? Buy some slinky new kit and you’ll be sprinting around the park faster than Mo Farah (possibly).

    • Our festive fashion Top 10

      Invitations piling up and nothing to wear? Well, Cinders, you shall go to the ball (or, er, pub). Muddy's partywear edit incoming!

    • Wrist Action

      Obsessed with the time since the clocks went back? Then you'll appreciate our round up the coolest watches for all the family.

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    • Hangover hiders

      In the interests of not being mistaken for a dug-up corpse this festive season, behold our five favourite morning after skincare saviours.

    • J’adore Isabel Marant

      It's a big "OUI!" from us to Isabel Marant's super-chic new lipsticks, designed to create a day-to-night look with minimum faff and great results.

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  • Your unmissable 2019 culture planner

    Want to make the most of 2019? Muddy’s culture vulture Kerry Potter has curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art of the year. Get yer diary out!

    • Close shave

      Gillette's new ad campaign is ruffling a few feathers. But what do you think?

    • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

      This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

    • Top 10 books for young adults

      Abingdon's magnificent indie bookshop Mostly Books has scoured the shelves, and selected its Top 10 books for the miracle of a tween/teen no-screen Christmas.

    • Coffee table tomes

      From fashion to flora to Frida, Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has got a gorgeous coffee table tome for you.

    • Speedy Supper: Prawn Laksa

      Healthy, hearty and faster than Dina Asher Smith with jet propellers, welcome to 2019's first Speedy Supper. Prawn Laksa, anyone?

    • Property Flirt

      Mudsters, come and drool over a stunning Somerset house with oodles of land, a swimming pool – and its own vast Georgian tithe barn.

  • Wellbeing
    • Are you sober curious?

      Whether you're doing Dry January or merely cutting down, we're all re-examining our relationship with alcohol right now. Could "sober curious" be for you?

    • ‘Superspa’ breaks for 2019

      I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want... a massage, mani and Jacuzzi please, and make it snappy.

    • Back to school?

      Feeling the need to feed your brain? There's loads of ace new academic courses now booking in Oxford for 2019.

    • 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?

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

      Thorpe House School, Chalfont St Giles

      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.

    • Screen time saviours

      Wondering what all that gaming and social media is doing to your kids mental wellbeing? Us too. So we've asked the experts for their advice on how to keep screen time safe.

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