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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

Budget not stretching to Fendi or Chanel on the slopes this year (or frankly *any* year?). Julien Macdonald's collab with Dare2B to the rescue!

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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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    Eat OutView more

  • 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. Table for two, madame?

    • 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.

    • The 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

    • Kirtlington classic

      Take one 19th century pub, add a huge garden, great food and kids 12+ in the dining area, and whaddya get? A brand new gastropub to add to your must-try list!

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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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  • Close shave

    Gillette’s new ad campaign is ruffling a few feathers. 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.

    • Top 10 kids books

      The Top 10 books for kids this Christmas - lovingly chosen by The Book House in Thame, purveyors of one of the top kids sections in the county!

    • 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
    • Moulsford School, Moulsford

      Just back from a visit to Moulsford School - a boys' prep school in South Oxon with an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read my review here.

    • 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.

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