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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

From fashion to flora to fragrant Frida, here are 2018's most gorgeous coffee table tomes.

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

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  • Kirtlington classic

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

    • The Miller of Mansfield

      Friendly pub meets fine dining at this Goring restaurant-with-rooms, a village retreat with serious aspirations.

    • Christmas drinkies!

      Usually face-down in a vat of Baileys throughout December? You can do better than that! Here's our guide to nailing your Christmas drink choices like a pro. Bottoms up!

    • On the Waterfront

      The Encore overlooking the River Avon in historic Stratford-upon-Avon has just reopened after a swish complete makeover.

    • The most fun restaurant in Oxford?

      A party atmosphere, sexy Sri Lankan street food and killer cocktails - The Coconut Tree in Oxford has got it all going on.

    TravelView more

  • Booking your family hols?

    Don’t do anything till you’ve seen Flight Centre’s first Family Adventures brochure – and put yourself in the running for a £20k dream trip!

    • Molunan Beach The Roseland Peninsula Cornwall

      And Relax… we’re on the Roseland

      Four picture-perfect holiday cottages on the Roseland Peninsula offer a change of pace in one of Cornwall’s prettiest and sleepiest corners.

    • St Lucia, beyond the beaches

      As the nights draw in and the weather gets bloomin' chilly, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something with loads of adventure for the kids? It's got to be St Lucia, baby!

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    FashionView more

  • 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. Christmas inspo incoming!

    • On the hunt for cool creps

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

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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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  • Top 10 books for young adults

    Abingdon’s magnificent indie bookshop Mostly Books has scoured the shelves, and selected its Top 10 books for young adults for the miracle of a no-screen Christmas. 

    • Gotta Have It

      From fashion to flora to fragrant Frida, here are 2018's most gorgeous coffee table tomes.

    • XMAS: 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!

    • The best books of 2018

      Attention bookworms! Put this little lot on your Christmas list and you can thank us later. Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter choose her top 10 tomes of 2018. Has your favourite made the cut?

    • Review: Sleeping Beauty

      Don't touch the spinning wheel, Princess Belle! Oops too late. Read my review of Coventry Belgrade Theatre's festive show starring writer and director Iain Lauchlan in his 24th panto.

    • 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.

    • The best advent calendars

      Counting the days until Christmas? Here, we can help with that! Open the door to the best 20 advent calendars and no nicking the chocolates before your kids wake up.

  • Wellbeing
    • Ask a lawyer!

      There aren't enough hours in the day, right? So we asked a top legal firm to answer your queries about all the stuff you never get round to sorting out.

    • Self-care quiz time!

      Here at Muddy we love wellbeing and we love a quiz, so a wellbeing quiz? We've all done it - but how will you get on? Tot up your scores and let us know.

    • 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
    • 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.

    • XMAS: 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!

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