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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

This brand new interiors styling subscription box is totally genius. It'll give your house an easy-peasy autumn refresh - and you can pretend it was all your idea. Boom!

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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 Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood

    Did someone say quintessential Cotswold pub with a twist? Let us in, right now. We go deep into the Oxfordshire countryside to have a gander (sorry) at the brand spanking new Swan in pretty Ascott-under-Wychwood.

    • crown inn enstone

      Regally yours: The Crown Inn, Church Enstone

      Fine art and luxe design: this Cotswolds pub is upping its game thanks to a fresh new fleet of B&B rooms. Muddy checks in and checks it out.

    • The Boxing Hare

      A strong Muddy fave, The Boxing Hare in Swerford comes out fighting with a Michelin chef, experienced owners, a newly renovated orangerie and celeb clientele. Book us in!

    • Globe newbury bar tiled bar

      The Globe, Newbury

      One of Newbury's oldest pubs has become a dog-friendly hip hangout that boasts a cool culinary collaboration with a Muddy Award winner. Who's up for yappy hour?

    • The Bull on Bell Street

      This stylish pub works for cocktail drinkers, girl's lunches, family roasts and pretty much everything in between. Read my review, digest, and go!

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  • Forty years of fashion

    This season’s trends nibble from the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and Noughties. Here’s how to channel the decades but keep your look modern.

    • Pyjama time!

      It's suddenly dark, cold and wet outside - let's hunker down and cheer ourselves up with some chic new pyjamas (yes, such things do actually exist).

    • New London labels

      Fancy the first look at two brand new online London fashion labels? We're here to help!

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    • J’adore / J’abhor

      This week's Muddy heated debate: whether or not to embrace a full head of grey hair. Eeeek! or chic? We duke it out.

    • Beauty bargains

      Quick, raid a teenage girl’s make-up bag! Budget beauty is big news right now. Here are some corkers that’ll only set you back a few quid.

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  • FIRST LOOK: The Boy in the Dress

    Back of the net! Footie, fashion and clever choreography come together in the RSC’s new adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s novel. Take a peek ahead of next month’s opening night.

    • Need a juicy new read?

      Muddy's bookworm Kerry Potter has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about her October picks - and then win the lot!

    • Awesome Autumn culture planner

      It's all going on! Behold, your cheat-sheet to the season's best art, theatre, TV, books and film in the UK, as curated by Muddy's extremely cultural Kerry Potter.

    • Read THESE this month…

      ... and win 'em all! Curl up into a comfy chair, pour a glass of wine, and dive into a new fab book with this month's hottest new reads.

    • Everyone’s talking about…

      Jude Law, baby! Or should that be his itty bitty very pretty papal white budgie smugglers? Banish your other half for five minutes and ogle the trailer in peace.

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    • Muddy meets… The Oxfordshire Gardener

      What would you ask an award-winning garden designer? What hand cream he uses, if his own garden ever looks rubbish and who's his favourite green-fingered celeb, obviously!

    • Speedy supper anyone?

      If you're sick to death of your weekday cooking repertoire (yup) then here's some quick and classy culinary inspiration for you. Yum!

  • Wellbeing
    • Three easy wellbeing tips to try today

      Running around like a loony? Brain fried? Stress overload? In the interests of our collective sanity, I've sniffed out some great advice to help us restore balance. And breathe...

    • Feel the burn

      Feeling the need to unwind? Want to support a stylish local business? Strike a light and relax as hard as you can with these recycled, vegan candles from Oxon-based Hunters Moon

    • 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?

    • The bane of your working life?

      Imposter syndrome is a problem for women in offices up and down the land and it's holding us back. Here's my personal take.

  • Kids
    • Tom Gates on stage

      Part play, part living cartoon, part gig, Tom Gates live - in Brighton Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct - stays pleasingly close to Liz Pichon's best-selling books.

    • Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross

      Muddy says: The only co-ed prep school in or around Gerrards Cross, Gayhurst marries a happy 'village school' atmosphere with excellent pastoral care.

  • Muddy meets… The Oxfordshire Gardener

    What would you ask an award-winning garden designer? What hand cream he uses, if his own garden ever looks rubbish and who’s his favourite green-fingered celeb, obviously!

    • GBBO contestant, Priya O’Shea

      We're chuffed that she's repping Leicester on this year's series of The Great British Bake Off. Here's everything you need to know about the amateur baker.

    • Yup, stage school works!

      Another year and another surge of nascent stars of the stage and screen graduate from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Want to meet them?

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