The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

It's all abut the statement sleeve for SS17 and this lace beauty from Hungerford-based White Coco is hitting this totally wearable trend and dramatically reducing the chance of twinning . Winner!

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Muddy Book Club: April’s Best Books

11 Apr 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her April picks, so clear space on your Kindle or bookshelves pronto. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – what are you reading right now? What’s been abandoned on your bedside table for months? Bookish musings in the comment box below please!

 

Ice Cream For Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

Being a grown-up is a bit boring sometimes I find – responsibilities, bills, remembering to put out the bins, blah blah blah.

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Speedy suppers: Thomasina Miers’ fish tacos

11 Apr 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas? Yup, us too. But help is at hand, as we tap up our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish (because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat)

This week we welcome Thomasina Miers to the Muddy (not literally, don’t worry) kitchen.

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Want to join Muddy Stilettos Berkshire?

6 Apr 2017

Based in Berkshire? Want to work for the fantabulous lifestyle blog, Muddy Stilettos?

You’re in the right place!

Are you looking for a brilliant but flexible job that you can fit in around family/other work/re-reading Harry Potter? Due to rapid success, Muddy Stilettos Berks is looking for a cool and confident Commercial Mudette who MUST be based in Berkshire and is not afraid to pick up the phone.

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Our new favourite London hang out

6 Apr 2017

Last week saw an historic gathering of power players for a day of diplomatic discussions. EU leaders discussing the terms of Brexit? Nah, I’m talking Muddy Stiletto’s national conference, obviously! With your local superblog now boasting 18 (yes flippin eighteen!) regional editions, us editors convened en masse in the smoke to um, drink quite a lot of prosecco.

Our venue for the day was The Harcourt, a chic Grade 2-listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse which is a bar, restaurant, meeting and private dining space – and is now officially our new favourite London haunt.

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Book ’em up: Stein’s Sunset Cinema

3 Apr 2017

Lose the remote, quit the Netflix bingeathon, because you do not want to miss out on this super special summer night out. Set your alarm, pop it in your diary, this is BIG!

Let’s set the scene. It’s high-summer, the sun is setting. You and your gang are sipping fizz in the gardens of a stately pile, before settling in comfy chairs to watch a cinematic classic on an enormous outdoor screen in the magic-light gloaming.

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Joe Swift’s April garden blitz

3 Apr 2017

TV presenter, author and gardener Joe Swift can add a new string to his beanstalk – he’s now a performer, with his own one man show A Man About the Garden (catch in Somerset this week if you’re down that way). Still, let’s not encourage him to give the day job until he’s given us some April Gardening Tips. Off you go Joe, and no tea and biccies for you till you’ve sorted out my mossy overgrowth.

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Get your glow on… did you win?

1 Apr 2017

Judging by the number of you who entered to win a bespoke facial and goody bag from Neverland Skincare, you’re desperate to drag your skin out of hibernation. The prize worth a whopping £200 will get you ready for summer in know time. Or just give you a valuable bit of time out to enjoy a little peace and pampering. Yes please.

Owner Mel Wallace is all about the face. Each treatment is bespoke and tailored to your individual needs, using the Vitamin A based skincare range Environ.

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The Muddy Guide’s flirty dozen

29 Mar 2017

Now that I’ve had a few days to acclimatise, I am loving the lighter evenings. Spring has sprung, I’m raring to go. So let’s hop to it and bounce into the weekend. Boiiiing… Boiiiing…

The Thing That Came From Over There, New Greenham Arts Newbury, Fri 31 March

Inspired by the Horror movies of the 1950s, The Thing That Came From Over There is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths.

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New series: Muddy’s speedy suppers for frazzled cooks

23 Mar 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas?  Yup, us too. So with frazzled, time-poor cooks in mind, here’s the first recipe in our new series of speedy weekday suppers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish. Because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat.

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7 stunning candles

23 Mar 2017

Being a highly fragrant bunch here at Muddy HQ, we’re obsessed with scented candles – and we think they make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday (you had remembered, right?) Here’s our edit of the Muddy favourites.

(Top, left) Loving by Bella Freud (£40) This tuberose, amber and sandalwood number has serious mantelpiece appeal thanks to its trademark Bella Freud slogan red glass jar. And Loving is very mum-appropriate, isn’t it?

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Berkshire Edition