It feels like forever since I’ve been excited about a fashion brand, so it feels good to have a little sashay down Designer Avenue with Winser London. Even though it’s only been around since 2013, primarily as an online-based brand, Winser London made a big splash nationally, and there are now pop up shops in Muddy territory in Marlow and Gerrard’s Cross (and bizarrely, LA) , plus concessions in John Lewis and Harvey Nics.Read more
Wouldn't you though?
I know, it's waaaay to early to mention the C-word. But apparently these Diptique advent calendars are already selling out, and how could they not, at only *cough* £250?!Read more
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If ever there’s a time for a spa day I think we are now officially approaching it. Tans have faded, the weather has turned, it still feels like ages until the long Christmas break comes (and is it even a break?!), and before then there’s a whole load of partying, ferrying kids, working and general life survival to deal with.
I’ve been digging around for good spa deals because it’s always fun to try somewhere new, but the luxury likes of Dormy House and Calcot Manor can’t come close to Stoke Park spa in Stoke Poges at the moment on the facilities and value for money.Read more
Off with her head! Sorry, just channelling a bit of Henry VIII there. He honeymooned with Ann Boleyn at Thornbury Castle, just described in The Sunday Times on the weekend as one of the Top 100 hotels in the UK, and the latest competition on Muddy, harbinger of quality, style and, er, a certain drunken je ne sais quoi.
Anyway, we have a winner. Alas there can only be one lucky gal or gent, and this time round it goes to Claire Williams.Read more
More and more going on in Bucks, Oxon and beyond the nights get darker and colder and we all need cheering up! Out you go, Cinders, and have some fun.
Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Sat 15 Oct – Jan 2017
Matisse in Henley – I kid you not. Bravo to the River & Rowing Museum in Henley – hot on the heels of its small but perfectly formed David Hockney exhibition comes Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, featuring 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life and including many of his iconic images including The Snail and the Blue Nudes.Read more
If you’ve never played Property Flirt before (and if not, what have you been doing with your surfing time?), welcome to one of the most popular bits of Muddy Stilettos, where I show you round a mega des res in Bucks or Oxon, you guess the price and the winner gets to go on a romantic night out with Kevin McCloud.Read more
How many times have you gone into Oxford, tried and failed to find a cool cafe, and then settled down on pine farmhouse furniture for a carrot cake for the nth time? Not next time, because you’ll be able to put The Missing Bean in your walky sat nav and drink your coffee like the local dons, student and hipsters.
The thing about The Missing Bean is it’s all about the coffee.Read more
It’s been a while since the Muddy barnet was tamed, and who better to Scissorhand it into shape than Gatsby & Miller, winners of the Muddy Award for Best Salon earlier this year?
This Amersham-based salon has been around since 2011 but it’s clearly hit its stride over the last year – hot on the heels of the Muddies has come the Salon Business Award for Ultimate Large Salon of the Year 2016, so bravo them, and on my experience here it’s clearly well-deserved.Read more
It’s a gourmet-fest on Muddy this week, with the local Michelin-starred eateries listed the other day and now, for those of us who are *yawn* a bit tired of eating four times a week at Le Manoir, the 2017 Bib Gourmand winners in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.
Oxfordshire trounced Bucks in the Michelin constellations this year, but it’s a bit of role reversal with the Bib Gourmands, the Michelin classification that rewards excellent cuisine at more affordable prices.Read more
The social calendar is starting to crank up and there’s plenty to occupy this week in Oxon, Bucks and beyond. Strap up and pop that cork, we’re ready for take off.
Thame Literary Festival, Weds 12 – Sun 16 Oct
Coming off the back of the massive recent Food Festival in the town, Thame’s small but perfectly formed literary festival is a relaxed five day event, offering 41 events for local book lovers.Read more
Reiki is one of those alternative therapies that really divides. Practioners don’t have to be trained, so you or I could easily set ourselves up as a reiki therapist. On the other hand, if you believe in energy forces in the body, if you want to feel someone in tune with you, who can help you relax and cope with what life throws at you, Valerie Queyrel from A Better You could well be your woman.Read more
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