The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Gifts

Top 10 non-fiction books for Xmas

16 Dec 2016

Still in need of Christmas present inspiration? Janet at Gerrard’s Cross Bookshop has helpfully recommended 10 excellent new non-fiction titles for the bookworm in your life. What’s more, the shop is offering Muddy readers 15% off any of the books below until Christmas Eve. Just show them this feature on Muddy (or tell them you’ve seen it) or order by phone or email for collections up until 23 Dec.

Keeping On Keeping On, Alan Bennett £25

Did someone say national treasure?

Read more

£110 books to giveaway today; plus a new winner

15 Dec 2016

New day, new prize! Today on my Christmas bumper giveaway it’s the turn of the bookworms for some pleasure. I have two sets of beautiful hardback books from high-end publishers Prestel worth a collective £110.

I’ve worked with Prestel for a couple of years because I find their books are just so beautiful and thought-provoking. Great Pubs of London, The Monet Cookbook and It’s A London Thing will be one bundle giveaway (£67)  and Oskar, Great Works: Encounters with Art and Before I Wake Up will be a second literary lot (£42.50).

Read more

Top 10 Xmas books for kids ages 8-12

12 Dec 2016

Here you go, the second of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas. As usual we’ve deployed the local experts, this time picking Sam’s brain at Books & Ink on her Top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12.

Star Wars Galactic Atlas

This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages.

Read more

Win this leather overnight bag!

12 Dec 2016

OMG, I really love this leather overnight/weekender bag from Holy Cow in Aylesbury, my fourth giveaway in my £2,000 12 days of Crimbo competition. There aren’t many quality independent shops in Aylesbury so it’s hats off to Holy Cow whose quality leather and stylish, Asian-inspired homewares have made their mark on the town. This bag is an absolute steal at £110 but frankly Janet, the best things in life are free, so get to it and enter the competition!

Read more

Win £2000 of awesome festive prizes

7 Dec 2016

Yeah alright, alright, I’m starting my 12 Days of Christmas comp slightly late but what’s a week between friends? I’ve collated a dozen gifties worth nearly £2,000 – yes £2,000 people! – and every day I’ll give away one prize, chosen from newsletter subscribers, and facebook, IG and twitter followers. The more ways you show your affection for Muddy Stilettos, the more chances you have of winning!

Sign up to as many as you can to maximise your chances of winning one of the 12 prizes – well 14 actually, as two of them are split in two but let’s not be picky!

Read more

Win a £2850 diamond pendant!

25 Nov 2016

I have a delectable competition in December to warm your winter cockles – no, I’m not telling you, you’ll just have to wait and see! Until then though I thought I’d warm you up with a fantastic giveaway I’ve come across at the brilliant Biagio the Jeweller in Thame and Bicester involving nearly £3k of diamond cocktail necklace.

Check out this bad boy! It’s a 18ct white gold, green quartz and diamond necklace designed personally by Biagio, perfect for knocking your costume jewellery into touch as you chic up your Christmas party outfit, or for all those Ferrero Rochet ‘ambassador’ soirées you simply must attend.

Read more

STYLE: Kim Winser’s Top 6 buys for A/W 16

27 Oct 2016

Muddy Stilettos has many celebrity readers – Rihanna, Princess Kate, Michelle Obama (um, I may be exaggerated slightly here). But one high profile, supercool lady who honestly does love the blogaroo is Kim Winser, above, owner of the brilliant designer Winser London brand and ex head honcho at Pringle, Aquascutum and Agent Provocateur.

Winser London, for me, sits in that lovely space once taken by Whistles before it went off the boil – design savvy, well made classics that look and feel designer but sit at the top end of the high street price bracket.

Read more
The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Bucks & Oxon Edition