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I'm loving this new skin care range for teenagers that contains no junk and uses all natural ingredients. My mudette has been trialling it, and she's a convert.

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First look: the remake of ‘Beaches’ *sob*

30 Nov 2016
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If you loved Beaches the first time, get your tissues ready because the 1988 classic starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is getting a modern update. And *sob* just the trailer has me choked up.

The tear-jerker follows the story of lifelong friends CC and Hillary as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. Idina Menzel and Nia Long are the stars of the new version, which is out on January 21.

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Try this: hot lava shell massage

30 Nov 2016
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Lava shells. Have you used them? Similar to a hot stone massage, only much improved, the hot lava shell massage, has been attracting a lot of attention. They’ve been around a while and I always thought they were a bit gimmicky, so gave them the meh treatment, but what do I know?!

Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and Sir Richard B are all fans – and so, it turns out, am I.

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The goodies, the baddies and the dame at Aladdin in Guildford

28 Nov 2016
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Panto is a uniquely British institution. Oh yes it is. There was no panto for me growing up in rural Australia. Oh, no there wasn’t. But as you can see, I’ve embraced this tradition – and this Christmas I’ll be taking the mini mudlets to see several shows. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a reputation for producing one of the best panto shows in Surrey, this year revisiting the popular Aladdin which it last did in 2012.

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Popping the cork… sparkling wine

24 Nov 2016
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It was only a matter of time before Muddy Stilettos moved from drinking wine to featuring it as a regular column. And while I could no doubt be considered an expert at the art of glugging, sadly it ends there (or sometimes with a fuzzy head the next morning.) But luckily for us we have award-winning wino Rupert Pritchett in our midst. Rupert, owner of Taurus Wines in Bramley, is a judge at both the prestigious International Wine Challenge and the Decanter Magazine Wine Awards, and for the last three years he’s been named as one of the top 50 ‘rising stars in the drinks industry’. So it’s fair to say he knows his Merlot from his Malbec. Each month he’ll tempt us with three tipples to sip, slurp or share. Cheers to that!

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Muddy eats: Boxpark, Croydon

24 Nov 2016
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Apparently, Croydon is more hipster than Shoreditch and Dalston. Or so I keep hearing. I’m yet to be convinced – but there’s no doubting that Croydon has it’s own brand of cool. And it’s certainly on the up.

While CR0 has yet to be overrun by big beards and man buns, but it has recently seen the arrival of Boxpark the pop-up drinking and dining hub based on the same one that was set up in Shoreditch in 2011. And Westfield, whilst a little further away, is also on the horizon.

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The ultimate guide to Thanksgiving

21 Nov 2016
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For our friends across the pond, this Thursday is one of the most important days in their year – Thanksgiving. It’s bigger than Christmas for many American families, with people coming together from miles to spend the day together.
I’m Australian, so I don’t know much about this grand tradition – but luckily for us, Muddy contributor Zoe Dudgeon lived in the States for five years when she was growing up and can tell us all we need to know…

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Muddy eats: Bears at the Packhouse

14 Nov 2016
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So, you know the feeling. You’ve had your hair done, you’ve been waxed within an inch of your life, you’ve got a new outfit, your skin is dewy, your eyes sparkly, you’ve got your swagger going on. And People. Are. Checking. You. OUT.

We all get a feel good day now and again. But believe me, Bears, the new restaurant at The Packhouse in Runfold has got it going on 24/7 right now.

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Which is your favourite Christmas advert?

10 Nov 2016
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The countdown to Christmas is officially on. Today’s release of the John Lewis advert – and the release of several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry advert – made that certain. Christmas is coming for you – as the House of Fraser advert trills out. The countdown to Christmas is officially on. Today’s release of the John Lewis advert – and the release of several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry advert – made that certain. Christmas is coming for you – as the House of Fraser advert trills out.

There are hundreds of Christmas adverts out there – some better than others – all designed to get us into the festive spirit. But which is your favourite? You decide…

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Prints that pack a (Cuddle) Punch

9 Nov 2016
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Lou, down in Muddy Cornwall, is all over these gorgeous comic-book inspired prints — that you can personalise.  Now, is there something coming up, quite soon, where you might be on the lookout for neat gifts to give…?

This is so scorchingly superhero hot, it’s like Inferno Man on honeymoon, somewhere hot. Meet Cuddle Punch – a brand spanking new online illustration team providing personalised superhero prints.

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Muddy reviews: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

9 Nov 2016
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Well, they came. They sang. They danced. And they conqured. But who was the star of the show? Of course, it was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, our fine four fendered friend, who goes from charming rusted heap to sleek shining-like-a-pin machine. The show rattled into the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, this week for a two-week run.

And with Jason Manford, Claire Sweeney, Phill Jupitus, and a couple of ridiculously talented kids also in the line-up, and a brilliant storyline to boot – it’s definitely one to see if you can.

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