The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Category: Shopping

Win a £500 new season wardrobe!

8 Mar 2017

Bored to the back teeth of being cocooned in jeans and huge jumpers? Yup, us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce a brand new competition to reboot your wardrobe for spring. Fancy a whopping £500 gift voucher to spend at chic, elegant womenswear brand Winser London? Of course you do. They will kit you out beautifully.

The Wisner London collection is available at the House of Fraser stores in Guildford and Oxford Street, London, with the full collection available at boutiques in Gerrards Cross and Marlow, Bucks. The winner is can also choose to have a personal styling session at the Bucks boutiques if they fancy an afternoon out in that part of the world, complete with a celebratory glass of fizz.

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Property flirt: party pad

1 Mar 2017

Shall we celebrate the start of spring and all this glorious spring weather (??!!!) with a goosey gander around a gorgeous family home just a hop skip and a flippety flop across the Kent border in pretty Crockham Hill. Yes, I think so too.

Usual rules apply – look at the pics and description, guess the price, put your answer in the comments box below and the winner gets a romantic break with Tom Hiddleston in the Bahamas. Er, ok, maybe not. But you’ll have the glory of being right!

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Need a beauty tune-up?

1 Mar 2017

It’s officially spring, so this is the ideal time of year to do some beauty pampering and maintenance. After months of plunging temperatures and fierce central heating coupled with my sheer abject laziness on everything beauty self-help related, I find it’s around now that my nails, hair and skin all need some serious TLC.

So where to start? I asked beauty professional Michelle Holland, from The Nail and Body Boutique in Reigate for some expert advice. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Michelle isn’t going to tell you to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water (tell us something we don’t know *yawn*) – instead, she has some properly useful tips on how to give yourself a winter beauty MOT.

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Top kitchen trends with staying power

27 Feb 2017

The kitchen is without doubt the most valuable room in the house – both in terms of the dosh we spend on it and the time we spend in it. It’s the heart of the home; a space where we cook and enjoy food while socialising with friends and family.

Having lived with what I am certain was the ugliest and most poorly designed kitchen in Surrey, I know all too well that investing in a new kitchen can be exciting and daunting in equal measures. It’s also a major expense, so it’s important to get it right the first time.

And with spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to think about starting your kitchen project. So, with help from the folk at the brilliant Figura, makers of gorgeous bespoke handmade kitchens and interiors in Chiddingfold, I’ve researched the trends that have the staying power to help make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous as well as functional.

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Property Flirt: I think I’m in love…

21 Feb 2017

There are properties that I like to flirt with. Just the usual flirting: a little blushing of cheek, fluttering of eyelash and possibly flashing of leg. It’s nothing serious, just a little crush. My heart’s not in it for the long haul.

And then there are the properties I go doolally over. These are the ones I would introduce to my parents. To my grandma. These properties are the keepers. They have everything on my tick list, and more.

Folks. I’ve found my keeper.

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How to do London Fashion Week (if you’re not Anna Wintour)

14 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.

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