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5 Unmissable Oscars Moments

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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HOTTIE-WATCH – THE MUDDY TOP 5 MEN!

8 Sep 2016

I enjoyed this post so much from the Muddy founder and my fellow editor, Hero Brown, over at Muddy Bucks/Oxon – I just had to share it with you. Rest assured that when the weather inevitably breaks and starts to cool (sob) things will at least be hotting up on our screens… Over to you Hero:

How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism?

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WATCH THIS: SPIKE JONZE’S BONKERS KENZO AD

2 Sep 2016

Do you have a spare three minutes? Well, you might want to make the time to see this. It’s a perfume advert from Japanese brand Kenzo, but it’s seriously unlike any you’ve seen before – about as polar opposite to the breathy, randy escapism that we’re so often expected to put up with – a delirious Natalie Portman, high on Chanel, getting jiggy in that helicopter; a leggy Charlize Theron ascending a Dior silk rope wrapped erotically around those leggy legs.

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Ask the expert: 8 great illustrated children’s books

27 Aug 2016

With a new school year on the horizon it’s the perfect time to fire up your mini muddies imaginations with this list of the best illustrated books compiled by Holly Millbank founder of Fat Fox a fab new independent book publishing company – based right here in Kent. Come now, let the wild rumpus start!

Publisher, Holly, also mum to three young children, says:

‘I love how the imagery in a book – from highly colourful picture books through to black and white sketched young adult novels – work intrinsically with the story – bringing the words and the sentiment of the book to life.’

‘I feel that a visual narrative is so important, that we have in fact recently even published a young adult book that has beautiful sketches on almost every page which is very rare in the YA market.

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#WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT: EMPOWERING A NEW GENERATION

8 Aug 2016

I’m a bit slow off the mark with this – hats off to Lou, editor of Muddy Cornwall who spotted it waaaaay before me (*sniff*) – but if you haven’t already seen it, it’s definitely worth a gander.

It’s a vid featuring global female artists (none of whom I recognise but there you go, that’s middle age for you) taking The Spice Girls’ Wannabe and grabbing the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant by the scruff of its neck and flinging into the future.

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Forget Pokemon… Let’s play Chardonnay GO!

29 Jul 2016

Oh my days.  Friends with teenagers reporting that their children are obsessed. Pokémon players falling off cliffs.  Flippin’ Poke-whatevers are everywhere — apparently — and I’m once again one of those mothers who wants to get in on the act because I’m so down with the kids, but probably just doesn’t get it at all.

Imagine my joy, then, to discover Chardonnay GO — and then my disappointment that it’s only a spoof.

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Get your daughters to watch this

20 Jun 2016

Hero Brown, the Muddy Stilettos Founder and editor of the Bucks / Oxon edition, and I have a few things in common. One of which is that we both have nine-year-old daughters. They both like Taylor Swift and Arianna Grande and would rather like to be famous themselves when they grow up. So I read this recent blog of hers with interest and thought I’d share it with you, as it’s pretty much relevant to all young women growing up today.

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The Ab-Fab trailer – it’s actually funny!

11 May 2016

I’d heard that Ab Fab the movie was awash with star cameos and immediately pictured horrifically self-referencing fashion types who were in it to validate their lives. Well, admittedly there are some of those, but who cares? Because unlike the fun vacuum of Pret a Porter or more recently Zoolander 2, Ab Fab looks very, very funny. And – here, dip your finger deep into the icing –  Jon Hamm is in it too.

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The Girl On The Train

1 May 2016

If, like me, you were a fan of the novel The Girl on the Train then you’re going to be more than a little excited to hear that the movie is nearing release – October 2016.

In case you’ve been out of the country, The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller by British novelist Paula Hawkins that sat at the number 1 position in the New York Times Best Seller list for 13 consecutive weeks!

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EEK! See the trailer for Bridget Jones 3!

14 Apr 2016

Who cares if it’s not out until September?! The new trailer for Bridget Jones’s Baby has been squirreled out onto You Tube and people, let me tell you, it’s looking very, very funny. I can just about forgive Renee Zellweger for messing around with that lovely face of hers, because thankfully she still does look very ‘Bridget’.

Colin Firth looks a little gaunt in this film in my humble opinion and Hugh Grant is apparently a no-show, but fear not – Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is on board as new wonder totty, McDreamy.

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