Hello and welcome!
I’m Sophie, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire editor of award-winning lifestyle platform, Muddy Stilettos. Brace yourself for some fun! You’ve found the finest guide to what’s hot and unmissable in these brilliant counties.
I’ve been a lifestyle journalist and columnist for The Telegraph, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, Grazia, Fabulous, Marie Claire and more for the past 20 years, and I am also the former Editor-in-Chief of a national parenting magazine. I’ve spent the night at Kate Moss’s house, hung-out with Fearne Cotton, and shared style tips with Stella McCartney, so I am proud to be bringing my A-game to Muddy Stilettos.
I swapped London for Gloucestershire a decade ago and I am obsessed by this fabulous county and all it has to offer. I share a honey-stone Cotswold cottage with my husband Mike, our two boys, Bowie the Japanese Spitz (90% fluff, 10% dog) and Honey, a moody Maine Coon cat. Passionate about the arts, fashion, sustainability, interiors and all things foodie, if I’m not bringing you the best events, shows, news and hotel reviews I can be spotted cycling around on my beloved Pashley or running through the Cotswold hills (always to the nearest boutique pub, of course).
My aim is to put the gloss into Gloucestershire & Worcestershire for you, so go on – sign up here to never miss a thing.
Muddy Stilettos is the ultimate ‘urban guide to the countryside’ and began life as a bit of fun for journalist Hero Brown (Independent on Sunday, Observer, Red, Marie Claire, The Telegraph) back in 2011. Having left London that summer with her husband and baby in tow, she wanted to perk up her social life. Nine years on, Muddy Bucks/Oxon has become so successful that it’s rapidly taking over the country – already up-and-running in 26 counties including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Northants, Surrey, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire (that’s me), Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Wiltshire.
It has grown into an indispensable guide to the best restaurants, walks, boutiques, day trips, hotels, interiors and events. No PR guff or advertorial, just upbeat and personal reviews and the hottest edits, focusing on the exceptional, the interesting and the quirky – our Team Muddy promise.
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