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I'm Ziggy, editor of Muddy Essex, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Gotta Have It

Summer's coming so rock those good vibes with a slogan T from Bishop Stortford indie Lemonpeel London

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The Muddy Stilettos 2021 awards are go!

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The most coveted awards for indie businesses across 25 counties. Nominate your plucky local Indies now.

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  • Pass the remote: here’s what to watch this week

    Pass the remote: here’s what to watch this week

    Too much time in the sun? Crack out the ice cream and cool down with a killer crop of telly this week. From sewing finales to father’s day fodder to the big new Pixar film, here’s what to watch.

    • Shazia Mirza is back in town

      Shazia Mirza is back in town

      She’s an ex-science teacher – “I hated them, they hated me” – yet former pupil Dizzee Rascal still calls her Miss. We catch up with this fierce comedian as she heads to Essex.

    • It’s TV time! What to watch this week

      It’s TV time! What to watch this week

      Roll up! Roll up! We've got true crime documentaries, international football tournaments, fab Netflix films and the Norse God of Mischief for you this week. Pop open the popcorn and settle in.

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  • Calling all the new kids on the block! Know a brilliant business launched during the pandemic (after 23 Mar 2020)? If it fits into one of our 26 Awards categories give them a boost by NOMINATING them for a prestigious Muddy Award by clicking the link in bio #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • Hands up who can’t live without coffee! NOMINATE the local café that serves up the best flat white, brunch or cuppa, just click the link in bio ☕ #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • 🌸 Ahh, the rhododendrons were out in force on my Muddy Essex ramble this morning! Where's the prettiest places to spot these purple fellas where you live?

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  • Say yes to the dress! Want to say a big thank you to the place that made you feel extra special for your big day? NOMINATE your favourite Bridal Boutique for a Muddy Stilettos Award 👰 #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
  • Staycation station! NOMINATE your favourite boutique stay (with under 30 rooms) for that girly weekender or naughty night away for the Muddy Awards 2021 😁  #InLoveWithLocal #MuddyAwards2021
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  • Best swimwear for 2021

    Best swimwear for 2021

    Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it’s the Med or the back garden, it’s time to splash out. Whether it’s eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we’ve found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.

    • Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      Sunglasses to suit your face shape

      The weather's perked up - time for new sunnies! We have you covered with our guide to the hottest frames to suit your face shape this summer.  Just don't sit on them. 

    • 48 summer must-haves for that stylish staycation

      48 summer must-haves for that stylish staycation

      Be it Blackpool or Barbados, make this summer holiday your most stylish yet. From handwoven kaftans to beach speakers, these are the holiday must-haves in Muddy's basket.

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