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Hello! I’m Nicola, Essex editor of award-winning lifestyle platform Muddy Stilettos, and I’m all about bringing you the very best this unique county has to offer.

Whether it be stylish new hotels to book, hot homeware offerings to shop or boutique foodie festivals to hit, I’ve always got my finger firmly on the Essex pulse. A journalist writing for the likes of Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and the Evening Standard, I moved back to my home county from London a few years back and now live on the rolling green fringes of historic Colchester with my sailing-mad partner and two ridiculously lazy/lovable ragdoll cats. When I’m not checking out sassy independents to recommend, you’ll probably find me SUP-boarding blue grey swathes of the vast Essex coastline, photographing yacht-dotted seascapes and moments in-between, or trying my hand at horse riding (again).

So consider this your insider guide to what’s hot in the county right now. Trust me, you’re in for a treat.

This is the Muddy Mantra, so you know what to expect from the site:

  1. I try everything out myself so that you can fully trust my opinions. On the occasions that I haven’t been somewhere myself, I let you know that’s the case.
  2. I don’t write advertorial. This means I will never accept payment to write about something I don’t believe in.
  3. I accept tickets to free shows, festivals, restaurants, events etc with the purpose of reviewing or publicising them on Muddy Stilettos, as I’m sure you appreciate it’s pretty expensive zipping around trying stuff out all the time. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars – if you want me to try you out, please get in touch at
  4. Muddy Stilettos is a commercial site and accepts advertising and payment to feature products and brands. However, we believe passionately in only working with brands that share our ethos and are relevant to our readers. We retain editorial control and independence at all times.
  5. I’ll never write a nasty review. I’m not into trashing people, brands or companies. But if you’re not good enough, I won’t write about you in Muddy Stilettos, regardless of whether I have paid for the experience or not. This gives me the editorial control I need and the trust that my readers demand.
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