The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hampshire Edition

Category: Shopping

£500 Wardrobe Update!

9 Mar 2017

Bored to the back teeth of 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. Not only will they kit you out beautifully, they’ll show you how to wear your new goodies too – the prize also includes, should you fancy it, an afternoon of personal styling at either the Marlow or Gerrard’s Cross boutique, complete with a celebratory glass of fizz.

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Snoopers Bazaar Interiors: Cool, Quirky, Unmissable

8 Mar 2017

A clean, chic, airy space filled with glorious French, antique and industrial furniture and gifts — all warm wood, sheepskin and stars.

Whether you want a quiet browse or the thrill of the chase, Snoopers Bazaar is for you. Two separate creative friends of mine, both with a great eye, told me I had to go. So, armed with my trusty camera, I scooted down; an hour later, they had to drag me out so desperate was I for just one more shot.

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Austen and Keats’ Favourite Bookseller?

28 Feb 2017

Like a wood-pannelled, Edwardian curiosity shop, the UK’s oldest booksellers P&G Wells hides in the higgledy streets of Winchester’s Kingsgate village.

This quiet Cathedral of the mind has tended to the intellect and imagination of the city’s great, good (and let’s hope slightly wicked) people for over 250 years: it is one of Wykham’s very best kept secrets. The children’s section is particularly special — more on this later.

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The Muddy Guide

28 Feb 2017

How to Find Your Style Workshop with Farrow and Ball, Thur 9 Mar, 10am-4pm 

Calling all lovers of interior-design (erm, that’d be all of us). To celebrate the opening of Orchid’s latest store in central Winchester, it’s collaborating with Farrow & Ball for this inspirational and interactive one-day workshop.

Farrow & Ball’s Colour Consultant will talk about how to use colour and pattern to transform your home, whilst Orchid’s Co-founder and Director, Jemma Page will focus on how to bring scale and texture to your interiors through furniture.

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How To Do London Fashion Week (if you’re not Anna Wintour)

11 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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The Red Lip and The Feline Flick: Valentine’s Day Make-Up

6 Feb 2017

Make-up, it’s powerful stuff: Cleopatra had her eyeliner, Monro her red lip.  With Valentines Day looming what better time to embrace our inner Egyptian Queen/ Movie Goddess hybrid with a feline flick and some proper grown-up red lipstick?

Enter make-up artist extraordinaire, Faiza Hyder. Not only is she drop-dead stonkingly gorgeous (inside and out, of course), but she rocks the red lip and liner flick combo — a hard one to achieve Muddy Readers.

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1 Feb 2017

Tweed begone, there’s a New Kid on the Stockbridge Block (yup me too, the first album I ever bought). Hero gives a fresh, urban edge to this tiny market town. It is true that Chelsea-by-the-Test has always had a buzz, but in a shooting, fishing, “pull on the red cords and jump in my Range Rover,” kind of way.  Nothing wrong with that, but if all those draughty Country Houses — OK, hours in front of Downton — get too much then this independent boutique is the warm antidote; drenched in natural-light and not a stuffed antelope in sight.

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Whistler at Mottisfont

29 Jan 2017

Youthful, at ease, dreaming, his athletic limbs lounging in the Mediterranean sun — the young man poses for society photographer, Cecil Beaton.

His name is Rex Whistler. Born a humble builder’s son he is now an artist fêted from Broadway to British High Society and one of The Bright Young Things, a fast-living group from the roaring twenties much-like Radio One’s Grimmy and his motley crew of c’lebs.

The hazy, black and white image is part of a new exhibition at The National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey.

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