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Hi there, I’m Danielle Jones, Muddy’s Hampshire editor, coming to you (while sunning myself obviously) on the south coast where I’ve made my home for the last 10 years. 
My journalistic career has included travel writing for Time Out, Metro and VisitEngland. Travel and food are my passion, particularly when it comes to my beloved county. I’m always on the hunt to find the coolest, unknown spots around, usually dragging my poor husband and two kids with me (they don’t mind really, we get to eat a lot of pancakes).
So, pull up a bar stool, grab yourself cocktail (make mine a frozen margarita – cheers) and join me as I bring you the very best of Hampshire to your fingertips. Enjoy, tell your friends and sign up to our newsletter to get the latest, and greatest, straight into your inbox (Pssst! It’s full of very exclusive stuff!) You’ll be in-the-know before you know it.

The original Muddy Stilettos (Oxon/Bucks) has been running in its present form since Nov 2012 and has become so successful that it has moved into 18 further counties Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Northants, Surrey, Kent, Norfolk, Sussex, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Wiltshire – Phew!

Did I mention the awards? *Ahem* Muddy Stilettos was a finalist as Best Art & Culture Blog in the UK, 2017, won Most Innovative Blog at the UK National Blog Awards 2015, and was also awarded Top 3 Lifestyle Blogs in the country in 2014 and 2015.

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

  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. Muddy Stilettos is a commercial blog and as such accepts advertising and utilises affiliate links. However, I believe passionately in only working with brands that share my ethos and are relevant to my readers. I retain editorial control and independence at all times.
  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, cafés, bars – if you want me to try you out, please get in touch at: danielle@muddystilettos.co.uk or via Twitter @muddyhants
  4. 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.

I hope you love the blog. Please tell your friends about it, and sign up for my splendiferous free posts delivered to your inbox!

Danielle x

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