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

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  • How's your skin looking this winter? Dry, flaky and flushed with a hint of 'Maskne' (that's the dreaded breakout brought on by the now-ubiquitous face mask, in case you were wondering)?

Fear not! We've grilled beauty expert Gemma, founder of @theurbansanctuary in Haywards Heath, for her top tips on all things skincare. 

From instant quick fixes to the best way to create a bespoke beauty routine, and the must-have products you need for your skin this winter, we've got you covered. 

'Gosh, I really regret taking such good care of my skin' - said no-one, ever!

Get glowing at the link in our bio.
  • Awful traffic @parham_house_gardens this morning! 🦌

These beautiful fallow deer are instantly recognisable for their distinctive dark brown coats, instead of the more common fawn with white spots.
  • Remember the last time you gazed romantically into each other's eyes? How about the last time you hopped on the good foot and did the bad thing?

If the answer is 'errrr, no', you're not alone. All of our important and intimate relationships have come under huge strain during the pandemic, and this lockdown is heaping further pressure on couples and families.

We grabbed Sussex and Harley Street sex and relationships therapist Gaylin Tudhope and grilled her with all the questions you're too embarrassed to ask. We found out what's 'normal' when it comes to getting jiggy, what to do if you can't remember the last time you got naked together, and why fairy wings, milkshakes and dressing up as cowboys might be the secret to getting the passion back.

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  • Imagine looking this fierce on your next Zoom call. Well, thanks to our latest fab Reader Treat, you could!

We've gone and snaffled £250 for you to put towards a suit, overcoat or waistcoat at celeb Brighton designers @greshamblake, known for dressing Cool Britannia stars like Steve Coogan, Ray Winstone and TV presenter Laura Whitmore.

Dress yourself (or, if you're feeling generous, your man) in some slick and sexy tailoring - Zoom meetings never looked so stylish.

Gresham Blake launched 20 years ago in the heart of Brighton’s famous North Laine, and since then has added a Shoreditch store to its name. 

Gresham himself studied fashion at Brighton Uni before launching his label alongside wife Fal. The company’s philosophy is that tailoring is friendly and accessible to everyone, from businessfolk and bankers to builders.

Hotfoot it to the link in our bio to enter!
  • Did any of you catch that oh so brief dusting of snow yesterday?

Blink and you’d miss it!
  • Annoying fact: women typically invest 30% less in their financial future than men 😱 Shocking, right? But it’s not too late to start - from school fees and retirement to career changes and going single we’ve got the lowdown from Schroders on how to take control of your finances for 2021. Chick the link in bio, go, go go!
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  • What can I do with the kids during lockdown?

    What can I do with the kids during lockdown?

    We’ve been locked down during a dark, dank month and we still have children who need fresh air and exercise. Luckily, there are more options out there than you might think!

    • 22 Muddy-approved attractions in Sussex

      22 Muddy-approved attractions in Sussex

      From the big-beast tourist destinations to our cool insider alternatives, read on for our pick of 22 unmissable attractions in Sussex.

    • Muddy stays: Drakes of Brighton

      Muddy stays: Drakes of Brighton

      Your go-to hotel to get the romance on, for a girly weekend or just to hang out in Brighton, the most eclectic city in the UK with its array of gorgeous eats, quirky cultural offerings, seaside activities and nightlife.

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  • Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    Ideas to get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital – and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

  • Kids

    • Review: Cumnor House Sussex

      Review: Cumnor House Sussex

      This day and flexi-boarding pre-prep, prep and nursery has a privileged and spacious village-like campus, unique features, excellent academics and an ethos that focuses first and foremost on children's happiness, confidence and wellbeing.

    • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

      Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

      Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • Review: Cumnor House Sussex
  • Review: Cumnor House Sussex
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  • Best fitness gear for 2021

    Best fitness gear for 2021

    New year, new fitness routine? We’re with you! Here’s the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that’ll have you in tip-top form in no time.

    • Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Sustainable fashion gets sexy

      Ethical, eco and everywhere - with the likes of Selfridges now pushing a new sustainable outlook, here's where you can rewear, repair and renew your wardrobe in style.

    • Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

      Fur baby! Cosy coats for winter

      'Tis the season for wrapping up warm and a new fur coat is on our wish list. Here are six cosy options to buy now from the brilliant shops on The Indie Store.

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    • Your best skin ever in 2021 – guaranteed!

      Your best skin ever in 2021 – guaranteed!

      It's wellness month on Muddy so let's say goodbye to dry, flaky winter skin and Maskne. Sussex beauty expert Gemma Phelan, founder of The Urban Sanctuary, is here to get you glowing.

    • Veganuary: The beauty edit

      Veganuary: The beauty edit

      Want to do Veganuary without giving up cheese and chocolate? Here's your loophole: go vegan with your beauty routine instead with these eight kind-to-animals brands.

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