Saturday, 10 May 2014

Pat Tegerdine - Norfolk Fashionista #1

Pat being dressed by Sarah Morgan for The Later Life Fashion Show

We met Pat when she came to Artichoke with Sarah Morgan having volunteered to be a model in The Later Life Show. Within minutes of meeting her it became very obvious that Pat was a very special lady who lives life to the full. She has very kindly agreed to be the guinea pig in this the first of our series about Norfolk Fashionistas.

When we first met you mentioned that you source the costumes for many Norfolk operatic societies. How did you end up doing this?
I got into singing at school, something I found I was good at, and later when the local operatic group wanted
Pat as The Duchess of Plaza Torro in Gondoliers
young members I signed up. I was slightly reluctant being a bit of a shrinking violet, but once I had been up on that Stage I was hooked, the rest as they say is history. I have been singing in operas ever since. including all the grand ones Like Madam Butterfly and Faust but since 2000 I have also been singing Gilbert and Sullivan with The The East Norfolk Operatic Society.

Having also learnt to sew at school  I was in demand to help with costume. This I found fascinating espcially as it gave me the opportunity to learn about period, style and colour.

Do you have a favourite opera?
I don't have a favourite.  I enjoy everything about performance and will gladly sing anything.

What are you working on now?
Selecting costumes
Next week I am in the back row of the Chorus in HMS Pinafore at the Maddermarket.I am also in the Middle of costuming Claxton Opera's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which is due to go on the first week of July. To the right you can see a  photo in of me choosing a dress for one of the ladies in the cast at Dereham Theatre Costumes, with whom I have a very good working relationship which has lasted for many years.

I understand that you are also a keen sailor. 
I learned to sail at school, and my Husband who is a Norfolk boy is also a keen sailor. Our first joint purchase was an Enterprise sailing dinghy ( no house to live in, but a boat) which we raced throughout the 70's and 80's attending all the east anglian open meetings.

Which club do you belong to? What sort of boat do you sail?

We belong to The Norwich Frostbites Sailing club and have been The Commodore and his Lady three times. In our time have had Norfolk Dinghies and a Yeoman keel boat and we both sail Lasers ( single hander boats) in Greece where we go to sail fairly regularly. We also now have a Aquafibre Opel broads motor cruiser for more relaxed time on the water.
How would you describe your style?
My lifestyle does not warrant chic or really smart clothes because I'm usually grovelling round backstage or under boats, but I do like smart tops with my trousers and floaty skirts.

What is the favourite piece in your wardrobe  
The dress I like best at the moment is a Next sundress I bought last year, which makes me feel very glam. 

What was the last item you bought?
My most recent purchase is a pair of red Anna Montana 7/8s that I got from Artichoke. They are so great - I love them.

The big question now is to grey or not to grey? Your hair is amazing – What made you decide to stick to your natural hair colour and was it a decision lightly made?
Until I was 65 I had no grey. It must be in the genes as my sister is the same - people would not believe we didn't colour our hair. As the first white threads appeared I went blonder to disguise it but the summer before last I thought what the hec and stopped, so now you see I am decidedly going grey.

....and that is the fabby & super stylish Pat Tegerdine. 

If you know of someone that has their own innate sense of style as well as a great love of life and would like to nominate them as a Norfolk Fashionista please email us at

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Anna Montana Jeans SS14 Colours

We have just popped the colours for Spring/Summer14  on our website. This summer they are black, kitt (mid brown), silver, beige, white, summerstone (stonewash), jade, vanilla (yellow) & flamingo (coral).

They can be ordered in Dora 30' leg & Monika 30' & 32' leg either by emailing or calling 01953 851458. For more information about the style that would suit you please visit our website. Priced at £59 with free P & P. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.... because you & the wait are worth it!

Great Jeans. 

Great Fit. 

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fabulous Fashionistas - Norfolk Style

Last year award-winning director Sue Bourne explored the art of ageing in the company of six extraordinary women with her wonderful film Fabulous Fashionistas.

For those of you who have not seen it it is the story of  six incredible ladies with an average age of 80. Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady Trumpington all have something inspirational in common: a determination to keep going, to look fabulous and to have fun. Without botox or plastic surgery, these women are redefining old age, in style. Not one of them feels like an 'old person' and, in their own ways, they are defying expectations of the ageing process.

Sue's documentary features uplifting, often poignant personal stories and insights into how staying young and dressing with style is about more than following the latest trends; it's about an attitude to life itself.

In Norfolk we have one or two Fashionistas ourselves. As an homage I thought it would be lovely to feature some of the amazing women that we have met at Artichoke all of whom not only have their own innate sense of style but despite (or even because of) being in their middle age or older are still beautiful. The thing they all have in common is their love of life, the extraordinary work that they all do and of course, most important their sense of fun

So watch this space ......

PS: If you would like to nominate your own fabulous Fashionista please drop us a line at

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spots - The New Stripe

Burberry Linen Dotted Shirt £350

Shout it from the roof tops - Spots are the new stripes.

You can of course invest in this stunning Burberry blouse, or along with eveyone else buy into The M & S copy.

If however you prefer a more subtle version of the spotty craze have a look at this fantastic white cotton shirt from Grenouille, price £39 and available in s/m/l/xl/xxl  at Artichoke.
White Cotton Shirt with navy dot detail £39
We will have them online as soon as we have a nano second but until then please call 01953 851458 to order or pop into our shop at Hackford.
Cuff detail
and as a finishing touch team it up with one of our fabby Beetle Handbags

Friday, 28 February 2014


I can't believe that it is this time of year again.
Our 'Pop up Shop' starts on it's travels again next week and as you can see we are going to be a little bit busy!

If you would like more details of any of these events please either call us on 01953 851 458 or email

NSPCC Spring Fair - Wymondham
Monday 3rd March - 10am to 2.30pm
Private Event

RNLI Birthday Tea
- Yaxham
Tuesday 4th March - 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Yaxham Village Hall

All welcome to this lovely annual event which starts the season in style

Federation of Essex Women's Institutes County Meeting
Friday 7th March

Private Event

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Ditchingham WI
Thursday 13th March at 7.30 pm
Poringland Community Centre

All welcome

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Hoxne Pheonix
Tuesday March 18th at 7.30 pm
Hoxne Village Hall

Tickets available in advance

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Stowmarket Flower Club
Friday March 21st at 7.30pm
Woolpit Village Hall

Private Event

Fashion Show and Clothing Sale in aid of St Margarets Church, Lyng
Wednesday 26th March at 7.30pm

Lyng Village Hall
All welcome

Dersingham Village Fashion Show and Clothing Sale
Saturday 29th March at 10.30 am
The Church Hall, Dersingham

After a cracking day last autumn we are returning to Dersingham, this time to raise money for village funds.

Cancer Research Shopping Day & Hotfooted Clearance Sale
Monday 31st March from 10 am to 3pm
The Village Hall, Lavenham.

Along with Wishlist and others we will be joining Jo & Dave of Hotfooted for their retirement sale.

Fashion Evening & Clothing Sale
Wednesday 2nd April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The Village Hall, Cawston

Private Event

MacMillan Spring Fayre
Thursday 3rd April from 10.30 am to 2pm
Anser Gallows Farm, Anso Corner, Hempstead, Saffron Walden, CB10 2NU

Another opportunity to catch up with Hotfooted's retirement sale as well as ourselves and Wishlist

Coffee Morning & Clothing Sale hosted by Salhouse Evening WI
Saturday April 5th from 10am to Midday
The Jubilee Hall, Lower Road, Salhouse

We can't wait to return to Salhouse - the last time we were there my dad had his boat there - which was many moons ago.
All welcome.

East Herts Red Cross Spring Fair
Thursday 10th April from 10.30pm to 3pm
Bluntswood Hall, Throcking, Nr Buntingford, Herts SG9 9RN

This lovely fair is in it's 28th year and well worth a visit.

East of England Area of NAFAS Diamond Showcase
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th April from 10am to 4pm
Wymondham College

All are welcome to this flower filled weekend. For more information follow the link to

Aylsham Flower Club Open Day
Wednesday 16th April

Private Event

Wymondham WI Fashion Evening
Wednesday 16th April

Private Event

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Old Buckenham WI
Thursday 17th April at 7.30 pm
Old Buckenham Village Hall

All welcome

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Neatishead WI
Wednesday 23rd April at 2.30pm
The New Victory Hall, Neatishead

All welcome

Lunch, Fashion Show & Shopping at The George
Wednesday April 30th from 11 am
The George Hotel, Swaffham

Tickets £15 to include morning coffee, a two course lunch and afternoon tea. Contact The George Hotel on 01760 721238 for more details.

Shopping Day in aid of LILAC
Wednesday 7th April form 10am to 3pm
Little Plumstead

For more information about this lovely day please call us at the shop on 01953 851458

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale hosted by Bourne Flower Club
Saturday 10th May at 2pm
Bourne Abbey Church Hall, Bourne, Lincs PE10 9LT

All Welcome

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale in aid of Tapping House hosted by Burnham Market WI
Wednesday 14th May at 2pm
Burnham Market Village Hall, Creek St, Burnham Market

All welcome

Ladies Luncheon in aid of St Barnabus Hospice, Boston
Hubbert Bridge Community Cente
Thursday 15th May from 11am to 3.30pm

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale in aid of Mundford Village Hall
Mundford Village Hall
Friday May 16th at 7.30pm

Please call either 03300 100390 or 03300 100391 for more details

Houghton International Horse Trials
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May.
Houghton Hall, Norfolk.

One of our favourite weekends of the year and a great 'Norfolk' day out even if like me you don't know one end of a horse from another!

HotFooted's Final Clearance Sale
Friday 23rd May 10.30am to 3.30pm
Mountnessing Village Hall, Mountnessing.

All Welcome - for more information please call us on 01953 851458

The Suffolk Show
Wednesday & Thursday 28th & 29th May
5th Avenue, Trinity Showground, Ipswich

After two disastrous weather years at this lovely county show we have everything crossed that this year the sun will shine! We will be in the same place as last year on 5th Avenue.

Cookery Dem, Fashion Show & Clothing Sale in aid of Action Medical Research
Tuesday June 3rd at 9.30 am
The Riverside Hotel, Mildenhall

This is the second year that The Riverside is hosting this lovely event.

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale in aid of Witcham Village Hall
Thursday 5th June at 7.30pm
Witcham Village Hall, Gt Witcham nr Ely

Fashion Show and Clothing Sale hosted by Walsham le Willows Bowls Club
Friday 20th June at 7.30pm
Walsham le Willows Village Hall

The Royal Norfolk Show
Wednesday & Thursday 25th & 26th June

Full details to follow...but we are still on Ave 4 and might be trying our hand  in the cookery theatre for a bit ...........

Fashion Show & Clothing Sale in aid of Haughley WI
Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm
Haughley Village Hall

The Sandringham Flower Show
The Sandringham Estate
Wednesday 30th July

We are on the move again this year but will let you know where to!

Friday 1st August
Collapse in a heap!

We hope to see you somewhere along the way.
With Best Wishes
The Artichoke Girls


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