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In my bag . . .

PUBLISHED: 05:40 17 November 2014

In Your Bag - Christine Tuddenham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In Your Bag - Christine Tuddenham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

With two stores, a pop-up shop and three holiday lets to keep on top of, it is no wonder Christine Tuddenham describes her bag as her mobile office.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone and Acer laptopSamsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone and Acer laptop

She opened Dotties in Holt two-and-a-half years ago, specialising in homewares, gifts, jewellery and now womenswear – but her early career could not have been more different.

“I used to work on the oil rigs and did the whole survival course thing, including escaping an upside-down helicopter simulator underwater,” she says. “But I had always been quite creative, and my husband and I began renovating houses and started to get interested in interior design. I have always been keen on arts and crafts and making things myself, so I started doing a few craft fairs and it gradually led to the idea of opening the first shop. I work incredibly long hours but I absolutely love it; I live and breathe the business.”

Christine opened Dotties in Sheringham and then a pop-up stall in Castle Mall, Norwich.

“I am not into designer labels but I know what I like, whether that is something which is £10 or £100. I love things which are beautifully made and nicely tailored. My current bag is a big polka dot canvas one. It has to be strong and practical as I am constantly buzzing between all the businesses.”

A4 diary, week-to-viewA4 diary, week-to-view

Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone and Acer laptop

I have upgraded to a smart phone after many years of being a technophobe. It has transformed my life as I can get so much work done when I am on the move. It is the same with my laptop. I use it for ordering stock, checking on bookings for the holiday lets, pretty much everything.

Owl nail fileOwl nail file

A4 diary, week-to-view, £6.99.

It is the bible. If something isn’t written in it, it gets forgotten. It is always crammed full of receipts, invoices, letters, all sorts of things until I get a chance to file them. It is essentially a mini office.

Max Factor LipfinityMax Factor Lipfinity

Owl nail file, £1.50.

I handle a lot of silks and scarves and don’t want to snag them, so I need to keep my nails carefully filed. We stock these cute little nail files in the shape of an owl and I just love them.

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau De Parfum 15ml, £27, body lotion 200ml, £34.

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau De ParfumThierry Mugler Angel Eau De Parfum

I love this fragrance but the perfume is a little heavy for daytime. Someone bought me the body lotion and now I always have it. It is a more subtle version of the fragrance and stays with you all day.

Max Factor Lipfinity, coral, £10.99.

Once it is on, it is on for the day and it is just brilliant. It is the best lipstick I have tried for staying power; it even lasts through eating and drinking.

Dog biscuitsDog biscuits

And a little something else . . .

Dog biscuits

I have two dogs, a working cocker spaniel Cocoa and a retriever called Dexter, but also we love it when customers bring their dogs into the shop. So I always have biscuits for my two and also any visiting dogs.

Dotties, 14 Bull Street, Holt, NR25 6H; 01263 478060; 19a High Street, Sheringham, NR26 8JP; Castle Mall, Norwich (outside Starbucks).

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