Gok Wan, fat backs and supermarkets

Hello dear reader. As we continue to hurtle towards the BIG DAY I thought I should update you on this week’s progress. Following a marvellously successful shopping trip to Ikea a couple of weeks of ago to purchase thousands of tea lights, vases, glasses and the obligatory meat ball and potato rosti meal deal, it was with a sharp intake of breath and overwhelming feeling of blind panic that I realised there was more than a distinct chance I would be saying I do “commando” if you know what I mean?

Finding the right underwear at any time is tricky, particularly if you are ‘blessed’ with undulating curves that refuse to be tamed by any amount of Lycra. The wedding dress I have chosen is a fifties style affair from the fantastic online dress retailer Lindy Bop, and fits a treat but I do have  a little wedge of back fat that keeps trying to ruin my beautiful, smooth silhouette!

I have tried a few undergarments on over the last few months but they all simply move any flab to another area-a bit like the effect you get with balloon modelling. Not a good look. Imagine my sheer delight then, when a beautiful parcel arrived this very morning containing what I can only describe as perfect underwear.


Gok Wan I love you!
Gok Wan I love you!

Yes I will admit that getting into it is a little tricky-especially on a very hot day, but it is SO worth it and I am sure you are all delighted and will be able to rest easy in your beds tonight, secure in the knowledge that the back fat is now (almost) under control.

Now…supermarkets. These are my least favourite places but having visited a brand spanking new one today, I have to say what a lovely retail experience it really was.
Yes, Bicester now has a Sainsbury’s hurrah! Of course the coming of the new supermarket has also led to some significant redevelopment in that area of town, and soon we will be enjoying a parade of fabulous and delightful new shops…ooo maybe there will be a H&M? Perhaps a Body Shop? Accesorize? Monsoon? Nope! Instead we are getting Nandos, Peacocks and a Sports Direct. Well you can’t have it all!
The new area is all very Euro with new signage and sort of faux cobbles. I also witnessed small groups of very tanned, well dressed beautiful young people standing around sipping iced lattes and chatting about art (no doubt). This is very un-Bicester, but how lovely to think that the young and beautiful are now attracted to our humble little town and not just the designer retail outlet Bicester Village. What an absolute cultural and retail coup! Sainsbury’s and the town planners must be SO proud.
Or maybe they were just lost and confused in the heat? I am sure I did hear one mumbling that she had tried and tried but still couldn’t find Prada…?

Published by Sarah Adams

I am the author of The Life Edit, an eight step personal development coaching programme that harnesses the power of journalling and writing to help people make transformational changes to their lives. I am also journalist and writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines, TV and online for the last 35 years, and an accredited personal development practitioner. I have written books, appeared on TV and radio and have worked in the world of corporate communications as a senior manager. I launched and ran The Community Media Group for ten years-this is a social enterprise that exists to produce professional, community newspapers in socially challenging areas as well as providing free training.

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