Before I delve into our girls' day out at Bicester Village, can I just say that we all look like giants next to teeny tiny Natalie who weighed no more than 90 lbs including her massive bag, jewelry and boots. Just so you know, I'm not one of those people who can eat anything and everything and stay model thin. One bite and a bulge protrudes next to my first chin. Metabolism has definitely stopped dead in its tracks. Pffffftttt.........
Anyways.....moan fest over and done with. We spoke for months about organizing a day out at Bicester. The ladies have promised me that it won't be just shopping. I love shopping but by the second hour, the Jekyll and Hyde transformation is pretty darn obvious. We ambled slowly down the tiled paths while surreptitiously ogled the stylish shoppers.
We poked our heads into my favorite French designers - The Kooples, Sandro and Bonpoint. Prada was heaving as usual. The candy hued wallets with strap priced around the £330 (ish) mark, a slight discount from their £480 retail tag. We obediently followed Natalie who knows Bicester like the back of her hand and shops with a military precision that astounds us. Meanwhile, Michelle, Fiona and I looked slightly lost as the stores seemed to have changed location within the village since our last visit.
All of us left with our wallets intact (whew!) having spent more on coffee than clothes and bags. Michelle's daughter was remarkably patient. Not a word of protest as she waited for us to finish our loooooong chats and shopping expedition. It was such an amazing day out....that I wonder why we don't do this more often.