Prissy-Girl Moment at the Office

Samples production will conclude early next week. Until then, there isn’t anything pertaining to design or Taryn Zhang I can post about. I did have a prissy-girl moment at work this week, which I don’t mind sharing to pass the interim.

The heel of my shoe broke at the office and came unhinged today. (Sorry, no photos. At the time I was so focused on the broken heel, I didn’t think of anything else.)

Fortunately, I was at the retail home improvements subsidiary company location (I work as corporate counsel for said company), and on the first floor of the building is a showroom out front and a warehouse in the back.

I hobble downstairs into the warehouse (with one of the high heels broken, I couldn’t walk right). Wide-eyed and quite possibly looking a bit like a deer caught in headlights or my world as I know it about to come crumbling down, I declare, “I need superglue. I need to fix something.”

The warehouse is full of laborers, big scruffy men in blue-collared uniforms, work gloves, work boots, and tools I wouldn’t for the life of me be able to name hanging off their belts. They look concerned for my sake. What’s broken? What happened? How can we help? They think it must be something upstairs in the executive suites, and they’re ready to go. Many put down what they were doing and took actual steps forward, hero-like.

I’m close to whining. “My high heel is broken.” I lift up my foot and show the heel, pushing at it to demonstrate how it is unhinging.

There’s a pause, and then all the guys erupt in laughter.

Then the laughter subsides and they rush to get me superglue. Two guys explain ebulliently how to use the superglue. One offers to do it for me, but I’m too embarassed to accept. I take the glue, thank them, and hobble back up the stairs to my office to fix my shoe.

There’s the fixed heel, or at least photos of it while the glue was drying. If my high heels look worn and old, it’s because they are. I’ve had this pair of shoes for at least 10 years. You read that right. TEN years. That’s why I was so distraught when the heel broke. This pair of high heels has been in my life longer than most of my present girlfriends.

Moving on to other utterly miscellaneous updates, I got a new handbag.

The above isn’t exactly an OOTD post, since you can’t see my outfit; maybe I can call it a HOTD photo, for Handbag Of The Day. That is the SDMarvel Simpatico Classic in black, from the Sabatina Series. Direct site link here. I adore this hobo tote. I don’t mean to hard-sell here at all. It’s a sincere, personal review of SDMarvel, a well-established line of RTW designer handbags over in Asia. The Simpatico Classic is great when I’m going for a more laid-back but still put-together style.

Alrightey. Will keep this blog posted on the forthcoming samples.

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  • Anonymous

    You Look Beautiful ! I Love the handbag and your earrings.
    The shoes are very nice too, that is amazing to have a pair of shoes that are well worn for so long. They still look Great btw. I have never had a heel break, yet. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself : )

  • AppleSidra

    Aw, you’re too sweet! =) Eh well, 10 years of frequent wearing— a broken heel was bound to happen. =/

  • Jujuwa514

    Your poor shoe! If I were you I think I would have broken down into tears lol I’ve come close to on several occasions to breaking my heels walking around the city (we have soooo many potholes from our horrendous winters here) so I feel for ya..

    And that cartoon is quite a statement! I’m going to have to side with your husband on this one since I am also from the mainland, however my views much more diluted than say, my parents. You and your husband must have had many long hours of debates regarding politics huh? hehe

  • Ben

    I’ve added your blog in my reader, btw. Hope you don’t mind. I like a good entrepreneurial story!

    Though I personally don’t use a murse (though if you ever decided to broaden your market and design one, I would consider, lol), I do know that my wife likes the frilly, stringy purses with the big buckles and flare. Before I met her, I never even heard of Balenciaga.

  • tz

    Haha we have lots of fun debates, some end in deeper admiration for one another, and some admittedly in all-out war, which we have to end by agreeing to disagree. It’s kind of funny actually. We have rules. If either one of us says, “Enough. No more. I don’t want to talk about this anymore. Stop now.” Then the other person HAS TO stop wherever they were, no getting in the last word, no rebuttals, nada. lol.

    On a more peaceful note, being with each other in spite of the opposing politics has been the greatest blessing, because it humanizes the other side, and you can’t possibly be as antagonist as you once were. You have no choice but to open your mind more and see people as people, rather than people as political parties. I know this sounds so simple and “no duh!” but I think we have difficulty as a society grasping that concept. Take, for example, how divided the political parties in the U.S. are right now. Also, before in my mind there was no room for understanding of the mainland’s point of view. Now, not only do I see his point of view, but I can openly face the flaws of my own politics as well.

  • tz

    That’s awesome! Thank you!

    I’m not sure whether I’ll ever branch into murses, but I am inclined right now to say no… =P Maybe suitcases and cufflinks for corporate men, but murses… yeah…

    Ah, she likes Balenciaga! She likes a clean, tailored presentation; very European in a sense. I bet I know which Balenciaga bag she has.. the Lariat satchel, right? =)

  • lisa

    Aww you look so pretty in these photos! I wouldn’t have laughed–it’s unnerving to have a heel break and make you stumble suddenly! (Not that it’s ever happened to me, but I imagine that’s what it would be like.) And it’s nice that you and the hubby can joke about politics without disagreeing too vehemently.

  • AppleSidra

    lol. The gravity of the issue of a broken high heel… one truly understood only by fellow women. =P I jest. Life goes on, broken heel or not.

  • The Versastyle

    lol i broke the heel once on my sample shoes (they aren’t made to dance in apparently) all while i was trying to talk to some hot guy… soo embarrassing!

  • The Versastyle

    haha.. on the bright side.. that hot guy ended up being my bf! broken heels are good luck. ;)