NO to high heels and make-up



Recently, I attended a business meeting and I had a flashback of my old, old, OLD life :D

The days when I wore business suits, MAKE-UP and HIGH HEELS!!! With NOTHING pregnancy or baby within miles and miles and miles.

Gosh, I think we wore garlic garlands to ward off pregnancy then LOL (just joking).

As the discussion progressed, the prospect sounded *quite exciting* as it would mean a chance for me to get my toes (and feet and possibly my whole body) back into the big corporate ocean…

And start dressing up like Meryl Streep above in The Devil Wears Prada!

But I couldn’t help looking at the young executive seated nearby, his pen/stylus poised over his notebook/PDA in exactly the same style as Anne Hathaway above!

And memories of the dreaded old life came flooding back…

- endless emails,
- the phone ringing off the hook – actually, I had a headset to save me the trouble of picking up and hanging up.
- meeting after meeting after meeting – YAWWWWWWWN,
- clusters of people hounding me at every corner,
- message after message followed by phone call after phone call from the BOSS playing 20 questions with me by the minute!

And of course, the adrenalin rush, the pounding heartbeat and the held breath as I mentally bit my lip and nails (and prayed hard!!!) and waited for everything to fall PERFECTLY into place.

Many of my colleagues thought my life was glamourous. If only they knew the REAL STORY behind all that glitz…

With two young kids in tow, I think my answer will be “NO”. For now.

Even though Meryl Streep looks absolutely stunning in her red, black and white suit, I think I’d rather bear the brunt of living frugally than to foot my funeral cost of slaving it out like before!

Sigh…there goes the fantasy of dressing up in power suits, click-clacking in high heels, sashaying my (post-natal) ass and swinging ANOTHER Coach handbag. Bleagh…

I personally think that the book, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was more “real life” than the movie. What do you think?

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16 comments

  1. miss those days?? haha….

  2. u’re right, it may look glamourous but it ain’t. well, there’s always pros n cons of working n not working. perhaps whn u feel ur ready 2 go back 2 workforce, u can look into this option agn.

  3. It’s always a compromise whether you’re a FTWM, SAHM or WFHM. You give some, you take some :)

  4. I too miss those glamor lifestyle but when think deeper… no thanks to impossible deadlines, grouchy looking faces, gossipers and all those time wasting and going no where meetings.

  5. I agree absolutely with what Paik Ling said. You really can’t have ‘em all. Errr…not unless you’re a celebrity, earn millions, has a nanny to look after the kids, etc….

  6. Chinnee – I do miss the days of dressing up but not of wearing high heels or putting on make-up :D

    Syn – You are right! Been talking to Hubby about this and I’m happy to hear that he’s 100% supportive of whichever decision I choose.

    Now, I definitely want to stay at home and enjoy the flexibility of time I have until I am done with breastfeeding.

    Paik Ling – Agree! By the way, what is a WFHM? I just explained to my cousin that I am a WAHM, not a SAHM. Now, she’d probably ask me the same question LOL

    Angeleyes – Grouchy faces? My office has a lot of smiley faces, which are even more dangerous! Give me grouchy faces anytime…at least I know how they feel.

    Immomsdaughter – I actually wondered if I can hire a personal assistant AND a helper?

    I don’t mind caring for the kids – I just hate to do dishes (backache!), picking up the mess (backache!), cleaning fish (I can’t stand the sight of blood!) or chicken (I can’t stand the sight of fat or tendons!)

    See what a terrible WAHM I am?

  7. i wouldn’t mind makeup cos personally, i look pale and dull without them. i’m not that blessed with perfect completion and rosy cheeks so i need to look nice so that i feel that i don’t make people think that being a mom, housewife or WAHM doesn’t make me ugly or exhausted.

    as for high heels, i think this is a painful invention…and whoever made it a trend is bad enough. there are lots more alternative to heels, and we could look just as corporate in those.

  8. those were the days… I dont think I can ever get back into the corporate world anymore, after more than 5 years work gap…..

  9. All I can say is I love the movie…haha….

  10. Lifejuicer – Wearing make-up again felt really weird to me esp as I like my skin to breathe. Maybe it’s the wrong brand :P I’m not saying NO to high heels forever, just for now. But definitely NO to stilettos forever. I cannot understand why many ladies crave for those Louboutins…

    Chew Lee – Sigh, me too, me too and only after 2 years’ break. That’s why I must make it as a work-at-home Mum! Jia you, jia you

    Giddy Tigress – Hahaha

  11. hi guys,

    if you all are not working anymore then what exactly you are doing right now? dreaming to be able to work form home…hmmm, good feeling eh…

  12. Hi Adinsa! I’m definitely not dreaming but trying real hard and I think other Mums are too.

    Btw, I wanted to comment on your blog but couldn’t scroll down to type in the word verification. Potong steamlah LOL :P

  13. you gotta wait for a few yrs before u can wear high heels lor..

  14. Wen – You’re right about that LOL :-)

  15. I really do miss it!!! But I think I miss the dressing up and looking good part, and also the part where I get to triumph with my brains. So now, I compromise by still making an effort to look good and well, umm….you need even more brains to bring up great kids, right?

  16. Mamapumpkin – Ya, I know what you mean. And I totally agree with you that a lot of brains (and PATIENCE and creativity and a genuine love for children) are needed to bring up great kids. I’m still learning how to achieve criteria #1!

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