She was feeling downright inferior.
Jiang Li cared a lot about her reputation, too. Seeing Huang Lili's smugness and thinking of her own man, she really expected better from her husband.
What made women feel the most inferior was when others led glorious lives while they became old and haggard.
The desserts began to be served amid the crowd's chatter and laughter about their struggles after graduation.
The women were jealous of Huang Lili's Cinderella story, whereas the men found it a great pity.
In contrast, Yun Shishi appeared to be indifferent to her fancy ostentation.
Perhaps slightly feeling tipsy after drinking some whisky, she lifted her hair aside. Xiao Xue could not help noticing the brilliant sparkle on her ear.
"Ah! Shishi, your ear studs are so pretty!"
This caught Huang Lili's attention as she looked at her ear, too.
"It's only a normal pair of ear studs."
Although she often visited luxury brand counters, it did not mean that she knew how to differentiate between real and imitation.
The same applied to everyone.
Her friend looked closely and then exclaimed, "It's Tiffany's 'Starry Sky'. The counter is retailing it at nine hundred ninety thousand a pair! Shishi, these ear studs really suit you. You look good wearing them!"
The crowd looked at her.
Someone gasped. "A pair for nine hundred ninety thousand! So expensive? How can that be?"
Xiao Xue said with displeasure, "There's a Tiffany counter at my family's shopping mall and I often shop there. How can I be wrong?"
Huang Lili was startled as she looked at Yun Shishi in disbelief, feeling that she had somehow lost to her.
The three-carat diamond ring on her hand was merely seven hundred thousand.
It was the most expensive gift Du Jiayan had ever given her!
A pair of ear studs, worth nine hundred ninety thousand, was simply too extravagant!
On second thought, she jeered in disdain. "I bet that it's a high-quality imitation! How can it be real? Shishi, it's not that I want to pick on you, but must you buy fake jewelry to make yourself look good? Just because you wear a nine-hundred-ninety-thousand perfect imitation doesn't mean that you can be ostentatious!"
Xiao Xue mocked, "High-quality imitation? How is that an imitation? I believe that it's the real deal as I particularly like this design and am even planning to buy it!"
Her family had a stake in departmental stores, and many luxurious brand counters were in those.
Since she said that it was true, it must be true.
Huang Lili's face blanched as the other continued to humiliate her. "Do you think that Shishi is like you? Back in college, you specially bought class A fake goods to pretend rich. Those Louis Vuitton and GUCCI bags were so fake only you would treat them as treasures! Hah!"
The other's merciless lambasting made her flush, as if having eaten a fly. "Don't talk nonsense. When did I buy fake designer bags; those were real!"
"You may have forgotten, but I haven't. Don't think that you can become a socialite just by carrying fake designer bags; how embarrassing!" Xiao Xue spat.
She was completely humiliated, yet she still wanted to put up a front. "Since it's real, I doubt Shishi can afford to buy a pair of earrings worth that much! How can it be the real goods? Can she purchase such? I bet they're imitation. Since you are friends with her, of course you'll speak up for her!"
The smell of gunpowder spread again.
The rest of the people sat stiffly in their seats; be their postures or expressions, they were all stiff and extremely uneasy, probably unused to such situations.
It was too awkward.
The crowd looked back and forth between Yun Shishi and Huang Lili; it was self-evident.