In November, I was at browsing at Hermes Alaska with a very dear TPFr and was smitten with the Early America cashmere/silk shawl in the black colorway. Of course, I absolutely had to have it. However, I promised myself to tuck it away until my birthday, along with the early gift of Kelly Caleche Body Lotion from this dear friend. Well, my birthday was on Friday and I wore the shawl for a special day in Manhattan, the highlight of which was a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Going to my seat, in the very same row just a few seats from mine, I spotted a woman wearing this shawl in the same colorway. As I inched by her on the way to my seat, I smiled at her and said, "don't you just love this shawl?" and her reply was priceless: "My husband gave it to me, and I asked him -- what do I need with this schmatta?" I was taken aback, to say the least. She then quickly added, "and now, I wear it every day. Goes with everything!" Can you imagine how her husband must have felt when he gave her this shawl?!!!