Hi all - I'm really starting to contemplate trying to one day get a Birkin. Actually, I'm hoping to do it this summer when we go to Paris, since after reading up here it sounds much easier than trying to do it here, since I'd be at the San Francisco store. I'll have just had my first baby a few months before, so I think I'll deserve the treat!! So, I'm starting to mentally decide what I like, after going through lots of the reference pictures. So far, I believe I want 35 cm, regular Birkin (not HAC or JPG), black or graphite (since it's my first one, I want something that I'll be able to carry all the time), palladium hw. I'm still a bit unsure regarding leather. I like the smoother leathers more than I like the textured ones like Togo or Clemence. So, from my looking, I think I want Box Calf or possibly Swift. Any advice on one vs. the other of these? Any others I should be looking at? Thank you so much! Oh, and another question -- does the interior leather have to be the same as the exterior? I've seen a lovely dark brown (I think Ebene) w/cyclamen interior, and would love to have something like that! But, I'm nervous enough about whether I'll be able to get a Birkin at all, let alone something that's not normally done.