... but I was saved by my birkin! Today I found myself in a [well-known european fashion house's] boutique, just to try on some fall collection pieces, when I was shown one of their bags. Now mind you, I had every intention of being very very good and was shielding my eyes from the bags - which seemed to be everywhere. The bag addiction was thankfully held at bay by all the cool RTW being trotted out... that is, until my SA showed me a bag that made my heart skip (not pick-up-your-Hermes-exotic-SO skip-worthy, but a little skip nonetheless). And compared to H bags, the price (expensive as it was) was, well, startlingly reasonable - though I figured this is because ever since jumping headlong down the slippery slope that is Hermes, my sense of money management has been irrevocably and dangerously skewed. A topic perhaps better suited to me lying on a couch in a shrink's darkened office, but nevermind that now. I was so so SO tempted to say those three little words that every SA wants to hear: "I'll take it." And they were there, hovering tantalizingly on the tip of my tongue, when suddenly my SA, looking over at my bag - a birkin today - resting on a nearby table, confessed: "Actually, it's your bag I'm saving my money for." The eyes of three or four other clients looked over approvingly, and one other woman even confessed to having just bought two for herself (from resellers at prices that make even my skewed money management inner demon go ). Another woman was making her way over to touch my bag, but I picked it up and walked back to my SA, thanking her for letting me try the other bag - the temptation of which had been instantly deflated. If this happens all the time, I think I'll shop with a birkin wherever I go. It may not stop me from buying any more Hermes, but it might stop me from buying other things, which leaves more money for... guess what: more Hermes. Works out beautifully, doesn't it? So if you're ever tempted to stray, just think of how grateful you are for the H bag you have. Because you know it's a keeper!!