So today we stopped by to visit my family. My mother noticed my bleecker duffle and commented on how much she liked it. Then she looked at both my husband and I and said, "hey, isn't this like your third or fourth new Coach in just a few months?" I smiled, told her actually, it was my fourth, but I bought it at the Macy's F&F sale and it was a great deal. Plus, two of the other bags I had bought were at the outlet (2 ali's). One of them was actually purchased for her for christmas, but she liked the black leather belted ergo better than the ali. So, instead of returning the second ali, I kept it b/c it was such a great deal for a beautiful bag. The conversation was all in a good tone, but she looked at my husband and laughed as she said, "you're lucky she makes good money! She would put most people in the poor house with her Coach habit!" I didn't like that comment! I work full-time for a large company and go to school for my MBA at night. I'm ALWAYS busy (as is DH who also works full-time and goes to school at night). We don't have kids yet and we treat ourselves. My vice is Coach, his is the Chicago Cubs. We've agreed that we should spoil ourselves sometimes and he's fine with my Coach habit and I'm fine with his Cubs habit (he has season tix). DH immediately turned to me, gave me a kiss on the cheek and told my mother, "she's worth it. It makes her happy and she absolutely deserves it." Woohoo! Go DH! Normally he's pretty quiet about my shopping. I don't keep any secrets from him, but I wonder if he thinks I'm crazy sometimes. He does benefit from it too, like when I picked up a gorgeous leather portfolio for him a few weeks ago at the outlet. A few of his co-workers complimented him on it. I was just so touched that he stood up for me, especially to my mom. We're super close with her and she didn't mean any harm by it. Still, it was nice to see him come to my defense. Funny thing though, my mom makes fun of my habits, but never has a problem raiding my closet to 'borrow' things! Sorry for the long post! Just wanted to share!