I first ventured into the Hermès subforum out of curiousity the summer of 2008. Other than seeing pictures online of the famous Birkin, I didn't know alot about the label. After lurking and seeing all the fabulous member reveals, I knew I wanted to see what the quality was like myself ... I was determined to add a Hermès bag to my collection! Unfortunately without a local Hermès in my city I wasn't able to try anything on for size. But when I saw the photo online of a Blue Jean 31cm Bolide ... I was smitten! What a gorgeous blue ... like a beautiful summer day. I figured this was the bag to take me into the world of Hermès. Opening that first orange box was so exciting! Lifting off the orange lid, slipping the dustbag off and there it was ... in person ... my own Hermès. I was blown away by the quality ... here was a true luxury bag. The leather was thick, the palladium hardware so shiny and the colour was beyond gorgeous. Somewhat now Hermès obsessed, I quickly decided after looking at member's photos that I need a Picotin. Well, unfortunately that bag wasn't for me. I realized that although I loved seeing it on others, the open top just wasn't for me. So off it went to consignment. I followed up that purchase with some small charms and the charm keychain. Then I found the Lindy. At first when I saw the bag in photos I wasn't sure ... it looks rather odd with the handles off to the sides. But it grew on me ... the more and more I saw photos (especially the modeling shots), the more I started to fall in love with it. When I saw a 30cm Raisin Lindy in Togo, I knew it had to be mine! And purple ... purple is my favourite colour! It was truly meant to be. I put the bag on layaway, sold off some of my other bags and just the other day she came home to me! I have to say I love this bag. So functional with the different ways it can be worn and very unique. Of course I would love to add a Birkin to the mix, but I think that purchase is a dream for another day! So for now, I am content with my small Hermès collection that hopefully one day will grow. But enough about the chit chat ... here is the Bolide and the Lindy. Photos of the charms to follow.