i bought my first bag maybe three weeks ago. since then, i've been on the hunt for more. you people weren't kidding when you said they were addictive! so, without further ado, here is my collection, small as it may be. this is my new 06 emerald day another view my emerald day and my BRAND NEW (to me) 05 bubblegum day the comparison of the leather. i cannot believe the different between the two! the emerald, although soft, is incredibly plasticky and veiny, while the bubblegum is soft, smooshy and much much thicker. if i didn't know any better, i'd think these were two different brands! my entire collection: an 06 emerald day, an 05 bubblegum day and an 06 rouille work. even the difference between the rouille and the emerald is there; the rouille is much softer and less veiny than the emerald. another view my baby alone. i am deeply, deeply in love with this bag. when i got it, i wiped her down with baby wipes, and decided not to use her for now. at least not until the snow goes away. i want to get rid of the stiffness in the emerald and since it's dark, it won't show bad stuff nearly as much as the bubblegum. besides, i think the bubblegum is a spring color, not a winter. balenciaga = love.