Hi Everyone, I joined tPF in Feb and have remained "lurking" in the BV section. I was first intrigued by BV when I was living in London for 6 months in 2003. I had an opportunity to travel all around Europe over my weekends and walked in to my first BV store in Rome and was, needless to say, awed! The smell, the colors, the texture! Then....sigh....the price. Living expenses in London was astronomical, so my BV had to be from afar. At that time, I visited as many different BV's and would continue to appreciate them from afar. Now it's 2007, I'm a bit more flush with the finances and researching for my first BV is what introduced me to tPF! It's strange, but I've had no problem posting in the Balenciaga, LV and other categories, but I've been shy to post here. Maybe because I already own the others and BV has become such the Holy Grail for me. Also, with the onslaught of all of the BV on Bluefly, I was trying to figure out if they were truly selling the real deal at those prices!....it all seemed so fishy when they were selling pieces from current collections! Since it seems to be authentic, I am going to have to keep a closer eye on Bluefly! Then with Megs and Vlad going to Italy and returning home with BV goodies....AAGHHH...I can't take the dangling carrot any longer!! :cry: A Bottega Veneta WILL BE in my collection by the end of summer since I'll be on a mediterranean cruise in July! I don't think it's humanly possible for me to return from that trip w/o a BV this time around!! I welcome all enablers! Anyways, that's my story, I **covet** a BV and I'm OUT AND I'M PROUD! Thank you for reading my post, have a wonderful weekend as I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day!!