Some of you may know from reading other threads that I am in the process of looking for a new car As a result my bag purchases have to be put on hold. I am even considering selling some stuff too. Anyway I saw a thread in the handbag forum on a quilted Ann Taylor bag. I'd previously seen this bag in the store but didnt think twice about it because I wanted to save up for a Chanel tote (grande shopping or mademoiselle) Well after seeing the thread and looking at a pic of the bag I decided that it would be a good alternative since my new car purchase would keep me from buying a Chanel for a while. I went to Ann Taylor tonight to take another look. I COULD NOT DO IT ush: It is a nice bag. Not a fake or knock-off, but a nice "inspired bag" But I'm too spoiled. I could not bring myself to buy it. It only costs $168. But I still could not do it. I will just have to wait for my Chanel tote.....however long that may be I wanted to share this story because I didnt realize how the forum had changed me by exposing me to certain designers. It has really changed my taste. I love Ann Taylor but today after looking at the bag--it just did not appeal to me. Not that I would not buy an Ann Taylor bag---I own several of their clutches. But buying an "inspired" bag did not appreal to me. As I looked at it, I kept comparing it to the actual Chanel. Oh well. here's a pic of it. Its available online for anyone who may be interested. Its great bag, just not for me.