Well, I was just window shopping in Harvey Nichols, and where else could I share what I saw? First of all, I've finally encountered a real life paddy, and made three discoveries. 1) The baby paddy is not nearly as small as I thought - its actually quite cute. 2) The Whiskey colour is absolutely gorgeous! 3) The bowling style paddy, with the zipper round the bottom, is not as huge and bulky as I was expecting. And the off white is yummy! Second, I can't help being struck by how large the MJ Venetia is. Everytime I see it seems to get bigger.:weird: However, its not as large as the Stam - that thing is enormous! I suspect I could live in it. Third, the Jimmy Choo Theola is really lovely - you notive the hardware a lot less than you'd imagine. Fourth, Balenciaga is as beautiful as ever. Now, my point. The reason I was window shopping is that I've finally decided to spend some of my hard-saved money on a fabulous bag, and I was looking for inspiration. Problem is, I found too much and now I'm torn. So, help? I've loved Balenciaga for many years now, and initially had my heart set on it. But that was a) before I saw the paddy in person, and b) before I felll for LV. I think the paddy might be beyond me - that padlock is pretty heavy, and my shoulders are useless - but that still leaves me with the question - LV, or Balenciaga? Sorry for the rambling.:shame: But where else could I get this kind of advice? Thanks!