To a dear diehard Hermes baghag reading this blog,

During that overnight stay in Paris, I saw the most incredible bag at Hermes. Au contraire, it was not a Crocodile birkin with diamonds. It was not even a purple chevre birkin or a rose shocking birkin. I have seen all those, lusted real bad for them, but alas, did not have the money to buy them  hahaha (because they were expensivo *especially the latter 2 which are just made of regular leather, at black market prices*)

But I definitely shrieked in delight when I saw *THIS* on the Hermes “floor”.

I didn’t think I’d see a bag like this on Hermes boutique shelves, but there it was. Unmistakably…

CYCLAMEN!!!

I had asked to see her. She was a 40cm. Quite big, but it didn’t matter. It was a kelly 40cm, not a birkin 40cm (which would’ve been way too big– unless you’re Kimora Lee Simmons, who pulls off carrying a 40cm birkin very nicely).

She is made of epsom leather and had gold hardware, a rarity in Hermes kelly and Hermes birkin bags of late.

(In the background, were some dark colored 40cm birkins)

I had her in my hands. I knew I was going to adopt her. Even if it meant I’d be broke and have to sell my seasons- old Louis Vuitton pink satin cabas, along with my unused Chanel bag. *Big gulp* I was already doing mental calculations of how much I will need to earn to pay for this new bag. I was already thinking of selling off my wardrobe and my shoes just to have this bag. (I know, I know, all that I was willing to do, for a bag? YES!!)

Until the vendeuse serving me realized the bag was actually a preorder by another client who had waited 2 years for it. TWO YEARS. *shudders* The vendeuse was baffled that this bag was brought out onto the floor. I could see her seething (like someone on the “inside” was going to “get it” after I left).

I knew it was too good to be true! *Stomps feet* I knew it!!!! Actually, I was really surprised to find the bag on the boutique shelf because 1. the cyclamen color has been long discontinued, 2. a 40cm in cyclamen with GOLD hardware has got to be a special order. Can’t be anything else.

If I had actually gone with a different sales associate, this bag would’ve been sold to me. I would’ve been the proud and broke beaming new owner of this Hermes cyclamen epsom 40cm kelly with gold hardware.

But as with many other things in life, such was a fate not written in the stars.

I had to say goodbye to this bag. She was really beautiful. I couldn’t resist taking those photos of the bag as a reminder that sometimes, the good things do “slip away.”

I walked away without a bag, but look closely and you’ll see in that same photo what went home with me :)
My new Pepto- Bismol/ Strawberry milkshake color combined with gris tourterelle Dogon wallet. I took her home :) She’ll be waiting “in the wings” for me to use her :D
*So obviously, I had to say goodbye to my other yet- unused dogon wallet (*ugh* which I had pre-ordered and waited for  a looooong time awhile back in the U.S.) that I’ve been saving…

Gawd I’m really such a hoarder! But oye, at least I know how to let go– remember my rule? Always let one go when one new one comes in :D*

Ahhh, Hermes. Thank you for the cyclamen memories… I guess I’ll have to try my luck at waiting for one someday… *BIG sigh* But then again,  the bag gods know I don’t really need a new bag right now. I’m happy with my *cough* inventory ;)
But peeps, can I know what would you have done if you are already holding THE bag you want in your hands, and suddenly you were told that the bag can’t be sold to you because it was a preorder and already belongs to someone else? Would you 1. Insist on having the bag sold to you anyway, *aka exercise your consumer rights hahahaha*  2. Return the bag to the sales associate obediently *and just drool over the bag before it gets stored for the owner* 3. Beg the sales associate to sell the bag to you because the original owner won’t know the order arrived anyway?

I’d love to hear what you peeps have to say :)

P.S. Re: Christmas party, THANK YOU peeps (you know who u are) for volunteering. I shall be contacting you all sometime tomorrow. It has been a pretty hectic few days but I’m sure like everyone else, I’ll get by :)  Tomorrow, we are going to Fabella to distribute goodies for the NICU moms. Hopefully this will also give me the chance to talk to the doctors there about our donor contribution (for equipment).


P.P.S. Thank you to : TishaB, DollyC, NinaC for the Christmas pressies :) I really appreciate that you remembered me this season! :)

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion, by the way :)

x
Mrs.T