I don't know about everyone else, but I am bored to death with Hermes bags. They all look the same and people keep ranting and raving about them as if Hermes has come up with anything new in the last 50 years. Obviously, I am alone here because, "Hermes CEO Patrick Thomas says the label is experiencing massive over-demand for handbags. To keep up, they've started breeding their own crocodiles on farms in Australia. Thomas said it's difficult for the label to make 3,000 crocodile bags a year. It can take three to four crocodiles to make one handbag. Customers sometimes wait several years for bags made from exotic skins, which can cost upwards of $48,410 apiece." (www.nymag.com) I just don't get it. A few Hermes bags is one thing, but the collectors like Victoria Beckham baffle me. I thought buying the same thing in different colors is a fashion don't? And Hermes bags are ridiculously overpriced. They're not made out of gold. Okay, rant over! An alternative to the Birkin that is much less expensive and equally as timeless is the Ralph Lauren Ricky. I can't get enough of the crocodile version. I love the red and the purple AND the brown. They're all available at www.ralphlauren.com for $16,995. Click on the title of this post to see Lindsay Lohan's python Chloe Paraty!