Last November, I sold my beloved Manhattan PM because I needed cash for a new laptop. It was pretty difficult sealing her up in a box and sending her away, but I knew she was going to a sweet, loving Mommy. When my tax refund arrived, I was surprised to discover that there was enough left after wedding expenses for me to get a new bag too! I knew I wanted to replace the Manhattan, but it's pricey, so I started looking at the very-cute Lockit as a possible alternative. Yesterday, off to the store I went, to compare them in real life. I truly did like the Lockit. I love the little lock, the leaf-shaped leather tabs on the handles, and the zipper closure and its one of the few bags I can imagine looking good with a well-loved patina. Its drawbacks are that the handles are not quite long enough for me to wear it comfortably in the crook of my arm, and the all-vachetta bottom would be tough to keep clean. So, I took another look at the Manhattan PM. It too has a secure zipper closure, its cute on me (almost as cute as it is on Uma), and all my stuff fits in there nicely. It has the added bonus of outside pockets for extra stuff, and of course the yummy alcantara lining. Its a bit heavier because of all the hardware, but I never minded that before. The best part is that the longer handles make this bag utterly comfortable for me to carry by hand, over the wrist, or at the elbow. She's simply a good fit for me. It has vachetta piping on the bottom, but no vast expanses of bare leather to get dirty. After consulting with my lovely Jersey-girl SA Jennifer (who looked like Sandra Bullock) and my wonderful, practical better-half (who encouraged me to get the Manhattan), I decided to bite the financial bullet and go with the Manhattan PM. If the handles on the Lockit were a bit longer, it would have worked great, but realistically, if a bag is not comfortable to carry, it wont get much use. I spent some time yesterday feeling guilty about spending so much $$ on myself, but today I finally took her out of the box and admired her, and I truly do think I made the right choice. Ultimately it would be more expensive for me to get the Lockit, not carry it much, and then end up getting the Manhattan anyway. Right? Ms. Manhattan is currently sitting here in my office where I can admire her, and tomorrow I will take her out, but in the meantime she needs a name. Something a little prettier than "Do-Over"! Any suggestions? I'm so happy to have her home!!! I'm NOT selling her again! And hey, as long as I was being extravagant, I picked up a little pochette cles in Pomme D'amour. I tried photographing it in the sun, but didn't quite capture this amazing color. You can click the thumbnails for fullsize pics.