Hello Ladies! I'm back from my trip- we really had a blast and the argent Paddy from BG's went over well. I carried the beaut all over Mahattan and then on our cruise in all the ports and had relatively no problems. The padlock is a tad heavier than I'm used to as I don't carry a lot of stuff in my bags even if they are big bags, I just seem to travel light. But overall, I got used to the weight quickly and loved the leather and color. Alas, not a single compliment except from my hubby who actually said at least you didn't buy another Coach! Ha,ha... I did see a few women eyeing it however. I was a bit dismayed at the lack of compliments, but trying not to be shallow. I LOVE it and I guess that's all that matters.... The leather really is TDF! I really hope the Chloe line makes a resurgence as this is the best leather IMO. I looked over a lot of lines at Saks (we didn't have a ton of shopping time) and did find a Burberry I liked but it was patent. None of the regular leathers I feel comes close to Chloe leather. (In my newbie opinion of course) My back does hate, HATE, hate the Paddy as I have serious back issues, but I wouldn't trade it no matter what. What's a little time in traction versus having a cool bag?