First off, I need to apologize for the modeling picture - my FI is out of town and it's really hard taking your own picture (trying to avoid your head in the shots)...so, I'm sorry! The color is Plum - it looks like a brownish color indoors, but when you are outside, it is a beautiful, deep purple. I find it to be extremely versatile...so, if anyone has any hesitation about the color, don't! It's really great! For reference, I am about 5'3" and 112 pounds. The tote only looks large because of the angle, but it's definitely not too big though my perception might be skewed since I'm so used to using my YSL Downtown and JC Ramona (both much, much larger). And, I have my LV agenda, a small book, umbrella, keys, cell phone, Blackberry, Metro card, and gum in the tote.