Hello Lovely Louis Ladies! I have been lurking around your section of the forums lately and have begun to consider making my first LV purchase EVER. As one could tell by my member's SN, I have been a fan of more moderately-priced bags. Perhaps, some of you could help me make a safe "leap" into Louis. About me: I'm 23, 5'2", 130 lbs and I have a part time retail job and am about to go back to school. I am considering the Mono Speedy 25 (hopefully, that's the right title for it) and I wondered if those of you who may own this or similar Louis bags could explain some of the reasons why you chose this designer over others (ie, choosing not to buy a Balenciaga that is ALL LEATHER and seemingly a better stretch of one's money). OR if you own both of these designers (I've been leaning towards Balenciaga as well) could you tell me if you think one is, for lack of a better word, BETTER than the other in hindsight. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks girls!