I am probably a loooonnnggg way from my first H purchase, but I've been lurking and educating myself for when the time comes. I already know that I'd want a textured leather like clemence or togo, silvery hardware like palladium or ruthenium, and a softer and less structured shape rather than rigide and formal. I've done some searches and read lots of very helpful threads about Kelly vs. Birkin, but still have a question that I haven't found an answer to. Please forgive me if this has been discussed here already? Like most of us here on tPF, I'm a complex person, impossible to define by just one perfect bag. I'm very laid-back and casual (insert Birkin reference here), but I'm also a girly-girl who loves to play dress-up (Kelly makes me say "oooohhh, pretty!"). Personally I care very little which style is "it" or more popular with celebrities; popularity doesn't mean anything if it doesn't work for me. Esthetically, it's a matter of style, mood, and preference....which I know we can and will happily debate until the cows come home. So my question is, which style is easier to carry and use on a daily basis, from a practical perspective? From what I've gathered so far, it doesn't look like Kelly can be carried while open, except by the shoulder strap. Is it a pain to open and close every time you need to get something in/out? I've seen pics of the Birkin with the flap tucked in, which looks very easy to get stuff in and out of...but when you do that, do the straps kinda flop around? Any other pros/cons I haven't thought of? TIA!