Since I respect your H opinions immensely and wouldn't want to make a 'mistake' on such an investment, I have decided to ask those of you familiar with the different leathers and sizes, two questions. 1. I plan to buy a Black Birkin w/ Gold Hardware for use in the day. Which leather would you recommend that I purchase? There's an under $20K limit. Keep in mind that I want a practical bag to carry my 2 wallets, agenda, basic cosmetics, etc. It's not going to be a collection piece reserved only for evening. I want to be able to 'use' the bag to go out to lunch with friends, weekends with the family, and appointments. * No croc please - my SIL has one and I don't want to be a copycat. Also, do not take into account the wait list or availability of your recommendation. 2. I am usually 5'9 with heels on daily, what size would be most practical without looking too small or too big? I don't want to seem as if I'm carrying carry-on luggage. All opinions are appreciated and welcome.