So, I've spent the past year getting rid of my MJ bags - goodbye Sophia, Pocket Satchel, Zip Clutch, tote, tote number 2...but, I've always wanted a Venetia. I just love how it looks and the almond from Resort '04 (I think) has always been my favorite color. I've been stalking eBay and last week two almond Venetia's popped up! And another one this week which a fellow TPF'er bought - I hope she reveals herself once it arrives! I thought I knew my MJ well, but buying off eBay made me second-guess everything. I finally decided to just let it go and stop obsessing and just enjoy the bag. It bugs me that the strap does not stop exactly at the top of the front pockets, but that is the only flaw I can find and I've seen others at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus that do the same. One thing though -- the handles pull on the bag and I'm worried about them stretching and putting too much strain on the leather (the 2nd picture). The bag was already wrinkly where the back straps are attached and I think it'll get more so because of the weight. Even if I put less in, the straps still pull so maybe there's no way around it. Have other Venetia owners noticed the same? All in all, I'm delighted to have an almond colored MJ again. I love the versatility and the turquoise suede lining brightens up my day no matter what. Now, I want another bag in the new spring '07 navy!