I never liked the alma style, but saw someone carrying this who is my size - around 5'1 and small - and it looked fabulous and chic on her. I have a speedy, clutches, the cabas piano, and don't really "need" a new purse right now like that but was planning on rewarding myself when I take the bar exam in July. I am looking at this and one of the keepalls for travel. I am wondering if you have it, love it/hate it, how versatile it is (in terms of wearing with jeans or sweats and then business clothing), how much it holds, and whether it is worth the big price jump. Usually, my max is around $800 so I am especially iffy (but will be making a good salary as an associate attorney soon). Thanks so much!