i absolutely love this bag! i really don't think the original size is all that big, but then again i'm a BIG BAG girl... and i'm pretty desensitized to gigantic bags. i filled it up, threw it on my shoulders, and forgot about it. uh... maybe not... but it really is so comfortable and easy to wear. i took pics of the medallion in the front and in the back of the bag. which way looks better? the chanel medallion in the front so it's seen as you're coming or in the back so it's seen as your leaving. hey, these are tough decisions, i can only ask PFers!