Thanks to the great suggestions I got here, today I visited my local H store during my lunch break. I told the SA I was trying to figure out whether I'm a Birkin girl or a Kelly girl, and she kindly and patiently showed me lots of different options. The only Birkin they had was enormous (40 cm?), and it was nice, but not *wow* nice (no offense to Birkin lovers). I also checked out the Bolide in 2 different sizes, and while it would be a very practical bag for me, it doesn't make me say "oooohhhh." I even tried on an Evelyne, but was disappointed the strap isn't long enough to wear messenger-style. Kelly though...oh my gosh. Kelly. They had a 32 cm in blue that I just couldn't put down. I kept wanting to put my stuff in and carry her away. I tried her on in the mirror multiple times...if I may say so, she looked great on me! I can't think of any occasion I couldn't wear a Kelly for. She's classy and elegant but understated, not showy. I think she was just the right size too; I know I wouldn't want to go smaller. And then there's the leather. It was a great help going to the store for this too - I couldn't get an idea of which one I like best otherwise. I thought I'd love Clemence but I don't...Chevre was just OK...it was Togo that I couldn't stop touching. It's amazing the way it's soft but sturdy and sort of spongy at the same time. I do see why people pay big bucks for these bags - up close and in person, they are truly beautiful. And they smell good (it was hard not to stick my nose in the bag in front of the SA). Sooo...I'll still have to save my pennies for a while, but at least I know what I want now. 32cm Togo Kelly, Palladium HW...come to mama!