First off, I have to thank everyone on the forum for the tons of amazing info I've learned on authentics, fakes, not to mention sales. Anyway, I've been eyeing the Blake and Sophia... Found out there was an Off 5th near my office and went today at lunch (with my handy dandy 30% coupon, link courtesy of tPF!). There in the flesh were a maroon Venetia and Sophia (as well as others but I only had eyes for them). Spent my ENTIRE LUNCH hour (plus) obsessing over which to choose. I was leaning toward the Sophia because I'm definitely a shoulder bag gal, but, but... the Venetia was just so, special. And the color is so beautiful! Way more purple-y than maroon-y red and I just heart it. Soooo: $529.99 - 30% + 25.97 tax (feh) = 396.96. What think? I'm nervous about the non-shoulder part of it but please tell me I'll get used to it and love it for the beauty it is... Oh, and should I scotchguard it? I don't want it to become one of those things I love so much I'm afraid to use it.