I have seen this bag IRL too and I think it's fantastic! I'm not sure how comfortable the strap would be if you were going to wear it for long periods of time, but I really love this bag. I have a MJ venetia in black with silver hardware that has a similar vibe to me (though less rock n'roll ), otherwise I'd be all over this one!
thanks so much for all your help (especially kmsnyc for putting up with all my questions and obsessing over the color)! although i thought the chocolate was beautiful i decided i would get more use out of black patent and very luckily found one also on sale and for even less at kirna zabete. i just posted a photo in the reference section for anyone who wants to see it worn...thanks again!