I am thinking now that, since I am starting a base collection, I should go with a standard Chanel bag, not necessarily a "new" bag. I don't see how I could ever go wrong with a classic flap, its only drawback is accessability. Totes are so convenient. Then there is the color issue. I don't think white is a great choice for a mom of 2 little ones, right? Then there is beige, but what do you girls think of beige--blah or classic? I also love navy, but how is it for Spring? I love, love patent, but I don't want to get too caught up in the patent phase and have it look dated in a couple of years. Oh, so many questions. I am going to make this my last bag for the year, so I want to get it right!!