Hello Everyone - this is my first post but I have been lurking for the last 2 weeks as I try to work out what my next bag should be. This is a really great forum and I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts about their bags.
By way of background, for the last 2 years I have had a sapphire/plum Imago and a black/steel SCB that I LOVE to pieces and use everyday. The SCB is nearly 2 years old and looks like new. In it I have my purse, my iPhone, my keys, an epi pen for my DD, my sunglasses. To this I often add my iPad (and once I even added my wireless keyboard!) and some knitting. I also accumulate various bits of kids stuff, papers, pens etc. Even fully loaded with the iPad, I find this to be my perfect bag. I find that my Imago is just too big and I've only used it as carry on when travelling once or twice a year.
My dilemma begins with my new MacBook Air 11". While it does fit into the SCB, its a little bit too long to make it realistically workable. My first thought was Ristretto but the colours are quite restricted in 11" and I also decided I would prefer the flexibility of not having the built in padded pocket for the days when I am not carrying iPad or Air or both.
Then I was (and still am) sorely tempted by Little Swift but worried my Air might not be secure enough and that I wouldn't like the armpit bag configuration. But its so gorgeous and I like that it looks a bit more dressy than the cafe bags especially in cork or hemp. I am open to persuasion here about why I should choose this one
So now I've come back to my first love - the cafe bag and decided that I just need to upsize to fit the Air and everything will work beautifully. But given that I don't like a bag that is too big, I really want to go with the medium.
I've found posts on here that say that the 11 Air doesn't fit and also posts that say it does.
I plan on ordering the cache which sadly only comes in horizontal for 11Airs and I don't mind if it sticks up a little bit so long as the clip will still fasten.
So what say you experts - can I get away with a medium or do I need a large cafe bag or should I give in to the temptation of the Little Swift???