Your bag has worked exactly as I wanted. No exaggeration.
It is light weight but sturdy and even with heavy use here in Manhattan, it shows no wear. The open top is extremely convenient when I want to pick up a few items. I do not worry about pickpockets in crowds or on the subway; that sewn in zip compartment replaces my wallet on those days. When I get home, I don't have to dig around in the bottom for my house keys. I just pull them up on the cord that attaches them to the bag. I take the makeup case only when I need it, but keep it packed and ready to go.