Bellorita – A Special Clutch Styled with Black and White / Pop of Red - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Bellorita – A Special Clutch Styled with Black and White / Pop of Red


Hello friends,

I realize tomorrow is the 4th of July. For a subtle look for 4th of July see yesterday’s post.  I’ve also included some links to former year’s 4th of July outfits. Happy 4th friends!  I am wearing stripes 😉  We tend to stay home and  sit on our deck, keeping Truffles and Gibson company, as my girl is very afraid of Fireworks. Mom and I were reminiscing  about how the loud booms! at Dormont’s Fireworks display,( in Pittsburgh)  when I was little would make me cry! We will just sit out on the porch, with the pups, glass of beer or wine and may see some behind the trees, cuddling Truffles as much as we can, as she shakes. I think most pups are afraid of Fireworks!

I am not sure how you feel, but I love to find companies that have unique or handcrafted products. When Bellorita reached out to me, I was captivated by the hand carved and painted drawings on their home page. I browsed, looking at each design of the purses and clutches they sold, finally deciding on a koi fish with bubbles represented by interspersed white pearls on the bag.

Before I talk about Bellorita, if you are jonesin’ for a 4th of July outfit, in addition to yesterday’s look, have a look at  last years post. 

and  this Karina Dress post for the 4th.

Bellorita Clutch

I made my way to the page featuring other bloggers, only to find that several of us had also chosen the black leather fish clutch. The pearls added to the elegance, as did the well crafted bag and painted on fish. When visiting my mom in Pittsburgh, I noticed a neighbor 3 doors down had Koi fish and pond in their front yard and I thought about what they represent.

  • wiki definition – Koi Fish meaning in Japan is good fortune or luck they also are associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose, the Koi fish symbolize good luck, abundance and perseverance. Symbolic in Buddhism is to represent courage.

When I read this, I felt that the koi fish’s meaning  certainly applied to my life’s situation. I have felt lucky to have found a diagnosis for my illness, giving me the direction to which I needed to find pain control and management. I also felt that the perseverance and courage required to not give up, not retreat, meant something to me as well. There was many a day in the beginning of the illness, 10 years ago, where I wondered how I could possibly deal with the severe muscle pain I had. How could I live my life enjoying the things I did? Could I accept change?

I thought all of this quite fascinating when learning what the Asian symbol meant. I loved the hand painted design, elegant drawing and the pearls strategically placed for bubbles. I also love things with meaning, as well as uniqueness. I doubted that I would see this handbag/clutch on anyone in Charlotte or the Lake Norman area, and I also wanted to bring something unique and beautiful to my readers.

The bag- clutch according to the website-

This outstanding textured black leather and pearl embellished clutch is truly a masterpiece of design. Hand carved and sensitively blooming painted, the handbag features a delicate gold shoulder chain and short wrist strap. The pearls sparkle across the handbag, evoking playful bubbles brought to the waters’ surface by the fish. It can also be worn as an elegant evening clutch bag.

I love that it has a chain if I decide to wear it out, or carry it as an evening clutch to the shows or Symphony. Very nice!

Bellorita also features other designs in handbags and a blue design for this same clutch should you choose blue over black.

Thank you Bellorita.

I thought I would create a classic black- white look with a touch of red. You saw these elegant knotted red tassel earrings from Mango when i went to the rock concert a few weeks ago. i paired it with my polka dot shell from Ann Taylor and an AT striped skirt. Adrienne Allen tops off the look with tassled black sandals. This classic look would be great to wear to dinner, out to an event, to a show. Anywhere you are in the mood for classic black and white, with a pop of color and an elegant bag!


** This clutch was gifted to me by Bellorita. All opinions are my own and truthful.


Top- Ann Taylor shell

Skirt- Ann Taylor -Poshmark

clutch c/o Bellorita

Shoes c/o Adrienne Allen

Earrings- Mango

Thursday Fashion Files hosted by Carrie of Curly Crafty Mom

Thursday Moda hosted by Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood

Brilliant Blog Posts hosted by Vicki at Honest Mum

A Labour of Fashion hosted by Linda of A Labour of Life

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Most clicked- Meagan of Meagan’s Moda

Pinterest pic of the week- Jacqui of Mummabstylish

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 15:55h, 06 July Reply

    That clutch is very lovely!

    Love those bold drop earrings too.


  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 17:21h, 05 July Reply

    Such a beautiful and unusual clutch! I love your black and white outfit with the pop of red!

    Emma xxx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 13:24h, 05 July Reply

    This clutch is so unique! What a beautiful work of art. I love the meaning of the koi fish and I love what it means to you.

    Maureen |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:23h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you Maureen! It is nice to have something with personal meaning. 😉 xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:16h, 05 July Reply

    I love your bold stripes and pretty pops of red, girlfriend!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Robin LaMonte
    Posted at 18:47h, 04 July Reply


    I loved learning about the koi fishes on your clutch and how they symbolize your journey with your illness.
    Wonderful outfit to go with your new clutch!
    You have such lovely photograpghs and I enjoy seeing you every week my friend!


  • Elle
    Posted at 15:04h, 03 July Reply

    I love your striped outfit and those long red earrings. Such a beautiful Fourth of July inspiration, but not over-the-top. I also really adore that handcrafted bag. It is very special. I also remember when I had dogs that they were afraid of the fireworks.

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 13:59h, 03 July Reply

    What a unique clutch—I love how you styled it with the black and white and pop of red. Happy 4th of July to you (how is it July already?!)!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 13:30h, 03 July Reply

    Jess, this is a beautiful outfit and such a gorgeous bag! I love what the koi fish represents as well. I never knew that but I have always been drawn to them as designs on clothing and such. In fact, I currently have been watching a kimono with a koi fish print…but we all know that I really do not need another kimono…so I am waiting for it to go on sale! Have a happy 4th of July, my friend!


  • Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style
    Posted at 12:41h, 03 July Reply

    WOW, what a standout look!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:23h, 03 July Reply

    What a cute clutch! Love your black and white look as well and those earring are the perfect pop of color. Happy 4th and I hope you have a great holiday!

  • Liz
    Posted at 12:08h, 03 July Reply

    You look so chic! I love the pop of red with the black and white!


  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 10:55h, 03 July Reply

    That clutch is darling and I love the length of those red tassel statement earrings. I have a similar skirt- I think I like yours better… but, I need to get it out again soon!


  • Elise
    Posted at 10:30h, 03 July Reply

    Love this subtle 4th look! Those earrings are my favorite!

    xx, Elise

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 10:23h, 03 July Reply

    I am loving this clutch! The pop of red in your earrings are so pretty! The black and white and red all together!

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:09h, 03 July Reply

    That clutch is absolutely stunning! What a unique and beautiful piece! I love your entire outfit! Happy 4th of July!

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 09:46h, 03 July Reply

    Jess, you look stunning in black and white! And that clutch is absolutely gorgeous!
    Suzy xx

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 08:59h, 03 July Reply

    I have the same clutch and it is truly an exquisite piece of craftsmanship!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 08:27h, 03 July Reply

    You are a knock out in this look! LOVE! I am in love with the Adrian Allen Shoes! I have them in nude but really need them in the black! Happy 4th of July Jess!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 08:15h, 03 July Reply

    Super cool clutch. I just love the retro vibe this outfit gives off! Happy 4th Jess! Have fun!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:08h, 03 July Reply

    What a classic look and that purse is amazing!!

  • Nina
    Posted at 07:33h, 03 July Reply

    What a great look! I love the bag over the black and white dress, Super sophisticated! I see you are enjoying your Adrian Allen shoes, I’ve been getting lots of wear out of mine this summer too. Hugs, Nina

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:12h, 03 July Reply

    That clutch is beautiful and I love the symbolism. It is perfect for you and I love the way you styled it. My pup is not a fan of the fireworks either, my poor girl shakes like a leaf! Hope you have a good one my friend!

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 04:20h, 03 July Reply

    What a beautiful clutch! It’s so nice with your outfit, and your fun red earrings are a great accessory too! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂 We caught up with family visiting from WA and went to the winter wonderland in the city, it was a lot of fun 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 04:02h, 03 July Reply

    What a beautiful clutch! You styled it well by mixing patterns. Thanks for the feature today! 🙂


  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:46h, 03 July Reply

    The bag has a really unusual design Jess. It’s nice to see something different! Love the stripe skirt by the way! I hope you have a great 4th of July xx

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 02:42h, 03 July Reply

    A very pretty look Jess, love the detail and story of the beautiful bag. Hugs, x.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:32h, 03 July Reply

    Have a great 4th of July Jess!

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 01:40h, 03 July Reply

    Oh snap – my post today is about this very same clutch! Nice work here Jess xxx Maria

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