This is going to be a 100% honest post about two things I am TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH!!! Basically, two favorite things I have in my closet right now. A great plus size black dress and an ridiculously awesome and amazing clutch bag. Are you ready? For this jelly? FOR THIS INJECTION OF SUPER PASSIONATE HYPE FOR TWO THINGS I REALLY REALLY LOVE? Ok. I’ll calm down now. In a minute. I just had a lot of coffee so… it could be a while before my fingers stop shaking. (grin)
Let’s start with the sparkle first because, seriously, who doesn’t love some great sparkle? Here’s the thing – I have a pretty minimalist style. I like things very clean and simple. When I dress up, I usually go for a big stack of bangles on one wrist. To me, this beautiful clutch, called the Invitation Bag, by Italian-based designer ViaBuia is the PERFECT addition to an outfit. Here is a 100% apologetic link to find this bag online. It’s on sale. I don’t get any commission here so, click free and easy! Ready? Here…You…Go. SHOP HERE Now let me give you even more scoop. First, if you are budget minded (which I am) this might not be in your price range. However, ViaBuia is doing a 20% off sale right now and, you can take an extra 10% off by using the code BAGART online to take 30% off the original price. If, however, you have a little extra this month and are looking for a beautifully made, legit piece of fashion — this is your bag.
The facts: a wicked sparkly gold bag (also available in silver with a blue trim) and, legit, the sparkles do NOT come off on your outfit! No glitter trail…. The lining is Italian suede and there is a pocket on the inside and the outside. ViaBuia is a brand started by a highschool friend of mine with a killer fashion pedigree that includes Elie Tahari, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren. Christine Tortora is a creative soul, a Brooklyn-native and forging her own path as a designer and I could not be be more thrilled to support her because her work is BEAUTIFUL and SO SO well-made! You know how, sometimes you have friends who do stuff but it’s kind of sketchy but you feel pressure to support them? This is NOT that! I LOVE me some badass, creative women who are forging their own path and making beautiful things. Christine’s goods are quality, finely made and designed with such careful attention! I have three pieces including a python wallet that I am literally in love with ever since I bought it.
Now, onto the dress. Classic, black bodycon dresses are my everything. If you follow me on social media you are actually probably tired of seeing me wear them. All good but I’m not stopping cause I LOVE THEM SOOO MUCH!! This one from Rebdolls is now in my rotation. Here’s the scoop…
I have found the material of previously purchased styles from Rebdollls to be too thin for comfort. (Told you this would be honest!) This dress, however, is made of a noticeably more substantial jersey-based fabric. I was not worried about my lady bits poking out. I have no idea how it will handle washing and multiple wears but, I have a feeling I can get a bunch of solid wears in without its quality being compromised. For its $26 price point it is a VERY SOLID BUY! I might actually get another one just to have. Is it built to last? No. But, that’s ok. I dont expect all fashion to last me for years. Some fast fashion can last a season and I feel totally comfortable with my purchase. This is like that. Also, let me remind you that Rebdolls goes from a size Small through a 5X so its basically one of the few places my straight friends and I can all shop together…..LOVE IT!! Ready to shop? Again, I get no commission here so HAPPY BROWSING AND SHOPPING!! Be freeeeeee like the wind!! Here is the link SHOP HERE .
So there you go, folks. Two of my absolute favorite things in my closet right now!! Actually, this is a GREAT example of how to mix “hi and low” when it comes to fashion! Invest in the accessories that will shape your outfit and last a long time while playing with more budget-minded trend pieces. This clutch will last me for years and years and years and always look great. It’s an investment that will stand the test of time for a while and look great for a variety of looks and occasions! The dress can be updated seasonally, playing with new colors and styles without breaking the bank! Love it all.
Thanks to Nichole Alex for the pics.