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Style Profile: Nikki Butler

 

Nikki Butler Design

Graphic Designer and Artist Nikki Butler of Nikki Butler Design

We can’t think of anyone who pulls off a put-together look with as much ease as Nikki Butler. Nikki created the Heirloom Finds logo, and she designs those banners you see on our website. She’s warm and generous and has a sly sense of humor; that she’s effortlessly glamorous is just the icing on the cake.

Heirloom Finds Pearl Initial Charm Bracelet

Our Pearl and Gold Initial Charm Bracelet glows against the pink of Nikki Butler Design’s Clutch

A self-described “graphic designer who loves to sew,” Nikki runs Nikki Butler Design, where she makes clutch handbags and scarves using luxurious fabrics in her own custom prints. We thought it would be fun to turn Nikki’s intuitive style sense loose, so we asked her to match her favorite Heirloom Finds jewelry with selections from her own wardrobe. As she modeled her looks for us, we chatted about fashion inspiration.

Heirloom Finds It's Such a Tassel Necklace Earrings

Wearing Caught in Cross Hairs Bracelet and It’s Such a Tassel Necklace and Earrings

What kind of jewelry do you find yourself drawn to? Why?
I’m a pearl girl for certain because of their classic, timeless elegance. I also love sparkly! And colorful statement pieces always capture my attention—if you’re going to wear jewelry, let it be seen! Chunky bangle bracelets, cocktail rings and bib necklaces are excellent conversation starters. Jewelry in general makes me feel more feminine.

Heirloom Finds Golden Links Statement Necklace and Earrings

Nikki in the Golden Links Statement Necklace and Earrings

How would you describe your personal style?
I actually have narrowed it to three words: Classic, Feminine & Colorful. It’s become my mantra when shopping!

Do you have a favorite style icon?
I can’t narrow it to just one. I’d love to spend a day in Kate Middleton’s closet and I’m forever drawn to Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ timeless style.

Heirloom Finds Blue Tassel Necklace and Earrings

Nikki in Blue Tassel Necklace and Earrings and Resort Top from Nikki Butler Designs

You look great every time I see you, and it’s almost like that informs your calm, collected demeanor. Do you feel less like yourself when you have to rush out the door in any old thing you threw on?
Well, thank you! I feel most confident and myself when my hair is curled, I’m in full make-up regalia and wearing something feminine. Sometimes I wear sparkly earrings to the gym just to feel more like me.

Designer Nikki Butler and Blogger Sara Bir talking personal style

Designer Nikki Butler and Blogger Sara Bir talking personal style.

Sometimes you go for an edgy look; sometimes, a traditional one. Do you think there are different aspects of yourself that become more apparent depending on your outfit for the day?
This is the reason that I have never been one to lay out my outfits the night before. Sometimes I even feel like I have a split-fashion personality! My closet is very diverse. One day it’s a floral skirt and heels, the next day it’s ripped jeans and flip flops. Watch out when I’m wearing my black leather pants!

Nikki is wearing:

On the Ropes Pink and Lavender Pastel Burst Bib Necklace

Golden Monogram Charm Link Bracelet

It’s Such a Tassel Necklace and Earring Set

Caught in the Cross Hairs Bracelet

Golden Links Statement Necklace and Earring Set

Aqua Beaded Tassel Necklace and Earring Set

Raise Your Glass Iridescent Purple and Blue Statement Necklace

by Sara Bir

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Beat the Heat in Fun, Fashionable, Lightweight Jewelry

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It’s time to get rid of those heavy bib necklaces and thick cuff bracelets for the summer and show off a lightweight style that’s just as good at making a statement. These pieces are all about cute comfort during those hot summer months!

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Multi Color and Blush Petal Burst Cuff Bracelets

Your layered looks don’t have to be cumbersome and sweaty. Soft black faux leather topped in a light cluster of crystals is all set for summer with its bright color scheme.

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3D Golden Cage Cuff Bracelets

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These cage cuffs are up to your summer styling and their fun geometric design lets you get a tan sans “watchband” line.

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Octagon Deco Geometric Dangle Earrings

Just when you didn’t think it could be done, these earrings made it possible to accessorize your ears in a lightweight style while also making a fashionable statement.

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Golden Lapis Long Layering Necklace Set and Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

Layers of light long and short necklaces. You’ll forget you’re wearing them until the compliments roll in.

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Matte Black Triad Pendant Necklace and the Tree of Life Medallion Pendant Necklace

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Relax! It’s possible to accessorize in style and still beat the heat this summer!

   

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Light & Cool Sweet Wine Syllabub Recipe

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Here are a few things that are easier than making syllabub: sneezing, taking a nap, making instant pudding. Syllabub is way better than instant pudding, and way more grown-up. But, just like instant pudding, it requires no standing over a hot burner or turning on the oven. It’s boozy yet light and citrusy all at once, and it can even be made a few hours in advance.

The wine flavor should be strong, yet not overpowering; syllabub is a dessert, not a dessert cocktail. This old-time treat has British origins, dating back to at least the sixteenth century. Those early syllabubs contained much higher proportions of wine and were intended to separate so the froth could be served in a different glass alongside the liquid.

Syllabub also has deep roots in America’s South. Heirloom Finds’ co-founder Jeanne, who grew up in Georgia, recalls her mom’s syllabub pump. But you don’t need a goofy gadget to make syllabub. All you need is a bowl and a whisk, though an electric mixer is helpful. And if you avoid alcohol, there are still options for simple, cooling desserts. Try a fool, which likewise stars fruit and heavy cream.

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All the makings of a light, summery syllabub!

Light and Summery Syllabub

Serves 6-8

We like to use Quady Electra white wine, made with orange muscat grapes. Preferably you should use a drinking-quality wine, one you’d be happy to sip on later, but you don’t need to splurge.

  • ½ plus 2 tablespoons sweet white wine
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Mariner (or just add an extra tablespoon of the sweet white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • Fresh fruit, such as blueberries and sliced strawberries, for serving
  1.  In a small bowl, whisk together the wine, orange liqueur (if using), and granulated sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream until it’s doubled in volume and has soft, but not stiff, peaks.
  3. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the wine mixture and the lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  4. To serve, spoon the syllabub into small glasses and garnish with fruit. Offer simple but good-quality butter cookies on the side, if you like.

By Sara Bir

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