Tag Archives: Nikki Butler Design

AMR_5014crop2

Throw Your Own Fabulous Sparkly Ladies’ Night Party

“What night is your Mom Prom party, again?” my husband asked as the countdown to Sparkly Ladies’ Night 2014 whittled down to single digits. “No, no, it’s not Mom Prom,” I replied. “You don’t have to be a mom to go. And Sparkly Ladies’ Night is a zillion times better than prom. Prom is for kids. It’s a letdown. This is fabulous.” We laugh. We hug each other. We make new friends. We cut loose. We indulge in wearing shiny, outlandish outfits. We strut our stuff in front of an appreciative audience: each other. We dance without reserve. We’re not there to impress anyone but ourselves.

AMR_5132

The concept is infectious. To combat the late-winter blahs, you can pull together your own Sparkly Ladies’ Night and glam it up; since the concept itself is the hook, you can make it as big or as intimate as you like.

The original Sparkly Ladies’ Night evolved organically. What started as a dinner date for eight close friends in the quiet town of Marietta, Ohio grew into a blowout celebration that marked its fourth year last December. It’s the brainchild of fashion and graphic designer Nikki Butler, who dreamt it up as an excuse to don the glittery clothes she never had a decent reason to wear. They booked a table at a local restaurant, with a casual yet luxe atmosphere. Butler wore jeans, a sequin top, and a fur coat, and some fabulous jewelry.

AMR_5056

Sparkly Ladies’ Night, the brainchild of Nikki Butler (far right), has evolved into a celebration of friendship, empowerment, and fun.

It’s the ultimate girls’ night out, and unlike a bachelorette party, there’s no agenda, no rights of passage; the focus is about the group itself. At our Sparkly Ladies’ Night 2014, there were straight women and gay women, mothers of five and women who are glad not to be parents. There were curvy women and thin women, women in their 60s attending with their grown daughters.

AMR_5185

Sparkly Ladies’ Night is a time to be outrageous and candid.

To make the annual party more of an occasion, Butler rented out an event space, booked a DJ and a bartender, and incorporated the talents of some of her gifted friends and women entrepreneurs—a floral designer who provided stunning arrangements, a pastry chef who shared beautiful and delicious desserts,  and a portrait photographer who captured the festivities for posterity

AMR_4980

Such a fabulous gathering deserves delicious treats.

Anyone anywhere could throw a Sparkly Ladies’ Night. You either get it or you don’t. Obviously my husband doesn’t, but this night is not about the guys, anyway. For those of you who do get it, here’s what you need to know:

AMR_4994

Pick a date that’s in the middle of an uneventful stretch of time. If you live in a cold climate, icky winter months are perfect. That’s when you need sparkle the most.  Oscar night is an ideal opportunity for styling your own brand of Hollywood shine.

AMR_5120

Invite people you love to be around. Ask your friends to do the same. The beauty of the concept is that its scope can be as intimate or grand as you want it to be.

Choose your spot. If you have a small group, make reservations at a local ‘fancy’ restaurant. If your group is larger, consider renting a venue. Remember that spending part of the evening in the public eye actually adds to the fun!

AMR_5055

Hype it up. Throw a clothing swap party a month or so in advance. Have event pages on social media platforms and post sparkly inspiration (for example, “Keep Calm and Sparkle On” memes or pictures of your sparkly style inspirations).

AMR_5104

Get your outfit together. Go grand with a fabulous new sequin gown or simply raid your closet and glam up your old favorites. A pair of shiny tights, a statement necklace and a stack of crystal bangles gives your standby little black dress a whole new spin.

AMR_5090

Take photos galore. And look at them later on when you need a lift.  Our 2014 Sparkly Ladies’ Night included a “selfie suite”—a corner of our party room with a silver backdrop where we could pose for impromptu group photos.

Nikki Butler overcame a difficult period in her life where she kept herself hid away. Now she has a successful career and a confidence that’s catching. It’s reflected in her Sparkly Ladies’ Night hashtag, #sparkleeveryday. “Sparkle,” she says, “comes from the inside.” But some outside sparkle certainly does not hurt.

by Sara Bir

Bloglovin

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

Bloglovin