Black Tie Gala Style Guide

This past week has been nothing but a string of parties!
Most of the parties during the holiday season would be house parties, or cute little brunches, but once in a while an invitation for a Black Tie Gala comes along, followed by these words popping in your head in capitals “WHAT DO I WEAR?”

No reason to panic girls, for my Look 4 of the Runway Miracle series I’m bringing you details on what you can do if you’re shopping for a black-tie event, and I have found the ultimate solution – Papillon Styles a boutique located at Redondo Beach.

At a time like this when everything is available at the click of a button, boutiques like Papillon redefine what it means to buy in store.
I contacted Krushenka – the owner of Papillon Styles to help find the perfect outfit for me, and quickly set up an appointment.
I gave her just a one word brief – Elegance. I am also currently crushing on burgundy and I wanted to have that color in my dress.
Inspiration: I love the silhouette of the dress, and the open back design + burgundy. This picture from the Runway made me begin my search for the ultimate dress.

When I visited the boutique she shortlisted items for me and we went over what would compliment me well and what wouldn’t.
The best part about shopping at Papillon Styles is that the shopping experience becomes a partnership, where you can be open about your likes and dislikes and the personal stylists take on your requests and give you an honest opinion.
Black-tie events are very classy and they require you to push your boundaries of fashion and think bigger. Gowns or maxis are most definitely the route to go for women. They are classy and fabulous and you can never go wrong with it.
After much deliberation, we decided to go with a beautiful lace gown in burgundy from Olvis.

Elegant fashion is what they bring to the table. While Olvis is generally known for their Bridal Couture, the collection of maxis that they have for other occasions is also stunning.

I especially love the lace detailing and the colors they use – it has the power to transport you into a Disney Fairy-tale.
I chose high-heeled pumps in a nude tone from Jessica Simpson, you can buy a similar one here. I picked a neutral color for the heels because my maxi was the star of the dress and already brought in a lot of color.

They say if you wear something good, you feel great.
Now imagine how I felt in this dress and multiply it with 100 billion times (That’s how good it felt). All I was missing was my very own red carpet.

Not just for black-tie events, but if you have any wardrobe needs Papillon Styles is The Place to shop in L.A.
Classy – Sexy – Feminine – Timeless is what they believe in.
These are also the terms which should dictate every wardrobe – Papillon Styles assigns personal stylists to each shopper to ensure that you find the right look for YOU. Not just what’s in style, or what everybody is wearing, but something that adorns your personality.

So if you’re shopping for an upcoming event, or just want to restock your wardrobe, I urge you to give Papillon Styles a try. You can make an appointment by giving them a call or even sending a text message on – +1-(310) 701-7632
Don’t forget to follow @PappilonStyles on Instagram for some serious eye candy.
I’m warning you, it will make you fall in love with shopping in a store all over again.


  1. Paul
    December 30, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    you look stunning

    • Nikki
      January 2, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Paul!


  2. December 30, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    May I just say I am obsessing over everything on your blog! The name, your style, the pictures and the list goes on! Way to go girl, I am loving it so much! I am new to blogging and would love if you checked me out and gave me some feedback! Thank you so much.
    Taite Zapalac

    • Nikki
      January 2, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Hi Taite,

      Thank you so much for your positive comments. I also started my blog a few months ago so I am enjoying the learning curve too. One important tip I’d like to share is that just be consistent. That’s when the hard-work starts to pay off! 🙂


    • Nikki
      January 8, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly!


  3. Jas
    January 15, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    Omg Nikki, This dress looks so amazing on you. You can carry anything flawlessly. This blog was very informative.

    • Nikki
      January 15, 2018 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you so so much Jaspreet!


  4. March 9, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Nikki! You are wearing that dress girl! It’s absolutely beautiful on you! I love the sheer bottom as well, it’s like a little surprise!


    • March 14, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      I know right!
      It is beautiful, I loved wearing the dress so much, it almost hurt to take it off! 😉
      Thank you so much for the compliment!


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