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High Winter Launch

Last night I hosted an evening to launch my new High Winter 2014  Collection “Women in Red”. I was lucky enough to have some great sponsors; The Sweet Eatery, Scarlett’s Spritzers and Karen Murrell Lipsticks.  Thank you to all the Media, friends/family and VIP customers that made an effort to come out in the awful auckland weather. I really appreciated your support!

The collection is now available to buy online: www.amberwhitecliffe.com/shop and I have updated my website so that your shopping experience is much easier! So go check it out!

Much Love, Amber xx

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Photography by Julie Cooper
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A weekend in Parnell

I love my new location in Parnell. I am slowly discovering and rediscovering my favourite places and wanted to share them with you…..Here are my top 3 for this week….Together they make a perfect weekend adventure- I dare you!

1. Chocolate Boutique

This famous little New Zealand Dessert Cafe has got to be number one for me! I was so excited when I found out they were my neighbors!  You’ll be amazed by this quaint little candy shop and cafè full of delicious handmade chocolates, French macaroons, candy in jars like an old school diary, desserts, coffees (not just your regular coffees but flavours such as hazelnut, peanut butter and mint!), hot/iced chocolates, and luxurios gifts!  I recommend the Italian Denso or the Death by Chocolate

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2. Passion for Paper

My second addiction after fabric is paper! I am obsessed with beautiful paper and brand new stationaery. Don’t you love the smell of a brand new unwritten journal! This paper store has all the treats for a stationery freak like me! Products come from all over the world. Located at 217 Parnell Road.

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3. La Cigale French Markets

My favourite thing to do on a saturday or sunday morning is go for a run or a long walk and finish up at the French markets for a coffee and a bakery treat! This bustling place is set up like a local market with various vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and pastries, coffee and cupcakes located at the top of St Georges Bay Road, number 69, open Sat & Sun 8am-1.30pm.


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Miromoda 2014

Over the weekend, my husband and I went down to Windy Wellington where I competed as a finalist in the prestigious Miromoda Maori Fashion Design Awards. I am very excited to announce that I came second equal in the Established Designer Section! and have secured a spot in the Miromoda show at New Zealand Fashion Week for 2014. The event was so much fun and really well run thanks to Ata Te Kanawa, Montess Hughes and the wonderful models from Kirsty Bunny Management. The judges; Dame Pieter Stewart and Lucire publisher Jack Yan were very receptive to my collection and the positive feedback was so nice to hear after all my hard work! I really enjoyed getting to know other Maori designers from all around New Zealand, it didn’t feel like a competition at all-more like a celebration of talent! I want to keep the range a surprise for Fashion week but here is a sneak peek below! I look forward to showing you the rest in August.

Much Love, Amber xx
Aroha-Wairangi DressModel // Natua Holmes

Make up // Deanne Pinto

Hair // Amber Whitecliffe

Photography // Julie Cooper

 

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xx

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Wedding Day

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You may of seen that I got married recently! I feel so lucky to have found the man of my dreams, it was a very special day, that I will never forget.

I now understand even more the financial stress and effort that goes into a wedding, but also how fun and full of love the day & journey is!

This makes me even more excited and prepared for weddings that I help with in the future. I am currently making bridesmaid dresses for two weddings and I have done my very best to make them affordable, beautiful and the process of designing/fitting super easy. The excitement around a wedding is such a joy to be a part of and I’m thrilled this side of my business is increasing.

My job was made incredibly easy for my own wedding as my bridesmaids are all absolute babes and so supportive of me! Weather in Auckland can be so unpredictable, especially in autumn so I designed summery dresses with matching tailored jackets for warmth. Elroy and I chose a colour palette of white, gold, cream and navy (for the boys) with a ‘classy rustic’ theme. I wanted the girls to have fun in their outfits, so I made a simple singlet top that was flattering and comfortable, and a silk circle skirt, which looked so pretty as they danced! The  jackets featured side ruffles and were made of a wool/silk jacquard. I also made the little flower girl’s outfit. Similar to the girls but a junior version; a t-shirt out of the same lace fabric tucked into a tutu skirt, a long sleeved bolero in the gold wool and then finished it off with hand sewn flowers across the waistband of skirt and an elastic headband.

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Click to see more images of the bridesmaid outfits here

Photography: Anna Allport Photography
Hair: Patty Pinto and Amy Thomsen
Make-up: Deanne Pinto
Flowers: Sally Caudwell, and Michele
and Amber Whitecliffe

Bridesmaids and Flower Girl outfits:Amber Whitecliffe
Boys suits: Politix
Amber’s Dress: Xian Bridal
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Mint Crush

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Today’s inspiration is mint green! This colour suits all skin/hair types and is so versatile for summer and winter! Its a wonderful splash of colour collaborated with your grey and blacks for winter, and in summer with white, cream or denim it looks super fresh! Mint decorations around the home are also very refreshing and uplifting, especially in the kitchen! Check out our Pinterest page for more mint ideas!

Shop our range of mint pieces in the candy coated collection today-limited stock so get in quick!

Much Love, Amber xx

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E L I S A B E T H . K W A N

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A quick word with designer Elisabeth Kwan

At Amber Whitecliffe boutique we stock E L I S A B E T H . K W A N
We love the product and the designer behind it! So we thought we would give  you a little insight to her brand and philosophy.

A: Hi Elisabeth! What are you inspired by?

E: Right now, origami! Otherwise my inspirations stem from minimalism, elegance and penguins.

A: What’s your brand’s philosophy?
E: I started off designing simple, yet staple leathergoods for myself and I enjoyed the process of leather-craft. So I wanted to carry that throughout my collections; to design and make products with love and deliver them to my customers who also need and like the aesthetics of my brand.
A: How do you create and maintain relationships with your customers?
E: I do custom made orders as well as personalisations for my products. So it’s very important to me when I get to exchange ideas with like-minded people (clients), who are also after something simple and unique. I think it’s a great way to get some feedback from them, where I can expand my skills, improve my products and maintain relationships with my clients.
A: What is your ultimate goal?
E: My ultimate goal is to create premium quality leathergoods and eventually working with sleepwear, loungewear and ready to wear that are all produced locally, ethically, eco-friendly and fair trade.
A: Thanks Liz! You can visit the website and facebook to see all her amazing products!

Also, EXCITING NEWS!! We are running an EK giveaway: Check out our Instagram and Facebook to see how you can be in to WIN a gorgeous natural leather Pussy Cat Bow!

Much Love, Amber xx

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AW Loves Magenta

 

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We are loving Magenta at the moment! Candy yum yum lipstick from M.AC, Our Wool Cashmere Sugar Blazer and Matching Shorts, Fuscia flowers to add vibrancy to a room or office, Hot Strawberry Pants from Amber Whitecliffe, and of course a sweet treat in pink always makes you smile! Embrace bold colour this winter, it will brighten your winters day!

*See the individual images from the magenta mood-board on our pinterest page 

Much Love, Amber x

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Bring ’em back!!

I have recently had quite a few orders for pieces from my last year’s winter range Meraki-as a selection of them were in such high demand I have re-cut those styles and popped them instore, so if you havn’t already; come check out this very popular range. My favourite is the Athena Jacket, its made from a  Tangerine Wool Cashmere Poly (the 20% polyester makes the fabric have a felt like quality on the surface, meaning it wont pill and will stay looking crisp and pristine for much longer-ideal huh!), perfect for this extremely cold weather in NZ!!

Much Love, Amber xx

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Homemade infused water

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Homemade infused water. Just add the fruit and let it sit for or at least 30 minutes, or for amazing results-about 4 hours before drinking. And drink it out of a jar with a paper straw-just cause thats what all the cool cats do!  It looks so refreshing doesn’t it?, gosh makes me want summer to come back! However I am sure you could do it with boiling water and create home made tea! yum…….

Why should you drink infused waters? Because infused waters are good for detoxification energy and hydration. Here are some flavour suggestions and what they do…

1. Green tea, mint, and lime – For fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.

2. Strawberry and kiwi – For cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion.

3. Cucumber, lime, and lemon – For water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion

4. Lemon, lime, and orange – For digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (Drink this one at room temperature)

Share this idea with your friends and family!

Much Love, Amber x