Hello!, as you may of seen from all our activity on Facebook it has been and eventful time of year for Amber Whitecliffe. Three weeks before the 7th of March I was going for a walk with my fiance, when we spotted a “for lease” sign on this gorgeous looking empty space in Parnell. I immediately envisioned my clothes hanging, AW in gold across the doors and I said to him “thats my store!” and with the help of lots of wonderful friends and a series of sleepless nights later, the doors at my very first boutique 3/323 Parnell Road were open! We have only been open a week and a half and already I have been featured in numerous magazines and blogs, had a bridesmaid dress order and had many new AW customers taking home garments. It has been a surreal but very rewarding experience. The Parnell community seam glad to have me around, and I can only hope the buzz and success continues.
I want to take this chance to thank a few people in particular: Marcel Van Hees my builder for coming after hours to complete my racks and shelving, K.S.Tompson for my 3 mirrors (Bill and Chrisitne went above and beyond their jobs to help me!) Kevin, Frank and Ambrose for helping with “mens stuff”, Hilary Johnston for helping me with design and layout of the boutique, Lindy and Kelly for serving the yummy drinks on the night; Scarlett’s Spritzers, My team of AW staff; Courtney, Galar, Barbara and Vili, whom without there would of been no clothes on the racks! and of course Mum and Elroy-you are amazing human beings I wouldn’t be able to live without!
If you haven’t already been to check us out, please do pop in! Currently we have the new Amber Whitecliffe Winter ’14 range Candy Coated, One off AW pieces, E L I S A B E T H .K W A N leather accessories, Veronica B jewelry and Wolf Cub flower headpieces. Things are selling fast, so don’t miss out!
Much love, Amber xx
Who are you & what do you do? My name is Anna Allport and I am a photographer, I specialize in weddings
Who is your Valentine? George Hellaby
How did you both meet? In degree bar! Haha. I walked up to him and offered to buy him and his friends a drink, he was pretty confident and I liked that. 7 years later we are still dating
What do you love most about him? He makes me laugh, and I can truly be my crazy self around him
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? High five over the breakfast table! I will be photographing a wedding, so we are heading out to Masu for dinner the night before”
It makes me happy when …. I sing in the car
The best thing my man can cook is… Chicken nibbles or mashed potatoes
What do you both love doing together? Getting out of Auckland to the beach, we spend a lot of time at our respected families beach houses, swimming, fishing and water skiing. George has just taught me to single ski, he is pretty proud!
Check out Anna’s beautiful photography here: www.annaallport.com
Who are you & what do you do? I am Chantelle Allonby, the designer of Veronica B.
Who is your Valentine? Oliver
How did you both meet? We actually meet when we were 14, on Bebo hahaha.
What do you love most about him? His caring heart and fun loving personality, he is such an amazing person.
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? It’s our third V day today, so this year we are keeping it casual. We will be going to a sake bar, eating multiple Japanese dishes and drinking lots of sake.
It makes me happy when …. he surprises me with cute thoughtful things such as tucking “Rilakkuma” (my teddy) into bed with us or leaving me notes around the house.
The best thing my man can cook is… Risotto is his specialty, even though if he does cook this, I will be waiting a few hours for it because he is a perfectionist!
What do you both love doing together? We both work a crazy amount of hours and also live together. So on the weekends we choose one day that we just shut the curtains, make yummy food and watch movies all afternoon.
Check out Chantelle’s gorgeous designs for Veronica B here: www.veronicab.com
Who are you & what do you do? My name is Ashley Allen, I own an Eyelash Extension boutique!
Who is your Valentine? My valentine is my husband Tane Allen.
How did you both meet? We met through my brother
What do you love most about him? I love his humour, his handsome looks & most of all his beautiful heart
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Our valentines days are always special! Our wedding Aniversary is the day before valentines, every year we have dinner at a restaurant in mission bay, that’s where Tane proposed! Always finish with a walk near the beach!
It makes me happy when …. this is one of my favs! he drops into my work on his days off without a txt or phone call, surprises me with coffee, lunch and our beautiful baby girl!
The best thing my man can cook is… His specialty would have to be his home made Eggs bene! He makes the hollandaise sauce from scratch!
What do you both love doing together? We love to wine and dine, breakfast, lunch and dinner dates for sure!
Book your eyelashes to be done by the talented Ashley here: Ashley Allen Facebook page
White Waitangi Weekend
I hope you have all had a relaxing or productive weekend NZ! Long weekends are good for that. I defiantly achieved the later; finished wedding invitations, spent many many hours making stock for my up coming winter range (can’t wait to show you!) cleaned my studio and did a spot of gardening too!
I am not sure if it’s because I am getting married soon that white is on my radar, but I’m loving the simplicity of this shade at the moment, it makes you feel clean, classy and organized. Here is some inspiration….
Love Amber x
1.OPI Nail Polish
2. Charlie Horse Clutch
3. Toy Watch
4. Karen Walker Collaboration with Beau Coops
5. White Polaroid
6. White lilies from Flowers on Franklin
7. Chloe Handbag
8. White meringues from Little and Fridays
9. Kate Sylvester white swan
10. White glitter MAC eye shadow
11. Joe Malone candle
12. Country Road Cushions
13. Chuck Taylors
My obsession for florals lies deep in my heart! Don’t think I will ever get over the beauty of flowers. Need a lift? Treat yourself with a bunch of flowers in your workspace, or to go on the budget side-just pick one from your neighbors garden and put it in a milk bottle glass. Trust me, it will make you smile!
Happy Friday and enjoy your long weekend Auckland!
Love Amber xx
Gretchen Mol looked casual but stunning in her J Mendel white mesh and silk T-shirt gown, a fashionable and clever choice.
Morena Baccarin looked so glamorous in Monique Lhuillier. I love the weaved detailing and the silhouette, it is the perfect shape for her figure and the navy looks super elegant.
Hannah Simone gets the award for most feminine in her baby blue Marchesa, which is surprising as her character on New Girl is quite the opposite. I love the silk chiffon flowers and the hair style she has chosen to show off the dress. Just lovely.
This midnight blue mesh with black sequins grabbed my attention. Anna Gunn pulls off this simple but elegant Monique Lhuillier dress. I like the halter neckline and the slight mermaid skirt-very statuesque.
Helen Hunter looks great in this pop of colour and I enjoyed seeing a small train. The Randi Rahm dress does take over her a little, I think she could of gone a little more glamorous with her hair style and make up, it is the SAG Awards after all!
Jane Krakowski in Roland Mouret-What a great style and fun colour a perfect match to her hair and skin tone. The jade green dress was impeccably tailored and sleek.
Sarah Hyland wears Pamella Roland. It’s not my favourite design but I thought it was very age appropriate and made her look sweet and charming without being too girly. I also like that she kept it simple and didn’t match it with crazy sparkling jewels.
I am undecided wether or not I like this Carolina Herrera dress that Julie Bowen wore. but it certainly made me look twice. Apparently the burnt orange, brown and white graphic design was inspired by kinetic art. The more I look at it the more I think it maybe does work? Either way it is a nice change of pace for the red carpet.
Rocsi Diaz in Victoria Beckham. Perhaps a little too much on the simple side but I really like the design and you cant go wrong with a flattering black dress!
Lupita Nyong’o really stands out in this flawless turquoise colour. I love the simplicity of the Gucci design and the floral neckpiece attached beats any jewelry.
Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi, this asymmetrical design with the sharp edges sitting against her curvey figure makes for such a flattering outfit and that colbolt blue with her red hair looks stunning! What a goddess.
Julia Roberts in a hot pink jumpsuit by Valentino! Rock on sister, a bold move for the red carpet event!
Elisabeth Rohm in Marchesa. This dress is full on and borderlines wedding dress with the lace and beading but she gets away with it. I love the fabric and think she looks very sophisticated.
Maria Menounos in Oroton. I always love to see gold on the red carpet! and this is a nice juxtaposition with the soft silk chiffon skirt and geometric fitted bodice. A great design I will be adding to my sketch book.
Let me know your thoughts!
Love Amber x
Today’s local news….
21 year old 2013 New Zealand Latte Art Champion, Sam Low has recently opened this tiny coffee outlet in Newmarket (tucked in behind Pocket Boutique-off Osbourne St) named Bump. I found out about him through word of mouth and was very impressed at the entrepreneurship of someone so young. I can also honestly say, it was hands down the best Mochachino I have ever had! If you live locally to newmarket, go buy a prepay coffee card -you wont regret it!
Love Amber xx
Photo above is from the following article: http://sprudge.com/bump-cafe-auckland.html
Just before Christmas I attended the opening to the hottest new boutique in Auckland- Lana Boutique NZ.
It is a Women’s clothing store with swimwear, hand bags, jewelry, and shoes – all from New Zealand and Australian labels including of course Amber Whitecliffe. The boutique is located at Mckenzies Shop number 3 on 21 Hurstmere Road , Takapuna. (Next to Mexico and HUFFER).
The interior designer was Kylie Willet from MMD -Mcintosh Moorman Interior design I was super proud of her achievements as we went to uni together!
I went to catch up with Alana Clarke, the owner yesterday and she says that the store’s first week went so well, she has had lots of great feedback since and is looking forward to the year ahead. She also tells me the online store will be going live soon so stay tuned! www.lanaboutique.co.nz The 25-50% summer sale is currently on so go check out the gorgeous store and try on some Amber Whitecliffe garments!!
Love Amber x
Want to win a made to measure AW Love Tee like the one above? Head over to our instagram @amberwhitecliffe and regram and #amberwhitecliffe to be in the draw! Winner drawn on Friday the 13th of December.
We have actually done this style top in lots of fun new fabrics aswell as a great new collection of summer dresses,so if you are looking for a stunning item for your summer events
Please contact us to visit the studio anytime!
Much love, Amber xx
*photo above taken by James Yang