Welcome To AZIP & The Top 3 Fathers Day Gifts

Welcome to Amanda Zips It Up
Hope you’re all enjoying this glorious flaming June?

So, it’s Fathers Day this weekend and if you’re looking for something special this year, I have researched the most popular gifts for your Dad. Not a mug, socks or a bottle of scotch in sight!

HOVERAir X1 Pocket-Sized Self-Flying Camera

Meet HOVERAir X1, a compact UAV equipped with a 2.7K camera, fitting right in your pocket and requiring no controller. Combining portability with exceptional performance, this camera springs into action in moments, capturing cinematic moments effortlessly with various autonomous flight modes. Encased in a safety-first, cage-like design, it ensures worry-free usage. From impromptu selfies to captivating indoor group shots, HOVERAir X1 guarantees sharp visuals, stabilised recordings, and clear audio with minimized propeller noise. Dive into the future of aerial photography and elevate your content without overspending either.BUY NOW FOR £345 (WAS £419) AT HOVERAIR

Essential Cropped Full-Zip Hoodie

Introducing Dad’s soon-to-be favourite hoodie! In a fresh oversized, cropped style, this full-zip hoodie, made Abercrombie & Fitch’s ultra-soft fabric, promises to keep you cozy and chic throughout the year. Whether you’re dressing it up or down, this versatile hoodie is ready to elevate your look, every time.BUY NOW FOR £65 AT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

Roccbox

Introducing the restaurant-grade portable pizza oven, perfect for home use. Dual fuel capable, it allows you to choose between the convenience of gas or the rich flavour of wood with its interchangeable wood burner. Plus, it includes a professional-grade pizza peel, valued at £65.BUY NOW FOR £399 AT GOZNEY

Onto this week, and it’s WEDDING SEASON! We investigate what the groom should wear to look on trend in 2024, plus hit up the Sienna collection at M&S, tell you which Euros T-Shirts to wear to the pub and interview Tony Truman from O Beach Ibiza as we hit the summer in the Balearics.

Euros Tees To Wear To The Pub

 Yes – the Euros begin this weekend. (June 14, to be precise).

Whilst we’ll be supporting our lads down the local, it’s good to look the part too – without looking like one’s tried too hard.

Given that wearing the actual footy kit might be OTT, I have found a range of gorgeous ‘baby tees’ that will look cute (in my case, whilst pretending to watch the games with interest).

All the major fashion houses have pulled out the stops to make sure we still look chic and stylish, whilst chanting ‘it’s coming home’.

Better yet? Prices start from just £8 , for a tee you can wear to every football match next league season too.

Teach Me The Offside Rule Baby Tee

Looking for something fresh? Embracing a 90s-inspired shrunken silhouette, this snug baby tee effortlessly blends comfort with style (and it’s totally worth the buzz). SHOP £9.60 (WAS £12) FROM BOOHOO

Brazil Slogan Cropped Baby Tee

Mix and match with anything from low-rise jeans and sneakers to ruffled skirts and cowboy boots.SHOP £9.60 (WAS £12) FROM BOOHOO

It’s Coming Home Tee

Elevate your style this season with a must-have crop top, a versatile wardrobe essential. Perfect for showcasing the midriff and creating the illusion of longer legs, crop tops pair effortlessly with skirts, jeans, and everything in between. This tee really is a timeless 90s favorite – a stylish crop top is always a winning choice.SHOP £9.60 (WAS £12) FROM BOOHOO

Have a Word Ref Baby Tee

Prepare to support your favorite team in style with this Women’s Summer Football Slogan Baby Graphic T-Shirt. This retro-inspired short-sleeve baby tee adds a 90s flair to your wardrobe, showcasing a distinctive Y2K graphic and a catchy slogan ideal for the football season.SHOP £23 FROM ETSY

Navy France Print Short Sleeve Top

Perhaps better if you’re French, show off your favorite team with style in this navy France print short sleeve top. Crafted in navy material with a ‘France’ print design and short sleeves, what’s not to j’adore? Pair this navy top with a mini skirt, trainers, and your everyday accessories for a fail-safe look.SHOP £8 (WAS £10) FROM PRETTYLITTLETHING

Bright Blue Cotton Scotland Football Slogan T-Shirt

Support Scotland in this cotton tee, featuring a classic crew neckline, short sleeves and the team’s logo.SHOP £11.99 FROM NEW LOOK

Italia Slogan Fitted Top And Short Set

Elevate your style game with this chic co-ord set. Effortlessly stylish, these shorts and matching top can be dressed up or down with ease. For a formal touch, pair a blazer co-ord set with strappy heels, or opt for a jersey co-ord set paired with chunky kicks for a more casual vibe. SHOP £20 (WAS £25) FROM BOOHOO

Yellow Espana Print Cotton Long T Shirt

Add a pop of colour to your ensemble with this yellow Espana print cotton long t-shirt. Crafted in soft yellow cotton material with an ‘Espana’ print design and a longline fit, it ticks all the boxes. Pair this vibrant t-shirt with the matching shorts, trainers, and your favorite accessories for a standout look.SHOP £8 (WAS £10) AT PRETTYLITTLETHING

Pure Cotton Football T-Shirt

Display your support with vintage flair in this football t-shirt. Crafted in a flattering slim fit, it’s fashioned from pure cotton for cool and breathable comfort. Contrasting trims and an embroidered ‘England’ slogan across the chest complete the retro-inspired look.SHOP £15 FROM MARKS AND SPENCER

Sienna Miller Collection at M&S

This has to be the most beautiful celeb collaboration with the high street. Sienna Miller and M&S.

The collection is so boho, and is Sienna’s take on that much favoured summer style.

Available in this vintage-style cream hue, as well as a pale blue, this ruffled maxi dress draws inspiration from Sienna’s own iconic wardrobe. With playful double straps that can be worn on or off the shoulder, it’s the perfect piece for embracing Sienna’s signature “high-low dressing” – wear it with heels or dress it down with flat sandals and the beaded macramé shoulder bag.

Sienna’s ombré slip dress comes in this pink-orange blend – a reference to the washed-out colours of India’s “pink city”, Jaipur – and also a blue version, reminiscent of the streets of Morocco. Style it with the leather thong sandals and you’ve got a dreamy outfit for long summer nights.

With a nod to the free-spirited mood of the Seventies, this tile-print shirt and trousers can be worn together for a maximalist feel, or with other pieces from the collection for something more subtle. Made from a lightweight, breezy fabric, they’ll keep you cool on summer days, and work just as well for a night out.

Find the collection in store

M&S x Sienna Miller will be available in the following M&S stores:

Marble Arch / Braehead / Handforth / Bluewater / Camberley / Cheshire Oaks / Meadowhall / Pantheon / Manchester / Stratford City London / Liverpool One / White City / Birmingham Bullring / Lakeside Thurrock / Trafford Centre / Kensington / Cribbs Causeway / Edinburgh / Lisburn / London Colney / Hedge End / Fosse Park / Newcastle / Kingston / Leeds White Rose / Bath / Culverhouse Cross / Stevenage Retail Park / Kings Road / Dublin Grafton Street

Interview With O Beach Ibiza’s Tony Truman

Every summer, I like to catch up with the key promotors and characters behind Ibiza’s mega summer seasons and I always have a five minute chat with Tony Truman, one of the key founders and partners of O Beach, Hotel Wi-Ki-Woo, Bam Bu Ibiza Beach Club and the awesome chinese restaurant Chi-Kee-Wun, all in the heart of San Antonio.

  1. Tony, O beach – and all your projects – are bigger and better than ever. What are the plans for the summer?

Yes, we have had a very busy winter modifying many of our current venues in time for this season’s trade. Due to incredible demand each year we seem to conjure up more space for even more beds, and we have managed to find some room for a further 7 beds in the venue. There might have to be bunk beds soon if it keeps up, hahah. The new stage design is something we are all loving too – a far nicer experience for our DJ booth guests. The biggest thing we have been working on though is the forthcoming 2nd OB Club, opening in October in Dubai. This has been a long time in the making and we are really pleased to announce this incredible project.

  • Where is your favourite venue, beach and restaurant on the island?

Without doubt for me the best venue is up in the Dalt villa in Ibiza Old Town called 1742. It’s absolutely stunning, steeped in history. 

Also, Wi-ki-woo hotel, few hours in the spa at Atzaro, hydro facial and a massage, chilling on the beach, sunset dinner and drinks at one of the many stunning venues the island has then a nice little walk. The best restaurant for me is Casa Jondal, the food the ambience, the setting are all incredible. All with no music, so you can actually hear yourself talk – for me, the food does the talking there are some amazing dishes. For beaches, I love a lot of them, but I do like Cala Nova in the North West tip. It’s beautiful, never overly busy, as well having as turquoise water. It’s a great day out with a couple of great beach restaurants as well – a little hidden gem.

  • Describe your perfect day in Ibiza.

Playing padel in the morning, breakfast in the Old Town, in bed by midnight – perfect.

  • Do you have a merch collection this year?

Yes, we have a new merch collection that we have been working on, both for O Beach and Wiki, and the new range will all be revealed very soon.  Merch has made a bit of a comeback. For a few years a lot of the island’s club merch got a bit tired. But a lot of venues now are doing some really cool collaborations. We have just done a deal with one of the UK’s very top fashion designers on a new range that will be launching at our OB Dubai project later this year, so exciting times in that area.

  • Favourite Ibiza memory?

Impossible to pick one, as special memories are made on most weeks, but I suppose if I did have to pick one, it was from my 30 years of Tru’s Do’s parties 11 years ago at O Beach. Not only had we just opened the beach club, but to mark 30 years in the business I had a huge party with a couple of thousand of friends and followers of my party brand. They all came over to make it a magical day, and my daughter, who was only 8 at the time, came down off the crane above the beach club signing a song and making a speech about me, with all my family in attendance. It was a very proud moment for me.

… Welcome to AZIP & AuLaLa Jewellery

That’s it… adios May and hello flaming June. 

Yeah, right. It’s done nothing but rain in the UK, with the odd spot of sunshine here and there, just to give us false hope.

It only sporadically feels like summer right now, so over the next couple of weeks’ instalments I thought I’d bring you some Balearic fashion and Ibiza vibes, to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Last summer, I discovered ‘TREASURE IBIZA’ and FANTASTICO FANS – an absolute treasure trove of vintage, clubbing, beach and boho fashion and accessories.

For the most part Treasure will operate via instagram this season, along with pop-ups and personal one-to-ones. Plus, the girls will carry on selling their quality pre-loved pieces. The amazing sequin capes are still huge, selling really well at Pikes and online .

Their hand-held fans feature expletives which are rather rude (but brilliant) and the girls behind the brands – Sarah & Rebecca – have now started stocking an amazing collection of jewellery by designers ‘AuLaLa’ – equally as naughty as their fans.

They have partnered with the Aulala Ibiza Jewellery brand to help spread the concept of party proof jewellery, which is a must-have in these quarters. The jewellery is available online, in Pikes / Fantastico or via the girls.

I asked the girls about their favourite spots on the white Isle…

Favourite venue – The Wild Corner in Hi !

Beach – Es Cavallet or Es Condida, Cala Comte

Restaurant – Juls or Tropicana Beach Club for the old Ibiza vibes.

Rebecca adds the fact that Boat days are often the best days, after living in Ibiza for 9 years.

And the Aulala Ibiza jewellery line is seaproof and party proof for Ravers and Misbehaviours. What more could you ask for if you’re holidaying in the Balearics this summer?

AuLaLa jewellery is 18ct gold plated on stainless steel, featuring cheeky charms, which are disco/ rave themed. Each item is limited in small quantities and comes beautifully packaged!

Anyway, in this week’s instalment of Zips It Up we look at the M& S and ENGLAND Euros collection, Tan Through Swimwear and what your car says about you.

M&S and ENGLAND Collection

First look at England’s M&S Euro 2024 clothing line – with Marcus Rashford leading the campaign

He may have been dropped from the squad, but he’s fronting the fashion campaign launched at M&S this summer for the Euros 2024. The campaign was shot with Rashford before the announcement. (Perhaps M&S should have considered Rashford’s woeful form this season for Manchester United in season 23/24 before making that decision).

Nonetheless, the latest collection from M&S for our boys is absolutely stunning – and I predict a sell-out! 

In collaboration with the FA and available now.

The M& S England range has 16 key pieces that are designed to be mixed and matched to show the players’ individual styles. The vibe is smart casual in a muted colour pallet, with laid-back cargo pants and single pleat shorts, teamed with textured polo shirts, knitted t-shirts, bomber jackets and overshirts, with prices starting at £35.

And let’s not forget about the all-important footwear.

The suede loafers are available in black and stone to complement the neutral tones of the wider collection and feature stain resistant technology.

The England Team will wear the new range throughout the 2024 Euros and the line is available for M&S customers to shop from Thursday, May 23 – two weeks before the first Euros match kicks off in Munich.

M&S says that the new collection is comprised of versatile tailoring and reimagined lounge-style separates,’ embodying ‘a smart, contemporary aesthetic, designed with easy styling in mind,’ and that it’s ‘underpinned by comfort and performance components to reflect a modern football team’.

M&S have a long-standing relationship with the English Football Association, and this new line marks the second year of the current three-year partnership.

The FA and M&S first started working together in 2007, when M&S became the Official Suit Supplier to the England Senior Men’s Team.

They say “Our latest partnership ahead of the Euros 2024 tournament unveils a collection that mirrors the spirit of our England Senior Men’s Team, tailored for the modern era inspired and influenced by our young, dynamic players”. 

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Tan Through Swimwear

SAY GOODBYE TO TAN LINES

OK – I’m a sun worshipper, which isn’t ideal, although I do use a decent SPF. The smaller the bikini – the better the tan in my opinion. But I know not everyone shares that view. The one-piece is often a safer bet, for a multitude of reasons.

But did you realise that “tan through” swimwear exists – for women AND men?

There are lots of brands out there but I’m loving one particular label.

This is the unique, tan-through swimwear of True Tone Swim, a high end tan-through bikini scientifically developed to remain soft, stretchy and flattering, with techno-fabric that selectively allows tanning UV-A Rays to permeate, giving you a natural tanthrough effect. These unique, thin, elegant, stretchy, breathable, and tan-through swimwear options are more than just beach attire – they’re a lifestyle. Wearing this unique fabric is parallel to wearing SPF 8 – 15.

DRIES 3× FASTER

There are up to 150,000 micro-holes in the tan-through swimsuits. The swimwear retains less water than conventional swimwear, which is how it dries so quickly.

And if that all sounds incredibly irresponsible and unhealthy, then here’s the science bit (apparently, although some supposed benefits seem more wishful than others)…

BENEFITS OF “PERINEUM” TANNING

  • Increases creativity and creative output
  • Aids in a healthy libido & balanced sexual energy
  • It regulates the circadian rhythm and promotes deeper sleep
  • Better focus & mental stimulation
  • Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is necessary for healthy teeth and bones.

What Your Car Says About You

Here’s what the make of your car says about you…and which vehicle means you’re the rudest on road

A PSYCHOLOGIST who studied a poll of UK drivers has revealed what your choice of car says about your character – and which drivers tend to be rudest on the road.

The expert has revealed BMW owners as the most aggressive, whilst people behind the wheel of a Toyota Priusproved to be the most timid.

BMW fans are most likely to hog the middle lane, brake sharply, beep their horn and give other motorists the middle finger.

The behavioural psychologist highlighted what she called BMW owners’ “sense of entitlement” – as well as their desire to “show off”. Yet in stark contrast Toyota Prius owners are “calm, considered and measured.

Given that the BMW has been ranked as the UK’s safest and most reliable car, it might seem odd that they’re owned by Britain’s rudest drivers.

On a general level, the study revealed a link between wealth, careless driving and drivers of expensive vehicles – MERCEDES drivers consider themselves to be “kings of the road”.

HATCHBACKS are among the most common models – and those choosing them are “likely to rank practicality above looks and speed”. They don’t care about others’ opinions and are generally happy with their life. They’re likely to be easy-going and friendly.

Those opting for an SUV tend to have either large families or “simply a self-assured and dominant personality.

The psychologist added: “You’ll like the height of an SUV – it gives better road visibility but also confers a sense of power, authority and a dash of arrogance”.

Meanwhile, SPORTS CAR owners are “adrenaline junkies” who “enjoy being spontaneous and tend to be extrovert, outgoing individuals”. 

They like to be noticed – they also like to take risks, sometimes on the road, and are often considered to be show-offs or reckless by others. “On the plus side, you are likely to be a natural leader and successful in your chosen career.”

ESTATES are not the most exciting. You are highly practical, not overly extrovert and simply see a car as a means of getting from A to B with the least fuss.

As for CONVERTIBLES – these are definitely for the optimistic, given the inconsistency of the British weather.Convertible drivers prioritise fun over practicality and see driving as an experience rather than a means of getting from one place to another.

Some of these findings might be a tad obvious. But they’re food for thought nonetheless next time you hit the showroom.

Welcome to Amanda Zips It Up and the end of footy season (ish)

Welcome to Amanda Zips It Up and the end of the premiership season (before the Euros kick-off in a month’s time).

Unless you live under a rock, or have ZERO interest in football whatsoever, you’ll know that last Sunday was the huge Premier League title race finalé.

Those of you who know about my immediate family members will be aware I live in a 100% Arsenal household. So, this is purely from my perspective – and I totally respect that many of you support own (different) teams. Look away now, if you must!

I can’t say I am as avid a fan as the rest of the family, but I am quite interested in the fashion perspective – the kit, the shirts and sports brands in general. The new Arsenal kit for forthcoming season 2024/5 landed this week, and it has had a mixed response from fans in the UK.

Adidas have responded to claims that the new Arsenal home shirt for the 2024-25 season is shaped like a bottle.

The German sportswear brand unveiled Arsenal’s new kit last Thursday, and many fans are saying the same thing about the design.

The red of the shirt against the white makes it look like the outline of a bottle -which rival supporters are laughing about on social media – obviously. (FYI: The term ‘bottling’ is used in football to describe when a team throws away a good chance of winning something).

Since someone showed me that bottle shape, I can’t unsee it. Anyway – I’m sure they’ll be hanging in multiple North London wardrobes imminently.

Crest is replaced with the cannon

Onto this week’s instalment, in which I tell you what to wear and what NOT to wear this summer, and (to be fair) some of you may end up thinking I’ve got it wrong.

Plus, how to double your hair growth in just 5 weeks.

Time To Ditch The Dresses & Trainers

Death Of The Floral Dress & White Trainers

When the weather starts to warm up in London, many women’s wardrobes predominantly consist of two things: dresses and trainers.

Combined, the two together are an easy way to look fun and feminine, while being able to walk around the capital with a spring in one’s step. 

But the trend has taken a few hits of late, with fashion editors proclaiming the floral midi dress and white trainer combo is ‘a bit old hat’, as noted in various editorial features on what not to wear this summer.

Opinion varies, depending upon which generation you belong to. If you’re older, you may be baffled by the Floral Dress & Pumps look in the first place, believing that trainers ‘ruin’ things (why corrupt a pretty dress?).

For the middle-aged generation (35 – 55), the look has become the standard uniform of many women.

For Millennials, the trainers and dress combo was never really a thing. Gen Z are noting on TikTok: ‘I wish people would give up on it, it’s so tacky. Give me heels with a dress or skirt and I’m loving it.’

Gen Z wouldn’t be seen dead in a floral dress and white trainers

On a general level, I side with the younger generation. I find the whole ‘tea dress and white Zara platform trainers’ look a frumpy and somewhat ageing image.

To be clear, I don’t think every dress doesn’t work well with trainers, (I’m loving 2006 Lily Allen rocking a prom dress with Nikes). Suffice to say, if you pick the right shoe and strike the right balance, it’ can still be chic and comfortable.

But comfort should always be stylish, enabling you to enjoy life to the full whilst improving mood. Therefore, the thought the idea of trying to do away with trainers and dresses seems ‘absolute nonsense’, to many women. But it has become a somewhat stale and dated look in 2024. 

Personal stylist Charlotte Broadbent agrees that there are plenty of other shoes out there to pair with our dresses, e.g. flowy maxi with boho boots or gladiator-style sandals.

Ultimately, fashion is about expressing yourself. Wear the dress and trainers if it makes you feel confident, energetic and happy.