… a word from the Editor & Blogger

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Welcome to a Valentine’s Amanda Zips It Up.

Happy V Day to all you lovers out there.

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For me, February 14th is struggles to be more than a “hallmark holiday” retail money-spinner. But, stepping out of cynical mode, when I think of Valentines Day I dream of underwear. Sexy underwear for me that is. But what about sexy underwear for him?

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According to a recent report by Madrid-based textile company Zeeman, there isn’t much call for it. The reason is because most guys show a complete lack of interest in their pants (although they’ve been known to show more interest in what’s inside them).

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Following Zeeman’s client testimony, it appears that men struggle to get shot of their old underwear. 45% of men regularly wear worn (that’s filthy to me and you) undergarments, even continuing to wear them, if they have holes. In fact, 29% believe their old underwear is very comfortable and 17% are in fact very fond of their old Y-fronts. Skid marks included.

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So, on Feb 14th, one option might be to stick to lingerie for women and treat ‘him’ to a pair of socks in his team’s colours.


This issue of Zips It Up gets more adventurous than that, delving into the best Valentine’s gift ideas.

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Plus in this instalment, we can be relieved to learn that we’re not the only generation with pornographic minds, as ancient vibrators have been unearthed, which existed long before the Rampant Rabbit, Beyonce launches mismatched undies and cheap thrills which will shock you…

Enjoy. xx

Cheap Thrills

Get this. Aldi has unveiled a premium lingerie line in time for Valentine’s Day, and their black lace set is £200 cheaper than Agent Provocateur’s offering. Yes, really.

The German retailer’s underwear line starts at a purse-friendly £3.99. Chokes…

Before you scroll on in disgust, take a moment to digest this. It may not sound very luxurious in theory, but the pictures speak for themselves.

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As a reminder to the snobs amongst us, Aldi has previously won over savvy shoppers with its Wagyu beef burgers, fresh lobster and award winning champagne, as well as caviar-infused anti-ageing serum. And now they’re going one step further, delving into customers’ underwear drawers in time for Valentine’s Day.

The German retailer has unveiled a premium lingerie line, featuring blush pink camisoles, lace-trimmed push-up bras and pretty black briefs. The romantic collection, in stores later this week, starts £3.99, ideal for those looking to spread the love on a budget.

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Aldi is selling this pretty pink camisole and shorts set for just £9.99, which is my favourite.

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A balconette bra that features lace detailing around the cups is a standout piece, alongside the co-ordinating pants. The items retail for £3.99 each.

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Aldi v Agent Provocateur

The provocative set is strikingly similar to a two-piece offered by underwear experts Agent Provocateur that costs an eye-watering £220.

Their Stone bra and knickers set is made from sensuous silk sating and decadent gothic lace.

The garments are described as “hard-edged romance meets bold thrills”.

And yes, it is February 14th we’re discussing – not April 1st.

Mismatching Lingerie

Beyoncé seems to be the spiritual leader of 21st-century womankind. Or at least, when she makes an announcement, the world seems to listen.


Beyoncé made one such announcement last week. You may have heard it already. Being pregnant with twins was part of it, but it is another matter that concerns me.

In an aubergine bra and powder-blue knickers, Beyoncé effectively pronounced the death of matching lingerie. An earth shattering bomb for the lingerie market, just a week before Valentine’s Day.

But this wasn’t particularly to do with getting caught without matching underwear. It is about a woman, so alpha that she will headline Coachella while six months pregnant with twins, choosing clashing over matching.

Aubergine (and pink) with sky-blue is a modern classic, seen repeatedly at Phoebe Philo’s Céline, and a favourite of stars who like to show off their street style. It’s an unusual combination that always looks great, says the creative director of Agent Provocateur (where Beyoncé got that bra.)

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Mismatched lingerie has blown up. The “perfect mismatch” sets include a leopard print bra with green straps, sold with fuschia knickers for around £60, at Marks & Spencer, where 20 million bras and 60 million pairs of knickers are sold each year.

Matching lingerie feels dated in the Instagram age. The notion of a lacy total look, concealed under your clothes, ready be revealed after the curtains are drawn, seems as outdated as matching heels and clutch.

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Plus, we all wear our bras to be seen now (think Carrie in SATC). Nothing is secret any more. On social media, lingerie has become part of a styled look in unexpected ways: the other day I spotted a pair of fishnet tights pulled high at the waistband, so as to be visible above jeans.

I follow a lot of sportswomen on Instagram, and it’s striking how sexy the images are that they post of themselves training. A sports bra with patent straps is a bestseller at Selfridges. It’s half Barry’s Bootcamp and half Fifty Shades.

So re-organize your underwear drawers girls, by messing them all up.


Valentine Gift Guide 2017

Girls, treat yourself with this year’s top V day makeup & beauty offerings.

Here at Zips It Up, I get it – Valentine’s Day can either be one of the best or worst days of the year depending on your relationship status. Either way, I think it should be a time to treat yourself and if the other half wants to pay, even better.

I’ve found some of 2017’s most romantic Valentine’s Day beauty gifts…

  1. Bella Freud Loving Candle Set, £75

My favourite Bella Freud candles in a set of minis? Bring it on.

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  1. Estee Lauder Pure Color Pure Envy Lip Potion in Lethal Red, £20


If a liquid formula is more your thing, these new Lip Potions are the best of the best. And with a name like ‘Lethal Red,’ you’re sure to stand out for all the right reasons on the most romantic day of the year.

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  1. Christian Louboutin Matte Rouge Lipstick, £65


Another Valentine’s Day calls for another luxurious, bold red lipstick. I think we’ve found it. It’s another lethal weapon.

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  1. Acqua Di Parma Fruit & Flowers candle – Rose Buds, £95


I’m not sure I’ve ever been more in love with a candle. Just look at it. Dreamy.

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  1. Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition, £68


One of my favourite perfumes in some of the most beautiful packaging ever? Sold.

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  1. Liz Earle Damask Rose & Pink Pepper Candle, £40


If you’re planning a cosy night in and a hot bath, a feminine, chic candle is a must.

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  1. Burberry First Love Cheek Palette, £45


This palette had me swooning at first sight. Use as a highlighter and a blusher for the most gorgeous glow.

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  1. Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Sumptuous Bathing Oil, £39 www.moltonbrown.co.uk

There’s nothing like rose on Valentine’s Day and Molton Brown’s newest oil for the bath is the epitome of luxury.

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  1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, £39


Treat yourself to Too Faced’s latest cult palette which is full of stunning buttery shades and smells like peaches. I just bought this whilst on holiday in Mallorca. At El Court Inglese.

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  1. Diptyque Rosa Mundi Candle, £48


Every year, Diptyque brings out a special candle and scent for Valentine’s Day. You just can’t wrong with a Diptyque candle. Victoria Beckham agrees, apparently.

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Hugs & Kisses Y’all.


Ancient Dildos

Now I’m no great fan of archeology. Unearthed artefacts can initially be interesting, but the thrill quickly fades away if the object in question turns out to be something rather boring like a spoon or a plate.

The same can’t really be said for 2,000-year-old sex toys. It’s odd to think that sex toys existed that long ago – I’d assumed they were a modern invention. It’s not until you pay attention to ancient Greek art that you realise that people from ancient civilisations were just as sex obsessed as we are today.

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Two ancient pleasure sources from 2,000 years ago were found in a tomb in the Yizheng city of western Jiangsu, China. They were made of bronze dating back to around 206 BC – 220 AD, China’s Han Dynasty.

The owner of the tomb was identified as a rich and powerful aristocrat who obviously enjoyed dabbling in some naughty playtime. One of the artefacts has a metal ring attached to the base, whereas the other has a flat base.

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The pair of items are on show at an upcoming exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, ‘Tomb Treasures’. The co-curator of the exhibition comments that the two dildos “underscore how connected we really are to the past, and that we share the same passions across time and culture”.

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Whilst we know that their use stretches back to the dawn of civilization, the history of the predecessors to love eggs and rampant rabbits is still largely unknown. They have been present in society throughout history, yet there’s no evidence as to where they originated, or where the word dildo comes from.

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In the Oxford English Dictionary ‘Dildo’ is listed as ‘origin unknown’, although it is noted that it emanates from the 16th century. Apparently the word’s first appearance in English was in Thomas Nashe’s 1593 poem “The Choise of Valentines Or the Merie Ballad of Nash His Dildo”, which went on to be abbreviated to the more palatable “Nashe’s Dildo”.

Don’t you love a bit of Valentine’s trivia in mid Feb?

… a word from the Editor & Blogger

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Welcome to this weeks installment of Zips It Up.

Unfortunately, for those of you who usually catch up with the blog via Facebook on Fashion Fridays, this week has seen a little bit of a balls up on my part. And you’re probably reading this on a Monday morning.

I stupidly ‘reposted’ a (very funny) picture of a ‘chopped off willy in some noodle soup’, which to be fair, was doing the rounds on FB and instagram. But someone has (so loyally) reported me for it and FB have punished me with a three day ban. This means I can’t share the usial link via FB until Sunday.

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If you’re reading this on Friday, then you are a loyal reader who either subscribes or reads the blog dirctly from the web.

Thank you. x

So, I’ll keep this intro brief and just let you know what to expect in this weeks issue.

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We look at the iconic looks to come out of cult 90s films like Trainspotting, visit Ibiza Beauty Shop for all you balearic brides to be, work out how to acheive the ‘Bubble Butt‘ and reveal the most disturbing body piercing trend ever;

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Yes, really.

With a slapped wrist, I’ll be back on FB next week, but in the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the first Amanda Zips It Up of February 2017.

90s Film Fashion

I went to see T2 last weekend – that’s “Trainspotting 2” to those of you out of the loop – and I had my fashion head on. I realised the original 90s classic featured drainpipe jeans long before Dior, and slip dresses before we’d even learnt how to spell Chloé. With the sequel’s release, it’s time to reappraise the original film’s sartorial legacy.

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90s cinema produced countless iconic fashion references – many of them in Quentin Tarantino films: Uma Thurman in ‘that’ white shirt and rouge noir nails in Pulp Fiction, Patricia Arquette in her leopard print coat in True Romance – long before Mossy (and I) rocked ours, Mr Pink and friends in skinny fitting suits in Reservoir Dogs. All edgy glamour with a hint of menace. But 1996’s Trainspotting, all about heroin addicts in filthy squats in Edinburgh, was hardly the most obvious fashion moodboard.

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And yet, 21 years on from its release, the film’s fashion influence is being reassessed. Ewan Bremner, who plays Spud in both films, comments that the costume designer “basically invented skinny jeans for men with Trainspotting”, revealing that the costume designer would adapt women’s jeans, or tighten men’s jeans, to get that drainpipe silhouette (the signature ‘heroin chic’ look), predating Dior’s catwalk offering in the early 00s.

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The image of a young Ewan McGregor running down the street in skinny jeans, bomber jacket and vintage T-shirt is pretty memorable, even without his now much-parodied “choose life” monologue running over the top. The outfit can be seen on young men everywhere in 2017. No wonder nods to his original looks, including a zip-up top in the white and orange colours run through his wardrobe in T2.

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Kelly McDonald’s scene in her pink sequined slip dress, soundtracked by Blondie’s Atomic, with a red coat and strappy sandals was burned on to the retina of any teenage girl growing up in the 90s. Similar outfits were everywhere after dark throughout the decade, and could be found at high street shops such as Miss Selfridge and Karen Millen. The slip dress has revived over the last few years, championed by Kate Moss.

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Spud’s outfits, though, are the unlikely fashion winner 21 years on in T2. His 70s-through-the-90s wardrobe – so charity shop you can practically smell the nasty, secondhand scent – is the kind of look that screams ‘Gucci’, and more specifically the charity shop-goes-luxe look on the catwalk at the Italian brand recently. The Spud’s clothes in T2 were often the same ones worn in the original movie – printed nylon shirts, suits with the trousers slightly too short and angora jumpers. These are all items that Prada are really into right now.

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If Spud circa 1996 had been around in 2017, Insta-style icon status would have been inevitable. Move over David Beckham. Make room for the style icon that is Trainspotting’s Spud.

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Ibiza Beauty Shop

With Valentine’s Day looming, and for those of you newly engaged (or hoping to receive a proposal on Valentine’s Day), perhaps you’re planning your wedding this summer? Gretna Green, the local gastro pub or some glitzy hotel in town? Or Ibiza?

The white isle is becoming a hugely popular wedding destination, with stunning venues dotted all over the island. So, if you’ve decided to get hitched on the golden Balearic sands, booked your flights and accommodation plus sent out the invites, what about the on-island bridal preparations?


Look no further than Ibiza Beauty Shop. It’s Ibiza’s only salon created exclusively for Bridal and wedding beauty services, on La Isla Bonita.


Candi and her team of experts, specifically trained in wedding hair and makeup design, cater for every bridal whim. The Salon is complete with a bridal dressing room, where clients are invited to start their pampering in the special “bride” or “bridesmaid” dressing gowns,  in preparation for  the wedding, glass of bubbly in hand.


The salon is large, modern, light and airy, with air-conditioning, big glitzy mirrors and fun decor, making it the perfect back-drop for pre wedding pampering photographs.


The Ibiza Flower Shop is also attached to the salon, so wedding flowers are readily available for pre wedding photos and can be kept fresh and cool until needed. The team can also arrange for luxury wedding vehicles to take brides and bridesmaids directly from the salon to the wedding venue.


Ibiza beauty shop also offers mobile beauty services, if clients prefer to stay in their own hotels or villas, but they have created the new exclusive private salons to help avoid stressful pre-wedding preparations and it´s proving a popular alternative with clients, who enjoy the open space and air conditioning and complete pampering. They also take group bookings for pampering hen and stag experiences.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall at one of those sessions.


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The Bubble Butt

What’s a Bubble Butt?

“This slang term is used to refer to the rear end of a person (usually female of the human species) which is spherical. It protrudes upward and outward out of all proportion to the rest of the body usually resembling two out-blown bubbles when seen from the posterior end [1]. Attribution: [1] – Bubble Butt.”

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So big bottoms are fashionable. It’s official. From Kim K to Jenny from the block, everyone has or wants a bubble butt. Gay men love them and strive for them. Instagram and glossies are full of them.

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If you want to know how to get a bubble butt, then you have to learn how to move it move it, apparently…. (she says, researching the net). By creating and sticking with a targeted exercise routine each day, you can tone that butt into a booty and have those sexy buns you’ve always dreamed of having. Even if you’re working with no butt, aka flat-ass, it’s still possible to tone those muscles up to pop and look hot, so I have read.

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It’s not going to happen overnight, but within a couple of weeks, or even just a week, you should begin to see some results.

But what if you’re just plain lazy and can’t be bothered?

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Enter a LipoFirm Pro machine, which uses radio waves to stimulate collagen production, breaking down the fat while pumping up the muscle. It strengthens skin structure, so loose skin gets tauter and lifts the bottom higher. Each session takes an hour and costs around £300.

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It’s slower and less invasive than liposuction plus it’s safer, and you’re not left with rippling and dimpling. It’s certainly not as drastic as lipo, but in turn this means the effects aren’t as long lasting.

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Too late for me though, because you’re meant to start this treatments in your early 20s. Let me know how you get on…

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Body Piercing The Back

There’s a frighteningly hideous new trend emerging in the UK body-piercing scene. If you’re eating, or have just eaten – give it five minutes.

Ready for this?

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Think corsets. Now image your own torso as a corset. The new trend is all about stitching metal rings into the skin on your back so that you can tie all kinds of colorful ribbons through them, just like wearing a corset. This idea makes the tattoo, navel ring and tongue piercing seem a walk in the park. Hell, even a pierced clitoris isn’t that bad by comparison.

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This body ‘decoration’ can be sewn into any part of the body, as long as the skin area can accommodate the sewing. So people mainly stitch into the back and ribs, whilst the more adventurous even sew rings in the throat.

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It isn’t cheap, starting at £300. The latest plastic surgery trend – 2017 just keeps giving, doesn’t it?

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After the painful surgery, the wound will recover after a few weeks, leaving a few scars. An industry specialist comments “this piercing operation is increasingly sought after, but requires more courage to face pain than the most other surgery.”

No shit.

Plastic surgery experts have suggested that the surgery can cause a range of issues: the risk of metal rings ripping open the skin, the rows of metal rings bleeding and leading to infection. While some patients’ scarring was relatively minor, others faced excessive wound healing with the holes leaving a permanent red mass of scar tissue.

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I’d sooner have a love and hate tattooed on my fists. And WEAR a corset.