… a word from the Editor

My vibe felt very ‘spring and summery ‘on Monday, following a lovely trip to Mallorca last weekend. The sun was shining and it felt like summer was just around the corner. On the plane home, the moment seemed right to start researching this spring’s must-have wardrobe items.

One new skirt shape is hitting pole position in the style rankings – in the form of a belted midi skirt. Yes, the satin slip skirt gets a pleated update for Spring/Summer 2019. Topshop’s new ‘IT’ skirt is predicted to be a sell-out, so you’ll need to be quick to bag this beauty.

Yes, the ‘IT’ pleated skirt is also set to fly off the shelves. There are an array of colours and prints, from bold pink and khaki to tie-dye and animal prints, making it the ultimate statement piece for your wardrobe.

Plus, it’s super versatile and can easily be worn from day-to-night, wear now with ankle boots and a jumper then when the warmer weather sets in, team with a plain tee and mules.

By Tuesday my summer vibe came to an abrupt halt.  A routine visit to the dentist turned into an emergency double wisdom tooth extraction.  Apparently, I was ‘days away from contracting Meningitis’. So, the romantic notion of floaty pink satin skirts and summery days are now a distant memory, as I’ve laid in bed taking pain killers and antibiotics whilst watching a never-ending horror film called “BREXIT”.

Also, in this week’s instalment we FAKE Fendi and I bring you the all-time greatest hits of fashion plus the low down on Cannabis Beauty products.

Beyond Trends – Timeless Fashion

Come rain or shine, summer is coming, and I’m not complaining.

There has been a lot of discussion about the ethics of ‘fast fashion’ and how ‘high street’ stock ranges last for less than a month. Their turnover is so quick. But which items of clothing stand the test of time, going way beyond being a five-minute trend?

As the shops start to fill their rails with S/S collections, here are some of our timeless designer investment pieces that represent value on a “cost-per-wear”  basis and never lose their allure.

The Burberry Trench Coat.

A simple classic. Works with everything.

The Burberry Scarf.

I know it’s springtime but we do have the odd chilly day.

It’s the signature check that we all love.

The Chanel 2.55 Bag

Instantly recognisable and Chanel’s most iconic bag. Timeless elegance and versatility. I have one.

The Calvin Klein Slip Dress.

Kate Moss was the first to wear this timeless 90s minimal slip dress. It became the symbol of laid-back grunge chic. I want one.

Converse All Stars.

Understated cool basketball sneakers which have stood the test of time. I have a couple of battered pairs somewhere upstairs.

The Chanel Tweed Suit.

Coco Chanel designed this twin set in the 50s and its still as desirable for the successful woman.

The Fendi Baguette Bag.

Carrie from Sex & The City carried it and it then became the “it” bag of the 00s. Still as popular.

The Hermes Birkin Bag.

Named after Jane Birkin, 30 years ago, this is the most exclusive accessory the world. Shoppers need a Hermes sales history in the store before you can even attempt to buy one. The staff will meet you, assess how serious you are (and how wealthy) before you go on their list. Costs thousands.

Levi’s 501s

Boyish charm with rebellious allure. Ripped or faded.

The Gucci Loafer.

I am a sucker for these. I have the backless versions. Even the Queen wears Gucci loafers.

The Monolo Blahnik Pumps.

Again, thanks to Carrie, there are copies everywhere. The go-to court shoes for dressing up but not trying too hard.

The Maxmara Camel Coat.

Simple, chic and timeless. Works with everything.

The Prada Backpack.

This was launched in 1984 and it’s still the ultimate stylish rucksack for travelling

Ray ban Aviators.

My fave sunnies ever. They suit every face shape and give any image an instant cool makeover. Yes, I have a few pairs. Sunnies in all shapes and colours come and go but these remain.

The Breton Stripe Tee.

Kate Moss made this her look. With grey skinny jeans, skinny tie and an old pair of UGGs, it’s a wardrobe staple.

The Gold Rolex.

Victoria Beckham is the queen of the gold Rolex and this retro time piece will live forever. Exudes luxury and retro wealth.

The Cartier Love Bracelet.

Born in the 70s, a subtle yet understated elegant piece which adds glamour to any outfit. I wish I could wear mine as an arm band – very Studio 54.

The Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress.

She claims she designed this without a zip so that it was quick and easy to put on, after leaving your one-night stand still snoring. Flattering and effortless, it will never go out of style.

How To Fake Fendi

Our favourite trendsetters aren’t shy about getting behind a designer label, and in particular showing big love for Fendi.

But how do we fake the Fendi look in the style of Kim Kardashian, Gigi and Bella Hadid for less than £40?

The High-Street is logo crazy right now. Whilst iconic brown logos have been around for years – Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi to name but a few – it’s now all about printing it onto clothing, rather than just onto bags and accessories.

It’s cooler than ever to show off your logos, for the world to see what you’re wearing. Whether that’s high-end designers, or High-Street faves, showing off your brand (no matter your budget) is so very “now”.

With a Fendi Bodycon Dress setting you back a whopping £1,728,we are happy to say that the High Street has finally caught on.

So, I have put together my favourite Fendi-esque finds. At a fraction of the price…

The authentic Fendi dress priced at £1,728

if only…

Want Print in Your Eyes Bucket Bag£30, Nasty Gal

A bucket bag is another key trend.

Brown RI Monogram Bodycon Midi Dress, £38, River Island

Style this number with neutral accessories.

Brown RI monogram T-shirt , £32, and Brown RI monogram midi skirt ,£34, both River Island

A co-ord is super versatile, wear together for maximum impact or separately with plain items.

CBD Beauty

CBD Oil Skin care

Marijuana beauty is a very hot topic right now, with claims that CBD oil is good for anti-ageing, acne and even serious skin issues like eczema.

It’s high times for cannabis. Forget the historical association with students and hippies, because in 2019 marijuana is all about wellness and clean living. And yes, it’s all 100% legit.

The type of cannabis everyone is talking about is cannabidiol, or CBD, one of hundreds of cannabinoids (biologically active chemicals) found in the marijuana plant.

It’s totally legal to use CBD in the UK as it’s free from THC, the ‘drug’ that gives you a high.

The legal cannabis boom began when people reported a host of benefits from taking CBD supplements. These included improving sleep, fighting stress and even helping with serious medical concerns, from arthritis – my mother uses it for that – to the side effects of cancer treatment. We had a friend who extended his life by three years using cannabis oil.

There’s now a rush of skincare infused with CBD oil, offering benefits of their own. There’s even a CBD beauty salon in my local area, Hampstead.

CBD can deliver fantastic results for acne by soothing the skin and balancing excess oil production. So, can CBD help serious skin conditions?

The benefits of CBD oil may well go beyond cosmetic. Cosmetic surgeons and international aesthetics lecturers say there is ‘promising anecdotal evidence’ in helping inflammatory skin conditions, and they are aware of people using CBD topically for psoriasis, eczema and pain relief.

Want to try this new buzz ingredient yourself? Here are the brands to watch.

The new CBD skin boosters

Holland & Barrett CBD Day Cream, £14.99

This includes a night cream, serum and muscle balms.

Affordable and a great way to dip a toe into the trend.

MGC Derma Stem Cells & Algae Night Cream, £80

This high-tech anti-ageing cream has won awards.

All MGC Derma products use CBD oil extracted from premium grade cannabis, combined with other potent wrinkle-smoothing actives.

Ho Karan The High Oil, £24.90 

You can use this High Oil on your skin and hair.

There are plenty of interesting products in this French range – from a cannabis deodorant to a CBD aromatherapy oil shown in tests to increase feelings of relaxation – but my fave is this multi-purpose regenerating oil for skin, oil and hair.

CBeautyDifferently Cannabalm, £20

A roll-on balm with a blend of lovely oils.

This UK range was created after the founders used CBD to treat a range of their own family health issues.

This roll-on balm is designed for rehydrating dry and mature skin, and there’s also a version with an added blend of relaxing essential oils.

Westlab MINDFUL bath salts, £6.99

Soothe aching muscles with these mindful bath salts.

This combines traditional Epsom salts and aromatherapy scents with CBD for a bath designed to soothe tired muscles and promote a feeling of tranquillity.

What’s the difference between CBD and hemp?

CBD oil is different to hemp oil, although both come from the marijuana plant.

CBD is sourced from the stalk, leaves or flowers while hemp oil comes the seed.

However, many beauty brands are now calling hemp oil by its proper ‘ingredient list’ name, cannabis sativa seed oil, partly to avoid confusion when reading labels and partly to ride the cannabis beauty wave.

Hemp seed oil is a rich vegan source of omegas 3, 6 and 9, which replenish the skin barrier.

It’s very helpful when you’re stressed because high levels of cortisol can reduce the protective lipids in your skin.

… a word from the editor

Welcome to this week’s edition of Amanda Zips It Up.

You find me ‘spring cleaning’ myself. With summer approaching, I suspect there are others like me, doing some ‘dusting up’. As well as intermittent fasting and regular spinning sessions, I’ve decided to spring clean my face. This entails getting a pure white summer smile and shedding those old dead skin cells lingering from the winter.

Writing Zips It Up means that I get to hang out with lots of beauty, fashion and lifestyle professionals, and this week I had my teeth whitened by Claire at Brite & Beautiful.


Claire comes to your house (radius within reason) and uses the best technique with the ultimate technology. Simply sit still in front of the magic blue light and let the bleach do its thing whilst watching Loose Women. 40 minutes and only £50 later, my smile was 6 – 9 shades lighter than the hour before.

I also had a Derma pen Facialby Caroline Fox at Blush in Richmond, which is not for the faint hearted may I warn you, but gives an incredible glow and perfect completion.

This was all topped off with a set of pretty lashes by Charlotte Williams at Blush too.

All the details can be found on Facebook:

Brite & Beautiful

Caroline Fox

All I need now is a suntan, says she, looking wishfully at the sky.

As April is around the corner, in this instalment we check out the rain poncho by Louis Vuitton, introduce you to a beach party to feel good about, and we look at the tearful and final collection by Karl Lagerfeld at Paris Fashion Week.

Grab a brew and take a look.

LV’s Rain Poncho

Louis Vuittonis selling a shiny silver RAIN PONCHO for a cool £5,500.

The designer poncho is similar to those handed out for free at theme parks,except that the rain cape features the eponymous ‘LV’ on the back. Bemused shoppers have widely mocked the absurdly expensive poncho on social media.

Adding a small amount more personalisation, it is also emblazoned with the words ‘Follow the yellow brick road’ – a reference to the ‘Wizard of Oz’, theme of the collection.

Would you spend the same on a ‘Rain Poncho’ as on a small car? I know which one would look better at Glastonbury, but (more importantly) which one would get you home afterwards.

I’ve read that the poncho also doesn’t actually fulfil its supposed function. Apparently, it can’t even keep the lower bit of your arms dry. How stupid.

 A description of the poncho on the Louis Vuitton website reads: ‘Crafted from papery metallic calfskin, the Rain Poncho echoes the Wizard of Oz theme that characterises this season’s collection. ‘The iconic LV signatures are reimagined as embroidered glass bead patches, beautifully offset by a laser-cut patch at the chest. ‘Brushed metal snap fastenings on the cuffs add elegant finishing touches to this standout style.’


However, thrifty consumers will be relieved to know that a similar rain protector is available on ASOS, costing a mere £17.50. Even more impressively, a rain poncho on Amazon costs exactly one penny. Or consumers can pick one up for free at a whole host of theme parks across the country.

April showers are just around the corner. It’s how you plan to dress for them that will set you apart.

Karl’s Last Collection

As we all know, the fashion world lost an icon when Karl Lagerfeld passed away on February 19, aged 85, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

This week, Chanel muses Cara Delevingne, 26, Penelope Cruz, 44, and Kaia Gerber, 17, paraded down a snowy alpine inspired runway as his final collection was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris for Paris Fashion Week.

Cara opened the presentation and looked incredible wearing a white checked jumpsuit which had a plunging neckline and a belt which cinched the fabric in at the waist. She placed her hands in a praying motion before throwing her arms up as she danced down the runway for her late good friend. She then comforted a crying model as they walked alongside one another in the snow.

Cara completed her fashion forward look with a matching top hat and a hounds-tooth overcoat with a giant statement necklace.

Karl’s favourite muse, actress Kristen Stewart, 28, was not pictured on the runway, but she pulled out all the stops, wearing a plunging quilted one-piece, suitable for the slopes and covered in the famous Chanel logo. I am DESPERATE for one of these. She wore Mary Jane heels and perched a pair of red sunglasses on the end of her nose as she posed for photographers.

Beautiful actress Penelope (he knew how to pick them) wore a fluffy white skirt and matching top for a very angelic walk down the runway, while holding a white rose in her hand in tribute to Karl.

Kaia wore a white mini dress which was embellished with flowers at the top section and had a furry skirt detail. She looked beautiful as she walked down the runway clapping for him.

Guests had been instructed not to wear heels because of the snow which filled the venue – the perfect tribute to Karl, who was born in Hamburg, at a castle outside of Salzburg, Austria.

An official statement published after his death and posted on Instagram said: ‘The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.

Virginie Viard, 57, Karl’s long-time collaborator for over 30 years and director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio has taken over at the creative helm of the brand.

There was a one minute’s silence for Karl, during which the models appeared in a line at the top of the set, to pay their respects. This was broken by the sound of Karl’s voice which was played on a tannoy.

When he took the helm of Chanel in 1983, he shifted focus away from fragrance and accessories and focused on updating its heritage pieces, injecting much-needed life into its couture line following the death of legendary founder Coco Chanel.

 Lagerfeld may have reversed the fortunes of ailing fashion label Chanel, but the fashion chief never succeeded in winning over the royal family.

Despite his celebrity clientele, Lagerfeld failed to secure a coveted spot in the royal wardrobe and, unlike other major luxury houses such as Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, was widely snubbed by Palace stylists.

Kate has only worn Chanel once – during a visit to Paris in 2017 – while t Megan has not been seen in the label since her pre-royal days.

Insiders had long suspected the royal snub was linked to Lagerfeld’s acid-tongued remarks about the Middletons; after the 2011 wedding of Wills and Kate, he famously said Kate has a ‘nice silhouette’, but that sister Pippa Middleton ‘struggles’. Ouch.

Speaking to a German magazine, he said: ‘Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties.’

‘On the other hand, her sister struggles,’ the designer added. ‘I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.’

While Diana once favoured Lagerfeld’s designs, she later refused to wear Chanel because its iconic double-C emblem ‘reminded her of Charles and Camilla’.

Pure Seas Beach Party

Regular readers of Zips It Up will know that my friends and I are conscientious about the plastic trail we leave behind in the name of fashion and lifestyle. As we know, our oceans are full of the plastic that we humans discard without a second thought.

On Saturday 27th April my good friend and charity fundraiser Lisa Good will be holding a mammoth beach clean on Southend on Sea Beach followed by a Charity Ball in the evening supported by some incredible DJs such as Danny Gould and Andy Mansonfrom Clockwork Orange, Brandon Block, Alex P, Lisa Loud, Chris Powelland James Good.

The Charity Ball is a fundraiser as well as a formal launch of her charity, Pure Sea Foundationand its new website.

As an experienced diver with a love for sharks, Lisa is passionate about saving marine life from the devastation that we have caused to our oceans. She has worked at raising awareness about affordable alternatives to plastics through campaigns, publicity fundraising, school workshops and jumping out of planes.

The inspiration came from her incredible Puritiiwater bottles which can be found on the Facebook page and website. Please feel free to join the beach clean during the day and come and have a jump around in the evening. I am hoping to be there along with my fellow fashionistas, in that neck of the woods.

The event is being held at Room 24on the Esplanade.
Check out Pure Seas Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/onepuresea/
Or contact Lisagood74@puresea.co.uk


Please donate to Lisa:


… a word from the Editor

Hola Zipsters, from the garden at home in Hampstead.

Yes, I’m writing this blog on my laptop in a floaty Balearic dress with Ray ban Aviators and factor 30 on my face.

Today is the 1stMarch 2019. London has been basking in 20 degrees all week. I did the school run with the roof down and our cat escaped out of the window, because the house was so hot.

I’m caught in a moral conundrum of whether to embrace the blue skies and warmth, or to shudder with concern about what it says about global warming. This time last year, we were sledging in the snow on Hampstead Heath, this year it’s roof down weather. Crazy, to say the least.

As well as the weather, this week we have been engulfed with awards ceremonies. I know I reported on the Baftas Red Carpet last week, but there’s no avoiding the Oscars too, a week later.

Where have you been, if you haven’t seen Billy Porter in this Tuxedo Ball Gown? Who is Billy Porter? He is a gay, black actor/ singer from the US.

And I love him. Billy Porter showed that life imitates art on Sunday night, when he put on a jaw-dropping display on the red carpet in Hollywood.

The American Horror Story star turned heads in an astonishing tuxedo-gown for the star-studded event, which even managed to make Best Actress nominee Glenn Close speechless.

The Grammy winning entertainer’s unmissable outfit was designed by Christian Siriano and boasted a ballgown bottom and classic tuxedo top.

It also featured ruffled sleeves and a long train. The statement dress was made entirely of black velvet and was topped off with a classic black bow tie, also in velvet.

Billy was part of the red carpet fashion team for US TV channel ABC on the night, which saw him interview the stars on the red carpet. Twitter was full of praise, with one tweet declaring: ‘Billy Porter won. Everyone go home. Return your gowns and tuxes. GO HOME.’

Billy Porter single-handedly breaking through the snooze fest that is male fashion on red carpets. Who’s doing it like him?

I think we’ll all remember the 2019 Oscars.

In this week week’s instalment venture into BDSM – that’s Bondage Dominatrix Sade Masochism, plus this year’s colour dominates fashion, jewellery and weddings everywhere.

Hollywood Goes Pink

As the awards season ends, the grand finale event in the 2019 calendar was the 91stAnnual Academy Awards. ‘The Oscars’ to you and me.

While 2018’s awards season saw fashion take a back seat, with many stars hitting the red carpet almost exclusively in black, in solidarity with the Time’s Up #MeToo movement, this season witnessed a return to insane shapes and sizes and plenty of colour.

And, on Sunday night, one hue reigned supreme: pink in all its glorious forms. The Oscars 2019 stars embraced an array of deliciously frilly and effervescent fuchsia and bubble gum pink frocks.

Gemma Chan led the pretty parade in a voluminous Valentino gown that, literally, had Celine Dion weeping when it first graced the catwalk at the brand’s couture show in January.

Julia Roberts didn’t show up until the end — when she presented the award for Best Picture — but she wore the colour of the night, with heels to match.

Dame Helen Mirren, herself wearing a hot pink gown by Schiaparelli, acknowledged the hue’s dominance in the room as she presented the award for Best Documentary with actor Jason Momoa, Aquaman, who wore a pink Tux, commenting “I swear to God, Jason and I didn’t coordinate our outfits tonight.

And perhaps, after all, that’s the point. Just as colour is not gendered, femininity and power can be just as easily found among layers of pink tulle as they can a black tuxedo.

Here’s the best of the rest. Long may Pink make us wink.