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Help! The Festive Season Is Nearly Upon US

With Christmas speeding round the corner, now is the perfect time to get yourself, your family and your home ready and organised for the festive season.

Here at You Need A PA, we can help with every element, ensuring all parts of your Christmas are as smooth sailing as possible.

The next few weeks are getting booked up fast, so get in touch now  – so we can make sure your Christmas, is a relaxing one!

Polly x x x

❅ CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ❅

Do you want to avoid the crowds this year? Or are you running out of inspiration on what to get your family members / colleagues / friends? Perhaps you just don’t have the time to get to the shops – then we can help!
Call us the Elves! We can come up with fun and exciting gift ideas for you, within your budget.
Whether its stocking fillers you need for him/her/the kids, corporate Christmas presents from the company or you want to get something original for the person who has everything – we are bursting with ideas to tell you!
Not only that, we can also wrap them and deliver them for you too if needs be.

Christmas shopping made easy!

❅ DECORATIONS ❅

A key ingredient to the perfect Christmas, is the perfect tree. And we know just where to find them, plus have them delivered! Need your tree dressed for you? Not a problem, we’re brilliant! Want an extra pair of hands decorating the rest of your home? Putting together a garland? Getting fairy lights installed? Perhaps this is your first Christmas together and you want to find the loveliest decorations in town? We can source them for you.
All in a days work, and what’s more – when we leave, you can take all the credit!

❅ PARTIES ❅

Are you in charge of your work Christmas party, and need some inspiration? Or do you need to throw your annual Christmas party at home, and want it to trump all the others? Well, we have the ingredients for you.
We have a team of PA’s who have lots of experience in the events industry, who will be sure to throw you an evening like no other! Whether you’re looking for something small and intimate, or you’d rather something big and fancy, we can be there from start to finish, arranging the guest list, food, decor, flowers, music – everything and anything you need to ensure it’s a night to remember!

❅ FOOD AND CATERING ❅

Does the thought of cooking for 20 people at Christmas, fill you with fear and dread? Are you trying to work out HOW you will find the time to put together drinks and canapés for X amount of people? We know some of the best chef’s and catering companies in London, who can help make your Christmas, a delicious one. 
Perhaps you just need to find yourself a delicious turkey to order, or a ready made nut roast, then we have the people for you. We can also help you put together meal plans and menus, as well as helping you arrange pre-made food deliveries, to ensure you’re covered in case you receive some unexpected guests!

❅ WINTER BREAKS ❅

Winter is well on it’s way, and perhaps you’ve decided that you’d like some winter sun this year? Or maybe you just haven’t got round to booking your skiing holiday? Maybe the idea of being somewhere busy for New Year fills you with dread, and you just want to find a lovely bolthole for New Years Eve. Whatever your plans, we can put together some gorgeous itineraries, whatever the budget, and make sure you get to where you want to be this Christmas and New Year. Get in touch if you’re looking for some last minute inspiration and we can let you know how we can help.

❅ CHRISTMAS CARDS AND MORE ❅

Do you plan on sending Christmas cards each year, but the thought of getting the Christmas card list together fills you with fear?! Or do people expect to receive one from you, and you wait until the very last minute when you find a second of time to get them sorted? Well for this, we can help. Not only can we pull together Christmas card lists (which are SO useful, should you need all the info again for invites / save the dates / moving house cards etc.) We can also source them, hand write them, or send e-cards!

Not only that, should you need assistance with your emails or diary management over the Christmas period, then let us know and we can step in and sort you out.

Whatever you need, we’re here to take the stress away. 

❅ PAMPERING ❅

Christmas is also a time for PAMPERING, and taking care of yourself as well as everyone else. We can book you in for manicures, facials, massages, hair appointments, spa days – anything you need to get yourself looking and feeling Christmas ready. And perhaps you want to treat someone else? We can arrange this for you too.

❅ CAROL SERVICE ❅

Tickets are now on sale!

As part of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Carol Service Committee, I would love to invite you to join us on Monday 11th December, at St Luke’s Church. 

The trust was set up in 1988, by the parents of Charlie Waller, who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. They set up the trust to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and to increase the awareness of the signs and the dangers of depression and to encourage those who may be depressed to seek help.

The carol service is such a lovely evening, with some fantastic readers,  and will be sure to put you in the christmas spirit!

Tickets are on sale now through the website, please head there for more information.
www.cwmt.org.uk

Introducing…. You Need A Nutritional Therapist

Hurrah! We’ve just launched
‘You Need A Nutritional Therapist’

You might have guessed what we’re all about (our name is a big clue). Nutritional Therapy. But what you might not understand is how it all works and why…well, You Need A Nutritional Therapist.

Kay Ali a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a lot of experience in the nutraceutical industry. While her credentials in alternative health are impressive (FdSc, DipION, mBANT, mCNHC and Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine), it’s her warm personality, infectious passion for health and realistic approach to wellbeing that makes her so special. You Need A Nutritional Therapist (YNANT) has been 4 years in the making. My business partner Vicky Silverthorn (founder of You Need A Vicky) spent the last 4 years convincing Kay to partner up with us to create this life transforming service. I’m so glad she did.

Just like Vicky, I honestly believe that YNANT completes the essential four pillars for a happier and easier life that You Need A Collective service. Home – You Need A Vicky, life – You Need A PA, tech – You Need An IT Guy and now health. But I have to say, what Kay offers is so much more than telling you to “eat your 5 day.” She’s not another health ‘foodie’ blogger. She’s worked alongside some of London’s top consulting GPs, transforming people’s lives. I asked Kay to describe how she can help you. This is what she had to say…

“Health coaches, dieticians, foodies, nutritionists and nutritional therapists. What a minefield. It’s brilliant that we’re all much more health conscious now, turning to food to support our wellbeing. But let’s be real, it’s all got a bit confusing.

In short, I practice functional medicine. It’s not about jumping on to the latest fad or restricting your diet. It’s about identifying scientifically proven whole foods and supplements that you need to feel your best. It’s scientific, personal and targeted. Put simply, I review your body systems as a whole. This way I don’t just address your symptoms individually; I identify the underlying root cause of your overall health concerns, going straight to the problem.

In my opinion, one of the major shortcomings of conventional medicine is that it sees the body as a sum of separate parts. It’s why we have different doctors for each part – cardiologists for the heart, gastroenterologists for the gut, pulmonologists for the lungs etc. Don’t get me wrong, their work is astounding. But the issue is they rarely work together, when in fact a problem with the heart might be the result of a problem with the gut (at least that’s what the latest research is telling us – but that’s an entirely separate topic). So the patient ends up seeking treatment for all their issues separately, ignoring the potential underlying factor causing it all.

In functional medicine we know that the body is much more complex than that. All the body systems are integrated; it’s impossible to understand one part without viewing the whole. It’s with this view I analyze your health in the comfort of your home. I may recommend functional tests to help investigate the bigger picture of what could be going on. Using scientifically proven whole foods and supplements I target your underlying imbalance and aim to restore it. What’s more is my recommendations consider your existing lifestyle so they’re achievable and realistic. I don’t claim to treat conditions, rather I support them. The results can be astonishing. I’ve helped young children with behavioural problems, clients with heart concerns, hormonal issues, low immunity, bloating, fatigue and so much more.

My work is regulated by the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. What that means is I’m bound by a strict code of conduct and ethics that puts your safety and confidentiality first. Offering a personal and trustworthy service is at the heart of what I do.

If you’re still not sure whether nutritional therapy is for you, here are 8 reasons why You Need A Nutritional Therapist:

  1. You’re experiencing long term gut problems but you have no idea what’s wrong.
  2. You just don’t feel your best but your doctor says your test results are fine.
  3. You’ve been diagnosed with a health condition and would like to explore natural methods to support your wellbeing.
  4. You’re concerned about you and/or your child’s health and would like to know what you can do naturally to support it.
  5. You’re taking several medications and you’re worried about their nutrient depletions.
  6. You have a cocktail of supplements in your medicine cabinet, but you’re not quite sure why you’re taking them.
  7. You don’t think you’re poorly, but you feel tired all the time.
  8. You run a hectic lifestyle and would like your diet to support your energy and general wellbeing.

If you have any questions, I’d love for you to visit our website and get in touch.

Much in health,

Kay Ali
FdSc, DipION, mBANT, CNHC.”

 

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September Newsletter

Bellota Baby

Bellota Baby is a new concept of fresh, nutrient dense, baby and toddler super foods for busy parents who’ve become frustrated at the lack of natural, unprocessed weaning and infant foods currently on the market.

They offer a range of Pure Puree’s, Baby Bites & Natural Nectar which are suitable for 7 months. Each is made using the finest sustainably sourced ingredients and no preservatives or additives of any kind are included.

Bellota Baby’s food is not heat treated either, meaning the ingredients retain their nutrients and natural vibrant colour and flavour – which is perfect for babies as they have their own unspoiled taste buds and a true flavour for pure nature.

All products are packaged in recyclable, reusable glass jars and bottles which are toxin free and help protect the planet these tiny people will grow up in.

To order yours now, go to:
www.bellotababy.com

And enter discount code BB001 for 10% discount!

You Need An IT Guy

Are you in need of help because ‘switching it off and on again’ isn’t enough?

Do you want comprehensive support coverage with an experienced team that make it their business to handle and resolve any of your Tech headaches?

Meet Davide and the team at You Need An It Guy

About YNAITG…

With a high level of technical expertise built over a 10 year period, the very friendly YNAITG team deliver individually tailored, secure and confidential private client projects.

From boosting your secure wireless network coverage, or Tech Support for your Mac or a full home setup, Davide and his professional team provide well designed tech solutions for your entire home or office.

While providing a high level of technical expertise, with full support remotely, on the phone or on location.

Some of our services..

  • Tech solutions for the home, home offices and businesses
  • Top grade Wi-Fi installation across the house or business
  • IT security audit and security solutions
  • Ongoing remote technical support coverage, support whenever you need it
  • Maintenance visits – Site visits – Emergency site visits
  • Infrastructure: Data Cabling, Network, Telephony, Internet, Cloud, etc..
  • Web Design, Support and Management
  • Macs and PCs repair
  • Disk and Hard Drive data recovery, to recover all the family photos that are virtually lost
To get help with any of your IT needs, contact Davide on the below:

Hello@youneedanITguy.com

0207 148 5222
0790 4024 240

www.youneedanITguy.com

 

Kynance Dry Cleaners & Laundry

Established in 1967, Kynance Dry Cleaners provide a personal dry cleaning service, tailored to the needs of each individual.

Kareem has come to our rescue on more than one occasion! Whether it’s getting white paint off a black suede jacket, chewing gum off a silk jumpsuit that’s needed same day, bringing jackets from the 80’s forward to the 00’s by removing and altering shoulder pads, or repairing a split in a sequinned ballgown – no problem is too big, too small or too daunting!

Based in Kensington, you can either pop into their shop, alternately they also offer a complimentary collection and delivery service, which is so helpful for a lot of our busy clients. Kareem or Raoul will turn up, beautifully dressed, most likely in a cream linen suit, with a pocket handkerchief, and deliver your goods immaculately. Talk about superb service!

They are specialists in dry cleaning, repairs, alterations and every day laundry services. They also offer full luggage, leather and fur servicing.

To start using Kynance as your dry cleaners, please see their details below.

T: 020 7584 7846
Address: 2-3 Kynance Place, Kensington, London SW7 4QS

Are you an Office Oracle?

Woman on a commuter train looking at her phone.

Are you an Office Oracle?

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Wednesday morning, tired eyes, catching the train to work…Are you feeling overwhelmed by lifemin but no time to tackle it? Fear not, as an Office Oracle could come to your rescue.

All small to medium businesses (SME’s) have one, the go-to team member who books business travel, fixes the printer, navigates the post room and aces the conference call system, trust me, I’ve been there. When I first started working in London as a PA, I was the Office Manager to a team of 10, private PA and business PA all at once. I had to learn pretty quickly how to be a chameleon and juggle all the varying requests, ensuring my boss’ day to day life ran as smoothly as possible, without a glitch. Once you have shown your capabilities, you are relied upon heavily by the rest of your team, putting out fires (sometimes literally!) left, right and centre.

In fact, new research from Trainline for Business shows that Office Oracles are so indispensable to their workplaces, that business owners believe they should be paid an extra £9k for their workplace know how, and are worth a massive £525m to UK businesses.

Over the years, I’ve learnt some handy tools and ways to streamline my job, which is why I eventually set up You Need a PA (YNAPA), a flexible pay-as-you-go service to make your life easier, more organised and take the weight off your shoulders. Everything and anything is possible.

We are on location, on the phone, on hand…24/7. Without technology, our job would not be possible. Whether it is to check a train time, book a holiday, organise a house move, make a reservation or deal with a crisis, we couldn’t live without it!

The influence of technology is so boundless and has transformed how we work, it means we can work and do our job remotely from anywhere in the world. Technology tools and apps help streamline our workload saving us hours every week. Trainline’s research reaffirms this, highlighting that a massive 86% of Office Oracles agree that desktop-based tools and apps help them to streamline their daily workload, saving them up to 9 and a half hours per week. I’m constantly looking for new, innovative and exciting apps and products to make us more efficient.

Here are some of the tools I’ve discovered along the way…
–       Keep your life in sync with Wunderlist to help with your action list – it is a task management tool which is simple, accessible, free and you can share the list with clients, friends and colleagues. The list of things we have to do on a daily basis is endless, so we find this a hugely helpful tool to stay on track.

–       Let your voice be heard with WhatsApp Voice Messaging which is an efficient, quick and easy way to instantly communicate with clients and colleagues. We are constantly on the move from client to client and find this option especially useful. It also avoids the misunderstandings and ambiguities that can come with texts and emails.

–       Dropbox is not a new kid on the block, but we love this online storage service – it allows you to store, share and sync all your files and folders in a secure place across multiple computers and devices at home and at work. We find this an exceptionally efficient way to store important client documents and share files between colleagues.

–       Not a super-whizz on graphic design, but need some help designing layouts for your social media posts, sales events, business presentations and more? Then Canva is an effortless way to create professional graphics quickly. We have used this app on a number of occasions from designing invites for a client to adding spark to our own social media posts.

–        Trainline for Business has a free desktop platform for booking and managing business rail travel. The dashboard makes it easy for bookers to compare and book multiple tickets, add and manage employees and set up a centralised payment system for visibility of all business rail travel in one place. Smart reporting tools support ongoing management of spend and average savings of 38% can be made for journeys booked in advance. For those on the go, you can set up a business profile in the Trainline app to split work and leisure travel and allocate a corporate card and work email address, separate to your personal account.

We really enjoyed working with Trainline for Business on this piece!

June Newsletter

Lola’s Apothecary

Fancy a luxurious treat this weekend? We’ve fallen in love with Lola’s Apothecary, handmade natural beauty wonders from North Devon. 

At the heart of Lola’s Apothecary is a vision of beauty and grace. They believe a holistic lifestyle can be enhanced by moments of sensory indulgence. They are inspired to create couture beauty products that marry fine fragrance with effective natural skincare – to bring the sophistication and decadence of luxury cosmetics back into the realm of natural beauty.

Their naturally fragrant things are free from synthetic fragrance, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens and other undesirable chemicals. Most of their products do not contain any preservatives at all; they only use natural preservatives and antioxidants where necessary.

Lola’s Apothecary believe wellness springs from a well of self love, and living kindly includes being kind to yourself. Here is a little message from the founders:-

“To love yourself is a life-long romance, an incessant work in progress that deepens with routine self care. We hope that our fragrant things will inspire you to fall in love with yourself by establishing touch with your skin. Our dream is that our lovingly handmade products will become a blissful part of your daily self care ritual, that they not only bless you with gorgeous skin, but also provide you with a momentary retreat from the vivid dance of life.”

If you’d like to treat yourself, or someone else use code POLLY for 20% off their range, valid until 15th July.

www.lolasapothecary.com

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CLAW

Now, have you heard of CLAW?! CLAW is a casual restaurant brand specialising in sustainable British seafood. They started life back in 2015 when Fabian Clark discovered that, as a country, Britain exported approximately 80% of its crab to the rest of Europe and even Asia.

CLAW believe that crab and other British seafood is undervalued and want more people to realise that it is fresh, healthy, high in protein and most importantly – delicious!

Taking out the middle men. CLAW deal directly with fishermen to ensure that they receive the best produce. Their crab and lobster comes from Favis in Salcombe and their trout comes from the chalk streams in Hampshire.

Over the last two years, they’ve done markets throughout London, festivals across the UK and pop-ups at various restaurants and bars. But their permanent takeaway spot is now in Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M and we would highly recommend a visit!

www.claw.co.uk

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The Louisa Drake Method

Louisa very kindly invited myself, YNAV and YNANT to come and enjoy one of her training sessions recently at The Detox Kitchen so we could try out the LDM (the Louisa Drake Method) – and it was….. FANTASTIC! After a lot of moaning and groaning from us all, each declaring how unfit we were and that we were actually allergic to sweat, she managed to keep us all going through a full 45 minute session!
It was so varied, we used lots of different pieces of equipment, which kept all of us interested for the duration! YNAV has a bad back, so Louisa adjusted certain exercises so she could still take part in everything.

I would highly recommend a session, and for more information, please check out the below!

www.louisadrake.com

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Bio:

Louisa Drake is a fitness expert and founder & creator of The Louisa Drake Method, a unique fitness-fusion approach to working out. The Method was created by drawing upon her illustrious industry experience and background as a professional dancer and choreographer, to provide creative and varied sessions that generate lasting results. Having worked in the industry for over a decade, highlights include training some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham as part of Tracy Anderson’s elite team in LA and NYC, it was time for Louisa to launch her own method in London. With her enviable career history and qualifications in Pilates, Barre, Strala yoga and dance – in 2015 Louisa fused her experience and skills to create the “The Louisa Drake Method”. In two short years, it has taken London by storm now teaching LDM sessions at Shoreditch House, Studio by Detox Kitchen and at Adidas LDN, with sell-out classes and celebrity fans. Balance Magazine named LDM “One of the top fitness trends of 2017” and Women’s Health and Women’s Fitness magazine both are fans of The Louisa Drake Method.

Class description:

LDM currently offer weekly session’s of the renown Shape Changer by LDM aka Signature workout around London’s hot spots. Access the Method at Studio by the Detox Kitchen, Fitzrovia, at Shoreditch House and at Method Movement in Chelsea.

Shape Changer by LDM

The Louisa Drake Method (LDM) brings you Shape Changer, which generates a longer, leaner and strengthened body. A LDM session takes its participants through the most transformative elements of existing fitness disciplines, delivering seamless and choreographed transitions between resistance, conditioning, cardio and stretch. Expect a 60 minute total-body workout which will transform your body, boost your metabolism, burn fat and lean out your physique. You will discover muscles that you have never worked before, your skin will glow and stress levels will drop. LDM promises to leave you energised and wanting to come back for more! Suitable for all levels.

Private Training by LDM

Our elite team of LDM trainers give you the opportunity to access LDM in your own home or workspace by delivering the Louisa Drake Method one-to-one private training sessions. We will help you reach your fitness, health and lifestyle goals by taking you through a bespoke programme designed to challenge and change you in the most effective and balanced methods. We specialise in transforming your body shape, strengthening after injury or injury prevention, correct postural and biomechanics issues and pre and post natal training.

LDM Corporates 

The LDM team offer a range of corporate fitness across London. It’s an opportunity for companies all of shapes and sizes to transform their work place through health and fitness. LDM has everything your company needs for a healthier, fitter, happier more productive team.

To find out more about her method visit Louisa’s website www.louisadrake.com

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BE ALERT, BE SAFE!

I was walking across a pedestrian bridge last week, where out of nowhere, 2 guys on a moped came from behind me and attempted to snatch my phone out of my hand as I was walking. I was so shocked, but luckily managed to keep hold of it and they drove off. 

I know some other people who haven’t been so lucky, so I just wanted to give a word of warning. Please try not to walk around London with your phone out, texting etc, as you are a really easy target. The number of phone snatches around town is going up and up, and it is such a shocking experience! 

If this does happen to you, please report it to the police.

Stay Safe!

April Newsletter

Living Images Design

If you, like me, have hundreds of photos sat on your computer, taking up huge amounts of space on your hard drive, then why not let Living Images Design transform them into stunning bespoke, hand bound and digitally printed photo albums.

A perfect gift idea and a unique way of capturing those treasured memories from a family celebration, special holiday, or landmark birthday. They edit and curate your photos, enhancing them and producing fantastic layouts. These are then emailed to you for approval before going to print. Each commission comes with a guarantee of complete confidentiality.

Four sizes are available, and you can choose from either linen or leather covers in a selection of gorgeous colours. Images are digitally printed directly onto each double page spread.

For more information, please head to their website
www.livingimagesdesign.com
or contact Claire to arrange a meeting to view their samples and discuss your ideas.

Wear the Walk

Wedding season is upon us and it’s time to find the right outfits! Dreading having to splash the cash on something you might only wear once? Well, we have found the perfect solution!

We came across this wonderful ‘fashion library’ that grants you unrestricted access to the next generation of designers which you can rent for all your show-stopping occasions.

The concept is so simple.

1. Browse the collection, or fill in a style request

2. Let them know when you need it. They’ll personally deliver it and be on hand for any advice.

3. Wear it, own it, and share it. If you fall in love you can choose to buy it, if not they’ll come and collect it after your event!

Start browsing now…!
www.wearthewalk.co.uk

MURO – A traditional toy, with a very modern twist

In our busy world full of technology, lots of parents are seeking entertaining toys which don’t end with their child gripped tight to a tablet or phone. Although technology has its place, it doesn’t have to be a replacement for good old fashioned play.

MURO, a traditional toy company, have created a tactile wooden toy which gives children, of all ages, hours of fun and can be modified to suit a child’s interests and growing needs.

The company currently have a Kickstarter campaign in the hope of funding their first production of toys, due to be completed by the summer.

The MURO plug and play toy is made from Scandinavian birch plywood and consists of a wall-mounted frame with a circular grid on its fascia (the product also comes in a portable cube design.) The fascia allows plug in game accessories to be added, allowing children hours of fun playing with add-ons from mini xylophones to complex beaded patterns.

For more information and to see how it works, head to the Kickstarter Campaign here

March Newsletter

The Sweet Reason Company

Flowers are always appreciated, but we all know that the secret to making our mothers really happy is in the thought and love you put into choosing a gift that’s just for her.  So for this Mother’s Day (Sunday 16th March!) how about a pretty box of delicious chocolatey brownies in her favourite flavours to enjoy instead?

The Sweet Reason Company, founded by Suzie Godfrey, are delighted to present their brand new Mother’s Day afternoon tea gift boxes. With the brownie and tea company’s luxury gift boxes ranging from £6.75 to £59.00, there is something there to suit all budgets.

These gorgeous gift boxes are available now and delivered full of delicious handmade brownie bites with wonderful flavours such as honeycomb, salted caramel and Baileys! With Teapigs teas and pretty crystallised sugar sticks to compliment the bakes, your mother will love them!

This Mother’s Day, leave the petrol station flowers and supermarket chocolates to your siblings, and show her just how much she means to you by giving her something truly scrummy!

www.thesweetreasoncompany.co.uk

Zapper

As sad as it is to admit, DVD’s, books and CD’s are becoming a thing of the past. In this digital world and with Netflix and iTunes readily available on everyone’s tablets and computers, no one needs any of these things clogging up their space.

So we are delighted to have found this ever so easy app called Zapper.

Zapper offers the perfect solution to making money on unwanted clutter without spending endless hours uploading them onto Ebay or lugging them to the dump.

They have an extremely simple valuation system; you can get a quick price for your books, CDs, and DVDs through a barcode zapper app on your phone. You then proceed to sending it in the post, without any postage fees, and a few days later you will be sent a cheque.

We love anything that’s simple, efficient and geeky so this one ticks the box perfectly.

Sign up here and download the app. Happy Zapping!

www.zapper.co.uk

Curve

Curve is a radical new payment card that links all your cards into one, you then simply select which card you want to use for your next transaction on the Curve app. You can then use your Curve card in shops or in cash machines and even abroad. The transaction shows in the app and is recharged to your underlying card as a purchase.

Your Curve Card ‘wallet’ in the app contains – as well as your stored Visa and MasterCard products – a card called Rewards. Curve Rewards offers you instantaneous cashback when you use your Curve card at one of the 50 participating retailers.  No waiting around for ‘pending’ or ‘validating’ – the cashback will be available to spend as soon as you leave the store.

There are many benefits to the curve card, collecting points and no overseas charges, but we love it for the practicality. No more hour long phone calls to the bank trying to cancel your lost card. Having all your cards in one will give you a lighter wallet and less to worry about when out and about.

www.imaginecurve.com

The Joy Journal

Searching for the perfect, fun and thoughtful present for your best friend, sister or colleague? Well, look no further!

You only need to click on the website to fall in love with these quirky, colourful garments. The Joy Journal offers 100% cotton dyed dungarees with personalisation on the top right pocket, making it the ideal go to gift, because who doesn’t love personalisation?!

The dungarees are lovingly made and gift-wrapped. They are about creativity, colour, individuality and fun.

And we absolutely love them!

www.thejoyjournal.co.uk

Doris and Dicky

Doris & Dicky are all about bringing you the world’s best budget boutique hotels for around £100 per night. They help savvy-travellers cut through the overwhelming amount of choice they face when trying to find the best, small, charmingly authentic places to stay.

By boutique, they mean independent hotels with distinct charm. No more soulless chains that leave you longing for your own bed. And by budget, they mean that they have an average hotel price of around £100 per night – in some places it may be more, but in most it’s less.

In a world of so much choice, Doris & Dicky bring you a carefully curated collection of their favourite, handpicked hotels. So, whether you fancy a stylish beachside shack in Mexico, a B&B built into an ancient Turkish cave or just simply the best value Parisian bed, Doris & Dicky has got you covered.

Check them out and make your first booking here…

www.dorisanddicky.com

February Newsletter

The Proposers

With February being the month of luuurve, we had to introduce you to The Proposers, the UK and Europe’s leading Romance and Marriage Proposal Planners. Over the past 5 years, Daisy and her team have created over 1,000 marriage proposals, each as unique and creative as the last.

Whether you need help coming up with the initial idea, the logistics on the day, or the full planning package, this super-star team are on hand to help you every step of your engagement journey.

From hiring the actual speedboat used in James Bond and abseiling into a cave to set up a romantic meal, to dressing cats as waiters (yes, this actually happened), exclusively hiring castles abroad and even getting celebrities involved… The Proposers love a challenge and nothing is off limits.

The Proposers find out all about you and your partner so that they can create a completely personalised idea that has never been done before.

With a 100% success rate… what are you waiting for…?!

www.theproposers.co.uk

Watch their latest You Tube video here

Couture Community
Your fashion revolution starts right here!

Couture Community is the UK’s leading luxury pre-loved fashion destination. Buy and sell the world’s most coveted brands including Chanel, Gucci, Dior and many more.

Unique, fully curated and updated daily, the collection is brimming with desirable items. The range includes rare and exciting one-off pieces that you simply won’t find anywhere else!

And why not let someone else fall in love with the pieces you have fallen out of love with? Clear your wardrobe of all those past purchases that you haven’t worn in ages. Selling with Couture Community is really simple and secure. Even better, if you are too busy living the high-life, and just want someone to do the selling for you, just try the VIP service. They will handle the whole process for you, start to finish. Heaven!

The real beauty of Couture Community is that you can be absolutely assured that the range is fully curated and authenticated. Each piece is individually assessed by the experienced team to provide a safe, simple and secure service for your authentic pre-loved items. So, whether you are buying or selling, you can be assured of a high quality product and service.

www.couturecommunity.com

Pssst….See below an exclusive invite to their Designer Flash Sale on Thursday 2nd March!!!

Pemberly Fox

We would like to introduce you to Pemberly Fox, a young stationery brand which was founded by a couple of industry stalwarts and morphed out of the London operation which they set up in 2011 with the Bavarian stationery brand Prantl. Situated in Chelsea, near Imperial Wharf station and Chelsea Design Centre, the team at Pemberly Fox has years of experience behind them and are able to cater for the majority of your stationery needs.

As well as some lovely greeting cards, and ready-to-write designs, Pemberly Fox also produce quality business stationery, personal writing paper, and correspondence cards, all manner of party invitations and some great wedding stationery and birth announcements too!

There really isn’t much they can’t do, so if you know someone who is getting married or if you need a few invitations for a drinks party, Michael and Anthony would be delighted to help, and, to encourage you to give them a try they are offering YNAPA subscribers a discount of 15% off your first order!
Please use voucher code: PEMBPA

Why not give them a call or pop in to discuss your requirements with Michael.

Pemberly Fox, Worlds End Studios, 132-134 Lots Road, London SW10 0RJ
T: 020 7349 7225
www.pemberlyfox.com

 

Wimbledon Tickets

We have 2x debenture tickets for every Wimbledon match this year, excluding 5th July and the Men’s finals.

Please get in touch with Milla for prices and more information if you’re interested.

E: milla@youneedapa.com

 

Our Planet

I was recently sent this information from a friend who, like a lot of us I’m sure, has been in a self improvement/social responsibility/abject terror mode over the past few months as a result of Brexit/Trump/impending Armageddon, and wanted to share some eco-wisdom that I hope you all find useful – I certainly did!

‘Vivienne Westwood recently did a speech where she mentioned that switching to GREEN ENERGY for your home was one of the best and easiest ways to take some active responsibility for the future of ye ole planet. It often sounds and seems overwhelming, impractical, complicated or expensive to make life changes for the planet – but this is so simple.’

‘It is so easy to switch, and most likely cheaper than your current energy supplier. It’s available everywhere in the UK from many different green energy companies and you definitely won’t be able to tell the difference when you turn on your lights. Some companies will even make the switch for you and contact your current energy supplier to make it happen so you don’t have too.’ (or you can always call us and we are more than happy to do it on your behalf!)’If you currently get your power from one of the Big 6 energy companies (nPower, British Gas, EDF, E.ON Scottish Power or SSE) your power is coming from nuclear, gas and coal power stations all over the UK. There are plenty of companies out there who are using wind, hydro, solar, etc instead and they are also committed to investing in infrastructure, building solar farms and investing in wind generation. Many of the companies also provide carbon offset in their tariffs. I think obviously we would all choose the more eco-friendly companies if only we knew it was an option.’

I’ve had a look online for comparisons, and for a client of ours who is living in Kensington & Chelsea and uses nPower at 19.17p per kWh, switching to Octopus Energy it would be 15.05p per kWh – so not only is it far better for the environment it is also much cheaper too. You also have the bonus of feeling smug about saving the world!

https://octopus.energy/

Here is a great comparison website for all of the different green energy companies available in your area, just put in your post code and they’ll guide you:

http://www.greenelectricity.org/

‘In the UK, about two thirds of our electricity is generated by burning coal and gas in power stations. This releases millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main gas responsible for climate change, every year. The other third of electricity mainly comes from nuclear power, which has other worryingly severe environmental impacts.’

‘Green Electricity’ means electricity produced from sources which do not cause these impacts upon the environment. Of course, every type of electricity generation will have some impact, but some sources are much greener than others. The cleanest energy sources are those which utilise the natural energy flows of the Earth. These are usually known as renewable energy sources, because they will never run out (wind, hydro, waves, solar, geothermal, etc.)’

For more info, head here

It’s these small changes that make the big changes.

 

January Newsletter

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Agent Engagement

There’s a new lady in town. For years she’s been helping haphazard marriage proposers get it right; providing trusted and independent advice on engagement rings and sourcing jewellers with diamonds only ethically bright.

To elicit a secret briefing covert enough in operation, it became important to meet clients on the steps of St. Pauls within a hidden location!

Together, they see designers others struggle to meet, get dusty in antique markets or wear a disguise down Old Bond Street.

What started simply as a passion, began to save a lot of people’s hard-earned cash. The men and couples she advises are so relieved they could’ve kissed her!

So if you’re thinking of getting down on one knee in 2017, then get in touch! You will have a free telephone or email consultation and she will be sure to save you money, while all the time celebrating British craftsmanship and encouraging the ethical purchase of diamonds and gemstone jewellery.

www.agentengagement.co.uk

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Squirrel Sisters

The only thing that gave us the energy to fight through the January blues were these scrummy snack bars from Squirrel Sisters! We are addicted!

This health and wellness brand, which started as a blog by sisters Sophie & Gracie Tyrrell, has already won recognition for their Raw Snack Bar range (launched Nov 15) by leading health and beauty retailer Boots UK.

Their mission is to bridge the gab between healthy – but often tasteless – snacks and tasty – but not so healthy – treats.

The Raw Snack Bars are made with 100% natural ingredients – they are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and completely sugar free. As well as suitable for those who follow vegan, low GI or paleo lifestlyes.

The four flavours available are; Cacao Brownie, Cacao Orange, Raspberry Ripple and Coconut Cashew, and each bars are under 91 calories.

Get your hands on these delicious bars which are stocked in over 100 stores, including Boots, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital, Holland & Barrett (online) and lots of other lovely independent stores and cafe’s.

www.squirrelsisters.com

 

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Accurate Reputation

Your online reputation is your image on the Internet and it is hugely important that it represents you in the best possible way.

Accurate Reputation will restore your name or your companies good standing, by eliminating any negative material found about you on the Internet.

Accurate Reputation will diligently remove unflattering news, pictures, negative reviews, blog posts and comments about individuals, businesses, brands or services.

Please take a look at their video on their website for more information
www.accuratereputation.com

If you have any concerns or would like to chat this through further, get in touch with Hervé for a free consultation:
HL@AccurateReputation.com

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VetBox

Do you struggle to stay on top of your pet’s flea and worm treatments? VetBox is here to make pet health easy!

Pets need to be treated regularly against parasites such as fleas and worms, but this can often be both expensive and confusing. With a VetBox subscription, your dog or cat will receive the correct treatments exactly when they need them, all for less than you pay at the vets.

VetBox was founded by veterinary surgeon Dr Will Woodley. Will guarantees that the contents of every box are chosen by a qualified vet.

Get 50% off your first month with code YNAPA50
For more information, head to the website
www.myvetbox.com

Contact Polly

Whether it's booking urgent flights or organising your house move, Polly and her team are at hand to help. With many years of experience dealing with daily problems from the little to large, Polly has the answer and, being a pay as you go service, you only pay for problems solved.