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All I Want For Christmas Is… A Personal Assistant!!

Does the pressure of Christmas send you into a great decline? The thought of all of those presents to source and wrap, those cards to sign and send, the house to decorate, the food to produce, not forgetting the constant demand from the kids to be kept entertained – it’s a lot! So we don’t blame you if it all seems a bit much. But we are here to help.

Think of us are your Christmas elves. Book us in now to take care of every last festive detail, because no errand or request is too much. From arranging Christmas hampers for every Headmaster in the land, to compiling the Christmas card address book spreadsheet of your dreams, to finding the best Christmas crackers on the market, to standing in line at the Apple store so you don’t have to – we will go above and beyond to make it the most seamless and stress free December you’ve ever had.

From Christmas chaos to Christmas calm. Just. Like. That.

Below are a just a few of our favourite festive finds, which we hope help.

With love,

Polly & The Team

Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendars

Count down the days to Christmas in style this year. We love these handmade wooden advent calendars from Fortnum and Mason. Keep the kids guessing by hiding personalised surprises and treats behind the doors so that no December morning is the same. And as the traditions of Christmas are often the best bits, the fact that it can be used year after year means it is an investment you can afford – or at least we like to think so!

www.fortnumandmason.com

The Wolseley Christmas Hamper

Last year’s launch of ‘The Wolseley Collection’ was a revelation and thankfully for the second year running, The Wolseley have continued creating the most divine hampers. And they certainly deliver on everything you could possibly want a sleek black woven wicker basket to be loaded with.

Bring The Wolseley magic into your home this Christmas. Their Christmas Hamper is filled with an assortment of hand-picked items, with everything needed to celebrate, including confectionery, jams, loose leaf teas, silver-plated accessories, the finest tipples, festive fare and a ‘Breakfast for Two at The Wolseley’ gift card.

www.thewolseley.com/product-category/christmas-gifting/

Debonnaire Luggage Tag – Stocking Fillers!

TAG A FRIEND. Debonnaire’s beautiful leather luggage tags make the perfect stocking fillers. They come in a rainbow of colours, and any number of letters can be stamped on to make them a personalised gift from the gods. Family and friends planning winter sun in the new year will love you for stepping up their luggage game, and for helping them to find their bags faster too.

https://taggedbydebonnaire.com/shop/create-a-tag/

Nancy and Betty Studio
Christmas Stationery and Crackers

Nancy and Betty Studio are our absolute fave when it comes to luxury Christmas stationery – which as you know already, is something us PA’s get our kicks from! From wrapping paper, to gift tags, to sticky tape and ribbon, they are the destination of choice for many of our Christmas essentials. And what we REALLY LOVE are their handmade crackers, made in their Kent workshop, and containing the best jokes and fillers around. They claim to be the best Christmas crackers in England, and considering they are stocked in Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges and Fortnums, they probably aren’t too far wrong.
www.nancyandbetty.com

Columbia Creative’s DIY Wreath Making

We like to think the more homemade you can make your Christmas, the better. And putting together your own wreath is a sure way to get you into the festive mood. We love the look of Columbia Creative’s luxury large wreath making workshop (on Monday 3rd December – tickets still available!). This year they are hosting a pop-up Christmas studio in Shoreditch on Quaker Street, in the hope of inspiring both your creativity and festive spirit, so make sure to get yourself down there (BYOB is encouraged) and make your front door a talking point this year.

http://columbiacreative.co.uk/christmas2018/

Flower and Press Luxury Florist

And if you choose to leave the wreath making to the pro’s, then the team at Flower and Press are excellent. They are green fingered ninja’s when it comes to natural free-flowing designs, and will be able to transform the entrance to your home into something really quite special. But don’t just take our word for it.

https://www.flowerandpress.com/

Caiger & Co

Cement your place in the Christmas party line up of best-evers, by getting someone else in to do it all for you. Caiger & Co are a London based catering company, guaranteed to leave your guests full until the new year with their endless platters of beautiful and bespoke food.

Their menus are always seasonal and completely tailored to your event, so if you are after something a bit special for your Christmas drinks then we couldn’t recommend them more highly.

And what we also love is their drop off catering and ‘fill the freezer’ private dining service, absolutely perfect for those unexpected guests over the festive period.

A snippet from their Christmas Canapé Menu, as follows:

Caramelised ham hock and clove croquettes
Chestnut and turkey scotch egg with spiced plum ketchup
Crab beignets with spiced apple chutney
Smoked venison yorkshire puddings with creme fraiche and a cranberry reduction
Moorish free range guinea-fowl kebabs with cinnamon yoghurt
Pickled pear and stilton tarts
Gin and tonic cured salmon, beetroot and caraway jam in charcoal cups

…we could go on, but we’re hungry, and we’re drooling, so we probably shouldn’t.

https://caigerandcocatering.co.uk/

🌟Check out our end of Summer tips, recommendations and discount codes 🌟

With any luck, the glorious heatwave that has taken hold this Summer will continue to do its thing for a few more weeks, and for many of you, out of office mode is likely to remain switched on for a while longer. But, and please forgive me for the somewhat ghastly reminder, Summer won’t last forever… and come September, real life and the chaotic headspace that comes with it will need to be addressed.

But don’t let the potential mayhem of a new season get the better of you. Instead, take advantage of Autumn and the new beginnings that a new time of year inherently represents. We couldn’t think of a better time for you to reorganise your office, your home and your life. And remember, this is our bread and butter – this is what we do, and we are here to help!

Getting the kids backs to school with all of the right kit? Sure. Addressing the overwhelming post mountain that piled up over the summer. No problem. Getting your summer wardrobe packed away and swapping it for the woolly delights of winter. Fine by us. Wanting to book yourself in for some much needed spa time but don’t know where to look? We know a few places.

And who says the end of summer means the end to all holiday fun? Soon it will be October half term and dare I say it Christmas, and for both we have some great winter sun and luxury ski recommendations for you to whisk yourself off to.

So, all hands on deck this Autumn….who’s with us?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Love,

Polly & The Team x x

Patch

Urban Jungles, delivered.

Put simply, Patch is helping Londoners bring nature into their homes. Their mission is to hep you discover the best plants for your indoor or outdoor space, deliver them to your door AND help you look after them.

Gone are the days of having to travel to the city’s far reaches to find a garden centre and then not knowing what on earth you should be buying when you get there.

Patch is an online paradise for anyone wanting to give their urban space a makeover with ease.

And what we really love about Patch is how they go the extra mile to make sure that the urban gardener within you is fully equipped with all of the know how’s. From their Patch Plant Parenting Course videos to their plant rescue service, they help to nurture the plant parent within you, leaving you to nurture that Yucca Elephantipes and that Euphorbia Abyssinica of yours.

PATCH are offering YNAPA newsletter readers 10% off your entire order with discount code: youneedapa10

www.patch.garden
@patchplants

Tots Too

With over 16 years of experience in family travel, Tots Too know that every family is different, so all of their holidays are tailor-made so that they are just right. Every one of their properties is carefully selected and well suited for families of all ages, so whether you have a babe in arms, energetic youngsters or restless teens, they will create a perfect holiday with a full concierge service that the whole family can enjoy.

An example of one of their family holiday hotspots is Ibiza. Often better associated with nightclubs and being the party capital of Europe, once you delve into the island’s rich history and explore its stunning coastline and treasure trove of stylish hotels; you will find it to be a perfect destination for a family holiday. So if you are planning to catch the end of the sunshine for October half term, then Ibiza should be on your list.

And it may be the hottest summer since 1976, but we are already thinking about winter breaks and ski holidays in particular. Tots Too have some exciting new properties from El Lodge in Spain to Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa in the Swiss Alps, both perfect for families looking for snow and fabulous accommodation.

For a 5% booking discount on your first holiday, mention You Need a PA at time of enquiry.

www.totstoo.com
sales@totstoo.com

Turo

Turo is the Airbnb for cars, and is the perfect alternative if you want to hire a car for a trip and skip the car rental counter, the paperwork and the queues. The beauty of Turo is that you can book a car from home or on the go, wherever and whenever you want it, and the kerbside drop-off and pick-up service makes for total convenience and time saving magic.

The process is pretty fool proof. Simply enter your travel dates and location (they have cars in 4500+ cities) and then choose from a selection of unique locally owned vehicles, for every occasion and every budget. Once booked, you meet the owner (often they can bring the car to you), walk around the car, show them your licence, grab the keys and set off into the sunset! And once you are finished with the car, simply fill up the fuel you used and arrange to meet the owner to hand it back. It really is that easy.

What we like the most is that it is an authentic way to get around. Aren’t hire cars all the same? The next time you need to get from A to B via C shake things up with a Beetle convertible, a Landrover Defender or maybe even a Porsche. What takes your fancy?

Check them out here:

https://turo.com

Design and Alter

Design & Alter is a dedicated team of creative, highly experienced fitters, tailors and professionals with extensive knowledge in dressmaking and all types of tailoring. They have specialists with the skills required to tailor and alter complex fabrics – beading, embroidery, leather, fur, couture styles, always aiming to maintain the original finish, proportions and intended style of an item. This is particularly important with designer garments where any alteration should remain unnoticed – enhancing the fit by applying individual measurements – making the garment bespoke to the client.

Their Belief

‘Clothes should look and feel as if they are made for you.’

They are perfectionists. They believe there is little point in buying designer clothes unless they fit perfectly. Define your look, decide upon your signature pieces … then have them altered perfectly.

They are kindly offering a 15% discount on alteration and fitting charges to all YNAPA newsletter readers

martina@designandalter.com 
www.designandalter.com

June Newsletter

With a winter that felt like it was going to go on forever, it would be no surprise if you’re feeling a little disorganised, overwhelmed and unready for the summer months ahead. Weddings, summer parties, Ascot, Wimbledon, end of exams, school holidays – I’m sure you all have a busy few months ahead of you, so now is the time to get organised – and we can help! 

If you haven’t got round to planning your summer holiday, are having a last minute house move, or need somewhere to get the perfect wedding outfit  – then get in touch, as we have some amazing recommendations for you and can help take your stresses away.

Tephi

So you want to stand out at this summer’s line up of weddings and cocktail parties but you’re having a wardrobe crisis.  And the fact that you have your go-to fallback option – ‘The Dress’ – on standby offers little relief to the situation, because quite honestly the thought of wearing it again fills you with dread. Well if that’s you, then womenswear label Tephi, the designer behind some truly beautiful feminine dresses, is the answer to all of your prayers.

 

With a studio based in SW7 and an online shop, there is the opportunity to get a ready-to-wear piece or book in for an appointment to create something completely bespoke. Tephi also offers a semi-bespoke service in which you can tweak her collection to suit you – from a different colour or a longer hemline, the options are endless.

 

Founder and Creative Director Francesca started the company in 2009, and has built a well-earned reputation ever since for women who want a go-to brand for elegance as well as originality.

 

So if Tephi wasn’t on your radar before, then make sure it is now.

 

After all, ‘The Dress’ definitely needs a day off.

www.tephi.co.uk

 

True Luxury Travel

We have told you about True Luxury Travel before, and there’s a reason we are telling you again – it’s because they are fantastic! We have used them for many of our clients holidays, all who have given incredibly positive feedback. They are clear with their pricing, go above and beyond and are a dream to work with. 

What Do They Do:

They make three key promises to their guests:

  • To offer their guests actual expert advice from a team who have in-depth country knowledge, having lived and worked in many destinations as well as spending 6 weeks each year visiting their hotel collection.  
  • highly personal service from their team in the UK and on the ground in each country giving their guests 24hr support while they are travelling.
  • A costing approach to their holiday which gives you full pricing transparency with line by line breakdowns, so you can see exactly where your money is being spent.   

YNAPA OFFER: 

For all first time booking’s, they would be delighted to include a 5% discount to welcome you to True Luxury Travel. 

Get in touch:

katie@trueluxury.travel

www.trueluxury.travel 

Siggi Hats

Summer truly is the season of the hat. With an abundance of special occasions to attend, including weddings and Royal Ascot, ladies all over the land will dress up to the nines and finish their look with a fabulous hat. Whether it’s something big, bright and bold, or understated and classically elegant, Siggi Hats has the hat for you.

 

Providing a beautiful selection of ready-made pieces or unique, bespoke creations, Siggi Hats are the perfect finishing touch for any ensemble. This season’s offerings include daring and different shapes in vibrant hues of orange, lime green, lemon yellow and ripest red, while timeless silhouettes in classic colour palettes are given a modern twist. All hats are trimmed exclusively by hand with delicate touches of flirty feathers, silken flowers and colourful butterflies featuring prominently among this season’s styles.

 

Stunning, stylish and sophisticated, Siggi Hats are certain to get you noticed this summer.

Siggi Hats

48 Fulham High Street

London SW6 3LQ

0207 736 2030

www.siggihats.co.uk

Beautii 

Are you looking for luxury blow dries, manicures, and more for a big event this summer? Introducing Beautii, London’s leading beauty concierge service. Known for working with VIP clients and the best make-up artists, hairstylists, manicurists and beauty experts in the industry, Beautii are the top choice for luxurious pampering delivered to your door.

From Ascot and Wimbledon to summer weddings and high profile events, wherever this summer takes you, Beautii offers the perfect solution for busy women (and men) seeking high-end make-overs, blow-dries, manicures, spray tans, massages, facials and more.

For a 5% discount on your first booking, give them a call on 0207 428 1870

www.beautii.co

February Newsletter

Valentines Day is right around the corner, and although it is meant to be the most romantic day of the year, with the added pressure it can sometimes be the most stressful!

So if you’d like to plan something unforgettable for your someone special – then get in touch!

Whether its for your other half or a night out with friends, we have some fantastic ideas that we’d love to share. Why not let us organise an experience, something a bit different? And we promise we won’t break the bank!

Susannah is the UK & Europe’s leading Osteopath based in the Natural Functional Health Clinic @ Knightsbridge’s BVLGARI Hotel & Spa, London

Susannah uses touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
Susannah provides advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent injury or pain recurring.

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TRY OSTEOPATHY:
You’ve had a minor injury but it’s now several days later and it isn’t improving
You have ongoing pain and know you’re popping too many pills in order to cope with it
After pregnancy your body is struggling to return to normal and your baby is terribly unsettled too
You’re in training for a sporting event and you want to perform the best you can and avoid injuries
You’ve got a debilitating condition which can’t be cured but is causing you great discomfort
You suffer with regular headaches and migraine which makes your life a misery
Susannah is offering 20 mins complementary osteopathy consultations when available at the time of booking to YNAPA clients and our newsletter readers.

Follow Susannah on instagram here and find out about #aestheticosteopathy

Find availability for your complimentary consultation with Susannah here

www.susannahmakram.com

Handpicked by Kate began life as a little black book – a who’s who of makers, designers and boutiques that Kate kept for jer own reference. It was also used to share her favourite independent stores with friends and family, and this practice planted the seed to turn it into a business. It is now established as a curated online marketplace that celebrates and supports small, independent gifts and homeware brands, all in one place.

So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better time to spoil your favourite person and treat them to a truly thoughtful and unique gift.  Handpicked by Kate like to think they’ve got most eventualities covered with gifts For Him, For Her, For Kids and even For Dogs. You can’t fail to find something special for a loved one.

Plus if you haven’t got time to browse, then make the most of their Free Gift Buying Service. Just pop in a few details of who you are buying for and they will send you a selection of our best ideas. It’s totally foolproof!

www.handpickedbykate.com

Edible Stories is a well established immersive dining company set up by food and experience lover Chloé Morris. They aim to transport you to a world of play, allow you to let go of your inhibitions, engage your senses, and create one of a kind memories.

They create corporate, private, and public events that tell a story. You have the choice of creating an event which tells your brand (or personal) story, a narrative of your choosing, or if you are out of ideas have them create something totally unique. Whatever choice you make they guarantee that every Edible Stories event will be totally unforgettable.

Valentines is just around the corner, why not get Edible Stories to recreate a 50 Shades of Grey inspired evening that includes a lickable cocktail, a blindfolded first course and a pleasure/pain dessert?

They’ve seen and done it all, no request is too big or crazy for them. They can assist you with the concept, planning and execution of your romantic private dinner, or evening with friends, gala, wedding, party, or other. Edible Stories can also assist in finding venues or they can come to you and transform you home into your wildest dreams!

Some of their latest narratives include: James Bond, The Future, Brazilian Carnival, 50 shades of grey, Casablanca and many more.

Do check out their website to get in touch:

www.ediblestoriesevents.com

I can never find the time to get my car cleaned and sometimes end up going months, almost, but not quite, getting to the point where someone could write ‘clean me’ on my rear screen window!

So I was really pleased when I came across Go Wash My Car – an eco-friendly, convenient car wash service, that comes to your door.

Booking the clean on their website is easy and straight forward, with lots of options for dates and times.

Prices start with a basic, exterior wash for £18. For these, you needn’t be around; just schedule the clean and come home to your sparkling car.

You can also opt for an ‘In and Out’ (£10 extra), a ‘Mini Valet’ (£12 extra)  and ‘Full Valet’ (£90 extra)

To get £5 off your first clean, enter promo code: pollyh0

www.gowashmycar.com

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?

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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!

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.