My week – September 11th, 2012

I’ve moved home after a summer of house-sitting in tranquility to scaffolding hell and over-friendly workmen who insist on waving at me through my windows each time I walk into a room,
now I feel like one of my clients when they walk down the street and everyone watches what they’re doing… Back to the grindstone now that everyone is back from their summer holidays which I kinda like (it also forced me into doing all the admin that I had been sitting on all summer – I can be ‘deadline’ girl sometimes).

But I have managed to fit in quite a bit of culture over the last couple of weeks: London Road at the National Theatre, Without You at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Munch exhibition at the Tate Modern, my daughter enjoyed it also (I suspect her enthusiasm was more geared to getting up to the members lounge for a croissant though…). I’ve been lucky enough to try nutrichef flapjacks, anyone who knows me will know that I constantly carry a bag of snacks, nothing worse than a cranky PA (or a cranky anyone when it comes to it!) and sometimes it’s hard to eat properly when you’re dashing from one place or client to another. These are great, not like the regular flapjacks you’d grab from a shelf in the newsagent that are jam-packed with sugar, these have a different texture, are filling, no wheat or dairy yet are tasty and fill you up, and in three flavours, it’s a win/win!

Then I got to try Pure Package and their festive fit programme which is something to try before the party season to ensure we all get to slip into our LBD’s with ease. After a telephone consultation 3 freshly cooked meals plus 2 snacks are delivered in a fancy coolbag to your doorstep before 6am – A-MAZING. A chef has cooked your food in the night, you heat your dinner in the evening and the rest are cold plates, so easy, super nutritious and as exciting as santa arriving to a 6 year old each morning who would race me to the door!  They have very generously given an offer to all of my readers; if you join one of The Pure Package’s 10 day programmes you can receive an EXTRA 2 DAYS FOR FREE! Call The Pure Package now on 0845 6 123 888 and quote ‘Donna Coulling – Celeb PA’ in order to qualify for this offer. T’s & C’s: The offer is valid for new clients only. It is not available in conjunction with any other offer and is valid until 30th September 2012 only. Standard T’s & C’s apply.

I had a great meeting at Leticia Haute Coiffure hairdresser and beauty salon in Marylebone (great salon which gives VIP treatments plus has a VIP area) about goody bags for my next seminar and I got to be indulged with a blowdry from Pierre, seriously the fastest blowdry I’ve ever had in my life! Then finished the week with afternoon tea at No. 11 Cadogan Gardens , a wonderful boutique hotel (and new member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World) just off of Sloane Street. Beautiful rooms and the most delicious champagne and scones my friend Olly and I had sampled in a good while (we’re both keen bakers so felt we were able to critique..).A very good slight crisp texture on the outside and light on the inside, however, not so light once they were loaded with strawberry jam and clotted cream! We weren’t best pourers of the tea but I would definitely recommend the strawberry and kiwi.

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