Phresh Mentality has had a total revamp and is keeping it phresh at it’s very own .com! How exciting!

You can now find me at


Please please please update your links and tell a friend too!

See ya there!

Amber ❤


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We’re open for business!

That’s right, tell your auntie, your cousin and your mama too… Phresh Paints is open and we wanna paint you!

You’ve seen the designs on the blog, now you can get them for yourself! If you want nails adorned with fabulous custom designs that are guaranteed to turn heads then look no further! Email paintme@phreshpaints.com or join the FACEBOOK GROUP and get your bookings in NOW!

The service is mobile, so we come to you! Read on for more information…

♥ Prices range from £10-£25 depending on designs

♥ Discounted prices for group bookings

♥ £20 minimum on all bookings

♥ Shape, Bottom Coat & Top Coat included

I definitely recommend booking in groups. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s more fun! It’s always great to get together with your friends and have a girly night in while you’re pampered!

Great for Hen nights, birthday parties and a cool theme for kids parties too!

Spread the word and make sure you contact me to get your bookings in early!

Check out www.PhreshPaints.com and join the FACEBOOK GROUP to see photos for design ideas & pricing.

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Where dreams come true

Of course, I’m talking about Disney!

My friend Jenny came to visit me last week and we happened to get a bit nostalgic and started to watch some old Disney movies, which being me, made me want to put some Mickey and Minnie loving on my nails. So voila, the result of an hour and a half poring over my nails with a paintbrush dipped in several colours of acrylic paint. I’m proud to say that Mickey & Minnie are all HAND PAINTED by myself – Jenny is witness to this!

Jen opted to pay homage to our favourite female mouse in a more subdued fashion. She had an impending interview to attend and didn’t want to look like a weirdo with Mickey Mouse on her nails… I guess it’s just me who doesn’t care when I go to interviews with every colour of the rainbow on the end of my fingers?

If you look closely, Minnie’s bow is adorning the pinkies! Adorable 🙂

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Smiley happy faces

I was working on Big Brother last week and I had to look after the contestants before the launch and prepare them for their time in the house. As there were over 80 finalists, we were all put into teams… Mine was the Yellow team. Unfortunately, being in team yellow also meant having to wear a bright yellow t-shirt at all times, so to make it more bearable of course my first thought was to add more bright yellow to my being… Smart, right?! LOL… Well if you can’t beat em, join em. My yellow smileys went down a treat and they made me cheerful every time I looked at them, which is always a bonus when you’re working 15 hour days!

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There’s Nothing Like This

Over the weekend I had the privilege of performing poetry at a wedding. The groom was a gentleman I’d been working with last year and after coming to one of my performances, he had asked me to write a poem for him and his Fianceé that could be read at their wedding. The only requirements from is side was that the poem had to contain the words ‘I Love You So Many’ as that’s what they say to each other. So, off I go to write this poem, which turns out to be entirely based around the phrase. It’s pretty cheesy but just the kinda thing couples in love, LOVE!

Turns out he and his Fianceé loved it so much that they both cried when they read it and asked me to perform it for them at the ceremony. Which brings us to today…

It was a lovely wedding, the poem went down a treat and to top it all off, @NappyNubianPoet (or Carol Ohemaa for those in the real, non-twitter world) was my date, so I had great company too! For those that are interested, here’s what I wore:

It’s a little 1950’s esque number from River Island. Of course, I couldn’t disappoint on the nail front. I decided to go matching, so here we have the cherries on mint green look:

Oh, and did I mention that Omar performed at the wedding too?! Yes, THE Omar. The *sings* ‘There’s nothing like thisss’ Omar! (Hence the title of this post)

Don’t worry, we didn’t let him get away without getting photographic evidence (click ’em to see bigger)

Carol & Omar

Me & Omar

All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday & it was SO beautiful to see two people so in love and so happy, on such a special day, among their family and friends. It was wonderful to witness it and an honour to be a part of it.

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Headed in the Right Direction

I often worry about where my life is going. Even though I consider myself to be someone who has always had a direction and something to strive for, I’m big on achieving goals – so I worry.

I worry about where my life will end up, how successful I’ll be, where on earth I’ll be in 5, 10, or even a years time. However, a little while ago I realised something that appeased my worrying somewhat.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that saying that goes something along the lines of

“You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going”.

Well, I’ve realised it’s more a case of

“You have to know where you WANT to be in order to know where you’re going”.

I’ve always equated many things in life to driving, and another way I think about this particular theory is that life direction is a bit like a Sat Nav. Yeah, I said it – a Sat Nav. Don’t worry, I’m not talking crazy, I’m going somewhere with this…

As you know, with a Sat Nav, you type in the postcode of where you want to go and the device will guide you to your destination. Knowing where you want to be or what you want to do is a bit like having a postcode for your life. It creates focus, and having focus on our goals is what helps us achieve them. This can apply to most long term (and even short term) goals.

Someone once told me (It was probably my ever-wise Mama) that you don’t always have to know HOW you’re going to get there, as long as you know where, or indeed WHAT, ‘there’ is – you’ll reach it. ‘There’, in this case, is your dream career, or your ideal weight, or knowing how to play the guitar well; anything you want to achieve really.

So basically, a postcode = knowing where you want to be.

The other thing with Sat Nav’s is that we need a building number in order to reach the exact location we want. Well, as with life, we don’t always know that building number, or the specific place we want to end up. However, a postcode gets us to the area we need to be in and although we may need to knock on a few doors, we will find the right one sooner or later.

It’s when you don’t know the building number and you’re knocking on all of those doors that knowing your postcode comes in really handy. At least you know that the one you want is among the next 10 rather than the next 1000 and if you make a wrong turn or reach a dead end, you will keep being redirected towards your destination.

If you don’t know that postcode, or at least where you want to be, you could spend all of your time knocking on the millions of doors that you THINK could be the right one, when in reality, you’re not even close. That map you’ve got isn’t any good if you don’t know where you’re going.

It may sound too good to be true, but this really is foolproof. So many books, teachings, life coaches, you name it – tell us that we should visualise what we want, focus on it and put in the work in order to be prepared for when the opportunity arises. The only catch is that, just like you have to put petrol into a car for it to go anywhere, you have to put your ENERGY into reaching your goals. As long as you put in the work, you will find yourself reaching your destinations. After all, a parked car will remain just that – parked. But a car with petrol in the tank, a running engine and a foot on the accelerator will move. Add to that a driver who knows where they want to go, then that car will be steered in the right direction until it reaches it’s destination.

I realise my mind works a bit (ok a lot) differently from the rest of the world, but this is how I see it.  Knowing all of this has really helped me, so I hope, in some lovely yet strange way that it might help you, too.

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Album Review: Akala ‘DoubleThink’

From the classical music that hits your ears on the intro, to the sickeningly insightful and observant lyrics and the gentle piano that signs the album off; DoubleThink, the latest offering from UK Hip Hop artist Akala, is not what you’d expect.

This is Akala’s third album and he’s come a long way from where he started on the underground scene back in 2004. He’s always been a highly lyrical rapper, with complex rhymes about widespread issues that would label him as a ‘conscious’ artist. A label that, on some levels, has been both a blessing and a curse for him, as conscious Hip Hop is effectively an oxymoron within mainstream music.

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