December, 2013

11 December
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Rough Copy, playful promises and becoming a music fitness freak…

This week I had a Cosmopolitan, Playful Promises, became a music fitness freak, partied with Maybelline and saw Rough Copy scrub up well – again!

 

COSMO Awards after Party

After the party there’s an after party, after that party there’s the hotel lobby* or in this case, a museum. Yes I spent a night at the museum (the Victoria and Albert museum to be precise) and in amongst the beautiful artwork, ancient trinkets and statues showing men’s jiggly bits gathered a sparkly crop of celebrities. I’m talking Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Jameela Jamil, Caroline Flack and then little old me.

The party was thrown right after the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman Awards, a ceremony created to celebrate and reward the brave, successful and inspirational woman of 2013. I chatted to uber cool DJ, Krystal Roxx, who entertained the crowd with a floor-filling set. I loved how she played around with different genres, mixing in the likes of Nirvana, The Police, Little Mix and Stevie Wonder with house music, but most of all I loved how we both wore dresses from AQ/AQ. Great minds…

There was a special performance from Sugarbabe, Amelle Barrabah which was ace and I bumped into my favourite X Factor group, Rough Copy. I’ve met them before and every time we meet our outfits co-ordinate. I can’t sing but come on boys… let me in the band? This photo was surely meant to be!

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Playful Promises
It’s almost Christmas and on my wish list are some nice underwear for nobody else but me myself and I (that’s not selfish). Thankfully, Playful Promises (a lingerie brand right up my street) made like Santa and invited me to their London boutique to check out their new collection. They have officially revamped floral prints from soft, summary and girly to dark, sexy and sultry, perfect for the winter months (and Christmas in my home town Blackburn if you ask me). I got the cutest Anastasia underwear set and having seen Perry of Little Mix in the same bra, I definitely think I’ll be rocking the whole ‘underwear as outerwear’ look, whether it’s chilly outside or not.

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Musical Fitty
Is there any such thing as a musical fitty? Of course! After all, this week I’ve been encouraged to get to the gym and go to the park for a run in the freezing cold purely because of my playlists. Currently I’m obsessed with Major Lazer (their last two albums are often on repeat on my iPod), I am in love with Jaguar Skills (who I’ve shamelessly seen live nine times and who is still blowing my mind) and

I’ve just discovered Krystal Roxx’s workout playlist mix on Soundcloud which is not only free but keeping me going on that tiring treadmill way longer than usual. Working out to good music not only makes you exercise harder but personally, it makes me feel like I’m having a rave first thing in the morning and let’s face it, partying is totally worth sweating for so turn up the volume and get to the gym!

Here’s me and Krystal Roxx:

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Maybelline

Maybe she’s born with it or maybe it’s the Maybelline Christmas party! Well there was no ‘maybe’ about the latter last night as I headed on down to London club Disco where I was transported back in time with a ’70s disco-themed extravaganza to celebrate in festive style. Dancers on skates, a retro playlist provided by Nicola Roberts and disco balls here, there and everywhere; the Maybelline Christmas party had it all.

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I bumped into the gorgeous Ashley Roberts who was my fellow high street chick sporting Miss Selfridge. It was certainly A ‘Night Fever’ to remember (ahem).

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In other news, I can talk again. After my voice operation I had seven, pure, unadulterated days of silence which was hard for me (but I think my boyfriend enjoyed it). I walked around with a white board, had people speak at me as though I was actually deaf and filmed a silent YouTube video coming soon at www.youtube.com/ajodudu but after initially sounding like the love child of Joe Pasquale and Barry White, I’ve finally got my mojo back in time for Christmas. Phew!

And on that merry note, tell me what’s on your Christmas wish list? Tweet me @AJOdudu

Cheerio.

 

AJ Odudu

 

xoxo

03 December
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This week I’m freeing my mind, keeping my trap shut, getting naked but first…

VOGA
This week, in addition to my regular body pump gym classes and park runs, I discovered two things. Voga and Victoria Secret models. Okay, so I’ve always know about Victoria Secret models but I’ve never followed their workout plans. Where have I been? Missing out that’s where. I tried their ab workout and it’s top notch. I mean blimey! No wonder the girls have washboard stomachs. It’s no walk in the park but it’s certainly achievable. I’ve done it just three times this week and I already feel more toned. Bring on the six pack!

It sounds hilarious but I can confirm that Voga is an actual thing. Yes, it’s the cross between Voguing and Yoga and the best thing is…I’m not even joking. This hybrid promises to deliver all the health benefits of yoga while having a cardiovascular workout in none other than a working mens club (I’ll feel right at home). A working mens club? I’m visualising my two favorite things: lunging and pork scratchings. I wonder if they’ll play any En Vogue so that you can ’free your mind’ body and soul? Whatever their playlist is, I’m going.

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BOOHOO
I attended the Boohoo press day for their SS14 collection and it nearly blew my socks off. There were healthy salads, chunky chocolate brownies, and naturally, Bloody Mary-flavoured popcorn.

But enough about the snacking, they also had a fantastic collection: Pretty pastels, vibrant colours, floral prints… Boohoo have it covered. Even the menswear was fab. Can it hurry up and be summer now please?

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RANKIN
I headed down to Rankin HQ to feast my eyes on Jonny Dar’s special preview of his series of stunning images, ‘Tuuli by Dar’. I’d be bonkers if I passed up the opportunity to see a wall filled with giant photographs of beautiful, naked, painted women: I’m only human. I can’t wait for it to be next year so that I can hang up my beautiful Rankin calendar. Happy New Year! Too keen?!

GET NAKED
Speaking of being in the nude, I attended a private event at one of my favourite cocktail bars in London to celebrate the launch of the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay. I got the chance to play around with the 12 insanely beautiful rose-hued neutrals and as I’ve already got the first and second (Naked and Naked 2), why not make three the magic number? This palette is every girls Christmas dream and as I’ve been such a good girl this year, I’m thinking (hoping) Santa will stick this in my stocking.

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#MUSICALAERT
Booty shaking, body popping, unminced words, casting that girl from Britain’s Got Talent (yes, my eagle eyes saw her) in her video: Lily Allen I’ve missed you! Her new single, Hard Out Here manages to give a serious message with a massive dollop of humour. I was cackling. It’s my favourite song at the moment oh and I’m on the verge of digging out my old cargo pants because All Saints are getting back together too. Yipeee! They’re going to be touring with The Backstreet Boys. Never Ever have I ever felt so excited about pop music.

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In other news, I’m having a throat operation. Not scared about the op but more the fact I’ll have to keep my trap shut for 7 days. 7 days!!!

Wish. Me. Luck.

Tarrah.

AJ Odudu

xxx

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