January, 2014

27 January


Roy Cropper, Dermot O’Leary and some serious partying

Wednesday night saw the return of the National Television Awards held in London and having been last year, I was extremely excited to be invited again this year. So, after a hectic day, I rushed straight from a photoshoot to the awards and boy was it brilliant. I wore the white dress (below) by AQ/AQ, so nice that I’m showing you it twice!


Four gorgeous women who fell in the best dressed category for me personally was Michelle Keegan, Holly Willoughby, Abbie Clancy and (even though she wore a dress  which clearly showed off her nipples), I thought Kelly Brook looked cracking too.

Now my favourite television soap of all time is Coronation Street so I was delighted to witness the cast pick up the Best Soap award and I even got to meet and chat to soap royalty, Roy Cropper (yeah yeah I know that’s not his real name). Dream. Come. True.


The best thing about awards ceremonies is, let’s face it, the after party. No scandal happened (to my knowledge) but I got to have a really good catch up with my busy media friends as well as some people I’ve worked with in the past including TV and Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw, Kiss 100 presenter Melvin Odoom and comedians Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett. Oh the joys of parties.


I had so good of a time that the two days following were complete write-offs but hey, this post is better late than never right?! I even filmed a little video before and after the event
for your viewing pleasure which you can see on my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/ajodudu). You can’t say I never do anything for you. Enjoy!

In other news, Roy Cropper followed me on Twitter yesterday. Arh life gets better.


AJ Odudu


21 January


Beating the Monday blues and training with Victoria Pendleton

Guess what? Victoria Pendleton’s my new personal trainer! (In my dreams). Yesterday I attended Fitness First gym in honour of their brand re-launch, taking part in an exclusive spin class hosted by Olympic gold medallist, Victoria Pendleton.

Now apparently, statistics show that yesterday was the most depressing day of the year but there was no such sign of any Monday blues at the event (nonsensically named,
“Red Monday”). I’ve honestly never been so happy to jump out of bed at 6am! I was seated right next to Victoria so can now say that I literally trained with an Olympian. Oh. Yes.

Now obviously 40 minutes of continuous cycling caused quite a sweat but nevertheless, Victoria and I exchanged great words like “URGH! I’m shattered already” (admittedly
that was more me than her), we laughed together and we even celebrated with a sloppy high five at the end of the class. I’ve definitely got the wheels in motion for us to become
BFFs right?!


In all seriousness though, Victoria actually said I had (and I quote) “really good technique and consistent speed” so someone please get on the phone to Team GB because they have bagged themselves a new AJ-shaped recruit! Pass me a gold medal (for effort at least).

In other news, I can’t stop listening to Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz album. I was late to the twerk party but now that I’m here I don’t want to leave. I mean hello, Britney cameo! It’s
ace. To find out what else I’m listening to and what I’m wearing, check out my website ajodudu.com.


AJ Odudu


13 January


Hunky men, photoshoots and running in the rain

This week I gawped at hunky men, got my kit off and ran in the rain.


I usually associate scaffolding with builders’ bottoms but when I skipped over to the Institute of Contemporary Art last week, I witnessed something far better: male models hanging off actual scaffolding, whilst sipping on Hennessey to show off the slick new Autumn Winter 2014 collection for the Thomas Pink London Collections: Men party. There was cool music, pink gin to match my pink shirt and I bumped into my favourite Latex girl about town, Pandemonia. The only thing missing was wolf whistling from those handsome models. If only!


The Superdry show at the Old Sorting Office in London was also a lot of fun. I knew it was going to be just that so I went for bright and bold clothing, flashing my Playful Promises bra through a mesh AQ/AQ top and statement trousers. There was a DJ set by Nick Grimshaw and Samuel L Jackson was there too. I didn’t see him but I just knew I was in the presence of greatness. That’s the second time I’ve been in the same room as him (Samuel) and not met him. Here’s hoping the third time’s a charm.


Photo shoot

This week I had a photo shoot for a new magazine called Fire Up, launching later this year and featuring great emerging talent such as the CEO Dancers, Joanna Fabikun, Fireshone photography and (ahem) me. I’m really looking forward to the magazine launch in April and seeing the final shots. Check out my Instagram for a sneak preview- it’s all… legs.



I know so many people who have already given up their healthy New Year resolutions and we’re not even half way through the month. Don’t fall off the fitness bandwagon just yet. Try porridge in the morning with fruit, pasta for lunch and chicken salad for dinner and I know the weather’s been miserable but there’s no harm in running in the rain. It’ll cool you right down. Go on. Give it a whirl.

Let me know what you’ve been up to this week by tweeting me @AJOdudu.


AJ Odudu


06 January


Resolutions, fitness tips and posh frocks

Hello and welcome to 2014 peeps! Hope you entered this year in style? I personally stumbled and rolled into 2014 channelling a living disco bowl at the Ace Hotel in London. Yes my dress was very sparkly and this beauty by Virgos Lounge had been tucked away at the back of my wardrobe for months. Talk about hidden gems.


I was really surprised it still fit me actually after all the overindulging I’d been doing over Christmas but then again, I’m sort of back on track with regards to my healthy(ish) lifestyle. Here are seven New Year fit tips to get you back on track too


Invite all your friends round to eat the mountain of mince pies, cheese, chocolate and sweet treats you collected over Christmas. Share the love and share the calories


Replace that new, empty space in the cupboard with mixed raw nuts, olives and fruit to snack on. It’s not boring, it’s tasty.

3. WINE, NO!

It’s not always easy to cut something out entirely so if you can’t deprive yourself of that vino, maybe just stick to no more than 2 small glasses during the week and 2 at the weekend. Remember in the end, less will give you more.


It’s a natural process so don’t be afraid of peeing more, and drinking at least TWO litres of water a day. If you don’t like water then there’s something wrong with you!  I mean, add a lemon to it or a dash of fruit cordial or go on, shove a tea bag in it. You can’t beat a good cuppa…just steady on the caffeine.


Plan and schedule your workouts in your diary at the beginning of the week and tick them off as you complete them.


Looking a little ridiculous whilst working out makes it more fun and will distract you from the pain (or at least that’s what I tell myself). Check out this discrete little Nike number.


(Keep your eyes on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ajodudu and Instagram http://instagram.com/aj_odudu for more lovely lycra).


Start today because trust me, tomorrow will never come.

And there you have it. You’ll be fit by Feb and all that without making a single resolution.

Speaking of which, I’ve not made one yet. I usually make the same resolution each year which is to stop biting my nails but I fail every time *sigh*. So this year I’m going to aim to pursue all of the things that I thoroughly enjoy doing anyway. Blogging and writing more about fitness, fashion, music and my life as a Lancashire Love Lump living in London. I’m going to get involved in radio so that more people can hear my dulcet tones without having to see me at the same time. Of course I’m going to continue to present on television but I also want you to delve deeper into my life via my YouTube channel. I’m going to go shopping more (guilt free) and post pictures of me showing off all my new clobber. I want to visit the hairdressers more because I’m lazy and prefer someone else doing my hair. I’m going to treat myself to an expensive handbag because I bloody deserve it and most importantly, I’m going to continue biting my nails. Why break the habit of a lifetime if you truly enjoy doing it? I guess what I’m trying to say is that my only resolution this year is to do more of what makes me happy.

So here’s to a year full of giggles.

Wishing you the best 2014.

AJ Odudu


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