February, 2014

24 February
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Getting nominated in the same category as Alesha Dixon and Natalie Gumede was an honour

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Last night I attended the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards for the first time. It was lovely to be in a room with such great on-screen talent and it was even better presenting an award with Ashley Walters. I’ve watched his career blossom right from when I was a teenager singing to 21 Seconds by So Solid Crew so it was weird meeting him, especially as I used to have a crush on him (sshhh). Thankfully he was a nice chap.

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I was nominated for two awards and it was a true honour to be considered in the same category as Alesha Dixon, Holby City’s Chizzy Akudolu, actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Gumede and Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton. Even though I wasn’t crowned victorious, I was really proud to be there.

I sat next to and chatted with Olympic medallist Christine Ohuruogu, joked around with EastEnders actor Khali Best and caught up with Shameless actress Karen Bryson. For a Sunday night, merriment ensued as though it was a Friday. Happy Days!

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I also appeared on Matt Edmonson’s ITV 2 show Fake Reaction with Brian Bello, Ollie Locke, Joe Swash and comedian David Morgan. It was pre-recorded at the end of last year so it was great to relive all the funny moments on telly last week. If you missed it, thank goodness for ITV player eh?! You can catch up! I sported a lovely AQ/AQ dress with Schuh shoes (above). To keep an eye on what else is in my wardrobe check out my fashion blog on my website www.ajodudu.com and to socialise, why not follow me on Twitter @AJOdudu and Instagram: aj_odudu. I’ll see you there!

Cheerio.

AJ Odudu
xoxo

20 February
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My birthday, London Fashion Week and partying with Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora

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Wow what a week! One minute I’m celebrating my birthday (being another year younger of course) the next I’m wallowing in self-pity about being single on Valentine’s day (such a girl) and before I could say “on trend” it was London Fashion Week and I’m tottering about Somerset House in uncomfortable shoes and rain-soaked socks to see the fashion pack in all their glory.

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From Pamm Hogg to Bernard Chandran I got to witness some really fun shows and where LFW is concerned anything goes which is why my two favourite outfits worn by moi was a SpottedOnCeleb skirt with a transparent Textile Federation top to flash my puppies (above) and a red suit from Reiss. I bumped into girl band Neon Jungle (top) at the fabulous Sorapol show and it was as though Jess and I had planned our red on red outfits. Snap!

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Next stop was the mother of all Prince concerts at the oldest jazz club in London, Ronny Scott’s. With a max capacity of just 140 people, this was an intimate affair enjoyed by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora and (ahem) me. Too blown away by being graced by the presence of Prince, I only managed to get one blurry picture of the man himself. Voilà!

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As you can imagine after such a hectic week I got ill (typical) and unfortunately missed out on the Brits and the after parties last night but I’m sure it was wonderful (…and no I don’t want to talk about it).

So until next time, it’s a tarrah from me,

AJ Odudu

xoxo

10 February
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Celebrating the Shard’s first birthday, my embarrassing DJ moment and getting ready for the BAFTAs

I’ve never attended a party to celebrate the birth of a building before but this week I went to The View from The Shard to wish it a happy 1st, and what a birthday bash it was. Unlike most parties of infants I’ve attended, there were no candles, bouncy castles, party poppers or games of pass the parcel (disappointing) but there was a performance by former Sugarbabes, MKS, champagne, canapés and fit boys. Ooeer! My party wear was by FindersKeepers and my bag was by Textile Federation. Fancy!

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I got chatting to hot, new girl band Neon Jungle who made me chuckle and welcomed me open armed into their band (albeit for one night only). Girl Power! Brace yourself, there’s a whole lot of hair in this photo.

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The music continued to be ace even after MKS performed. In fact, I had a very embarrassing moment when I went up to the DJ, gushed at how amazing his set was and then asked where I could see him again. Turns out it was Rob da Bank doing an exclusive DJ set. An awkward moment that soon became magical as we joked it off with a peace signed selfie. Aww.

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I had a cinema date with my friend and former Made In Chelsea lass, Ashley James as we attended the RoboCop premiere at The IMAX in London. I spent the day filming YouTube videos for my YouTube channel and deciding what to wear. I opted for a Torn by Ronny Kobo dress (one of my favourite American designers at the moment) and Ashley went for an Amanda Wakely piece. Here we are, gracing the blue carpet, looking at two completely different cameras like proper pros.

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Obviously I finished my popcorn way before the film had even started but despite that (and not wanting to reveal too much for you in case you want to go see it) I can exclusively reveal that RoboCop is a decent movie (but I’d wait for DVD if I was you). Yes. That is all you’re getting out of me.

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In other news, I headed to BAFTA HQ to film for the BBC3 pre-BAFTA show last week to share some of my favourite movie moments of 2013 amongst other things of course (chatterbox). It should be a cracking show as it features the likes of Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Erin O’Connor and little old me.

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So book yourself a romantic date with the telly at 8:30pm this Sunday. It won’t stand you up.

Until the next time, it’s a tarrah for now from me,

AJ Odudu

xoxo

PS. Don’t forget to get social with me on Twitter: @AJOdudu and Instagram: @aj_odudu”

03 February
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Ralph Lauren, Vanessa from the Saturdays and training for my mud run

I know it doesn’t sound riveting but I actually had a great night out at the opticians last week. Honestly! I thought it was going to be as dull as dishwater but actually, I should have expected nothing less than fashion fun when I was invited to have an exclusive sneak peak at The Western Collection by Ralph Lauren at London’s flagship Vision Express store.

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I have no eye problems but I got some goggles regardless because being a specy four eyes is now cooler than ever, as Ralph Lauren quite literally put fashion in the frame. Besides, I feel dead clever in glasses.

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I enjoyed wine, canapés, live music, bagged myself a free eye test and even hung out with Stooshe, Ashley James, Matt Johnson and Vanessa of The Saturdays (who made a hilarious loud entrance during a speech, immediately being told to pipe down…I pay good money to hear what’s coming out of her mouth). It’s how every visit to the opticians should be.

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In other news, I have just signed up to my first ever Mudstacle, BrutalRun. I love keeping fit so I was genuinely looking forward to this 10K obstacle course before I visited their website which claims to only have events that “will make you wish you had never taken up exercise.” Nice! Needless to say, I’m not so confident now, but am still up for the challenge. Anyone care to join me in March? Feel free! I kick start my training program next week, which you can follow over on the fitness section of my website www.ajodudu.com.

Until then, tarrah for now.

AJ Odudu

xoxo

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