March, 2014

24 March
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Sport Relief run with Rylan and a night out with Vanessa from The Saturdays

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Yesterday I ran six miles for Sport Relief. I was so excited. I love a run and doing it for a great cause made it all the better. There’s something about running in front of a crowd that makes you go that little bit faster (six miles in 40 mins athanku) and for memorabilia purposes I took a pre-race selfie with my pals Rylan Clarke and Clara Amfo with Louis Spence, singer Tich and Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell. I felt rough but there’s simply nothing a picture taken at arm’s length in direct sunlight with a 1970s Instagram filter can’t fix (I hope).

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Post race I peddled for milkshake, showed off my medal at the Sainsbury’s Fair Trade pancake stand and for reasons that are yet to be made clear to me, I even became an air hostess.

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As with all of these things, the crowds were the heroes of the day cheering everyone along and giving generously. I saw people running in bumble bee and banana outfits which kept me well and truly amused. Naturally.

Before that I had a glam night out courtesy of Very.co.uk who were flaunting their new collection. It featured some amazing pieces that will be coming soon on the fashion page of my website, www.ajodudu.com. Very even spoilt us with Babylis and nails inc beauty stations, along with my favourite day of the week, Vanessa White from The Saturdays. Bliss.

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Finally, here’s an exclusive sneak peak at what I was filming last week with The Digital Fairy and ES magazine writer, Nimrod Kamer. It’s going to be hilarious.

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Until next time, tarrah!

AJ Odudu
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17 March
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Doing the Brutal10 mudstacle and raising money for Sport Relief

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This week was all about extremes. First, I took to the decks in a North London bar, The Driver, to do an exclusive DJ set for a private party until the early hours of the morning. I played all things poptastic from Madonna to Jason Durulo, Kylie Minogue to Miley Cyrus. Song of the night? Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters. Went down a treat.

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No rest for the wicked as I rose at 6am to take part in my first ever mudstacle, Brutal10. The clue was in the title; it was incredibly tough. I was wading through deep swamps, crawling up steep hills, splashing through water, running on sand – it was non-stop torture with battle wounds to prove. I’m talking blisters, scratches, bruises, the lot! I surprisingly had loads of fun though and documented the whole event so keep an eye on my channel to see the full works, www.youtube.com/ajodudu.

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At this point I ought to have gone to bed but after a quick change of gym wear, I popped on my lightweight Reebok kicks and headed to a Reebok Fithub to help raise money for Sports Relief by running on a treadmill for an hour, with members of the public cheering me on and watching me sweat. It was wonderful to be taking part for such a great cause and help raise £24,000. There’s still time to donate! Visit www.sportrelief.com for details.

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I knew I was going to have a hectic time which is why I did a three day detox at the beginning of the week to cleanse and flush out all my toxins. It made me feel fresh and eager to put healthy things back into my system for my busy week ahead. Definitely worth trying a Juicetou detox.

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For more music, fitness and fashion news check out my website www.ajodudu.com. Here’s just some of what I wore this week.

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Don’t forget to come say hi on my Twitter @AJOdudu and Instagram @aj_odudu too. Until the next time.

Cheerio!

AJ Odudu
xoxo

10 March
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Hanging with Grimmy, seeing Disclosure live and singing along to Beyoncé in concert

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What do you do on a sunny Sunday morning in London? Lie in bed? Watch TV? Lounge about before having a Sunday roast? All are the correct answer but I actually spent yesterday morning sparring with heavyweight boxing champion David Haye at his Hayemaker Camp in London. The good thing was that obviously I was training with a pro and so getting the best workout ever. This puts me in perfect stead for my first every Brutal10 mudstacle this Saturday and for Sport Relief in a couple of weeks. I also managed to walk out of the ring with my nose still intact whilst making my five brothers very jealous. A huge plus! I’m feeling the pain today but having a one-on-one boxing match with David Haye just like Tinnie Tempah has done previously and MIC star, Spencer Mathews did too, I’ve woken up feeling like a champion, even if I am a little tender.

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My stint in the ring came right after a week of music and filming. I filmed at a mystery location for a mystery TV programme. Arh the suspense of telly means that I’m sworn to secrecy but it’s very exciting. Here are some behind the scenes snaps. Just remember… I’m werking not twerking.

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I also went to see Beyoncé who was obviously incredible. She got changed at least six times, didn’t stop dancing and even managed to incorporate Pac Man into her concert! I couldn’t believe how many songs she got through, Cameo’s hit Candy sampled in her single Blow and Jay Z came out (which I knew was going to happen but I still screamed like a little girl). She belted out I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, a seamless segue into her emotional song Heaven and all this whilst creating an immense sense of female empowerment throughout. The woman’s a capital G (for Genius) whilst I’m just a capital C (for croaky)! Next time I’ll leave the singing to Beyoncé.

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Unsurprisingly there were less outfit changes at the Disclosure gig at Alexandra Palace on Saturday but joining them on stage was Eliza Doolittle, Sasha Keable, Aluna George and Sam Smith. What a musical delight! It was amazing. I even bumped into the lovely Nick Grimshaw after, where we talked excitedly about Disclosure AND Beyoncé before puckering up for the camera. Aww.

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Hope you enjoyed your week? Let me know @AJOdudu on Twitter, @aj_odudu on Instagram and for more music, fitness and fashion check out my website on www.ajodudu.com.
See you there!

AJ Odudu

xoxo

03 March
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Appearing on telly, ‘being’ at Paris Fashion Week and hitting the DJ decks

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I’ve had more fun than you can shake a stick at this week. I appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh show with Frank Bruno, Charlie from Kiss 100, The Olympic Curling Team and Myleene Klass. What a line up eh?! Being that my parents are big fans of the show I was pleased to be participating on the debate feature of the show to discuss whether or not sunglasses were acceptable to wear indoors. Yes, that’s right, I tackle all the important issues on the telly and putting up a cracking argument against the use of them inside (you look like a Muppet) I won. Victorious and feeling glorious in my brighter than bright Spotted on Celeb orange dress and super high pony tail (which yes, gave me a banging headache but was so worth it for a bit of day time glamour), I hurried off to Paris.

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Well…sort of. Paris Fashion week is well underway and the H&M AW14 show took place at the Grand Palais, seeing the beauties Jourdan Dunn, Solange Knowles and Miranda Kerr all FROWing so H&M invited me along to their London HQ for a screening of the big event.

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Let’s face it, front row seats from their showroom in London was much easier than catching the Eurostar and loads of fun too as I got to natter with former MIC star Ashley James and ex-TOWIE lass, Lydia Bright, not to mention getting a taxi back and hopping straight into my own bed. J’adore!

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Then Friday night was all right with a 90s pop and RnB DJ set performed by none other than yours truly at club Oslo in Hackney. Yes, I took to the decks to play classic songs that took the crowd on a trip down memory lane, with my personal favourite nostalgic tunes coming from Tina Moore, Sweet Female Attitude and R Kelly. You’ve gotta love that right? I’m still bopping away.

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I wore a Textile Federation two piece, dance friendly Topshop shoes and that headache inducing high ponytail (again). Perfect DJ attire if you ask me. Hope you liked it?

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Don’t forget to socialise with me on Twitter @AJOdudu, Instagram @aj_odudu and my website www.ajodudu.com and say hello!

Lots of love,

AJ Odudu
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