April, 2014

28 April
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I got my hands on a dress pre-owned by Annie Mac at the jumble sale

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I absolutely love a jumble sale and Radio 1′s Gemma Cairney and the Music Circle organised a cracking one at the weekend in association with Oxfam, called Rumble in the Jumble 3. At the Oval Space in London, you could bag yourself brand new items from the likes of Schuh, Dr Marten, ASOS, Whistles and Topshop at low prices, sift through heaps of clothes from the likes of Tinnie Tempah, Jessie Ware, Rudimental and Jameela Jamil, get your make-up done by Smashbox and all this before taking a cake and cocktail pit stop. Bliss.

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Throughout the day I helped Caroline Flack flog loads of stuff from her stall which was a lot of fun and despite the fact that I wasn’t there to shop, I ended up buying a dress pre-owned by Annie Mac, some flowery Dr Marten’s and a lovely pair of mens golf shorts which yes, I am planning to wear.

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Whilst it was amazing to bag myself some bargains, listen to great DJ sets, take silly pictures, drink cocktails and eat cake all day, the best thing about the entire event was that actually, together we helped raise over £23,000 for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and they are still counting. For that reason alone it was the best jumble sale ever. So to everyone that came to say hi, shop, donate, eat and play, thank you. Those jumble pennies really did make pounds!

To make a donation just head to www.justgiving.com/themusiccircle.

AJ Odudu
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19 April
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Happy Easter!

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From the Selfie pictures to the Selfie song, it’s fair to say that the World’s gone selfie mad and I’m loving it. Naturally, I popped down to FCUK’s #CantHelpMySelfie launch party in London where it was great to see so many pretty faces like Sarah Jane Crawford, A.M.E and my current hairsipirations, Neon Jungle. Just look at these big, multicoloured haired beauties!

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In honour of the collection launch, it seemed fitting to have an actual selfie with Lilah Parsons, Ashley James, Pips Taylor and friends.

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I’m currently at home in Blackburn where the actual Queen came to visit yesterday. She didn’t pop round for a brew (her loss) but there’s enough Easter eggs and hot cross buns to help get over that.

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See you there and have an Eggtastic Easter!

AJ Odudu
xoxo

14 April
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Loved seeing all the talent at The Young Scot Awards

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Last week was a bit of a whirl wind. One minute I was watching my favourite rock ‘in’ indie band the New York Tourists play an amazing set in East London, the next I was at The Young Scot Awards in Glasgow with Ashley James, Dane Bowers and Elyar Fox. The awards were held to showcase the finest young talent Scotland has to offer and to celebrate their outstanding achievements. A pleasure to be there.

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After a whistle stop at Fake Bake Boutique to get beautified, I went to Edinburgh for my friend’s hen weekend. It’s always nice to see my best mates from home, not to mention embracing all things Scottish: the haggis, the bag pipes, even the kilts, all before getting glammed up and heading out. Here’s one of my trusty Celeb Boutique numbers from the weekend; so nice I’ve actually worn it twice (sshhh).

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Keep up to date with what I’m wearing, listening to and thinking about by following me on Twitter @AJOdudu and Instagram @aj_odudu and don’t forget to check out my website www.ajodudu.com and YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ajodudu.

Until next week, tarrah for now.

AJ Odudu
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07 April
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Gutted Robbie Williams didn’t stay for long at the Artist and Manager Awards

This week saw me attend the Artist and Manager Awards in East London venue, The Troxy, held yearly to celebrate creativity in the music industry. I’ve got to be honest, I walked in to what initially looked like a bingo hall but luckily there was nobody bellowing, “2 fat ladies, 88″ but instead, performances by Rixton, We Were Evergreen and the wonderful Jools Holland. Robbie Williams made a moving speech when he won the Artists’ Artist awards followed by a swift exit. Gutted!

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I’ve always been a fan of TED talks because of their selection of speakers discussing varied topics that genuinely matter to me, so when I was invited to attend TEDx at The Yard Theatre in Hackney, I jumped at the opportunity. The discussion point was Radical Beauty and the most moving speeches for me personally came from Afro-American, Shaun Ross, the first male Albino model and Leyla Hussein who actively protects women from FGM. As you can imagine their words were raw and personal which was humbling to witness but my other favourite speeches came from Philippa Perry who highlighted the importance of small talk (and I love a chit-chat), Halim Madi who encouraged us to enjoy all things (even urinating), and The Chalkwell Ladies Drum ‘n’ Bass League; two woman of the older generation who refuse to sit down and knit quietly but instead, DJ. Amazing! It all made for an exciting day which frankly speaking, at points felt like I was back at my university lecture hall, only this time there weren’t any exams. Wahey!

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Tarrah for now.

AJ Odudu
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01 April
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Baby Awards, Heston Blumenthal’s eye wear party and Magnum’s 25th

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Last week was all about bambinos as I took to the stage at London’s Landmark Hotel to present at The Tommy’s Baby Awards. Tommy’s is a charity that supports families with pregnancy complications so I knew it was going to be an emotional day but thanks to Tommy’s research the future looks more positive and that was definitely recognised in the room. First, I bumped into Percy Pig, an act which made all my nieces envious and then I met Katy Hill, who I used to watch on Blue Peter when I was a little girl myself. Before long I was giggling with sassy Scot presenters and DJs The Mac Twins before handing out personal awards, the stories behind which were truly amazing.

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I wanted to wear something bright and colourful to take advantage of the sunshine, so I opted for this matching two piece from Spotted On Celeb. To find out about Tommy’s and ways you can get involved with this wonderful charity go to www.Tommys.org.

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From Awards to frames I attended Heston Blumenthal’s eye wear launch party at Vision Express. I was really looking forward to my trip to the opticians. After all, if it was going to be anything like Heston’s cooking, the frames may have shot mini jets of liquid nitrogen from the hinges or something equally as cool. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case but his frames were ace and as you can see, we took ourselves and our vision very seriously indeed.

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Magnum ice cream teamed up with Henry Holland to celebrate its 25th birthday. Chocolate dresses, chocolate ice creams and just chocolate everywhere. Not a good one for the waist line but I still wore a dress by ZDDZ London and whilst managing not to drip any ice cream down it. Result.

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Finally, Italian fashion brand Freddy hosted an exclusive party at their new King’s Road store to celebrate the launch of the WR.UP pants. The event featured an old school music DJ set from Sophie Ellis Bextor and I chatted to the gorgeous Vogue Williams and Arielle Free whilst sporting Freddy’s Camo Pants which I love. More camo, more ammo!

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What a week eh?!

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Until the next time… ciao for now!

AJ Odudu
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