I got to meet the beautiful Lily Cole this week for a great cause

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This week I managed to squeeze in a Bodyism work out session at my local gym in preparation for my 76 mile DIVA bike ride in less than 20 days. EEK! I’m definitely getting stronger; I achieved my first ever pull up this week so obviously I made sure I had photographic evidence of this. Girl power!

I also popped along to Hoxton Hotel to chat to the beautiful Lily Cole about her partnership with ethical footwear label Veja to create a lovely range of trainers.

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Drawing inspiration from her time in the Amazon, Lily has created a range of kicks that are not only at one with nature, but they’re fun and pretty too. What’s more is that £10 from each pair bought goes straight to the Rainforest Rescue Project. If that’s not a good excuse to go shopping, I don’t know what is. #tapfortrainers

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You can watch footage from today’s launch right here on my YouTube channel.

In other news, I’m proud to announce that I will now be part of the Hoxton Radio family with my own radio show launching this Wednesday from 1-3pm. Tune in and send all your music playlist requests to me s’il vouz plait. Have a great week.

Tarrah,

AJ Odudu

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Get the trainers here: rainforestrescue.sky.com/our-campaign/news-and-blogs/news/rainforest-sole-mate
Follow the campaign on Twitter @SkyRainforest

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Support my cycle for Action Medical Research: www.action.org.uk

Wondering who my secret admirer is…

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I totally got to see the Arctic Monkeys headline at Finsbury Park in London on Saturday night. They were supported by a great bill; Tame Impala, Royal Blood and Miles Kane, who between them had enough hits and cheeky winks to make the crowd quite literally go wild. I was apart of that untamed group. I’ve not moshed and headbanged like that since I was at school. At one point I was even crowd surfing as though it was my gig! The vibes were just as good back stage, hanging out with Dynamo to finish off the fun affair. Magical!

The very next night I saw the Artful Dodgers play the best old school, garage set ever so come yesterday I needed to perk myself up. After all, I’ve got a 76mile DIVA cycle to be fit for. Here’s my post festival and bank holiday food tip: eat a low fat, high protein meal.

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I bunged pollock wrapped in bacon in the oven for 15mins and served with a load of fresh veg, lemon zest and thyme. Yummy.

In other news, I got some flowers from a secret admirer today so if you’re readying this, thanks for the roses…who are you? Mum?!

Tarrah for now,

AJ Odudu
xoxo

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Getting into spinning with Victoria Pendleton

As the countdown to my 76 mile cycle for Action Medical Research continues, so too do my extra workout routines. Last week I took to the bike saddle with a couple of spin classes at my local Fitness First gym and trained with my new fitness BFF, Tabata.

If you haven’t tried spinning yet or didn’t like it the first time round, here are 3 reasons why I think spinning will spin you into a fitness frenzy.

1. Spinning is a low impact cardio exercise so it’s good for your joints as you’re not putting pressure on them.

2. It burns up to 600 calories per hour class. Wahoo!

3. It’s fun (well at least for me it is)!

Check out the time I did a spin class with Victoria Pendleton on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/ajodudu

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Now on to my new bestie, Tabata. It’s perfect if you’re short of time and in need of a quick, killer session as, in a nutshell, Tabata is a four minute workout. Be warned though, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

It’s four minutes of pain followed by four minutes of pain followed by (you get the gist). I was sweating immediately and sore for days but it was definitely worth it. I can’t believe I’ve not tried it before. I’ll be as fit as a fiddle in no time (well…in four minutes). It’s perfect prep for my DIVA bike ride.

Don’t forget to donate and get involved with the great cause that I’m cycling for Action Medical Research www.action.org.uk.

Tarrah for now,

AJ odudu

xoxo

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Girl power: we really did ‘own the night’

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On Saturday I took part in Nike’s We Own The Night 10K run, where thousands of women joined to celebrate running, music and friendship. Although it was an all female run, I spotted a few men hustling in on the action, showing their support for us ladies. The atmosphere was brilliant with live music, DJs, light shows and food and drink stalls everywhere, giving the event pure festival vibes. We even had rain and mud to go with it! I quickly established my running buddy as Georgie Oakell, who was hosting the event with her Fox Problem crew, Gemma Cairney and Georgie LA. We faced stiff competition at the start line from marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, who unsurprisingly we failed to keep up with. Digitally, we were able to keep track of our precise racing times with an electronic chip, something I stupidly forgot to put on. Regardless, I crossed the finish and claimed my beautiful medal designed by Henry Holland and Alex Monroe, probably the first ever medal I can wear every day! Nick Grimshaw took to the decks at the after-party, ensuring that we really did, own the night. Girl power!

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Nike’s 10K was a great start to the preparation for my next challenge as I take on the Chiltern DIVA 76 mile bike ride to raise money for Action Medical Research, a charity that changes the lives of sick babies. Over the years, Action Medical research has played a pivotal part in some key medical breakthroughs so I want to do the charity justice and finish the race on June 22nd. To make this happen, I’ll be doing a series of training sessions in the lead up to ensure that I don’t pass out half way through. Follow my plan on the fitness page of my website www.ajodudu.com and right here of course. You can join me or donate by visiting www.action.org.uk.

Wish me luck!

AJ Odudu
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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
xoxo

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
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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
xoxox

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
xoxo

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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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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