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
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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

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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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
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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

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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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheerio.

AJ Odudu

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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?!

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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.

Cheerio!

AJ Odudu

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Hunky men, photoshoots and running in the rain

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Fitspiration

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.

Cheerio.

AJ Odudu

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