Fashion

Spirit Of Accessorize Activewear

Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool was the criteria for my recent trip to Ibiza and that's exactly what I got. From floating on inflatables in the hills of Jesus, to paddle boarding in Cala Vedella, to dancing my socks off in Amnesia, to eventually finding some zen on the beach, Ibiza was just the break I needed and thankfully, unlike some trips in the past, I didn't come back broken!

AJ Odudu Accessorize

When away, I practised some yoga on Cala Bassa beach.  The mornings there are beautiful, peaceful and a great place to stretch before a long day of Ibiza action.

Stretching is a good way to relax and improve your flexibility and I love a standing lung (aka warrior II in yoga terms). It stretches your back, abs, hip flexors, bum, legs and helps with balance too. Hold the position for 90 seconds and even your arms will be toned up in no time. 

Yoga Warrior Pose

I was stretching out in the new Spirit of Accessorize activewear range. Comfortable, practical and in this case, very floral! This collection is all about being the best you can be whether heading to yoga class or exploring the great outdoors. There’s even a handy inner key pocket on the elastic waist of the leggings for the times when you're not on a beach but in the gym. 

zip detail in accessorize

When it comes to workout gear, it’s important to buy clothes that don’t restrict your movement or rub, so not only are these tights playful and stylish, they’re also stretchy and lightweight, clinging comfortably to your figure and working with you as you bend into the trickiest of positions, including the tree pose pictured below.

Yoga Tree Pose

Tree Pose stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, tones the abdominal muscles and even helps your balance. I mean, you try standing on a rock on one leg. It's harder than it looks. Lose your focus and you'll end up in the sea!

Yoga in Ibiza

I love this floral matching combo but for a more understated look, there’s sporty-chic marl designs in leggings, tops, hoodies, sweaters and crop tops too. You can even complete your look with their jewellery, water bottles and tote bags that pack a style punch.

Hand stand wearing accessorize

No doubt you’ll be excited to get to class and show off these looks soon, so I'll see you there!

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Spirit of Accessorize. You can shop the full range here.

New Look Fit Kit

There’s nothing like a brand new fit kit to incentivise your workouts.  Thanks to the nice people at New Look I’m now covered in bold prints, matching co-ords and slogan tees which are light and comfortable. New Look has managed to create a range that is performance focused whilst looking completely awesome and very ‘now’, and what’s more, I got to be apart of their campaign video!

The shoot was one of my favourites I’ve done in ages for many reasons. For one, I got to hang out with two of my best fit friends Adrienne and Kim. Adrienne taught me a badass dance routine in between takes. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen on my story.

Adrienne London, Tone What You Own

Then, I got to punch a bag. I never knew I’d feel so smug afterwards!  That bag will think twice now before giving me a dirty look.

Boxing + New Look

Plus, I got to take home my favourite pieces from the collection, including the Marble Print Leggings and top below.

New Look Marble Print Leggings and Top

Life’s too short for a boring fit kit and I think New Look got the memo. What do you think of the collection?

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with New Look

Paul & Joe Striped Suit

AJ Odudu

Not one to blend into the background, I thought I'd step out to DJ in London at the Instyle Magazine Project 13 Party, wearing the most stripes and colours possible. 

Paul & Joe Striped Suit

I paired my 70's style Paul & Joe suit with New Look boots and Roderick Vere Sterling Silver letter pressed necklace.

Striped Suit Paul & Joe

And I even stuck some marble print nail art to my finger tips purchased from Primark.

70's Suit

Catch up on all the fun by clicking here or by following on Instagram and Twitter.

XOXO

Photographs by Patricia Mirembe Make up by Wande

Rare London Nude Lace Up Tailored Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit for tall girls

Three cheers for the most versatile jumpsuit ever. *Hip-hip hooray*. I wear out and about with trainers, dressed up with heels and I even sported it on the TV whilst presenting Trending Live on 4Music with Maya Jama. 

4Music Maya Jama & AJ Odudu
Rare London Nude Lace Up Tailored Jumpsuit
Urban Outfitters Pineapple necklace
Lacoste Trainers

Wearing Lacoste trainers and Rare London jumpsuit and they both come true to size. 

You can watch me presenting Trending Live on 4Music live from 4-6pm, Mon-Fri :)

XOXO

L'Oreal True Match Foundation For Dark Skin

I never would have thought growing up in Blackburn, failing to ever find foundation that matched the colour of my skin, that I would one day be sharing my makeup story with the world in a L'Oreal campaign. OMG!

#YoursTruly campaign speaks to me and millions of other women who thought that make up wasn't created for us. Well guess what; it is. Here's my story:

With 23 new shades of True Match foundation available in Boots and Superdrug, this campaign is certainly a step forward for the inclusivity of people with dark and pale skin to be able to find their shade on the high street. I really hope that you see yourself represented by me or one of the other 22 faces on the palette. My shade is 10.C.

L'Oreal True Match 23 New Shades

Everyone featured in this campaign has their story to tell but make sure you share yours too so that L'Oreal can continue to celebrate and embrace diversity by creating even more shades in the future because I honestly believe that we are all worth it.

L'Oreal #YoursTruly AJ Odudu

XOXO

#YoursTruly #TrueMatch

WIN! New Balance Running Kit

Following my previous blog post on the importance of choosing the right workout wear for you, I have teamed with New Balance to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a brand, spanking new fitness outfit worth over £160, complete with the top, leggings and trainers below, perfect for running and post workout stretching. Here's what you could win!

New Balance Impact Capri Running Leggings

The Impact Capri leggings are lightweight, with mesh inserts to allow you to feel the breeze when running. They have a zip pocket for your on-the-run essentials, are made with sweat wicking material to help you crush that extra mile and they even look good.

Impact Capri Leggings New Balance

The New Balance Ice Long Sleeved top is bright and has long sleeves with thumbholes for added warmth, yet back ventilation to keep you cool.

NB Ice Long Sleeve Top

Last but not least, these Vazee Pace trainers are a dream to run in. Lightweight, well cushioned and a sleek style, enabling you to turn heads as you go.

Vazee Pace v2 New Balance Running Trainers

COMPETITION TIME! 

One of you is going to win the New Balance fit kit above worth over £160. The lucky winner will be sent the fit kit directly to your doorstep so you can just sit back and wait.

IF YOU WANT TO WIN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FOLLOW THESE 3 SIMPLE STEPS:

1. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (OR MY HOME PAGE) AND SIGN UP TO MY UPDATES. 

2. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, and tag me into an image of your choice using the handle @AJOdudu and using the hashtag, #IAMTheCompetition

3. Follow New Balance UK on Twitter and/or Instagram

The winner will receive an email to state that you have won and asking for your sizes. Don't forget to let me know you have signed up by commenting below or by Tweeting/Instagramming me @AJOdudu

THIS COMPETITION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2016, SO GOOD LUCK!!!

#IAmTheCompetition

 

 

 

Why Choose The Best Fit Kit?

Wearing the right fit kit isn't just about looking good on Instagram (although admittedly,  I have been guilty of that) but actually, paying attention to simple details like which workout clothes to wear, helps to keep you focused on what is most important at that time – the workout. That is why I have teamed up with New Balance to giveaway one of my lucky readers the chance to WIN a New Balance outfit worth over £160, so keep reading.

New Balance Night Floral Bra

During exercise you should wear practical clothing that you are comfortable in and supports your body in a way that can aid and even enhance your performance during workouts. All of that sounds a bit boring but it doesn't have to be, especially if you find a bold print or bright colour that looks good enough to boost your body confidence at the same time.

New Balance Night Floral Top

When I go to the gym I may well do a HIIT training session followed by a yoga class to get a deeper post workout stretch. Two completely different workouts requiring varied performance functionalities. One outfit (HIIT training) requires more sweat wicking material and the other (yoga) needs to enable you to move freely, in order to do those all important stretches.

Yoga outfit New Balance

Fortunately I've discovered a great range from New Balance that ticks all of my boxes; the New Balance Night Floral performance leggings, top and sports bra (as seen above). They each come in different styles and colours to suit all, have a flattering fit, subtle mesh insets for breathability and are made from material that wicks sweat away fast.

NB Studio Skins

They are perfect for sweat inducing workouts such as HIIT and because the material is so lightweight and comfortable, it even doubles up as a great yoga outfit. The bra offers medium support and is long enough to wear on it's own as a crop top and they even have matching studio skins, which offer great grip and cushioning on the balls of your feet, allowing you to twist, turn and leap in studio based classes with greater ease and comfort. 

New Balance UK

COMPETITION TIME! 

One of you is going to win a New Balance fit kit complete with a top, bottoms and a pair of trainers. The lucky winner will be sent the prize directly to your doorstep so you can just sit back and wait.

IF YOU WANT TO WIN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CLICK HERE AND FOLLOW THE 3 SIMPLE STEPS AT THE END OF THE BLOG POST.

THIS COMPETITION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2016, SO GOOD LUCK!!!

Header and footer photograph by Duncan Nicholls

#IAmTheCompetition

 

 

 

Getting Intimate with Kit & Ace

Sometimes revealing it all in front of a person you don't know can be a nerve wracking experience, but with Kit & Ace it was a joy. Kit & Ace is a Canadian clothing brand best known for producing machine washable technical cashmere. Their pieces are simple yet beautiful and I had the pleasure of doing a shoot and interview for them. Interesting fact, the pool location we shot at is the same pool seen in the James Bond Skyfall movie. :) 

Anyway, we discussed everything from my job as a TV presenter (how I broke into the industry and combat nerves) to how I came to DJ right down to fitness fads that should be avoided and tips on how to maintain a high-energy, healthy lifestyle. Check out the full interview but in the meantime, here's a peak of the photos from the shoot. Hope you like them?

Photos by Jack Grayson

XOXO

 

 

Lisa Maree & H&M Swimwear

Need last minute swimwear for a spontaneous sunny getaway? I have got you covered.

Lisa Maree Swimwear SUMMER

This cream Lisa Maree swimsuit is knitted which feels pretty odd to begin with but you soon get used to it. I didn't dare get into the water with it on, afraid it would lose it's shape, so instead I wore it with a high wasted maxi skirt and by the pool. 

Lisa Maree Swimwear AJ Odudu

Maybe it is good for swimming too but I certainly wasn't going to risk it on my trip to Ibiza, especially as I love the design so much. 

Lisa Maree Swimwear

The red halter neck is from H&M, true to size and in the colour red, making me ready and confident enough for a Special K advert :) 

H&M Swimwear AJ Odudu
H&M Swimwear AJ Odudu

I've showed off both pieces on my YouTube channel in a swimwear look book,

And if you fancy a quick workout before or during your holiday then check this out.

.Happy holidays!

XOXO


Motel Rocks Swimwear

My two favourite swimsuits from Motel Rocks as warn by me on a recent trip to Ibiza are right here.

Swimwear AJ Odudu

 I feel pretty confident in a swimsuit because it's harder to flash your bits in case (like me) you decide that jumping into the deep end of a pool repeatedly is better than the less child-like option of stepping into the pool gracefully. 

Swimwear AJ Odudu

Both swimsuits are size small which fits a UK size 10 but probably get a medium in the backless swimsuit if you have big boobs or are taller than 5 ft 8.

Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu
Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu
Swimwear AJ Odudu
Swimwear AJ Odudu

Both Swimsuits from Motel Rocks and I've fully flaunted them on my YouTube channel.

Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu

Hope you've got a last minute summer holiday to look forward to?

XOXO