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InStyle Magazine DJ Playlist

What a week! One minute I’m running around with the Brownlee Brothers, trying my very hardest to keep up with them, the next minute I’m DJing from the most Instagrammable venue in London, Lights Of Soho, playing tunes for Instyle Magazine's Project 13 Awards after party. Now that I've had a moment to catch my breath, let's have a chat.

Instyle UK Magazine Party DJ

Celebrating online writers and bloggers, Instyle Magazine's Project 13 is in it's second year, enabling thousands of people to vote for their favourite blogger in a range of categories (from travel to food, craft to fitness) to win an award. Much to my surprise and delight, I won the award for Best Fitness & Wellbeing Blog. Thank you so much for voting!

Instyle Award

There was even more to celebrate as not only did I win an award but I was also DJ'ing at their after party and got the party into full swing playing a mix of RnB and pop tracks but the following seemed to be particularly popular on the night:

  • Lee Walker feat. Katy B - Freak Like Me
  •  KDA feat. Katy B + Tiny Tempah - turn the Music Louder
  •  George Kwali & Kideko feat. Nadia Rose - Crank It
  •  Eats Everything vs Audion - Dancing
  •  Stardust - Music Sounds Better
  •  Robin S - Show me Love never 
Music DJ London

It was a super fun night, celebrated behind the decks, with friends and a cocktail or few. You can read me gushing over how chuffed I am about being an award winning blogger and see the full list of Project 13 winners by clicking here. Plus, if you want details of my striped suit click here for outfit details.

AJ Odudu DJ

As always feel free to get in touch via Twitter and Instagram and let me know what tunes you like listening to?

XOXO

MOBO AWARDS 2016

The MOBO Awards returned to Glasgow for the forth time and I was honoured to present the award for Best Newcomer 2016 along with British athlete, Dina Asher-Smith and actor, Arnold Oceng, to WSTRN.

ITV2 MOBO Awards 2016

Clean Bandit, Chase & Status and Craig David were among the performers at the SSE Hydro and the award show was televised live on ITV2.  

Backstage I got glammed up, chuckled with comedy legend, Lenny Henry, caught up with MOBO Award hosts, Rickie and Melvin, posed with Maya Jama and even learnt some dance moves from Strictly Come Dancing's finalist, Ore Oduba. 

MOBO Awards Hair & Makeup
                                          Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin Odoom and I

                                          Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin Odoom and I

                                                            Posing with Maya Jama

                                                            Posing with Maya Jama

                                                    Keeeeep Dancing Ore Oduba

                                                    Keeeeep Dancing Ore Oduba

Needless to say it was a really fun night so check out the full list of winners here.

XOXO

AJ Odudu MOBO Awards 2016

4 Ways To Better Rest & Recovery

Who loves feeling great? I know I do but most of us miss out on that 'feel good' factor because we don't give our bodies the TLC it yearns. I guarantee you that dedicating additional time to four simple categories of sleep, stretching, hydration and nutrition will increase your energy levels, decrease your recovery time between workouts and most importantly, lower your risk of injury. So what are you waiting for? Kickass and hop onto the happy road of rest and recovery in just 4 simple steps.

High Kick

1. Sleep

Sleep is the most important time to recover in order to repair your muscles and to aid your mental and hormonal wellbeing. Everyone's got different needs based on our different lifestyles but try to get at least 7 hours of good kip per night. 

2. Stretching

This is key! You need enough flexibility to move well and remain pain and injury free before, during and after your workouts. Include dynamic stretching in your warm-ups while saving static stretching for after your workouts. Below are my favourites. 

  • Standing Quad Stretch

Standing Quad Stretch New Balance
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring stretch
  • Overhead Stretch 

Overhead stretch
  • Front Crossover Stretch

Tricep stretch

3. Hydration

Drinking more water is vital for your health, good energy levels, better sports performance and recovery. In fact it aids all of our functions, including our digestive system. The simplest way to check hydration is to look at your pee. If it is clear to pale yellow (without having drank alcohol) you are hydrated. The darker in colour of your urine the less hydrated you are and the more water you need to drink. Headaches and drowsiness are also tell tale signs of dehydration.

How much water you should drink depends on the level of activity that you engage in, your physical health, your height and weight and whether it’s a hot day or not but I would always recommend that drinking water little and often is the best way to stay hydrated.

4. Nutrition

Everything we eat has the ability to make us feel great or make us feel awful and whilst I don't like to recommend a specific diet, it's proven that eating clean and balanced meals in moderation is effective to remaining healthy, improving our sports performance and aiding our bodies recovery process.

I know eating well in our society is not always easy as we go out to dinner, we grab lunch on the go and most social events have food. The key is achieving balance so you get the results you want but can also enjoy life. So my advice is to plan your meals as much as possible, try to choose restaurants with healthy food choices when eating out and have a go at making my smoothie recipe below for healthy fats, nutrients and an energy boost as a post workout treat:

Hope you found this blog post really helpful and enjoy your rest. 

XOXO

In this blog post I am wearing a New Balance Ice Tank Top, the NB Vazee Rush v2 trainers, printed Impact leggings and New Balance Tenderly Obsessive Bra

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My Interview with Ella Henderson

Throw back to when I headed to The Hospital Club in London to interview former Xfactor starlet, two time Brit award nominated, superstar in the making, Ella Henderson for ITV2 entertainment show, The Hot Desk.

The chart topping pop princess revealed all about her very own Mirror Man, debuted her acting skills and even reminisced about the time Whoopi Goldberg gave Ella her shoes (I know. Amazing right?!)

She gushed about her pride at being nominated for not one but two Brit Awards this year and shared her excitement about joining Take That on their UK tour later this year. The girl's on fire!


The full interview has already been broadcast on ITV2 but below you can watch the interview too.  

Are you a fan of Elle Henderson? Looking forward to this years XFactor? Let me know! I'm so nosey :)

Lots of love

AJ

XOXO


DJing In Century Club London

Here's a little throwback to when I took my weekly radio chart show live to the Century Club in London for LCM's SS16. I played  the finest pop tunes for Mens Fashion Week London and was joined on the show by a host of special guests including Jai'me from BoyMeetsFashion.com at the exclusive Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue. 

Presenting Live for Hoxton Radio AJ Odudu

The private members lounge was transformed into a boudoir of decadence where I also chatted with founders of Drakes of London, Dermologica and ManiBreak.  

London Century Club DJ AJ Odudu
LCM DJ Set AJ Odudu

Guests were treated to hair, nails and beard trims, canapés and drinks, exclusive footage of L:CM runway and of course, live music and the sound of my dulcet tones.

It was almost too much fun.

Century Club DJ AJ Odudu
Century Club, London DJ AJ Odudu
Century Club, London DJ AJ Odudu
LC:M London DJ AJ Odudu

Drake, A$AP Rocky & Major Lazor at Wireless Festival

Duke Dumont, Labrinth and Ms Dynamite where just some of the acts I saw at yesterday's sold out Wireless Festival at London. I had an incredible time. The sun was shining, everyone was merry and ready to party.

Onstage with Major Lazor

Being on stage whilst Major Lazor performed was pretty special. Seeing them do their pre-show huddle and rock the crowd was spectacular.

Major Lazor
Onstage with Major Lazer

For A$AP Rocky and Drake I wanted to be in the crowd so that I could rap along to all of their words with everyone else.

ASAP Rocky Wireless Festival
A$AP Rocky, Drake Wireless Festival

A$AP Rocky was of course, brilliant but Drake,  literally wooed the sold out audience, telling 40,000 people that they were the best crowd he'd ever seen in his life! Wow. What a statement. I couldn't help but blush. There's something about the way Drake communicates that always makes it feel like he's talking directly to you.  Skills. 

His set included London born grime artist, Skepta, ended with fireworks and had me bowled over.

Drake Wireless Festival London

Check out my Snapchat AJ.Odudu for some exclusive behind the scenes videos and see what I wore to the festival right here.

Major Lazor Wireless Festival
Wireless Festival

Who would you like to see at Wireless Festival? Let me know.

Lots of festival love,

AJ

xoxo

Isle of Wight 2015

I ain't no Beyonce but I certainly did two costume changes at Isle of Wight. Filming for Malibu Rum and wrapping in time to enjoy The Black Keys, The Prodigy and Groove Armada.

I absolutely love my Public Desire sandals. Perfect stylish footwear for bouncing around to Groove Armada (or being thrown about depending on how boisterous your festival crowd is). The lovely guys at Public Desire have offered any of you lovely readers 10% off every pair of shoes from their collection. Just use the code AJ10 at their checkout. 

Check out the pics below for what I've been wearing and see bottom of the post for outfit details. xxx

AJ Odudu Isle of Wight Festival Malibu Rum
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Outfit 1

(Don't forget 10% off every pair of shoes at Public Desire. Just use the code AJ10 at their checkout).

 

OUTFIT 2

  • Playsuit by: Motel Rocks
  • Boots by: Dr Martens
  • Coat by: Joules
  • Feather headband: Boho Moon

Flash Back Friday: Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight festival kicks off today and I will be presenting a cheeky little video for Malibu Rum. So let's rewind to when I was TV presenting at the Isle of Wight festival. It was three days of fun, interviewing the likes of Katy B, Kelly Jones from Stereophonics and my all time favourite, Kelis - I heart Kelis! All of my interviews were being broadcast live on Sky Arts and Sky 1, which was incredible and so much fun!

I was so excited to be presenting alongside Joe Whiley & Zoë Ball in addition to Tom Ravenscroft, Shaun Keaveny and Mathew Horne. I grew up watching Zoë Ball on Live & Kicking so that was a particular highlight, especially as she's so bloomin' nice. We shared a dressing room together, she drove me around on a golf buggy and she even brought me cake. What a woman! Here's a few snaps from one of the most fun weekends ever.

Aj Odudu and Kelis Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Zoe Ball Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Kelly Jones Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Zoe Ball Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival

Nick Jonas Interview for ITV2

I returned to Mondrain London to present ITV2’s music entertainment show The Hot Desk. Previously for the popular TV show, I’ve interviewed chart-topping, Grammy award winning Meghan Trainor and former X Factor starlet and Brit Award-nominated Ella Henderson. Last week it was the turn of American actor and singer Nick Jonas.

One third of pop band The Jonas Brothers, Nick’s now a solo artist and is back with a brand new album and already has his single Jealous in the official UK top 10 charts. I went to chat to him all about that and much more.

Gushing about the overwhelming support he’s had for his single Jealous from fans and mega star Rihanna, sharing his disappointment in no longer being able to tour with Iggy Azalea this spring and chatting about his love for Stevie Wonder, Nick Jonas was ever so charming.

I challenged him to flex his stuff and even had an arm wrestle with him. You can find out who won that arm wrestle and see the full interview on ITV2 in June. Keep an eye on my YouTube channel too for some exclusive behind the scenes footage.

Needless to say I definitely play Nick’s music on my Hoxton Radio chart show on Monday. From 2 to 4pm I shared my quick and easy fit tips, three 90s hits which are so NOW, counted down the top 10 singles chart and of course, shared even more gossip from my shoot with Nick Jonas. Listen back to show here.


DJ'ing & Dancing with Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

DJ AJ Odudu

OK so maybe not with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars...more like to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. When H&M invited me to do a dance class with them and SOS Fitness (Seen On Screen Fitness)  I jumped at the chance. I’ve read all about SOS who create and teach dance routines inspired by the the biggest pop stars (some of which they have actually worked with) to help you get fit whilst having bags of fun.

It was to celebrate the launch of H&M’s new fitness range which includes matching co-ords, funky sports bras and a range of trendy outdoor gear for hiking. The prices are pretty snazzy too. With SOS you can learn how to dance like pop stars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kylie, Britney Spears or in my case, Mark Ronson. Genius!

I worked up a sweat by sticking out my bottom, flicking my hair in the wind machines, strutting and twerking for an hour straight. Not to mention all the smiling and laughing I did which, if you ask me, is a workout in itself. It was so much fun and I can still remember the dance routine…(well, at least half if it). After gyrating to Uptown Funk with a load of sassy ladies I stepped behind the wheels of steel for a quick spin myself. Britney medley anyone?!