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LIFE: Young Vashtie (Birth to Pre-School) – Part 1 of 3

For my long-time readers, I know I’ve been talking about getting around to this for some time now. It’s so beyond long overdue, yet in perfect time…since it’s my birthday today! I had been wanting to do a post on

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LIFE: DJ’ING FOR WILHELMINA MODELS 50TH ANNIVERSARY – MATT BARNES, HERON PRESTON & MORE

Last night I DJ’ed for the super legendary modeling agency Wilhelmina Models for their 50th Anniversary! It was literally the most popping party inside and out…as the door was mobbed with industry elites and downtown VIP’s. The event took place

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THROWBACK: Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”

If you’ve never seen this video, I suggest you take the 4:04 minutes to feast your eyes on this beautiful rainbow of people in the most diverse styles – sure to give you some fashion inspo. You probably know the

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CULTURE: “Used To Be With Vashtie At Santos.” What Does My Drake Shoutout Refer To?

A couple days prior to the release of Migo’s highly anticipated album Culture II, a friend who worked on production mentioned via text that I was shouted out on the album. Finding it too good to be true, I didn’t

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LIFE: Vashtie DJ’s YouTube’s “Bringing The Boom Bap Back To New York” Alongside GrandMaster Flash

  January 26th, 2018. About a week prior to the event, I got a call from Lyor Cohen (the man, the legend – himself) telling me that he wanted me to DJ his party and that our mutual friend Q-Tip

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LIFE: Vashtie’s First Trip to Denmark

As many of you know, I have traveled quite a bit for work and to many lovely places like Paris/France, London/England, Johannesburg/South Africa, Abu Dhabi/Dubai, etc. I am very appreciative of this perk of my job, but it’s also quite

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Happy 72nd Birthday to Dolly Parton! Peep How Her “9 to 5” Music Video Recently Inspired Vogue

Miss Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton

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Vashtie’s Mixtape #ONE16GOAT” Honors Sade, Kate Moss, Aaliyah and FKA Twigs Birthday

Another one… Yes folks. Another mixtape by yours truly. These things take a lot of time and work, but I always feel so accomplished after finishing and letting them out into the digital universe. This newest mixtape celebrates January 16th;

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FITNESS: Vashtie’s Favorite At-Home Workout When It’s Too Cold For The Gym

For a lot of you who have been apart of my journey, you know that I reluctantly adopted exercise as apart of my daily routine a few years ago. I jokingly refer to cardio as “oppressive cardio” because sweating and

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LIFE: DJ’ING ASICS 5TH AVE FLAGSHIP STORE OPENING (12.13.17)

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to DJ for ASICS 5th Avenue Flagship Store Opening. The evening was made intimate with an introduction by Gene McCarthy, President & CEO of ASICS America, an honorary Japanese Sake Ceremony and a

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LIFE: Attended My 1st Morrissey Concert (My Angsty-Emo Teenage Dreams Came True)

Most of you know, I was born in the hood and as a product of my environment (and in general, as someone with good taste – just saying) – I am a lover of sneaker/streetwear and hip hop culture. But,

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LIFE: VASHTIE’S 10 DAYS IN PARIS FOR PFW17 (BRASSERIE LIPP, DIPLO, NINA RICCI & MORE)

I am so appreciative that I am able to travel to Paris at least 2 times a year for work…and for Fashion Week at that! I’ve made such amazing friends internationally, that it’s always like a fun friend reunion when

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THROWBACK: Janet Jackson – “When I Think Of You”

This video and song debuted in 1986, with a 20 year old Janet on vocals. Written and produced by the legendary duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it became Janets (“Miss Jackson” if your nasty’s) first number one hit on

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Doin’ It Well: What are GMO’s?

This may or may not be old news to you guys, but I had to share. Everyone’s favorite “Fozzie Bear” inspired Rapper, Wacka Flocka, made headlines a while back after posting to his Instagram a Before & After Photo of

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LIFE: What Happened On My 2 Week Digital Detox?

Hi. Vashtie here. Yes, the Vashtie of Vashtie.Com. Some of you may remember when it was only me contributing to this internet experiment since 2007 and I’m sure you may have noticed that my site has expanded to include a

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FIT: 4-Minute Neck & Shoulders Stretch at Your Desk

If you're reading this, you are probably at your desk which means you've probably been sitting there for a minute and could use some quick and easy yoga stretches. Watch this 4 minute video by Gaiam and get in some

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Why Refined Sugar is not Sweet to your body

For as long as I could remember, I’ve always had a super sweet tooth. So much so that, by the time my parents could afford to send me to a real dentist at age 12 – I had discovered a

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Super Cat

  First of all, his dapper style and West Indian accent murdered it! In hindsight, he kind of looked like one of my uncles (with that “IND-YAN” mix) and attracted/scared me like every old school West Indian man does. He

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#VASHTIEVITALS: IS CELERY JUICE A MAGIC MEDICINAL CURE-ALL? I’M ABOUT TO SEE!

So, as I have been on my wellness and holistic journey since the age of 12 – I like to share all the gems of wisdom I am learning along the way. I recently started following the work and teachings

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Quickie: Naomi Yasuda of Naomi Nails

T H E S H O R T … Name: NAOMI YASUDA Nickname: NAOMI NAILS Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 9th, 1984 – Leo Born & Raised: JAPAN Currently Residing: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Blem” – Drake Hidden Talents?: I can play

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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LIFE: My Parisian Birthday Adventure – Shopping and Visiting The Moët & Chandon Caves!

So, last week I dipped real quick to Paris to celebrate my birthday in Parisian style. It was the second time I was so fortunate to do so. The first time was in 2014 (See the trip that I bogged

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Remembering The 1992 L.A. Riots 25 Years Later

Many of us know of the infamous 1992 L.A Riots, but what really caused all of that violence and unrest in the city of Los Angeles over twenty years ago? Here’s a bit of a timeline of events that led

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GREEN TO GO VEGGIE

1. It reduces global warming. In 2006, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 2. To avoid excessive carbon dioxide production. Livestock produces a large

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Fitted Legitted: Vashtie’s Evolving Excursion in Exercise

So, some of you may know I am a wellness lover and that I dabble in fitness – but I wanted to explain my fitness life, because although I’m committed to it with my #HoodRatGymRat posts…I am actually not in

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes In The Crib

Growing up, my Trinidadian immigrant parents always made us take our shoes off upon entering our little apartment. It always came from a place of cleanliness and respect. I just assumed that was what everyone did because it was all

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Farewells & Fond Memories of Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen has been–for many generations of the young, hungry, and weird–a gateway to New York City. Today, the pioneering East Village vegan eatery closes, after forty years of operation. Rising rent and a changing neighborhood led to its demise. If

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Throwback To When Vashtie Was on a Showtime Docu-Series with Fat Jew & More

At the end of 2014 and into the beginning of 2015, I was filmed to be a feature on a Showtime Docu-Series called “3am” about New York City Nightlife. When they told me that my homies Fat Jew and Kirill

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BEAUTY TUESDAY: Vashtie’s 6 Favorite Lip Balms

The ashy skin and chapped lips are so real this season! I try and stay super hydrated internally, drinking warm water and lemon – but, in severely cold weather you also need lots of physical protection. Here are my 6 favorite

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FLASHBACK: Directing Jadakiss’ “Letter To Big” Video in 2009

It was all a dream. In 2009, I had the honor of directing a video for the Notorious soundtrack. Biggie has been a huge influence on my life and work and having the chance to direct a Jadakiss video for a song about him was monumental–and

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BEAUTY: The Innate Life Scalp Treatment & Rose Hair Elixir

As some of you know, at the age of twelve, I became all about vegan eating, wellness and all things natural. My journey has been an interesting one, filled with lots of discoveries. I’m really fortunate to be able to share any

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NEWS: Vashtie, Cara Delevigne, Binx Walton & More for DKNY JEANS

Um. Like. I can’t. DKNY has been so amazing to me. They made my entire last year super glamorous, having featured me in 3 campaigns and their NYFW runway show. In total, 4 campaigns including their 2013 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

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POPPING TAGS: Louis Vuitton Pocket Comb Case

As a true Knicks fan, it’s an unspoken rule that you support anything that is offered in a Knicks colorway. Just kidding, but the new Louis Vuitton packaging color way is so New York, I’m obsessed! To preface this post,

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Here’s a Special Valentine’s Day Treat, My ‘To You, From Me’ Mix

Dedicated to all the lovers worldwide (and especially to one very dear and darling to me), on my favorite holiday…Valentine’s Day. ‘To You, From Me’ is a collection of all my favorite love songs, past and present. With artists ranging

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LIFE: DJ’ing for the Working Not Working 5 Year Anniversary Party 1.25.17

Back in 2014, Justin Gignac of the creative agency Working Not Working booked me to DJ their holiday party. I’m pretty sure I bodied it, because they had me back to celebrate their 5 year anniversary with over 1200 RSVPS!

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Life: Migos “Bad & Boujee” Women Only Dinner in NYC – Draya Michele, Saleh Marley & More!

Last night, I was delightfully invited to attend the 300 ENT and Migos (Women Only) Dinner and Party in NYC’ Meatpacking District to celebrate the highly anticipated release of their album “Culture”. I absolutely got dressed as bad and boujee

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#VASHTIEVITALS: Watch Vashtie Get a Colonic Treatment

Warning: This Vashtie TV episode might be highly anticipated and simultaneously highly unanticipated. This latest episode explores the world of Gravity Hydro-Colon Therapy, a procedure I started about five years ago. In the beginning, I went maybe a couple times

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Watch ‘This Machine Kills Racism’ Mixtape Visuals by Vashtie

Back in July 2016, I made a mixtape titled “This Machine Kills Racism”. At the time, I was overwhelmed with all that was happening and had been happening in the world, specifically in my beloved homeland of America. I think

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LIFE: L’Oreal Photoshoot in Paris & Hpnotiq Texas Tour (4.11 – 4.16)

Jeez! This past week was intense. 5 flights in  5 days! I’m not even a musician and I’m not on tour! Yikes. Paris Monday to Wednesday. New York Wednesday night. Dallas Thursday. Houston Friday and back to NYC on Saturday.

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Vashtie’s Holiday Gift Guide – Under 150$

It’s that special time of year when all you want to do is hibernate and chill, but the pressure of our capitalist society has you on edge about what to get your loved ones for the holidays! Here is my

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