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LIFE: My Designer Haul with Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Prada in Paris

There is one part of me that knows that “designer” anything doesn’t really enrich or fulfill the soul. I know that I am whole without a single addition to my natural self. But…then there is the poor kid in me

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LIFE: Happy Birthday Kendrick Lamar! Directing “A.D.H.D.” Music Video

In honor of Kendrick Lamar‘s 29th Birthday, here’s a flashback post of when I directed this Gemini man’s music video for Section.80-featured favorite, “A.D.H.D”. It was blazing hot summer — July 23rd of 2011 to be exact — when two days of

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Teeth Whiteners, Detox Teas & Waist Trainers Without Selling Your Soul!

Okay okay, the title is a bit dramatic – but, those endorsements for Teeth Whiteners, Detox Teas and Waist Trainers being pushed on us by hot Instagram girls feels a bit empty. Like, how do we know you REALLY use

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THROWBACK: Kelis – “Good Stuff” (feat. Pusha T)

Although Wikipedia says “The single failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,” I remember Kelis’ “Good Stuff” track with Pusha T this being the jam in 1999. Not only that, but the young Harlem native was quite mesmerizing. She

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WATCH: Rae Sremmurd – “Look Alive”

If you know me, then you know that I seriously bump Rae Sremmurd all day every day. I just love the music this duo is making — instant bangers with a creative flow. Their latest track “Look Alive” speaks to me. It has

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THROWBACK: Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait”

What is so crazy, is when you see the video for a classic song that you’ve never seen before. Like me, seeing the video for “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz. When I was a kid and I would hear

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LIFE: Houston’s Greg Noire Shoots Vashtie in Unexpected NYC Rainstorm (PHOTOS)

I met Greg Noire during my Hpnotiq Tour while having a DJ Show in Houston. He hit me on Instagram and I loved his work, so he came through to the telly and took quick and AMAZING photos of me…SEE

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FEATURED: Happy Birthday Kanye! Directing “Us Placers” Music Video by CRS in 2007

OMG. I cannot believe how time is flying. It’s obscene, actually. 9 years!!! Anyways. Before I do a full introductory post for all the newbies to Vashtie.Com that explains the birth of my digital baby and who I am, I

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LIFE: “3AM” Docuseries on Showtime

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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SHOP: Violette Bisous Button Up

Today my brand Violette presents a limited edition unisex “Bisous” button up, featuring red lips embroidered on the neck. The name, pronounced “bee-zoo”, is the French word for kiss! Check out the lookbook, shot by Amanda Alborano, features myself and musician Mozartrick,

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STYLE: A Vacation State of Mind with Kate Spade New York

As a New Yorker, it’s pretty much second nature to always be on the move and stay on our grind. Sometimes I get so caught up in work that I forget to even take time to breathe, much less go

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Sober Summer Sixteen

  High School Vashtie at Dunkin’ Donuts getting a Coffee Coolatta or some ish So, the truth about me is that I never drank in high school or even at art school. There was no particular reason, I was just

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Featured: Quickie with Gogy

T H E   S H O R T… Name: Rodrigo Santiago Esparza ? Nickname: Gogy (pronounced Joe-Jee) Astrological Sign: Scorpio Born & Raised: Worcester, Massachusetts!!!!! My parents are from Ecuador Currently Residing: Chinatown, NY Five Favorite Things… 1. Making the

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LIFE: Celebrating Marcelo Burlon & Tyga Exclusive Saks 5th Avenue Collection

A few days ago, my Italian Friend Marcel Burlon reached out inviting me to celebrate his latest collaboration with Tyga for Saks 5th Avenue in New York City. Well, I had to be there to celebrate and represent. The soiree

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STYLE: Naturally Feminize Your Tomboy Streetwear Steeze

A few months ago a good friend of mine and hairstylist, Angela Soto asked me to be a part of 90s style creative project. The idea started off inspired by old Calvin Klein ads similar to the ones I wrote

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LIFE: #FBF Attending Rihanna’s Diamond Ball 2014

I was flown out to attend Rihanna’s lovely Diamond Ball affair by my family at Puma (more to come on that soon). LA is famously not one of my favorite places, but the weather, food and friends made up for

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Best Natural Deodorant That Won’t Make You Funky

I have been wearing natural deodorants of all kinds over the years, ultimately cursing the ones closest to me with funky pits. The products always start off hopeful but then end tragically before the end of the day. From Tom’s of Maine

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WOMAN CRUSHIN’ IT WEDNESDAY: Neneh Cherry

Before all these current cool, trendy it-girls ruled the world…there was Neneh Cherry. ++++++++++ I first came to know of Miss Neneh growing up in the 90’s. My brother and sister who were 7 and 8 years older than me

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WATCH: Princess Nokia – “Tomboy”

You all know I am a huge fan of Miss Princess Nokia. Hailing from New York City, this young thug miss was recently featured in the latest Calvin Klein campaign alongside musical notables Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar. Last year,

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NEWS: Activist & Poet Afeni Shakur Passes Away

The notable activist and poet, Afeni Shakur has passed away at the age of 69. The Marin County Sheriff’s office say they responded to a call last night of a possible cardiac arrest. Afeni was transported to a hospital but

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WATCH: Azealia Banks – “The Big Big Beat”

Many things can be said about controversial miss Azealia Banks, but what cannot be denied is her seemingly limitless vocal talents. She can rap, she can sing, and she can really sing…all in one track that is usually the most

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FASHION: Violette New York Launches New Capsule

My brand Violette New York has had some exciting collaborations in the past from Puma, Bowery Bob, & more. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of a mini-capsule which is the perfect way to bring in the Summer. Short and

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BEAUTY: Vashtie Discusses Holistic Beauty & Wellness for The Coveteur

VASHTIE ON VEGANISM, MEDITATING LIKE OPRAH & HATING WORKOUTS SHE GREW UP ON CHEETOS AND CHERRY COKE. IF SHE CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO. BY: Meagan Wilson (Full Interview via TheCoveteur.Com) Hands down the most addictive part of Snapchat?

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WATCH: Kali Uchis – “Only Girl”

I’ve admired Kali Uchis’ talent and artistry ever since my first listen to Por Vida and today the Colombian songstress released her new, self-directed video for “Only Girl.” The song speaks of women in the position of power, ultimately deciding the fate of a

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WATCH: theMIND – “Pale Rose”

A few months ago, theMIND asked me to play a DJ in his newest music video “Pale Rose”. Since I play one in real life from time to time, I was more than down since he’s also one of my

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WATCH: Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Film

Okay, I’m about 3 months late on sharing this – but, better late than never? This Gucci Fashion Film is not only spectacular, fresh and vibrant – it’s the perfect memo directed by Glen Luchford to share with the world

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RANDOM: 11 Things on Vashtie’s Birthday Wish/Gift List

Just like Drake’s line from his newest track “Pop Style”, “Turned My Birthday Into a Lifestyle” – if that don’t sum up my feelings on my April 23rd birthday too – I don’t know what does. Since I turned 15, I’ve always hated

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LIFE: Vashtie Gets Ready by Photographer Greg Noire (Black & White)

From time to time, budding artists reach out to either collaborate with or to shoot me. It’s sort of cool because I’ve been able to meet some incredible talents that I’m able to make cool things with. Like – Houston

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WATCH: Nyck Caution – “Somebody”

My good friend Nyck Caution has been killing it this year since dropping his project Disguise The Limit. Nyck is set to hit the road on The Smokers Club Tour soon, recently released a visual for “Basin”, and is playing

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Jean-Paul Belmondo

You captured my heart as a rebellious teen when I was finding art in a hopeless place. The art being French New Wave Cinema and that hopeless (yet, not that hopeless) place was Albany. Since stumbling upon you in “A

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LISTEN: Caveman – “80 West”

A few months ago Cinematic announced the signing of a rock band named Caveman and since then, the band has been making steady headway toward their new album Otero War. Today they released the third single from the album, this

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THROWBACK: Faith Evans – “I Love You”

This right here, is the jam. Such a sweet and delicate track and it brings back cozy early 2000 memories. I feel like channeling this era, might just throw some chop sticks in my hair and wrap a kimono on.

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Doin’ It Well: Meatless Monday Made Simple. Try This Menu!

I lead a mainly raw and vegan diet/lifestyle and have so for more than half of my life. Many people tell me that they too would like to trying being vegan and or raw, but don’t know where to start or can’t find

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FEATURED: Get To Know theMIND & A Behind The Scenes Look At Mercury Rising

Last year I was asked to play the role of the DJ in a music video for an upcoming artist, theMIND. I didn’t really know much about him or his music, so I decided to familiarize myself with his work

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WATCH: All The Music Videos To My #WhenThugsCry Mixtape

You guys! Happy Monday!!! Wait – Have you listened?! I dropped my VERY FIRST MIXTAPE last week, titled “When Thugs Cry”  which is dedicated to all my Sensitive Thugs, Beloved Brutes and Romantic Ruffians worldwide! So far, it’s gotten a

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TONIGHT: Your Old Droog Performance at SOB’s

Brooklyn Native and Russian blooded, Max aka Your Old Droog, has been perfecting his New York sound for some time now. He’s known on the underground as a major force to be reckoned with and soon, the mainstream will be

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THROWBACK: Selena – “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” (R.I.P)

21 years ago today, the world lost an incredibly beautiful and talented woman, Miss Selena Quintanilla, days before her 24th birthday. When this happened, I was just a kid and the news of losing such a magical soul was heartbreaking.

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MUSIC: “When Thugs Cry” Vashtie’s 1st Mixtape!

This mix is inspired by Romantic Ruffians and Sensitive Thugs worldwide. Not to be confused with the average Sad Boy who goes around boo hoo’ing over anything, but rather for the Tough Guy who doesn’t often open up – but

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FUNNY: Hilarious French 2 Minute Film (VIDEO)

I came across this hilarious video on Twitter earlier this week and wanted to share it here. The video has so many twists and the dramatic music adds to all the many climaxes! I swear, you will love this! https://t.co/uqfJYAyTI2

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FIT: 8 Exercises You Can Complete In Bed

Saw this via INTO THE GLOSS & just had to share. I mean, who doesn’t love bed? And who doesn’t mind killing two birds with one stone, especially when it involves bed?! +++++ This is not Crossfit. This is not

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