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LIFE: Directing A Video For Porsche Design Blackberry 9982 x Fellow Artists Baron Von Fancy & More x Performance by Chairlift

PORSCHE DESIGN BLACKBERRY P'9982 Launch Party

A month ago, I was asked by the lovely folks at Karla Otto to direct a video using only the video/editing component of the sleek Porsche Deign Blackberry 9982. The video would be projected at fun event hosted at the Soho Porsche Design store. On deck, they had fellow artists; including my friend Baron Von Fancy making custom art for the event and more. They dressed me in their clothes…which I JUST found out about, that Porsche Design makes clothing and accessories. They have beautiful pieces! Check out the evening…PORSCHE DESIGN BLACKBERRY P'9982 Launch Party porschedesign_blackberry_1121131

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Hollywood Holt, Elle Clay, Josh Madden & Ramona Sildo.porschedesign_blackberry_1121133

Scott and Baron Von Fancy.porschedesign_blackberry_1121134 porschedesign_blackberry_1121135

Chairlift, hello?! They are amazing and the lead singer is enchanting, literally.porschedesign_blackberry_1121137Hollywood Holt sipping on champy’ in front of my video that I made for Porsche Design!

Did I mention the phone is incredible? It’s like holding a pair of angel wings that can execute incredibly.

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Pictures of the Porsche Design Blackberry P9982 via my Instagram

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LIFE: Art Basel 2013 – Hanging With Revolt TV & Party At The Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion (12.6/12.7)

About a month or so ago I got a phone call…and not an ordinary phone call – it was a phone call from  Sean Combs aka “Puff” aka “Diddy” aka “You Pick Up The Damn Phone When This Man Calls”. I’ve known him for a few years now…you know work related and what not. Some of you may remember that I reached out to him about interviewing him for Supreme Magazine in 2009 – which he was 100% down for (and this was pre-explosion of the brand to the masses). He just always knows what’s up. Seriously, he is “the man”.

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Puff, Vashtie, Terry Richardson 2009

So, he called and informed of his new network REVOLT TV – and said that I needed to be apart of it. I was open, although I’m not much of an on-air personality. Yes, I can do it from time to time, but on-air personalities are masters in their craft. I explained that I was open and voiced my concerns and he reassured me that me being me was what people want to see. So, I took a meeting with the network in LA (when I was there for my Chloe trip) and was blown away by an entire company of folks making cool things for the channel. I’m a recovering Time Warner victim who now has Fios (I thank the tech gods for this everyday), so I haven’t seen the channel…yet. Needless to say, I was blown away and excited about the possibilities. They were open to my ideas…

Art Basel was on the plate and they asked me to attend. I landed on Friday and stayed until Sunday. I got to meet the team and host, Hannah Rad, who is 100% the raddest. Rahman Dukes, the man in charge, made sure I was comfortable and prepared. I felt out of my element until I decided that I wanted to interview my friends at the Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion. The Revolt Team was into what I was into, making me feel at ease…here’s how it went!

FRIDAY 12.6

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A 6am flight might as well be a damn 2am flight. You get no sleep the night before and head to the airport at 4am. Eek.
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I still get stoked for this!vashtie_artbasel_201303

Miami!vashtie_artbasel_201304

Fueled up with my favorite…a hearty salad!vashtie_artbasel_201305

At the Miami Convention Center with the Revolt Team…

Dana, Hannah Rad, Mike & Jorge.


Look at this idiot on the right.

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Hannah and I toasted to me being the latest addition to the Revolt Team. Thanks for the champy!vashtie_artbasel_201311

We stopped by the Perrier x Faile Arcade which was lots of fun! I am also obsessed with Perrier!vashtie_artbasel_201307 vashtie_artbasel_201308 vashtie_artbasel_201309 vashtie_artbasel_201310vashtie_artbasel_201312 vashtie_artbasel_201313

I met up with my friend Julian Consuegra of Stray Rats. Here he is with his homie Edgar Rojas at SweetWater.

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We got some Mediterranean Food at Sultan. I was so hungry! Sidenote: Mediterranean Food is a Vegan Paradise.vashtie_artbasel_201316

Afterwards, we went to the Basel Paradise Party headed by my friends Dan Solomito and Nomie. Unfortunately a terrible fight broke out, which ended the party and ruined my good vibes for the entire night. A drunk and crazed local fought my New York friends and everyone just watched…for like a good 4 minutes. No one stopped it and everyone watched like it was an entertaining reality show. It was morbid and I’m still feeling weird about it.

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Brad Clark & Miranda Maxwell (DJ Mirandom)

These two had to unfortunately fight this crazed lunatic the night before. 

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I stopped by the DKNY gifting suite to see my friend Soyoung Park. I forgot to snap a picture of her, but I got her incredible Murakami Nails! Check it out vashtie_artbasel_201319 vashtie_artbasel_201320

The view from the Mondrian. Friends With You did the pool toys and art.vashtie_artbasel_201321

We met up with Susan Morgan from Epiphany and headed to the Colette Alchemist Drive Thru.vashtie_artbasel_201322 vashtie_artbasel_201323

I ran into my other friends, Liz Olko (Obesity & Speed) and Carlos.

We decided to head to the Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion together.vashtie_artbasel_201324

My friend Alice from Colette gave me a cute goodie bag!

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After spending forever to find a cab, we headed out to a recluse location for the party. vashtie_artbasel_201325

Me, Ericka Malbon and Tabatha McGurr
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The Pool!vashtie_artbasel_201327

Shayne (Hood By Air) and Zac (V Files)vashtie_artbasel_201328

Ericka, Hannah, Chelsea and Me.vashtie_artbasel_201329 vashtie_artbasel_201330

Shayne feeling the music. It was like a reunion…so many great friends at an amazing house party!vashtie_artbasel_201331

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Telfar Clemons (Telfar), Vashtie and Ian Bradleyvashtie_artbasel_201334

Lucas Walters, Ben Detrick, Felipe Delerme and Guest.vashtie_artbasel_201335 vashtie_artbasel_201336

Me and Shayne Oliver, perched.vashtie_artbasel_201337

Mykki Blanco and Shayne getting into throwback Lil’ Kimvashtie_artbasel_201338

Raekwon & Hannah Rad

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Raekwon & Vashtie via my Instagramvashtie_artbasel_201339

Jasmine Solano and Vashtievashtie_artbasel_201340 vashtie_artbasel_201341

The great Kevin Lyons. I was stoked to meet this incredible artist. He gave me a SLICK RICK ruler and I lost it. I am so bummed.vashtie_artbasel_201342

Hami Delimi and Vashtie.

I have not seen Hami since 2007, when Oscar and I went to Paris after he and his Pain O’Chokolat crew flew us out to party in 1992 style. 5 years later, I finally get to see him in Miami. It’s been TOO long my friend.

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Hami Delimi and Me with Oscar and Paris crew in 2007

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Alice (Colette), Vashtie and Alex Sossahvashtie_artbasel_201345Charaf Tajer (Le Pom Pon) and Vashtie

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SUNDAY 12.8

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Available for sale at STARYRATS.COM (via Tumblr)

Miami it was fun, despite the fact that Art Basel makes it a crazy place. Special thanks to everyone for everything. Somehow I am very excited to be back home in New York in the cold grossness that is an east coast winter wonderland. What can I say, New York – I love you, you dirtbag!

LIFE: #Riquickulous Brand Jordan Party x Music by DJ Wonder, Vashtie & Surprise Performance by Pusha T (11.25.13)

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Photography by Dorothy Hong

Over the weekend, Brand Jordan took over the massive basement of club Good Units (which is nestled below the Hudson Hotel on 58th Street) and turned it into a Hoop Dream…come to life. They created a full basketball court and had two days of basketball activities; morning sessions for influencers and afternoon sessions for students. I was invited to Saturday’s 10am session and I still have no idea why I accepted…I am the worst athlete known to man and I hate waking up early. Elle and Young Scoozle got invited to the same session and you know they are hoop nuts…which I’m still not sure was reason for me to attend or avoid. Anyways, I enjoyed the drills and the workout, but not the sport…because I’m terrible.

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Look at this hilarious photo! I look so scared…because I was.IMG-0440

Still scared…

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Already accessing the damage I will not do.IMG-0531 IMG-0626

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After the weekend was over, Monday night rolled around and there was a POST EXPERIENCE (aka AFTER PARTY) for #RIQUICKULOUS. By the way, #RICQUICKULOUS refers to the Brand Jordan CP3 kicks…which we are all wearing on our feet at the basketball jammy jam. Anyways…I was asked to DJ alongside the incredible DJ WONDER before our special performer, PUSHA T, arrived. ADRIAN MILES from JORDAN hooked me up with some fresh new kicks and I took the JORDAN T-Shirt they gave me at the basketball sesh’ and customized it since I had no good JORDAN gear.

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This is not photoshop, I am actually hanging from this hoop after I dunked…


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Early in the evening.

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DJ WONDER the conductor! Check out his music! You will not be sorry.IMG-4654

This is actually real. I am almost as fast as Michael Jordan…IMG-4716

Fresco and Lucian

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Thanks for the kicks Adrian!IMG-4751 IMG-4769

Selecting…IMG-4770 IMG-4779

Nike and Jordan Fam-a-lam!IMG-4797

WILLIAM YAN & HERON PRESTONIMG-4816

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I’m taking a photo with a lovely lady in the background…IMG-4882 IMG-4891IMG-5126

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I met these foxes as I was talking to PUSHA, they approached me and not him for a photo!!! I was floored. These babes were the sweetest! Hopefully they see this post and see this great photo! We all look like sisters from the same mister!

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I see you KURTIS PEMBERTON!
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LORI STEWART & SUSAN MORGAN getting diz-own!IMG-5264

DAN SOLOMITO and a gang of babes! Literally. They are in a gang called “GANG OF BABES”, which is led by JANE KIM on the very far left! Hahaha, just kidding.IMG-5273

NIGEL SYLVESTER & JEFF CHENIMG-5302

Get it girl.

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MARIA & NECTIC REBELIMG-5411MICHAEL B. JORDAN! He’s the best. We are social media friends via Twitter and Instagram and we just met last night. He’s super sweet and incredibly talented! Go see FRUITVALE STATION if you haven’t already and support!

LIFE: Mexican Morrissey Night at Lit Lounge x DJ’ing with Angelo, Jeremiah and Fernando! (11.6.13)

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Ever since Sway Lounge ended its long-running and  legendary Morrissey Night, Mexican Morrissey has been the answer to our prayers…specifically us ethnic kids and our prayers! It’s amazing to know that you’re not the only brown or ethnic kid who cries on the inside (and sometimes outside) to a British man’s problems.

For those of you who don’t know, Morrissey and The Smiths have a die hard fan base…and if you don’t know that, then you don’t know me very well…because I am obsessed!

This bi-monthly or monthly party happens at Lit Lounge and is sprinkled with the usual crew, but also gets packed with fans we’ve never met before. It all makes for an amazing night; singing along with strangers and dancing with your best buds. #sadsongs for #sadboys. It’s like Drake, if Drake were British, white, popular in the 80′s, made songs about unrequited love and loneliness instead of being a baller who is sad because he gets girls, makes more money than you’ll ever see and drinks champagne all day.

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Angelo and Me.

I played lots of Depeche Mode, The Smiths and some Selena. Hey, it’s Mexican Morrissey!vashtie_mexmoz_1120132

This is the photo Rafael Rios takes of himself when you make the mistake of asking him to take a photo of you and Angelo. #Creepvashtie_mexmoz_1120133

Babes out dancing! Hey Anoma!vashtie_mexmoz_1120134

Rafael and Jassine!vashtie_mexmoz_1120135

Neal Santos and Tyvashtie_mexmoz_1120136

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Angelo aka BabyFace, Ty and Me. I promise my hair was cuter than this, but my Beats By Dre Headphones don’t maintain a cute pulled back hairdo.vashtie_mexmoz_1120138

Hey Boo’s!vashtie_mexmoz_1120139

Weirdo Dave and Weirdo Vash.

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See you next time at Mexican Morrissey Night! Until then, I’ll save some tears for you!

INVITE: Mexican Morrissey x Wednesday 11/6 x Lit Lounge x Music By Vashtie, Angelo, Jeremiah and Fernando

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LIFE: DJ’ing For Chloe in LA x Cafe Gratitude Dates with Levi Maestro x Meeting My Blog Reader B.Denise

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Vashtie DJ’ing for Chloe’s Rizzoli Book Release in Los Angeles, October 2013

(What is this pose? Peter Pan?)

After DJ’ing for Chloe in Paris for Vogue Paris Fashion Night Out in September of this year, I was also asked to DJ again for them in October in Sunny Los Angeles! First of all, having the opportunity to DJ for such an incredible brand like Chloe is a huge honor…but to do it (not once, not twice) three times?!…well, that is nothing short of amazing. I’m still pinching myself!

Anyways, last week I flew to LA to DJ on Tuesday and Wednesday for Chloe. The first evening was a private fashion event in a gorgeous million dollar estate and the second was a book launch party nestled in the courtyard their two LA stores share. In between, I got me eat on at my favorite place on earth…well, maybe my favorite place in LA…CAFE GRATITUDE of course!!! I also organized a quick meet-up with one of my long-time blog readers…Miss B. Denise!!! I was so excited for that!

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Staying at the Mondrian.vashtie_chloe_LA_10201302

My amazing Chloe attire!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201303 vashtie_chloe_LA_10201304

Thanks to Levi Maestro for always offering to give my non-driving ass a ride from the airport. He gladly picked me up and took me to eat at my favorite place, Cafe Gratitude, despite not wanting to really eat there. Thanks friend!!!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201305

Gimme Gimme!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201306

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I met Jerry and saw my friend Eddie Cruz eating there also. Great minds…

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After I was done eating, I thought I’d have time to meet Reba at my hotel but was asked to be ready earlier than expected. So, we gossiped a bit in my hotel as I hustled to get ready and shaved my legs in the bathrom sink (fellas, it be like that sometimes). Then, my friends Arnaud and the Chloe Babes picked me up as we headed to the very special house!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201308

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I was allowed to invite my own guests and had to invite my friends Phillip T. Annand and Kilo Kish, who happen to be LA locals now.vashtie_chloe_LA_10201310

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Haim performed their asses off. These babes are so cool. You may remember I blogged about them a while back!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201312

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Soko came through and provided lots of wild entertainment!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201314

Thanks to Kilo for always making sure I had a drink when I needed one and for being the only one dancing, reassuring me that I was playing jams!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201315

After the night was over, me and the Chloe folks had a good hang session! There were some incredible laughs and fun times!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201316

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DAY 2: Cafe Gratitude (again) with Rebavashtie_chloe_LA_10201317 vashtie_chloe_LA_10201318 vashtie_chloe_LA_10201319

Reba was a breath of fresh air, as per usual. I was going through it…overwhelmed with work and absolutely losing my mind. Her calm and kind energy kept me cool and she provided some creative solutions! Thanks again Reba! vashtie_chloe_LA_10201320 vashtie_chloe_LA_10201321

Kenny Scharf Kar Bomb! So amazing!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201322

After my brief hang session with Reba, she dropped me off to meet my friend Cherub. I feel like such a pre-teen when I’m in LA, waiting to be picked up and dropped off by friends…maybe this is why I don’t like LA. Eh, who knows…vashtie_chloe_LA_10201326

It was great to see Cherub, although I didn’t get to see her beautiful son Hunter. She was as cozy as ever and in a great place! So happy for her!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201323

This was what she ate. I was so excited to watch her eat it. My metabolism would die if I even attempted to have a few bites of this…but maybe I should, I could use the l-b’s.

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While I met with Cherub, a special friend met with us also.

The day before, I tweeted that I would be in LA and B.Denise (one of my oldest blog readers and supporters) tweeted back and mentioned maybe she should come down. I immediately responded and said that she should!

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Well…she did!

She drove in from San Diego! I was so so so excited to meet this little talented gal who has been majorly supporting me and making me special art since 2008! It was weird, because meeting someone you don’t know in real life and only know from the internet seems like it could be strange…but, I felt like I already knew her. I can’t say enough, it was amazing to meet her…I mean you, since you will be reading this B.Denise!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201324

A handmade birthday card made by B.Denise. One of my favorite things to receive!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201325

Yay!

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I didn’t have much time to hang and hustled to the Chloe store to get dressed for the night. I knew the evening would be beautiful, I just had to provide the right sounds. 

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Beautiful Chloe Team!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201334

The Chloe book is an epic catalog of their exquisite heritage! Seriously a beautiful book, cop it if you have the chance! I got mine signed by Marc Ascoli!
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Arnaud and Me! He is the sweetest! Now that he has moved to New York City, we will be hanging a lot!vashtie_chloe_LA_10201344

After the event, I got changed and had my luggage tucked away so that I could be on my way. I hopped in a car service and headed to LAX, back home on the red-eye flight. I landed at 7am and immediately went into hustle mode for the Art/T-Shirt Collaboration Party I did with David Alexander Flinn. Exhausted? Yes. Time to think about that? No. 

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Special thanks to The Chloe Team. Seriously, the most hospitable and wonderful team I could have asked for. They went above and beyond to create wonderful events and did the same to make sure myself and their guests were  taken care of. Oh, and they gifted me all the clothes!!! I am overwhelmed and overstoked (yes, I just made that up)!

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Thanks also to my friends Levi Maestro, Reba, Cherub, Phillip T. Annand and Kilo Kish! Hope to you see you LA peeps next time!

LIFE: Naleye’s Birthday Party at The Box x Illuminati AMS, DJ Huggy Bear, Domo Genesis, Mellow High & More! (10.23.13)

It was my Dutch friend Naleye’s birthday and he asked me to come through to The Box and play some tunes. I was definitely down and honestly had no idea that venue was still around because I haven’t been there since about 2009. Being back there again reminded me of how much I loved it (seedy performance art, weird crowd…all my favorites). It was a nice night to celebrate Naleye’s birthday and I DJ’ed alongside his DJ/Music Producing partner – DJ Jaziah. They are sweethearts and I had a good time. DJ Huggy Bear came with and played some jams also! Check it out!vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201301

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Party People in the place to be…vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201303

Naleye and Jaziah…but they are missing their third link…Miss Niangavashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201304

Bottle service…vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201305 vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201306

Looky who was there! The Mellow Hype Boys and Domo Genesis! Awww!vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201307

Me and Domo Genesis.vashtie_naleye_birthday_1023201308
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LIFE: 4 Days in London x International Familia Dinner & Wah Nails Party at Casa Negra (Day 3 & 4)

It was my 3rd and 4th day in London and already the trip was speeding by! Although it was cold and rainy (a combination I utterly hate), I was enjoying my time there exploring the city and hanging out with friends. For a life-time, I’ve never been interested in travel. Mainly because I just have a terrible memory and a great imagination, so I forget the places I have seen and I can imagine being anywhere to perfection. I also think the process of travel is so archaic and cumbersome…taxi’s to the airport, delays, the class system (I hate that). It’s also 2013 and we can do just about anything, but we’re still flying and not teleporting or something like that? I digress. All I’m saying is that, travel was not my thing and this past trip got me stoked on other places in the world. I’m happy that international work is picking up! I hope it continues.
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My beautiful bags by Janvier London, gifted to me by Elle. They are SO BEAUTIFUL, like little gifts on your shoulder. So sweet and amazing.vashtie_london_10_201302

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Tom Brunet and Yoan Prat came to pick up their American friend. Both of these Parisians hadn’t been to London in a long time. One of the facts that I learned about Londoners and Parisians; despite being only 2.5 hours away from each other, they rarely visit each others city.vashtie_london_10_201304

I had so many friends to see and meet, but had no time…SO…a dinner was organized. It was amazing. So many friends from around the world. Mykki Blanco and BoyChild representing “The States”, Gee from Patta repping Amsterdam, Sharmadean, Carri Munden, Grace, Rav from Cloth Surgeon repping London, Tom & Yoan repping Paris. It was beautiful!vashtie_london_10_201305

Finding a good vegan meal in Europe has become my life goal. Thankfully, Casa Negra made a special vegan meal just for me!vashtie_london_10_201306

The food was incroyable. I have to say, my international friends showed me something I don’t see that often in “The States”…an open-ness and friendliness that was natural. It’s hard to describe, but people are just open willing to help in ways I haven’t seen in a long time. I think it’s just how other people around the world function, because my father was very much this way. We always had play cousins and aunts and uncles and they would stay with us on visits to Albany. I think it’s what made me so friendly and…you know…”downtowns sweetheart”! Haha.

New York is a competitive place and although I think its a less superficial city than LA, it doesn’t have that warmth that I felt on my recent London and Paris trip. Of course, it could be just my experience, but I have been inspired by this candidness and hope to start a trend in “The States”. vashtie_london_10_201307

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Sharmadean Reid, Tia Ward & Parvinder Lotavashtie_london_10_201309

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Guest, Gee (Patta/Amsterdam), Tremaine Emory, Guestvashtie_london_10_201311

British Babes. Their style is so good and individualistic. Half the things I see them wear, I would never think would make sense together and it does…in a very cool way!vashtie_london_10_201312

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Sharmadean making a sweet speech.vashtie_london_10_201315

Mykki and Me!vashtie_london_10_201316

Parvinder, Me and Tia Wardvashtie_london_10_201317

Rav and Mevashtie_london_10_201318

Tom and Yoan…with someone pouring it up for them and not-Mos Def behind them!vashtie_london_10_201319

Melo-X and Jasmine Solano were in tour for their Electric Punanny Tour!vashtie_london_10_201320

Boy Child and Mevashtie_london_10_201321

Angelo Baque and the London Supreme Boys!vashtie_london_10_201322

Angelo, Tremaine and Hadarrah! NYC represent!vashtie_london_10_201323

Guest, Jenny, Heron Preston, Me and Alex Sossah!vashtie_london_10_201324 vashtie_london_10_201325

A-ron The Don! vashtie_london_10_201326

Adorable Blondie!
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Angelo and Me. Mr. Wrong and Mr. Wrong.vashtie_london_10_201328

Tremaine Emory and Hadarrah Moore.vashtie_london_10_201329

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Solomon, Angelo Baque, Lucien Clarke and Blondie vashtie_london_10_201331

The morning after. I had some English Breakfast Tea after many suggestions. I really wanted to have a proper British Tea (despite never having liked Earl Grey), but had zero time so ordered it via room service. It was good with copious amounts of lemon and honey! Me likey.vashtie_london_10_201332These raw and vegan snacks saved my for the duration of my trip. Literally!!! Last time I went to Paris I lost 4 lbs and I was only there for 3 days! Thanks to Katie Lau for this. She is very thoughtful!

LIFE: 4 Days in London x Lunch at Pizza East x Supreme London Visit with Grace Ladoja & Friends (Day 1 & 2 of 4)

I still can’t believe it has been 10 years since I was last in London. Actually, I can believe it because I only travel for work – which is something I hope to change, but as a Taurus I can’t promise anything. When I first traveled to Europe, London was my least favorite place of all…and I’ll explain why. Growing up in “The States”, I had grand daydreams of Europe being so foreign and different. When I first came to London I had expectations of it being so different and weird, but it felt like New York. So – it wasn’t that I disliked it for any reason…I just had expectations of it being super foreign. Although it feels like New York, it also feels very different. This time around I really got to take in the culture, even though I was only there for 4 days. Here is a portion of my first 2 days…London_10_201301

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The Smiths, Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Sade and King Krule were on HEAVY ROTATION!London_10_201303

Oh nice, look at death in living form. #EffConcealerLondon_10_201304

On the plane, I watched a FASCINATING documentary on David Bowie. There was SO much I didn’t know about him. For example, he took on a different character every time he came out with a new album and they were all different from each other. I also saw that when he recorded “Young Americans”, one of his backup singers as a young and darling Luther Vandross. I love me some Luther.London_10_201305

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Business Class on an International Flight is incoryable! I laid flat and slept the whole way. The guy next to me was a bit weird, but I was not studdin’ him. Also, I had a really sweet flight attendant.London_10_201307

Thas Me!London_10_201308

My hotel room was not ready, so I took some jet-laggy self portraits.London_10_201309

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Lonely Hotel Rooms are fun and then lonely…and in Europe they are always too cold for me. I waited around to meet up with my New York friends Shaniqwa and Angelo who also planned a trip to London and Paris – the same dates I was there! What luck…or bad luck if you know what trouble we are as a threesome.

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The taxi’s are old school like they are in those old British movies. It felt like Harry Potter or something…even though I’ve never seen one Harry Potter film.London_10_201314

Lunch at Pizza East with Angelo and Shaniqwa’s Lovely Friends!London_10_201315

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Angelo teaching this adorable lad naughty hand gestures.London_10_201319

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Grace Ladoja! I missed this babe!

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Young Americans (in London) via my INSTAGRAMLondon_10_201325

Supreme Employee. He looks like a British gentleman version of the boys we have at the New York shop  London_10_201326

Supreme London – Mark Gonzalez ArtworkLondon_10_201327

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Vegan & Raw Snacks? Yes please! London_10_201329

Room Service, vegan style!London_10_201330

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Oooh, and a live drag queen show with the windows wide open so I can peer through. I am so nosey!London_10_201331I’ll share the rest of my London trip tomorrow you wankers.

LIFE: #LoveForLeni Silent Art Auction Benefit at Reed Space NYC (10.8.13)

On Tuesday night, we all gathered at Reed Space in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to raise money for 5 month old Baby Leni. Baby Leni was born with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AML-M7), a rare form of pediatric bone marrow cancer.  It represents approximately 1% of all leukemias during childhood & has an incidence of 0.5% per million per year. I’ve known her amazing and lovely young parents Jerry and Amanda for over 10 years now and watched them grow as a loving couple (adorably nicknamed “Jemanda”) into a trio when their first daughter Mae was born and now into a quartet with Miss Leni.

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Me and Elle, Reed Space NYC 10.8.13

The news is heartbreaking, yes…BUT…you can help. If you remember a few years back I blogged about Jasmina who was also battling a rare form of bone marrow cancer. I went to a drive, got my inner cheek swabbed and now I am in the database for anyone that matches me and needs a bone marrow donor. Voila. Easy! Unfortunately, Jasmina never found a match and at 6 years old she passed.

So, I encourage you to please check LOVEFORLENI.COM and SWABACHEEK.ORG to find how you might be able to help Leni or another person who needs your help. You could save a life! How amazing would that be?! I’ll keep everyone posted on the happenings for Leni here on the East Coast, so hopefully you can come out and support.

vashtie_loveforleni1Jerry, Amanda and Mae.

vashtie_loveforleni2There was lots of good art that all kinds of artists (including me) donated so that the proceeds would go to Leni and an upcoming surgery she needs.

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vashtie_loveforleni_1I bid on this piece, but I know I lost it :(

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