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LIFE: #Riquickulous Brand Jordan Party x Music by DJ Wonder, Vashtie & Surprise Performance by Pusha T (11.25.13)
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.
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.
This is not photoshop, I am actually hanging from this hoop after I dunked…
Early in the evening.
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!
Get it girl.
MARIA & NECTIC REBELMICHAEL 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!
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.
Angelo and Me.
Weirdo Dave and Weirdo Vash.
See you next time at Mexican Morrissey Night! Until then, I’ll save some tears for you!
LIFE: DJ’ing For Chloe in LA x Cafe Gratitude Dates with Levi Maestro x Meeting My Blog Reader B.Denise
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!
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!!!
I met Jerry and saw my friend Eddie Cruz eating there also. Great minds…
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!
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!
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…
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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)!
I love them!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”.
Rav (Cloth Surgeon), Yoan Prat and Tom Brunet
Carri Munden (Casette Playa), Mykki Blanco, Boy Child
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.These 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…
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.
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.
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.
Grace Ladoja! I missed this babe!
Young Americans (in London) via my INSTAGRAM
Solomon, Blondie and Tremaine
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 withÂ acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AML-M7), a rare form of pediatric bone marrow cancer.Â Â 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.
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.COMÂ and SWABACHEEK.ORGÂ 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.
Jerry, Amanda and Mae.
If I had to live anywhere outside of my beloved New York City, it would undoubtedly be Paris! I first experienced and fell in love with the city in 2003 and was reunited with it again in 2007 when Oscar and I did our 1992 Party with the Pain O’Chokolat Boys (who are now the Pigalle and Le Pom Pon Boys) in Paris and Amsterdam. Check my THROWBACK POST that I just posted.
After 6 years of having no trips to Paris (mainly because I only travel for work and I don’t vacation thanks to the immigrant guilt my parents gave me of being a “lazy American child”) I was fortunate enough to be asked to DJ the Kenzo afterparty for Paris Fashion Week in March. It was incroyable. Last year I had a good conversation with my great friend Angelo Baque, who had recently come back from a Paris Trip. He urged me that I needed to go back. That there were people out there that like what I do and support me. It was then that I put it into the universe – I want to go back to Paris…and…well…as the French say, VOILA!
I went again a couple weeks ago to DJ for the Chloe store (I’m still reeling over this), during Vogue’s Paris Fashion’s Night Out. I did a little sight-seeing and DJ’ed an afterparty for my friends Alex Sossah, Tom Brunet and Tom Yoan at Andy Wahloo. It was only 3 days, but it was perfect.
And guess what? I’m going again…for work…October 17th and 18th. More to come on that!
Anyways – Here are some photos from my trip…
I arrived in the wee hours of the morning on a gorgeous day.
We had plans to go out, but my jetlag hit me and I was too tired.
How crazy! Right? I JUST posted about how I need a bag! I am very thankful for this!!!
I spent the day shopping for friends and family and doing a little work.
Like…trying on clothes at Kenzo and not buying any. I HATE (really HATE) trying on clothes, but the store clerk was so sweet and urged me to try on their newest items.
Not sure if their word for snatch is the same as ours, regardless – it wasn’t “that kind” of magazine.
One of our locations was a beautiful church in Menilmontant (The North Of Paris).
…And a Basketball Court.
My fellow DJ’s for the Chloe Party…
via my instagram
Later that night, at Andy Wahloo. I DJ’ed also and kicked it with:
Yoan Prat, Tom Brunet, Alex Sossah and Theophilus London!
WEDNESDAY MORNING 9/18: A space heater, because every time I stay in Paris – the hotel rooms are freezing.
To me they are. I just like to be warm and cozy all the time. #COZYBOYS
Stealing waters from Hotel Fitness Centers wherever I go (and those Green Apples)!Â
via my instagram
viaÂ my instagram
And I was off, back home to New York City…BUT I will be heading to London and Paris in mid-October! I can’t wait to share the trip, but better yet – it would be amazing to meet any of my readers who are out there!
For some of you who may remember and those of you who don’t know – I started blogging in 2006 for a community blog site called RIOTTT.COM. In about 2007 when the site became defunct, I switched over to my very own Vashtie.Com and during the switch – I lost some posts and photos. One of which, was my trip to Paris and Amsterdam with Oscar for our 1992 party. We were booked by the Pain O Chokolat Crew (who are now the Pigalle and Le Pom Pon Crew) and they couldn’t have been a better guide to all things cool in Paris. Check some of the photos, taken on our trip 6 years ago!