Category Archives: life
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!
This past Summer, Elle decided to do a “Vegan Summer”. To celebrate not only an amazing food choice, but a healthy experimentation in diet – I took her to PURE FOOD AND WINEÂ for her last Vegan Hurrah. If you don’t know, PURE FOOD AND WINE is the mecca of RAW FOOD (organic, uncooked plant-based foods)…the Don Dada, if you will. I once took Young Scoozle there and didn’t tell him it was all RAW. After we got our Ice Cream Sundaes, I told him and he didn’t believe me. We debated for a bit until I had to call a waiter over and the waiter explained that it was, in fact, all raw! This place is just AMAZING.
LIFE: Nike Basketball #SummerIsSerious Game in Brooklyn x Team Harden VS. Team Durant x Scott “Past Tense” Williams
When Elle and I got that news that Young Scoozle aka Scott “Past Tense” (thanks to Nike for that alias) Williams would be playing in the Nike Basketball Summer Is Serious Game, we were dead bent on attending! If you follow my blog, then you may be familiar that we like to watch Young Scooz play. The game took place in Brooklyn and was filled to the brim with folks…even mobs of people outside trying to get in.
Afterwards, Elle and I went out for a drink that she loves in the hood – “dark and stormy’s” but the machine was down so we settled for simple rose’ next door. Elle happened to have a mustache…you know…we roll with props 24/7.
In her bag, Elle had the anonymous notes that I left on her bed every night we stayed in Old Lyme for our mini group vacation…They still make me laugh uncontrollably as I was attempting to scare her in the middle of the night at that country house…
I seriously don’t think I’ve been to the beach in 2 years. That realization came to me this past weekend as I got packed for the beach with Angelo Baque, Rafael Rios and Friends. I remember making sure I’d be at the beach every single weekend when Summer was around and now I make a trip every two years?! What the hell is happening to my life? Where are my priorities? I feel like the lame adult in those kids movies that is out of touch with fun and all serious, but then at the end of the movie they like quit their corporate job to take the kids to the playground or skip their promotion to see their kids dance recital (tangent, yes – but you know what I mean). Anyways, I will never ever let myself go like this again.
Everyone should be wearing sunscreen, even you chocolatey-toned folks. One of my facialists, Mamie McDonald, who is an African American woman told me that the sun is the number one cause of aging. Once she told me that I was scared forever into a cave…hmm, maybe that’s why I don’t frequent the beach as often?
Later I had dinner with my friend and labelmate, Joey Bada$$. He told me tour stories and we talked about some future collaborations. Oooh-weee. It’s gonna be great!
LIFE: The Agency x Hennessy x Pre-VMA Party x Wiz Khalifa Performance x Avenue NYC x ASAP Ferg, B.O.B., Dougie Fresh, Wynter Gordon & More!
It was Saturday night and Hennessy did it again, this time with The Agency, Wiz Khalifa and D-Nice. Â I should have known it would be a major event, but as Huggy Bear and I approached the mob-filled block it dawned on me. Thankfully, I was spotted by the Hennessy Team and I was whisked in! Everyone in the building was dressed to the 9′s (whatever that saying means) and it felt like I was watching a movie…an interesting one no less!
LIFE: Hennessy Privilege Awards Honor Carmelo Anthony x Griffin NYC x Spike Lee, JR Smith, Fabolous and More (8.21.13)
If you want to see a classy shindig, attend anything Hennessy affiliated. Every time I am invited to some splendid LVMH event, I am also overwhelmed by the utmost chicness and best dressed people in the Greater New York area. So…when I got the invite from Hennessy that they would be honoring Carmelo Anthony (New York Knick) for their 10th Anniversary Privilege Awards, I (lover of all things New York, especially The Knicks), was absolutely going to attend.
When I was told the affair would be “Black Tie”, I froze and did what any over-thinking weirdo would do…I got myself worked up in a stressed frenzy and over dressed. Thanks to Reformation for the Dress, Anna Sheffield for the Jewelry and Illy for the Hair.
He said “I love to see you dressed in drag”. I told him I tucked just for him (I know, TMI…sorry).
(DJ Clue photobombing…)
Congrats to Melo. I was hoping to meet Lala and take a photo with her…after all, she follows me on Instagram and I follow her so if we are cyber friends then that makes usÂ acquaintancesÂ in real life…right?Â
Finally. The End.
We’ve been going to our friend Laura’s Country House in Old Lyme for the past few years now and every year we look forward to it like rain during a drought. As much as I hate leaving my city because I ended up missing it so, taking a break from New York in the Summer is a gift…no matter where you happen to go. New York residents pride themselves on the “New York Minute”, hustling and making moves faster than Speedy Gonzalez is the name of the game…which is exactly why a break is always needed. Anyways, we are all thankful to Laura and her family extended the invitation to all of us. Here is how the trip went. If you are a long-time reader you already know how we do…grilling, games and swimming.Elle Clay asleep at the wheel…she lives on the edge.
I should also mention that we all decided that Vladimir The Fraidy Cat should come with us. It would be a couple hours in the car, but then he’d be free to be in nature for the weekend. He was found in the streets of Queens and I’m unsure if he’s ever seen grass in his life – this seemed to be something he should see. You know, experience life in nature…
While we were on the trip, Young Scoozle aka Scott “Past Tense” Williams was notified that he’d be playing in a big Nike Basketball Game #SummerIsSerious, after a competitive tryout on the court. Check out how he got the news…
Shortly after this shot, we witnessed some strange things in nature…things our human eyes shouldn’t have been forced to see. It was either a murder or a rape or both…it was a violent crime between two giant bugs. Neither of them looked to be the same kind, but one swiftly pummeled the other across the court just as I was in the middle of ball handling and shooting drills (my first time thanks to my jock friends). Then the one bug carried the other bug up the hoop. It was disturbing to say the least so we bounced to get food and hang by the pool.Scoozle is ready…
Kitty was mortified for a lot of the trip, mostly because he’s already a fraidy cat but also he’s never really been anywhere except to the vet and to Brooklyn during our Hurricane Sandy refugee days. I wanted him to see nature and I thought this experience would put some hair on his wussy chest. He was stoked on it when we were in the room with him, but when there was too much noise from other rooms – he bolted. Here he is taking advantage of Elle’s lower half…
This frog popped out when I was in the hot tub and out of no where he starting hopping towards it. Suddenly he jumped in and I got so scared he would drown but then Laura scooped him out and we were all relieved that froggy didn’t die.
After spending the earlier portion of the day working and running errands with Elle, we made our way to West 14th Street for ASAP Ferg’s Listening Party at The Darby. As we approached we ran into Rocky and just as Rocky and I were taking a picture, Ferg dropped in for the photoshoot.
SIDE NOTE: I thought I was obsessed with his “Work” then the “Work” remix came out and I was smitten…but now that damn “Shabba Ranks” has me putting on all my gold jewelry and dancing in the mirror like I’m sha-Shabba Ranks.
Me in 2007 holding my favorite toy…a Blackberry.
I have been like coo coo for Cocoa Puffs over gadgets for as long as I can remember! Cameras, Cell Phones, Scanners…you name it. If it’s got great design and solid function, best believe I have internet stalked its photos and its reviews.
Trying to stay organized in 2013 is an everyday struggle for me and I can imagine for anyone else out there. You have to juggle social media, emails, texts, phone calls, iCal, notes, work, and then life. It’s no easy task, so I find that Â having all the necessary weaponry is a must.
Â Peep the 2 Blackberry’s when I worked at Def Jam
I’ve had a second phone like for some time now linked to a Blackberry, so that when I do more on the go freelance work – I can send emails like all other Industry Adults (iPhone for fun and Blackberry for work is pretty much the industry standard these days).
Miami Beach 2007
When the Blackberry Q10 released, my friends at The Participation Agency gifted it to me. I couldn’t wait to caress my fingertips along it’s curvaceous buttons! I’m like a toddler, I mean – who doesn’t love to press a button?! The latest Blackberry Q10 quenches all your fun and business needs…although, I’m not sure I can ever part ways with my iPhone, she’s just been too good to me!
This smartphone is everything you want and need in life. I absolutely love it’sÂ functionalityÂ and its beautiful design.
Thank You Blackberry!!!