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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Blackberry Q10 – My Lifelong Love Of Pressing Buttons Is Satisfied!

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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  having all the necessary weaponry is a must.

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 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).

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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!
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This smartphone is everything you want and need in life. I absolutely love it’s functionality and its beautiful design.

Thank You Blackberry!!!

LIFE: DJ’ing in Vancouver at KillJoy x Love from Aritzia & F As In Frank

When Jay Swing reached out to have me spin at KillJoy in Vancouver, I was ready. Over the years I had heard such incredible things about Van City; from the Skiing and Snowboarding (although I have never done either despite being an upstate kid), the food, and the incredible natural beauty of the city. The team and I thought, let’s make it a 1992 styled party and voila – it was on. Stephen aka DJ Huggy Bear came with and it was good times.

If you’re slow like the rest of us Americans when it comes to geography, Vancouver, Canada is located close to Seattle and Portland. I haven’t been to either place, but apparently they are extremely similar.

The city is GORGEOUS. I was told it would be, but you just can’t imagine rain forest type mountains surrounding a big city. I was in awe…

As soon as I touched down I had a little meetup with the babes Leslie Bishop and Jen Irving from Aritzia. Aritzia is a women’s wear brand from Vancouver that is slowly taking on world domination. When these ladies arrived they came bearing bags and bags of amazing gifts! I was floored. It was a non-stop gift opening moment that was incredible. It was my first introduction to the awesome brand…and I immediately loved it. It’s on trend and classic, yet well made for immediate or long-term wear.

Huggy Bear was hanging in the telly…

Part of my gift from Aritzia was t-shirts that were printed just for me by Vince Chan and Brooke Wells! I was floored and so happy!

DJ Marvel and DJ Jay Swing!

DJ Huggy Bear

I spy some Violette New York gear!

Mixtape Madness courtesy of Jay Swing. You can hear it here.

vashtie_vancouver_718201315We were invited to the F As In Frank warehouse where we were showered with vintage goodies. If you are ever in the Toronto or Vancouver area check them out! If not, check them out online! They were so kind.

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vashtie_vancouver_718201313This amazing one of one hat that was never made…thanks for nothing Michael Jordan

vashtie_vancouver_718201316I should have picked this up for my homie Tommy Hilfiger…

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I looked up my friend Eerik Ilves. He is Canadian born, but spent his Junior High/High School years in Albany where I be-friended him through my extreme sporting white-boy friends from Downtown. We all had some great times together. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve seen him and I loved that it felt like not a day had passed by.vashtie_vancouver_718201331Here were are standing by our native upstate area code. #518

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I took him to eat some vegan/raw food from Gorilla Food, which Jasmine Solano recommended. It was the bomb.

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A delicious raw salad…vashtie_vancouver_718201321

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vashtie_vancouver_718201323We passed by the Fluevog store, Native to Vancouver.

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Saw the poster for the event I was apart of in a nice shop. So cool.

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Just an indoor basketball hoop that you can actually play on…no biggie.vashtie_vancouver_718201327

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A very nice record shop; Beat Street Recordsvashtie_vancouver_718201329

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We stopped by to see the peeps at Dipt. vashtie_vancouver_718201333

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Later that evening we passed by the Vancouver Art Gallery for a massive Fuse Party that took up every single level of the Museum. There were performance artists, exhibits, live music. It was a nice Vancouver shindig…vashtie_vancouver_718201334

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Overlooking the courtyard…vashtie_vancouver_718201344

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Me, Eerik, Huggy Bear and Bre at Charles Bar

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Special thanks to Jay Wallace aka Jay Swing and The Donnelly Group for brining me out the Vancouver. DJ Marvel, DJ Seko, Bre, The Aritzia team for all the goodies, F As In Frank for all my incredible vintage finds, Dipt, Mary Rich, and all the Vancouver folks for showing me MAD LOVE. It was hard to leave you and your GORGEOUS city, but I can’t wait to come back! Next time, I’m taking my buddy Steve Nash’s suggestion of hiking Grouse Grind.

INVITE: Nike’s Mercer Stickball Classic x 21 Mercer x 6-9PM (TODAY)

 

Hey Guys! Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday. I have a last minute invite to all of you in the Manhattan area today…it’s Nike’s Mercer Stickball Classic Game. Some of you may remember that I played in their first stickball game in 2010 (Check HERE for that Blog Post).

Nike Stickball at 21 Mercer (2010)

We also trained at Stickball Blvd in The Bronx, where we learned the history and art of the sport from Bronx legends in the game (Check HERE for that Blog Post). It was an incredible experience and I am stoked to do it all again!

Stickball Blvd 2010

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Come by if you are around today and cheer me and my team, The Manhattan Moppers, on…


My fellow MANHATTAN MOPPER TEAM MATES:
Carolyn “CC” Concepcion
Chris Rodgers
DJ Soul
Eugene Tong
Felipe Delerme
Jessie Zapotechne
Jon Paul
Jonas Guerrero
Jonathan Mannion
Kevin Oberle
Lex Mestrovic
Scott Williams
Shaniqwa Jarvis
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LIFE: Target x Feed USA – A Collection Fighting Domestic Hunger – Available June 30th!

White Halter Top & Long Wrap Skirt in Poppy by Nomia NYC/ Bag by Louis Vuitton / Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

Last week, I was cordially invited to a lovely dinner in Brooklyn for Target’s collaboration with FEED USA. “FEED USA is a new campaign to improve school food all across America as well as a new brand of FEED products. The charitable company FEED Projects and the non-profit FEED Foundation, have been working together for 3 years to sell good products that FEED the world and improve the global food system.”

Kilo Kish, Guest, Elle Clay & Brandee Brown

The dress code for the evening was RED!

FEED Projects is an organization which was started by Lauren Bush, daughter of Jeb Bush. She gave an incredible speech the night of the dinner about the new FEED USA campaign and it inspired me to go and buy as many products in the pop-up-shop that I could. Each item sold accounts for a certain number of meals that will be supplied to American children and families in need.

Steve Rojas

Mr. Mickey & Moi!

This cause struck a very personal chord with me. As a kid, I can remember when times got hard on our family. My mother and father worked very hard, but sometimes making ends meet with 3 children was tough and we’d have to go to food banks from time to time. Target debuted a video where Lauren Bush went all over the country and talked to people that the food initiative would directly help, and they were people like my parents…families and people who weren’t asking for a handout, but a helping hand.

Treacherous Three.

Me, Greg Cunningham & Marvet Britto

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Target x FEED USA Collection Launches on June 30th!

Buy something, spread the word and help fight hunger in America!

 

LIFE: Hosting at Griffin NYC For DJ Soul’s Birthday Celebration (6.14.13)

Oscar 1992, Indie 184, Vashtie

Jonathan Mannion & Me!

Janjay Sherman & Blake Scotland

Special thanks to Manny for sending me over a delightful and fancy bottle of champagne.

Trini to de bone.

Amaris & Sabel Boo

Legendary Damon!

Carlos Vazquez, Me and Wanda Vazquez!

Jonathan Mannion & Young Scoozle

Sherita was going in! Oscar had to join in…

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Me and Sabel with the same pose and Amaris

Complimentary bottles!

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LIFE: Green Label Sound & Team Epiphany’s #SummerFridays x 1992 Edition x Hosted By Vashtie and Oscar x Music By DJ Wonder

If you live in New York City, you’ve either heard of #SummerFridays, attended one of these legendary events or tried to attend on. Team Epiphany has long held down the city during the Summer with their incredible day-time parties. This Summer, they have collaborated with Green Label Sound to bring us only the best! This last event, 1992 was asked to host and I DJ’ed a small set alongside the non-stop phenom known as DJ Wonder. He’s incredible! 

Sammy Jo of Fruition Las Vegas and Me.

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Oscar 1992 and Vashtie 1492

Peace.

Photo by Mel D. Cole

LIFE: Nylon’s Annual Music Issue Event x Hosted by Marvin Scott Jarrett x Performance By Avril Lavigne (6.11.13)

Tuesday night, Nylon held their Annual Music Issue Event with an anticipated performance by Avril Lavigne. When I arrived on the scene, the sidewalk was mobbed with people trying to get in. It was an incredible sight to see. Check the re-cap!

The homie Josh Madden & Me

Nylon Editor In Chief, Marvin Scott Jarrett & Me

Everyday IS like Sunday.

LIFE: Chloe Celebrates See By Chloe Resort 2014 x Industria Studios (6.12.13)

Leigh Lezark, Vashtie & DJ Kiss

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I was overjoyed when Chloe reached out, inviting me to their celebration…then they topped it off by offering to dress me for their soiree. I was floored. Yes, please! 

Me and my beautifully ruffled Chloe blouse, in the backseat of a taxicab.

My sideburns and Bing Bang Tattooed Tear Studs (only $78.00)

My Chloe Bag and Shoes. Yes, my shoes are not on my feet. “What are on my feet” you ask?…

My leopard print Vans

Delicious dranks were passed around

Red Carpet Mayhem!

Arnaud Cauchois and Me chatting it up.

The lovely Rajni Jacques & Me

Karl Justin, Daniela, Me, Charlotte and Henry

Special thanks to Daniela for taking my camera and snapping flicks for me!

Josh Madden, Me and DJ Kiss

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Thanks Chloe Team! You guys rule!

LIFE: Summer Party On The High Line x Presented By Coach x DJ Kiss, Bevy Smith & More! (6.11.13)

BFA takes the best photos of me…take for example my birthday photos! Incroyable ;)

Last night, was the Summer Party on The High Line…presented by Coach. It was a spectacular carnival of all the amusing elements of a real carnival…dunk the model boy, whack-a-mole, test your strength and many different contortionist performers peppered in various corners. For successfully playing a carnival game, you were given tokens that you could cash in for luxe Coach goodies! Not to mention – it was an open bar full of delicious Summer cocktails and incredible complimentary quick bites! All of these elements with the added bonus of being on the High Line Park made for a magical evening…

I have to thank Coach for inviting me, but for also putting on a FANTASTIC event (which brought out the likes of Katie Holmes and many more!). Not only was it just super fun, it was also fun for a good cause since 100% of the proceeds went to benefitting the High Line. I love it when one bird is killed with two stones (that sounds harsh, but you know what I mean)!


Red Carpet Craze. Surface To Air Cardigan, Supreme Tank Top, Vintage Levis, Palladium Boots (it was raining off and on in the city).

My hair was blowing crazily since we were right next to the water. It was like I had a personal wind machine permanently blowing in my hair, but I think I worked it. Hahaha.

This hula hooping babe was killing it!

Dunk The Male Model…I like this new edition of Carnival Games. You go Coach!

DJ Kiss and Me! She’s so lovely and incredible on the decks!

Amazing Summer cocktails anyone?

The talented Miss Bevy Smith!

So what. I can do the same move (NOT!).


#CoachCarnival was the best! I had a great time. I couldn’t stay too long since I had a ton of work to do, but I wish I had won some tokens so that I could have cashed them in for some swanky Coach gear…um, have you seen their bags and accessories? Tre Cute!!!


LIFE: Pusha T’s Store Opening x Creme 321 in Virginia x Famlay, Emily B. & More!

Over this past weekend, my friend of 10 years Pusha-T, had an opening party for his luxe boutique Creme in Virginia. He invited me out and I had to support. It had been almost 6 or 7 years since I had been to the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area and I missed it dearly. I’ve always had a fondness for the area…

Planning just the right outfit!

I always cut these shoulder hanger strings out. Thank goodness for my Supreme keychain with scissors!

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Pusha-T scooped myself and Loic from the telly and we headed over to the shop. While we were discussing food options, Pusha asked me if I was vegan and I confirmed and then he had jokes on me…”so what you eat, mushrooms?”. Hahahaha.

When we pulled up to the shop, I was blown away. It’s incredible. It’s so beautiful. If you are in the area, you must check it out!

MCM Backpacks

I met some of my supporters from the VA area…

More super sweet supporters. I loved their style!

Loic and Pusha

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Later, we snuck out with the ol’ gang for food at Kincaid’s…before the grand opening party.

Loic, T, Stacey, Me, Phillip & Fam-lay

Mike and Beautiful Virginia Williams (sidenote: I LOVE that her name is Virginia)

The Fellas.

Emily B. & Me

I always forget that she is a Virginia Beach native! I loved that she was there repping!


Phillip rocking me and Dee & Ricky’s latest collaboration…the Vashtie F*** YOU PIN. Funny, because I never flip the bird.

Mike also rocking the pin. It looks great on boys!

Me, Loic and Stacey…

We stopped into Sassi’s Dessert Bar, where the DJ was going off! We may have gotten late to the party, but the music was still pumping. We had a fun time here…eating cake (not me, nothing was vegan) and a few margaritas (not me, I have a low tolerance), but I did sing and dance to Bobby Brown. See, I’m not a total nerd.

Fam-lay had some good moves!

Loic, Fam-Lay, Me and Phillip

Me and Mike were matching…

Fam-Lay and Pusha-T…just Nate and Terrence from VA.

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After, we went to a club called Fuego’s and there was almost a ticket from the cops in our future – but somehow, we wiggled our way out of it. Good job, Loic!

It was a great time! I so missed the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. It was a fun and nostalgic trip and I can’t wait to go back again.

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Photos via BBC’s BLOG:

Brock & Pusha-T