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LIFE: Working In DC x DJ’ing The Howard Theatre Gala x Chaka Khan & More x Pre-Birthday Celebrations x Day 1 (4.19.13)
I was so stoked for this trip to DC for a few reasons. Mainly because I had never been before (at least I don’t think) and because I was playing selector at 3 events! I was originally booked to host and DJ at the BROCCOLI FESTIVAL on 4/21, then I was booked to host the after-party the same night with my friend Big K.R.I.T and the after-party to Howard Theatre’s Second Annual Gala Benefit on 4/19.
I made a meal for the road…you know, a little kale/tomato/cucumber/chick pea salad!
Basically, that all means I had a weekend to get to know DC. I decided to take my friends DJ Huggy Bear, Elle Clay and Young Scoozle on a road trip and we would meet our other friends Amaris and Jamel when we got to “Chocolate City” (thanks to Elle for informing me of the city’s nickname). It would be a sort of pre-birthday celebration for me…
Roy Rogers and Hot Fries
After driving in heavy traffic and a monsoon, for what seemed like 6 hours, we got to the hotel room and chilled for a little bit. We then got ready and headed out to the gala in pouring rain.
I met Chaka Khan and just look at her!!! She’s incredible and gorgeous and 60!!! She was also very sweet.
It was a very grown event and although we felt underdressed, we had a good time.
Raheem DeVaughn and Jaguar Wright
D.L. Hughley was also in the house…
There was an exquisite dessert bar…but, nothing was vegan
Then we headed out with our very sweet coordinator, Tiffanie Wagner, to the local club…Current (I think). It was fun, but soon we had to leave since clubs close at 2am there.
Tiffanie Wagner and Elle Clay
Haha, Elle looking at her Instagram. She posted a pretty hilarious photo of me and her…
The fellas! Young Scoozle and Huggy Bear
There was a hookah in the club. I still don’t quite understand the point of smoking from one despite having it explained to me by the Â locals. I don’t know…
Afterwards we headed to The Diner for some late night food. Everyone said it’s “the spot” so we had to go. Of course I got a Greek Salad (no Feta) and steamed Brussel Sprouts and it was delicious and I was happy.
Stephen aka DJ Huggy Bear and his pancakes.
Since we got in at night and went to the hotel and to the venue, there was nothing I could report on my interpretation of the city. Everyone seemed nice and of course the architecture was incredible.
All in all, it was a fun night that had some glitches here and there. Traveling with anyone is hard, but traveling with friends while working can also cause some strain. It’s a difficult place…trying to find a balance between business and pleasure. Either way, we had some good laughs. More to come on Day 2 and Day 3 of our DC trip tomorrow and Wednesday.
When my manager Jonny Shipes asked if Elle and I wanted to have dinner on a lazy Sunday night, we were more than ready.Â After-all, “Boardwalk Empire” isn’t back on and what else do you do on a late Sunday night but clip your nails and wait until the last minutes of your weekend slip from yourÂ clutchesÂ and back into a manic Monday.
I’m a littleÂ feisty. Oh and no my pants are not leather, they are a coated denim. I got them for free and since my other clothes don’t fit because I lost so much weight, I wear these all the time. My friends laugh at me and call me Kanye.
Check out Jonny and I trying to take a picture, which was impossible…
This one was okay, but Elle said let’s take another.
Then Jonny wouldn’t stop talking mid picture and Elle had to yell at him and retake it a few times. Right before this one, she said “You look like a white Santa who doesn’t want to take a picture with a little black kid on your lap”. Hence me laughing…
Then we took this one and Elle yelled at Jonny because his eyes were closed but he retorted that his eyes are always closed! We settled on this even though she also said he looked like “A snowman holding a black twig”. Oh my friends and their love for me.
Pop A Wheelie. Some amped up Kuwaiti Guy (we know he was Kuwaiti because he told Elle) would not stop talk her ear off and he read her hat and said something along the lines of having a handlebar mustache and continued to tell her to ride his mustache. Yikes.
Thanks to Kiran Prasher and the Jordan Brand Classic Family for inviting me out for an interesting evening. I didn’t know what to expect. I was told that the high school basketball stars playing in Saturday’s big JBC13 Game at Barclays would be in attendance and that Spike Lee would be also. Needless to say, I was stoked…stoked on Spike and not so much the underage boys, come on people!
Although I knew who would be in attendance, I had no idea what to really expect – or better yet, what to wear!!! I figured, I could always wear something that none of the fellas have – my very own Violette Jordan 2′s.
I greased up my legs real good because ya’ll know I stay ashy. Some people #BEENTRILL and I #BEENASHY.
I took a cab to Brooklyn…
As I walked in, I was approached by a very tall young man who immediately and politelyÂ introducedÂ himself. “Hi, my name is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and I’m from Philly. I’ll be studyingÂ CriminologyÂ at Arizona”. He was very sweet and very funny, I should have taken his picture – but, I found one online instead.
Elle met up with me since I was in her hood. There was a photo booth setup and we took some awkward “Glamour Shots”.
There was also lots of food, candy and ice cream which basically meant – nothing that I could eat (*cries vegan, raw tears).
Datwon Thomas, 13th Witness and Hawaii Mike
I met Spike Lee! It was the second time I’ve met him actually. The first time I met him was at a party during my very first weekend living in New York City (another reason why I love this city). Anyways, of course he didn’t remember me and I didn’t bore him by bringing up the details. He was cool even though I hate meeting idols. It’s just never ever how you picture it. You always concoct some grand fantasy of how awesome it will be and you don’t factor in that (famous or not) people are people, and they have good moments and bad.
Afterwards, Spike and Sway had a live Q&A where Sway asked Spike questions and they screened clips from his greatest works! It was a great night!
If you weren’t there, peep the video for the fun we had at TRAP PARADISE!
“The creative female duo known as the 2DopeBitches held their second installment of their Trap Paradise party. If you didnâ€™t get to go, just take a look at the recap video to see at what you missed out on. Hosted by Vashtie and 40 Oz Van, along with Mannie Fresh, who celebrated his birthday that night as well.” -via THE305.COM (http://the305.com/2013/04/08/recap-of-trap-paradise-video/#.UWXWe6tg8yE)
LIFE: Joe Fresh One Of A Kind x 1 Year Anniversary x Modeled by Vashtie, Dee & Ricky, Kilo Kish & DJ Kitty Cash, Mr. Mickey, Michael Musto and More!
On April 3rd, 2013 Canadian Fast-fashion retailer, Joe Fresh, celebrated their 1 yearÂ anniversaryÂ in New York style. Select New York City residents were asked to model color-blocked ensembles up and down the Joe Fresh flagship store elevators. Models included; yours truly Me, Dee & Ricky, Michael Musto, Mr. Mickey, Steven Rojas, and more! Peep it!!!
Joe Mimran aka Joe Fresh and Me Â (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Me Â (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Dee, Brendan Fallis and RickyÂ (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Michael Musto & Mr. MickeyÂ Me Â (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Lynn YaegerÂ (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
RickyÂ (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
DJ Kitty Cash, Janjay Sherman, Me and Brandee Brown (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
(Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
(Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Photobombed by DeeÂ (Photo Credit:Â BFA/ Neil Rasmus)
Following Photos by Elle Clay
DJ Kitty Cash and Kilo Kish
Rickster pouring up some Champagne
Dee photobombing me and Elle’s selfie
Me, Dev Hynes and TracyÂ Antonopoulos
Me and Peter Davis!
As you guys know, I was just in Paris for Fashion Week to play attend the Kenzo Fall 2013 Runway Show and to play their after-party at The Balajo.
The Runway Show took place atÂ La Samaritaine, which was an incredibly beautiful vacant space originally used as a large department store and built in 1869. The place was decorative and filled with these massive and intricate stairways. The space was phenomenal but bone-chilling cold.
On the benches arranged for the show were these complimentary quilted Kenzo blankets, with buttons so that it could be worn as a poncho. They were printed with a giant Kenzo logo and the name of the space and the date of the show. There were different colors; from yellow to navy to mustard…
I sat on mine and then post show ran to take some footage of the models who had gathered across the staircase to be photographed.
I came back to find that my blanket was gone and I was terribly sad. I told the fine folks at Kenzo and they said they were fresh out…BUT THEN, out of nowhere…they found one and sent it my way!!! I am so happy and I am thanking my little stars for being bestowed this incredible piece!
Special thanks to the lovely folks at Kenzo and Letizia for taking care of me!
Vashtie March 2013 at Milk Studios, NYC #Made4Impulse (via My Instagram)
Post-Flu and I’ve lost so much weight! I even got confused for the headlining performer, Angel Haze, who if you don’t know is a slim little thing! Ugh, I’m going to binge on tofu steak dinners and cashew milkshakes tonight.
On Monday I ventured out into the cold. I was suffering from the flu for about 5 days and was feeling much better in my delirious mind. I had to attend since the lovely folks at Made had invited me to their event in such a classy way…they sent me clothes and paid my hair and makeup team to jazz me up for the evening. They even gave me a car service to and fro…I felt like I was on the best date of my life.
Elle’s footwear for the evening. I customized her Timbs for her. I went for a Pollack motif. What’cou think?
An old drag queen and Ty
ELLE CLAY was my partner in crime for the night. The event was lots of fun, but after an hour I started to feel sick and woozy all over again. I realized that I may had jumped the flu-gun and decided to hustle home and throw on my jammies while seeking refuge on the couch.
Anyways, you should definitely check out the collection. Basically, MADE is sort of like the CFDA and how they sponsor up and coming designers and help to facilitate their fashion show needs for fashion week. Instead of working with bigger designer and helping them get to Lincoln Center, they help smaller and more avant-garde designers fulfill their fashion dreams…which is super cool if I do say so myself. Some of their designers teamed up with Macy’s for their Impulse Collection to create greatness…affordable greatness, I might add! Find the full collection, HERE…
LIFE: A Weekend In Paris x DJ’ing Kenzo’s AfterParty at Balajo x Lady Miss Kier x Fun at Le Pompon & More!!!
Selecting at Le Pompon, Paris 3/2013
It has been so long that I have blogged. I got busy like we all have, but then I got called away to work in Paris (which you are about to read about) and then I got sick when I got returned. I was blindsided with the flu! Today is the first day I’ve felt somewhat normal and so…Vashtie has returned to her .Com. Are you with me?
A couple weeks ago my old friend Nadege Winter from Paris reached out asking if I was available to play music for the Kenzo afterparty during Paris Fashion Week. I was more than down! As some of you may already know, Paris is probably the only other city I could ever live in outside of New York…and I base that solely on the handful of short trips I’ve spent there and my love for French New Wave Cinema (don’t judge me).
via My Instagram
I met Nadege in 2004 and was reunited with her when Oscar and I did 1992 in Paris at the end of 2007. She was one of the guest DJ’s that our friends Pain O Chokolat had booked for our Paris/Amsterdam dates…POC has now gone on to do bigger and better things; Pigalle, Le Pompon. Nadege has also continued making strides and now has her own agency, Nadege Winter Agency, which is adorably nicknamed NWA.
It’s amazing how much has changed in just 6 years. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to revisit Paris…
Shame I’ve never been there. Double shame that it was the first Sunday of the month and admission was free. I had so much to do and only had time to get equipment from the Apple Store. Took a couple picks though…
Ladies, if another lady friend hasn’t told you about these gems then it’s time you know. My friend Cristina Vallecilla put me on years ago and I haven’t looked back since. Basically this lingerie/hosiery company has super soft products that will live for years…run-free. They are pricey, but when you consider how long they will last – it’s worth it. I also wear these Merino tights under jeans during the winter for an extra layer of warmth. These were cheaper to buy in Paris…score!
On our way to the our friends club, Le Pompon. I forget thisÂ beauteousÂ things name. Feel free to add below.
We ran into our darling London babe friend Irene!
Some of the clothes that Kenzo let us borrow for the show and the afterparty. I had some decisions to make…
Later that evening I played selector alongside DJ Lucas Tutus at Le Pompon
Lucas Tutus and Deirdre Maloney (Capsule)
Me, Deirdre & Ty
Jay Strut, Natalie Levy and Me.
Best virgin drink I ever did have…look, I can’t drink on the job.
Ben Detrick & Natalie Levy.
Basically everyone I knew in New York was in Paris for Fashion Week.
My dear Charaf Tajer
Stephane Ashpool! He’s a super sweetheart!
…and Stephane and I in 2007 (Patta Store, Amsterdam).
I met a nice young lady who follows my work. When taking a cell phone selfie didn’t work, I offered a blog picture post! Nice meeting you darling!
via My Instagram
My Kenzo head to toe look for the runway show…
After the 10 am morning show, we headed back to our hotel rooms and tried to nap. My jetlag mixed with the guilt of trying to nap while in Paris would not let me rest. My friend Tom Brunet planned on scooping me via scooter. It was a good thing I was so dazed from lack of sleep, otherwise I might not have agreed to the ride. He assured me that it’s the way most Parisians travel and although I was scared for dear life – it turned out to be the best and only way I could have seen Paris the way I did.
There was so much I had never seen of the city before, I fell in love over and over again. Tom took me to meet with our mutual friends Valentina and Alex Sossah in the Marais. It was a really nice time…
THE KENZO AFTERPARTY…
via VMAGAZINE: Oscar & Vashtie at the Kenzo Afterparty, Paris 3.3.13
Nadege Winter & Vashtie
Yara Flinn swarmed by Parisian Men, Tom Brunet & Friend
Valerie Von Prisk, Tyann Jackson & O.
Robyn & Me.
I love Robyn and her music so much. She’s the tiniest and sweetest thing in person.
Carol Lim & Me.
Carol and Humberto do so many incredible things! They totally inspire me!
Oscar and Humberto Leon.
I loved my shoes for the evening…although I didn’t dance much in them.
Technically those 2 bottles were mine and I only got one glass. It’s ok, because I don’t think I could have finished all 3 bottles myself. Well, I could have…it just wouldn’t have ended pretty.
Solange Knowles came through after her show, which I heard was amazing.
Lady Miss Kier!!! I could have thrown up upon seeing her. She’s soÂ excitingÂ and incredible! I love her.
Phewwww! That was a lot of blogging after a lot of non-blogging. My head hurts now, are you happy? Just kidding, but it does hurt – it’s just not your fault, pumpkin.
LIFE: Surprise Birthday Celebration For Steve Nash + Studio Museum In Harlem Gala + I Met Chuck Close!!! (2.4.13)
I got invited to my first gala ever. Do you say it like “GAY-LUH” or “GAH-LUH” or “GAY-LAY?” Hahaha just kidding on the third variation.
Anyways, Elle Clay was my date and we dressed to our personal 9′s. I say “our personal 9′s” because wearing anything other than boots, jeans and chapstick is our personal best. We arrived to find that we were severely underdressed, as the other ladies came in cocktail dresses and formal gowns. Oh well, we were comfortable and that’s all that mattered.
AND…I met Chuck Close!!! The Chuck Close…photographer and painter!!! I got so stoked that I started to get super nervous. Elle looked at me so crazy. I looked like a bird at All-Star Weekend. We went over and IÂ apologizedÂ for the disturbance, but let him know I was a fan and that as an artist myself – he inspired me! He was very kind and allowed me to take a photo. YES!!! Here’s just a little something-something of his work.
Drinks and horÂ d’oeuvresÂ were flowing. I was still fasting then, so I had myself some fun seltzer (*emphasis on the fun…NOT).
Did I mention I was dressed like a toddler? Oh no? Check me out! I’m wearing Pull-Ups underneath.
Marcie Cleary, Yahonnes Cleary & Lisa E. Davis
Marcie was a doll of a Southern Belle, who made her way over to let me know she read my blog.
She introduced herself and was a pleasant encounter. I like meeting nice people!
There was a dinner at Cipriani after the drinks, but Elle and I had to meet Young Scoozle so we could attend the surprise birthday celebration for our friend Steve Nash. We hustled in the freezing cold to hang with our bud, who is the NICEST…seriously one of the most genuinely nice people you could ever meet.
Steve Nash and Me.
Steve Nash, Elle Clay and Young Scoozle aka Scott Williams
LIFE: Luar Zepol FW 2013 Show x “Rayo Esquisito” x Theophilus London, Plain Pat & Mimi Harris, Brenmar, Telfar Clemons & More! (2.13.13)
Luar Zepol was the last show I attended and what a perfect way it was to end NYFW 2013. As you may know, Raul Lopez is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Seeing him flourish and really blossom into his own with his line Luar Zepol has been incredible. He’s immensely talented and a fascinating character that everyone absolutely loves after spending just 2 minutes with him (seriously).
RAUL LOPEZ & ME.
All of our friends came out to support!
THEOPHILUS LONDON, ME & SABEL BOO
MIMI & PLAIN PAT!
Designer TELFAR CLEMONS
BLAKE SCOTLAND, HUGGY BEAR & SHYVONNE
MALUCA, AVIVA KLEIN & AMARIS
OSCAR 1992, CHRISTELLE & Me.