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Special thanks to my Parisian friends Valentina and the rest of the Surface To Air crew for hooking their New York Sister up.
I hate the Fall, yes I hate it. I only like Summer and warm weather, but these cozy S2A items will make it less dreadful!
Photographed by Amanda Lopez
Woop Woop! So excited about this shirt and even more excited for my dear old friend Pusha-T for continually killing the game and evolving more and more into the rapping beast he is! I love him and I am extremely happy for all his success!!! Go cop that album and this shirt at PLAYCLOTHS.COM. Thanks Pusha-T and Playcloths
I LOVE THE PACKAGING!!! Looked like an illegal brick when I got it delivered.Â
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.
Oh man. This song was everything. I remember as a kid thinking this video was so racy but super rad because they were the dominant types and the men were the strippers.
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Hey Â Boo’s and Babes.
So, in the last few posts – you may have read that last year I put it into the universe that I wanted to travel more and here it is.
As you know, I’ve already been to Paris twice this year and soon it will be thrice…right after I hit London!!!
Yes…London!!! I haven’t been to London in 10 years and the first time I went was a Blur (like the British Band).
For all my British mates, I will be in LONDON fromÂ October 13th – 16th for some super secret work.
My homegirl Sharmadean Reid (Wah Nails) and I – plan on doing a party on the 15th and it would be bloody amazing to meet any of you guys while I’m there.
Then it’s back to PARIS from October 16th – 18th
I’ll keep you guys posted on anything I do that is open to the public so we can meet and take ‘grams!
Also, let me know what I should see and what I should do while I’m in both cities!
PS: Did I mention that my friends Angelo Baque and Shaniqwa Jarvis just also happen to be in London the same days I am and are heading to Paris the same day I am?! Totally unplanned and purely coincidental, but I can only take it as fate…a dangerous, fun-filled fate!
Earlier this year my friend Angelo Baque (who has been shooting me since I was 18) asked to do a shoot with me in a suit. You know me, any excuse to get in drag and I was bout it bout it. My friends Karl Justin Styled and Tai Lotson was on Hair and Makeup – it felt more like a cozy hang session than anything else. As you can see, the photos were taken when I was about 15lbs heavier…shortly after the shoot (as some of you may know) I got the flu and lost quite a bit of weight (and I still look like skeletor today).
So, my friends at NYLON GUYS MAGAZINE had funny (and maybe terrible) idea of giving me my own interview show titled “1 MINUTE WITH VASHTIE”. On it, I interview friends and all kinds of interesting folks and ask them thought provoking questions in under a minute. Check the very first episode with my friends Dee & Ricky!
Tell me what you think! Who would you like to see me interview? What questions I should ask? Let me know, yo!
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!