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Last weekend was Miami with the Revolt TV family and this previous weekend was Las Vegas with my Chloe Family. So much traveling in such a short time has left me in a whirlwind, but I cannot complain…in fact I’m loving it. Meeting so many incredible people and gaining so many different kinds of experiences has me hungry for more!
My weekend Vegas trip was spent DJ’ing at the Chloe Store in the Wynn Hotel. It was a pre-Celebration to the Chinese New Year…which I learned at the party is, The Year of The Horse (You know how I love horses and feel about Horse Carriages)!
So, if some of you may recall. I did a Birthday Party at The Wynn Hotel in 2008 and I was given free hotel rooms for me and my friends. My room was a massive space, complete with a massage room…because you absolutely need those. It was so big, I was afraid to sleep there alone – you know growing up in the hood and in New York City has left me mortified of space because I’ve never had it. The room I had this time around at the Wynn encore was perfect!
Lunch with Arnaud & Alex
After dinner drinks at Gold Spike (Arnaud)
It was SO nice to get off the strip. Vegas is cool for its casino and club culture, but its not really true Vegas…at least it’s not the local vibe. Gold Spike was full of interesting locals and (analog) games for people to play: Cornhole, Giant Jenga, etc. It was a highlight of the trip and I wish we had something like that here in NYC.Fun times with Friends!
The End <3
LIFE: Directing A Video For Porsche Design Blackberry 9982 x Fellow Artists Baron Von Fancy & More x Performance by Chairlift
A month ago, I was asked by the lovely folks at Karla Otto to direct a video using only the video/editing component of the sleek Porsche Deign Blackberry 9982. The video would be projected at fun event hosted at the Soho Porsche Design store. On deck, they had fellow artists; including my friend Baron Von Fancy making custom art for the event and more. They dressed me in their clothes…which I JUST found out about, that Porsche Design makes clothing and accessories. They have beautiful pieces! Check out the evening…
Did I mention the phone is incredible? It’s like holding a pair of angel wings that can execute incredibly.
Pictures of the Porsche Design Blackberry P9982 via my Instagram
A clip of my Porsche Design Blackberry P9982 video being projected at the Porsche Design Store in Soho. Morrissey did not text me, I just thought – why not live out my fantasies since it’s a short film. And well…here it is.
LIFE: Art Basel 2013 – Hanging With Revolt TV & Party At The Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion (12.6/12.7)
About a month or so ago I got a phone call…and not an ordinary phone call – it was a phone call from Sean Combs aka “Puff” aka “Diddy” aka “You Pick Up The Damn Phone When This Man Calls”. I’ve known him for a few years now…you know work related and what not. Some of you may remember that I reached out to him about interviewing him for Supreme Magazine in 2009 – which he was 100% down for (and this was pre-explosion of the brand to the masses). He just always knows what’s up. Seriously, he is “the man”.
Puff, Vashtie, Terry Richardson 2009
So, he called and informed of his new network REVOLT TV – and said that I needed to be apart of it. I was open, although I’m not much of an on-air personality. Yes, I can do it from time to time, but on-air personalities are masters in their craft. I explained that I was open and voiced my concerns and he reassured me that me being me was what people want to see. So, I took a meeting with the network in LA (when I was there for my Chloe trip) and was blown away by an entire company of folks making cool things for the channel. I’m a recovering Time Warner victim who now has Fios (I thank the tech gods for this everyday), so I haven’t seen the channel…yet. Needless to say, I was blown away and excited about the possibilities. They were open to my ideas…
Art Basel was on the plate and they asked me to attend. I landed on Friday and stayed until Sunday. I got to meet the team and host, Hannah Rad, who is 100% the raddest. Rahman Dukes, the man in charge, made sure I was comfortable and prepared. I felt out of my element until I decided that I wanted to interview my friends at the Frank 151/Pigalle/Stussy Mansion. The Revolt Team was into what I was into, making me feel at ease…here’s how it went!
At the Miami Convention Center with the Revolt Team…
Dana, Hannah Rad, Mike & Jorge.
Look at this idiot on the right.
Hannah and I toasted to me being the latest addition to the Revolt Team. Thanks for the champy!
Afterwards, we went to the Basel Paradise Party headed by my friends Dan Solomito and Nomie. Unfortunately a terrible fight broke out, which ended the party and ruined my good vibes for the entire night. A drunk and crazed local fought my New York friends and everyone just watched…for like a good 4 minutes. No one stopped it and everyone watched like it was an entertaining reality show. It was morbid and I’m still feeling weird about it.
Brad Clark & Miranda Maxwell (DJ Mirandom)
These two had to unfortunately fight this crazed lunatic the night before.
I ran into my other friends, Liz Olko (Obesity & Speed) and Carlos.
My friend Alice from Colette gave me a cute goodie bag!
Telfar Clemons (Telfar), Vashtie and Ian Bradley
Raekwon & Hannah Rad
Raekwon & Vashtie via my Instagram
Hami Delimi and Vashtie.
I have not seen Hami since 2007, when Oscar and I went to Paris after he and his Pain O’Chokolat crew flew us out to party in 1992 style. 5 years later, I finally get to see him in Miami. It’s been TOO long my friend.
Hami Delimi and Me with Oscar and Paris crew in 2007
Miami it was fun, despite the fact that Art Basel makes it a crazy place. Special thanks to everyone for everything. Somehow I am very excited to be back home in New York in the cold grossness that is an east coast winter wonderland. What can I say, New York – I love you, you dirtbag!
I am obsessed with this song and video. I just love Sky’s style and music! Word up.
My entire life, I’ve taken notes and kept a journal. I have journals dating back from when I was about 11 years old, filled with moody pointless poetry and details of my crushes. I have notebooks and planners from junior high; dissecting work and my to-do’s. My desire to save memories and stay organized has been consistent throughout my life, but in this digital age – I’m finding it as difficult as solving the meaning of life.
Last week, I had a mental meltdown. It was not the first of its kind, I must add. From time to time, work piles up and my current process of recording it has usually failed me. Not to mention, because my work varies – my system of what I take to a meeting always changes…and as a routine loving Taurus this enrages me. It creates tension and anxiety in my already stressed out brain. Although, my obsession with being organized has been with me since day one – this recent breakdown has urged me to find a solution, especially since some of you have asked me for suggestions.
So…how does one stay organized in 2013? Let’s begin with what I like, need, have and use…
WHAT I LIKE & NEED…
HAND-WRITING/CROSSING OFF COMPLETED TASKS
PAPER PLANNER + NOTEBOOK
The ability to cross off a completed task from my TO-DO LISTS brings literally makes my mouth water, but in 2013…it’s hard to jot everything down. Especially CALENDAR DATES, etc. Sometimes I’ll write something down in my lux Louis Vuitton Planner which stays on my desk because it weighs a ton, but it will make me forget an important meeting if it wasn’t saved in iCal. Or sometimes I’ll make a note in my notebook for work I need to do and I might forget about it because I don’t get an electronic reminder.
I like writing things down and seeing them in real life. Digital notes and calendar dates are important, but it’s hard for me to visualize everything when it’s not analog.
DIGITAL CALENDAR, FILES & NOTES
iPHONE & iPAD MINI
I have a management team that orchestrates my work and other things, so it’s important that they know where I am throughout the day so they can schedule me accordingly. If I schedule something on paper or verbally and not on my iCAL, I risk being overbooked or worse – forgetting I have a meeting in the first place.
WHAT I HAVE & USE…
NOTEBOOK, PAPER PLANNER, IPAD MINI & IPHONE (not pictured)
1. MOLESKIN NOTEBOOK
-Taking Notes In All Meetings.
-Making Notes For Future Work.
-Writing Out To-Do Lists & Appointments.
-Prefer That It Could Be Segmented Per Category For Every Different Job.
-Absolutely Necessary For Scheduling Appointments By Myself & Management.
-Absolutely Necessary For Adding Due Dates For Work By Myself or Management.
-Unable To Take Sufficient Notes.
3. LOUIS VUITTON PAPER PLANNER
-Writing Out To-Do Lists & Appointments.
-Hand-writing & Crossing Off Completed Tasks.
-Super Nice (it was a gift a few years back)
-Unable To Take Sufficient Notes.
4. iPAD MINI
-Easy Access to iCal.
-Potential to Take Notes (Evernote, etc)
-Professional, Sleek & Light Weight.
-Not Sure I Need It
My ipad’s name is “Vashtie’s Max -iPad”. You love it.
MY (PAINFUL) RESEARCH…
PAPER PLANNERS VS. DIGITAL DEVICES
The past month has been dedicated to doing hours and hours of ridiculous research. Reading what other bloggers use and what other people have to keep their lives in order is beyond exhausting…it’s mind-numbing and absolutely insane, I do no recommend it but – I did it for you…so you technically owe me (you do).
What I’ve found is that, people are either more:
1. ANALOG (Paper & Pen)
2. DIGITAL (SmartPhones, Pads, etc)
Nothing I found in my researched showed people using both…but, I am both ANALOG & DIGITAL. Paper Planners satisfy my urge to use my hands and Digital Devices keep me and my management team on track.
Although some people find Paper Planners to be ancient – it was relieving to find countless others like me who need tangible paper and pens to be and feel organized.
SIDENOTE: I watched many videos of how people used Paper Planners and they all seemed to be the same kind of girl; high pitched voices (so high that I thought some of them were pre-teens), super girly and obsessed with details and decorating with stickers. I had to ask myself, am I this same kind of girl on the low? Maybe…just minus the high pitched voice and need to put cute stickers of on everything.
INCORPORATING ALL ELEMENTS
It’s double duty the work, but it will be worth the try if I can feel organized and accomplished! If you are like me: ANALOG & (RELUCTANTLY) DIGITAL then maybe try this with me. Or you can just wait and see how it works out for me, I will keep you posted.
1. DIGITAL DEVICES WILL BE THE MAIN SCHEDULING COMPONENT:
As soon as I get an appointment to add (that has not been added by my management team), I will immediately add on my iPhone or Computer via Google Calendar.
2. PAPER PLANNERS WILL BE UPDATED (DAILY) WITH SCHEDULE & DUE DATES:
Taking lead from Digital Devices, my Paper Planner will be updated accordingly. As much as I love my Louis Vuitton Planner, it just doesn’t seem logical or useful for my day to day – based on how heavy it is to travel with me. I’m not sure I need my paper planner to travel with me or to stay on my desk, but I have opted to test out a new Paper Planner called Planner Pads. Out of competing brands like Day-Timer, etc…this Planner seems to be most logical, despite the fact that I had no visual attraction to it. It’s so business and boring, but maybe that’s what I need to focus. Anyways – it got a lot of good reviews from other bloggers.
It has 3 rows for filling in…ROW 1 is for Categories of things you need to accomplish. ROW 2 is for Things To Do to accomplish those Categories. ROW 3 is for Scheduling and Hard Appointments. We’ll see how this goes – if all else fails, I’m going back to my dude Louis.
3. NOTES WILL BE REVIEWED NIGHTLY & DUE DATES ADDED TO ANALOG & DIGITAL:
Making sure nothing has been missed.
Before leaving my desk or shutting down for the night, I will review my iCal and make sure appointments have been added to my Paper Planner. I will also review Notes from the day taken during meetings and make sure correlating due dates have been added to my Analog & Digital.
Let me know what you guys think. Do you have a great system for organization? Share your tips and thoughts! Thanks, Vashtie <3
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!
WATCH: “Sunrise, Sunset: King Krule” – Concrete Confessions from the Rising Singer-Songwriter (via NOWNESS.COM)
My heart simultaneously broke and regenerated while watching this. Can he be any more imperfectly perfect? Damn, was I even as close to being as deep as him when I was that age?
“He was climbing on rail cars and drinking,” says Yours Truly’s Babak Khoshnoud of South London’s King Krule, who he filmed at the closing of a dusty Los Angeles day for the second installment of NOWNESS’ series Sunrise, Sunset. “As he’s underage, we feared the worst.” The rough-edged croon and soulful Rhodes piano of featured track “Cementality” is a highlight of the 19-year-old artist’s acclaimed debut album, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and its urban essence was repatriated to the now-abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail, LA’s oldest authority building of its kind. Though Krule—aka Archy Marshall—and co were swamped by members of the LAPD mid set, they came away unscathed. “Archy is a cool customer,” says the San Franciscan music film collective’s co-founder Khoshnoud. “He somehow made the beer disappear, gave the fuzz a fake name and escaped with a stern warning. Easy.”
PRESS: FootWear News (Cover Story) – “Kick Starters” featuring Vashtie, DJ Clark Kent, Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg and Jeff Staple – Written by Gerald Flores
Special thanks to Gerald Flores and FootWear News for giving me the honor of gracing their cover with legends; DJ Clark Kent, Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg and Jeff Staple. So far, it’s the top story on WWD.Com…please Margiela or Alexander Wang don’t make any announcements or debuts today – hahaha.
This is my second cover (but, this is the first I’ve shared so far), the first being a solo cover shot on the cover of Maco’s (a Trinidadian magazine) September issue.
Here are some behind the scenes shots of the shoot. It was pretty funny. At first, they staged me on the floor – laying on my side like a Vogue cover. It was a nice idea, but it was so not me…and amongst the guys, it made me look silly.
Finally, the photographer asked me to get to the top of the ladder and voila! Here it is. Shooting with these legends (and also friends) was amazing…and hilarious.