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Ever since Sway Lounge ended its long-running and legendary Morrissey Night, Mexican Morrissey has been the answer to our prayers…specifically us ethnic kids and our prayers! It’s amazing to know that you’re not the only brown or ethnic kid who cries on the inside (and sometimes outside) to a British man’s problems.
For those of you who don’t know, Morrissey and The Smiths have a die hard fan base…and if you don’t know that, then you don’t know me very well…because I am obsessed!
This bi-monthly or monthly party happens at Lit Lounge and is sprinkled with the usual crew, but also gets packed with fans we’ve never met before. It all makes for an amazing night; singing along with strangers and dancing with your best buds. #sadsongs for #sadboys. It’s like Drake, if Drake were British, white, popular in the 80′s, made songs about unrequited love and loneliness instead of being a baller who is sad because he gets girls, makes more money than you’ll ever see and drinks champagne all day.
Angelo and Me.
Weirdo Dave and Weirdo Vash.
See you next time at Mexican Morrissey Night! Until then, I’ll save some tears for you!
WATCH: Bevy Smith “Fashion Queens” on Bravo (Because If You’re Not, What Are You Doing With Your Life?!)
For those of you who love fashion and a good kee-kee, you MUST tune into “Fashion Queens“. It is hosted by my lovely and incredibly talented friend Bevy Smith and stars equally charming and quick witted co-hosts, Derek J. and Miss Lawrence.
I love when people are honest and these three keep it really real.
A lot of you reading this have commented on my posts letting me know that I inspire you (thank you, you beautiful babes), but Bevy Smith is someone who has long inspired myself. She is an entrepreneur, a woman about town, a social butterfly who could make intriguing conversation with ANYONE! Some of my long-time readers may know that although I appear to be social, social events mortify me – but, watching Bevy glide effortlessly through a room full of strangers, making them laugh and glow in her presence (no exaggeration)…has inspired me to try (because I have not mastered it) and do the same.
Check this incredible write-up by Ebony on Miss Bevy Smith
WATCH: CASIO Baby-G x Dir. Vashtie x Starring Brandee Brown, Jasmine Solano & Zoe Astr x “Be Strong”
DOVER, NJ, October 29, 2013 — Casio Baby-G has teamed up with New York’s downtown sweetheart, Vashtie, for an off-the-rack video snapshot featuring its newest line of BA110 watches. The Baby-G video collaboration zeros in on a day in the life of Vashtie and three of her famous friends – DJ Jasmine Solano, Model/Muse Brandee Brown and Recording Artist Zoe of ASTR – wearing a watch that epitomizes the modern New York woman.
Vashtie Kola, famously known for her creative work as a Director, Filmmaker, Artist, Designer, DJ and Consultant, can now add a new hat to her fashion repertoire as a Casio contributor. With a full cache of fashion credits to her name, including partnerships with top industry leaders – in both the designer and music space – Vashtie lends prestige as a millennial tastemaker and a visionary in unique, standard-making personal style. The video follows Vashtie and three fearless women walking different paths, but all wearing a watch that can help them pilot through the day and take on the night with a fashionable entourage at their side.
“New York is my heart and my home and I wanted to truly represent the varying lifestyles of the New York City Girl – no matter who the female New Yorker is, you better believe that she is on-the-go and ready for whatever comes her way,” said Vashtie. “All of us are leading different lives with that same New York hustle and a different Baby-G on our wrist to complement our individual style.”
“We are so excited to channel the energy of such a creative person as Vashtie,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman & CEO of Casio America. “Our watches have been worn on the wrists of so many talented people, and the BA110 was designed with a stylishly strong, modern face like Vashtie in mind. We are looking forward to seeing the model take flight with her followers.”
The BA110 women’s watches is available at select Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Macy’s stores for an MSRP of $120. To get a glimpse of Vashtie and Baby- G at work, view their video collaboration here.
LIFE: DJ’ing For Chloe in LA x Cafe Gratitude Dates with Levi Maestro x Meeting My Blog Reader B.Denise
Vashtie DJ’ing for Chloe’s Rizzoli Book Release in Los Angeles, October 2013
(What is this pose? Peter Pan?)
After DJ’ing for Chloe in Paris for Vogue Paris Fashion Night Out in September of this year, I was also asked to DJ again for them in October in Sunny Los Angeles! First of all, having the opportunity to DJ for such an incredible brand like Chloe is a huge honor…but to do it (not once, not twice) three times?!…well, that is nothing short of amazing. I’m still pinching myself!
Anyways, last week I flew to LA to DJ on Tuesday and Wednesday for Chloe. The first evening was a private fashion event in a gorgeous million dollar estate and the second was a book launch party nestled in the courtyard their two LA stores share. In between, I got me eat on at my favorite place on earth…well, maybe my favorite place in LA…CAFE GRATITUDE of course!!! I also organized a quick meet-up with one of my long-time blog readers…Miss B. Denise!!! I was so excited for that!
Thanks to Levi Maestro for always offering to give my non-driving ass a ride from the airport. He gladly picked me up and took me to eat at my favorite place, Cafe Gratitude, despite not wanting to really eat there. Thanks friend!!!
I met Jerry and saw my friend Eddie Cruz eating there also. Great minds…
After I was done eating, I thought I’d have time to meet Reba at my hotel but was asked to be ready earlier than expected. So, we gossiped a bit in my hotel as I hustled to get ready and shaved my legs in the bathrom sink (fellas, it be like that sometimes). Then, my friends Arnaud and the Chloe Babes picked me up as we headed to the very special house!
Reba was a breath of fresh air, as per usual. I was going through it…overwhelmed with work and absolutely losing my mind. Her calm and kind energy kept me cool and she provided some creative solutions! Thanks again Reba!
After my brief hang session with Reba, she dropped me off to meet my friend Cherub. I feel like such a pre-teen when I’m in LA, waiting to be picked up and dropped off by friends…maybe this is why I don’t like LA. Eh, who knows…
This was what she ate. I was so excited to watch her eat it. My metabolism would die if I even attempted to have a few bites of this…but maybe I should, I could use the l-b’s.
While I met with Cherub, a special friend met with us also.
The day before, I tweeted that I would be in LA and B.Denise (one of my oldest blog readers and supporters) tweeted back and mentioned maybe she should come down. I immediately responded and said that she should!
She drove in from San Diego! I was so so so excited to meet this little talented gal who has been majorly supporting me and making me special art since 2008! It was weird, because meeting someone you don’t know in real life and only know from the internet seems like it could be strange…but, I felt like I already knew her. I can’t say enough, it was amazing to meet her…I mean you, since you will be reading this B.Denise!
I didn’t have much time to hang and hustled to the Chloe store to get dressed for the night. I knew the evening would be beautiful, I just had to provide the right sounds.
The Chloe book is an epic catalog of their exquisite heritage! Seriously a beautiful book, cop it if you have the chance! I got mine signed by Marc Ascoli!
After the event, I got changed and had my luggage tucked away so that I could be on my way. I hopped in a car service and headed to LAX, back home on the red-eye flight. I landed at 7am and immediately went into hustle mode for the Art/T-Shirt Collaboration Party I did with David Alexander Flinn. Exhausted? Yes. Time to think about that? No.
Special thanks to The Chloe Team. Seriously, the most hospitable and wonderful team I could have asked for. They went above and beyond to create wonderful events and did the same to make sure myself and their guests were taken care of. Oh, and they gifted me all the clothes!!! I am overwhelmed and overstoked (yes, I just made that up)!
I love them!
Thanks also to my friends Levi Maestro, Reba, Cherub, Phillip T. Annand and Kilo Kish! Hope to you see you LA peeps next time!
LIFE: Naleye’s Birthday Party at The Box x Illuminati AMS, DJ Huggy Bear, Domo Genesis, Mellow High & More! (10.23.13)
It was my Dutch friend Naleye’s birthday and he asked me to come through to The Box and play some tunes. I was definitely down and honestly had no idea that venue was still around because I haven’t been there since about 2009. Being back there again reminded me of how much I loved it (seedy performance art, weird crowd…all my favorites). It was a nice night to celebrate Naleye’s birthday and I DJ’ed alongside his DJ/Music Producing partner – DJ Jaziah. They are sweethearts and I had a good time. DJ Huggy Bear came with and played some jams also! Check it out!
In Spring of this year, I went out to Paris to DJ for the official Kenzo afterparty! They dressed me for the their runway show and the big party. One item I wore that I ansolutely adored was their oversized faux fur coat in navy. In my jetlagged haze, I slept on getting it and thought it was lost forever. While I was in Paris this last time I saw my friend Mykki Blanco wearing the coat in powder blue and I thought to myself – I’m going to find it and make it mine. Thanks to LaGarconne.Com I was reunited with my crush and here he is.
LIFE: 3 Days In Paris x EuroStar Train from London to Paris x DJ’ing at Silencio Theatre & Wanderlust x Tourist Sightseeing
After my short and beloved trip to London, Sharmadean and I hopped on the EuroStar Train and headed to Paris. Can I just exclaim how utterly amazing it is that people can take a train between London and Paris in 2.5 hours?!?! I mean…can you even believe that?! I might take a backpacking trip across Europe. If I take a 2.5 train from New York City I only end up in a small town in the middle of nowhere!
Sharmadean and I had some good gossip sessions on the train until we both fell asleep. Our night before at London’s Casa Negra Playroom proved to be fun-filled and exhausting. As we arrived I took this picture of Sharmadean as she said “I bloody fucking hate Paris” and I busted out laughing!
We grabbed a very quick bite to eat. Of course it was outside. I find that Europeans sit out in the cold quite often, something I’m not used to coming from “The States”. It was fine though…my hunger trumped my coldness.
Looky! My dearest darling friends from Moet sent personalized bottles of Moet Nectar Rose to my room!!! Ugh, so sweet.
I found a juice bar and I was in heaven. For about a year now, my diet has been 80% raw with a lot of green juices and every time I go to Europe I find myself in a difficult place. This time, I was so relieved to find fruits and vegetables in liquified form.
I stopped by to see my dear friend Stephane from Pigalle (Pain O Chokolat). He showed me his Duperre Basketball Court, in person. Seeing it online was incredible, but in real life it was amazing. So cool to see things being made for the community.
Stephane and basketball friends.
Stephane and Me 2013
Later that night I did an interview on a show called Aline Au Pays De Marveilles for France O. It comes out in November and I wish I could see it, but chances are I won’t. Will my French friends record it for me and we can watch it when I’m back? Cimer! Bisous!
They asked me hilarious questions and then took random screenshots from my social media and asked me to explain it to them. It was pretty funny. You sometimes forget what you post on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter…
Afterwards, I was really hungry and my driver took me to 3 places I was told had Vegan food and they were closed (ugh, I hate that). Then he asked me what I wanted to eat and I told him Vegan/Vegetarian food and he asked if Lebanese would be fine. He said he was Lebanese and knew of a great spot. That man could have lured me into an alley to steal my kidneys and I still would have followed him. I was so hungry and the thought of hummus and baba ganoush began to rule my fantasies.
After I ate, I fell asleep and woke up later than I was supposed to. I also woke up with one contact lens in my eye, which totally threw me off. I was already jetlagged and exhausted, but now I was off balance and barely able to see. On top of it, I had to DJ outside (in the cold) and was only supposed to play Jay-Z and Rockafella. I did my best…but can’t really recall how the night went.
DJ Baba Flex killing it!
I stopped at Nike Paris for a France jersey and they hooked me up with some nice thangs. It was very nice of them!
Just some foreign currency…Pounds and Euros.
When I was little and we used food stamps from time to time, I would say it was foreign money…haha.
Until next time London and Paris! I will miss you, but I plan on seeing you sooner than you think!!!
It was my 3rd and 4th day in London and already the trip was speeding by! Although it was cold and rainy (a combination I utterly hate), I was enjoying my time there exploring the city and hanging out with friends. For a life-time, I’ve never been interested in travel. Mainly because I just have a terrible memory and a great imagination, so I forget the places I have seen and I can imagine being anywhere to perfection. I also think the process of travel is so archaic and cumbersome…taxi’s to the airport, delays, the class system (I hate that). It’s also 2013 and we can do just about anything, but we’re still flying and not teleporting or something like that? I digress. All I’m saying is that, travel was not my thing and this past trip got me stoked on other places in the world. I’m happy that international work is picking up! I hope it continues.
My beautiful bags by Janvier London, gifted to me by Elle. They are SO BEAUTIFUL, like little gifts on your shoulder. So sweet and amazing.
Tom Brunet and Yoan Prat came to pick up their American friend. Both of these Parisians hadn’t been to London in a long time. One of the facts that I learned about Londoners and Parisians; despite being only 2.5 hours away from each other, they rarely visit each others city.
I had so many friends to see and meet, but had no time…SO…a dinner was organized. It was amazing. So many friends from around the world. Mykki Blanco and BoyChild representing “The States”, Gee from Patta repping Amsterdam, Sharmadean, Carri Munden, Grace, Rav from Cloth Surgeon repping London, Tom & Yoan repping Paris. It was beautiful!
The food was incroyable. I have to say, my international friends showed me something I don’t see that often in “The States”…an open-ness and friendliness that was natural. It’s hard to describe, but people are just open willing to help in ways I haven’t seen in a long time. I think it’s just how other people around the world function, because my father was very much this way. We always had play cousins and aunts and uncles and they would stay with us on visits to Albany. I think it’s what made me so friendly and…you know…”downtowns sweetheart”! Haha.
New York is a competitive place and although I think its a less superficial city than LA, it doesn’t have that warmth that I felt on my recent London and Paris trip. Of course, it could be just my experience, but I have been inspired by this candidness and hope to start a trend in “The States”.
Rav (Cloth Surgeon), Yoan Prat and Tom Brunet
Carri Munden (Casette Playa), Mykki Blanco, Boy Child
The morning after. I had some English Breakfast Tea after many suggestions. I really wanted to have a proper British Tea (despite never having liked Earl Grey), but had zero time so ordered it via room service. It was good with copious amounts of lemon and honey! Me likey.These raw and vegan snacks saved my for the duration of my trip. Literally!!! Last time I went to Paris I lost 4 lbs and I was only there for 3 days! Thanks to Katie Lau for this. She is very thoughtful!
LIFE: 4 Days in London x Lunch at Pizza East x Supreme London Visit with Grace Ladoja & Friends (Day 1 & 2 of 4)
I still can’t believe it has been 10 years since I was last in London. Actually, I can believe it because I only travel for work – which is something I hope to change, but as a Taurus I can’t promise anything. When I first traveled to Europe, London was my least favorite place of all…and I’ll explain why. Growing up in “The States”, I had grand daydreams of Europe being so foreign and different. When I first came to London I had expectations of it being so different and weird, but it felt like New York. So – it wasn’t that I disliked it for any reason…I just had expectations of it being super foreign. Although it feels like New York, it also feels very different. This time around I really got to take in the culture, even though I was only there for 4 days. Here is a portion of my first 2 days…
On the plane, I watched a FASCINATING documentary on David Bowie. There was SO much I didn’t know about him. For example, he took on a different character every time he came out with a new album and they were all different from each other. I also saw that when he recorded “Young Americans”, one of his backup singers as a young and darling Luther Vandross. I love me some Luther.
Business Class on an International Flight is incoryable! I laid flat and slept the whole way. The guy next to me was a bit weird, but I was not studdin’ him. Also, I had a really sweet flight attendant.
Lonely Hotel Rooms are fun and then lonely…and in Europe they are always too cold for me. I waited around to meet up with my New York friends Shaniqwa and Angelo who also planned a trip to London and Paris – the same dates I was there! What luck…or bad luck if you know what trouble we are as a threesome.
Grace Ladoja! I missed this babe!
Young Americans (in London) via my INSTAGRAM
Solomon, Blondie and Tremaine