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READ: “Most Of You Have No Idea What Martin Luther King Actually Did” by Hamden Rice

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Every time I log into Facebook (which is about once a week or less) and I am about to delete my account, I find some compelling article that urges me not to.

This is a late post for the honorable Martin Luther King Day, but I had to share because it’s not too late.

It’s an article titled “Most Of You Have No Idea What Martin Luther King Actually Did” by Hamden Rice, which struck me…because maybe I didn’t know what he actually did.

I read it and what I found was truly enlightening and frightening. It’s so strange how we have records of history (history we’ve been allowed to keep), yet we can barely recall things that happened just a few short years ago…or maybe even yesterday. This article put pre-Civil Rights life in perspective for me and what Civil Rights Leaders did for the fight. Sure, times have changed…BUT it’s important to never forget…ever ever.

Read the full article HERE

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NEWS: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

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The wait was well worth it as Kith previews a full look of its upcoming Coat of Arms Collection. (COMPLEX)

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Social media just got that much “creepier” with the new Creepy Facial Recognition App. (STYLEITE)

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Superbowl keeps getting better with the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz… Who doesn’t love free concerts, especially when TLC is performing. (MY FREE CONCERT)

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Patta and Stussy do it again as they collaborate for their 10th Anniversary Capsule Collection. (HIGHSNOBIETY)

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The 25 Most Iconic Moments in Purple Tinted Sunglasses History (BuzzFeed)

 

 

INTERVIEW: Nylon TV x Brenmar x 1 Minute with Vashtie Episode 3

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I got to catch up with the multi-talented producer and DJ, Brenmar, on the new episode of “1 Minute With Vashtie.” Make sure to keep an eye out for Brenmar for 2014 and catch the INTERVIEW and the video below:

 

 

 

PRESS: ASOS – Style Up Summer Prints With Winter Boots – Featuring Vashtie

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Say what?! I love ASOS and they just featured me in their STYLE SECTION from my visit to the Kenzo Pre-Fall Show in New York this week.

It was freezing, but somehow I managed to make it the grand presentation…half asleep (11am showing), but present for sure!

If you like what I’m wearing, ASOS also created the look for less via items from their major webstore.

Check it.

PS: Thanks ASOS for making this fashion idiots day! Seriously though, who wears winter boots with Summer prints? I was too tired to think.

 

 

 

INTERIEW: Ebony Mag x Beauty 101 x Vashtie Kola Spills Her Eco-Friendly Beauty Secrets (Jan. 2014)

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Seriously, Ebony Magazine has given a girl more love in the last year than she could ever have wished for during a lifetime. Special thanks to Ebony Mag and Writer Damonica Boone for supporting a fellow sistren (again). Peep all of my Beauty Secrets HERE. Or down below!

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Vashtie Kola is a director, DJ, artist, designer and style icon. With so many titles under her belt, we can’t help but wonder how the Trinidadian beauty has the time to look so flawless. Lucky for us, she decided to spill her beauty secrets, as she shared go-to products for her skin, hair, and makeup, as well as how she keeps her curls healthy and under control during the winter.

“My go-to products for everything are always health-conscious, non-carcinogenic, vegan and cruelty free,” she says, “things that are important to me since I keep a vegan/raw diet and am a huge animal lover. I like to utilize the site www.ewg.org/skindeep to find out which products are good for you. Because keeping healthy on the inside is just as important as staying beautiful on the outside.”

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/photos/style/vashtie-spills-her-eco-friendly-secrets-101#ixzz2puidgE26
Follow us: @EbonyMag on Twitter | EbonyMag on Facebook

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On Hair Care

“For hair, I use Hugo & Debra Naturals Smooth and Defining Shampoo and Conditioner in Coconut. My family is from Trinidad, and coconut-scented anything always wins my island heart. For styling, I use Beautiful Curls Leave-In Conditioner for Wavy to Curly Hair. I love it because it keeps my curls looking shiny and healthy.”
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On Skin Care

“For skin, I wash with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap. I like the added chill the peppermint gives my skin. Makes me feel extra clean. I moisturize with Almond Oil by Now Foods, which keeps my ashiness in check. And anyone who knows me, knows I need that.

“For my face, I wash with Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser. Dr. Alkaitis is an organic and raw line of skincare that I am obsessed with, so clean and simple, you could eat it. If we are what we wear (and eat) then that is a relief. I follow with Luzern Laboratories Vita-O2 Glacial Toner and their Serum Absolut Radiance Skin Brightening Serum. This serum is hydroquinone-free and perfect for the woes of brown skin suffering from hyper-pigmentation.

“For around the eye, I use Dr. Alkaitis Organic Eye Creme and then finish with Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil during the day. At night, I will switch to Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Creme Lux. I love Luzern Laboratories because, as well as being organic and free of toxins, it is also focused on anti-aging. And who couldn’t use a little of that?

“For my weekly masks, I use Dr. Alkaitis Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask followed by their Organic Cellular Repair Mask. They are amazing because they repair and exfoliate the skin using their basic ingredients of fruit and oats. One of the masks literally looks like a blueberry concoction on the face: beautifully purple and blue. I finish with Luzern Laboratories System O2 Infuse Mask, which leaves my face feeling clean, fresh and supple.”

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On Her Favorite Makeup Products

“For makeup, I like to keep it simple. I use a powder foundation by Afterglow Cosmetics in the color Fawn. I smudge a little black eyeliner by Rejuva Minerals, and my under eye concealer is #44 by RMS Beauty. For lips, I keep them moist thanks to RMS Beauty Lip and Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla. I love these lines of makeup, because I believe whatever you put on your skin should nourish it, and all their ingredients are clean and healthy.”

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On Keeping Her Curls Healthy in Harsh Weather

“The winter can take its toll on hair and skin, so to preserve my curls I do homemade hair masks. I keep it simple with an olive oil and coconut oil mask. Beauty blogger Michelle Phan has a great recipe.”

THROWBACK: Missy Elliott (aka Queen Mother) feat. 702 & Magoo – “Beep Me 911″ (Dir. Hype Williams)

If I ever meet Missy, I might just bow down and kiss her hand. Her reign was too real. And Timbaland?! Like, what was in the Virginia water that had all these monsters coming out of there? Seriously, mad hit makers hail from that Southern state.

This song is giving me goosebumps and the video…ugh…the video. Hype Williams is the Music Video Master!

LIFE: New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Odeon x Party at Westway x DJ Brenmar, SureShot & Huggy Bear


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Brenmar & Vashtie (The Westway NYC, NYE ’14)

New Year’s Eve in New York City is always dreaded yet welcomed for me. The start of a new year is always amazing, it represents a new year to get it right or at least get it closer to right than the year before. Although, the night of NYE is dreaded because its always filled with chaos, traffic and lunatics running around. Previously, I spent NYE dining with friends at The Odeon (a New York City landmark)…as some of you may know from previous posts. This year I was asked to have my own soiree at The Westway. I’d never worked on NYE, but was down to try it for fun. It ended up being amazing!vashtie_nye201301

 

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After dinner, I jetted to the cliz-ub. On my way out the door, I met director John Waters who was also dining at The Odeon. I introduced myself and awkwardly let him know I was a fan. He was very kind to me.

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WATCH: Supreme Store in 1996 (MTV Japan)

Oh man, seeing this made me yearn to have been in New York and of age in the 90′s. Many of you may already know, I love Supreme as a brand and as a family (having worked for the incredible James Jebbia empire a while back). They were and still are the first of their kind, standing in a lane they created. Amazing.

This clip is extraordinary. New York in the 90′s?! Yes please. This was before the internet and everything ruined good things (as I say this on my blog on the internet). I mean that in the nicest way possible. The internet makes everything TOO accessible. Anyways, I digress. Watch this amazing clip and stay tuned for the Allure feat. Nas video right after – that was the jam.

LIFE: Sabel Boo’s Baby Shower (My Very First One Ever)

What can I say, I kicked it with the fellas my whole life and a lot of my friends had babies in high school…so, I never attended a baby shower before. I had no idea what to expect, all I knew was that I was excited to be in the company of good friends and Sabel’s adorable expecting self! I mean, look at her – she looks stunning! I’m so happy for her and Chris. Ya’ll better go!

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As we approached, 42nd Street was shut down. Apparently there was this insane fire and I believe there were some injured victims and maybe someone perished. It was a terrible and my sympathies go out to anyone who knows the victim or victims.Vashtie_Sabel_Shower_151302 Vashtie_Sabel_Shower_151303 Vashtie_Sabel_Shower_151304

Apparently the food was off the hook, thanks to Carmela’s Mama. I don’t know though, there were no vegan options. Vashtie_Sabel_Shower_151305

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Yay! We love you Sabel. I am so honored to be apart of this friend community that will welcome your baby into the world! I can’t wait to meet Baby Boo. 

VIDEO: James Blake – “Overgrown”

Well, hello Seasonal Depression…meet James Blake. Now, I will never exit from under my covers.