LIFE: DJ’ing at La Gruta Cave, Teotihuacan – 24 Hours in Mexico City (6.27.14)

vashtie_mexcity_6271409Diego Oseguera and Vashtie. La Gruta, June 2014

Special thanks to Erika Mercado of Mex In The City and Diego Oseguera of  Diageo for booking me in their hometown of Mexico City! Can I just tell you, I DJ’ed in a legit cave (La Gruta) an hour outside of Mexico City. It was insane and super cool. Like, out of a movie. Not bad for my first time in Mexico and Mexico City. But, I need to go back. I didn’t have time to see the ruins, pyramids or even Frida Kahlo’s house!

vashtie_mexcity_6271401There’s something like 30 million people here. The city is massive!

vashtie_mexcity_6271402Cozy Boys. Stephen aka Huggy Bear came with me. I’m always afraid to travel alone, but Angelo told me the Mexicans would want nothing from a Negra like me. Hahahahaha.

vashtie_mexcity_6271403Our amazing guide, Helen, too us for a quick bite. We had no time to do much else…

vashtie_mexcity_6271404I’m always excited to see sauces and as soon as we sat down, our table was blessed with this array! I was sold.

vashtie_mexcity_6271405Grilled Cactus. This looks weird and not appetizing, but it totally was. You all know I’m a vegan/raw/sometimes fish eater, so I opted for a vegan meal this time, sans the tortilla (gluten). I know, no fun…but it was still delicious. Cactus is the bomb!

vashtie_mexcity_6271406On the way to the venue! The dress code was tribal chic…I tried to make what I had work.

vashtie_mexcity_6271407My braided do. I wanted to do something more Frida, but didn’t have the time or the skills.

vashtie_mexcity_6271408I almost screamed out loud when I saw the cave, but I had to be professional so I kept it inside.

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vashtie_mexcity_6271412The night was a success!!! I had an amazing time with mi Mexican gente! They were sweet, loving, vivacious and accommodating. I can’t wait to go back.

LIFE: Ben Pundole’s 40th Birthday at Indochine, Massive Party at Up & Down and Dive Bars in Greenpoint (May 2014)

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Wow, I have been so behind on my postings…my bad. Anyways, a month ago or so was a big birthday celebration for what seems like everyone’s loved and admired friend Ben Pundole.  To know him is to absolutely adore him. Ben is a charming and sweet and extremely talented. Glad I could be there to ring in his birthday.DSC01095Met Karl Justin for some pre-gaming, which entailed some Provence Rose and Raw Food via The Standard East Village – Gazpacho and Salad.

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Later, Karl and I stopped by at The Bowery Hotel for a nightcap.vashtie_benpundole10 vashtie_benpundole11 vashtie_benpundole12I stopped by Oscar’s Party at Up & Down, which was one of the best parties I’ve attended in a LONG time. I ran into some English friends…

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vashtie_benpundole18Talking to American Cab Drivers about what English Cab Drivers know as “The Knowledge”. Its this insane education of knowing any street and any cross section from memory. Something you rarely find elsewhere.

vashtie_benpundole19Dive Bar’ing in Williamsburg.

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VIDEO: FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” Dir. by Nabil

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“Give me two weeks, you won’t recognize her…”

I am so thankful for Twigs. Sorry, not sorry…I’m bored by pop starlets who have the right creative team/stylists/song writers/choreographers, yet have zero art. This song and video is now on repeat and I’m so excited to see Young Twigs kill it. She’s like Sade meets Bjork, wrapped up in a baby-faced goddess.

The video was directed by the great Nabil. It has a slight similarity to the work of Marco Brambilla – specifically the Kanye West “Power” video…but with its own touch.

INTERVIEW: Vashtie & Vladimir for The Window at Barneys New York

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Haha, yes you read that right. Me and this jobless son of mine were asked to be in a feature about fashionable people and their cats. Among some of the other amazing people featured Karen Elson, Harley Viera Newton and MORE!

READ IT HERE.

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LIFE: Hooping with Black Rainbow & Friends – Terminal 23 New York City’s Jordan Gym (May 2014)

vashtie_basketball_520141Back in May – I got asked to hoop with my Parisian Friends from Black Rainbow Agency, Jay & Greg, which was super fun. I never get asked to play with the boys, probably because the ones that live state-side know that I’m a dud when it comes to playing sports. I think my Parisian friends knew that too, but they were down for some fun-filled hooping. I was excited and super nervous, just because I feel like I always end up indirectly getting hurt. Anyways. It was good times. The Jordan Gym, Terminal 23, provides you with a uniform and Jordans – but, since my feets were too small I improvised and brought my own…literally
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My siggy right there next to Diggy’s. vashtie_basketball_520147

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