I am obsessed with Leah Labelle. Her sound is electrifying and her personality is adorable! I can’t stop playing this song…and I love the video!
I am obsessed with Leah Labelle. Her sound is electrifying and her personality is adorable! I can’t stop playing this song…and I love the video!
Check out this cute mini-show by Maybelline that spotlights super hot model Erin Wasson sharing trends that translate into nail trends with her fun friends…like moi! Although, I realize I am so not fun. Peep my reaction when she shows me her nails, that IÂ actuallyÂ did love, but my reaction is so lackluster and blah. What?! I talk like that? I hold all my friends accountable for letting me get away with reacting that way to things.
Special thanks to Shannon Washington and the homie Erin Wasson for having me!
While I watched Dee and Ricky pouring it up for people in champagne flutes and I was empty-handed, I thought it would be funny to put my hands out and when they actually poured it in my hands – I had no idea what to do next, hahaha.
My friend La’Kea came through, as she always has, traveling from Albany just to celebrate with me! If you don’t know who she is, she’s my friend from Middle School/Junior High who lived down the street from me and always had my back when I was being bullied in Junior High. Even when she had graduated and was in High School, she would come to my Junior High with her homegirls just to intimidate my bullies and let them know not to mess with me. I love her always and forever. She was and has always been a true friend.
The Great, Theophilus London!
Yes, my “Dumb Late Birthday Party” finally happened last night. It came more than a month after my actual birthday (of April 23rd), but it still felt right. Why was it Â a month late, you might ask? Well, I’ve been a busy bee and literally hadn’t as much as a birthday toast with friends until last night. I spent my actual birthday on my computer, working dilligently and eating takeout…which ended up being my life routine for the past month. Look – I’m not complaining and I feel as though all the work coming my way has been a birthday blessing in no disguise (work is great!).
I just want to say “thank you” to everyone who came out and supported and another “thank you” to those who couldn’t come out and still support me in life and or in spirit. Your kindness and positivity does not goÂ unnoticed.
Photo by David X Prutting for BFA.COM (I love all my BFA birthday photos, like for rills)
Special Thanks To:
BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10
Moet USA: Keith Howard & Jen Yu
David Burke (Cheesecake Lollipops)
Santos Party House
Joey Badass & Pro Era
Complex Magazine: Noah Callahan-Bever
BFA.Com & David X Prutting
Makeup: Tai Lotson
Sydney Reising & Sydney Reising Creative: Brittney Escovedo & Stephanie Gotch
Nianga , Eli Reed & Naleye Junior
Kilo Kish & Kitty Cash
Jassine & Rafael Rios
Janjay Sherman, Blake Scotland, Shyvonne
Young Scoozle, Shiest Bubz & Ashley
Josh Madden came in a Giants jersey! That’s why he rules!
John Paul Belle, Billy Dodson III & Adrian
Nianga, Me, Kitty Cash & Kilo Kish
Me and Jane Kim, she’s a sweetheart!
It wouldn’t be a party without my little brothers Dee & Ricky!
DJ Huggy Bear killed his set and then continued on safari.
Samn! Me and Cedric Haughton!
Me & A-Trak
Peep my big bottle! Special thanks to Jen Yu and Keith Howard for hooking me up lovely with Moet Rose Nectar. The champagne was literally flowing. I’m surprised I didn’t get lost on a wave!
Elle Clay & Vashius Klay
My friend Rob Heselden gave me a MOZ shirt! Say what?!
My Dutch Connect – Nianga and Naleye Junior
A kiss from a rose; Brandee Brown.
Theophilus London, my Trini Fam.
Oscar 1992, Me, Sabel Boo (with the fire ponytail) and Amaris Modesto
Blake, Anthony Hendrickson & Rio Uribe
Rio Uribe, Aviva Klein (Happy Birthday Babe) & Oscar Sanchez
Me & Brittney Escovedo (Sydney Reising Creative)
Rio Uribe and Me
My friends in the background are hilarious. Sabel Boo and Billy on the left and Mel D. Cole on the right. Classic.
Ricky, Dee, Me and Kilo Kish
I met some lovely French friends!
Theophilus & His Babe Squad: Ashley and Emily
At the end of the evening, a few of us went to experience our nightly tradition (post club) of “Breakfast Club”. The restaurant got wind of my “Birthday Party” and brought me this to help me celebrate. Just what I needed…some pancake.
One of my very first birthday flyers (by Oscar Sanchez), circa 2004? I always wanted the nickname “Chainsaw” hence “Chainsaws Birthday Massacre”.
For those of you who follow me and have been following me, you know all about my birthday soirees.
Every year, since about 2007 or 2008, I have had a BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY. Why you may ask? Well, I’m not that girl that loves her birthday…in fact, I’ve hated getting older since I was 15 years old. Maybe it was because at that age I was already clubbing, attending a prestigious high school (on scholarship) and working 2 jobs. I must have known then that life could and would only get harder as time when on. And…so it does, sigh!
I realized that having birthday parties allows me to focus all my attention on the event and not the stinging ailment otherwise known as age.
In 2005, I had a birthday party and invited all my friends. When I came outside later, the security informed me that folks who weren’t on my list that I had never heard of wanted to come and party too. I thought to myself, “why exclude those folks who want to celebrate my dreaded birthday with me?”. I’m lucky to have people that I know who love and support me, but there are also people out there that I don’t know who also support me – I hated the idea of excluded them. Besides, I’ve always hated door policys/dress codes/ etc…it’s so alienating and weird.
With the help of my party 1992, I took my birthday a step further at Lotus on 14th Street. Friends and Family were listed for easy entry and those whom I did not know but wanted to party with me were allowed entry by paying a small fee. That seemed to work perfectly. VIPS and Tastemakers, Friends and Strangers – all under one roof. My camera died and I have no photos from this night, sad to say.
Me and Oscar
Raul Lopez and Me
I had my first shindig at Santos and it was another hit. This time Sprite Green came in as a sponsor and I unveiled my yet-to-be-famous Jordan 3 Birthday Cake (later inspiring Kanye West and his Yeezy Sneaker Cake). This cake also helped me solidify my Jordan Sneaker Deal when they saw what a crazy fool I was for Jordans!
Artwork by Doves TCK the greatest! The theme for that year was “Ultra Violette”. This was also a time in my life that I didn’t know how to dress like a girl. I mean, I really had no flavor when it came to dressing up. I was so good at everyday boy style that when it came to being girly – I thought, “tight dress and heels”. Good thing I have grown and learned!
Jus Ske, Me and Q-Tip
DJ Huggy Bear, Elle Clay and Me
In 2010, I had upcoming (now well-known) artist Theophilus London perform a set at my party. My birthday cake that year was a trio of pink and purple dice, for my favorite dice game cee-lo. It was an incredible night…
After so much pressure from my darling gay male friends to “step it up”, I got my hair done and wore an extraordinary dress by my friend Dominique Auxilly. My look was a hit and even my old friend Lupe came through. I also had the homie Big Krit perform, that was an incredible night.
it was a little bit more low-key. I had a smaller and simpler soiree at Beauty & Essex (thanks to Luck and Israel), but a lot of my super awesome friends rolled through; Pusha T, QuestLove, Chef Roble, etc.
QuestLove and Me
Me, Adriana and Celasia
Here we are at 2013.
Thanks to reader, Robin, for sending this link. I couldn’t find it for so long and I do prefer this version better!
Jessica – Vintage Virgin
Welcome to my latestÂ additionÂ to Vashtie.Com, titled…eh em…Steelo. It will be a new category spotlighting incredible style icons that I absolutely drool over. Like everything else I love and blog, it will range and expose various kinds of people from all walks of life…from fictional characters to musicians to women in fashion to randoms.
Drew Barrymore (circa 90′s)
It is meant to honor those with incredible style, style which is personal and cannot be purchased in a store or by a stylist – but, at times I will also honor those stylists who give certain artists the looks they are heralded for, because that is also important.
Brandy as “Moesha”
I think this latest blog category was also inspired by my article written for Complex Magazine “The 50 Most Stylish Women In New York Right Now”. I discovered and researched so many incredible women with fantastic style. A lot of them were not based in New York, and as the article stated – I couldn’t include them due to their location. BUT – I can post about anyone I like here!
As mentioned in the article I wrote (oh yeah, I am about to quote myself)…
“Style is very important to me, like it is to many. It has nothing to do with the designers one can afford, the stylist one can hire, or the stylish person one can bite. It represents who you are and represents your essence without you having to utter a word…”
I present to you…my first Steelo post…one of my latest drool-worthy obsessions…
Miss Julia Sarr Jamois.
You may have already spotted this beautiful brown fox on style blogs, just take a good look. This half French/half Senegalese London Native is incredible and her style is a mix of thrift rocker meets ethnic fashion goddess. She currently holds the title of Fashion Editor at Wonderland Magazine and although some half attempted toÂ xeroxÂ her style, this look is all her own.
I’m not a fan of cigarettes, but I’ll let this slide on her…she’sÂ French, afterall.
This Varsity Jacket and Nike ensemble is incroyable!
Okay, you are now allowed to Google her as you wish and fall in fashion love at your own risk!
I first stumbled upon this strange yet beautiful creature in the early 90′s starring in Calvin Klein ads. His striking looks either confused you or intrigued you. As time went on, I started to see him more often. If he wasn’t starring in a dark Indie Film like “Buffalo ’66″ or “Brown Bunny” or modeling in major fashion campaigns, he could be found galavanting in the streets of New York acting out as the controversial man that he is known to be.
Vincent Gallo is an AmericanÂ film director, writer, model,Â actor and musician.
Gallo has had minor roles in mainstream films such asÂ Goodfellas,Â Arizona Dream,Â The Funeral andÂ Palookaville. Â He is most known for his work withÂ independent movies, includingÂ Buffalo ’66, which he wrote, directed, scored and starred in andÂ The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed (the film is famous for GalloÂ receivingÂ actual on camera oral sex via Chloe Sevigny).
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealerÂ Annina Nosei, performed in aÂ rapÂ duo and was part of the first hip hop television broadcastÂ Graffiti Rock, and played in an industrial band calledÂ Bohack which released an album titleÂ It Took Several Wives.
Part of Gallo’s appeal is that he is stark raving mad – in my opinion. He is a supporter of theÂ Republican Party, and has been seen at a New York fashion show withÂ George W. Bush’s daughtersÂ Barbara andÂ Jenna.Â Gallos has stated that his fantasy is “becoming more like the stereotype of the Republican Party.”Â He also wishes to look “more like American conservative journalistÂ George Will.”Â In his own words, Gallo “considered himself aÂ radical, always, but an extremely conservative radical.”
This man is so crazy, I love it! Take for example the “Merchandise” section of his personal website (which I discovered years ago), under “Personal Services” youÂ can find options like “VINCENT GALLO evenings, weekends escort” where for a mere $50,000 you can have a date with this Italian Stallion (“Ladies Only” as stated on his website). See an excerpt below.
“I, Vincent Gallo, star of such classics asÂ Buffalo 66 andÂ The Brown BunnyÂ have decided to make myself available to all women. All women who can afford me, that is. For the modest fee of $50,000 plus expenses, I can fulfill the wish, dream, or fantasy of any naturally born female. The fee covers one evening with Vincent Gallo. For those who wish to enjoy my company for a weekend, the fee is increased to a mere $100,000. Heavy set, older, red heads and even black chicks can have me if they can pay the bill. No real female will be refused. However, I highly frown upon any male having even the slightest momentary thought or wish that they could ever become my client. No way Jose. However, female couples of the lesbian persuasion can enjoy a Vincent Gallo evening together for $100,000. $200,000 buys the lesbos a weekend. A weekend that will have them second-guessing… Potential clients are advised to screen the controversial scene fromÂ The Brown BunnyÂ to be sure for themselves that they can fully accommodate all of me. Clients who have doubt may want to test themselves with an unusually thick and large prosthetic prior to meeting me. You may be surprised just how much you can handle and how good it feels.”
Wait – it gets better! For $1,000,000.00 you can getÂ Vincent Gallo’s Sperm! Yes, you read that right. Sounds like a bargain, right?! Read another incredible excerpt below…“Though a fan of Franco Harris, Derek Jeter, Lenny Kravitz and Lena Horne, Mr. Gallo does not want to be part of that type of integration. In fact, for the next 30 days, he is offering a $50,000 discount to any potential female purchaser who can prove she has naturally blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who can prove a direct family link to any of the German soldiers of the mid-century will also receive this discount. Under the laws of the Jewish faith, a Jewish mother would qualify a baby to be deemed a member of the Jewish religion. This would be added incentive for Mr. Gallo to sell his sperm to a Jew mother, his reasoning being with the slim chance that his child moved into the profession of motion picture acting or became a musical performer, this connection to the Jewish faith would guarantee his offspring a better chance at good reviews and maybe even a prize at the Sundance Film Festival or an Oscar. To be clear, the purchase of Mr. Gallo’s sperm does not include the use of the name Gallo. The purchaser must find another surname for the child.”
I forgot how hilarious this man is. I had a good morning laugh just now…ahhh.
Special thanks to the folks at PMKBNC for sending me the brand new Budweiser Bow-Tie Can Package. It’s so cute and easy to grip! Can’t wait for the Made In America Festival. I needs to be there!
Thanks to my lovely friends Valentina Moreno and Pauline Wormser, over at Surface To Air, for asking me to be apart of their “Friday I’m In Love Feature”…where they asked me to put together 15 of my favorite love songs alongside a little interview (dropping next week).
For now, you can go to their BLOG and listen to my playlist. Let me know what you think. There’s a good range; from The Cure to Brandy to DMX to The Black Keys.