BEHIND THE SCENES: Shooting a DKNY.COM Editorial by Amanda Alborano

vashtie_DKNY_010Over the Summer I was asked to be featured in a DKNY.COOM editorial that would feature two of my friends. I called on my homies Jae Ponder and Kim Matulova for the for the 2 day shoot at Splashlight Studios. It was the busiest 2 days I’d had in a while with super early call times, but it was an incredible experience. The photographer, Eli Schmidt kept us super pumped up and happy with all his hilarious jokes and DKNY was just so lovely – as always.

It’s insane how much love DKNY shows me and the other non-models they use for their campaigns. It’s an honor and super exciting, I mean – what other brand or designer is really utilizing real people? I just got done shooting a Resort Campaign for them featuring me, Cara Delevigne, Brandee Brown and Chelsea Leyland. Then I walked in their NYFW show and now this…oh and there is more to come. I just hope that my junior high bullies are seeing it too – hahahaha! Afterall, it’s the only reason I’m still on Facebook.

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Throwback: Pretty Ricky – “On The Hotline”

Ok, this isn’t SUCH a throwback…but it’s a bit old now and it is the jam.

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WATCH: Fusion TV Interviews Vashtie the “Curator of Cool”

Last week while I was planning a work trip to Miami for a major Target event, I got an email from Omar Michaud – a nice gentleman who, in 2010, invited me on ESPN to talk about my Jordans.

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And here he was years later, back in my inbox asking me for an interview on a new network he was working with – FUSION TV, based in Miami. I was so stoked and thankful for the opportunity. I made my way to their state of the art studios and beautiful offices for a great interview by Miss Kimberly Brooks who was a darling, literally! Check the full interview here!

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SUPPORT: Rafael Rios – Running in the TCS New York City Marathon for Shoe4Africa.org

Hey Boo’s & Babes.

You may know my friend Rafael Rios that frequently stars in my blog posts. He is one of my dearest friends; a fun, sweet and hilarious human being.

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On November 2nd he will be running in support of Shoe4Africa, an non-profit organization that works with African communities to better lives through Health & Education.

Your donation will help Shoe4Africa complete construction of the first children’s public hospital in East Africa!

This will be his first full marathon and he has chosen to partner with Shoe4Africa to help give hundreds of thousands of kids, for the first time, access to a Kid’s public teaching hospital.

His fundraising goal by the time the race rolls around is $3,000 and 100% of the funds will go directly to Shoe4Africa.

I hope you can find a few minutes to support this wonderful cause and help my friend reach his fundraising goal for the Shoe4Africa organization :)

I just donated 100$, but you can donate ANYTHING! 5$ or 20$. It goes to an amazing cause and you will feel so amazing for having contributed to a worthwhile cause!

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LIFE: #GansevoortVibes in Turks & Caicos – Paradise Found (September 2014)

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The chance meeting of Evie Bear proved to be an incredible one. Miss Evie runs all the cool happenings at The Gansevoort in New York and always knows all the same folks I do – so you know a friendship was bound to happen. When she asked me on a trip to their Turks & Caicos property, my routine Taurus self was unsure – hanging out and socializing with strangers isn’t exactly my things despite having a “social” appearance. BUT, she said I could bring a friend and of course my partner in crime and human xanax, Elle Clay,  joined the ranks.

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Turks and Caicos is an island that I had never considered going to. Despite being Trinidadian and knowing that the islands are more of roots for me than grand resort get-aways, Turks always seemed to feel like a rich dude’s vacation. My poor kid mentality made me think that I would never go there, because…well…”rich people go there”. Like, Ibiza er something. Stupid and ignorant, I know…but, we are friends so I can be honest. Anyways, this trip opened up my mind in more ways than one. Even though I now travel to Europe and do worldly things, I didn’t realize that I was still closed-minded to certain ideas.  #StupidAmerican

Anyways. Here is our 4 days in heaven. Literal and utter heaven. Everyone we met on our trip, a small group of 8, became our family. In an instant. Every single day I miss this trip and them. We bonded and enjoyed ourselves in paradise!

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DAY 1

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Elle and I kept joking that when we arrived at the hotel, they better have drinks ready…well…they did.gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201405 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201406Our suite was super sweet. Washer and Dryer included. 

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gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201414 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201415Later that night, we went to “Fish Fry”, a cool local hangout that so happened to be next door to the telly. Me and Elle went for some food and then went back to the room and knocked out!

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DAY 2gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201419 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201420 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201421 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201422 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201423 gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201424Evie Bear & AJ English

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gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201437Dustin got cheeky.

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DAY 3

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We took a boat ride, which I was ok with not being on…but it would have been anti-social so I went. I snorkeled for the first time also, again…against my will. BUT, Elle said since she was allergic to seafood and she couldn’t get in the water that I should do it for her. I choked on a lot of salt water and that was that.
gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201441The rum punch was flowing…

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gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201447We went to a private island and chilled their for about an hour, rolling around on the super soft white sand and having an amazing time.

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Later we had dinner at the hotel…gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201453…and lots and lots of wine.

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DAY 4 (LAST DAY)gansevoort_turks_vashtie_201457Pretty Flacko & Trap Lord aka ASAP Rocky & ASAP Ferg

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Learning Self-Defense by Vincent at Perimeter Security & Investigations LLC
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If you decide to head to Turks, you have to stay at The Gansevoort! It was top-notch and not crazy busy like some annoying Spring Break spot.

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