SHOP: Limited Edition x Violette New York x Baron Von Fancy Lighter (On Sale Now!)

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LIFE: Nike Surprises A Few Friends With A Visit To The Pivot Point Store & Tickets to Watch The Knicks and The Nets Play at Barclay’s

Many brands try and court their perspective taste-makers in fun and creative ways, but they mostly fail to ignite the passion. If Nike was an actual potential life partner, they would be the most exciting, romantic and charming of suitors (not to mention super cute). I got the invite to participate in a secret event. No details were revealed to me, but I was told I would meet at one common spot and there would be a bus waiting for me and other lucky participants. Nike is such an adventurous lover!

On the bus, HERON explains that we are on our way to the brand new Air Force 1 store in Brooklyn…

As we pulled up to the store, which is housed in the brand spanking new Barclay’s Center – my friend sitting next to me, Ramona, said “what if they’re surprising us by taking us to a game?”. Little did I know…

They handed us these tickets as soon as we walked in!!! After some mingling, we made our way up to the suites!

Suites are cool because they usually have tons of food…but rarely anything that a non-meat and non dairy eating fool like me can devour.

The Star Spangled Banner!

I sat next to my friend KING SOLOMON. He had some of the best jokes of the night. We both loved that the time outs were “brought to you by” Hublot and Key Foods!!!

GO KNICKS!

Despite the new Barclay’s Center and popularity of The Brooklyn Nets, I am and forever will be a New York Knicks fan. I am stoked for people who love them, especially Brooklynites…but somehow, the whole craze surrounding them feels like a hypnosis trick (the craze, not them). After I left the Barclay’s Center, I felt like I needed to be de-programmed.

I will forever love The Ruler SLICK RICK, but whoever booked him for this needs to be put on a serious time out or just take a serious tap to the chin. If you saw it, you would know what I mean – it hurt to watch. He performed during halftime, when most people at the stadium weren’t even there to watch. Not to mention, it just wasn’t what it could have been. Maybe they had good intentions when booking him, but it should have been thought through.

TY LYONS and SABRINA.

Then, thanks to DAMIEN BULLUCK, I went down to the court side seats and watched the last 5 minutes of the game.

LYOR COHEN was in the building. I wonder who he was cheering for?

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Just found out that there is a part two to all of this and I cannot wait! I am going prepared!!! Special thanks to NIKE for always looking out for an ashy kid like me!

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MUSIC: Haim – A Band Of Jewish Babe Sisters That You Will Love!

Sisters Danielle, Este and Alan Haim (pronounced high-em) currently hold my heart. Hailing from LA, their sound is sort of a blend of Folk Music and 80′s R&B. Think: Fleetwood Mac meets Teena Marie…sort of. Aside from their sound, their look is perfection – especially at a time when most artists are trying to look like futuristic ravers (you know what I’m talking about!).

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LIFE: I’m In A Global Samsung Galaxy Note II Television Commercial (As Myself)

Ya’ll remember when I went out to LA with a fellow artist and friend, Eric Elms in October? Well, I couldn’t tell you exactly why we were there…but now I can. Basically, we were 2 of 3 artists who were cast in a Global Samsung Television Commercial!!! It was directed by the homie, Brian Beletic, and we had a great time shooting.

I had my own trailer!

Finally this very big commercial is out and I am stoked to share it with you! In case the concept is lost in translation, it basically starts with an art gallery owner who texts 3 different artists the phrase “Opposites Attract”. We 3 Artists interpret that through each of our perspective mediums. We were asked what our actual ideas would be for that concept, something that would translate globally and in a matter of seconds. I thought, “I’d love to shoot a film about a goth girl and a jock falling in love”. They loved the idea and we went ahead with that. Eric Elms created a sculpture that read “Str8 Up Wavy” and the other Eric took a photo of a muscular braun holding a petite doggie.

It was a lot of fun and I am so stoked to be apart of such a major production and such a forward brand like Samsung Mobile. I especially love that I got to play myself! Special thanks to Brian Beletic, Smuggler Films & Samsung!!!

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The Gallery Owner sending out the text…


Getting the text from the Gallery Owner…

Eric Elms!

Photographer Eric’s Art Pieces…

Eric Elms sculpture sketch…

On set directing my short film for the gallery…

My friends clowned and applauded me for having the only line “AND ACTION”

The finale, everyones art work at the Gallery Opening…

The stoked Gallery Owner!

The End!!!

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I got to wear and keep my incredible wardrobe. It was all the kinds of things I would normally wear, just the best version of that…


 

 

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SNEAK PEEK: A Blazing Hot Violette New York Accessory! (Coming Soon)

Stay tuned to VioletteNewYork.Com for more!

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LISTEN: That Work – “Act Like You Know”

That new new…

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CUTE: Wild Cat & Fox Are Best Friends

In Lake Van, Turkey this unlikely pair have been spotted together for over a year. This is so adorable I could light the both of them on fire…together of course! If this isn’t proof that friends come in all different shapes, sizes and breeds then I don’t know what is!

via BUZZFEED

 

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LIFE: A Crazy After-Hours Party You Need To Attend: The Trinity Party by Contessa & Tigga Calore x Hosted by Vashtie & Many More (11.23.12)

When TIGGA CALORE reached out and asked me to co-host her party THE TRINITY, I was down for the cause. Not only is she and CONTESSA on the pulse of New York City party culture…but I’ve also known TIGGA since the early 2000′s. Needless to say, we go as far back as to when her liquor sponsor, HYPNOTIQ, was popping.

TIGGA CALORE & CONTESSA

The party took place in Midtown and although I don’t like to leave my 5 block radius, this trek was well worth it. After taking a frightening freight elevator ride, we checked in on one floor and walked a couple flights to the party floor. When I tell you that it felt like the New York that I knew when I first moved here, it did. Wild parties taking place in random spots with suspect, yet delicious and strong liquor punches. That sort of guerilla, underground style is hard to find in New York these days…but it’s a thing that needs to be preserved in any city!

V VILES was on deck documenting the event…and so was VASHTIE FILES! Check it out…

When I asked TIGGA what I should wear, she replied “FUR”. As a non-fan of fur, I ransacked my closet and found a furry friend that was gifted to me in Paris years ago…cue, my Louis Vuitton Mink Bag. I know, “if you’re not a fan of fur than why do you have this?”. Well, it was a gift and I have strong feelings about gift-giving…

I love that the NEWPORT carton is there. It perfects this picture!

SAMN! Such a charmer!

ELLE CLAY


A-TRAK & BRENMAR

HARRY MCNALLY, ELLE CLAY & YOUNG SCOOZLE

I overheard someone explaining HYPNOTIQ and it just made my night…”it was a popular drink in the early 2000′s”.

RAUL LOPEZ & VASHTIE…

it’s not a party until RAUL shows up!

A.L.I.E.N. CREW!

ELLE CLAY & VASHTIE

ELLE and RAUL doing some sort of dirty dance!

A-TRAK & VASHTIE

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The End.

 

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SHOP: The Violette Blog Lists Popular Cyber Monday Sale Codes! (VioletteNewYork.Com/Blog)

You guys know I have a clothing line called VIOLETTE right? Well, on the site there’s also a BLOG that has some solid content. Check the most recent post that lists a few popular Cyber Monday Sale Codes. As your friend (yes, we are friends!), I suggest that if you do shop these super sales also try and support your local businesses! Chain stores are cool, but don’t forget your “Mom and Pop” shops!!!

 

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THROWBACK: Bjork – “Come To Me” (Live) – MTV’s 120 Minutes (1993)

“Come to me. I’ll take care of you. Protect you. Calm, calm down. You’re exhausted. Come lay down. You don’t have to explain. I understand…”

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LIFE: “Photographs of the American Southwest” – My Friend, Dan Martensen’s Book Launch at Milk Gallery (11.17.12)

My friend DAN MARTENSEN is a super talented photographer who always has the cheeriest of dispositions! When he told me he was having his very own book launch at Milk Gallery, I had to be there. I’m always stoked to see friends doing great things and support is always necessary!

DAN MARTENSEN & VASHTIE

RAFAEL RIOS on his day off…

LUKE FLYNN! I miss this rascal!!! Hey, YOUNG SCOOZLE.

I miss these Aussie Babes!

Posing with my homie Mr. Cope’s art…

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INVITE: Operation Surfinbird x Bring Thanksgiving to Far Rockaway x Fundraiser Party (11.18.12)

Another great cause for the victims of #Sandy. If you around tonight, please stop by and donate what you can. I’ll be there!

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NEWS: I’m (Seriously) Nominated on AskMen.Com’s Top 99 Women of 2013 Edition

When ASKMEN.COM tweeted at me that I was nominated for the TOP 99 WOMEN OF 2013, I thought for sure it was some cruel joke (any public adoration makes me feel that way thanks to being bullied in junior high). And no, that isn’t a cry for compliments and pity…I’m being realistic. The women on these lists are in a lane that I am not. I mean, come on…Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Oh yeah – and Vashtie. Hahahahahahahahahaha. BUT…then again, who am I to argue with AskMen.Com? If I get only one vote at least it will be mine (yes I voted for myself). If you’d like to vote in general go to ASKMEN.COM and if you’d like to vote for me I will drop your check in the mail!

VOTE FOR THE TOP 99 WOMEN OF 2013 AT ASKMEN.COM

 

 

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HEALTH: Vitamin-Popping in a Health Stance

photo via MentalFloss.Com

As if life as an adult couldn’t be more difficult, now we have to swallow pills upon pills just to get the right nutrients. You can’t chew a Flintstones Vitamin and call it a day anymore…oh no…long gone are those days!

If we’re serious about the long haul in today’s day and age, we need to really commit to VITAMIN-POPPING. One might assume that we get it from our food, but not always. Most foods are overcooked  into oblivion (think deep fried anything), which depletes food of their nutrients and enzymes (unless it’s a food like tomato, which gets stronger the more its cooked). Its important that we try and get our vitamins through eating nutrient rich food (salads, fresh juices, etc), but sometimes those french fries look better on your plate rather than the side salad  - this is where vitamins come in handy! We have to get our  nutrients somewhere and vitamin-popping makes it easy!

Below is a list of the vitamins/supplements I take and a photo of the bottle and pill. Hopefully it can inspire you to start vitamin-popping (if you don’t already) and taking care of your body. Also – I am no expert, so if there is something that you suggest I add – let me know in the comments below.

PLEASE NOTE:

1: You should consult your doctor before starting a regimen to make sure it’s safe for you.

2. Some of the brands I buy are pricier than others, but you don’t need to buy the same ones I use. The most important things is that you are supplementing your bodies needs. There are a ton of safe and up to standard versions that are cheaper. I’d suggest going to your local health food store and asking a store clerk, they usually know which brands are good that are affordable!

Lignan Flaxseed Oil (via Barleans.Com)

With its wholesome, nutty flavor Barlean’s Highest Lignan Flax Oil is a pure, unfiltered and unrefined source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and nutrient-rich lignans. A foundational addition to a healthy diet, our organic, high-lignan content flax oil is ideal for those who aspire to nutritionally support:

Heart Health

*Cholesterol Levels Already Within a Healthy Range*Joint Mobility & Bone Density*

Energy & Endurance

*Blood Glucose Levels Already Within a Healthy Range*

Skin, Hair & Nail Health*

What are Lignans?

Lignans are a highly studied and researched class of plant phytonutrients most abundantly found in flaxseed that have recently come to the forefront of nutritional research. Numerous studies have reported on the role of lignans in support of heart and hormonal health.* Barlean’s Fresh ExPressedâ„¢ extraction process gently liberates delicate Omega-3 flax oil, while capturing lignan flaxseed particulate.

 

Rich’s Pure MSM – $25 (via RichDistributing.Com)

MSM is not a medicine, a drug, or a food additive. It is a FOOD – a pure organic white sulfur powder. It comes from the ocean and is water soluble. Sulfonyl sulfur is found in plants, meats, dairy products, and vegetation. MSM is the 3rd largest ingredient found in your body.

If our body doesn´t receive the proper nutrition and the building materials it needs, it will produce bad, dysfunctional cells, deficient of the basic ingredients that constitute a healthy cell. If you´ve ever had a canker sore it´s because you lack something in your diet, possibly vitamin A or C. Your body tries to heal itself, but with deficient materials, it draws from other resources, and usually takes what it needs from the inside skin of our mouths leaving a sore on the inside of the mouth. If we give the body what it needs to heal itself, it will repair the sore in the mouth and the skin will become healthy again. If we want a good flexible cell, capable of maintaining good health, we need to supplement our diets with MSM, to enable the body to heal itself

 

Innate Women’s Multi – $40 (via InnateResponse.Com)

Crafted exclusively from nutrient-rich whole foods to support and promote the health of women in their reproductive years. Botanicals known to help balance and support the reproductive, endocrine and nervous systems were also included. The botanical extracts in Women’s Multi including vitex, red raspberry leaf and licorice root are provided in small quantities, in the traditional tonic use of herbs. This formula is further enriched with alfalfa and Hydrilla, two nourishing green foods rich in minerals, B12 and chlorophyll. Formulated with iron from True Active™ FoodState®, which is not only gentle on the stomach but also non-binding. Iron is an important mineral for women with which to supplement their diet during the reproductive years.

 

Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9 – $19.95 (via NordicNaturals)

Supports a healthy immune system and joint flexibility*
The omega “multi”—a healthy balance of omegas-3, 6, and 9
+1000 I.U. vitamin D3 per serving

Complete Omega-3.6.9-D provides the same balanced formula as Complete Omega-3.6.9, plus the added benefits of natural vitamin D3. This omega-rich blend supports cardiovascular health, brain function, positive mood, as well as healthy joints, hair, skin, and nails, while vitamin D3 promotes strong bones as well as healthy immune and neuromuscular function.* Vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) is the natural form of vitamin D produced by the body, and is better absorbed and utilized than other forms.

 

BlueBonnet  Vitamin A & D3 10,000 IU/400 IU SOFTGELS  - $10 (via Amazon)

Bluebonnet’s Vitamin A 10,000 IU & D3 400 IU Softgels provide 100% natural vitamin A and vitamin D3 from deep sea, cold water, fish liver oil and is molecularly distilled. Available in easy-to-swallow softgels for maximum assimilation and absorption.

 

Innate Response Digestive Enzymes Clinical Strength – $48.95 (via PureFormulas)

Your digestive system is complex. This is why Innate Response Formulas’ Digestive Enzymes Clinical Strength Capsules may be just what you need to help improve your digestion. This formula is a broad spectrum supplement that contains a number of proteolytic, lipolytic, and carbohydrolytic enzymes specifically chosen to help support a compromised digestive system.

With over a dozen ingredients, Digestive Enzymes Clinical Strength is one of the most robust enzyme supplements on the market. Some of these ingredients include:

  • Protease is an enzyme that helps your body break down protein.
  • Bromelain and papain come from pineapples and papayas, and also work to break down proteins.
  • Amylase is another enzyme, which is produced in the pancreas and helps break down starches.
  • Lactase is one of the most well known enzymes: it’s responsible for breaking down lactose. If you’re lactose-intolerant, your body doesn’t have enough lactase enzymes to properly break down lactose, meaning that you must stay away from dairy products and other foods that contain it.
  • Invertase is used to metabolize and digest sucrose, another type of sugar.
  • Cellulase isn’t naturally produced by your body, but it helps you digest the fibrous material found in plants that you’d normally be unable to absorb. This makes cellulase a vital enzyme in your daily diet.
  • Lipase is an enzyme that’s produced in the pancreas and helps break down certain fats during the digestive process.

 

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LIFE: Whiskey Sipping At Hope Garage (11.13.12)

On Tuesday night I ventured out to Brooklyn (#veryrare) to kick it with ELLE. We stopped in for a drink at my friend CHRISTOPHE’S new place, HOPE GARAGE and it was super nice! Check it out if you are in the neighborhood!

 

163 Hope St
(between Union Ave & Keap St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhood: Williamsburg – North Side

(718) 388-4626

They make their own syrups for drinks, which are delicious!!!

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Canvas Society x Modern & Sustainable Stationary

Finding the right stationary and notepads is extremely important to me. I think it should always represent your taste and with so many run of the mill stationary companies, it’s hard to find something simple and creative. Cue CANVAS SOCIETY and their signature sun-faded, sustainable products and prepared to be wooed.

I got one that was personalized! Thanks Noah!

Thanks for the pen also, Vladdy likes it.

SHOP HERE

CANVASSOCIETY.COM

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Since the holidays are coming up, why not treat yourself to some classy stationary – OR get it for someone you care about. Check out their, soon to be released, JACK SPADE collaboration.

Canvas Society for Jack Spade Holiday 2012

Few tools remain as pure and essential as the pad and the pen. Paper and ink. They have combined to create master pieces; as classic in their partnership as in their desire to create. With that in mind, Canvas Society has partnered with Jack Spade to release 2 exclusive hemp paper notebooks that continue the bond, between paper and ink. These fine notebooks have been produced completely in New York City from sustainable materials. Simple in their design and use. And ready to capture your thoughts, ideas, and doodles. Canvas Society for Jack Spade available in all Jack Spade Stores and on JackSpade.com for Holiday 2012.

Canvas Society Sun-Faded signature Foldback, is a hand made matchbook style notebook with perforated muted graph pages. Manufactured using archival quality, durable paper consisting of recycled PCW and Hemp. This Sun-Faded 3 pack color way was developed exclusively for Jack Spade stores. The Foldback notebooks come in 2 sizes – pocket and mini, both are perfect for back pocket or jacket pocket carrying. Designed and Manufactured in NYC.

Canvas Society Sun-Faded Standard notebook, has a perfect bound finish and has a split spread inside of microdot lines and dot graph. Manufactured using archival quality, durable paper consisting of recycled PCW and Hemp. This Sun- Faded 3 pack color way was developed exclusively for Jack Spade stores. The Standard note book comes in 5.25”W x 7.5”H intended to fit in any bag or document folder. Designed and Manufactured in NYC.

Let the paper be your canvas.

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NEWS: Marathoners Run To Deliver Supplies To Hurricane Victims

I read a joke someone posted on Facebook right when Hurricane Sandy hit about how pissed off the Marathoners were that the Marathon was canceled. The person who posted this joke snidely proposed that the Marathoners should run to the victims and hand food and supplies out…well, they actually did!

“Hundreds of runners banded together on the day of the marathon to help those most affected by Sandy” via Buzzfeed

 



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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Stray Rats, B-Side By Wale & Been Trill

I am very fortunate to have wonderful people sending me awesome thangs.

I was especially stoked to get a package from STRAY RATS (who my friends JOSH MADDEN and EIKNARF frequently tell me about)! This independent brand is the brainchild of JULIAN CONSUEGRA’S.

Not only does this brand have a skate/hardcore/punk aesthetic which is classic and extremely nostalgic for me, there is also an added “personal touch” with every package! For every order placed and eventually shipped, JULIAN gives the customer a one of a kind drawing on the back of the package!!! My brain just exploded. I love that. I miss the old days of mixtapes and snail mail, where someone could really touch you through a drawing or simply by the stroke of their own handwriting (good or bad).

From top L to R: The Black Jesus Tee $28, Unavailable Online, Unavailaible Online,  Yuth Beanie,  The Rodenticide Tee $28

JULIAN!!! You rule!!! I love love love this!!!

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The next couple of pieces come from my darling friends overseas, B-SIDE BY WALE!  They just opened a shop in LONDON and if you’re in the area, check them out and give them a hug for me!

Watch a video from their store opening here:

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My friends HERON JOHNSON and VIRGIL ABLOH have banded together to make the collective known as BEEN TRILL and  just like MasterCard – they are everywhere you want to be! They happen to be some of the most fun-loving folks who know how to have a sick time! I’m stoked I finally got some tees.

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LISTEN: Tigga Calore – “Theocracy Mixx”

Check out TIGGA CALORES latest mix, THEOCRACY MIXX! It’s helping me burn calories at the gym as we speak and dance around my apartment as if I was Miss Leyomi Mizrahi!

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WATCH: Refinery29 x Spin Social: Watch Vashtie & Oscar From 1992 Hotstep Through Our Halloween Party

Check out the video portion of when OSCAR and I DJ’ed and hosted the REFINERY 29 HALLOWEEN PARTY…

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vashtieTV | EPISODE 23: Violette Vintage x “You Better Work” x Behind The Scenes Photoshoot By Amanda Lopez

OCTOBER 2012,

My brand VIOLETTE is expanding it’s VINTAGE section. With every VIOLETTE VINTAGE COLLECTION delivered, there will be a photo shoot with yours truly – photographed by talented up and comers like AMANDA LOPEZ (who shot this batch of 90′s Bustiers).

Product can be purchased at VIOLETTENEWYORK.COM!

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SPECIAL THANKS:
MAKEUP/TAI LOTSON @TAILOTSON
HAIR/GABI CORNEY@GABIDOESHAIR
PHOTOGRAPHY/AMANDA LOPEZ @SNAPSHOTLOPES

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music:
XXYYXX – “Alone”

fIlm + edit by:
@GuyNamedLindsey

for more information and upcoming episodes, check:

vashtie.com/
twitter.com/vashtie
facebook.com/vashtie.kola
youtube.com/vashtie
vimeo.com/vashtie

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LIFE: Chester Berry’s Going Away Soiree at Sweet & Vicious (11.9.12)

I met CHESTER BERRY in the Summer of 2010. I was called into the COMPLEX offices to do my first COMPLEX interview ever on my 50 FAVORITE SNEAKERS

I was stoked on the opportunity to be featured on COMPLEX, let alone to nerdily discuss my favorite sneakers. A cool and charming CHESTER, interviewed me. He had the right questions and even better follow up thoughts.

Recently, we became reunited through being on the same FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM thanks to NIKE FOOTBALL SOCIETY! After trainings, practices and games, we are family!

He was offered a position at Nike Headquarters in Portland after working at NIKE in NYC. We will miss our teammate, but we understand he is on to better and bigger things (#BIGTINGSAGWAN).

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A little GANG GANG DANCE in the back of the cab never hurt nobody.

ELLE CLAY & VASHIUS KLAY

Frozen Margaritas are almost always a bad idea.

ELLE CLAY, CHESTER BERRY, VASHTIE KOLA, YOUNG SCOOZLE

ELLE CLAY wearing her #VLADENCHY shirt…

ELLE CLAY & CHESTER BERRY

#THANGSUP

DAMON & JASMINE (The Happy Newlyweds) and JOHN PAUL

I seriously have no idea what the caption for this was or is…

ELLE CLAY & JOHN PAUL

JASMINE & VASHTIE

CHESTER & ASHLEY!

Margaritas!!!

#TEAMDIAMONDTURF #NIKEFOOTBALLSOCIETY #DIAMONDSAREFOREVER

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VIDEO: Mykki Blanco – “Haze.Boogie.Life” (Official Music Video)

Mykki is my everything!!! If you don’t know who he is by now, do not be afraid! Just let his music love you!

#DOWNTOWN

#DOWNTOWN

#DOWNTOWN

 

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NEWS: On Facing 2 Years in Jail for Protesting Stop & Frisk, trial going on NOW – by Jamel Mims

Sean Mattison, Amaris Modesto, Jamel Mims & Blake Scotland (1992 Party, 2012)

Friends & Family – Please read and spread this piece, written by Jamel Mims, who is one of four defendants on trial in Queens, NY for non-violently protesting the racist police policy of STOP & FRISK

It was published in TheGrio, The Neoprogressive and Global Grind.

His jury trial is going on now and the stakes are high.

Jamel Mims is a personal friend of mine and although you may not know him, this has everything to do with you.

No one should be imprisoned for non-violent protest, let alone put on trial. Especially for protesting an injust and racist policy like STOP & FRISK

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION, SPREAD THE WORD & DONATE IF YOU CAN!

A few immediate actions people can take include:

Adding your name to the resolution demanding all charges be dropped:
http://www.stopmassincarceration.org/resolution.html

Donate to the legal defense of Jamel and other stop and frisk protesters:
http://www.stopmassincarceration.org/donate.html

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On facing two years in jail for protesting stop-and-frisk

Opinion

by Jamel Mims | October 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

On Tuesday October 23, I will be on trial along with Carl Dix, who, with Cornel West, initiated the campaign of nonviolent protest to stop stop-and-frisk. We are facing up to two years in jail for participating in a non-violent protest at the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens last year.
The action last November was the third such protest at a New York City precinct notable for conducting the the most stops-and-frisks. Taking place in the borough of Queens, we held a community rally and marched through the neighborhood of Jamaica, ending at the 103rd Precinct. As we arrived, the building was completely barricaded on all sides, on lock-down in anticipation of the protestors. An officer on the scene slid open one of the metal grates and motioned us inward so that we could protest at the precinct doors. After minutes of chanting and singing outside of the steps, 20 of us were arrested, quite quickly, but held for hours late into the next day.

Now, for less than ten minutes of protesting stop-and-frisk outside of the doors of the 103rd Precinct, which houses the NYPD officers who put fifty shots into Sean Bell, I and 12 co-defendants find ourselves facing two years of jail time.

The stakes of this case are undoubtedly high. This is the second mass trial resulting from the civil disobedience campaign that has sparked citywide resistance to the stop-and-frisk policy. The Queens District Attorney added a serious misdemeanor charge to our case last month, and re-wrote our charges last week so that we are being charged as “acting in concert” rather than as individuals.

If anyone thinks this is just “business as usual” and that authorities won’t convict us or send us to jail, let me reiterate — the DA has twice bumped up the charges, and has made it very clear that the prosecutorial apparatus intends to place us behind bars.

A year ago, those who had no first-hand experience of the humiliation of being illegally searched barely knew the practice occurred. Those who got stopped and frisked thought there was nothing one could do about it. Now, the stop-and-frisk policy and the horrors it inflicts are going viral in mainstream society. Copwatch and videos of NYPD stops garner thousands of views. Nearly every day there are articles or opinion pieces about stop-and-frisk. Potential mayoral candidates have even had to confront this, as politicians line up to claim their opposition to the policy, or express their desire to reform or modify it in the ongoing dialogue of public opinion.

In this watershed moment, when stop-and-frisk is opening a window onto the daily plight of thousands, the very people who put their bodies on the line to put this issue into the spotlight and openly call out for its abolition are vigorously prosecuted and threatened with incarceration. I refuse to accept this. It’s unthinkable that the Queens District Attorney, who couldn’t make a case against the cops who murdered Sean Bell, is now throwing the book at nonviolent civil disobedience protesters.

In this light, the intended effect of this prosecution is insidiously transparent: to send a chilling effect through the movement against mass incarceration, and dampen the spirit of resistance it has ignited. To put it quite simply: don’t speak up and certainly, don’t fight back.

Well, I’m speaking up. And not just as someone who is passionate about the issue. I speak as a target of police abuse, as a Fulbright Scholar, whose scholarship was almost denied after being assaulted by Boston police, and who was then charged with disturbing the peace. I speak to you as an artist and educator whose work in New York City public schools has forced me to witness the humiliation and degradation of youths by the NYPD on a daily basis. I speak to you as a new freedom fighter against the New Jim Crow, a system of mass incarceration that has 2.4 million mostly blacks and Latinos warehoused in prisons across the nation, with stop-and-frisk as a major pipeline into that system.

Most of all, I speak to you as someone who has cast his lot with those at the bottom of society: with those thousands of youths who are brutalized, targeted, harassed, and shuffled off behind bars — and is now facing years in prison for standing with them.

On October 23, we fully intend to stop this railroading by bringing the political battle into the courtroom and putting stop-and-frisk on trial. If we are allowed to be convicted and jailed without a massive fight, then the battle against stop-and-frisk and the spirit of resistance it has engendered will be seriously dampened. But there is a silver lining: if people stand with us in this legal battle — if we meet and defeat their attempts to silence and punish us — then the movement will gain further initiative and pull many more people into the struggle against mass incarceration.

Jamel Mims is an multimedia artist, hip hop pedagogue, and activist from Washington, D.C.. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study hip hop in Beijing. His work, which ranges from multimedia ethnography to political expression, is joined together by common themes of youth culture, social transformation, and the urban environment. He currently lives in New York City. This essay was republished with permission.

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LOOKBOOK: New Violette Vintage Pieces x 90′s Bustiers x Modeled by Vashtie x Photographed by Amanda Lopez

After the success of the first VIOLETTE VINTAGE COLLECTION, which focused on Sportswear - we bring to you another batch in the form of 90′s Bustiers. Inspired by 90′s Supermodels and Fashion, here is “YOU BETTER WORK” shot by AMANDA LOPEZ.

Makeup by TAI LOTSON (@TaiLotson) & Hair by GABI CORNEY (@GabiDoesHair).

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SHOP: Violette New York x Limited Edition x The #VLADENCHY Tee (Available Now!)

After being bombarded by the Givenchy Rottweiler left and right, we decided it was time for a new take on the instant classic! Voila, THE #VLADENCHY TEE was born. Instead of the growling dog, you will find a scowling cat named VLADIMIR – My pet Russian Blue Kitty! This shirt has been HAND PRINTED in NEW YORK CITY and produced in LIMITED QUANTITIES.

GET YOURS MEOW!

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LIFE: Vashtie, Oscar & Downtown NYC Unite x Fundraiser/Drive for Sandy Victims x Melanie Fiona, Venus X, Curt@!ns, Nigel Sylvester, Jasmine Solano, Ninjasonik & More! (11.6.12)

Our last minute benefit/drive for SANDY VICTIMS was a success! Although we only garnered a small crowd, it couldn’t have been more perfect! Everyone came with either a supply or a cash donation. We made $1300 and that will all go to buying more much needed supplies that our unfortunate neighbors so urgently need. SANTOS PARTY HOUSE was the perfect venue (as always) and the DJ’s were great; DJ HUGGY BEAR, DEEMEHLOW, JOSH MADDEN & OLD MONEY!

Half of the supplies went to Nazareth House in the Lower East Side and the rest will be heading straight to Staten Island tomorrow, thanks to our friend POLINA who has been making trips and volunteering this past week. All the jackets and hoodies are equipped with an uplifting quote signed by the giver…just another way to connect people and pass along positive thoughts along with needed, tangible items.

SABEL BOO writing a note…

VENUS X also wrote a few kind words…

VENUS X, SABEL BOO & MALUCA

MELANIE FIONA stopped by!

VASHTIE, MELANIE FIONA & JASMINE SOLANO

DJ HUGGY BEAR is a good friend that knows how to lift spirits!

GUY NAMED LINDSEY & DESIREE

ELLE CLAY & ME (#thangsup)

Oh hey, TY! And hey, ALEX SOROKEN.

ASHLEY & SHIEST BUBZ (originator of EVERYDAZE MY BIRTHDAY)

NIKE FOOTBALL SOCIETY STARS – VICTOR CRUZ, YOUNG SCOOZLE, DAREN RHYNE & NIGEL SYLVESTER

CURT@!NS, TELLI (NINJASONIK) & JOSH MADDEN

Supporters who came out!

ANGELO BAQUE & ELLE CLAY getting a little frisky!

Where’s my jacket fellas?!

EMIL BOYE in town from Copenhagen!

DJ HUGGY BEAR!

ANGELO & ME

Even more supporters!

Thanks for the donations guys!

Lots of warm clothes!

ANGELO BAQUE, ME & OSCAR 1992

OSCAR & AHMIR

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Thanks for all your support if you were in attendance or not!

If you’d like to help the victims of Sandy, check OCCUPYSANDY.COM for more information!!!


 

 

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WATCH: Top 5 Vote Videos To Help Motivate You To Exercise Your Right!

Look, I am conspiracy theorist to the fullest. I am unsure about government and politics, BUT I know who I’d rather have as President even if naysayers think it won’t make a difference. If you’re still not into it, why not exercise a right that many people spent their lives fighting for?!

VOTE!!!

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1. CHRIS ROCK – “A WHITE PRESIDENT YOU CAN TRUST” (2012)
This video via Jimmy Kimmel is not only ridiculously hilarious, it’s also 100% true!
If this doesn’t get you voting, then you deserve to stay at home and complain to the wall.

2. MADONNA – “GET UP AND VOTE” (circa 1990)
Check out Madonna remix her famous “VOGUE” track acapella with her backup dancers. She even goes into a freestyle rap then threatens the non-voter with a “spanky”! Oh yeah!

3. DEEE-LITE – “VOTE BABY VOTE” (circa 1990-something)
This little snippet of LADY MISS KIER singing “Vote Baby Vote” and then going into the lyrics…”Are you registered baby” is the best. This could be her comeback single right now and I could
die a happy ex-raver!

4. ROBERT DOWNEY JR & SARAH JESSICA PARKER – “ROCK THE VOTE” (1992)
An interesting and artistic way to relay the message that voting is terribly important!

5. MEGADETH – “YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE” (circa 1990-something)
This clip is a little avant-garde with it’s silence, but it still has a point! I just loved DAVE MUSTAINE so much that I had to involve him!

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VIDEO: Krissy Krissy – “Suspicious”

Check out another great track and video from KRISSY KRISSY!

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INVITE: Vashtie, Oscar & Downtown NYC Unite x Fundraiser and Drive for Sandy Victims (11.6.12)

Totally short notice, but for a worthwhile cause.

Oscar and I have teamed with friends in order to throw a fun party while collection supplies and donations for SANDY VICTIMS.

All are welcome to attend, we only ask for mandatory donation in the form of much needed supplies:

URGENT SUPPLIES NEEDED
Blankets
Candles
Flashlights
Lights
Water
Food
Batteries
Diapers/Wipes
Gloves
Masks
Rubber Boots
Shovels
Cleaning Supplies
Bleach
Trash Bags
Serving Dishes
Utensils
***Anything that produces heat Winter wear (jackets, hats, gloves, warm stuff)***

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If you come empty handed, that is fine also – you will just be required to donate 10$ which will go towards purchasing supplies.

After much research via OCCUPYSANDY, we have found that many places that accept donations are not able to get to the hardest hit areas.

So, we believe supplies and food are what people need the most (not to mention volunteer help).

 

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LIFE: Manhattan Sandy Refugee in Brooklyn x 5 Days Stay-Cation In Historical Boerum Hill

Shortly after my previous post, Hurricane Sandy got mad real. After sundown, the wind started blowing even harder – it sounded like my windows would blow at any moment. I had stocked up on water and non-perishable food, but somehow that didn’t seem like it would be enough…especially after hearing what Sandy was hollering, which was something much scarier than Hurricane Irene.

Around 8pm, I saw blue and green light fill my East Village horizon…apparently a Con Edison transformer had exploded – not one, but two. Just typing that makes me feel weird all over again. Something about blue and green light exploding in the sky felt all too apocalyptic.  Right after the second explosion, everything went out…television, lights, internet. I looked out the window to see nothing but darkness, being slightly illuminated by a full moon. You never know how dark things are until you lose electricity, like your apartment hallway. I tried to call friends, but lines were down also. Something about it felt frightening, but also very interesting. We rely too heavily on electronics…

Eventually, we lost water. I’ve stayed in Trinidad with family who didn’t have indoor plumbing for extended periods of time and I could deal, but something about an unflushable toilet with the fear that my windows could break at any moment didn’t sit well with me. I went to bed listening to a hand-crank radio and a hand-crank flashlight (you should invest in those also). From what I could hear, I was extremely fortunate. Houses were being ripped from foundations, cars were drifting away and lives were being lost – I had and still have nothing to complain about. All I coud  do was worry and send as many positive thoughts to those who were being hit the hardest.

The next day, I went to my friend KARL’S apartment who lives a few blocks away from me. His buzzer wasn’t working, so I had to go “old school” and yell up to his window. He wasn’t there. I walked North since apparently only downtown lost it’s power.

Stores were open, but in the dark. I had a flashlight which was very smart, since people were shopping in pitch black otherwise. Eventually I got service as I moved upward. My friend had made his way to Brooklyn and was offering me to come stay with he and his brother, ERIK.

I went back home, cleaned, packed and waited. Eventually they came through to rescue us! I was very happy since VLADIMIR is such a fraidy cat.

I must stress, I am very blessed to have such loving and wonderful friends and that I am VERY FORTUNATE – especially considering what other people are going through.

I brought a bottle I was sitting on for my wonderful hosts!

We dined on a wonderful array of Mediterranean food.

I ate about this whole plate of Baklava. No lie…it was damn good.


MANGO was the host cat who was so loving and cute as a button!

When there is a natural disaster, you don’t care much for dressing up…

Although some parts of Brooklyn seemed untouched and unphased by Hurricane Sandy, other parts proved to have felt her wrath.

This made me happy! We all decided to band together and buy candy to hand out to the chil’rens.

VLADIMIR was so afraid, which I knew he would be. Despite having the perfect hosts and host cat Mango, he was too afraid to see how kind everyone was being to him.

Hot Toddy’s are perfect for a cold evening!

We ran into our friends and their adorable babes. ANOMA, DAMION & DJ LINDSEY

VLADIMIR started to come out of his shell…

ERIK and MANGO + KARL and TOFU

On our last day, TOFU enjoys a glass of red wine.

Cousins TOFU & MANGO enjoying the view.

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My time in Brooklyn was more like a vacation. We ate amazing food, exercised (we ran around Prospect Park and I am not a runner!),  had lots of fun and laughed a lot. I was also recognized a lot by blog readers & general supporters which was interesting…good to know I have friends in Brooklyn!

Special thanks to my friends KARL & ERIK and their kitties TOFU & MANGO. Thank you to the borough of BROOKLYN for all the love and making my stay the coziest. Now, it’s time for organizing and rebuilding the less fortunate ones!

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How are all of you doing?! Were you affected by Sandy?

 

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LIFE: Hurricane Sandy Visits The East Coast – “Damn Nature, You Scary”

Let me begin this by saying, I hope all of you (wherever you are) are safe and well. I am in the only place I ever want to be (and even more so now), New York City. HURRICANE SANDY is on her way to the EAST COAST and although she hasn’t actually crossed us yet – we are already feeling the power she is carrying.

4:23 PM EAST VILLAGE, NEW YORK CITY: I can say that there is minimal rain, but very fast winds. We are told the storm won’t really hit us until a few hours later. I’ve seen that parts of BATTERY PARK CITY, MANHATTAN are flooding as well as parts of NEW JERSEY and LONG ISLAND. I am sending everyone and anyone in harms way, white light and good energy! Especially those in HAITI, JAMAICA & CUBA.

I am a level-headed person who doesn’t react, but rather spends time mulling over various points of view before making a decision. BUT, somehow I am also a person that constantly thinks about how everything can go wrong and what possible twisted things could happen at any given moment (I know, it’s sick and it explains why I have a hard time sleeping at night). I think being both of those things has allowed me to research HURRICANE SANDY and then plan for all the worst case scenarios…including, the end of the world (I know, I wish I could turn it off).

*NOTE: This sign fell just moments after I took the picture above. I saw the sign dangling after, but had no idea it was in tact when I took the first picture until I blogged the images…

So many people I’ve been encountering think that this isn’t a big deal and that somehow it’s a conspiracy to get people to buy things. Being a massive conspiracy theorist myself, I think we should all be smart about the situation and prepare ourselves for all possible outcomes. Nature cannot be controlled and will do what it must. The only thing we can do is prepare and stay as safe as possible, which I hope is what everyone else is doing.

SIDENOTE: An image of an injury I sustained last night, thanks to HURRICANE SANDY. A tea kettle to my forearm.

How are you guys holding up? Where are you? Update us what’s happening where you are. Send blog posts, links, etc! Be safe and be well.

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LIFE: 1992 For “Purple Reign” Halloween Party x Refinery 29 x Cole Haan x Stoli

Over the weekend, OSCAR 1992 and I hosted and DJ’ed a party for REFINERY 29 x COLE HAAN & STOLI. We brought with us, party essential DJ JASMINE SOLANO who played a 90′s set that all had us dancing as if no one was watching! It was a great time.

JASMINE SOLANO, OSCAR SANCHEZ & VASHTIE (photo via BFA)

Super babe JASMINE SOLANO (photo via BFA)

This Halloween event took place in the famed WOOLWORTH BUILDING at the venue THE WOOLY…I love that name!

The shoes they gave us were super cool! They are made of a material like 3M that reflects super crazily. I’m wearing the MONROE PENNY! #SHINEON I’m loving the shoes and accessories that COLE HAAN is making because they’re designed to (literally) light up your night!

Check the following product images of the shoes that I found via HIGHSNOBIETY.COM

A dreamcatcher caught our friend DJ DEEMEHLOW

KILL or BE KILLED! ELLE CLAY & YOUNG SCOOZLE.

I was loving the gals in MARIE ANTOINETTE costumes! “LET THEM EAT CAKE”.

JASMINE SOLANO, OSCAR 1992 & DEEMEHLOW.

Special thanks to REFINERY 29 & COLE HAAN for having us apart of their rad event!

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THROWBACK: Blaque – “808″ (RIP Natina Reed)

Just heard the terrible news about BLAQUE member, NATINA REED, who was killed struck by a car and killed on Friday night in Georgia. It was just 1 day before her 33rd birthday. She was the protege of late rapper LEFT EYE.

You will be missed.

REST IN PEACE.


I loved these girls. Their whole utilitarian, futuristic look was two snaps and a twist”!


Here’s another great track and video, “BRING IT ALL TO ME” by BLAQUE.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: My November Feature in ALLURE Magazine! ON STANDS NOW!

When ALLURE MAGAZINE reached out and asked me to be apart of their feature, I literally jumped at the opportunity! I’m always  shocked that any big publication wants to work with me, but hey – who am I to argue?! The challenge of the spread was, various women styling one piece in their own way. The piece? I’m glad you asked! It was just some old FERRAGAMO…you know, straight off the runway! Anyways. This is when me, KARL JUSTIN (on Styling) & TAI LOTSON (on Makeup) all realized – that sometimes drooling over a runway piece is where you end your adoration. This peasant top, as gorgeous as it was, wasn’t meant for Miss Vashtie’s shape. BUT – in the end…we made it work!

KARL JUSTIN & TAI TOTSON

I first tried the top with some baggy vintage jeans to give it a JANET JACKSON 90′s feel, but it didn’t work out.

Good thing I brought the back up of my Louis Vuitton Monogram jeans!

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Pick up a copy! You know…if you want to ;)

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Frank 151 Box Set

Check out the latest editions of FRANK 151. Our friend 13TH WITNESS got a chance to takeover an issue and asked his friends to contribute photography…and I was one of them. I submitted some select and dear Polaroids that I took over the years. Pick it up if you can!

Portrait of me taken by 13TH WITNESS himself! How fitting!

 

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LIFE: Samsung Galaxy Note II – Performance by Kanye West – Hanging Backstage with Drea, Mano, Mademoiselle Kdia, Mimi, Plain Pat, Don C. & More (10.24.12)

Being “backstage” for a girl despite affiliation always feels awkward, well at least in my head. But, when DREA asked me to come hang with her at the SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II x KANYE WEST show, I was more than down to kick it with the homie. MANO was DJ’ing and I had to slide through to see my friends.

DREA (pronounced DREE-UH) & ME-UH

Everyone kept pronouncing her name wrong and I felt bad for the babe!

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When I rolled up there was a line already at 8pm and the show didn’t start til’ 8! Crazy. I went back with MANO & DREA and we kicked it in the “band room” which was the “green room” but instead it was all stark white and had a super relaxing vibe. We wakled by and said hey to KANYE, DON and MADEMOISELLE KDIA (she’s the sweetest).

DREA & MADEMOISELLE KDIA

HERON PRESTON & HIS BABE

DON C. & MADEMOISELLE KDIA

DON C., IBN JASPER, PLAIN PAT & TRAVIS

YAY for YE.

Miss KDIA is the hostest with the mostest. There was never an empty glass in her sight!

MADEMOISELLE KDIA, MISTER VASHTIE, DREA & MIMI!!! Oh how I missed MIMI!

The show began, but after about 4 songs I had to split…work waits for no one!

Ran into FUTURA on my way out!

In the cab on the way to mi casa! Night night.

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LIFE: Working in Los Angeles – (Day 4 of 5)

My last day in Los Angeles and I spent some time on set working. I cannot wait to show you guys what I was apart of out there. Such an amazing experience and opportunity!

Director Brian Beletic

Anyways, afterwards I met up with my homie KENNY MAC, his Mrs. PAULA MIRANDA and the kids AIRES and AXEL.

They took me to dinner at LARCHMONT BUNGALOW and it was MUY DELICIOSO! It was nice to catch up with them and eat some great Cali grub.

After that, I hung out with Miss Cherub for second a second dinner. Yeah, I’m that fat…and? We ate at SUGAR FISH with handsome babe HUNTER and then I went back to the Hotel to pack and hit the hay!

Man, my favorite things about hotels is coming back to a perfectly made up bed! Sweet dreams, fo’ sho’!

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WATCH: Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked By Emotistyle.Com

This video is hilarious. Shout out to my homie SC who is part of this super bad-ass duo!!! I seriously doubt any of you babes who read my blog get dressed up as anything “sexy” for Halloween, but if you do – DON’T! Just put on a fun and creative costume.

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Boy Babes – 2009 & Beyond!

I first started a blog category titled “SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH” in 2009, which was based on crushes that I had as a youngin’. My crushee’s have ranged from fictional film characters to real life crooners, but I’m wondering…have I missed anyone? Let me know ladies (and special fellas). In the meantime, you can catch some of my favorite SCHOOL GIRL CRUSHES below!

“TOM HANSON” AKA JOHNNY DEPP June 9, 1963 – Present

BEST KNOWN FOR: Most recently, “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN”, but let’s not forget the cult classics like “CRY BABY”, “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS”, “FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS” and “DONNIE BRASCO”.

TRIVIA: This Kentucky boy has been married 4 times, one of which was to WINONA RYDER. Although he is best known for acting, his first passion was music and it wasn’t until NICOLAS CAGE suggested he try acting that he began his film career!

SUPER CAT June 25, 1963 – Present

BEST KNOWN FOR: His irresistible dancehall tracks that can turn any stiff into a dutty-whining monster! Songs like “DON DADA”, “DOLLY MY BABY” and “DEM NO WORRY WE” with HEAVY D.

TRIVIA: He was born to an Afro-Jamaican Mother and an Indo-Jamaican Father – hubba hubba! He laid some vocals on a remix of KRISS KROSS’S “JUMP” track and was known earlier by the alias”WILD APACHE”, which was given to him by his mentor EARLY B.

JUSTIN PIERCE March 21, 1975 – July 10, 2000 (RIP)

BEST KNOWN FOR: His role as “CASPER” in the film “KIDS”

TRIVIA: This London born babe was raised in the Bronx. Born to a Welsh Mother and an Australian Father, his bad boy reputation started off screen with shoplifting and ditching school to skateboard. While skateboarding in Washington Square Park, he was discovered by Director Larry Clark who cast him in the film “KIDS”. On July 10th, 2000 Pierce was found hanging in his Bellagio Hotel Room in Las Vegas (his death was confirmed as a suicide).

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JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO April 9, 1933 – Present

BEST KNOWN FOR: His role as “MICHEL POICCARD” in “A BOUT DE SOUFFLE”/”BREATHLESS” (1960)

TRIVIA: He was born just West of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He had a passion for boxing and football and on May 10th, 1949 in Paris, he made his amateur boxing debut when he knocked out Rene DesMarais in one round. His boxing career was brief, yet undefeated!

 

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