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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Nazanin Mandi

It’s safe to say we’ve taken the word “woman” to an entire new level. “The Woman” is fearless, strong, elegant, and task-oriented in 2017 and at VashtieDotCom, we’re here for it. On Wednesdays we celebrate not only a woman we’re

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Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Sneakers with Dresses

Vashite has a pair of kicks to go with any outfit. Whether she’s wearing them with a pair of baggy jeans, wearing running shoes on the way to the gym, or throwing on some fresh whites to match her fit,

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Recap: Vashtie Brings Back her Classic 1992 Party

Video by: @le.Minor On Thursday, our favorite “downtown sweetheart” reminded us all why there is nothing better than gyrating and “throwing it back” to some good ole’ classics! Hosted by Gitoo and joined by a roster of eclectic djs like

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#VASHTIEVITALS: IS CELERY JUICE A MAGIC MEDICINAL CURE-ALL? I’M ABOUT TO SEE!

So, as I have been on my wellness and holistic journey since the age of 12 – I like to share all the gems of wisdom I am learning along the way. I recently started following the work and teachings

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Featured: Quickie with Father

T H E S H O R T… Name: Centel Mangam Nickname: Father Birthday and Astrological Sign: August 20, 1990 Born & Raised: Pearl, Mississippi Currently Residing: Los Angeles, CA The Last Song You Played: Gucci Mane – I’m a

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Dear Sza, Thank You – A Letter to Women Who Make it Okay to be You

To be young, black, gifted, and woman is to understand your strength, your power, your talents, and your beauty. Somewhere in between reminding myself of these things and showcasing it to the world, I struggled to see any of that

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: How To Get A Natural Summer Glow

Summer is in full effect in New York City and we wanted to give you a couple pointers on how to achieve a natural glow, while staying safe in the sun from head to toe. *Cues “Glow” by Drake ft. Kanye

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SZA Explores Her Sexuality in #CTRL

Ask yourself when is the last time you openly talked about your sex life? We’re not talking your dirty group chat with your friends discussing your one night stand, but speaking out loud about being free about your sexuality? Well,

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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Brought Culture Alive

Every second Sunday in June marks one of the most highly anticipated events amongst the Puerto Rican community of New York City: The National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade is an annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage in New

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WOMAN CRUSHIN IT WEDNESDAY: Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis has been crushing it. The Colombian-American singer first broke onto the music scene in 2014 when she collaborated with hip hop legend Snoop Dogg. She released her first studio EP Por Vida in 2015, and worked with Tyler the Creator,

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Solace Sunday: Tips and Tools To Help You Combat Stress & Relax

Stress is common amongst everyone and yet is rarely talked about as a concerning issue. For starters, it is important to know that it is in fact a disorder and influences disease. For that reason alone, it is vital that

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Recap: Vashtie’s New York Birthday Ball

Last Thursday our Downtown Sweetheart Vashtie threw the ultimate New York themed Birthday Ball. Many people stopped by Kola House to enjoy “Vashtie Kola’s” and “1992 Nutcrackers”, the specialty drinks of the night. Odalys opened the show and was followed

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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Jane Roberts

The story of Dorothy Jane Roberts may be a tad peculiar to some but ultimately the eerie life she led has inspired many throughout the years. Roberts was an author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic, and spirit medium during the 1960’s. She is

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Quickie: Naomi Yasuda of Naomi Nails

T H E S H O R T … Name: NAOMI YASUDA Nickname: NAOMI NAILS Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 9th, 1984 – Leo Born & Raised: JAPAN Currently Residing: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Blem” – Drake Hidden Talents?: I can play

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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LIFE: My Parisian Birthday Adventure – Shopping and Visiting The Moët & Chandon Caves!

So, last week I dipped real quick to Paris to celebrate my birthday in Parisian style. It was the second time I was so fortunate to do so. The first time was in 2014 (See the trip that I bogged

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Quickie: Wifisfuneral

T H E S H O R T… Name: Isaiah Rivera Nickname: Lil Zay From Out The Bridge Birthday and Astrological Sign: March 20th, 1997 – Pisces Born & Raised: Born in the Bronx, Raised in Palm Beach Currently Residing…:

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Featured: Quickie With DJ Kayper

T H E S H O R T … Name: KAAJAL BAKRANIA Nickname: KAYPER Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 6th, 1983 – Leo Born & Raised: London, England Currently Residing…: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Bad Girl” – Usher Lyrics

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Past And Present: The Evolving Role of the DJ

Written in assistance, first half, by Adam Bandoo The DJ has always been and continues to be the mitochondria when it comes to moving crowds and keeping the parties bumpin’ all at the power of their fingertips. Culturally speaking, in

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SHOP: The Limited-Edition Vashtie Bootleg Tee Is Back!

In honor of Vashtie’s Born Day, she is re-releasing her Violette New York collaboration with J.P. Pascual titled The Downtown’s Sweetheart Bootleg Tee. After countless requests for a re-stock, the highly-demanded tee is now available once again for Vashtie’s special day. Cop yours here! The shirt originally

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Farewells & Fond Memories of Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen has been–for many generations of the young, hungry, and weird–a gateway to New York City. Today, the pioneering East Village vegan eatery closes, after forty years of operation. Rising rent and a changing neighborhood led to its demise. If

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Featured: Quickie With Quiana Parks

T H E S H O R T… Name: Quiana Parks Nickname: Qui Astrological Sign: March 20th, Pisces Born & Raised: Patterson, NJ Currently Residing: New York The Last Song You Played?  Passionfruit, Drake Lyrics That Changed Your Life?  “All Falls Down,” Kanye Hidden Talents? I’m

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Featured: Quickie with Vashtie Kola

T H E S H O R T… Name: VASHTIE Nickname: VASH, VEE, VA$H MONEY, VASHTIE SPYMANTI, KING VASHTIE, KOLA Astrological Sign: APRIL 23rd —–>  Taurus Born & Raised: Albany, New York via my Trinidadian parents. Currently Residing: Manhattan – East Village NYC! The Last

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Dyson Supersonic to the Rescue: Vashtie’s Morning Routine Featured by Coveteur

Vashtie Kola is busy. Between DJ gigs, directing, designing, globetrotting (while at her place, we helped plot her upcoming pilgrimage to the Louis Vuitton store in Paris during Fashion Week), we think it’s fair to say that she has approximately

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BEAUTY: The Innate Life Scalp Treatment & Rose Hair Elixir

As some of you know, at the age of twelve, I became all about vegan eating, wellness and all things natural. My journey has been an interesting one, filled with lots of discoveries. I’m really fortunate to be able to share any

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Vashtie Teams Up With Bally To Style Their Staple Suzy Bag

Bally, the powerhouse high fashion company founded by Carl Franz Bally and his brother Fritz in 1851, has been a constant force in style, design and branding. This being said, it should come as no surprise that their latest creation,

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5 Easy Stretches to Get Your Body Primed For the Day

Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, PopSugar Fitness wants you take the extra 10 minutes to stretch. It’s a great way to energize the morning and release tension from the previous day or a funky sleeping position.

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Vashtie Creates the Perfect Cardio Playlist for SELF Magazine

The life of a disc jockey is not conducive to your typical healthy lifestyle. Spending hours in the club means a sporadic sleep schedule, and traveling two to three times per month can make it tough to maintain a steady

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Why Complex’s ‘Hot Ones’ Web Series is One of the Greatest Things on the Internet

If you’re a Complex head like most of us, you probably enjoy a range of channels like Complex Hustle—for tips on being knowledgeable to the game of business–  to Complex Sneaker Shopping—to checkout the best sneaker boutiques–and Complex First We Feast’s, Hot Ones, for the raw,

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One Year Later: VICELAND Has The Best Shows Ever

Just one year ago, a new channel created to target millennials popped up on cable television called VICELAND. This Spike Jonez, Vice Media and A+E Network joint venture resulted in an eclectic medium which offers what television has been missing

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Waist Beads: The Gateway to a Wombman’s Throne

Wombmen in Africa have been known to wear these adornments as far back as Ancient Egypt, for more reasons than one. According to history, the Egyptian wombman wore waist beads as a symbolism of status and in Ghana; babies are

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#VASHTIEVITALS: Watch Vashtie Get a Colonic Treatment

Warning: This Vashtie TV episode might be highly anticipated and simultaneously highly unanticipated. This latest episode explores the world of Gravity Hydro-Colon Therapy, a procedure I started about five years ago. In the beginning, I went maybe a couple times

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Watch ‘This Machine Kills Racism’ Mixtape Visuals by Vashtie

Back in July 2016, I made a mixtape titled “This Machine Kills Racism”. At the time, I was overwhelmed with all that was happening and had been happening in the world, specifically in my beloved homeland of America. I think

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Vashtie & HypeBae Do Hip-Hop Yoga With Studio Y7

Vashtie teamed up with HYPEBAE for a sit down with Sarah Larson Levey, owner of  hip- hop yoga studio Y7. Sarah first opened the space alongside her husband back in 2013, and it’s been expanding ever since, both in locations

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FEATURED: Quickie With Young M.A

T H E S H O R T… Name: Young M.A. Nickname: M.A. Astrological Sign: Aries Born & Raised: Brooklyn Currently Residing: Brooklyn Five Favorite Things… 1. Music 2. Sneakers 3. Henny 4. Money 5. Traveling Top 3 Favorite Albums or Songs: 1. 50 Cent

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Longing In Long Beach With Greg Noire

I met Houston’s Greg Noire while DJ’ing in Texas last year where he also shot some classic images of me in my hotel room. Since then we were also able to grab iconic shots in NYC and now during a

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Happy Halloween From VASHTIE.COM

In true Halloween spirit our downtown sweetheart donned three costumes mustered up from her imagination. Her interpretations of Joan of Arc and Lizzie Borden are fun and done only the way Vashite could do it.  Tonight be safe and have

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That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

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Open Letter to Our Beloved Scott Mescudi

We’ve come a long way since our downtown New York City years. You worked at the Bape store and I was just starting my brand Violette while doing the parties at Santos with Q-Tip. It seems like just yesterday we

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Vashtie’s Girls Get Together with Moët Nectar Rosé at Jacks Wife Freda

I haven’t done a random and useless “Life” post in forever. For those of you who are new to Vashtie.Com, you might not be familiar with this portion of my site. When I launched this little platform of mine in

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