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LIFE: Young Vashtie (Birth to Pre-School) – Part 1 of 3

For my long-time readers, I know I’ve been talking about getting around to this for some time now. It’s so beyond long overdue, yet in perfect time…since it’s my birthday today! I had been wanting to do a post on

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5 Things To Give Vashtie At Her Dumb Late Birthday Party in June

It’s a very special day. Today, April 23rd marks another lap around the sun for our favorite girl, Vashtie Kola. She’s already started the celebration in Copenhagen and you know we’re going to have a blast for another one of

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#VeganVittles: Candle Cafe

Normally when I go out to eat I have to look at the menu for a while and decide on approximately two dishes I can actually eat, well that wasn’t the case with Candle Café. As a vegetarian dinning at

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Five Hottest Places To Travel Summer 2018

Summer is only a few months away, and while we fight against the cold weather we dream of summer vacations. Whether you travel internationally or somewhere closer to home, a warm climate is exactly what the doctor ordered. Although it

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Recap: Vashtie and Friends Rock Out at Schimanski like it’s1992

Once again, Downtown’s Sweetheart cured our nostalgic sweet tooth with another 1992 Party featuring DJ D-Nice, Jus-Ske, and Stonie Blue rocking the one’s and two’s. It’s safe to say that since these parties began in 2006; they’ve captivated all of

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#VashtieFeels: Feel Good Friday

Fridays aren’t just like any other day of the week. They symbolize the end of the work/school week and the beginning of the freakin’ weekend. Whether you’re spending quality time with family, a night out with a bottle of Hennessy

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Why Cat Lovers Love Cats And Why You Might Want To Consider LovingThem Too

If you’ve found your way to Vashtie.com, we are assuming you are a fan, lover, or supporter of Vashtie. If that is the case then you are very familiar with our dear friend/son/roommate/boo Vladimir AKA Fraidy Cat aka Lil’ Kitty

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Vashtie Approved Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Valentines Day is around the corner and although this holiday may or may not be a big business marketing scheme, it is always a mood to celebrate love. Getting thoughtful and unique gifts can sometimes be a struggle but it’s

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LIFE: DJ’ING FOR WILHELMINA MODELS 50TH ANNIVERSARY – MATT BARNES, HERON PRESTON & MORE

Last night I DJ’ed for the super legendary modeling agency Wilhelmina Models for their 50th Anniversary! It was literally the most popping party inside and out…as the door was mobbed with industry elites and downtown VIP’s. The event took place

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Getting to and through your New Year’s Resolutions!

We’ve been at this moment before. Thanksgiving leftovers are finally done and you can’t seem to escape the sound of Mariah Carey bellowing that all she wants for Christmas is you. The atmosphere has a certain je ne sais quoi

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Doin’ It Well: Scented Candles to Boost Your Mood and Productivity

There’s more to fragrance than scent: It’s a gateway to memories, experiences, and emotions. A walk past a florist can evoke a fleeting memory, while a whiff of coffee can cue your mind to focus at the start of the

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The Pink Ribbon Turns 25: The Estée Lauder’s Breast Cancer Campaign

Breast cancer is more common than some of us think – according to statistics, around one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. The Estée Lauder Companies honors the 25th Anniversary of

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3 Tips For Planning a Proper Stay-cation in NYC

Vacationing is necessary when trying to keep a work-life balance. Some treat vacations as a reward for all their hard work, while others treat it as a point of rest and rejuvenation. No matter the reason, planning a vacation is

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#SolaceSunday: Adult coloring books for your inner child

Life is but a series of trials and tribulations all bent on reclaiming our childhood sense of awe, wonder, and imagination. Jadedness comes with adulthood and learning how to combat it is essential. Some turn to yoga and meditation as a

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5 Women Redefining The Wellness Landscape

Within the world of wellness, there is one flagrant detail that can’t be ignored: how lacking it is in diversity. Not only in terms of ethnicity, sexuality or religious belief, but also in terms of how wellness itself is interpreted

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How To Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Everyday Routine

It seems as though turmeric has become the latest rage in wellness, but it is with good reason. A part of the ginger family (which also has really great health benefits), turmeric is native to the Southeast region of Asia, where

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Tidal provides a concert for Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria Relief

With the strikes of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria many celebrities have been asking for donations for those in need of the places they’ve hit. Contributing to something for a cause other than posting to the gram is something people

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5 TED Talks for When You’re in a Slump

With every good day, there might be a couple horrible ones. We all go through periods where we feel that life is acting specifically against us – and end up in bottomless pit of anxiety, sadness, and sometimes even hopelessness.

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Is Rock & Roll Culture Being Appropriated? Here’s Why It’s Important To Know What You’re Wearing

Now more than ever rock and roll t-shirts are being commonly worn by today’s youth with bands such as Metallica and Guns N Roses.  As most would think, wearing a t-shirt of any brand would mean you support that brand

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LIFE: What Happened On My 2 Week Digital Detox?

Hi. Vashtie here. Yes, the Vashtie of Vashtie.Com. Some of you may remember when it was only me contributing to this internet experiment since 2007 and I’m sure you may have noticed that my site has expanded to include a

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Insecure Insights: Turning Tables

As last week’s episode was closing out we caught a feel of the scripts flipping between Lawrence and Issa. Lawrence pulled up to her place after his escapade as we saw shots of Issa at Roscoe’s (I’m guessing) laughing it

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BEAUTY: The Cost of Coverage

  As the biggest consumers on the market black women have the hardest time finding products to fit our complexion. We back everything up that we see fit. We set trends and dictate pop culture. We’re the biggest influencers so

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Insecure Insights: From Turn Ups to Turn Downs

  Last night on Insecure we watched Issa get ready to turn up just to get turned down, Molly’s blast from the past, Kelli’s dinner and dessert and Lawrence’s threesome that was really a twosome. In a seemingly redemption episode

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Fitness Friday: Skip the Gym & Workout At Home

The gym in most recent times has been depicted as a sanctuary of good health – a sea of toned legs and defined abs. It’s the go to place for any one with the best of the best bodies in

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Why Girls Trip Is the Movie We Didn’t Know We Needed

    It’s no surprise that Girls Trip will have you holding your stomach from beginning to end. The chemistry between these four women is authentically amazing. I saw a little of myself in every character as well as a

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Flashback Friday: Childhood Favorites turned Vegan

Being an adult gets hard at times. I often find myself day dreaming about food during long boring meetings or reminiscing about childhood memories. Well recently,it occurred to put two and two together, lol. As Children, health wasn’t a main

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#SolaceSunday Practice Mindfulness With These How-To Books

As humans there are certain mundane and routine acts that we perform so innately, we may not even think about them! We learn to walk, for example, at such a young age and continue to walk our entire lives until we

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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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How to Stay Healthy During Summer BBQ Season!

It’s that time again! Summer calls for laying in the sun, enjoying warmer and longer days. The prime component of summer is usually all the social gatherings that it entails – brunches, happy hours, and the best part, barbecues! Unfortunately,

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Doin’ It Well: How to Survive Retrogrades

Let’s face it, sometimes retrogrades suck. With Mercury retrograde ending in June, it’s important for us to recoup and learn how to deal with retrograde all together.Each planet can effect you in different ways, so let’s start with the basics: Retrograde is

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5 Easy Ways to Help Meditate From The Palm Of Your Hand

Whether your needs are stress relief, you’re dealing with anxiety and depression or learning to better control your thoughts- meditation is always highly suggested as a helpful aid in relation, if not an entire solution. And it is with good

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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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Do Your Part: 10 Ways To Help Save The Bees

Bees, so tiny and minuscule in contrast to our great planet’s size, are a vital species whose duties offer us the luxury of every one out of three bites of food. Seriously, the numbers behind their performance are astonishing. They

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NEWS: Electric Circus’ ‘Me, Myself, & I’ Event Celebrates Womanhood and Unique Beauty

In closing out Women’s History Month, Electric Circus hosted an epic after work mixer titled ‘Me, Myself, and I‘– celebrating the unconventional artistry and beauty of women creatives. On Wednesday, Mar. 29, NYC’s finest and flyest invaded the Ace Hotel

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Event Recap: Vashtie Speaks On “Women Entrepreneurs In Entertainment” Panel

In honor of Women’s History Month, Vashtie joined several other influential and creative girl bosses on a panel produced to honor their achievements in the entertainment industry and celebrate women everywhere. Curated by event producer, DJ, and brand ambassador Majorr Smith, Vashtie sat alongside talented peers

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FLASHBACK: Directing Jadakiss’ “Letter To Big” Video in 2009

It was all a dream. In 2009, I had the honor of directing a video for the Notorious soundtrack. Biggie has been a huge influence on my life and work and having the chance to direct a Jadakiss video for a song about him was monumental–and

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‘Do What You Want’ Mag Makes Mental Health Relatable

At an early age we’re taught to go to the doctor when we feel sick, when we hurt ourselves, we go to the ER. Yet, for some reason, we are not instructed to look at mental health in the same

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NEWS: Vashtie, Cara Delevigne, Binx Walton & More for DKNY JEANS

Um. Like. I can’t. DKNY has been so amazing to me. They made my entire last year super glamorous, having featured me in 3 campaigns and their NYFW runway show. In total, 4 campaigns including their 2013 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

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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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