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Nic De La Paz Pays Homage to Classic New York Jewelry with Botanica’s ‘New York’ Collection

In our flashback  post, Vintage Hip-Hop Jewelry Is Making A Comeback, we discussed the staple gold jewelry pieces for hip-hop artists: chunky rings, bamboo earrings and name plates were listed, just to name a few. These things essentially have never went

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Classic Moments From Type O Negative’s Peter Steele

January 4th, would have marked Peter Steele‘s 55th birthday. The late Vampire-esque rock legend is most notably known as being the front man for goth metal/doom metal band Type O Negative. Born in Brooklyn, the band often times referred to

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FLASHBACK: Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah (Music Video) 1996

If you know anything about me, you know I have a pretty infinite knowledge about hip-hop culture and pop culture as a whole. January 6th, 2017 marks the 21st anniversary of Busta Rhymes‘ first solo single “Woo Hah!! (Got You

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Shop & Support My Favorites For #SmallBusinessSaturday

As much as I like a consistent chain store, I absolutely love small businesses more. You know, your “mom and pop”, your local spot…those independently owned shops that know you better than some of your own family. It’s so vital to

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5 Facts You Should Know About New Def Jam Signee Dave East

Aside from being recognized for his raw lyricism and Nas’ new prodigy, Dave East is now a part of the legendary roster that is Def Jam Records. The Harlem lyricist discussed still being a part of Mass Appeal Records and

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LIFE: Happy Birthday Kendrick Lamar! Directing “A.D.H.D.” Music Video

In honor of Kendrick Lamar‘s 29th Birthday, here’s a flashback post of when I directed this Gemini man’s music video for Section.80-featured favorite, “A.D.H.D”. It was blazing hot summer — July 23rd of 2011 to be exact — when two days of

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LIFE: Houston’s Greg Noire Shoots Vashtie in Unexpected NYC Rainstorm (PHOTOS)

I met Greg Noire during my Hpnotiq Tour while having a DJ Show in Houston. He hit me on Instagram and I loved his work, so he came through to the telly and took quick and AMAZING photos of me…SEE

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LIFE: Celebrating Marcelo Burlon & Tyga Exclusive Saks 5th Avenue Collection

A few days ago, my Italian Friend Marcel Burlon reached out inviting me to celebrate his latest collaboration with Tyga for Saks 5th Avenue in New York City. Well, I had to be there to celebrate and represent. The soiree

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Best Natural Deodorant That Won’t Make You Funky

I have been wearing natural deodorants of all kinds over the years, ultimately cursing the ones closest to me with funky pits. The products always start off hopeful but then end tragically before the end of the day. From Tom’s of Maine

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WATCH: Princess Nokia – “Tomboy”

You all know I am a huge fan of Miss Princess Nokia. Hailing from New York City, this young thug miss was recently featured in the latest Calvin Klein campaign alongside musical notables Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar. Last year,

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THROWBACK: A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”

In honor of Phife Dawg’s passing today, let’s get into a ATCQ classic – “Electric Relaxation”

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LIFE: My Paris Fashion Week 2016 Photo Diary

I adore Paris and I am so lucky to be able to travel there for work. And literally, anything is possible in life. If you haven’t traveled to a new continent and want to, just know – it can be

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DOIN’ IT WELL: 6 Simple Steps To Meditation

So, some of you may be like me – you heard about things like meditation, but the thought of mental relaxation sounds EXHAUSTING! Seriously! Find alone time to sit and clear your mind? Who actually has time for that?! I’m not

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THROWBACK: Vashtie Photographed by Suzette Lee

In 2010 , SUZETTE LEE  photographed me in my East Village apartment. From what I recall, it was a swift and fun shoot. Suzette took some of the best photographs I had ever seen of myself at that point and 6 years later, I

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LIFE: Hangout for Downtown Artists & Influencers – Sway Lounge Closes in NYC

A sweet and somber line, halfway down the block, waiting to pay their respects to Sway Lounge. Some of you who have been reading this blog, might remember me mentioning Sway Lounge in Greenwich Village that my downtown derelict friends and I

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WATCH: Vashtie’s Showtime Show 3AM Episode Guide – Talks Tough Childhood, Breakups, Love & More!

Have you guys been watching my SHOWTIME SHOW 3AM?! Oh wow, it is such a wild ride. Between Internet Sensation Fat Jew, Slutty Photographer Kirill, Door Man Markus, Escort Samantha and Me…it’s extremely entertaining! In case you missed you… I

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INTERVIEW: Vashtie On The June Cover of TRENDING NY – On Stands Now!

When Trending NY reached out a few weeks back asking me to grace their cover with a double 4 page spread, I was beyond stoked. Their publication is barely a year old and already keeping the fashionable hip to the game. Just

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LIFE: DJ’ing for Drake’s Curated Sotheby’s Show x I Like It Like This S|2 x Drake 5.7.15

May 7th, 2015: New York City. Drake and Sotheby’s host a celebration of the “I Like It Like This  S|2 x Drake” curation. I had the absolute honor of being asked to DJ this epic and legendary moment in art…

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LIFE: DRUHA’S BIRTHDAY AT LUCKY STRIKE – JOEY BADA$$, ROSENBERG, SMIF-N-WESSUN & MORE (3.13.15)

I am so honored to not only have the opportunity to DJ for Druha’s Birthday celebration, but to also have him on board as part of my management. Druha is a legend in the game! Joey Bada$$

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LIFE: Dinner with Robin & Richard Goldberg at Peasant – Learning Barolo

My dear friends Robin and Richard Goldberg have treated me like a daughter since I met them back in 2005. To be fair, I be-friended them through their son – young Alex Goldberg, whom I stumbled upon in Soho around

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VASHTIE TV: Honorary First Shot at Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 Tournament (Summer 2014)

Legendary Bobbito Garcia asked me to take the Honorary First Shot at his Full Court 21 Tournament over the Summer and although breaking a sweat in public is mortifying – I thought, “why not”. Bobbito is one of the nicest

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LIFE: Ben Pundole’s 40th Birthday at Indochine, Massive Party at Up & Down and Dive Bars in Greenpoint (May 2014)

Wow, I have been so behind on my postings…my bad. Anyways, a month ago or so was a big birthday celebration for what seems like everyone’s loved and admired friend Ben Pundole.  To know him is to absolutely adore him. Ben is a

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Life: Dinner With The Creep Crew: Belated Birthday (5.12.14)

A few weeks ago, Angelo, Rafael and Elle took me to a lovely belated birthday dinner at  our favorite place. It was cozy and creepy, as usual. I love my familia! Angelo Baque and Minya…we ran int her having dinner

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LIFE: Birthday Dinner at Jack’s Wife Freda with Int’l Friends; Black Rainbow, Alex Sossah, Jonny Shipes & More! (5.9.14)

So, yes…my birthday was April 23rd and no…I’m not one of those people that makes their birthday a month long celebration. I do, however, work a lot and travel (lately) so I have to break up birthday dinners with friends

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VIDEO: The XX – “Sunset” (Live on KEXP)

“It felt like you really knew me, now it feels like you see through me” -The XX Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to watch a small and intimate show by THE XX at The Armory in New York

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LIFE: Nylon Guys Magazine Dinner at Manon – Norman Reedus, Josh Madden, G-Eazy & More (1.10.14)

With all this running around during New York Fashion Week, it can be hard to find time to sit down for a proper meal. So, when my brother Josh Madden asked me to be at a dinner for Nylon Guys

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LIFE: New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Odeon x Party at Westway x DJ Brenmar, SureShot & Huggy Bear

Brenmar & Vashtie (The Westway NYC, NYE ’14) New Year’s Eve in New York City is always dreaded yet welcomed for me. The start of a new year is always amazing, it represents a new year to get it right

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WATCH: Supreme Store in 1996 (MTV Japan)

Oh man, seeing this made me yearn to have been in New York and of age in the 90’s. Many of you may already know, I love Supreme as a brand and as a family (having worked for the incredible

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LIFE: Directing A Video For Porsche Design Blackberry 9982 x Fellow Artists Baron Von Fancy & More x Performance by Chairlift

A month ago, I was asked by the lovely folks at Karla Otto to direct a video using only the video/editing component of the sleek Porsche Deign Blackberry 9982. The video would be projected at fun event hosted at the

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PRESS: FootWear News (Cover Story) – “Kick Starters” featuring Vashtie, DJ Clark Kent, Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg and Jeff Staple – Written by Gerald Flores

Special thanks to Gerald Flores and FootWear News for giving me the honor of gracing their cover with legends; DJ Clark Kent, Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg and Jeff Staple. So far, it’s the top story on WWD.Com…please Margiela or Alexander Wang

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INVITE: Mexican Morrissey x Wednesday 11/6 x Lit Lounge x Music By Vashtie, Angelo, Jeremiah and Fernando

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LIFE: ASAP Ferg “Trap Lord” Album Listening Party – The Darby, NYC (8.5.13)

  After spending the earlier portion of the day working and running errands with Elle, we made our way to West 14th Street for ASAP Ferg’s Listening Party at The Darby. As we approached we ran into Rocky and just

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LIFE: Green Label Sound & Team Epiphany’s #SummerFridays x 1992 Edition x Hosted By Vashtie and Oscar x Music By DJ Wonder

If you live in New York City, you’ve either heard of #SummerFridays, attended one of these legendary events or tried to attend on. Team Epiphany has long held down the city during the Summer with their incredible day-time parties. This

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LIFE: Animal Haven x 3rd Annual Performance For The Animals x Jon Stewart, Josh Madden, Curtis Kulig, Stretch Armstrong & DJ Eli Escobar x Top Of The Standard (6.4.13)

Me at Animal Haven’s 3rd Annual Performance For The Animals at The Standard Hotel NYC wearing Theory by Theyskens Dress and Bag, Surface To Air Boots When my friend Dana Veraldi, of Deer Dana, asked me to be apart of

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Vincent Gallo (To Have A Baby By Vincent Gallo You Need To Be A Millionaire)

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

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LIFE: Surprise Birthday Celebration For Steve Nash + Studio Museum In Harlem Gala + I Met Chuck Close!!! (2.4.13)

I got invited to my first gala ever. Do you say it like “GAY-LUH” or “GAH-LUH” or “GAY-LAY?” Hahaha just kidding on the third variation. Anyways, Elle Clay was my date and we dressed to our personal 9’s. I say

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LIFE: Dinner At Cafe Select With Theophilus London, Alex Sossah, Valentina Moreno & More (2.7.13)

Its been too long since I’ve kicked it with international superstar Theophilus London. For those of you who aren’t long-time readers, Theophilus and I have been buds since 2008 and since then he and his music have exploded worldwide. We

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Supreme Fall/Winter 2012 Pieces

Oh snap. Got some new SUPREME gear and although I hate Fall and Winter (yes, hate is a strong word – but that’s how I feel) these pieces will make the colder weather a litte bit cozier! Some of this

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funny: GOOD GOD-LOVING FOLKS WHO HATE…

hahahaha. i love this. where do i begin?! i went to catholic school my whole life. i read the bible hundreds of times and at no point did i ever find something that damns homosexuals. i could be wrong. hmmm.

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life: a case of BIRTHDAY CAKE imitating BIRTHDAY CAKE…

last night was a super small and intimate gathering of folks to celebrate KANYE’S BIRTHDAY in NEW YORK CITY. it was a fun and wild time. when it came to cake time, i was struck by a stunning 3D model

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