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Kick Your Fall Style Up a Notch With a Beret

Our Downtown Sweetheart is back from Paris after a jam-packed week of Fashion Week shows and events, and we want to share a style tip for fall inspired by Vashtie’s trip! One of the most chic style trends this fall

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Best Vegan Restaurants to Visit in Paris

While our Downtown’s Sweetheart is visiting Paris for fashion week, we can only imagine how busy her schedule is. From attending fittings to fashion shows and working on personal projects, it may be hard to keep healthy while on the

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“Paris Is for Lovers” Captures the Life and Work of Photographer Viktor Vauthier

Berlin-based filmmaking studio MODEST DEPARTMENT’s latest project, Paris Is for Lovers, is a personal fashion documentary centered around the French photographer and artist Viktor Vauthier, who has worked with some major brand names throughout his career, including the likes of adidas, Nike and Apple. Directed by Philipp Groth, the

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4 Must-Shop Spots in Paris

Paris Fashion Week is upon us and it’s no secret that the French have some of the most impeccable and chic style across the board. The street style at Paris Fashion Week is always so incredibly unique and this season

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Paris: 5 Cool Concept Bars to Check Out

You’re in Paris for fashion week. Picture the scene: you’ll wander down Avenue Montaigne in your dancing shoes, listening to your Paris playlist, and swing into a rooftop bar for a cocktail (or four) served by a charming bartender. With

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Playlist: Paris Fashion Week

As Vashtie gets ready to head to Paris, here are some French sounds that will take you across the pond with her. With a mix of some renowned names like Booba and La Fouine, as well as some more up-and-coming

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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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LIFE: L’Oreal Photoshoot in Paris & Hpnotiq Texas Tour (4.11 – 4.16)

Jeez! This past week was intense. 5 flights in  5 days! I’m not even a musician and I’m not on tour! Yikes. Paris Monday to Wednesday. New York Wednesday night. Dallas Thursday. Houston Friday and back to NYC on Saturday.

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LIFE: My Designer Haul with Louis Vuitton, Chanel & Prada in Paris

There is one part of me that knows that “designer” anything doesn’t really enrich or fulfill the soul. I know that I am whole without a single addition to my natural self. But…then there is the poor kid in me

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RANDOM: Scored Some Louis Vuitton During My Paris Trip – Pochette Metis & More!

So, I’m from the hood and growing up – my family and I were too poor for name brand anything. I’m talking 8 year old hand-me-downs from my older brother and sister and lay-away at Kmart. I attribute growing up

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LIFE: Supreme’s Paris Store Soft Opening & Afterparty – Last Day In Paris

Okay, just saying. I cannot believe how much Supreme has not only grown, but taken over the world while continuing to dominate in an authentic way. I came to know this brand in the late 90’s, when I was still

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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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Cinematic: C’était un Rendez-vous (“It was a date”) 1976 by Claude Lelouch (8 min. Short Film)

Paris is my second home after New York City. During my first trip there in 2003, it was love at first sight. Real talk. I grew up in the hood and Europe or the concept of it was, no pun intended,

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NEWS: Pigalle’s Latest Collection is Nothing Less Than Parfait!

I can’t express enough how proud I am of my dear friend, designer, Stephane Ashpool! Stephane & Me 2014, Paris. His brand Pigalle, named after the the red-light district neighborhood he grew up in Paris, is quite literally murdering the men’s fashion

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LIFE: DJ’ing for Chloe in Miami x Straight to Paris for FW 1.15

Okay, so this post is super late. Although this is from January 2015, I did still want to share it. My trip begins in New York and took me to Miami to DJ the Chloe Coral Gables store. I landed

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INVITE: 1992 THE PARTY AT WEBSTER HALL X HOUSE PARTY + ILOVEMAKONNEN

No plans tonight? Come to the legendary House Party at Webster Hall featuring my crew in the Marlin Room (Oscar, Deemehlow, + Huggy Bear), Just Blaze, DJ Soul, Jasmine Solano, Melo-X, and DJ Will Gates. I’m still enjoying my lovely

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LIFE: Hooping with Black Rainbow & Friends – Terminal 23 New York City’s Jordan Gym (May 2014)

Back in May – I got asked to hoop with my Parisian Friends from Black Rainbow Agency, Jay & Greg, which was super fun. I never get asked to play with the boys, probably because the ones that live state-side

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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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LIFE: Birthday in Paris – Day 5 & 6 – Party at Nano – Charaf, Stephane Ashpool, Tremaine, Hadarrah (4.26.14)

Elle and I woke up super late after a terribly fun and hilarious night/early morning in our hotel rom. We stopped by the Nike x Pigalle Exhibit where I met a photographer who wanted to take my portrait. He was

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LIFE: Birthday in Paris – Hotel Amour, Pigalle Office, Jean Paul Paula, Alex Sossah, Dexter Navy (4.22.14)

Yay. Yes, it’s that time of year when my birthday is in town. This time, we took a quick getaway to Paris. I’ve had various destination birthdays like Las Vegas and Los Angeles (which doesn’t count, because I was working/directing Justin

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PRESS: Vashtie Feature in Snatch Magazine x Menilmontant, Eastern Paris x Photos By Louis Canadas (2013)

During my October trip to Paris, I was asked for to do a last minute interview and shoot by Snatch Magazine. It was freezing outside, and although I was reluctant – I did it. Well, it turned out pretty remarkable –

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LIFE: 3 Days In Paris x EuroStar Train from London to Paris x DJ’ing at Silencio Theatre & Wanderlust x Tourist Sightseeing

After my short and beloved trip to London, Sharmadean and I hopped on the EuroStar Train and headed to Paris. Can I just exclaim how utterly amazing it is that people can take a train between London and Paris in

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NEWS: Oi! After 10 Years, I’m Coming Back To London (And Paris For The 3rd Time This Year!)

Hey  Boo’s and Babes. So, in the last few posts – you may have read that last year I put it into the universe that I wanted to travel more and here it is. As you know, I’ve already been

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LIFE: Vashtie & Oscar In Paris & Amsterdam x 1992 & Pain O’Chokolat (October 2007)

For some of you who may remember and those of you who don’t know – I started blogging in 2006 for a community blog site called RIOTTT.COM. In about 2007 when the site became defunct, I switched over to my

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LIFE: A Weekend In Paris x DJ’ing Kenzo’s AfterParty at Balajo x Lady Miss Kier x Fun at Le Pompon & More!!!

Selecting at Le Pompon, Paris 3/2013 It has been so long that I have blogged. I got busy like we all have, but then I got called away to work in Paris (which you are about to read about) and

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