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It’s #NationalLipstickDay! Here Are 5 (Vegan) Lipsticks From Black-Owned Brands

Today is #NationalLipStickDay and yes, it seems like everyday is 10 new holidays for something or another, but at least this is  a bit  fun! Here are 5, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Lipsticks Owned by Black Brands that you can buy right

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6 Trendy Sunglasses for Under $25

We recently posted 5 TRENDY SUNGLASSES UNDER $215  and a few of you replied saying that the price point was too high. Of course, I checked out the readers who replied (via their socials) and saw them decked out in

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Wellness: 11 Ways to Support Someone During Mania via IBPF.Org

Whether you like him or not, the recent Twitter events from one of our most beloved artists has left us all feeling a bit enraged, infuriated, ambivalent, concerned or maybe even apathetic. The biggest take-away I’ve had from it all

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Throwback: 5 Of Our Favorite Jodeci Jams (Happy Birthday Mr. Dalvin)

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Jodeci (@jodecimusic) on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:27pm PDT Wikipedia defines Jodeci as… “Jodeci (/ˈdʒoʊdəsi/ JOH-də-see) is an American R&B quartet with members DeVanté Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci, and JoJo. Formed in 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci’s members began

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5 Trendy Sunglasses for Summer Under 215$

*Image from the RetroSuperFuture x BornxRaised Collaboration. Summer 2020 may be partially quarantined, but you still need to protect your gazers from the sun. Here are 5 trendy frames to keep you styling and profiling, if only for the ‘gram!

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Culture: Trace Magazine & “Their Annual Black Girls Rule” Issue

Growing up in the 90’s/2000’s, before we had social media and the internet to give us the cheat codes, we only had first hand experience, word of mouth and (if those things were still out of reach for you) magazines.

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I Got Tested (Fast & Free) for Covid-19…How You Can Too!

About a week ago, The 🦊  and I got tested for Covid-19. It was so easy!!! I highly recommend it. In New York State, where we live, you can go to various locations and quickly get tested. We chose City

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CULTURE: “Used To Be With Vashtie At Santos.” What Does My Drake Shoutout Refer To?

*This post was originally posted in January 2018, when the song debuted – but, it felt like a good time to revisit. Also, yes I am still excited about my mention which is why I want to revisit it! A

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6 Must See LGBTQ Films On Netflix!

If you’re venturing into an exploration of LGBTQ Films, here are 6 on Netflix that will get you on your way! Enjoy! 1.”MOONLIGHT” 2016 – R – 1h 50m  In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up

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5 Of My Favorite Trans Musicians To Add To Your Playlists!

              In honor of June being Pride Month, but also in support of the Trans Community – here are 5 of My Favorite Trans Musicians that you must add to your playlists! These Trans

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10 Black Owned Wineries To Support Right Now!

If you’re a wine lover like me and you want to support Black Owned Wineries, then this list will make you very happy. Who doesn’t love a little sip and support?! In honor of National Rosé Day, let’s kick it

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6 Ways To Be a Better Ally (For Non-Black People) *Repost From NewInt.Org

This was first published by New Internationalist on March 15th, 2018 – written by Kristina Wong. See the original article HERE. I loved the perspective coming from an Asian-American woman so much, I wanted to share.  “Are you a non-black

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3 Black Docs/Series To Educate & Inspire on Netflix Right Now!

With all of the protests happening in the world right now, it’s so important to keep the conversation about race and equality going – now matter how upsetting it can get (*but, I do believe you need to go at

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54 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today & Every Day *repost by Marie Claire Magazine

*This is a repost by Marie Claire Magazine, written by  Marina Liao  (June 3rd, 2020) “In the wake of George Floyd‘s death and the nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality, it’s important not to give up on the

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My Secret Wedding Day + How We Met (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

If you’ve been following me or have been reading this blog, you already know that marriage was not an absolute for me. I just wasn’t the girl who dreamed of her wedding or even imagined it…ever. In fact, I was

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THROWBACK: In 2010 I became The First Woman To Design a Jordan

I can’t believe how much time is flying! It’s been 10 whole years since I became the first woman (and maybe the first non-athlete) to have her own Jordan sneaker! Since then, other iconic women like Aleali May and Melody

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3 Ways I Workout at Home – Using a Trampoline, Jump Rope & YouTube!

Being unable to go to the gym threw me way off my game in the beginning of lockdown. I am the kind of person that craves routine and without it, I was a bit lost. It took me about 4

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5 Immune Boosting Foods & Supplements I Take Daily

I hope you are all well and staying safe. Now,  I am no doctor… but my holistic/vegan lifestyle has put me on to natural ways to stay healthy and build up my immune system. I will say that some of

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Everything I Eat in a Day (Quarantine Edition)

As requested via Instagram, I have recorded everything I eat in a day. I’m not sure what my eating habits will look like to y’all – but, here goes. Keep in mind this has been my current, “sort-of”, meal plan…but

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RECIPE: Sweet Potato Slices with Homemade Hummus & Bean Salad

Okay, so a lot of you asked for this recipe and here it goes! But in the meantime, I need a better name for it. Comment below your votes! Winner gets a shoutout on my Stories!   This is vegan,

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RECIPE: Butternut Squash Spaghetti with Garlicy Marinara & Soy Chorizo with Peppers

Okay. As I have established on my social media, I don’t care for cooking – however, I am good at it. It just doesn’t bring me joy. I don’t even like cooking shows or hearing people talk about what they

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#GroceryGrooming: 5 Ways to Stay Beautified with Everyday Kitchen Items

These days are challenging for everyone. Not only are we worried about our health, wealth, work, families, friends and future – but, a lot of us are facing frustration that our beauty and grooming appointments have been put on indefinite

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My 3 Favorite YouTube Workouts For At-Home Fitness

Some of you may know, pre-Coronavirus – I was a gym rat. It was never that I loved working out, but rather I enjoyed the benefits. Anyways, now that we are facing a pandemic and gyms are shut down, it’s

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Stop Playing Yourself & Start Meditating Now!

Many of the most famous and successful people meditate daily. It’s free, it’s easy, you can do it almost anywhere and the benefits are astounding. So…why aren’t you doing it yet? I’ve been meditating every morning for 4 years now

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5 Toilet Paper Alternatives to Cover Your Butt in a Crisis!

Unless your Jared Leto, everyone in the world is aware of COVID-19 (aka “Coronavirus”). Aside from the natural worries of our health, economy and food supply – we are also now facing real shortages of toilet paper. Whether people stocked

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#BeautyTipTuesday: Easy Home-Made Turmeric Face Mask for Acne and Dark Spots

  As you probably know, I am all about all eating natural ingredients that Mother Nature has provided us. That interest doesn’t stop at my diet, it continues into home cleaning and also beauty. After all, your skin is the

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Vegan Vittles: Comfort Vegan Food at Organic Grill in NYC’s East Village

I’m kicking off  “Vegan Vittles” with shares from all the vegan eateries I enjoy. Here we go… A couple of weeks ago I finally dined at the famed, vegan Organic Grill in New York City’s East Village. I can’t believe

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Why I Drink Lemon Water On An Empty Stomach Every Morning

If you follow me on the gram, you might have seen my morning stories where I share that I drink 32 ounces of room temperature lemon water on an empty stomach every morning. This habit of mine has become so

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Three Luxury Designer Engagement Rings Under $3,000

Okay, don’t worry…Vashtie.Com has not become BrideObsessive.Com. Although, since this site has always been a reflection of me and I am now engaged, I decided to share all the things I’m learning about this new chapter. As much as I

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Stop Pressing Artists To Create: Creativity Comes From Within Not Pressure

Instant gratification has taken over the music industry. Streaming service provides us with almost unlimited access to thousands of discographies. And when new music releases, we have access to it instantly and are not mindful of the process it takes

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Here’s How You Should Be Cleaning Your Diamonds and Gold Jewelry at Home

‘Engagement season’ is really a thing, and during the holidays you should have noticed an unusual influx of diamonds and glowing couples on your feed. “The term ‘engagement season’ has been coined in the US, to mark the period when

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4 Things We Learned From Mac Miller’s Circles

  The release of Circles brought fans back into Mac Miller’s world; a world full of jazzy instrumentals, thought-provoking lyrics, heartache and life lessons. Circles picked right up where 2018’s Swimming left off and true fans won’t be disappointed in

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Celebrating National DJ Day With a Handful of DJs You Should Know

If I make my way out to a lounge, club, or any social gathering; 9 times out of 10 when I look up, there’s a guy responsible for spinning the records. Though a lack of diversity in the DJ scene

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Keep These 3 Things In Mind When Creating The Perfect Home Office for 2020

No matter what your profession a home office can be a true game-changer for you and your 2020 goals. Delegating space in your home (or room) just for work can help you focus and direct all your attention to the

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NEWS: The Anti-Bride is Engaged

  View this post on Instagram   “Look at us. Who would have thought…Not me.” 12.4.19 💍 (Who would have guessed that when we met in 2011; we would become good friends for 6 years, fall in love, become a

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What To Wear For A Chill Day At Home

Now that the holidays are officially over nothing sounds better than relaxing at home. With all of the travel and visiting you’ve been doing over the last couple of months, you deserve a little R&R on your own couch. Over

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This is What You Should be Wearing on Christmas

The countdown is officially on for the biggest day of the year, Christmas! The tree is up, the gifts are on the way, and we’re checking off one Hallmark Christmas movie per day. All that’s left to plan is how

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It’s True, Your Favorite Artist Owns a Creative Agency

Music has always played well with other art forms like fashion, photography, and film. Back in the day, it was pretty common to see your favorite singer trying out their acting chops in an upcoming film or modeling as the

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Yasiin Bey Brings New Album Negus To Brooklyn Museum

Earlier this month Yasiin Bey aka as Mos Def quietly debuted his new album Negas (pronounced neh-goose) as a multi-media installation at the Brooklyn Museum. Over the years Mos Def has given us profound lyrics with blended sounds of rock

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This Year’s Halloween Edition of the 1992 Party Brought Tricks and Treats

This Halloween our downtown sweetheart threw an epic edition of The 1992 party for her favorite holiday. Vashtie and crew tore it down at Schimanski in Williamsburg and the turn out was incredible. Some came in costumes ready to show

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