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DIY Braids: Revisit Vashtie’s Jumbo Box Braids tutorial

This season, it’s all about protective styles. Whether you’re rocking the lemonade braids for Spring Break, medium braids to class, or cornrows straight to the back, braids are the go-to for protective styles. The best thing about braids is that

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#ParisFashionWeek – A Tourist Guide To Paris Fashion Week

When we think of the city of Paris, we think of the tourist attractions, fashion, food, and the Eiffel tower. It is even more fascinating when Paris Fashion week comes along twice a year. Celebrities and fashion influencers travel half

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RECAP: Akoo Clothing X Patrick Ewing Pre-Launch Event

This past Friday, Vashtie DJ’d the release of the highly anticipated 10th anniversary Akoo X Ewing Collection. The event took place in The Garment District at Akoo’s showroom in NYC. The room was buzzing with tunes by DJ Ernez X

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LIFE: Vashtie DJ’s YouTube’s “Bringing The Boom Bap Back To New York” Alongside GrandMaster Flash

  January 26th, 2018. About a week prior to the event, I got a call from Lyor Cohen (the man, the legend – himself) telling me that he wanted me to DJ his party and that our mutual friend Q-Tip

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#HappyBirthdayCudi: 10 Memorable Moments During Kid Cudi’s Career

When we think of Kid Cudi and his 10 years in the game, a lot of memorable moments comes to mind. Some may be funny and hilarious, while others doesn’t show him in the best light. But whether you love

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LIFE: Vashtie’s First Trip to Denmark

As many of you know, I have traveled quite a bit for work and to many lovely places like Paris/France, London/England, Johannesburg/South Africa, Abu Dhabi/Dubai, etc. I am very appreciative of this perk of my job, but it’s also quite

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Happy 72nd Birthday to Dolly Parton! Peep How Her “9 to 5” Music Video Recently Inspired Vogue

Miss Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton

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Vashtie’s Mixtape #ONE16GOAT” Honors Sade, Kate Moss, Aaliyah and FKA Twigs Birthday

Another one… Yes folks. Another mixtape by yours truly. These things take a lot of time and work, but I always feel so accomplished after finishing and letting them out into the digital universe. This newest mixtape celebrates January 16th;

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#SelfCareSunday: Stepping Away From Social Media To Detox

As we finish the second week of 2018, our goals are still in the forefront of our minds. We’ve mapped out ways to conquer these goals, but social media continues to be a distraction of choice.  The average person spends

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FITNESS: Vashtie’s Favorite At-Home Workout When It’s Too Cold For The Gym

For a lot of you who have been apart of my journey, you know that I reluctantly adopted exercise as apart of my daily routine a few years ago. I jokingly refer to cardio as “oppressive cardio” because sweating and

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Recap: VA$HTIE AND FRIENDS BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS–1992 STYLE

Video by Dabian Canales If you were not partying with VA$HTIE and her friends on Thursday for her 1992 Holiday Party, you missed out. No, seriously, pack it up. You’re cancelled. Our favorite “Downtown Sweetheart” brought the house down, with

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LIFE: DJ’ING ASICS 5TH AVE FLAGSHIP STORE OPENING (12.13.17)

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to DJ for ASICS 5th Avenue Flagship Store Opening. The evening was made intimate with an introduction by Gene McCarthy, President & CEO of ASICS America, an honorary Japanese Sake Ceremony and a

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LIFE: VASHTIE’S 10 DAYS IN PARIS FOR PFW17 (BRASSERIE LIPP, DIPLO, NINA RICCI & MORE)

I am so appreciative that I am able to travel to Paris at least 2 times a year for work…and for Fashion Week at that! I’ve made such amazing friends internationally, that it’s always like a fun friend reunion when

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#AllGoldEverything: Why You Should Be Wearing Gold.

Anyone who knows Vashtie knows that she loves her Gold. Vashtie Kola is synonymous to gold. It is as if she has the mineral pumping in her veins. Well..maybe not that extreme, but you know what I mean. Back in

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Doin’ It Well: Finding And Building Your Inner Chi

I know what you are probably thinking. What is a Chi (Qi), and how do I find it? Well, according to the Merriam-Webster definition, your Chi is a; “vital energy that is held to animate the body internally.” In layman

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Doin’ It Well: What are GMO’s?

This may or may not be old news to you guys, but I had to share. Everyone’s favorite “Fozzie Bear” inspired Rapper, Wacka Flocka, made headlines a while back after posting to his Instagram a Before & After Photo of

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Women Unmasked: Disc Jockey’s

The Disc Jockey is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects in the music industry. They run the show, keep the crowd hype, and ultimately are the commanders of the ship. Back when Hip Hop was just emerging, DJ’s were

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Why You Should Add Breakfast Salads To Your Daily Meal Plan

They say a balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether it’s hot cereal, cold cereal or even a quick granola bar out the door, skipping out on breakfast can have us feeling sluggish, tired and even moody.

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FIT: 4-Minute Neck & Shoulders Stretch at Your Desk

If you're reading this, you are probably at your desk which means you've probably been sitting there for a minute and could use some quick and easy yoga stretches. Watch this 4 minute video by Gaiam and get in some

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Super Cat

  First of all, his dapper style and West Indian accent murdered it! In hindsight, he kind of looked like one of my uncles (with that “IND-YAN” mix) and attracted/scared me like every old school West Indian man does. He

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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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8 Natural Deodorants

    There are endless reasons to buy natural deodorant but the most commonly discussed is that they don’t include aluminum. Aluminum which is found in most antiperspirants inhibits the natural and healthy function we call sweating. There are many

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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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TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GREEN TO GO VEGGIE

1. It reduces global warming. In 2006, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 2. To avoid excessive carbon dioxide production. Livestock produces a large

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Electric Circus & Def Jam Present Troi Irons Live at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel

Peep the vibe from last night’s performance with @DefJamRecords alt-rock singer @TroiMusic w/ @vashtie @o_mescudi: https://t.co/dK5sKf9wqf pic.twitter.com/jIWSetf9Eu — Electric Circus (@electricxcircus) April 6, 2017 Last night Electric Circus  had the pleasure of hosting Def Jam’s newest alt-rockstar Troi Irons live

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Throwback To When Vashtie Was on a Showtime Docu-Series with Fat Jew & More

At the end of 2014 and into the beginning of 2015, I was filmed to be a feature on a Showtime Docu-Series called “3am” about New York City Nightlife. When they told me that my homies Fat Jew and Kirill

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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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Giveaway: Your Chance to Win Some RMS Lip & Skin Balm !

On behalf of Vashtie, we’re giving away RMS Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla. A personal favorite of Vashtie Kola, each ingredient in this award-winning and skin rejuvenating formula has been carefully selected for its traditional healing abilities. Superior biologically active ingredients

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BEAUTY TUESDAY: Vashtie’s 6 Favorite Lip Balms

The ashy skin and chapped lips are so real this season! I try and stay super hydrated internally, drinking warm water and lemon – but, in severely cold weather you also need lots of physical protection. Here are my 6 favorite

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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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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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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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New National Geographic Documentary Explores The History of Grillz

A great man once said, “The whole top diamond and the bottom row’s gold”–that was Jermaine Dupri, by the way. Whether the infamous Nelly anthem was your reason for purchasing your first pair of grillz or if you were the kid who

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NEWS: Vashtie is Looking for Graphic Design Interns

Vashtie is currently looking for graphic design interns to join our team! The perfect person would be New York-based and creative with a deep passion for graphic design. See the positions below: Graphic Design Intern: Experienced graphic design intern with strong

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POPPING TAGS: Louis Vuitton Pocket Comb Case

As a true Knicks fan, it’s an unspoken rule that you support anything that is offered in a Knicks colorway. Just kidding, but the new Louis Vuitton packaging color way is so New York, I’m obsessed! To preface this post,

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Vashtie, Bobby Hundreds and Jeff Staples Have Streetwear Talk via Complex

Recently Complex debuted their  sixth episode of Complex Conversations series called the   “Thread Trajectory: Future of Streetwear,” that took place at the first annual ComplexCon  in which aw panel was held that featured some of the best faces to talk about the subject including

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Here’s a Special Valentine’s Day Treat, My ‘To You, From Me’ Mix

Dedicated to all the lovers worldwide (and especially to one very dear and darling to me), on my favorite holiday…Valentine’s Day. ‘To You, From Me’ is a collection of all my favorite love songs, past and present. With artists ranging

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EVENT RECAP: Vashtie Celebrates The Anniversary for ‘Brooklyn Took It’ At Friends and Lovers

If you missed ‘Brooklyn Took It’, then it’s safe to say that might’ve been your biggest mistake. The Friends and Lovers atmosphere was filled with nothing but feel-good vibes and sick dance moves. The DJs in rotation gave non-stop heavy

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Join Vashtie For Puma’s Swan Pack Collection Launch At Macy’s This Weekend!

The days of athletic clothing and everyday fashion playing in two separate arenas are over. Puma, with their latest line, found a way to merge the two. In collaboration with Kylie Jenner,the brand debuted the Swan Pack Collection, in which she launched

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