Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photos of San Francisco

Earlier this month T and I got away from the stress of our lives and the chaos of Los Angeles and spent a weekend in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. What can I say about San Francisco that hasn't been said already? I feel happy and content there.


Tom Ford's 5 Commandments for Gentlemen

Oh that Tom Ford! When he isn't designing luxury accessories, clothing, fragrance's, cosmetics and accessories, he's re-writing the rules. In case, Tom Ford has recently written the 5 Commandments for Gentlemenly Gentleman and who better than one of the best men's suit designers ever to give men a healthy dose of style, grace and common sense.

"1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.

April's thoughts: This applies to women too! Have respect for yourself and if not for yourself then others. I don't want to see you walking about town in your worn out, baggy pajama pants, your hair all a hot mess and wearing your puffy house slippers out in public. With so much ugliness in the world, why don't you contribute some class, presentation, and a total look that says "I care about how I present myself" even if you don't? I often get teased for coming into work sharply dressed  even if I end up sitting in the tiny office all day by myself but you know why I do it, because I have respect for myself and the brand I work for (and cause I never know when Mark Ronson will be in the Cooper Bldg). I think people take stuff like that for granted.

2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.

April's thoughts:  Very true. This is why I never dated wealthy trust fund babies and royalty :)

3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they're walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.

April's thoughts:  Tom Ford is an openly gay man and knows how to treat a lady better than most straight men. Manners go a very, very, very long way!

4. Don't be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.

April's thoughts: Nicely said Tom, but do feel free to judge people who wear pajama bottoms to the mall. There is no excuse for that! (unless you JUST got released from the hospital)

5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach."

April's thoughts: Flip flops are not real shoes. Since when did this style of footwear that was originally reserved for surfers, and people at health spa's become the go-to-shoe for Men and Women everywhere? No no no people! Let the insanity stop! Buy some loafers, flats, canvas slip-ons for everyday running around. Not flip flops!

And those are it. Mr. Ford's rules to live by.

As you can tell by my commentary, today has been a very stressful day.

Suits by none other than Tom Ford.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Birds of the day - The Ahoy hoy readers (you!)

This is a little thank you for every one who follows Ahoy hoy, has read Ahoy hoy, or one day will  happen to stumble upon Ahoy hoy among aaaaaaaaaaaall the other blogs on the WWW.




Ranya Mordanova for ELLE Russia September 2010

Ranya Mordanova for ELLE Russia. Photos shot by Cedric Von Mol.

Love how they perfectly matched her lipstick color to her A/W 10 Miu Miu dress!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chanel Couture + a vintage Ducati - Beauty & The Beast

My first question is why is this commercial 3:20 mins long, and my second question is WHERE CAN I GET MY VERY OWN BIEGE VINTAGE DUCATI 750 SS AND MATCHING CHANEL CATSUIT! SO HOT!

I know what I want for my upcoming birthday!


Rayna Mordanova for Vogue Russia December 2009!

 Just when I thought I had love for only one super cute bowl haircut supermodel (See my girl crush Cecilia Mendez) I spotted these incredibly beautiful pictures of fellow bowl haircut enthusiast, Ranya Mordanova. And once again, I am in love!

The photos were shot by Tom Munro and styling by Simon Robins.


What a gal!


Monday, March 21, 2011

La Vilaine Lulu by Yves Saint Laurent

In 1967, Yves Saint Laurent wrote and illustrated his one and only comic strip - La Vilaine Lulu. In this book Yves Saint Laurent's cruelly mocks the world of fashion, Catholicism, his relatives, his colleagues, and everything in between. Lulu, our heroine in the comic strip, also creates quite a stir with her nasty behavior, heavy drinking & smoking, lewd comments and at times very unsociable behavior.  Lulu is like a reform school Madeline. My what a naughty girl!

The book has recently been republished by La Martiniere and is definitely not considered appropriate for children. La Vilaine Lulu is a great book for YSL fans, fashion lovers, or naughty little girls (like me.)

The book is completely in French so when I order it I will also have to order my Rosetta Stone. Oui oui!

I like Lulu already!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Bird of The Day BOY EDITION!-Terry Hall

In honor of Mr. Terrance Edward Hall's 52nd birthday tomorrow, I hereby crown him Bird of The Day! (It's the highest honor here at Ahoy hoy!)

Terry Hall is best known as the frontman for the popular British band, The Specials. He fronted The Specials from 1978 - 1981. While fronting the band, The Specials had such hits as "Ghost Town", "Too Much Too Young", "Gangsters" and "Message to you Rudy"

After leaving The Specials, Hall went on to form  2 more bands in the 80's; Fun Boy Three with 2 of his Special's band mates, Lynval Golding and Neville Staple, and The Colourfield. Both bands went on to scoring hits in the UK.

Terry later went on to perform in Terry, Blair, and Anouchka, Vegas and in a solo career.

Today Terry Hall is still making music and has collaborated with everyone from The Lightening Seeds (swoon!) Tricky, Lily Allen, Damon Albarn, Nouvelle Vague and countless others!

Here here Mr. Terry Hall!

Happy (early) Birthday to one of the godfathers of cool!