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America’s Most Haunted Places

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011



People always wonder: are ghosts real? Paranormal TV presents a very interesting series on America’s Most Haunted Sites. Some of the stories are pretty eerie, so sit back and relax…if you can.

Manhattan Bistro, New York, New York
Manhattan Bistro, located at the ultra-trendy section of Soho at 129 Spring Street, is a French restaurant known for its famous ghost Juliana Elmore Sands. She was reportedly killed in the building in 1799 when her body was thrown into a well in the basement. Her spirit is often referred to as the “Ghost of Spring Street,” and can be seen as a vapor rising from the kitchen floor, occasionally scattering dishes and throwing ashtrays.

Emerald Eye Skull Cufflinks

Emerald Eye Skull Cufflinks

Moundsville Penitentiary; Moundsville, West Virginia
Moundsville Penitentiary, located in West Virginia, has a history of being one of the most violent prisons in the United States. Around 1,000 inmates have made their way to this location and were holed up in cramped quarters. Many of the prisoners were hung or executed in the electric chair, but some were murdered by their fellow inmates, especially due to the excessive riots. Built over 100 years ago and closed in 1995, the tortured ghosts of the inmates are thought to be still trapped behind the jail bars, and visitors report to have seen and heard them on tours.



Waverly Hills Sanatorium Louisville, Ky.
Legend has it that this former Kentucky hospital is haunted by the ghosts of some of the thousands of ill-treated tuberculosis patients who died here in the mid-1900s. One of the most famous features is the “body chute,” which was used to transport corpses from the hospital to the bottom of the hill.

Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, Colo.
Staff at the 1909 hotel—which inspired Stephen King’s novel The Shining but is not where the 1980 movie was filmed—have heard parties in an empty ballroom and music from an untouched piano. Ghost hunters also report seeing a table jump two feet in the air.

The Myrtles Plantation; St. Francisville, LA

The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA Photo: Courtesy of the Myrtles Plantation

1796 plantation was reportedly location of a Native American burial site, which might explain some of the horrible happenings. Chloe, a slave-ghost who is alleged to have had a passionate romance with a rich Myrtle son but whose ear was cut off when she was discovered eavesdropping. Apparently she baked a poisonous birthday cake which killed the wife and two children. Ewww. Creepy.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, ARK

Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Ark. Photo: Courtesy of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Ark. Photo: Courtesy of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

FROM their official website: “These famous spirits include Michael, the Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel in 1885, Theodora, the cancer patient of the Dr. Baker hospital days who seems to need help finding her room key, Norman Baker in his white suit and lavender shirt, Morris the cat, a mystery patient in a white nightgown who appears in the luxury suites at the foot of your bed or any of the innumerable “spirits” who have been captured by the thousands of guests and hundreds of thousands of images captured while roaming the halls of this world famous hotel.


Investigated by the Sci-Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters, the hotel has also been featured on NBC’s Today Show, A&E’s Haunted Road Trips, USA Today and most recently the Bio Network’s My Ghost Story, the hotel continues to gain popularity as the legend continues.

Frankenstein Stamp Cufflinks

Frankenstein Stamp Cufflinks

In 2011, a new mystery has surfaced with a sighting believed to be world renown dancer Irene Castle seen at the hotel by a young visitor. Castle retired to Eureka Springs and passed at the local hospital. Read more on this celebrity ghost discovered in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.””

The Way of The Rustic Boot

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

You are what you wear. Or at least what you put on your feet. Not long ago, an individuals’ livelihood was directly dependent upon keeping their body safe from nature’s harsh elements. A good pair of shoes to ‘weather the storm’ was a necessity for survival and unsurprisingly, it still is. This season the  rustic, rugged, yet modernized hiking boot is back. Here are a few examples of the hottest trends for your toes this season:

1. Otadan boot from Aldo shoe stores. Actually, they have an entire line of casual boots that pair wonderfully with jeans, dress slacks, and even hiking gear. They won’t positively break the bank either, starting at around $150.

OTADAN, Casual Boot from Aldo. $150

OTADAN, Casual Boot from Aldo. $150, www.aldoshoes.com

Pair this suave, rugged boot with a symbolic adornment from nature. You can take the great outdoors with you to that business meeting or unwanted weekend shopping trip with the wife. If you can’t have a fishing pole, a six pack, and a bon fire on a fall evening, you might as well take the woods with you:



2. Next up we have possibly the best boots made in America: LL. Bean ‘s Beanboot with Thinsulate. The great thing about this type of boot is not only is it completely functional and stylish, but it is also hand-made in Maine. The can take a heavy mud beating, get rained on, and scrapped by unforgiving pavement, but they still protect your feet. You can also get them insulated with sheep’s fur for a slightly higher price. The BEST part is…wait for it…if at any time, with or without a receipt, you wish to exchange your boot for another pair, you can! No extra cost, no hassle, just simple quick exchange. And no, we do not work for LL bean….

Bean Boots by L.L.Bean®, 8" Thinsulate

Bean Boots by L.L.Bean®, 8″ Thinsulate

Isn’t hunting season coming up? Pair these ultra hip boots with a pair of hand-painted cufflinks from the famous Pierce and Hobbs:



3. Last we have the classic Timberland boot with a twist. Not too street, yet not too rustic, this Timberland boot is a great spin on a classic look. The brown coloring will look great with just about any of this season’s sweater colors: grey, mustard, navy blue, and hunter green.

Men's Earthkeepers® Original Leather 6-Inch Boot  $180.00

Men’s Earthkeepers® Original Leather 6-Inch Boot $180.00

Dress up or down, or even pair this boot with a Pierce and Hobbs hand painted boxer dog cufflink this season.



For more saving tips, style trends, and in-the-know facts, stay tuned to CLM.

Halloween’s Beginning

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

How did Halloween come about? Well, the History Channel says it originated from the Irish.

Sterling Silver Skeleton Spider Cufflinks

Celtic farmers used the word Samhain, which means “The End of Summer” to signify Halloween. They believed there was one day per year that represented both the living and the dead, where spirits could rise from the dead. The Celtics lit great bonfires and dressed up in order to repel the spirits from ruining their feature crops.

In the mid-19th century, after a devastating potato famine, one billion Irish came over to the United States, which brought the traditional holiday known as “All Hallows Eve.”

Map of Ireland Cufflinks

About 40 odd years after Christ, the Romans had primarily conquered Celtic land. Over the next four hundred years the Romans ruled over the Celtic land and certain traditional festivals were combined and inter-woven into both cultures. The first festival was called Feralia, which happened in late October when the Romans traditionally celebrated the passing of the dead. The next festival was to honor a Roman goddess of fruit and trees named Pomona.

(For Scary Stories, try this website called American Folklore.net and have fun re-telling age old spooky tales like “Bloody Mary,” and “Don’t Turn on the Light.” )

Needless to say, when the Celtic traditions came to the “New World,” the concept of Halloween didn’t go over well with the New England Puritans. But slowly it was disseminated into Puritan society and great bonfires were replaced with jack-o-lanterns, spirit dancing/deterring was replaced with dressing up in spooky attire, but no one really knows where/how the candy giving started…

SO the question remains: How did we go from deterring spirits from ruining our crops through rituals to giving candies to little children? We don’t let them in the house, we block them from coming inside, and appease them with bon bons. Creepy. Thought to chew on until next time.


Flu Season is back. What would Grandma do?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

You’re grandmother can’t always be around to lull you into a mid-afternoon nap when you have the sniffles. You still have to manage to get up at the crack of dawn, fight traffic (and not fellow subway riders), and make it through the day. The flu season is coming, or more precisely, it’s already here. When you feel that body ache arising, here are some remedies to dull the seasonal beast:

Trust me, I’m a Doctor Cufflinks

DRINK TEA. Go to the nearest Chinatown and buy tea in bulk. You can get restaurant quality tea for under $4. We like to mix Oolong, Green tea, and two teaspoons of honey for a cold-remedy mix.

Aymara Green Tea Leaf Butterfly Cufflinks

DRINK CLEAR FLUIDS. You’re mother always said this one, didn’t she? Well she was right. Cleanse the body of its toxins by flushing out your system. Replenish your body’s water content constantly, keep everything fresh, hence the emphasis on clear liquids.

DRINK WARM WHISKEY. Yes, that was no typo. Contradicting our previous tip, one of Grandma’s tricks, before lozengers and NyQuil, was good old fashioned whiskey.

RECIPE: Boil Water. Add fresh ginger slices and cloves. Steep Chamomile tea in water. Add one shot of Whiskey. Add a few teaspoons of honey.

You’ll definitely sleep well!

Caduceus Medical Cufflinks, CLM

Caduceus Medical Cufflinks, CLM

The weather has been, to put it mildly, moody. First it’s hot, then it’s cold, then it’s warm with a breeze…Over the past two weeks we’ve been exposed to these weather extremes and they’re not the best for our body regulations. BUNDLE UP. It’s better to be slightly warm and to sweat out toxins, rather than keep them swarming around inside you. The cold air chills and drifts are bad news for muscle aches and head colds. So keep the body and attached muscles happy and warm this season.

Tender Autumn Wind, Italian Silk and Wool Scarf

Tender Autumn Wind, Italian Silk and Wool Scarf

And as an added bonus, here are some sweet coats we’ve found for this season. This barn coat is ultra cool and relaxed, and the “mustard” color is the hottest color this season.

Bodie Mountain® Barn Coat, Eddie Bauer: $149

Another trend? VESTS. Whowouldathunk? Keeps the arms free, chest warm, and can be paired with almost any casual dress. They also comein some pretty fun colors, like bright orange. This is a toned down version from Ralph Lauren:

Polo Ralph Lauren Quilted Vest $225.00


Bundle Up and Button Down

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It’s cold, it’s warm, it’s in between. Then it rains. What is going on with Mother Nature? We get it…fall is here, oh no it’s not, oh yes it is.

Our theory is, stay warm when it’s cold and stay cool when it’s warm. But just in case Mother Nature decides to stay cool today and tomorrow, here are some Italian charms to warm you up:

Tender Blue Wind Silk and Wool Scarf, Made in Italy

Couple this scarf with any one of the affordable looks from H&M below:

This season, the mustard color is “in.” Try this Italian Mustard and Green Silk/Cashmere designer Scarf:

Burning Star Wool Silk and Cashmere Scarf

And for more formal looks, H&M brings you suits to suit your tastes:

And of course, no suit would be complete without cufflinks:


Onyx Stone And Mop Square Cufflinks

Onyx Stone And Mop Square Cufflinks

Or add some winter white to the sleeve:


Sky Blue Framed Oval Cufflinks

Sky Blue Framed Oval Cufflinks