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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

 

There comes a time in every man’s life where he succumbs to the anti-rock star lifestyle and chooses a more…conventional way of life. Don’t fear former rebels, we’ve got the miniature emblems of fashion to remind you of your former rock star self and possibly help get some groove back in your step.

Get more love. Wear a Stamp Cufflink to remind you of the ultimate joy of life: he Mummy Stamp CufflinksThe Mummy Stamp Cufflinks

Every man wants to know about sex: how can I get it, how can I get more of it, and how can I keep getting it? Our answer is simple: Style. Every woman loves a confident, stylish man (assuming you’re not prettier than she is).

Start with an ultra sleek Champagne tie from CLM:

Champagne Gala Silk Tie

Champagne Gala Silk Tie

Next, have the right BAG. This guy is from Prada and a little expensive, (well actually “a lot a expensive”), but can be swapped out for something much cheaper. We just wanted to show you an example of a bag you should keep your eye out for because it screams style:

Prada Saffiano Leather Briefcase, $1,625

Prada Saffiano Leather Briefcase, $1,625

Pair this briefcase with something just as elegant, but won’t break the bank. At only $25, this Classic Black and White Silk Knot Cufflink Trio Set is well worth it, especially for all those holiday parties you’ll be attending:

Classic Black and White Silk Knot Cufflink Trio, $25

Classic Black and White Silk Knot Cufflink Trio, $25

As for the drugs, you may want to stick to the legal ones, like a stiff Martini and cigar.

Brown Cigar Cufflinks

Brown Cigar Cufflinks

The ladies may not dig the cigar, but it’ll be perfect for a night out with the boys, sitting back enjoying your hard earned peace and quiet.

Vintage Martini Glass Cufflinks

Vintage Martini Glass Cufflinks

And then there’s ROCK AND ROLL. The statement wouldn’t be complete with it.First, let’s give a toast to the King of Rock and Roll. May he rest in peace.Thanks for all the tunes and for opening the doors of rock for all of us:TEXAS HERITAGE STATEHOOD STAMP CUFFLINKS

TEXAS HERITAGE STATEHOOD STAMP CUFFLINKS

And as controversial as it was when Bob Dylan switched to the electric guitar, music wouldn’t be the same without it. Here’s our material homage to the beauty of the electric sound machine.

Electric Guitar Cufflinks

Electric Guitar Cufflinks

Without Cupid, dirty Martinis, and Elvis, Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll wouldn’t be possible. Respect! More to come.

Quick and Simple Thanksgiving Ideas for Men

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

 

Times are a’ changing. Thanksgiving is not just about the women in the kitchen, slaving over the stove, while the men enjoy football and a six pack. (Well it can be like that, but we’re recommending you do your part too. That’s where we come in to help.) It’s time to step up and help gentlemen! Even if that means just whipping up quick appetizers for your guests and looking good while doing it, you’re in the “I-Helped-On-Thanksgiving-So-Give-Me-A-Break-Zone.” If you’re not comfortable cooking a turkey and peeling potatoes, we have some inventive appetizers to share with you. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few tips, easy recipes, and ideas to make the day enjoyable for all and keep you looking extra “turkey fly fresh,”* giving you extra time to enjoy the afternoon game. Time to break out the Easy Bake Oven!

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This recipe is super easy and only takes 15 minutes! Plus it will be a great appetizer for pre-game/pre-dinner festivities. Half of the “cooking” takes place in the microwave! Courtesy of Food Network:

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Ingredients

1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Baby Blue 100% Italian Silk Bow Ties Pocket Squares

Baby Blue 100% Italian Silk Bow Ties Pocket Squares

Don’t forget your napkin and handkerchief for this recipe! Who mixes food with fashion? WE DO.

Directions

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.

Easy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients
For the shrimp:

Top it off with your Salt and Pepper Cufflinks:

Salt and Pepper Shaker Cufflinks

Salt and Pepper Shaker Cufflinks

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce (recommended: Heinz)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and de-vein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in 1 layer. Roast for 8 to10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.

For the sauce, combine ingredients and serve as dip!

Brie with Apricot Topping Recipe

Brie with Apricot Topping Recipe

Brie with Apricot Topping Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 round Brie cheese (8 ounces)
  • Assorted crackers
  • **TIP** Add some Champagne Cufflinks to your sleeve to make this dish even more festive!

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the apricots, brown sugar, water, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in rosemary.
  • Remove rind from top of cheese. Place in an ungreased ovenproof serving dish. Spread apricot mixture over cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is softened. Serve with crackers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
  • Serve with Champagne!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Photo and Recipe Courtesy of Martha Stewart.com

Ingredients

  • 6 water chestnuts, peeled and halved
  • 6 slices bacon, halved crosswise

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler. Place 12 toothpicks in a shallow dish and cover with water; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Wrap each piece of bacon around each water chestnut half; secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet and transfer to oven. Broil, turning once, until bacon is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer bacon-wrapped water chestnuts to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain before transferring to a serving platter.

**Yes, we made up the phrase Turkey Fly Fresh. If you wish to use in general conversation, please be sure to cite and quote CufflinksMan for the innovative phrase. Happy Holidays.