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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.

Police Raid Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

 

 

Over 70 arrests were made in the wee morning hours today in an ambushed attack on the Wall Street Protesters. At approximately 1am, police in raid gear insisted the protesters evacuate Zuccotti Park, where they have been stationed for weeks. The Constitution of the United States dictates the public’s Right to Assemble. Yes, it’s a privately owned park but available for public use. This protest consists of the general public, for the public.

Sterling Silver Peace Sign Cufflinks

Sterling Silver Peace Sign Cufflinks

Ironically this comes during the week of the largest Student Week of Action scheduled for November 17th.

After passively “supporting ” the OWS movement, billionaire mayor Bloomberg seems to have recanted his position. To make matters worse, it seems there was a “media blackout,” according to the Huffington Post:

“Reporter after reporter — many using the hashtag “#mediablackout” — tweeted through the night, saying that police had either blocked them from seeing what was happening or had acted violently towards them. Some correspondents were also among the scores of people arrested by police.

At his press conference about the raid on Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said journalists were barred from covering the raid “to protect members of the press,” and “to prevent a situation from getting worse.”

Blue Peace Sign, Onyx and Mother of Pearl Tie Bars

Blue Peace Sign, Onyx and Mother of Pearl Tie Bars

Why should democracy be covered up, in blackness, kept under guards from the general media? The protesters were given notice that occupation of the park “poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city’s first responders and the surrounding community.”

LA Times reports that over 5,000 books were thrown out in the raid. “More than 5,000 books in the Occupy Wall Street library were reportedly thrown away when police moved in to remove protesters from Zuccotti Park in New York early Tuesday.

NYPD raiding Zuccotti Park on Nov 15th 2011

NYPD raiding Zuccotti Park on Nov 15th 2011

During the police raid, Occupy Wall Street librarians tweeted, “NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history,” Galleycat reports. “Right now, the NYPD are throwing over 5,000 books from our library into a dumpster. Will they burn them? … Call 311 or 212-639-9675 now and ask why Mayor Bloomberg is throwing the 5,554 books from our library into a dumpster.””

WWhat happened to non-violence? Fight Police Brutality! Shown: MLK JR Cufflinks

What happened to non-violence? Fight Police Brutality! Shown: MLK JR Cufflinks

The Village Voice has asked city officials what happened to the library books, but has not yet received a response.

Currently a judge has signed an order allowing protesters to return to Zuccotti Park with their belongings; further court action is expected Tuesday.

 

Celebrating Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2011

 

 

All around the United States today, celebrations will take place honoring those who have served our country in the armed forces. “Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.” (from the HIstory Channel) Some recognitions will be solemn, memorializing brave soldiers lost in battle, and others will be celebratory. Either way, today’s the day to say “Thank You” to our veterans and remember those who have gone before us.

Star and Stripes Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

Star and Stripes Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

 

What do Michele Obama and Dr. JIll Biden have to say about their children joining the armed forces?

*Source: 2010 American Community Survey, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, as found on the Christian Science Moniter

*1. Vietnam War
Vietnam War(1964-75): Many of the 8.8 million who served in uniform were draftees; 7.6 million are alive today.

Air Force Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

Air Force Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

*2. Korean War
Korean War(1950-53): Often called “the forgotten war,” it finally had a memorial dedicated to it in Washington in 1995. Of the 5.7 million Americans who served, 2.7 million survive.

United States Navy Cufflinks

United States Navy Cufflinks

*3. Operation Desert Shield/Storm
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm(1990-91): America’s first encounter with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein involved 2.3 million military personnel, of whom 2.2 million are still present.

FIGHTER PLANE CUFFLINKS

*4. World War II
World War II(1941-45): America’s most massive mobilization involved 16 million men and women, of whom 2.1 million are still alive.

“American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”- History Channel

Army Cufflinks

Army Cufflinks

*5. Global War on Terror
Global War on Terror(2001- ): Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have involved 1.4 million military personnel.

And what will President Obama being doing on this commemorative holiday? The Huffington News reports:

“The president is hosting a veterans breakfast Friday at the White House, then laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Soon after, Obama flies to California to take part in the first-ever Carrier Classic, basketball game between Michigan State and No. 1 North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

The Veterans Day observances come a day after the Senate approved Obama’s call for a tax credit for those who hire jobless veterans. In a written statement, he said the vote is a fitting way to help honor those who’ve served their country.”

 

Ways to Keep Warm: Style Report

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

1. Beards

Number one way to keep warm? A little facial hair action! The trick is to keep it trimmed and relatively “neat,” which will assure you can get away with it at work. Facial hair adds character to a man’s face and diminishes that “boy next door” look. And regardless of the fact that it bothers your lady friend’s face (or…), trust us, she loves it too. It’s like cave man meets GQ style. Take these celebrity men for example:

Celebrity Men and Their Beards

Celebrity Men and Their Beards

Even Prince William rocks a beard…

Prince William with a furry friend...

Prince William with a furry friend…

1 1/2. Wool Scarves:

Don’t be caught on the mountain range with protecting your neck, literally. These wool scarves come straight from Italy and are the designer Daniel Dolce’s answer to a cold chilling wind.

Mountain Range 100% Wool, Italian

Mountain Range 100% Wool, Italian

and this Green Striped Italian Wool scarf by designer Daniel Dolce:

Green Striped Scarf, Wool and Silk, Italian

Green Striped Scarf, Wool and Silk, Italian

2. Mouton Collar Jackets

Fur is fur is fur is….always a hot topic. Regardless of those extremists at PETA, a classic mutton collar is a great essential to keep you warm in the winter. It’s not that it just looks good, but it’s main purpose it to maintain body temperature. Don’t believe us? GQ recently featured a line of ultra-hot mutton collar jackets, like this one from Ralph Lauren:

Mouton Collar Jackets, Ralph Lauren Black Label

Mouton Collar Jackets, Ralph Lauren Black Label


Dsquared Coyote Collar Stretch Wool Cady… by dm_512a4d0cd53c2

3. Top Coats

Ah, the dapper man strikes again! Nothing like a classic top coat to go over your suit, sweater, or even tee shirt. It will transform any simple outfit into an elegant look. Want to grocery shop in your pjs? Throw on your top coat and you’ll be good to go…a closet must-have.

Club Monaco $390, Top Coat

Club Monaco $390, Top Coat

Going hiking in Canada? You’ll need the extra warmth up there, especially visiting Niagra Falls. Before you make your trip to the North Country, get a hand-painted, rustic pair of Canadian Coin Cufflinks:

Hand Painted Canadian Coin Cufflinks

Hand Painted Canadian Coin Cufflinks

4. Sherpa-Lined Denim Jackets

Sherpa is ultra-cozy and ultra warm. Anything lined in it is liking living inside a pillow. Not really, but  sherpa lined boots, socks, and especially jackets are unbelievably snug (and affordable). It looks good, feels good, and you’ll want to rub your hands against it all day. Or…not. It’s just goodness in a jacket:

Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket by True Religion

Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket by True Religion