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The Work Bag: Fashion 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

 

GQ.com recently featured a collection of must-have bags for fall 2012. But we’re thinking in terms of a more transitional fashion sense, like from winter to spring. Taking inspiration from GQ writer Matthew Sebra, we’re proud to feature the coolest, most functional bags this season (and next). The best part is, the all seem to be made impeccably, and many are classics, ensuring your purchase won’t be short lived.

Here are the Best Bags from New York Fashion Week:

Nothing is better than a beat-up, vintage inspired rucksack (nothing beside, let’s say, cufflinks of course…) This season we’ll be seeing a lot of canvas/wool blends mixed with leather accents. The great thing about this is it keeps the weight of the bag on the lower scale.

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Richard Chai Fall Collection 2012

Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012Simon Spurr Fall Collection 2012

Irish Dog, Hand-Painted Coin CufflinksIrish Dog, Hand-Painted Coin Cufflinks

Fun, playful, and still latching onto Spring and Summer, these no-hassle, yet elegant, totes from John Bartlett are perfect for the seasonal transition. It came go to the office, as well as the beach, and we love the little details consisting of red and white stripes. Reminds us of our own fun accessory we like to call the Red Mint Cufflink

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

Red Starlight Mint Cufflinks

John Bartlett Fall 2012 Collection

John Bartlett Fall Collection 2012

As we reported in our earlier blog, entitled Three Designers We Adore,” Joseph’s Abboud’s fall collection is stunning. He may even take the prize for NYC Fashion Week’s Best Runway show (in our book anyways). And as always, pair Abboud’s collection with anything from Aymara this fall season. The juxtaposition of light airy Butterfly Cufflinks and sturdy canvas bags will fit the aesthetic season.

Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012Joseph Abboud Fall Collection 2012

Aymara Brown Sea Rectangle Butterfly CufflinksAymara Brown Sea Rectangle Butterfly Cufflinks

Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012Michael Bastian Fall Collection 2012

Bastian’s collection also made our blog pages last fall, featuring orange James Dean inspired looks. Remember our “Fall Trend Report 2011: Numero Dos”? Now we couldn’t help feature his 70s meets French Decadence inspired bag for this year’s new Fall collection. And pair this decadent bag with these Chainsaw cufflinks:

CHAINSAW CUFFLINKSChainsaw Cufflinks

Cufflinkman’s Number 1 Pick: Most Beautiful Woman 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
AND NUMBER ONE ON OUR LIST??
Cufflinksman's Number One Most Beautiful Woman of 2012, Zooey-DeschanelCufflinksman’s Number One Most Beautiful Woman of 2012, Zooey-Deschanel
Let’s face it, Zooey-Deschanel has it all: incredible talent, quirkiness, a beautiful singing voice, and killer looks. That’s why she’s Cufflinksman #1 Most Beautiful Woman in 2012. And guess what? She’s recently separated from her husband, Ben Gibbard (who front lines for the band Death Cab Cutie), siting the usual, “irreconcilable differences.” But don’t feel bad, this talented lady has a long career ahead of her and many men just waiting to take Ben’s place.
“Our Idiot Brother” Photo Shoot with Emily… by vanityfair
Sure she’s not a Victoria’s Secret model or any model for that matter, but she’s a real woman–full of flaws, beauty, talent, and crystal blue eyes, and for the Cufflinks-MAN, that fits the bill. Plus she endorses cotton? Well WE also endorse cotton, so look at that! Like our luxorious cotton and silk blend tie collections from Daniel Dolce:
Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as young protagonist William Miller’s troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan or “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), and The Happening (2008). She then began playing lead roles in films, including Yes Man (2008) and (500) Days of Summer (2009). Zooey Deschanel currently stars in the Fox series New Girl.”
Zooey Deschanel
Yes, Ms. Deschanel, we adore you. And to tribute you and your (half) heritage, we’d love to give you theseEndless Knot Cufflinks
“After turning down several supporting roles, Zooey Deschanel played her first lead role in All the Real Girls (2003). Her performance as Noel, a sexually curious 18-year-old virgin who has a life-changing romance with an aimless 22-year-old, received critical praise, and she received an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Actress. Later in 2003, Zooey Deschanel played a deadpan department store worker opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy Elf, which became a box office hit.”
Zooey Deschanel
Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Cufflinks
Zooey, you’re the perfect puzzle piece our company’s image…Keep at it in New Girl!

Most Beautiful Women of 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

 

 

So the morning after Valentine’s Day, you may have woken up, looked to your left or right, and been somewhat disappointed with the looks of the lady next to you. Don’t worry, this happens. Positively normal. All women can’t be spectacularly beautiful, especially when rising with the sun in the early morning hours. The following women have all woken up on the wrong side of the bed, had mascara run down their dimpled cheeks, and alas, also morning breath. BUT they happen to be some of the world’s most beautiful women of 2012. Because, you know, this list changes every year to make room for someone younger, chiseled, and a better lipo job.

“Sexy is a state of mind.”==Miranda Kerr, Victoria Secret Model

Marilyn Monroe Stamp Cufflinks

No it’s NOT Marilyn Monroe, sorry gentlemen. But you can carry her with you everyday with these vintage-inspired Marilyn Monroe Cufflinks

According to askmen.com and our personal poll of patrons, we’ve come up with the Top Five Most Beautiful Women list. Of course we could’ve made a Top 99 List, but who wants to go through a pointless list of the other 94 possibly-mediocre women? (If you would like to see the other candidates, check out askmen.com and see what they think). So without further ado, let’s start with number 5:

Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated 2012Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated 2012

Blue Fleur di Lis CufflinksBlue Fleur di Lis Cufflinks

Askmen.com says: “How does the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still compete with all of the sexy photo spreads and porn found online these days? By featuring the most gorgeous bikini beauties in the world. And Kate Upton was 2011’s best find. Upton’s classically curvy body and face full of girlish charm make her an easy choice as a breakout model. Even a video of her doing the Dougie at a Clippers game went viral. If she can make the dumbest dance craze in years look sexy, just imagine what else she can do”

Emma StoneEmma Stone
Jim Carey is even head over heels for this red-head. In a youtube video he proclaimed the following: “I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but, you know, smart and kindhearted. And if I were a lot younger, I would marry you, and we would have chubby little freckled faced kids.”
Lady Bug Colored Gem Cufflinks

Lady Bug Colored Gem Cufflinks


Miranda Kerr, Getty ImagesMiranda Kerr, Getty Images
Victoria Secret model and runway star, who donned a 2.5 million dollar Secret Treasure bra that VS unveiled last year, brings all the boys to the yard. Check out some clips of her and pal Adriana Lima, who made our top list as well:

Adriana Lima (born June 12, 1981, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil[3]) is a Brazilian model, best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009. At the age of 15, Lima finished first in Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City. Since 2005, Lima has ranked in the top five of Forbes‘ lists of the 20 highest-earning models in the world, and in 2006 ranked No.99 on the Forbes Celebrity 100. She is married to Serbian basketball player Marko Jarić.”

Top Three American Cars for 2012

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

What are the best American rides out there for 2012?
Chrysler 300 SRT8Chrysler 300 SRT8

Gear Shifter Silver CufflinksGear Shifter Silver Cufflinks

Jamie Lincoln Kitman of GQ Magazine reports: “If the BMW M5 is like a Predator drone (deadly, requires little human input) then the 300 SRT8 is a pipe bomb full of rusty nails, built by an angry 17-year-old: crude but effective, and highly skill-dependent. The recipe is simple but effective: Stuff a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 into a regular 300C, with minimal tip-offs as to the 465 horsepower lurking beneath the hood. Add a machine-gun exhaust note and big brakes, then hang on for dear life. Cheap(ish) and worrisomely effective.”

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Red Sportscar Convertible CufflinksRed Sportscar Convertible Cufflinks

“Not to be outdone by the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chevrolet’s hottest Camaro packs a 580-horsepower supercharged V8 shared with the Cadillac CTS-V. It’s said to lap the Nürburgring in 7:41—but considerably more relevant, we suspect, will be how long a patch of rubber this 21st-century pony car will leave in front of your local pizzeria.”

Sterling Car CufflinksSterling Car Cufflinks

Buick Verano

Buick Verano

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“Buick’s image has been liberated by parent GM’s deep-sixing of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn, and by the brand’s runaway success in China. Together, they’ve created the need to occupy greater psychic floor space, so it’s no surprise that the Verano—the smallest Buick in ages—was crafted from the underpinnings of Chevrolet’s best-selling Cruze, or that Buick’s goal was to build a supremely quiet appliance that could help shift its traditional Perry Como-listening customers into something more fuel-efficient without alienating potential younger, hipper customers. With a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder among the available powerplants, everyone’s image of Buick, not just its own, may have to change.”

Top Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women

Monday, February 13th, 2012

 

Unusual Flowers and/or Plants

1-800-FLOWERS.com has a wide variety of Valentine-appropriate flowers and gifts, all of which can be delivered directly to her home or workplace.

Azalea Bonsai

Azalea Bonsai

Japanese Flower in Yellow, Italian SilkJapanese Flower in Yellow, Italian Silk

The Scoop: “Satsuki Azalea bonsai have been grown in Japan for centuries and are widely considered the premiere variety for this use. They bloom later in the Spring than other types, producing generous quantities of bright pink blossoms. Satsuki Azaleas are easily styled and their glossy green leaves deliver an attractive presentation even when the trees aren’t in bloom. These trees prefer an outdoor location with filtered sun to partial shade.”- from 1800flowers.com

Exotic Breeze™ Orchids, 15-30 Stems

Exotic Breeze™ Orchids, 15-30 Stems

From 1800Flowers: “Make their day glamorous and elegant–send an exotic surprise their way with this truly original bouquet of long-lasting, deep purple Dendrobium orchids. Send a 15-stem orchid bouquet or double their surprise with a 30-stem gathering oftropical beauties.”

 

Perfume

Burberry,  Brit Sheer Refillable Purse Spray Set Burberry,  Brit Sheer Refillable Purse Spray Set

Burberry Brit Sheer is a fresh, fruity-floral fragrance that is playful and vibrant, embodying the youthful spirit of Burberry Brit. Young and charismatic, the Burberry Brit girl embodies understated elegance and individuality. With a fresh, natural joie de vivre she has a passion for adventure and romance.

Notes: Bright Yuzu, Pineapple Leaves, Litchi, Mandarin, Grapes, Pink Peony, Peach Blossom, Nashi, White Musk and Creamy Amyris Woods.
Style:Seductive. Hypnotic. Sparkling.

TATEOSSIAN EAGLE CAT'S EYE CUFFLINKSEagel’s Cat’s Eye Cufflinks

J'adore Dior PerfumeJ’adore Dior Perfume

Radiant, sensual, sophisticated, J’adore is a fragrance that celebrates the renaissance of extreme femininity and the power of spontaneous emotion with a brilliant bouquet of orchids, the velvet touch of Damascus plum, and the mellowness of amaranth wood.

Dior J’adore is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.

Notes:Mandarin, Champaca Flowers, Ivy, African Orchid, Rose, Violet, Damascus Plum, Amaranth Wood, Blackberry Musk.
Style: For the confident, sensual woman who celebrates her femininity – this is Dior’s golden girl.

Pink Pearl Silk Knot Cufflink TrioAnd what to wear on your special night out together? Try these Pink Pearl Silk Knot Cufflink Trio

Spa Choices, Pampering Gifts

Askmen.com says: “Help turn her own bathroom into a relaxing spa experience by getting her everything she needs to pamper herself. Start with some smells-good-enough-to-eat bath and body products. Don’t forget some candles, an essential oil burner or a reed diffuser to set the mood. You can get everything you need at The Body Shop.”

Philsophy Sweet Talk™ Trio Philosophy Sweet Talk™ Trio

 

 

Lingerie

Balconet Push Up Bra, by Victoria's SecretBalconet Push Up Bra, by Victoria’s Secret, $148

“This glamorous balconet bra makes its point with chic polka-dot embroidery and a sparkling center bow. Inspired by iconic Parisian fashion and crafted with a nod to European couturiers, this padded push-up and the rest of our Designer Collection pay homage to Victoria’s Secret’s seductive heritage.”

Jewelry

Self explanatory. Go with your gut.

Aymara Convex Ruby Spotted Butterfly CufflinksAymara Convex Ruby Spotted Butterfly Cufflinks

Aymara Rain Drop Mirage Butterfly CufflinksAymara Rain Drop Mirage Butterfly Cufflinks