Black Cufflinks | Cufflinks Blog

Archive for the ‘Black Cufflinks’ Category

Downton Abbey Wears Cufflinks

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

 

In season one of the underground hit show, Downton Abbey, you may have come across the acute obsession to detail in clothing and appearance. To our delight, cufflinks played a large part in this Victorian obsession. When Matthew Crawley comes to Downton, he finds himself put-off by the amount of attention he receives from the household servants. He can’t fathom the need for a footman, someone to dress him “like a dog” everyday, and innocently appeals to dismiss their superfluous services.

Watch Downton Abbey, Season 2: Ep. 5 on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Onyx Pyramid CufflinksOnyx Pyramid Cufflinks

But after a seemingly cordial run-in with the head of the household, he grows to understand that everyone “needs to play his or her part” and it’s quite wrong to dismiss servants when they want to do their job. He questions Crawley, asking if when he takes over the Downton domain, will he dismiss the numerous staff members simply because of Crawley’s taste, or will he realize that they’re place in at Downton, they are an integral part of the household, and their living must not be taken lightly.

Tateossian Gear Gunmetal CufflinksTateossian Gear Gunmetal Cufflinks

It’s then, and only then, does Crawley open up to the idea of being waited on by servants. One of these tasks include PICKING OUT CUFFLINKS and PUTTING THEM ON. “I think these are too formal for the occasion. Can you pick another pair?” “Would you like the crescent ones, sir? I think they are much more suitable.” Such a wonderful moment captured in film…

Gold Knot Stud SetGold Knot Stud Set

“The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.”

Onyx Caged Dome CufflinksOnyx Caged Dome Cufflinks

Watch Downton Abbey, Season 2: Ep. 5 on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

 

 

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

Electric Auto Stamp CufflinksElectric Auto Stamp Cufflinks

“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.”

Fashion Icon: Johnny Depp

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

 

 

 

Johnny Depp showed up on the red carpet looking ultra suave this year at the Golden Globe awards. He donned a very trendy post-John Lennon round glasses that complemented his shaggy, “I’m here to present and leave” hair style. Surprisingly, he brought something else with him that night–no it wasn’t a new lady friend but it was a very noticeable European accent.

Johnny Depp at Golden Globe Awards, 2012Johnny Depp at Golden Globe Awards, 2012

How can you get the look of this fashion icon of 2012 (and beyond!)? Start with a simple pair of classic cufflinks, like these Mother of Pearl Checkered Cufflinks by CLM. and add a nice, tailored suit like the one below from BOSS.

Shimmer Checker Stone and Mother of Pearl CufflinksShimmer Checker Stone and Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

According to Just Jared: While on stage, the 48-year-old actor had an exchange with host Ricky Gervais about last year’s film The Tourist. Ricky asked if Johnny had seen the film yet, to which Johnny replied, “No.” Johnny took the joke in good spirits!

Stainless Steel and Black Resin Tie BarStainless Steel and Black Resin Tie Bar

Johnny and his long time girlfriend, actress Vanessa Paradis, have two children together and spend the majority of their time living abroad (hence the acquisition of an accent). According to Wikipedia, the family divides its time between their home in Meudon, located in the suburbs of Paris, Los Angeles, an island he bought in The Bahamas, and their villa in Le Plan-de-la-Tour, a small town 20 km from Saint-Tropez, in the south of France. Depp also acquired a vineyard estate in the Plan-de-la-Tour area in 2007.

BOSS Black 'Pasolini/Movie' Black Super 100's Wool Suit

BOSS Black Pasolini/Movie Super 100s Wool Suit, at Nordstrom

Johnny received the majority of his commercial success in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” where he played America’s beloved favorite character, Jack Sparrow. The movie went on to developing many sequels, all which maintained top box office sales. But some of his enormous acting ability can be seen in films like “Blow,””What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and cult favorite “Edward Scissorhands”.

Calico Jack CufflinksCalico Jack Cufflinks


Strange State Laws in the USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

 

 

 

Think America is progressive in its judicial system? Well some of its State Laws are still stuck in the 1790s. Which state bans tattoos? Which state bans “bob” hair cuts for school teachers? In which state do one armed piano players have to play for free? Find out here for some good laughs:

Alabama

1. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
Hand Painted Alabama State Quarter Cufflinks

2. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

3. Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
Alabama Crimson Tide CufflinksAlabama Crimson Tide Cufflinks

Iowa
Piano Keys, Onyx and Mother of Pearl CufflinksOne-armed piano players must play for free? Piano Keys, Onyx and Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

1. A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
2. One-armed piano players must perform for free.
3. City Domain law in Iowa: The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

Iowa Hawkeyes Cufflinks and Tie Bar SetIowa Hawkeyes Cufflinks and Tie Bar Set

Oklahoma

1. It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.
2. People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

3. Tattoos are banned. (Repealed, Effective 11/1/2006. Tattoos are now legal in Oklahoma!)
4. Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
5. It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

Buffalo Nickel Tail Side Hand Painted Coin, Money ClipBuffalo Nickel Tail Side Hand Painted Coin, Money Clip

Topeka, Kansas

1. No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night.

Letter F CufflinksLetter F Cufflinks

New York
1. The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

West Virginia
1. For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.
2. Roadkill may be taken home for supper.
3. Huntington, WV : It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.
4. Nicholas County, WV: No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.

Arkansas

Arkansas Quarter Hand Painted Coin CufflinksArkansas Quarter Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks
1. A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
2. A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
3. Fayetteville, AR: It is illegal to kill “any living creature”.
4. It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.