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Preparing for Turkey Day: What to Wear

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Fleece-Lined Field Coats by LL Bean are just the thing for this season. Show up to Thanksgiving dinner, with the customary bottle of wine, green bean casserole, sporting this warm fall-inspired outerwear. The cool thing about their products is that you can return/exchange them at anytime, for any reason.

LL Bean Fleece Lined Field Coat

LL Bean Fleece Lined Field Coat

Bean's Lambswool Vest

Bean’s Lambswool Vest

And of course, any well dressed gentlemen should come to the dinner table with a crisp white cotton button down. With or without a tie, pair your basic button down with LL Bean’s Lambswool Vest, as shown above. And don’t forget a simple, warming pair of Silk Cufflinks, colored and ready to go for all your fall ready to wear ensembles.

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Country Club Silk Knots

Country Club Silk Knots

If you’re not too proficient in the kitchen arena and are strapped for time on the big turkey day to prepare something to bring for dinner, consider gifting one of these chef-inspired Tie Clips like the one below. Under $40, this Stainless Steel Pebbled Spoon Tie Clip is the perfect culinary accessory for the fashion conscious gentleman.

Stainless Steel Pebble Spoon Tie Clip

Stainless Steel Pebble Spoon Tie Clip

Remember to add a splash of color and texture with each outfit. The dark autumnal hues of the season are always a no-brainer, but keep texture in the back of your mind too. These Butterfly Wings Cufflinks add that graceful touch of texture whilst adding a burst of popping color to your arm sleeves.

 

 

 

Aymara Red Flame Diamond Cufflinks

Aymara Red Flame Diamond Cufflinks

 

A Smashing Pair of Cufflinks for Mom

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Who says that the fellas get to have all the fun? Cufflinksman introduces a select line of cufflinks for women that will remind consumers that it is good to be a girl! Adorable and stylish accents in motifs that will register with the female population; ladies cufflinks present the option to accessorize and accent business casual and formal attire, adorning each cuff with a hint of sophistication.

WOMENS BLACK HIGH HILL SHOE CUFFLINKS

Women’s Black High Hill Shoe Cufflinks

Some of the women’s cufflinks available include the timeless sex-symbol: the black stiletto heel. These Black High Hill Shoe Cufflinks for women are graced with the same convenient wear that the men are accustomed to with torpedo-style closure and handcrafted Silver-plated Rhodium finish. The black liqueur of each tiny shoe glimmers against the high-sheen of the polished silver setting. Tiny sparkling crystals accentuate each heel, exuding glamor and a vintage style to the world.

Red Glass Shoes Cufflinks

Red Glass Shoes Cufflinks

The Red Glass Shoes Cufflinks are an exemplary pair of unique ladies cufflinks that will add just a touch of ruby red to the cuff, seamlessly accenting apparel for any occasion or event. The torpedo-style backing is securely attached to each silver filigree shoe, with insoles accented in glossy red enamel. These women’s cufflinks are delicate and detailed, perfect for the wearer who is new to accessorizing or who wants to make a fun and sassy impression.

PIN UP GIRL CUFFLINKS

Pin Up Girl Cufflinks

Some ladies cufflinks are also a popular favorite among the men also. Take for instance the vintage-styled Pin Up Girl Cufflinks from Cufflinksman. The silver plated silhouette of the curvacious bombshell will delight and engage, while sparking confidence and swagger in the men and women wearing them. The popular bullet-style back secures during wear, keeping each cufflink intact and in place.

Light Violet Butterfly Cufflinks

          Light Violet Butterfly Cufflinks

Special Edition: What To Get Her for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Cufflinksman Speaks…

 

What to get her for Valentine’s Day?

 

Well that depends on what kind of “girl” you have and definitely what kind of relationship you have together. Let’s break down a few of the possibilities:
Just friends, well, kind of…
-Go back to Kindergarten. What exactly does that mean? Think short notes, small flowers, a speck of candy, and maybe a mini monkey bear thing. It just shows “you’re a sweetheart in my book” and “I’ll save extra carrots for you during snack time.”
Teddy Bear Cufflinks

 

She doesn’t know how much you really care, but you actually really do
-Surprise her with a gift card to something you know she loves (like Starbucks?), get her a copy of your favorite book (so she’ll think of you while reading), or burn her a CD of your favorite tunes (same concept here). Tie each with a red ribbon and then go out for a drink with tapas. (It says ‘casual’). Buy her at least two glasses of wine, and then see where the night takes you…

 

You think she’s awesome, but maybe not the “one” you’re going to end up with in the end
-First, please refer to “Friends with Extra Benefits” section. Next mix options “Just friends, kind of” and “Dating for 3+ months.” There you have a perfect match, vis a vie gift anyway…

 

You are hopelessly in love with her
-This is the most complicated category of this entire blog. What to do, what to do…I would normally say, refer to number ____, but that doesn’t mean much. So, it’s time to get real. What does your lady love? Is it the ocean? Is it silence? Is it Wordsworth’s poetry? Is it the 1860s? Perhaps she loves Taye Diggs? Pick at least three of “These are a few of my favorite things…” and come up with something creative. Then slowly incorporate the following examples/scenerios from Dating 3 + Months and more into the mix to make it extra special.

 

Friends with extra benefits
-Something kinky. If you like her, maybe love her, and maybe/maybe not want to blow her brains out, get her something sexy. That doesn’t always constitute lingerie persay, but…it could. Think about your favorite sexcapades: what is normally involved? Hot oil massages? Sex toys? Certain genre of music? Sexual play things? Nothing says, “I love what you do to me,” better than a great sex kit. Try filling a basket with some lub, condoms, sex toys, and something really sexually exotic that neither of you have ever tried. (Stumped for ideas? We can’t write them all here, but we can direct you to your local sex shop/Ricky’s, assuming of course you’re in NYC). Then see where the night takes you. But get really wild/adventurous.

 

Dating for 3+ months
-Think back over the past three months. What have the two of you done together? Think of the most special, cool, romantic, quirky moments and pick an object that stands out from one of those moments. Did you share laughs about some guy’s mustache while ice skating? (Get her a mustache mug, with matching “Ron Swanson” mustaches for the two of you to wear over dinner). Did you tease her while she cried during an episode of Game of Thrones? (Get her the DVD set and a figurine of Jamie Lanister, or whatever his name is). Did you guys experience a ‘moment’ whilst driving and a particular song came on? (Make her a mix tape with tat song and others like it…)

 

Dating for  1 year
-Please refer to “Dating for 3+ Months.” In addition to these ideas, something more substantially materialistic is appropriate too. What is her weakness/superficial loves: bags, shoes, makeup, body care, clothes, scents, accessories, or jewelry? Pick one of these and find her favorites. If she loves bags, find that perfect knapsack you know she’s been eyeing. If she’s a beauty regime type, take a trip to Sephora and pick out a skin care/makeup gift set. If she’s a necklace lover, find a local artisan and have something simple made for her. If she’s a shoe person, go to Bloomingdales and ask a sales rep for help. But if you follow any of these things, also, again, refer to “Dating for 3+ months” for those sentimental kicks too.

 

Dating longer than 2 years/Engaged
-Synthesize advice from “Dating for 3+ Months” and “Dating for 1 year.” Couple that with a momento of your relationsip: a photo gift book (collages of your history together), mix tape of your favorite songs, poetry (what, what?), and/or some other romantic set-up that showcases your time together.

 

Newly Weds
-Again, going along with the previous three models, pick something from there, and then get a memento of your courtship. A series of professional pictures, a beauty session together, a travel package (even to your local hotel/bed and breakfast), and set it up with small mementos of your inner personal relationship.

 

Old school couple/partners
Get her something that you know she’s been wanting, and no, that doesn’t include a new toaster. If you know she loves a particular scent, get her a nice perfume that exemplifies that. If you know she loves turquoise, get her a brooch or local-artisan ring featuring a turquoise stone. If she’s religious, buy her a nice rosary made from blessed stones, a Quran from a local bookshop, homemade oils from the local Pagan lady, etc. Or let’s say she has some wacky love/fetish/taste in something that no one else does: get her that. Find it! Get her an array of things that she wouldn’t normally buy for herself, just to show how well you really know her.

Best Ways to Keep Your Skin Fresh This February

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

 

 

 

The best ways to keep your skin feeling fresh during this brittle winter season

 

By Amber Snider

 

What’s the first thing that happens to your body when the temperature drops? Get your mind out of the gutter, really, we’re just talking about your skin. You feel the cold, and your skin takes a beating because of it. Moisturize your body’s largest organ properly throughout the winter via the following: serious water intake, good daily moisturizer, and yes, a nightly cream. (yes, it’s time to take care of your skin via that nightly cream, especially if you’re over 35.  You’ll thank us come…Friday?)

 

So now that you’re “with” us on this, I’m sure you’re wondering: But how do I do that exactly? What’s your best, professional advice to keeping my skin aglow, happy, and ultra-fashionable. Any tips for brands and remedies?

Hot and Cold Faucet Cufflinks

Hot and Cold Faucet Cufflinks

Well now that you asked, sure. That’s what we’re here for! :) That way you don’t have to go asking your girlfriend which is the proper gentle day cream with SPF for under $20 bucks? Or the best winter (or all-season) cleanser? Look no further, Cufflinksman is back and we don’t legally endorse any of the products except our own, so you know it’s from the heart.

 

1. Daily Moisturizer

Wake up, brush the dentes, and then what? Moisturize. It’s important this dry season, with the bitter cold hitting our precious skin each time we open a shop door or go out for coffee, to put on a daily “something” lotion on your face.  Try something simple at your local Rite Aid, Duane Reade, etc, like this Cerave Moisturizer for under $15.

Cerave Moisturizer

Cerave Moisturizer

2. Some Other Stuff like that, but even old-schooler:

Old-school celebrities and movie stars swear by this stuff. It’s been around since your grandmother (we almost guarantee that). It’s under $5 and worth every penny. Plus how is it always “cold” and thereby refreshing? Humans..


Ponds Cold Cream

Ponds Cold Cream

 

3. Body Wash with Moisturizer

Yes, body wash with moisturizer. Look for it by name on any bottle, preferably with Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Aloe, and Green Tea Essentials. And go by MY rule: Scrub in the tub what you would eat for grub. Meaning, if it’s not edible, don’t go putting it all over your skin either. Your grandmother will thank us later for that too.

 

Aymara Green Tea Leaf Butterfly Cufflinks

Aymara Green Tea Leaf Butterfly Cufflinks

4. Weekly Scrub

If the apricot scrub at the local drug store isn’t your thing, try making your own:

Cup of coarse salt/sugar, vitamin E drops, olive oil, liquid soap, vanilla extract, water, and any other essential oil you like. Add a bow around a mason jar and pour, there you have it!

 

5. Nails: Hand Cream

Hands, next to the eyes/ face/ teeth, your hands are the other next things people notice immediately. Make sure your nails are well-groomed this winter with a few cuticle treatments a month. No, you don’t have to go get pampered at your local Nail Salon, but can use an array of regular items around your house. If you don’t have a lady friend in your close vicinity to ask for hers, go for the olive oil in your kitchen. Smooth on just a little on each fingertip and push the cuticle down with your other nail/finger. It will work just the same–it’s the “bro way.” But if you’re out of olive oil too, plus a girlfriend, then go for Burt’s Bee stuff:

Burts Bees

Burt’s Bees  little greasy and it doesn’t have multiple functions, but still good and inexpensive. 

 

 

6. Foot Cream (yes! We’ll tell you why…)

Running Shoes Cufflinks

Running Shoes Cufflinks

Your feet harbor so much moisture while tucked inside your boots all day, which causes bacteria to form. Especially with those (possibly multiple) layers of socks, your feet suffer severe an overload of moisture followed by extreme cold. After washing with body scrub, rub thick hand/foot cream onto your feet, followed by a dose of the talic powder. These helps your “refresh” at the end of the day and retain the “healthy” moisture they need.

 

 

 

3 Looks, 3 Designers, 1 Season

Monday, August 27th, 2012

 

 

 

…Fall Stuff We Love

Etro, Gucci, and Raf Simons

Etro Fall 2012 LineEtro Fall 2012 Line

Keane Etro heads from Italy to the deserts of the American southwest. Our favorite looks include a gutsy tweed suit with a Navajo-inspired patterned turtleneck and a tan trench that looked classic but with true Etro swagger!—Jim Moore, GQ creative director

Antique Gold Wrap Around Weave Cufflinks

Antique Gold Wrap Around Weave Cufflinks

Gucci Fall 2012Gucci Fall 2012

Frida Giannini rolls out one of her very best collections for Gucci, seemingly inspired by English dandies, American rockers, and Italian gentlemen. There are so many covetable things in this collection, especially the sherpa-lined wool jean jacket, the plaid suit, the shiny wool double-breasted suit, the over-scaled DB topcoat, and a deep green trim-fit handknit cable sweater.—Jim Moore, GQ creative director

Tateossian Round Cushion Blue CufflinksTateossian Round Cushion Blue Cufflinks

Gucci Fall 2012Gucci Fall 2012

And finally, this Raf Simons Fall 2012 collection is a bold nod to the old English charm, mixed with oversized colors and cables, makes for a perfect fall look.

 Raf Simons Fall 2012

Raf Simons Fall 2012

Pair this trendy look with designer Aymara’s Circle Fields of Gold Cufflinks, made from real peruvian butterfly wings. Spread your support and love of our eco-system and butterfly sanctuaries by purchasing any one of these Aymara pieces and we’ll donate 10% of the sale to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Garden.

GQ says, “Who wore the pants this season? Nobody at Raf. They wore shorts. Yes, shorts in the Fall, trouser shorts that is. Didn’t matter if a double-breasted suit, a trim cerulean pea coat, or a nubby chartreuse sweater was up top. It was less British school boy and more 80s cool kid thanks to slouchier tailoring; shots of deep color; and eyes obstructed by bucket hats and slicked-forward hair straight from the New Wave era. Sure, the whole bare-ankle thing wasn’t practical, but it made one hell of an impression.