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Our Favorites from Maxim’s Hottest 100 Women

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to scroll through the blazing beauties of 2012, or at least those deemed the most beautiful by Maxim. We’ve hand selected a few just for our audience. Do you agree? Should another woman (or perhaps Stephen Colbert?) make OUR list instead?

Summer is just around the corner. Watch out.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Birthday: August 14, 1983
Hometown: Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Where You’ve Seen Her: Mila Kunis, who, for years, has been on our TVs in hot form (That 70s Show) and cartoon form (Family Guy), has had a big year. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star dumped Macaulay Culkin, hooked up with Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in November. Check out the foxy and funny actress in the new film, Friends With Benefits, in theatres today.
Random Fact: Her trademark, according to IMDB, is her different-colored eyes, but we’d say it’s just being pretty damn hot!

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Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

One of the highest paying models in the industry, she’s literally MONEY baby. “Birthday: October 20, 1988 Hometown: Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Where You’ve Seen Her: South African model Candice Swanepoel has been modeling for brands such as Nike, Guess?, Dolce and Gabbana, and Diane von Furstenberg since being discovered at a flea market as a teenager. Now, a full-fledged Victoria’s Secret Angel, Swanepoel can be seen in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in this new commercial. Oh, God bless the women’s underwear industry.
Random Fact: She is fluent in Portuguese.”

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Amber Heard

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

The breakout beauty brings the heat—and the smoke—to Pineapple Express. Watch video of Amber’s Maxim shoot.

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Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Maxim Website says, “Cobie Smulders is not just a pretty face. The How I Met Your Mother star has also got it where it counts—in the funny bone. As babelicious news anchor Robin, Cobie has been going toe-to-toe with comic masterminds like Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris for the past six seasons. She makes us laugh, she makes us drool—sometimes at the same time! Now that we’ve finally met Cobie Smulders in person, we won’t stop watching until our TV explodes…or she files a restraining order!
You grew up in Vancouver. Canadians are notoriously polite. Pretend that we’re Canadian. Insult us.
I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!
C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head….
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.”

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Lily Collins

Lily CollinsFrom Maxim’s website:

Birthdate: March 18, 1989

Hometown: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
A quick word before we start this month’s obsession: We’re going to try and get through the following piece without using a single Phil Collins song title, because that’s exactly the kind of dumb, lazy writing we despise. Right—on with the show! So this lovely lady is Lily Collins, daughter of prog rocker turned pop legend Phil, and if you’re sensing electricity “In the Air Tonight” (sorry), you’re not alone: She’s so hot we’d definitely like to have “A Groovy Kind of Love” with her (argh!), either today or “Another Day in Paradise” (sorry, can’t stop!). OK, so the beautiful Lily plays Snow White in this month’s Mirror Mirror (in theatres today), which we can’t wait to be forced to watch with our girlfriends. But, alas, “You Can’t Hurry Love” (damn it!). In conclusion, Lily is awe- some and “Sussudio” (we don’t even know what we’re saying anymore).”

Oscar Highlights 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 

Let’s just say the ladies looked spectacular last night and so did the gentlemen. This 2012 Oscar season was  what we would describe as the “Best Looking” event of the year and perhaps decade. Kudos to all the designers. The custom dresses and tuxedos were stunning, positively.

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So some highlights, right? Well it seems like France is taking over L.A. with The Artist winning many awards last night, including Best Picture. Wow, the infamously good looking Jean Dujardin won the coveted Best Actor award and had some pretty steep competition–including Brad Pitt. His starring role in Hazanavicius’ silent movie The Artist, playing actor George Valentin, received widespread acclaim, but now he’s on the look book of American ladies everywhere.

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Jean Dujardin, Best Actor at the Oscars 2012Jean Dujardin, Best Actor at the Oscars 2012

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And of course who could over look  Meryl? Her Best Actress speech made half the world cry, I’m sure, including the front row audience members. Stars were starry eyed when Meryl confessed that she probably won’t have this opportunity again, so she was going to relish in it. Some were upset Viola didn’t win it, but when you’re competing with Meryl…eh, things get tricky. Meryl went for an understated look, minimal make-up, and, to coin a word from last night, a breath taking gown.

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Meryl Streep at 2012 Oscars

ryl Streep at 2012 Oscars

And Michelle Williams in that coral Louis Vuitton dress…mmm, spectacular. She definitely makes our Best Dressed List!

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And can we just say that Billy Crystal needs to lay off the botox. His face is starting to resemble Joan Rivers. Way too much tanning, cheek implants, eye lift, botox in the forehead and chin…bad, bad, bad. Can’t you age gracefully Billy? We love your comedy but come on. You’ve never been a glamor model, so why try now at your age?

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And Kermit the Frog? Well, I guess because of the new Muppet movie craze, but we’ve never quite understood the dynamic between Miss Piggy and Kermie…it’s just…odd.

One a different note, Tom Hanks never looked better. Sure, he’s aging, but the goatee thing he had going on with his salt and pepper hair, quite simply, worked. Congrats Mr. Hanks, you made our Best Dressed List.

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And finally, thank heavens for Chris Rock. He was like a breath of fresh air when he came in! His comic relief came at the perfect moment, with great timing, great kickers, and made the whole Cufflinksman House laugh. Kudos to you Mr. Rock. You’ve come a long way from your HBO days..

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Talking about animated films, he was saying how easy it is to be a performing–you show up, say a few lines, and get a million dollars. Mmm….must be nice.


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.
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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.”
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“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.”
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Zooey, you’re the perfect puzzle piece our company’s image…Keep at it in New Girl!

Ways to Ace an Interview and How to Prepare

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Get to Know the People in the Company. Know their names, occupations, and contributions to the company. Is the CEO from Montreal? Did your prospective superviser go to Stanford? Did he/she raise the company profit over a period of time or introduce a new company standard? The point is to make it seem like you’ve done your homework on the individuals who have contributed to the company. It will give you a one up over the rest if you know that the woman who is interviewing you likes to go water skiing every summer and secretly enjoys a particular author. Don’t stalk the people, just do some quick online research to see what their backgrounds are like. This will also help you prepare for the interview by getting yourself familiar with the personalities of the company.

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Be selective about what you wear. I know, you’ve heard this a million times, but think about the company itself—is it more laid back than formal? Is it high-end or trendy? Does it have to do with fashion or finance? Little touches on your ensemble can make a big difference, be it financial cufflinks or an Oil Derrick Cufflink set. If the company is relaxed and fashion forward make sure you don’t come in wearing a sodden boring brown suit.

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Add some flair, a pop of color like a neck tie or this Daniel Dolce Dark Navy Blue handkerchief. If the company is more formal and traditional, go for a traditional Blue Enamel Knot Cufflinks set.

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Be assertive, friendly, and smile, but not too much. Don’t seem too eager but have ready responses for why you really do want this particular position. Draw on life experiences: if it’s a sales job what’s the highest record you’ve set? Highest profit margin? Why do you like working with the public? Why do you like desk work? Do you have a high concentration level and are detail oriented? Give examples as to how you are this way i.e. SPECIFICS. “I know this may sound off, but I really enjoy crunching numbers and working with figures.” “I can’t seem myself working outside a group setting. My strategy is to use each individual team members’ strength to the projective advantage, thereby increasing the productivity.”

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Work on your nerves, don’t drink to much coffee beforehand. Don’t spray too much cologne or perfume. Have your resume on hand. And another resume on hand, just in case. Memorize your resume. You don’t want to be confused if your prospective employer asks you about something on it that you looked or seem surprised about.

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Have at least one “bad” quality about yourself, but don’t make it too bad. For instance, when/if you’re asked if you have any flaws, answer honestly, but not too honestly. Turn it into a positive. “Because I’m so detailed oriented, I can get particular about certain things, like when lines aren’t straight on documents or when words are misspelled.” “I have a problem when people are disrespectful or uncouth. There’s no reason to be rude, ever.” “I tend to stick up for the underdog.” Or jokingly recite some flaws: “I tend to spend too much on Starbucks coffee.” “My wife says I lack certain table manners, but I think I’m just fine.” Or “I never use my signal when turning. And rarely change my windsheild wipers.” These take the pressure off the interview and bring out your human qualities, which are just as important as your work capacity.

 

Jay-Z and Beyonce Welcome Blue Ivy

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

 

It’s true, the power couple, who has made Forbes list year after year,  hip hop and R&B mongols Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new child Blue Ivy is finally here on the green–err concrete earth. Born at Lennox HIll hospital in New York City, there have been some controversies surrounding the little one’s birth–over the top luxury treatment at the hospital, private floor at Lennox, burly security guards resembling night club security roaming the covered up security camera monitored hallways, and over 1.5 million dollars in…toys. But really, can you blame them? They are rich, beautiful, and have to protect their little seed.

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I mean, after years of “selling water to a well” one can expect this to happen, no?

Talking up a Blue streak

“Only one person can get Beyoncé, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, to go on the record: Blue. In an unprecedented move, the power couple released their only official joint statement — ever. “Hello Hello Baby Blue! We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter,” the statement, posted on Beyoncé’s site Monday, reads. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.””-Reported by Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY

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Jigga Man’s new song to his baby girl:
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What’s behind the name?
“An Ivy by any other name…

“Apple” is so 2004, but that’s not a diss. Sure, Auntie G (aka Gwyneth Paltrow) garnered plenty of attention when she named her daughter after a piece of fruit, but Blue’s moniker is making waves for other reasons. The Internet is abuzz with analysis about little Babyoncé’s name, with fans and bloggers alike speculating that her colorful first name is a nod to dad Jay-Z’s Blueprint album franchise and that her middle name, Ivy, is an interpolation of the roman numeral IV, or 4, which is the couple’s favorite number and happens to be the number of letters in her first name. Clever, clever. “- By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY

But what about the hospital drama?

Leah Collins from the National Post reports:

“A young father named Edgar Ramirez told the Daily News that his wife gave birth on the same floor as Beyonce, and security kept him from visiting his wife and newborn daughter for three hours. “The security was just ridiculous. I felt like I was in a prison,” Ramirez told the paper, explaining he was held in a waiting room.

According to TMZ, a group of new mothers who felt “neglected” by Lenox Hill Hospital staff during the celebirthing are discussing a lawsuit against the hospital. Rozz Nash-Coulon, a new mother and wife of the Brooklyn man previously mentioned, told the Associated Press that she is among a group of parents who are working to organize a protest against the care they received at Lenox Hill, treatment she described as “disgusting.”

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“Once they checked in there was high security everywhere. It looked like the president was on our floor. The hospital’s security cameras were taped over. Internal windows from the hallways into the ward were blacked out,” Nash-Coulon told AP.

In a statement released to to the Daily News, the hospital confirmed that Beyonce and Jay-Z were accompanied by their own security staff at the hospital, however they played down reports of guards troubling other patients, and stated that “the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security.” As spokesperson Ann Silverman told the New York Times: “We have been in control of the security detail, and we remain in control of it. The security plan was designed not to to limit access to patient care areas.”

Sources Say The Security Cameras Were Covered Up

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The New York Times says “In a statement, Ms. Knowles and Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said Blue Ivy’s “birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.” They did not address the complaints from other patients.”