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Halloween Party Ideas: Raven-Poe Theme and More

Friday, October 12th, 2012

 

 

 

Gothic Halloween Party
Invite friends to celebrate in full gothic regalia. Usher in the spooky theme with haunted house-worthy decor and a Halloween-inspired buffet, including “Boo-tinis.”
Bootinis

Tale of Horror Halloween Party
Invite guests to share in a night of literary horrors at an Edgar Allen Poe-theme party. Although the party is on the sophisticated side — in a creepy sort of way — it’s easy to pull together.

Halloween Party Ideas

Antique Silver Cowboy Skull and Crossbones Cufflinks

Antique Silver Cowboy Skull and Crossbones Cufflinks

The Eyeball Assortment
In this canape platter, the “eyes” truly have it! There’s something for everyone, from mini meatballs to fresh mozzarella-and-tomato bites to a grape-and-prosciutto nibble. Inscribe the clever dish names on silk leaves and display next to the serving dish.

Halloween Party Ideas

Frankenstein Stamp Cufflinks

Frankenstein Stamp Cufflinks

Spooky Still Life
Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.

Connecticut Quarter Coin Cufflinks

Connecticut Quarter Coin Cufflinks

Jack-o’-Lantern Flower Vase
Ditch the standard candle and brighten up your jack-o’-lantern with an arrangement of bold-hue harvest flowers. Cut the stems, arrange in a small vase, and set inside a carved pumpkin. A white Lumina pumpkin carved with a skeletal face makes this arrangement extra spooky.

Sterling Silver Skeleton Spider Cufflinks

Sterling Silver Skeleton Spider Cufflinks

Black Feather Wreath and Decorative Mirror
Dress up a large mirror with a feathery wreath and verses from The Raven for a spooky dining room decoration. To make the wreath, wrap two black feather boas around a wreath form. Knot the ends and tuck them under the feathers; add hanging wire. Attach a removable plastic hook to the mirror and use a black dry-erase marker to write words or phrases from the poem on the mirror. Hang the wreath from the plastic hook. Center a small faux bird in the wreath’s opening and attach it to the mirror using poster putty.

Actual Butterfly Wings as Cufflinks

Actual Butterfly Wings as Cufflinks

Poetic Place Setting
Continue the poem’s theme in your party place settings by using a black porcelain marker to write portions of The Raven on white chargers. For food-safe chargers, set the ink by heating the plates in the oven, following the marker manufacturer’s instructions. Add a haunting message from the poem to cream-color dish towels to use as napkins. Download our “nevermore” stencil, available below, and print. Use a crafts knife to cut out the text, leaving a silhouette stencil. Attach the stencil to the napkin with tape and use a fabric marker to write the word on the napkin; remove the stencil.
To make the name cards, spray smooth-sided stones with chalkboard paint; let dry. Use chalk to write each guest’s name on a stone.

Style Icons: Angel & Edward

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

 

 

Seems like we needed to extend the post about hip and trendy “Vampires,” so here’s a little more (just in case you haven’t had your fill…

Edward Cullen

Yes, the CULLEN. Even if you’re sick of seeing his face around everywhere, you’ve gotta admit, the character does have style. At least he’s the anti-thesis of The Jersey Shore boys…
Edward Cullen
Circular Pavement Mosaic Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
Edward Cullen

Aymara Convex Ruby Spotted Butterfly Cufflinks

Aymara Convex Ruby Spotted Butterfly Cufflinks

Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer  

Ah Angel. We will never forget you. In the 90s most young teens were in love with him, so that means the boys tried to emulate him. He had the tough boy appeal–dressed all in black, long trench coats (I mean, he was a vampire…), and a hint of a white tee shirt.

Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Vampire Skull and Crossbone CufflinksVampire Skull and Crossbone Cufflinks 

Get the look…

Marc New York Liam - Smooth Lamb Car Coat from Wilson's Leather

Marc New York Liam – Smooth Lamb Car Coat from Wilson’s Leather

White Tee from Calvin Klein

White Tee from Calvin Klein

So What’s the deal with Angel? I don’t remember him.

Well…”Angel (formerly Angelus, previously Liam) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He is played by actor David Boreanaz. Angel is a 242 year old vampire who is cursed with a soul, a punishment designed to make him suffer for his past crimes committed under the name Angelus. Like many characters in the Buffyverse, Angel goes through drastic changes. He starts out as a reluctant hero who stayed in the shadows, and ended up a dark, flawed, yet altruistic champion of mankind, seeking to voluntarily atone for his sins. In addition to the two television series, the character appears in the comic book continuations of both series.”

Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sterling Silver, Six Skull Faces Cufflinks

Sterling Silver, Six Skull Faces Cufflinks

 

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

 

 

Too Early For Valentine’s Day? Which Gift Type is Your Lady?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Guide to Gift Giving

According to Hallmark (and your wife), it’s never too early to start looking for Valentine’s Day presents. And we all know men aren’t the greatest shoppers anyways–it’s against the evolutionary biological standard for men. But CLM is here, once again, to help you pry through the masses of gifts and pick the right one for your lady friend.

Silver Heart Cufflinks

Silver Heart Cufflinks

First, pick which “type” your lady embodies. No, we don’t like putting anyone in categories, but for this shopping effort on Valentine’s we will make an exception.

Is she Glitzy? Designer? Earthy? or Romantic?

Pick ONE or TWO:

For the Glitzy Lady:

Get her something that sparkles, it’s a no brainer. Every woman has her favorite jewelry staple, be it necklaces, rings,bracelets, earrings, or a mix of everything. Have a custom ring or necklace made for her, it doesn’t have to be an engagement ring, but if your serious, then maybe some kind of “promise” ring. Yes we’re taking it back old school. Good Old Mr. Hallmark forces us to! Forgive us please!

But really, don’t just go to the local department store and grab anything that sparkles. Put some kind of thought into it…meaning go to a local jeweler and actually design something. It could be in Sterling Silver or Platinum, add a few semi-precious stones and you have a one of a kind ring, necklace, or bracelet to give her. The trick is, you don’t want to fall into that “Kay Jewelers or Jared’s” trap that says she should have the same necklace and ring as every other woman in America. Put your mind and money together to create something beautiful.

Is she a Stunning Love Knot kind of gal?

Stunning Love Knot Cufflinks

For the Designer Lady:

A handbag. A watch. Anything by her favorite designer that she can use on the regular and be reminded of your love (and money). They go hand in hand, do they not? Hey V-Day can be kind of cut throat for the unemployed and taken. Take notice of the brand names she loves…is it Chanel? Micheal Kors? Coach? Valentino? Chanel lipstick with Chanel perfume is a start. A MK handbag and watch is another. A wallet and handbag from Coach is yet another.

Irish Claddagh CufflinksIrish Claddagh Cufflinks

Maybe surprise her and take her to her favorite designer store (or Barney’s/Saks/etc) and have her pick out what she wants. It’s not as romantic, but hey, if she loves labels let her pick it. If you pick it yourself, think about her style and figure out what will work with what she already owns: i.e. don’t buy her a gold watch if she only wears silver. Don’t buy her a Louis Vuitton bag if she can’t stand the idea of LV all over an item. Also shoes are another way to win her V Day affection: does she love new heels? How about some sparkly Jimmy Choos to wear to the restaurant you’ll be taking her.

Also, if you decide to go designer, don’t buy your gift from ebay or second hand. It’s just not the same, especially for Valentine’s Day.

For the Earthy Lady:

A hemp/eco friendly rucksack. A natural leather bag that will last a lifetime. A simple jewelry piece with silver and stone. An engraved keepsake, like jewelry box or monogrammed bag. Think of her interests…does she like to be cozy and comfortable? Get her plush winter boots from LL Bean. Does she like Mountain climbing? An insulated good quality jacket. Love tea? How about a clay tea pot with engraved cups?

A day trip or overnight stay in a log cabin overlooking a lake. A camping trip. A bed and breakfast in the mountains. Your lady will surely love it if you take her away for the weekend somewhere outdoors and romantic, get her a nice climbing/hiking bag made from Bison leather,  and a classic tea pot to brew some love by the fire.

Is your Irish love all knotted up?

Irish Love Knots Cufflinks, Bone, Onyx, and SterlingIrish Love Knots Cufflinks, Bone, Onyx, and Sterling

For the Romantic Lady:

Write her a song. Make her a jewelry box out of pine wood, engraved with your favorite quote. Flowers, but not just traditional roses, give her something different that will become her new “favorite flower.” Simple jewelry. Dinner over candlelight. Soft music playing. Chocolates. Framed picture of the two of you on a special trip or day. A photo book with pictures recounting your memories together. Take her to a lake side resort, catch your own fish, and cook it for dinner together. Buy her her favorite romantic movie and watch it together. A basket of dainty things: perfume, garter stockings, monogrammed handkerchiefs, silver earrings, a love note, massage oil, and candies.

Ways to say I Love You Sweetheart Cufflinks

NYE Fashion Night Out: White and Red

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Shoes happen to be one of the most important aspects of your NYE outfit. With all this formal wear ensuring you will get into the most exclusive clubs and restaurants at the brink of the New Year, you want to have at least one “personal statement item” that expresses your individuality. Distressed burgundy combat boots are a show stopping way to add that extra punch to your all black ensemble:
Pair these radical red shoes with simple White Enamel Knot Cufflinks, which are sure to go with any and every shirt you have in your closet. They’ll look extra shiny on NYE too.

 

White! Remember that less-than-popular gradation? Armani has you covered with this festive sports-coat on sale just in time for tonight. The thing about wearing white during the winter months is it has to be off-white–not bleached stark white. If it has a “vintage” look, you’re golden. Or whiten..?

 

Pair your off-white clothes with a rugged off-white accessory, like these super cool digs from Maison Martin Margiela. Remember: it’s all about the shoes and accessories. Plus we’ve never seen shoes like this before. Pair this beige/off white attire with red layered flower cufflinks for a textured look.
Maison Martin Margiela Distressed Blucher $750.00
Remember what Mama always told ya? Put a hat on! Your head releases and retains the most heat in your body, so it’s important on cold winter nights to cover it up. But NYE is not a time for boyish ball caps and beanies. Try this sleek driving hat or basic gentlemen’s cap from Barney’s New York. And make sure your tie is secure on your shirt with a basic tie bar from CLM: