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Ways to Warm

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

 

 

Along with the rest of the Western world, Cufflinksman has been in a deep winter slumber (when it comes to our regular blogging). But we’re coming out hibernation this February and we’re ready to give you your regular programming. Thanks for your support over the Holiday season and we appreciate your readership.

 

Going along the theme of hibernation, we thought we’d give you some inside tips on how to stay warm throughout the rest of these harsh winter months. It’s been a bizarre season, ranging from freezing temperatures to random 60 degree days, but this IS 2013. Need we forget? So we’re proud to give you fashionable, comforting ways to stay warm this season:

 

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Add more rugs and throws

Especially if you have leather furniture, in the middle of winter, you really want to create a “nesting” effect in your living room. Slipping and sliding on a cold leather couch whilst watching 30 Rock is not our idea of a good Wednesday evening, you know? Add some textured throws from the regular big-whig stores such as Target, Marshalls, etc. Especially in February, most of these winter items are on sale, so it’s time to add some new warmth to your living space. And going along with that idea, there’s nothing worse than coming out a downy warm bed in the morning to have your little piggies touch a cold wooden floor, so add some plush rugs to the mix too (again, they will be on sale this time of the season…)

Try this throw from Pottery Barn…

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Bath time

Take it back in time for a minute to your childhood days of long bubble baths. Just because you have a grownup job and have a cable bill doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a warm bath a few times a week. Remember when your grandmother would always say, “Nothing warms the bones like a hot bath…” Well, she was right. So get to soaking.

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Regular cups of tea to your routine

Coffee is the busy man’s drink, but tea is the zen master’s drink. Tea has so many great qualities for the bodies, including antioxidants, but also that warming, calming feeling–especially if you’re drinking chamomile. It’ll warm up the chest and create a soothing effect for the rest of your body. Steep with love.

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Homemade Soup

You’re down to the last of your grocery shopping from two weeks ago. You have a couple cans and not much else. What to do? You’re cold, hungry, and the delivery guy refuses to come to your apartment in the middle of a snow storm. Make a simple chicken soup! It’ll last for at least 3 days and can easily be re-heated. Here’s our secret soup recipe that we’ll share with you:

And while cooking, don’t forget to don our eclectic Salt and Pepper Shaker Cufflinks...

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1 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast (fried in olive oil, salt, pepper) and added to broth, 1 can of chicken broth, 1 can of vegetable broth, 1/2 can of water, 1 small can of green beans, 1 small can of corn, 1 small can of sliced carrots, 1/2 can of diced tomatoes, 1/3 cup (or so) of ketchup, pinch of chili sauce, pinch of diced garlic (in olive oil, doesn’t have to be fresh), seasonings. Heat for about 20 minutes and there you have it–chicken soup for the soul and body.

 

Layers, layers, layerrrrs

We’re a fashion company, so we have to talk about layers (which we love!) Over the past few years layers have been in style in every aspect–whether it’s a blazer over cardigan over a tee or a pair of long-johns under jeans mixed with really thick boot socks. Add on a scarf and properly accessorized hat and there you have it.

 

Street Style in Europe, photo by Matthew Sebra European Street Style by GQ Michael Sebra

 

Add thicker curtains to your bedroom

You don’t necessarily have to seal every window in your house or apartment. You can simply purchased an extra lined curtain for your window to keep out the night drafts. This is really effective at keeping your energy costs down too. Just make sure to open the curtains during the day to let the sun naturally warm your room.

 

 

Seven Ways to Lose 5 Pounds or More in a Month

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

 

 

Seven Ways to Lose 5 Pounds or More in a Month

1. Drink More Water

You know the old recommendations say that you should drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day and that’s not going to change any time soon. Not only should you be drinking at least eight, but in order to shed some pounds, bump it up to 10-12 glasses. Remember a glass is 8 ounces, the average water bottle you buy for $1 is slightly more than one glass, so refill it about 8 more times throughout the day. Drinking more water ensures you don’t load yourself down with wasted calories in soda and that you properly cleanse your body of toxins. If you don’t have the time, energy, or money to splurge on those total body detox cures or cleanses, Adam’s Ale will do the trick just fine.

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2. Boiled eggs and Grapefruit

For some reason this combination in the morning gets the metabolism going and pumped to burn calories. It sates the morning hunger, while giving you the appropriate vitamin C and protein you’ll need to get the day started. Eat this every morning for a week, alternating the next week with a piece of toast and black coffee.

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3. Exercise for 20 minutes a day for two weeks

Yes, you can’t lose weigh without getting the body moving. The good news is Netflix recently added a “Fitness” Section to the movies and you can rotate your workouts every other day. Also game consoles like the Wii and X-Box have those ultra cool dance games that are sure to shed extra pounds and be a source of enjoyment. You don’t have to spend $20 or $80 every month at the gym if you simply invest the $40 into a dance workout game or get Netflix and actually USE the Fitness sections. Also, look into your 1000+ channels on your regular cable that you already pay for—many contain hidden fitness on demand shows for free, that are already included in your monthly billing cycles.

4. High fiber foods

….and it doesn’t have to be just those over priced packaged foods that say “FiberOne” and the rest. Celery, a handful of dry almonds, dried fruit, barley, wheat, oatmeal, multi-grain bread, and many other food will do the trick. Visit this website to get a more comprehensive list of high fiber foods: http://commonsensehealth.com/Diet-and-Nutrition/List_of_High_Fiber_Foods.shtml

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5. Cut out red meat and focus on fish (canned tuna, grilled filets, salmon, etc)

Cutting out or limiting your red meat intake can be a significant change in your weigh loss if you normally indulge in a nightly steak or hamburger. Try eating lean cut meats, like turkey, and add a lot more fish to your diet. Lean fish is also important because some fish is naturally fatty and oily, so stick with salmon and tuna. Of course Soy Beans and products are an excellent protein substitute for meat, but don’t overdo it—new research hints that too much soy in your diet can cause reproductive issues in women. Most restaurants now offer alternatives to even chicken and duck, like soy chicken nuggets with bbq sauce and mock duck thai noddles. Yum.

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6. Leafy Greens with a teaspoon of balsamic vingarette:

Yes, add more greens! Any kind will do just fine! The trick is, if you like cooked greens like kale, cabbage, collared greens, don’t over cook them to retain some of the nutrients. Also, use the water you boil them in as a topping of some sort, because most of the cooked nutrients come out in the water. Use it to make a soup later on for dinner by just adding veggies and some chicken. Go light on the salt and sodium too.

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7. Buy a scale and weigh yourself everyday.

Libra the Scales, Hand Painted Coin CufflinksWe’ve heard from others that simply keeping a scale in your bedroom or bathroom can work wonders. It’s to make you cognizant of your weight and how it fluctuates during the day. We’ve heard about people who’ve lost up to ten pounds just by weighing themselves everyday! Before and a few hours after you eat ice cream or decide to order fast food, weigh yourself to see the changes…It’ll also pump you up to know when you do shed the first, second, and seventh pound.