t(hair)ified, schmerrified!

it’s the beginning of march, which means the 2012 motivational refresh you began 60+ days ago has likely subsided; the panic attacks have begun, and you’re pretty sure nothing will ever work out the way you want it to. cue sweatpants, a pint of chubby hubby, and adele. right? WRONG.

i, despite experiencing the aforementioned panic attack-y overwhelmed adele-ishness, am attempting to focus on at least dressing more like the woman i want to be. we’ve all got to start somewhere, eh?

this woman in question is sophisticated, quirky, always put together (in an “even her sweatpants are the RIGHT sweatpants” kind of way), and she definitely means business. srsly. she’s also got a pretty intense minimalist, yet classic streak. not sure what i mean? neither am i, quite yet. personal style = evolution, people! but here are two images i am loving these days:

yep – that’s dakota fanning, looking casually fabulous in leather pants. i need more leather pants in my life – i think i’m down to 3 pair. and when it comes to black+maxi skirt+face mask?

this stunner from Rick Owens FW2012 collection? i may or may not have threatened to wear this ensemble everyday minus the mask. and now for a major confession:

mere weeks after a public announcement of my love, nay love affair with top knots… i chopped mine off. sure, now i’ve got an asymmetrical bob with one long piece a la Ashley Olsen circa 2009, but what’s important is: when life get’s you down, chop off your hair and feel like a badass! (how very “Cool Runnings” of me, right?)

so take a quick look in the mirror and let me know if you need a hair magician rec… (Cheryl at Arrojo rocks my world)




in honor of the NY Times post on man-buns (i promise it’s not NSFW!), we bring you this, cream of the crop, top knot of the heap post:

when i’m not doing my darndest to be an olsen twin master the art of messy, long, i-don’t-give-a-f*ck hair, you’ll typically find me sporting a top knot, akin to the above. i’ve been known to wear them without shame anywhere from formal occasions to the bodega, and i may or may not respond to, “hey! top knot!” from my coworkers, identifying the one part of my being that they are able to see over my cubicle walls…

just because it is my go-to, should it be yours? well, let’s allow the interwebs to give their two cent$:

it seems to me that these sartorially advanced creatures – from runway to sidewalk – are at the top knot of their game. these tresses are knot going away any time soon… viva la top knot! 


happy holidays!


while we here at INE have taken an unexpected sabbatical (thanks, life, for getting in the way)… we want to stop a take a minute to say THANK YOU for your support of this little ramble we’ve got going. ’tis the season for mushy, emotional reflection, and well… we’re pretty freakin’ stoked that you clicked your way over!

in the next few hours, we will find ourselves released from the chains of employment (don’t worry… it’s just for a few days. we’re not moving back in with the folks) and will be sending some warm and fuzzy content your way, but in the meantime… HAPPY FREAKING HOLIDAYS to you and yours, from us. we love you, really we do.

.anna and ben


feast your eyes…

as we prepare to head north for family thanksgiving festivities, my thoughts begin rapidly vacillating between delicious eats and sartorial treats. more specifically: “what the F*@# am I gonna wear for t-givs?!”

as i obsess over ponder a more conservative, but equally man repelling (love that girl) version of my typical finery, it occurred to me: if art imitates nature, then fashion could possibly imitate food… how ironic, right, ms. moss?

let’s begin with our pallet – the staples of this delightful meal and the finery we’ll use to bring this meal to life…

now, when it comes to the art of consuming this annual meal, there are an infinite number of ways to mix and match, slice and dice, chomp and chew. none of them are wrong, all of them are delicious. so, in this experiment, the same rules are bound to apply, right? check out our plates du jour…

we’ll let you click-through to peep the designers behind these gems, but we guarantee that each of these combos dish up all six of the mouth-watering traditions.

whether you want to wear mashed potatoes (atop grandma’s pillows?) around your ankles, or turkey on your crotch, remember: you are what you eat … erm … wear? well, both!


baubles, bangles, and bondage?

this post is written in honor of ben’s complete awesomeness. 

why is he so awesome you ask? well besides the obvious he bought me pie from our fave locale, this is the kind of man who gets excited enough about what we have deemed “fancy pervy jewelry” to waltz home one evening with a precious little orange bag in tow. if your heart just went pitter-patter, then you’re my kind of fancy pervy jewelry aficionado. yes, my friends, ben is now the proud owner of a beautiful hermès cuff.

i won’t lie to you and pretend that my thoughts have not been wandering back to that beautiful little orange box on our dresser. honestly, who doesn’t love FPJ? not to mention, we need to add a little spice to this draggy wednesday. and so…

clockwise from upper-right: alexander mcqueen, rick owens, pamela love, lynn ban. center: hermès.

continuing on the hermès journey, we’ve been drooling over this watch for what feels like a lifetime. telling time in such studded glory. wowza is all we can say. then we move on to our dear, dear alexander. let’s be honest here… what is more FPJ appropriate than two skulls about to make out? necrophilia chic ew. pamela love and lynn ban get props for their bracelets dangereux done like none other. and well, then there is the king of FP…well FPEverything! mr. rick owens himself… leather bib? i’ll take two.

we are SO coveting this ysl beauty, and while it doesn’t exactly fall in the FPJ category, we’re pretty sure michelle lamy would wear it. ‘nough said.

if you’ve got more FPJ suggestions, send ’em our way. we need to add to our collection. YES.



it has been taunting us since september… a small and festive reminder of the spooky holiday to come. as we sat in our apartment one lovely fall day snowy day in october, staring at that familiar, orange gourd, it became apparent that something had to be done.

what is the one thing that could entice us so thoroughly that we would remove our buts from the couch and carve our tiny, tiny pumpkin? the answer was clear: mcqueen. it is a name that warms the cockles of our little stud filled, jewel encrusted hearts.

the process took a bit more sussing out. there were two camps:

ben: find the key from FNO, trace it, trace it onto the pumpkin, chisel away at the delicate skin (ew), and carefully remove each chunk.

anna: appliqué schmappliqué, free-hand that bitch!

ben won. and here is a look at how it was done…

while we are of the belief that no one is more h-ween appropriate than our dear, dear alexander, we’d love to hear which fashion house of choice would inspire you to carve up a gourd.

snow job

there’s nothing like a snow day…

i welcome the chance to curl up on the couch and drink hot cider, but there’s nothing like a day indoors to notice just how glaringly messy one’s space is. and now we turn our attention to the work space…

while we both have offices outside of our abode, various initiatives require us to have a work space at home. now, for those of you who live in new york, there’s no escaping the fact that space comes at a premium. while we have much more than a shoebox, we definitely don’t live in a palace, thus requiring us to get creative and keep it organized in order to avoid panic attacks.

these ten items land on our list of favorites when it comes to workspace, and here’s why:

1. cleo table lamp (crate & barrel) – soft, warm, clean light is essential to any work environment. over head lights make us cry at night. this lamp brings an unexpected touch of glamour, while still managing to keep it simple… a lamp after my own heart.

2. thimble cup air plant (air plant supply co.) – this little guy sits on my desk at the office. who doesn’t like a friendly, low-maintenance friend in the form of an air plant? we may or may not visit their website daily.

3-5. file folders, sketch/note book, and signature pens (poppin) – a current obsession of ours, poppin puts the sexy in OsexyCD. personally, we like to keep it neutral, but for those of you who prefer to walk on the bolder side of the rainbow, these guys will keep you smiling. and probably send you handwritten notes with your order… or courier your order to you the same day. obsession continues.

6. parsons desk in white (west elm) – yes, we’ve all seen this desk before, but that is for a reason! clean, simple lines keep your space visually uncluttered, and the slim drawers inside are perfect for stashing all the goods you just bought from poppin.

7. post 4-tier etagere on casters (abc home) – if you’ve never been to abc home, well, you’re missing out. everything in that place makes our list to santa claus. but these beautiful shelves couldn’t be a more perfect piece of storage furniture. it’s strong enough to hold your archives of architectural digest and V magazine, yet inviting enough that you might actually finish that deck on media relations and stakeholder engagement before your client asks for it.

8. translucent magazine files (container store) – we could spend days in the container store. it might be one of our favorite destinations. that aside, these magazine files are definitely a chic, multipurpose organization system, perfect to accompany that abc home etagere.

9. dokument letter tray in silver (ikea) – nothing says productivity like the perfect inbox/outbox set-up. we like this 3-tiered version to add a little “in process” or “on hold” spice to the mix.

10. brother p-touch label maker (staples) – le pièce de résistance! if you don’t have one, GET ONE. label makers are life changing. besides, how did you think you were going to properly indicate the contents of those super elegant magazine files?

now, has anyone seen my ear muffs?


a peek at last weekend…

petting zoo

old macdonald had a farm and bingo was his name-o! … wait … moving on:

if mr. mcd gets to have fun with some fuzzy friends, then why can’t we? only this time, we’re wearing them on our feet!

clockwise from upper right: jimmy choo; alexander mcqueen; alaïa; christian louboutin. center: christian louboutin

feathers, check! zebra, check! leopard that morphs into an amazing laser-cut lace and a snake that probably smokes two packs a day, check! check! and well, we may have found your neighbor’s missing pomeranian…

while creatures great and small prepare to hunker down for the winter, i encourage you all to get out and strut your fauna-tical stuff.


where the heART is

“people are looking to artists to tell them about the future”

when ben asked me long ago if i would accompany him to a RISD alumni event, i had nothing upon which to base my expectations. i had heard providence is beautiful in the fall (it is), i figured there would be hundreds of talented youth milling about (there were), and i hoped that i would be reminded of the excitement of possibility (i absolutely was).

on a saturday morning at 9:30, we’re usually milling about our brooklyn apartment after making an early morning run to the farmer’s market. october 15th had other plans: there we sat in a room full of wide-eyed parents of new students and well-seasoned RISD alumni waiting to hear a panel discussion moderated by RISD president and thought leader, john maeda.

i must admit to being a bit obsessed of a fan girl when it comes to maeda (if you’ve got a minute, i’ll probably recount the previous evening’s encounter in which he complimented and inquired about the design of my necklace… !!!!!). my excitement did little to prepare me for the powerful discussion to follow. “innovation = art + design” was the title and responses were collected from the panel’s very distinguished and, yes, innovative guests. but there was one moment in particular i’d like to highlight: “people are looking to artists to tell them about the future”.

in an environment full of uncertainty and anxiety around what is to come, i see myself turning to the creatives i trust most for inspiration and direction. i find their guidance fascinating, if unintended, and i acknowledge my place as a creative more beautifully burdensome than ever.

we’re back in new york, i woke up with a cold, and i’ve got 86 unread emails i should look at. the everyday is in full effect, yet i pause and settle into a feeling of inspiration and embracing the challenge that lies ahead.

i leave you now with a photo taken in the RISD nature lab (my new favorite place), where it seems the smell of fish is vastly underappreciated

something smells fishy


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