Thursday, May 31, 2012

Of Summer Slowing and Skates

School is officially out and that means that our own little genie has moved back in full-time. Yes, things have decidedly lightened up for the solstice -- meals have grown greener and shed flesh, roller skates have become a permanent fixture, and taking it one day and one board game at a time has translated into our MO. Communiques may get spottier for a time around here, slowing to a summer trickle. But fret not, fair Nerophytes, Nero's going nowhere fast.  

Monday, May 28, 2012

Of an Ikat Attack

Nero was simply strolling by, lost in deep reverie 
When suddenly this ikat brat stopped me dead in my tracks
What comely curves, what mystery
Verily, a thing of colored beauty is a joy for all to see

Of Spoke Stoked and a Day Off

It's a holiday folks, go for a spin.

Friday, May 25, 2012

On Peet's Retreat

Ever since Nero first watched Amanda Peet wrinkle her nose in the quirky, gender-bending sitcom Jack and Jill, I've had a thing for her bubbly down to earth charms. Fast forward a decade or so and Peet's boho Hollywood home double-dutched from the pages of Domino straight into a little padlocked file cabinet in Nero's heart. Flipping through the June issue of Vogue, I was delighted to stumble across yet another little spread on Peet's pad. Though the images focus mainly on the garden, it's plain to see that a couple kids in, the crib -- and its charismatic chatelaine -- still look as lovable as ever. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Of Summer Decor-ade Decoded

In a straight-laced foil to Kindergarten graduation, the end of year pool party, and that white noise buzz of "school's out suckahs -- not!" that keeps playing in a loop in Nero's weary head, the June issue of Elle Decor is looking very grown up indeed. Perhaps too much so, in fact. Nero would sum up the mixed metaphor of its parts as Gracious Grandeur meets Almost Amish, with a groovy Pit Stop in Marfa swathed in Santa Fe Style. Or something to that jumbled effect. Thankfully, the "What's Hot!" selection leaves nothing to be desired and is, as promised, thoroughly smokin'.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Awakening to Arabesque

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Meditations on Finery

Here's the finery. 
Go ahead and meditate, folks.

Of French, Clinched

Because Paris is there for the taking

Friday, May 18, 2012

It's Friday Folks...

Let it all hang out.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Nero's counting down -- doing a daily tick-tock tally

Only 9 days to go until school sets us free
Then 14 more to follow and we're decamping to Italy

Do beware, for all this counting finds Nero feeling jumpy
I'm getting armed and yes, quite dangerous

But surely some of you are getting antsy too -- troubled by the delicious tick 
of trying to shake off the promise of an endless summer 
until it actually begins.

Of Siesta and Sun

This time of year, a patio seems a perfect plan.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Of a Saloniste stroke of Showcase Chic

It is undoubtedly gauche to write about another blogger's post before the proverbial paint has yet to dry over in their space. But today's gorgeous piece by The Style Saloniste, detailing designer Jonathan Rachman's mind-blowingly moody, modern cabinet of curiosities for the 2012 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, nearly had Nero in tears. Surely therein resides a gent after my own heart. So I urge you, fair readers, to stop by the Salon to be schooled. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Of Rotten Apples and an Ax

Clearly, repeated exposure to gothic bedtime stories has left its dark imprint on Nero.
So I'll go ahead and cop to looking forward to this flick.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Free Associations

Nero's stringing things together again. 
Do with them what you will.

 *This slice of pineapple-y beauty comes lovingly pinched off Katiedid*

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lonny Looks Comely

Now here's a Lonny Nero can sink her teeth right into.

Of Simple Summer Shifts

There are times when Nero's mind can only think 
in terms of pink. 

If a shock factor is what you're after, 
try a dab of Schiap.

 Simple white is sculptural and striking 
when done right.

Nero's never met a stud she could resist.
These spearheads get a hot wax stamp of approval. 

Slithering snakes, neon hand candy at its best.
Grab your goody bag here


Urban flâneuse, armchair observer, absent-minded scribbler, occasional epicure and carpool line cultural attaché, my nom de plume is Nero. Join me as I catalog a compilation of earthly delights and stuff that I dig. Alcira Molina-Ali



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