All I want for Christmas . . .


…was a new computer. In fact, both the husband and I desperately needed new computers and agreed earlier in the year that we’d hold out until Christmas and splurge then …and that’s exactly what we did {he got this one & I got this one}. Yes, they’re big ticket items, but what else are two people in their 30′s with no children going to spend their money on?

To make things even more fun, neither of us stuck to the one gift rule and the husband surprised me with a Nikon D5000 Digital SLR CameraAND from my father in law, the Prime Nikkor Lens. And though I’m still learning all the camera settings, it is so rewarding to finally have an actual photo {well, digital image} as proof of what I see in my head. It’s really an amazing thing! I can’t believe I’ve been putting it off for so many years when it literally makes my life easier in so many ways …not to mention more beautiful!

So obviously, below {and above} are a few photos I’ve taken since Christmas …mostly of gifts & things but some just because. What’s even more amazing about these photos is that I don’t have Photoshop on the new computer yet which means that the photos were so awesome, I DIDN’T EVEN NEED PHOTOSHOP. *huge sigh* I know it seems lame but it’s so exciting really. you have no. i.dea.










When the rest of the family joined us on Christmas day the amount of white porcelain figurines and vases my mom & sister in law bestowed upon me were fit for a queen! {the French bulldog bank was a gift from Timmy & Becky & the kissing pugs, a gift from my cousin which you may have seen if you follow me on Twitter in my Twitpics}. And do you know what all these fun little trinkets mean?!? I can finally decorate our Ikea Expedit shelves/room divider & finish the living room. So exciting really.



Link list:

…in case you’re wondering
* White porcelain Buck, Fish, Owl, Bird & Vase from Z Gallerie
* Suck UK 3 Guns Flower Vase …and not shown Suck UK 1 Gun Wall Vaseall of which came with fake red roses. hilarious!
* George the Terrier Bank from Urban Outfitters – though it totally looks more like a Frenchie than a BTerrier ;)
* Kissing Pugs Salt and Pepper Shakers …not exactly like mine but close enough
* White French Bulldog book ends, Black Pug book ends …both from Modcloth
* Books: 100 Years of Fashion Illustration from Athropologie & I Love Your Style, Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Accessorizing & JAdler Colors both from Modcloth as well, Mark Ryden : Fushigi Circus, & 1000 Chairs…which is not new.
* I can’t find the Jets sweatshirt online anywhere but it’s NFL Reebok NY Jets hoodie …and I love it!

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Yes, it’s a bit late for a Christmas post …but I kept my word {almost} and took a much needed break from everything last week, including this blog. And what I thought {last Monday} was going to be a difficult task, by Friday the husband and I were talking about moving out of Los Angeles to a nice quiet small town where we could buy a house and not work at all. I think we got a little too comfortable doing very little at all …but I think a life of vacation would be just the stress-free zone we’re looking for, and quite refreshing really ;)


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.


  • Cupcakes and Cosmopolitans

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Happy New Year!

    Lovely photos! I am dying to get a SLR camera. I am begging my parents && my sister for one. I have that Amanda Brooks book, it such a fun read. I didn’t even know who she was, but now I just love her. Have you started to read it yet?



  • { aggie }

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats on the DSLR! Yes, a f/1.4 prime lens is amazing ;)

    Mine is a cheaper (but almost just as nice) f/1.8

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Happy New Year darling! Amazing presents! :) I got a new camera as well and have been playing with it constantly… about not working forever… well isnt that the dream of all of us??? :D

  • Jen of Made By Girl

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Cool gifts… I love all the pics and your dog is the cutest!

  • Captivated by image

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Fabulous gifts!! And great images with your new Nikon, I LOVE your dogs. The book shelves are so cute, wish they sold them in Holland… Enjoy your mac and nikon, I can tell from experience I’m never going without those two ever;) Happy new year!!

  • Katie

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Have fun with the computer! I got a Macbook today and am trying to figure it all out :)

  • Destined For Now

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like an amazing Christmas. Congrats!

  • kelliegonzo

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    great for you! love the photos. and i want to steal your puppies!

  • Natalia Valerie

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    ooo You are going to love the iMac. I went from the 13.3″ Macbook Pro to the iMac when I bought my iPad and it’s been the greatest thing ever. I thought that I was so over having a desktop – but I am not!

    & I love all your other goodies too!


  • Tina

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    I have both of the Jonathan Adler books as well. They are great! I desparately need a new computer and am hesistant about making the switch to Mac (even though that was my first computer many years ago!)

  • Shanika@LifeisPichey

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Everytime I see pictures taken with a DSLR it makes me want to go out and splurge! I think the “NO PHOTOSHOP” sold me! Enjoy your new toys!!

  • nicole

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    love love your pups!!!! cool camera too;) happy new year!

  • Amanda

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Cheers to our new Nikons, Maeg!
    I’ve had a blasty blast with mine so far this week, too. ♥ ♥
    I’m glad your Christmas 2010 was lovely-pie! You deserved it. ;)

  • Tierney

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    What an awesome Christmas! I’ve been wanting to get into photography–but it’s such a big, intimidating subject! (Especially picking out a camera!) Keep us updated on your journey–the pictures you already took were beautiful!


  • hotpants™

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats on getting a new camera! Isn’t it nice having crisp, clear pictures? I have the Nikon D90 and love it.

    Happy New Year!

  • T*AVA

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Happy New Year!!

    Your new camera takes beautiful crisp pictures and I can not wait to purchase you two new fashion book. Adding them right now to my amazon list.

    I <3 fashion illustrations


  • fashion junkie

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Happy new year to you!!! Those kissing pug salt and pepper shakers are my faves! I instantly fell in love with them when you first posted them about a week ago. Love them. Super adorable. That’s great you got a new computer.


  • annawithlove

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Love these photos, very pretty! hapyy new year! xx

  • Kalika Brooke

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    OMG! Nikon’s take AMAZING photo’s i’m saving up for one as we speak, enjoy!!


    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    I got a new camera, too! It was the best gift. That first photo of your French Bulldog is too adorable!
    - Vanessa Elizabeth

  • Irene's Closet

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Those pics are perfect!!

    You have a new follower :D

    xo from Florence
    Irene’s Closet
    100% handmade in Tuscany hats GIVEAWAY

  • Bloggers Abode

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    SO AWESOME!! I love it all. From one valley girl to another? You had one rad Christmas missy! You’re set for 2011! Well, with the proper gear anyway…

  • Elizabeth Marie

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    I am DYING over your pictures…omg amazing. Happy New Year gorgeous girl!

  • Gwen

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Isn’t the camera AMAZING!!!! I don’t even own photoshop yet so I totally know what you mean!!! I’m still learning the camera but I think a class is in my future!!! Love all of the white pieces you received especially the owl. Totally loving owls lately. So happy you had a wonderful Christmas and so glad to have you back!! XOXO

  • drollgirl

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    glad you got such rad gifts! and the lens! it will make your life so much easier (but i love your photos EITHER WAY!!!).

    and a life doing very little at all sounds REALLY NICE TO ME, TOO! lol!

  • Christina

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    When you locate that town that doesn’t require an income to live comfortably… mind letting me know. ;-)

    Glad you two enjoyed the holidays, and WOW to the camera and picture quality! There are a few people who love you lots!

  • Miss LV

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, wishing you the best for 2011

  • TK Kerouac

    January 3, 2011 | Reply

    what a difference the camera makes with the photos, totally worth it!

  • BlueVanilla

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    Totally jelly of your new camera! Cant wait for more photos!

  • Sara

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    So jealous of your new camera and your gifts! I immediately recognized the Modcloth book ends and UO Terrier bank, they have both been on my wish list for a while now (I have a Boston Terrier and think all the squished-nose breeds are the absolute cutest!). You will love the Mac and wonder how you ever lived without it; they are SOOO beyond worth the extra money.

  • Anonymous

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    What realistic photos…….wow! It is as though I’m right there. I need a new camera……I now found one!! Can’t wait to see more photos! HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND SAFE NEW YEAR TO YOU, YOUR HUBBY, YOUR FAMILY, AND ALL OF YOUR WONDERFUL FRIENDS HERE ON THESE POSTS! AND ALL PETS, TOO!

  • Eli

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    Happy new year! Now I’m totally wanting a new computer too, I’ve been a devout user for PC’s but really want a Mac now for some time…so crossing my fingers!

    Upgrading the camera really makes a difference. I see it from when I use my Canon rebel to when my bf uses his Canon 7D!

    I’m drooling over all your ceramics!!

    ps. As in regards to Vegas (from my blog), it’s not all together that awful. And there are some pockets that are really good. But it’s so far from other cities that I don’t think it’s worth it if you don’t have to. Houses are really cheap though. My good friends just purchased a home in Downtown Henderson for $50,000 cash!

  • Stephanie

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    So excited for you and your new camera! What made you decide on a Nikon? I’m torn between the Canon and Nikon…such a tough decision!

  • Lindsay [Bella Cene']

    January 4, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, what an amazing camera! And those bookends are adorable :)

    Merry (late) Christmas!

  • Big Red

    January 5, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats on your new DSLR! It is like a whole new world. Enjoy!
    Happy 2011!

  • Poppy

    January 7, 2011 | Reply

    I love the bookends & gun vase, very nice.

  • Alanna

    January 7, 2011 | Reply

    My S.O. surprised me with a Nikon D3000 for xmas – but I dont have that fancy lense. I need a tutorial on this beast! live in NYC and took lots of randoms of all the stores on Madison and the Rockefeller center tree…but shit, I really need to learn ISO settings and the like. Any links on that?


    January 7, 2011 | Reply

    Lovely! I have the same gun vase, I nearly died when I saw it, the ultimate vase…for all occasions?

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