Thank heaven for little girls, for little girls get bigger every day, they grow up in the most delightful way!


Delilah with vintage necklaces around her neck

Last Wednesday I had a little free time and knowing that my mom watches my niece, Delilah on Wednesdays for my bro & sis in law {and always secretly hopes I will come play with them} I decided to do just that. I spent quite a few hours with the two of them and just as I had said my goodbyes and was stepping out the door, my mom said “OH WAIT… I almost forgot” and dragged me into her bedroom. We were followed by tiny toddler footsteps of course.

If I recall, my mom wanted to show me, or give to me rather, this vintage locket which belonged to my Grandma and had hidden a photo of me when I was about 7 and one of my little bro when he was just a baby.

vintage photo locket

How could I resist really? Followed by an Ohhh!!! I realized how great the locket and tarnished chain were and wondered why I didn’t have a vivid memory of this specific piece. Nana would DEFINITELY want me to have this! I thought… but I think that about all of her stuff ;} However, my mom knows this too and I soon realized this locket was just a ploy to get me into the jewelry so as to keep me there longer! She knows I can’t resist going through my Nana’s vintage jewelry …what I haven’t already taken as my own, that is.

vintage jewelry box with 60's necklaces

And in no time at all, Delilah wanted in on the action.

Delilah in a pink tshirt + toddler

vintage gold felt 60's jewelry box

delilah trying on nana's vintage  necklaces


It reminded me of when I was young… well, not as young as Delilah, but as young as I was in the photo in the locket I suppose, admiring all my Nana’s jewelry …this very jewelry. But Nana had it all stored in the hallway, where my Grandpa had custom built her two shallow but very very long felt-lined drawers under a hall closet. I had to grab her footstool from the service porch & drag it to the other end of the house and stand on it to be able to see in. The footstool which I still use today, in my own kitchen.

In fact, I look around my office as I type this and see so much of my Nana here. Her secretary desk which I use to store all of my jewelry and accessories, her Italian lamps from the late 40’s, her candlesticks and picture frames, her gold rimmed candy dishes, her hat boxes, her shoes. Even the rose copper trash can that sits behind my desk was hers.

vintage black gloves vintage beaded necklaces

delilah trying on necklaces

delilah wearing nana's vintage necklaces

delilah + jewelry + vintage necklaces

The older I get, the more I realize just how much I have in common with my Nana. Not just that we are both Gemini’s and love fashion and jewelry and all things fabulous but of more personal matters and I wish she was still here to talk to about certain things. Like I wish I knew why she couldn’t have children of her own like I can’t. Did she have endometriosis like I do? Did she have cysts on her ovaries like I did? And why she had a hysterectomy in her 30’s. She adopted my mom and my uncle and had she not, I suppose I would have never had the chance to know her. So maybe that was the reason, though a bit egocentric a thought, I am grateful for it. But I miss her terribly.

delilah in nana's vintage necklaces

I’m not sure why I get all sentimental and shit whenever I do spend time with my mom and Delilah …I mean, I do know, but I don’t like it. And I wish things were different. But c’est la vie. Such is life. It is what it is and I had a delightful time with my mom and the delightful Delilah George that warm afternoon, even if she did give me this nasty cold. She’s growing up so insanely fast and I don’t see her nearly enough. My fault, of course, but because of that I kind of always assume she doesn’t know who I am. But she does. And she even knows how to say my name and recognizes that all Pugs are named Bebop. And I love her to pieces. And maybe one day, if she continues to share the love of Nana’s jewelry as I have all these years, it will be passed on to her.

* Title: lyrics from Thank Heaven for Little Girls” from the movie Gigi


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

41 Comments

  • Chilel

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    I am sorry to hear that you cannot have children on your own. Have you ever thought about adopting? As long as you treat them right, give them love and support, children will be happy. They do not need to come from your womb to be considered your children…
    Whatever you do, I wish you the best. I found you very creative and fabulous. It is a delight to read your blog. And your niece is adorable….

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Maegan, I think this is one of the sweetest posts you’ve ever published. Your niece is so cute and it’s so nice that you share such a personal story with us! That is whay your blog is so different from all the other ones and that’s why I love it so much… Stay just the way you are!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

  • Kez

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Your niece is just so lucky to have you for an aunty 🙂
    For a second when you mentioned your grandmother not being able to have biological children, I wondered if your situation was genetic…then I realised…oops!
    I am adopted and I forget all the time that I’m not genetically related to my family – the love is so strong and unconditional =)
    I must have noticed that same love you have for your family in your post – you’re beautiful xoxo

  • MerciBlahBlah

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    I love this post, for so many reasons. Your niece is gorgeous. Have a great day, mamacita!

    merci,
    Shannan

  • Dusk

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Your honesty humbles me. You are an exceptional woman. There is always hope Maegan, in one form or another…. your grandmother found hers in your mother and uncle… and you.

  • Monica Whitney

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Man. These photos are making me want a little nuggest of my own. And, that is saying a lot.

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  • Kelly anne

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing x

  • Higgenbottom

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Your Nana sounds like an amazing woman. She has left a great legacy. And Delilah is so beautiful!

  • Patricia

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    such wonderful items, and your niece is amazingly cute!!!

    http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

  • Alysson

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for sharing this sweet post! your niece is so beautiful! It must run in the family.
    Have a fabulous day girl. XO

    http://simplicityisultimatesophistication.wordpress.com/

  • CessOviedo

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Delilah is so beautiful! And pretty sure she’ll be as stylish and gorgeous as her auntie!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Oh how I appreciate your transparency in this post! I too love going through granny’s jewelry and adore the pieces of hers that I have. She is still living, but not exactly here (dementia and such), so I treasure things of hers all the more!

    Your neice is as adorable as can be! While you can’t have children of your own, I am sure she will be the perfect little darling to pass on your nana’s gorgeous jewelry to.

  • Marisa

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure Delilah will love all things fashion, jewelry and fabulous! With you as an aunt how could she not? I know what you mean, I love going through all my grandmas old jewelry. I have a sapphire ring of hers that I love and hope to make my engagement ring someday 🙂

  • Jessi

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Little miss is SO adorable with all those necklaces piled on!! I love going through my mother’s and grandma’s clothing and jewelry when I was little 🙂
    What a beautifully honest post. I love what Dusk said above, that hope can be found everywhere, even place we’re not looking 😉
    xoxo J

  • Peetzi Jen

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Beautiful post!!! That baby is simply precious!

    I loved my Gram more than anything and this reminded me of her so much. You and your Mom are lucky to have her beautiful things…I got very few pieces of my Grandma’s jewelry when she passed away. But I DID get the best of blessings, just like you…a crazy love for jewelry and fashion and all things lovely. Thank heaven for beautiful Grandmothers!!!

  • modanista junkie

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    I remember in previous posts about you mentioning that you would want children, and am so sorry that you haven’t been successful. Don’t give up though. 🙂

    Your niece is too precious for words and I bet she is lucky to have you to style her in such adorable little outfits! 😉

    xoxo,
    Mel

  • Alyssa

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    How absolutely beautiful and darling is little miss Delilah! So precious.

    And I feel the same way about my granny. I wish she were around because in the short time I had with her, I feel like she would have been able to help me through so much.

  • Holly

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    that blonde hair!!!!! ahhhhh your niece is a beauty.

  • Heather

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    So so so beautiful. These pictures make me smile. I’ve been married for over I haven’t been able to have kids either. Its hard sometimes, but I just try to keep my chin up, and my life filled with wonderful things. I know I will always have children in my life, one way or another.

    -Heather from lifeofapasseri.blogspot.com

  • Mara

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    I’m melting with cuteness! The photo where she is placing the necklace over her head — so precious!

  • estela.pereira

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    This is such a lovely post, so full of emotions! God bless you Maegan!

  • myoungpeter

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Maegan,
    I lost my grandmother two months ago. She and I were very close — Something I’ve come to realize now that she’s gone. During the long process of clearing her “treasures” out of her house, I was given some amazing parts of her life. Every time I look at the wall art or the beautiful hats, I think of her. Sometimes it’s sad, but as the days pass, Granny’s treasures are becoming happy memories.

    Grandmothers give us so much in life, and even in their passing, they give us so much more. Your post brightened my day. All the best to you and your entire family!

  • Emily

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    this is such a beautiful post! i lost my grandma, what i think, was too early. she was my best friend and i love to think of her as i sift thru her treasures.

    thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Alison Purple

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Awww, I got teary eyed reading this! Big hugs to you! I love you, lady.

  • Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat.

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Sweet post Maegan, I get sentimental around my niece too.

    XO
    Lenore

  • Mad For Fashion

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Maegan, you are not alone on this. I can’t have children on my own either but I do enjoy my nices and nephews very much and I do get sentimental sometimes. I have to say this has been one of my favorite post so far. Your niece is beautiful and I can see she is a little diva in the making too. My fav pics is when she is playing with jewelry!!!!! Take care much of love for you here in Dallas,TX!

  • aima

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    “And maybe one day, if she continues to share the love of Nana’s jewelry as I have all these years, it will be passed on to her.” maybe? will, will!

  • Nadine

    July 6, 2011 | Reply

    Such a lovely post

  • Alyson

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    Think it’s amazing that you had the courage to write about this and how you feel. I think too often fashion/lifestyle blogs are just about outfits and fun when there’s real women behind the clothes that have a story, heartache and happiness. Because of this, I’ve started sharing more of me on my blog and I have it inspiring that you have the strength to do the same.
    While I don’t want to pretend I can relate (I have a 19-month old girly who loves jewelry equally as much), I was diagnosed a year ago with a rare neurological disorder that besides having a million crappy issues, also makes us really hesitant about trying to have another. I wish you the best.
    Alyson
    (the average girl’s guide / http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com)

  • rach.

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

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  • Elva

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    Very moving post, it made me think of doing the same thing after my Nana and Grandma past away. Those necklaces and bracelets became wonderful reminders of the love they had for me.

  • Grace

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    Haha, some major bling going on there!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

  • Little Gray Pixel

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    This post reminds me of when I was a little girl at my great-grandmother’s house. She had so many beautiful pieces of costume jewelry from the 20s and 30s — in particular I remember tons of gorgeous clip-on earrings that I would play with and play dress up with. I wonder whatever happened to them.

    My eyes are tearing up thinking about how great-grandma is gone, and so is grandma, and so is mom. Now it’s just up to me to pass on their legacy to my daughter. I don’t know if I’m worthy of such a hefty task!

  • Amy

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    This was very sweet, thank you for sharing. It brought back a lot of fond memories of my grandmother.

    Your niece is gorgeous, especially in that last picture. Isn’t it amazing that something so precious and tiny can produce such an amazing amount of poop?

  • antique engagement rings

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    Your niece is adorable….just so sweet! Love the photos.

  • Huddyma

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    Delilah is just adorable!

    I too lost my grandmother recently, last month in fact. Even though I was at her services, I still can’t believe it. So surreal.

    I’m sorry for your struggles with fertility. As everyone else has said, would you consider adoption/foster parenting as well? You have such a wonderful tie to it with your Mother and Uncle.

    Hugs to you for your bravery!

  • Chessa!

    July 7, 2011 | Reply

    what a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. I wish I had more stuff from my grandmothers. I definitely have a few things that I love but I’m just remembering pieces from my childhood and sigh….

    and btw, your niece looks like you. beautiful and so expressive. xo

  • saraoh

    July 8, 2011 | Reply

    I appreciate your honest and heartfelt writing. My grandmother was one of my best friends and just passed away last month. A recent, special moment was siting with my mom, aunt, and female cousins sorting through her jewelry and sharing stores about her life. I hope to pass on these special treasures (both jewels and stories) to the younger generation as well.

    best wishes

  • drollgirl

    July 8, 2011 | Reply

    these photos are so fab! your niece is so damn cute! and the jewelry love starts early!!! for some reason this post is making me sad. maybe because i have so much in common with my grandma, too, but she had a stroke 10+ years ago and hasn’t been able to talk since then. sometimes i want to ask her stuff. i just know she would have good advice and knowledge to pass down to me if she could. i also have a lot of jewelry from her, and i cherish it! so much!

    sorry for the long, babbling and most-likely incomprehensible comment. my specialty! lol

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2011 | Reply

    Your niece is so adorable! I have been reading your blog sometime and just wanted to thank you for all your openness and courage on talking about infertility. We are also facing fertility troubles and are currently undergoing very invasive and expensive diagnostic checks and treatments. I feel so alone and am not able to talk to anyone about this. To make things worse, everyone around us seems to be falling pregnant or having little children and all they talk about all the time are their kids. The thing I really hate is when someone (with good intentions) tell you that you can always adopt, do IVF, leave it up to God or just relax and it will happen. These are the very same people that have never faced infertility and will never understand how much pain we face every single day. It’s so tough and that’s why I really admire your openness about this. I really wish too I could one day talk about this openly. Hugs

  • Elaine

    July 9, 2011 | Reply

    Your niece is beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt post about your grandmother and your fertility.

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