Happy Birthday Kell! Cousins & BFF’s for Life!

blonde and a brunette, cousins

No matter how I begin this post, I get a bit teary-eyed. This is Kelley and she is my cousin but mostly, she is my best friend. We’re about 5 months apart in age and from the time we were born until we were about 14, we only really saw each other on holidays and special occasions.

But on the first day of 9th grade at Notre Dame High School {actually, orientation day} I had plans to meet up with a friend who never showed up. Realizing I got stood up, I went to wait on line for whatever we had to wait in line for, and there was Kelley! And that was the beginning of the best friendship I have ever had.

circa 1978

Christmas 1979 {I think}

1992-ish ~ high school – before I had to dye my hair blonde damnit!!! and check those socks!

I’m not sure how it started but we would do this ridiculous thing where we would put our hair up in some random hideous fashion, make an ugly face, then ask the other “Would you still be my friend if I looked like this?” …and then we’d just die laughing showing each other how we looked and then laughing harder and the new hideous face we made …and of course, the answer was always “yes”


In the car ~ 2003

In 2003, we moved into an apartment together and partied far too much. Every night we’d go out, we’d take pics in the car on the way. I have so many of these photos and they are HILARIOUS! So many of them are so ridiculous but we had so much fun.

Kibitz Room ~ 2003

August 2006 ~ Amy’s wedding

Kell and I have been through so much together I could start a new blog dedicated entirely to all of our stories. There have been two incidences where we did not speak for a couple of months. The last one ended when she called and told me she was pregnant. We no longer share our last name but will always share the same blood and as time has shown, no matter what happens, we will be friends forever. I really can’t write too much because I will just start sobbing. So I’ll end it with this.


{what? ….21!!!!} I never did it right 😉

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.


  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    October 13, 2008 |

    I am SOOOO jealous of your in the car pic. I’m trying to be Jem for Halloween and your hair and makeup are PERFECT! No fair!

  • ...love Maegan

    October 13, 2008 |

    OMG …Jem is a FANTASTIC costume! It was my favorite cartoon …mostly because they were the only cartoon that changed their outfits!

  • Miss Anne

    October 13, 2008 |

    Happiest Birthday to your dear friend! 🙂

  • Wep

    October 13, 2008 |

    So cute 🙂

  • Ashley

    October 13, 2008 |

    I’m not biased – but I hear those born in October always make the best friends ever.


    (Uh, yeah, my birthday may be tomorrow, so what?)

  • Rachel

    October 13, 2008 |

    Happy Birthday to Kell!!
    How great is that and what an awesome friendship.

    I tooo remember doing those crazy things..if I looked like this would you still love me or be my friend :O)

  • ~Trish~

    October 13, 2008 |

    Awe that’s so sweet! Love all the pictures too! I still keep in touch with my first real best friend since we were 10 🙂

  • Holly

    October 13, 2008 |

    soo sweet! love how you two rocked the middriff tops not once but twice. too cute!

  • Leigh

    October 13, 2008 |

    How wonderful is this. Love it.

  • Franco

    October 13, 2008 |

    so dayum good-looking!
    Happy b-day

  • Mrs.D

    October 13, 2008 |

    nothing like a friendship from toddlerhood on up, eh?

  • Mrs.D

    October 13, 2008 |

    and yes, I was totally checking the socks. HILARIOUS!!!

  • ♥B

    October 14, 2008 |

    That was so neat to see you guys from kiddo’s to now.

  • ~alison

    October 14, 2008 |

    Yay! Happy Birthday, Kell! I hope it is special. Kisses to Avery!

  • Anonymous

    October 14, 2008 |

    What adorable little girls who turned out to be beautiful women! I really love your heart, Maegan…. you seem so genuine, and funny, and just truly kind. I am a new reader to your blog, but plan to stay around for a while.
    Angela from Tennessee

  • issa

    October 14, 2008 |

    omg you guys are so cute!! that’s so great that you guys have kept in touch for so long!! i’m envious!

  • Mrs. S

    October 14, 2008 |

    Happy Birthday to Kell!

    It’s so great to have a friendship like that. 🙂

  • Design Gal

    October 14, 2008 |

    Wow, what a great friend you are! Love all the pics from the past!

  • Live More Now (LMN)

    October 14, 2008 |

    that is seriously hilarious – the pictures in the car on the way to going out. what a funny idea.

  • Little House on Green

    October 14, 2008 |

    Happy Birthday to your cousin, what a sweet post! I love the photo montage from then til now.

    … the other Maegan

  • Couture Carrie

    October 14, 2008 |

    What a sweet post! You are both so beautiful, and totally look like sisters! Have a fun bday celebration 🙂


  • Bar-b

    October 14, 2008 |

    Awesome post…love it! Happy Birthday Kell!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hautepocket

    October 14, 2008 |

    I always love your photos. 🙂

  • Cocotte

    October 14, 2008 |

    Cousins are the best…..like sisters, only without all the extra emotional baggage of growing up in the same house!

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    October 15, 2008 |

    OMG…i love you so much and i’ll never break up with you. i haven’t seen that picture in the bath in like 15 years. you’re the best friend i have ever had or ever will have. I am such a LUCKY girl. thanks for not putting in the mutton chops pic……what?…64.
    ahahahaha. gotcha.

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