Sequined Fanny Pack: So Wrong it’s Right

santa monica, Los Angeles

What I’m Wearing
* Vintage patchwork leather jacket …tags are all cut out, in fact, this thing is so ancient, most of the lining is ripping out around the armholes. But I so love it. I found it at a thrift shop probably over ten years ago and have worn it off and on ever since. It was one of those special finds because it fit soooooo perfectly it could have been made for me. I mean look at the sleeve length! It’s so rare to find a vintage coat or jacket with sleeves that hang all the way to my wrists, let alone below them. While patchwork comes and goes, as do leathers in general, this is still one of my all-time favorite finds …that always seems to come back in style. I wore it once in a Lookbook from January 2009 wow …really, 2 years ago? sheesh!
* White fleece sweatshirt from Victoria’s Secret worn over a shimmery black burnout henley which is also from Victoria’s Secret but purchased years apart
* my most comfy jeans of the moment, Paige Premium denim “Debbonair” in “rebel without a cause” wash
* A fabulously ginormous charcoal gray scarf I found for $15 at the little sundry shop in the lobby of the building the art gallery is attached to …and it’s quite warm.
* Rosegold gray ankle boots {find a pair in brown here}
* Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses
* Nails: one coat of OPI “You Don’t Know Jacques!”w/one coat of OPI “My Private Jet”
* And last but CERTAINLY not least, my sequined fanny pack – in Gray Hematite {which, if you follow me on Twitter, you’d know all about already …and how I secretly enjoyed watching girls mock me as I walked by 😉 Now, if you DO follow my tweets, you may also know that I bought not ONE but THREE different sequined fanny packs …this one is my favorite. They are a whopping $11.50ea & shipped from downtown LA – & most likely less $$ if I just drove downtown to get em. {note: even on it’s smallest setting, the belt for the “pack” was too large & slipped down my hips, and I’m not a tiny woman …in a pinch {no pun intended} I folded over/under & safety pinned the canvas strap to fit}

sequined fanny pack and vintage patchwork leather jacket

The husband and I decided to spend New Years Eve day out and New Years Eve eve in …so we journeyed over a hill {15 mins without traffic} to downtown Santa Monica {though I actually wasn’t aware it was referred to as “downtown” now -or ever} and meandered around the ginormous outdoor shopping extravaganza that is known as Third Street Promenade.

Since it’s just a few blocks and a cliff away from the beach we thought it may be chilly and fanny packed a pair of fingerless black gloves just to be safe …but the weather was quite lovely and the sky was so clear & smog free you could see the mountains on the opposite side. It was a fantastically perfect day to play with my new SLR and obviously gave me the perfect excuse to wear my new jazzy fanny pack 😉

The husband and I found a quiet corner on the 3rd level and spent a few minutes figuring out the perfect settings of the “outfit shot” …I think for our first try, they already came out ten times better than my past shots. Again, why did I wait so freaking long to get an SLR? oh yeah, because I’m an idiot, that’s why.

on the road

rear view - Ferragamo aviator sunglasses

at the top of the freeway

tom ford cat eye sunglasses

old building facade

window displays

window displays

the husband - 3rd Street - Santa Monica

view of the mountains from Downtown Santa Monica

corners of the outdoor promenade in Santa Monica

the christmas tree at 3rd Street lights in the trees in Santa Monica downtown

sunset in Santa Monica, Christmas ornaments on the trees, palm trees, ocean

Downtown Santa Monica was still decorated for the holidays and as the sun was setting, the Christmas ornaments that hung from the trees along the streets all flickered on and shone different colors onto the branches and leaves. With the sunset over the blue ocean in the distance, it was all pretty magical really.

In other news: The husband has offered to help me take my outfit shots! I’m kind of ridiculously excited about this because I’m usually all alone running to and fro a digital powershot camera leaving people quite confused {and generally asking if I want them to take a picture of me}. But with the husband as my “photographer” {though I literally just bark orders at him: Get lower!, Am I focused?, Stop tilting the camera!, Is the light behind me too bright?} I will be more confident taking shots in public places instead of mostly residential areas which presumably will result in more interesting photos. And when he wields the camera, I tend to smile more …because I get all nervous and shy and coy and giggly. Yeah. That happens.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at 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.


  • GabbyRM

    January 4, 2011 |

    The fanny pack is great, and the pictures are awesome!

  • Kez

    January 4, 2011 |

    What awesome photos! My hubby got a DSLR recently and I am in love with the picture quality!
    How sweet of your man offering to help with your outfit photos 🙂

  • Estefania Lovelifefashion

    January 4, 2011 |

    Very nice photos!!! You’ve got amazing places for taking pics 🙂
    The fanny pack is great, I like it!! LOL
    Happy New Year beauty!

  • Erica

    January 4, 2011 |

    I LOVE the fanny pack! Let the other girls mock – they’re just jealous that they don’t have one.


  • tinting

    January 4, 2011 |

    Amazing picture.
    welcome to visit mine too. 🙂

  • Une étincelle de mode

    January 4, 2011 |

    Your fanny pack is gorgeous!!!

  • Cupcakes and Cosmopolitans

    January 4, 2011 |

    Not a fan of a fanny pack, but this one is something else. Cute!
    All the photos are gorgeous, && so is the Mister.

    “…because I get all nervous and shy and coy and giggly. Yeah. That happens.”

    Aawww, adorable! I need guy like that.


  • Fashionista*

    January 4, 2011 |

    Lovely outfit

  • Kayta

    January 4, 2011 |

    The last photo is gorgeous!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    January 4, 2011 |

    A DSLR really changes your life isnt it??? I’m in the process of teaching the boyfriend how to use it as well… 🙂 our images look a 100 times better than before! 😉

    P.S: I’m giving away a 2011 Fashion Tote with MiuMiu, Chanel… etc illustration… I thought you might be interested! 😉

  • *amanda*

    January 4, 2011 |

    SLR newbies, me and you! Excited to see how we fair…fare? (<--sometimes I use words, not knowing if they're right, but then it all turns out okay. Anyway...) Husb takin’ outfit-posts shots?! New year, new approach! Aweeesome! Your New Year’s Day Eve looked dreamy…and that fanny pack is fierceness X 25.

  • Becca

    January 4, 2011 |

    Happy New Year Maegan! Loving how the SLR shots are turning out – I’m a newb to the Nikon as well, so if you come up with any helpful tips, am eager to hear! Maybe sharing the settings you tried to get each shot? It’s clear already you have a great eye for this stuff!


  • Monica

    January 4, 2011 |

    Love that overhead shot of the Promenade. Of course, when I was growing up in Santa Monica back in the 70’s, that was just “the mall” where I would hang out with friends and shop at The Smuggler. It’s gotten so swanky now!

  • karin

    January 4, 2011 |

    love the photos! congrats on the new cam. i’d love one myself.
    been keeping up with you for the past few months… love your style & attitude.
    btw, cutest ever pic of leroy in your last post. i have a bt myself – love the little pups!
    hope this new year is a great one for you!

  • Caroline

    January 4, 2011 |

    Love the photos!! Congrats on the new camera 🙂

  • My Shoes Please

    January 4, 2011 |

    Love your jacket!

  • MerciBlahBlah

    January 4, 2011 |

    Who KNEW a sequin fanny pack could look this hot???? I just blogged yesterday about some girls bagging on my shoes when The Hubs and I went out Sunday night. Maybe I need to change my perspective and ENJOY it when haters hate.

    Love the boots, the new photography, and that distressed leatha egg chair? Just made me a wee bit incontinent.


  • Sing

    January 4, 2011 |

    Ohhh I like it, you pulled it off great.

  • Skinny Bish

    January 4, 2011 |

    I haven’t visited in a while but I’m amped I swung by — i LOVE that scarf. Man, o, man ~ perfect.

    Happy New Year Meggy!!

  • fashion junkie

    January 4, 2011 |

    The only time I ever considered rocking the fanny pack was when I spotted a fancy one from Chanel, but since I love sparkles and sequins I would totally rock this one too!!

    That is awesome the hubby is going to help you with your photos. I have the same dilemma.. I always take my own photos and it’s sometimes tough, but my bf helps out as well, so I’m lucky… We’re both lucky. 🙂

    p.s. great photos by the way!


  • CessOviedo

    January 4, 2011 |

    Can’t really see anything wrong with the panny pack! never thought of seeing a sequined one but it’s adorbs! … Eyecat sunnies were made for you doll!

  • annie

    January 4, 2011 |

    you are hilarious and your shots are great. looking forward to what 2011 brings on your blog!

  • Nuha Sofiyan

    January 4, 2011 |

    haha you barking orders at your husband sounds like something I do when he’s taking a picture.

    My dad owned a store back in the 90’s and I’m pretty sure he sold sequined fanny pack – too funny!!

  • Katie Anderson

    January 4, 2011 |

    I don’t usually comment, but these photos are so gorgeous I had to tell you. I’m definitely pleased that you finally got that SLR!

  • Ton Teezy

    January 4, 2011 |

    Love your blog to death!!!

    This might be the most dumbest request, but can you demonstrate how you wrapped your scarf? Every time I try to accomplish that cozy look, I feel like I’m choking myself.

    Thanks for always sharing!

  • Mae Lu

    January 4, 2011 |

    During Christmas, we went to lunch at our favourite restaurant in Seattle while we were traveling, and I found myself giggling, tossing my hair, pushing tendrils behind my ears, stealing glances at him… and I realized, shit! I’m still flirting with him after 6 years.

    It’s a nice feeling.

    Fanny packs are crazy.

    Mae Lu, @ thereafterish.

  • Caroline, No.

    January 4, 2011 |

    Love the new picture quality! They do look awesome! And I LOVE the fanny pack (er, we call them bum bag in the UK, fanny means, erm, I think you’d say vajayjay?)

    Anyway, they’re totally disco, I love them.



  • Lexy of BeautyFash

    January 4, 2011 |

    LOVE LOVE the fanny pack. SO FUN! And thanks for the scoop, I ordered a pale pink and an electric blue one this morning. 🙂 Can’t wait to get them!

    That jacket is great and love the scarf. Can’t wait to see your upcoming outfit posts using the new camera (and new photographer, hehe)!!

  • aftertherace

    January 4, 2011 |

    That sequined fanny pack is kind of amazing. And you definitely rock it!

  • Gwen

    January 4, 2011 |

    Only you could make a fanny pack look fabulous!!!! Love the nail polish combo!!! It’s on my list to try now. 🙂 I see you are really enjoying the camera too. Great photos and glad you enjoyed a fabulous New Years Day!!! XOXO

  • Bloggers Abode

    January 4, 2011 |

    PLEASE keep some shots that you take too o.k.! I would hate for this great blog to become another “my boyfriend takes all the shots” blogs. I hate that. Your shots are fun and unique and makes it all the more interesting. Just sayin’ 🙂


  • Gabriela

    January 4, 2011 |

    What ding dong would mock you in this outfit!!! The fanny pack is so cute, I love it, as well as the whole outfit. You look gorgeous as usual!!! They wish they looked so stylish as you!

  • bananas.

    January 4, 2011 |

    liking the pictures girlie…keep ’em coming!

    ps. sparkly is what’s up.

  • Grace

    January 4, 2011 |

    Gorgeous photos!

    Love Grace.

  • anhesty

    January 4, 2011 |

    omgoodness… i am not a fanny pack type of person but you can rock anything. i like the small pouches that are flat… i have a black one from UO. oh and HAPPY 2011!

  • simplychic

    January 4, 2011 |

    wow! i mean this is head to toe perfection…all the way down to the polish, and i have no words for the fabulousness of that fanny pack! i want one…badly!

  • Stephanie J.

    January 4, 2011 |

    I’m in love with the fanny pack!!

  • TK Kerouac

    January 4, 2011 |

    Great shades,and can you believe the quality of this new camera?

  • clearlyfabulous

    January 5, 2011 |

    Two things –
    #1: The sequined fanny pack rocks. I have a gold one but now think I also need a sequined one. Sorry in advance for biting your style.
    #2: I was planning to get a DSLR for my birthday in May, but I’d decided I was getting the Gucci Vintage Web Medium Boston Bag instead. But your pics are SO much crisper now, that I have to figure out how to get both the camera and the bag. Ah, life’s decisions.
    Thanks for the inspiration as always, darling!

  • Manda

    January 5, 2011 |

    love the new pics!!! and love your hubby’s outfit…guys outfit posts sometimes would be cool too for our men 🙂

  • Stephanie

    January 5, 2011 |

    I could care less about your fanny pack! I want to know what kind of Camera did you get?!?!?!?


    I love the fanny pack!

  • Stephanie

    January 5, 2011 |

    I guess I should read the next post down….


  • Jordyn

    January 5, 2011 |

    Amazing pics!!! I’m in love with your sequined fanny pack BTW…who’d have thunk it!?

  • Anonymous

    January 5, 2011 |

    Love the outfit, not a fan of the fanny, but u rock it!! Hair looks amazing and love the jacket!

  • Jill

    January 5, 2011 |

    Awesome photos. The scenery is fantastic. My husband and I are researching DSLR cameras and trying to decide between the Canon T2I or a Nikon. Seeing your pics definitely makes me consider the Nikon.

    Love the leather jacket and scarf!


  • Shann

    January 5, 2011 |

    I’m enjoying the scarf and white shirt!

  • drollgirl

    January 5, 2011 |

    DUDE! the shots are radical! i was not convinced you needed this camera thingie, as i liked the old shots. BUT THESE ARE RADICAL, TOO!!! well done to YOU and to YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER! whee!

  • Tiffany - I am Style-ish

    January 5, 2011 |

    Your photos were always great even before the dSLR but I know the feeling of finally being able to create the pictures that you had in your head with your camera!

    Only you can pull off the fanny pack, I love it!

  • Katie

    January 5, 2011 |

    Yep, it’s official. You can make anything look awesome! I think people should send you out of style items as a challenge to see what you can do with them. 🙂

  • passionsontopofpassions

    January 6, 2011 |

    this leather jacket is ridiculously perfect. im jealous!

  • Tinapunk

    January 6, 2011 |

    That picture quality is defiantly better. I love the photography aspect of your blog. Its getting more artistic.

  • Danielle

    January 6, 2011 |

    that fanny pack is amazing!!!!!!!!!

  • hotpants™

    January 7, 2011 |

    SLR’s are worth every penny. I love mine.

  • Ife'

    January 8, 2011 |

    hehe! I am pretty sure only YOU could pull this off. You look so freakin fab! Lol

  • DM

    April 23, 2011 |

    I’ve been dreaming of fanny packs lately… literally… lol. So I’m on a quest to find some locally in Vegas. I woke up and HAD to blog about it, so I mentioned you!

  • Rita Franco

    June 19, 2011 |

    I´m jealous that I don´t have a fanny pack too, they will probably start selling it pretty late in Brazil… hunf
    Can I buy it somewhere on-line?

  • Anonymous

    July 23, 2012 |

    what store did you order the fanny pack off of?

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