My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I love traveling, home improvement projects, sewing, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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The week has continued just like the last, and without sounding like I’m a nutcase (which I believe we are nutty in our own unique lovable way), I’m going to just say I recovered from one event, and am currently onto the next.  Bring it on, says the Lord as he continues to use these events to refine my character.   Thanks for reaching out and sharing your stories.  I’m not a misery loves company kinda gal, but I do believe if we share our hearts openly it encourages others to do the same – by admitting life isn’t perfect and to hear stories from friends who struggle with the same thing makes us feel less alone, more normal, more hopeful.

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You can’t make everyone happy.  You may even offend or make people dislike you because you’re just living your own life, being you.  My girlfriend Fawn posted a love letter to mean girls this week (she just contributed to a new book), so fitting and I loved the part when she asked -

“Why do you do what you do (gossip, snub, mock, attack, reject) but more importantly, why don’t you have the notion to quietly examine your hatred so you can find out what’s really broken in you?  See, the rest of us know that one’s hatred has very little to do with the object the hatred is aimed at, but is instead a reflection of one’s inability to get emotionally aware and approach that emotion with maturity, dignity, and respect.”

I share this because in the past week you have shared your struggles, mean girls attacks, rejection from family and/or friends.  The reality is, we are all imperfect people living imperfect lives but if we take a moment to not take rejection from people we love personally – but perhaps realizing we don’t know what people’s inner battles are, maybe we can respond more compassion, even if the action of attack isn’t warranted, and stings.

Life will never be constant, there will always be ups and downs, surprises and upsets, so let’s just go through life hugging each other, a lot.  What do you say?

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Here’s a quick saving money on framing project I just discovered.

We had our home painted by The Art of Michelle and I needed it framed.  However, since I spent $200 on the watercolor I wanted to be a little more conservative on the framing.

I headed to Hobby Lobby and with a ready-made frame and matting, it would cost me $35.  I wasn’t even that in love with the weathered frame, either, it sort of protruded out at the edges and I wanted something a bit flatter with less dimension.

Have you ever walked down the ready-made gallery frames?  They have no glass or backs, just open frames.  They were 50% off, and I found a perfect one, the matting was $2, and I picked up one of those cheap glass-clip floaty frames.  You could slip the glass right in the spot and just nail it, I think it was about $5.

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Total, $22.  I know I didn’t save the world but I opened my eyes up to new solutions!

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Ever since I tasted my girlfriend Rachel’s Thai tea on one of our lunches I have been dreaming of it – I don’t go to Thai restaurants that often only because there really aren’t that many around where I live, sadly.

Have you ever had Thai tea?  Oh dear, it’s amazing.

After poking around for some recipes on how to make it, and a couple trials and errors to figure out what worked for me – and my impatience, I’m sharing it with you.  Note I call all my recipes “Easy Recipes” because they must be – I don’t do anything in the kitchen unless it’s easy.

What you need:

10 steps to make Thai tea (serves 3-4)

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil
  2. Add 3/4 cup sugar, dissolve
  3. Add 1 cup Thai tea mix
  4. Let boil for 3-4 minutes (careful not to burn leaves)
  5. Turn off heat
  6. Leave alone for 15 minutes
  7. Pour tea thru cloth tea filter sock so leaves stay separated
  8. Place tea into fridge to cool (I do maybe 15 minutes because I’m thirsty and impatient)
  9. Pour tea into cup over lots of ice (this helps cool it anyway) about 3/4 of the cup
  10. Pour milk (need a thick milk like whole or half-and-half) over to top it off

If you haven’t had this before, tell me so when you come over I’ll make it for you!

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What’s your vice?  Is it shoes, handbags, makeup?  Mine would be shoes and maybe handbags.  However, I’m realizing I’m not using all of my bags.  I’m selling two of my Louis Vuittons (I know I swore I never would) but I don’t use them and my style is changing.  I’m selling them to Bag Borrow or Steal, which has offered me a good price.

The rest, I decided to keep in dust bags but tag them with a Polaroid so I can see them.  That out of sight out of mind is so true.

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I love my Polaroid camera/printer.  Aside from using it to document my travels in a journal, now I can use it to tag shoes and purses I store.

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Do you store your bags in dust bags?  I wasn’t sure if I should or if putting them away prevented me from using them since I didn’t see them but now I’m sure I can see them – as so.

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Hoping this works and my bags get out of my closet!

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