My name is Diana Elizabeth. My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I'm a journalist who went from writing about fashion and reporting off the LA red carpet to a photographer and FORD model. When I'm not behind or in front of a camera, I enjoy blogging about my home projects, and the things that make me happy with camera in hand.
I appreciate old homes, love adding fruit trees to our yard, and I firmly believe making a house a home is a wonderfully fun ongoing project. I'm bravely jumping into the domestic life hoping one day I will bake a homemade pie so I earn my badge. This is a glimpse into my life and work.
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Earlier this week I had the privilege of modeling at a women’s ministry event and hanging out with Alex Evjen of AVE Styles. Alex is a talented stylist in Phoenix who has worked with magazines (currently the fashion editor at Emma magazine and styled me for the shoot I modeled for here) and branding companies for their campaigns and photoshoots, and works with modeling agencies in the Valley. I adore her for many more reasons aside from her sweet personality and it was fun to let her rummage through my closet to ensure I had the closet staples.
My favorite message from Alex as she presented at her lab was, “Style is expression, NOT consumption.” I love her philosophy and she told me earlier she didn’t want to promote consumerism, but instead encourage that having a few key pieces you could easily walk away with almost two weeks worth of wardrobe.
I wanted to share the basics that she selected from my closet that she mixed and matched that evening in addition of a few links to items in every budget – the expensive stuff I share because I loved the style but you can easily find a comparable like within your budget. Alex and I do love bargains but we also agreed that some staples are absolutely worth the splurge for the closet longevity.
Visit Alex’s AVE Styles website and see her original list here. Alex is also available for a hourly fee of $40 to help you go through your closet, and decide what you need and gives you a list of what to buy. She’ll even go shopping with you if you need help!
Diana Elizabeth likes the quote by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, “Buy less, choose well.”
I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Lover of all things home, J.Crew, Anthro, and Team Edward. I'm a wife and devoted follower of Christ. I'm just learning as I go through life and sharing my stories!
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