My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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Wardrobe Closet Staples

“Style is expression, NOT consumption.” - Alex Evjen of AVE Styles

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.

  1. Classic button down:  Sheer snap button top $19.80 at Forever 21
  2. Chambray button down: Pearl snap chambray button top, $24.80 at Forever 21
  3. Colored cardigan: Green button front stretch cardi, $25 at Old Navy 
  4. Colored blazer: Red Schoolboy Blazer in Linen, $175 at J.Crew
  5. Black blazer: Classic 2-button blazer, $98 at Gap
  6. Denim jacket: Nolita Indigo Jacket, $118 at J.Crew
  7. White cami: V-neck layering cami, on sale $7.50 at Old Navy
  8. Lightweight scarf: Tassel paisley scarf, $8.80 at Forever 21
  9. Black pants: Slim crop Pants, $49 at Gap
  10. Dark skinny jeans: Hudson Jeans ‘Collin’ Skinny Jeans in Eddy Wash, $189 at Nordstrom
  11. Simple dress: Sleeveless Racerback Maxi Dress, $22 at
  12. Black pencil skirt: High waisted pencil skirt with belt, $12.80 at Forever 21
  13. Gold belt: Patent Leather gold belt, on sale $19 at J.Crew 
  14. Statement necklace: Bubble Necklace, $150 at J.Crew
  15. Nude shoes: BCBGeneration Cielo pump, $89 at
  16. Black shoes: Kitty by Joe’s, $69 at
  17. Metallic wedges:  Marc by Marc Jacobs, $198 at

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.”

Lifestyle, Personal, Style

3 Notes Left

  1. Mailinh Nguyen says:

    Love this! You two are two styling ladies!

  2. krystal says:

    I have 8 out of the list. I do like that “Buy less, choose well” quip! It helps that I really don’t like shopping so when I DO get something I have to choose well because I don’t do it often hehe!

  3. Alex Evjen says:

    Thanks so much for the sweet words, Diana. =) I’m thankful to have met you and get to work with you.

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