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 on 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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Oh boy it’s starting to warm up.  Easter Sunday I decided to poke around the garden.  This means, going out with a natural spray (or this) to get rid of pests eating my garden, rip off dead artichoke leaves (they are massive and sticky), and check on things that are growing.  Tip:  Sit still long enough to watch your garden and you my catch brown caterpillars on the move!  Always take time to sit and observe.

I also decide if I want them to flower – which for some, means they will die, or if I should clip them, or harvest anything that is ready.

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In this area I have purple carrot I started from seeds.  The little cute leaves you see budding are the malabar spinach that needs a trellis.  Apparently the berries fell, and they will just keep on coming!  I’m so excited to have things that do that so I don’t have to buy new ones.  It dies every winter because of the frost, but in spring they come back up and it thrives during the summer.  You can cook it or throw it in salad.  it’s a bit thicker than most spinach.

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I also decided to dig up a few carrots.  This year I sowed the seeds in taller raised beds since last season I put them in shallow boxes which resulted in very scary, short, chubby looking carrots that the Mr. wouldn’t touch.  They went to the bunnies.  This year, look at them!  The carrots are from seed tape, because I’m very lazy to sow seeds sometimes.

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Because I was gone for a few days in Dallas for TGIFridays last week, I missed the right time to harvest my artichokes.  This is one thing I’ve learned, my first harvest season typically is semi-successful because I wait too long, unsure when it’s the right time to harvest them. Last season I waited for the peppers to get larger (I’m from Northern California so I assume produce is large and hefty), but later learned from local gardening classes that in the dessert, we are unable to get things that large.

I love how large they get!  Did you know they are perennials and can live up to 5 years?  I would love to landscape with them.  I’ve decided to let a few flower as we still have more artichokes on their way.

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Benjamin is so sad about it.  But I reminded him at Sprouts artichoke heads are only .99.

My Queen Elizabeth rose is doing well.  She was battling a fungus over the winter which is never fun.  After lots of oil spray, I think she’ll be fine.  I brought one in to sit by my kitchen sink.

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And since I have finally successfully grown lettuce because I understand they are a cool vegetable, it’s time to start eating them.  I do get terrified of eating my own grown things because of bugs.  I told Mr. Wonderful not to stare too closely into the salad just in case I missed washing a few bugs off.   I have terrible bugs in salad stories at restaurants that for a good few years, I stopped eating vegetables all together.  I’ll spare you the stories, but once, I found a sharp screw in my salad at a restaurant which was clearly not from the garden.

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Oh, and the few survivors that didn’t get attacked by birds.  I threw those into our Easter salad.

I should have a pig so I could have had him for Easter dinner.  Just kidding.  I did say that I should have bought a little honey baked ham but I was terribly bad at planning much since I was out of town.  Thankfully I can wing anything and Mr. Wonderful is thrilled.

A few things I have my eyes on to help with this summer’s harvest, and a few things I already have that might help your garden:

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Row 1:  Tubular Metal Half Garden Arbor / Bendable Steel Garden Edging / Solid Wood Garden Storage Cubby
Row 2: Cucumber Trellis / Raised bed corners / Tomato Ladders, set of 3
Row 3: Willow Plant Support, set of 2 / Seed Tape / Adjustable stem supports, set of 3
Row 4:  Floral Cotton Bandana / Leather and Linen Garden Gloves / Strawberry supports, set of 6

I crazy love that bandana.  I think I’ll sew one of my own this week with Liberty London fabric.

Diana Elizabeth is now reminded her time outdoors may have be earlier.  So this might also mean she needs to wake up earlier.  The bunnies are enjoying outdoors but prefer sitting on the dirt to stay cool.

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I recently booked three corporate jobs in the last month and I’m pretty excited about them.  I would have never thought I’d venture in that direction, but I found that I really enjoyed them – the time it takes is equal if not less to a typical portrait session and you can earn more.

If you aren’t sure how to price and include edits, I structure it similarly to headshots I do for actors.

I ask for the number of employees, assume it’ll take me 3-5 minutes per person and figure out time.

PRICING:

  • 1 price for the time, includes ALL the images you take in small JPG for preview, and say 10 final edited images, their choice.  Example: 1 hour $800 includes 10 JPGs.  2 hours, $950 includes 10 JPGs (there is a price break because they will be ordering more final edited images which I will price).
  • Additional $XX per edited image.

Pretty simple.  I think corporate headshots are also fairly easy, unless you get some interesting clients, some don’t understand that it should be like school photos – one shot and it’s your best.  Since no one understands photoshop is a huge improvement, try to give images fairly small so they don’t over analyze, or suggest that someone up front or up top makes the final selection on which images to edit before some get too hard on themselves.  If you’re worried about your SOOC (straight out of camera) images and a client not seeing the potential, include in one final edited with the SOOC shots.

DELIVERING PREVIEWS:

On the 5D Mark III, I love that I have two card options, SD card and compact flash.  I have the smallest JPG recorded to the SD card and RAW to my compact flash card.  Therefore I can just throw in my SD card in my computer click and drag and send via Dropbox for previews – no time resizing needed.  I do not rename any of my files, and I export keeping the same name.

PREPARATION:

A week before the shoot I touch base once again. I also include an invoice (if final number of images are certain), and my already filled out W-9 form – I keep one on file on my Google Drive that I attach easily.

It is important to ask your corporate client what they want to achieve.  As a portrait photographer, I include a lot of my portraits and headshot work so they can see my style to make sure it aligns with their vision.  I also ask them to attach images they like so we are on the same page.

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Some clients may want all indoors and with side window light, while others want your typical portrait style.  If windows aren’t tinted, you should be able to get some great indoor window light images.

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You may also be asked to shoot on white.  I had been asked this and since I’m a wedding photographer, I have some equipment that can make a decent on white background shot without the studio equipment.  They had a very small room available and had put up a wrinkly white cloth.  For this impromptu shot, I decided to use my off camera flash, 480 EXII (triggered by Radio Popper JrX System + RP Cube) behind the white backdrop to make it bright, and used my on camera flash 580 EXII and the Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud.

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A studio would have been ideal, but sometimes if it’s not your specialty with equipment and space (especially if you are on site at the office), you have to work with what you can.

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I feel I also have to stress this when it comes to corporate – your style can still carry over to corporate sessions.  It might not have a floral bouquet or a gal in a pretty dreamy dress, but you can still incorporate your talents to make a successful shoot.  However also keep in mind that you need to make your client happy and that’s what is the most important – not portfolio building.

DELIVERING FINAL IMAGES:

I send a Dropbox link (I typically scold professionals who deliver via online sharing services due to the incompleteness of branding, but for corporate, they often need to forward the images to their marketing department).  I send the link, invite to the folder, and I send a somewhat similar package I send to my couples, to my corporate client.  Don’t forget the thank you note.

Happy corporate shooting!

Diana Elizabeth says if you can, arrive early to check out where you will be shooting so you are prepared.

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 *WINNER of the Kokoon $150 giveaway is Amber Perona.  You’re all winners, use code: DIANA20 to May 31 to get 20% off your online Kokoon purchase!  Thanks to all who entered! *

I’ve revamped my wardrobe to pieces I love, I had two pairs of black trousers and neither I loved very much.  So I thought why not buy a pair I will absolutely love?  And why don’t we do that?  We buy so many inexpensive things only to have them wear out or fall out of love with them quickly because of poor quality when we really should save up for investment pieces.

I’m now putting myself on a tight $150 budget starting…now to end of May.  I’m on a break until June.  But then I do plan on being really good, because I don’t need anything.

Meanwhile, here’s what I added to my closet in case any of you are interested in giving your closet a makeover:

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Knit Tank / Front Button Shirt /  Silk pants / Draped Top

Are you wearing a lot of racerback dresses or tops this summer?  Consider the racerback bras at Victoria’s Secret.  I like this one, and this one.

Oh dear, these are budget friendly and darling.  Can’t, can’t!!

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Retro Doll Flared Jumpsuit / Mosaic Woven Halter Jumpsuit

It’s so fun being a girl, isn’t it?

Diana Elizabeth has a very thinned out closet.  For a day Mr. Wonderful felt sorry for her and asked if she needed to buy more clothes.  She hesitated and told him a few boxes were on their way.  He understood.

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Dress: Aryn K / Scarf: J.Crew (sold out, but I like this one) / Jacket:  J.Crew

I thought I’d do a behind the scenes walk thru of what it’s like to be a brand ambassador.  This post will show you what bloggers who are approached by brands experience to kick off the partnership, and our duties.  You may wonder why bloggers tweet, Instagram, or constantly post on social media.  It is work, but it’s the most fun work I’ve ever done.

Bloggers are selective with the brands we work with, it’s like choosing your friends – you want quality over quantity.

I figured I’d tell you what I did last week as the perfect example.

First, you are flown out to the destination, all expenses paid – it is typically to where the company’s corporate headquarters is based.  In this case it was Dallas where the TGIFriday’s headquarters is located.  Eight bloggers across the country came together.  In my case, I had a 7 AM flight.  Quite early for this Sleeping Beauty.

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Side note: I finally found pants that are just as comfortable as my J.Crew Saturday pants.  If you are in the market for quality designer denim, I highly suggest the these.  They are like old worn in jeans.

When you arrive into the new city, a driver meets you at baggage claim by holding a sign with your name.  He gets your bag and you get into a nice car – a Cadillac, a Lincoln towncar, something like that.  I decided to be discrete and take a photo of my feet, cause taking a photo of him looking back at me while driving would have been so weird.

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You are then taken to a nice hotel.  For this trip, it was at the NYLO.  Clearly I could tell I was in Dallas, their state flag was everywhere. I love their patriotism.

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Typically when you check in, there is a gift bag waiting for you from the brand.  My little self just loves this part.

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Then you start walking around and taking selfies of yourself (I’m wearing Kokoon’s Kanga Poncho).  You also take selfies and send them to your girlfriends so they can share in the excitement.

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Unpack, change into my travel hotel slippers.  I totally rearrange everything to make myself at home.  Am I the only one?

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Then I get ready and change into new clothes for the kick off event – our first event was at 4 PM.  One more to show you the bed.  Oops, I just so happened to be in it.

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There is a “party bus” or stretch limo that awaits for the days ahead because it’s much easier to move a group of bloggers around.  So in we went, and headed to the nearest TGIFriday’s!

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And then, the feast begins.  What I was most impressed was hearing the new menu that will be coming out May 14.  All of the appetizers we tried were clean food – that’s right, fresh and no preservatives.  This means it’s like homemade freshness only you don’t have to make it!  Music to my ears, as the kitchen continues to be my least favorite room in the house.

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We had loads of staff attention – the chef came out with every meal and presented it to us, telling us that TGIFriday’s invented the potato skins!  Each dish was presented and explained which makes you feel like you are a food critic about to devour the most delicious looking platters.  Oh, and drink up.  Gulp.  These are non alcoholic by the way, since I get the Asian Glow within two sips.  The bottom right tastes like an orange Creamsicle.  I die.

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That was only a few snapshots of what we ate.  I could barely breathe.  Do you drink?  If so, oh let me show you something… cause I really really wanted it after I saw it.

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And all the girls who love the color pink, especially pink drinks, began to squeal.  Seriously, wouldn’t this be a great IG video? #TGIFridays #HappyHour #mydrinkiscoolerthanyours

After food there is usually a fun activity to get to know each other and a way to feel the culture of the company.  So, after bellies were full that we couldn’t breathe, we headed over to the Dallas Arboretum for an outdoor concert.  Who played?  A crazy amazing cover band.  I dug the Bruno Mars songs!  It’s an amazing park by a lake and it was so picturesque.

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We sat on blankets and chatted.  One blogger is missing below.  Oh, and best unintentional photobomb ever, lady.

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I loved the conversation, just tips on blogging, sharing life, these ladies were the absolute sweetest and I felt so at home.  Then, it became late and we were tired and we had to catch our party bus back to the hotel.

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We sit in the bus on our phones, tweeting, checking email, working basically until we reach the hotel.  That concludes the first half day.  Off to bed for a 9 AM day to start day two which always involves going to corporate.

The bus arrives and takes us to TGIFriday’s corporate headquarters!  I have to admit, I thought the exterior would look more like a GIANT TGIFriday’s restaurant, but I forgot, it’s a corporate office.

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But of course the inside is anything but boring!  We got a little historic tour which was like a TGIFriday’s museum by a woman named Judy who had been working for the company for several decades!

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Oh dear…this cracks me up.  This was 1989.

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Is anyone with me that the 1975 uniforms are darling?  So country farm girl!  I would totally think this would be cute!  And apparently I was the only one.  Can’t help it, I just love vintage.

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Did you know in 2015 TGIFriday’s will celebrate its 50 year anniversary?  And, I’m so glad I was born after 1974 so I didn’t have a time in my life without potato skins.

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The brand immersion begins and we are given our stripes and more goodies as we prepare for a few presentations in the meeting room.

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Then before you start your brand immersion, you have every blogger’s Twitter handles, the hashtags to use, and you have your social media apps open. It’s a meeting you can have and be on your phone at the same time – explain that to your next corporate job meeting, but I’m working boss, marketing!

As a blogger you can sit in the car or in a room in utter silence on your phone.  This is not considered rude – this is considered working.

Then PR is watching our hashtags and trending and monitoring our social media platforms.  It’s working everyone!

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After learning the history of a brand, it was lunch time.  Where should we eat?  How about “Little Fridays”.  Yep, in the office they have a TGIFriday’s!

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The second feast continues.  I ate like I was going to the chair.

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This time we had a different menu because day one was happy hour.  So this time it was lunch/dinner.  A ton of plates are passed around and you take a slice because you can’t possibly have enough stomach space to eat all the dishes they are about to serve.  Yes, that is lobster.  Amazing.  We were also briefed on each plate as it came out.  May 14 everyone, you will all DIE at the food and I will be at the nearest Friday’s to eat this food all over again.  Steak, chicken, lobster, chicken nuggets – all handcrafted.

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Oh but wait.  Being amongst the like minded, you understand that you don’t touch the food until every blogger takes the photo she needs for social media and blogging.

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And you continue to eat…

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And drink. Like I said, as if it were your last day on Earth.  Above are calamari fries.  My mouth is watering now.

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Take pictures, eat, tweet, post all of that.  Then, a video presentation and a bartending lesson by a finalist at the World’s Bartender Championship.

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I did not participate since I did not do sports in high school and I have no hand eye coordination.  Did you know TGIFriday’s invented the Long Island?

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Oh, and they also invented Happy Hour.  The first HH took place at the 63rd and First location in NYC.  That with the invention of potato skins, we have to thank TGIFriday’s for so much.

After the food coma, we thank those who prepared the meals and served us.

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Then we head back to the meeting room to learn more about the brand so we can understand what they stand for and their branding goals to reach customers and how we can help them reach customers.

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Then we get more goodies!  I got a piece of “flair” – I know, they probably don’t like that word since Office Space, but pins really are cool at TGIFriday’s, it was so neat to hear the stories and the awards given out.  The culture is amazing.  The clappers are used by employees when a bell is rung on the first floor.  When that happens, everyone gets up from their desk to head downstairs and claps to celebrate – an event, people who attend management training, that sort of thing.  What a great bunch of people!

My USB has blogging slide shows, an internet badge, and instructions to help us come up with content on our blog.

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After a day of presentations, eating, and fun of course, it was time for us to catch our flights.  So off to the airport in our carriage we went.  My friend Crystal Reagan, is a friend I met from being in Sony Club and I was SO happy to spend time with her some more!  We clicked so well at Sony San Diego. We were trying to find each other through Terminal E before our flights and guess what we found?  We had a chuckle.

Could we do meal three here?  Oh, I think we can.

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I don’t know what it is, but photobombers just gravitate towards any shot I’m in.  At least he’s smiling.

Then after a flight back, I come home and cuddle my bratty bunny London who hates when I touch her.  Too bad, I’m bigger, I win.  Kisses for London.

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You might be wondering why companies invite bloggers to be a part of an exclusive club or why bloggers choose to participate.  While I am still in awe over the blessings I have received since I decided to take on blogging a bit more seriously thanks to two friends (Club MED), I know I am so blessed. I didn’t blog more to go anywhere, get an income, or have any perks, just to share my heart, and encourage others.

For me, I enjoy working with brands for the opportunity to help a company I believe in, and help my readers with their lifestyle.

I worked many years as a marketing girl, I love to write, I want to use my journalism degree, and I use my blog as my own little magazine.  I’m the content editor, writer, editor-in-chief, and photographer (of course!).  My past as a graphic designer and freelance marketing director has helped me dabble with brands and strengthen them. I don’t have to own many businesses, I just get to be a part of many that I love and if you love it, you share it – just like life.

So when bloggers are a part of a club for a company it simply means we believe in the company, it fits within our lifestyle, and it’d probably be something we’d talk about anyway.  We get to enjoy the perks and share them with you in hopes you will enjoy it too, that is our purpose.  We are simply voices who are chosen to share it because the company likes our readers.  Yep, they like you!  Also reviews are always honest, in fact there’s a lot of dialogue behind the scenes with bloggers, PR, and the company about working together for things that would be beneficial for readers, customers, and if there are tech problems (if say a blogger reps a tech company).

I’ve had to pass on some opportunities that just wouldn’t be a fit, some just not for me or you.  That’s it!  Just thought I’d show you a glimpse of what it’s like in the blogging world when invited to work with brands.  It’s one of the most honorable and fun things about it, and also the people you meet from all over the country, or world.

Enjoy your Monday.  Don’t you wish it was Friday?  Well I know a place where it’s always Friday

Diana Elizabeth says don’t forget to enter the Kokoon $150 giveaway.  Comments close at 5pm MST tonight!

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After I complained last Friday about my constant audition goings and inability to book anything, I had another audition this week, cause you know, it’s what I do – professional auditioner.

Only this time, my audition was filmed and they liked it so much they’re going to use the actual footage and I just got paid for it.   I’m so thankful and sometimes that little pick me up is exactly what your heart needs to push out discouragement.

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Monday, April 21 is the last day to enter the $150 Kokoon giveaway.  Visit this post to leave a comment to enter.  If you browse through Kokoon’s site and tell me what you’d spend your credit on, I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

Make time this weekend to enter.  You won’t win unless you at least give it a shot.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday morning.

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It’s also Easter this weekend.

I wanted to take a nice photo of Liberty and London for you like the cover of Martha Stewart, but it’s a bit warm outside already and I’ve been gone in Dallas for a blogging opportunity/sponsorship that I figured some photos taken from our Kokoon spring line shoot should work.

I’m holding Liberty, my favorite girl.

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London says hello (below):

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Have a great Easter.  The Son of God who was brought down from Heaven above died for all of on the cross.  That while we are all sinners, by just believing that He was the Son of God and was risen back to life, we now are saved and have eternal life with God.  Jesus is the bridge of the gap between man and God.  John 3:16.  If you’ve never been to church before or you don’t know where to start, google “Non Denominational Christian Church” that should be a great start on a new journey to a new life.

I left my old life behind at 25, I’ll tell you about that one day.

Diana Elizabeth says the bunnies will be getting carrots and enjoying the outdoors over the next few weeks before the 100 degree temperatures set in.

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This is my herb box that divides the patio from the backyard, right off the laundry room/kitchen area.   I’m pretty certain this wasn’t my idea, it was probably my friend Michelle’s who has her own food blog, as I would never imagine something so perfect. I plant some herbs there – along with a few colorful flowers, so I can easily walk out and grab some fresh herbs if I need it while cooking.

I also try to not waste water, so any leftover water from boiling eggs, pasta, that sorta thing I pour into the herb garden or on bushes.  Aren’t we so fortunate to have fresh clean water? I think about that every time I turn on the faucet.

I can’t stress enough the truth of, “The best thing for a garden is a gardener’s shadow.”  The other day I noticed my artichokes were looking pretty pathetic.  A few checks on the automatic drip system showed me they were only getting watered once a week.  And lately, this heat has been taking a toll on my veggie garden so it really started to show.

Every day I jump in my garden boots from Target (similar) and go out and check to make sure things are OK, no bugs have attacked things, watching it before it becomes a real problem.  Just one full yeas into taking on this adventure of gardening I’ve finally stopped killing things – although there was that one time I mistakenly composted my entire harvest of limes out of confusion – apparently I had the smaller limes that go into your Corona instead of the ones I thought I bought.  Oh well, I’m excited for next year.

Are you going to start a garden soon?  If so, check out this post I wrote about how we started our garden beds.

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In Phoenix, our season is coming to a close, the heat will kick in and we’ll be able to grow tomatoes, basil, peppers, jalapenos and a few other things, but say goodbye to our lettuce and peas.

Here are a few gardening things on my mind as of lately, a few things I proudly own:

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Row 1: pink garden tools / hat / hand therapy
Row 2: hose / harvest basket / copper plant markers
Row 3: Garden trellis, cedar composite / 3-pack tomato and plant support tower / watering can

If you’re hesitant about gardening, take a few local classes.  There are usually classes your city offers that are a few bucks, just ask your local nursery.  I took many classes in order to understand where I should position my garden (and I totally didn’t listen but it still works), and how to keep grass away.  Don’t be afraid – I used to kill things all the time, and that’s just part of learning!

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Diana Elizabeth wouldn’t be as good of a gardener if it weren’t for her supportive husband Mr. Wonderful.

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Summer is going to be here before we know it so I’m sure you’re all ready to travel – I know I am!  I thought I’d write a post of some of my favorite travel gear and what I take with me.  I don’t take ALL that you see above with me all the time, but for the most part it’s about 85% of the gear you see above.

When I went to Ireland and London, I left my DSLR at home but took my Sony NEX-5R (c/o), with 3 lenses: 50mm f1/.8 great for portraits and that compression, 16mm f/2.8 for scenic wide angles, and the standard kit lens 18-55mm (c/o) just incase I needed it for backup.  I typically put all of those things in the ONA camera bag travel insert and stuff in a large crossbody purse.  To see how great this camera is with DSLR quality (minus the mirror) click here to see photos from Ireland.

If you have a smart phone you can use a free app to use your phone as a remote.  Otherwise, you can pick up an inexpensive wireless remote.

I always pack my Canon Powershot S100 as a backup.  Because it’s so lightweight, I can slip it in my clutch.  Also if my batteries run out on my main camera, heaven forbid, I don’t miss capturing something great.  It has manual mode and opens to F/2 which is important for a photographer – this basically means you can capture some great images in low light settings, even on auto mode.

For any landscape shooting, this Dynex tripod lightweight tripod I bought at Best Buy for under $20.  You cannot use your hefty DSLR on this bad boy, I wouldn’t even try it.  It’s not heavy duty, but is excellent for small camera needs.

If you’ll be backpacking or you need to stuff more equipment on your back, consider the Case Logic Reflection DSLR Backpack (c/0).  You can see my review on it here.

If you just want a decent lens and your smartphone, you can take the Sony Qx10 (c/o) lens and that’s it!  Read my review here.  It will take excellent photos on the mini SD card and you can have it on your phone as well.  This is great for all your phone picture takers – but you know you should really preserve your memories with better equipment.  Downside – no flash, but nbd if you shoot during the day.

Quick reference:

  1. Sony NEX-5R (c/o)
  2. Wireless remote
  3. Dynex tripod
  4. Case Logic Reflection DSLR Backpack (c/0)
  5. 18-105mm f/4 (c/o)
  6. 18-55mm (c/o)
  7. 50mm f1/.8
  8. ONA camera bag travel insert
  9. 16mm f/2.8
  10. Canon Powershot S100
  11. Rowallan Camera Case
  12. Sony Qx10 (c/o)
  13. Qx10 carrying case

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.   Are you going anywhere this summer?  Happy travels!

Diana Elizabeth says the Sony NEX cameras are amazing, she recommends it to everyone, even photographers because traveling with a DSLR and all those expensive lenses doesn’t make sense!

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Those wardrobe pieces you can always bet you’ll get compliments when you wear it – that’s the Kokoon line.  Kokoon – a boutique without borders concept, is a modern version of a home trunk show business (you can also buy online if you cannot attend a local show).  Kokoon has been in business for 25 years, you can read owner Laine’s amazing journey in the Edina Magazine interview here.

Laine is a dual state residence, living in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Minneapolis, Minn.  Laine wanted to offer my readers a little giveaway to celebrate the new items added to her spring line by spoiling one of you with $150 credit!  You can order through a rep or online – the reps have more exclusive and limited items.  ALSO!  Kokoon is also offering all readers a 20% off discount until the end of May, use the code: DIANA20,  so get a jump start on your spring/summer wardrobe now!  More info on how to enter at the end of this post.

They are looking for sales reps across the country, and you don’t need to buy samples or give any formal presentations.  Hostesses receive free clothing credits and a 30% discount for six months on qualifying shows.  If you’re interested in hosting or being a rep, click here.

Here are some of my favorite pieces I modeled that you might like!

For size reference, I am 5’8″, 32B, 25″, 34″ and 117 lbs., I am wearing a size XS in everything.  These were taken at my house!

41 Princess Sweatshirt has the cutest ruffle detail!  This was so soft and is so feminine, I love it!

aSeUhq9-0_XSrgU5TKF9dcmwE2-STxUGlXEVPk59-ak-682x1024 Limited Edition cap sleeve wrap dress only available through a sales rep.

I really want this entire outfit as I can imagine myself walking through the flower shops in France…

U5z0uJHio-vFT5Cngx994bu7pi4uKClyxrRMcFuFtV8 Regatta Stripe rib-knit dress with cardigan look at the back…

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nvr7n_r3gi1dw6aubrpqwdic7qtbngfwlct-_cwqyi0 A twist on the basic tank!

04xgjpwepzc1focqtuahlw17gln-jeizquxzfzwgh2m_1 Demitasse tank in black (comes in other colors) – it’s reversible! Scoop neck or the peek-a-boo detailing.
City of Angels maxi skirt, feels so good against your skin! Love the bright colors.

jaygoyukrsyo2778ame34ot73toavrcq7so2rs9-hme Woodstock Maxi skirt, love the detailing!

What will I be adding to my closet?  I already have the Kanga Poncho in gray, but I fell in love with this little dress:

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These images taken by Melissa Louise Photography - who is just amazing.  She specializes in seniors in the Minneapolis area!  Alright, so here’s how to enter the sweepstakes…

Use the code: DIANA20 for 20% off your purchase - valid through end of May!  Start shopping now!

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To win $150 of credit to Kokoon, leave a comment below by 5 pm MST Monday, April 21 (comments will be then be closed).  Winner will be selected at random and announced the next day on Tuesday’s post.  That’s it!  Open to US and Canada residents only.  

BONUS! We’ll double your entry if you tell us what you’d spend your credit on.  Is it the Woodstock Maxi?  The Princess Sweatshirt?  Or something else? Visit Kokoon’s site to take start shopping.

Can’t wait to hear what your favorite piece is!  Don’t forget to follow and like them to keep in touch!

Every one thank Kokoon for doing this!

Diana Elizabeth knew she had to get this cute little dress after she put it on – perfect for her upcoming France trip!  Oui Oui! 

Style

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Phase 1 of Sony Club has come to a pause (they don’t want us to say end), but not without a bang!  A nice big box arrived at my door.  My, what could be inside?  A sweet note, and a reminder of some fun memories we had when we all met up for the first time in San Diego for sailing, horse races, and collecting our Sony goodies… and…

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Wait, did I see that correctly?  An e-mount lens box?  Telephoto?

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Why yes! Yes!  I had this in my Amazon shopping cart for a month debating if I needed a telephoto lens.  This 18-105mm f/4 will be perfect for…

A week long trip to FRANCE in June!

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Weeee!  Oh, and my face is on a marshmallow with my fellow Sony Club bloggers, the rest of the awesome 10 of them.

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When I first decided to concentrate more about blogging I had little to no idea what that meant, what the rewards would be, if any.  I wasn’t looking for them, just looking to share, encourage, write in my own little space in the blog universe and enjoy my day to day lifestyle.  This has truly been a blessing, a nice encouragement, and I have really treasured this time of being included to work with such a great brand.  Thanks Sony for all the fun and your generosity, really love you guys.  You had me at Walkman.

Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R (c/o),+ 18-55mm (c/o).

Diana Elizabeth says a fast way to her heart is filling her camera bag.  And a full expenses paid trip overseas, that will also do.

Photography

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Some days, instead of a professional model or actress, I feel like I’m more of a professional auditioner.  Audition, open call, audition, audition.  One day I’m a yoga instructor, another day I’m dragging my pet bunnies in a cage for a Petsmart commercial.

A few weeks ago, I did a high kick during my audition because I was so over going to auditions.  For the record, it wasn’t completely out of context.   I was dancing during my audition and well, just decided, this is how freaking happy I am about this audition.  And no, I didn’t get the part, but it was a good high-kick.

The reality of being in this industry is that you go to a lot of auditions and book only a few.  Direct books are few and far between but when they do happen, they are fantastic!  And sometimes, you have to go back after you do a good audition for a callback so it takes a lot of work to be a working actor and model in the industry.

Anyway, just thought I’d share a glimpse of real truth that it’s not all glamorous and just like any job, you get no’s.  Only these no’s have to do with your height, weight, face, hair, and acting abilities – or maybe even high kick abilities ;)

But guess what I did get to do a few weeks ago … I’m on Kokoon’s front page of their website!

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More on this line next Tuesday as they are going to do an incredible giveaway.

But, if you want to start shopping now, use code: DIANA20 to enjoy 20% off your entire purchase through the end of May.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diana Elizabeth has headshots in her car, ready for a moment’s notice for an audition.

 

Life, Style

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