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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I’m just being honest. Not that I don’t get dressed, but I don’t really get dressed up. So when I do, I’m chasing down Mr. Wonderful to document it so I have something to share on Tuesdays. I know, Tuesdays are hard for me, beauty/fashion days for a model. But, honestly, I’m not really a model model.
I eat. And I don’t care what I eat and I don’t work out.
I’m getting dressed again tonight, Mr. Wonderful and I celebrate our two year anniversary! Wahoo!
Diana Elizabeth says two years has flown by so quickly, it’s such a reminder how life is a vapor.
Every year I buy new pajamas – I use a Christmas pajama party as an excuse. I was determined to jump into the adult onesie trend but after searching tons of animal themed ones, I really didn’t think I could do it.
Then I found the one I wanted. I bought this adorable Camille Women’s Nordic Print Onesie – because I love the fair isle print and it said it was heavy weight.
These I thought these were cute too:
Comes in practically every color you could imagine.
I learned that if you want a onesie with covered feet, you need to search for adult footie pajamas. I know. Things you probably should not have in your vocabulary.
Would you ever wear an adult onesie? Rather, have you?
Diana Elizabeth hopes it won’t be too complicated going to the bathroom. Hm.
It’s fall, and I love scarves. This is an old video that’s been circulating for a while, but maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t. Either way, a great video on a creative way to tie your scarf!
Diana Elizabeth says she better do it about 5 times because it’s much harder to do it on yourself than on someone else when you watch a video.
In modeling news that would only be of interest to really my dad, I’m on the cover of the NAPA Classics calendar again this upcoming year – 2014. I’ve been in it for the past few years. It’s always a pleasure working with photographer Dan Lyons when he comes into town.
We’ll be working on new shots hopefully early next month.
I was told there are about a quarter of a million printed and at most NAPA stores, primarily given out (for free) to their customers or favorite customers. I’m sure if you really want one you can ask for it. Please note there is one shot in there of me (I’m in there 3 times) that is about 4-5 years old, and my outfit is, unexplainable. For that alone, you should probably request to have one to laugh at me.
Oh and this year, if you’re an ex boyfriend of mine, please do not email me to tell me that you saw me or have the calendar on your desk. There’s nothing more disturbing than seeing an ex’s name in my inbox. I’d rather see every inappropriate spam subject title.
Was that harsh? I was kidding, ok it was a half kid.
Diana Elizabeth has new dresses she will wear and now knows to go for the “classic” and less trendy look in case an image will appear on a 2020 calendar. Oh fashion!
The movie was amazing, and I cried when the Captain cried and I have always adored Tom Hanks, he’s so talented. It’s based on a true story that happened a few years ago and I thought I was about to have an anxiety attack in my chair it was so suspenseful! It’s absolutely worth seeing so make plans to see it this weekend if you can. I promise you won’t regret it.
I don’t understand this anti-sweat pants movement cause stretchy pants are awesome, especially when you get to sit in a reclined seat while eating dinner. Yep, my airport travel pants – the Saturday pant by J.Crew (similar) made its appearance, it replaces leggings.
Karlie Asymmetrical Sweater top by BCBG.
Diana Elizabeth saw a ton of previews and said the good movies are finally coming out this fall. Summer seemed to be filled with so many nonsense type movies.
Contouring is important for photographs, adding more dimension in your face since pictures are one dimensional. You can lightly contour every day. Use 1 shade darker than normal wear so it’s a gentle contour and less dramatic, says Mariana Marie. I do daily light contouring as well.
Here I am contoured by Mariana Marie!
In my makeup drawer and on my face: Bare Minerals powder foundation / Blush: Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in 590 Soft Mink / Lipgloss: Buxom in Dolly / Eyeliner: NARS in Kyoto / Brows: Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown / Eyeshadow: MAC in Scene / Bronzer for light contouring (forehead and jawline): Dallas by Benefit Cosmetics
Here’s a super fun short video of the steps, it’s that easy! It was a sunny and cloudy day so the lighting changes, dang weather!
We kept my makeup the same, just showed how you can make your face more dimensional. If you’re on an iPhone, click here to see the video.
Ta-da! Thanks Mariana Marie for coming over, that was so fast and fun!
Diana Elizabeth thought using her Sony selfie was so great to put this quick project together!
A day to say “pass” on washing my hair? I’ll take it. I tend to shower at night (after all the gardening I do during the day) and I like my hair after I sleep on it, a few waves and more volume. But sometimes hair sticks to my forehead when I’m sleeping and that looks greasy.
I knew I wasn’t doing something right when using dry shampoo spray actually made my hair look like it wasn’t washed for two weeks opposed to one day. Have you ever had that happen?
My girlfriend Melayne – my Ireland/London partner in crime who does hair on the side and graduated from beauty school after college told me how to correctly use it.
Once you spray it on, do not touch it for a few minutes!
Most of us spray and then start tossing our hair around between our fingers like we need to shake or get it in there. What we need to do is spray the dry shampoo on and let it set and absorb into our hair for a few minutes (dirty hair first pic), and dry shampoo sprayed hair on the right – fast forward to some awesome grandma hair in a few decades.
Tackle the makeup while waiting…
And then back to the hair, to tousle to rub it in.
Embroidered Wildflower Top: J.Crew
Diana Elizabeth says the top knot ballerina bun also saves her one day to not have to wash her hair.
My favorite season is upon us – but I really do like real fall weather, you know where the leaves turn color and fall, and a chill is in the air. Eventually we’ll get there closer to the holidays. I already unloaded my fall attire into my closet and added a few things to freshen up this season.
This is what I’ve bought so far.
(1) Lucky Brand Keno Wedge, $160 comes in 3 colors / (2) J.Crew Contrast Silk Trim Blouse, $120 / (3) Hunter Moss Cable Cuff Welly Socks, $40 for my 3 pairs of Hunter boots / (4) J.Crew Pixie Pant, $98 thicker than leggings and more like riding pants / (5) J.Crew Crystal Icicle Bracelet, $95
I try to stay away from malls. Now that I just typed that I realized that it doesn’t help because the internet is so accessible and all I’m doing is online shopping, which is far more convenient, and dangerous! I do have a few remarks about these purchases, if you care to hear my thoughts!
I am obsessed with my Keno wedge, it’s a fun little bootie and casual, and since I seem to be an in between size with Hunter boots, the socks will help make them fit better this fall and looks adorable too keep my feet warm. And the best riding pants ever, the J.Crew pixie pants. I wore these in Ireland and London and loved them so much. You can show your bum wearing these, they are not like leggings. I am also a J.Crew addict when it comes to jewelry, such amazing quality that will last a long time. Oh, and I’m also into silk blouses lately, I seem to have turned into a little old lady incase you haven’t noticed!
Maybe one day I’ll put my outfit together and take a picture!
Diana Elizabeth realized maybe she needed to buy more color?
How do you keep your jewelry organized? I’ve seen so many ideas from curtain rods and curtain hooks via Pinterest to jewelry trees and empty frames with chicken wire. The latter doesn’t seem to fit my decor. I used to do the hanging pockets and had about three of them but it felt like my necklaces were scrunched.
I saw this over the door jewelry organizer and fell in love. It’s pretty thin too so I can still leave my door open. Mirror on the outside.
And a mirror on the inside too.
Holds 36 necklaces including the long ones, 48 earrings, 96 rings and 12 other compartments which I fill with bracelets.
Like clothes, I have jewelry that still have the tags on them.
When I first bought it Mr. Wonderful said, “Now honey, you don’t have to fill it all up just because you have the space.” I thought it looked so empty when I first bought it but not it’s so helpful when I get dressed to see what I have to choose from. Sometimes when I’m getting ready, I’ll send Mr. Wonderful to find a specific pair of earrings and it’s very easy for him to find.
Diana Elizabeth loves jewelry, especially that from J.Crew and of course the special real stones and gold jewelry is always well received for anniversary and birthday gifts!
So this silk strapless dress I’m wearing – I found it at a Goodwill back in Nor Cal for $7. It’s pure silk and it’s supposed to be a skirt. I fold in the waistband and wear it like this.
Mr. Wonderful captured me talking, hence my mouth open. I also don’t walk around with my hands pulling my skirt like above. Maybe when I was five, but not today.
I recently had lunch at Chloe’s Corner with my darling girlfriend Farrah and her new little one Amelia when one of the waitresses asked me about my dress and where I got it. Of course I shared along with my fashion innovation.
Which reminds me, why is it when we’re complimented on something we got a great deal on we have to share? When we’re complimented on say something expensive we’re wearing, we just smile and say thank you. Perhaps we know we’ve been suckered when we pay full price. I have to admit, most of the time I’m a sucker.
Diana Elizabeth loves thrifting in Nor Cal, she would have never suspected she’d be interested in other people’s clothes, but she also remembers she donates a lot there too. Sometimes a good find is just a dang good find, especially if you can be creative!
Hi! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Lover of cottage style homes and collector of tea towels. I'm a photographer, wife, model, and Christ follower. I'm just learning as I go and sharing my stories!
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