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 love tea party themed showers! I recently celebrated my lovely friend Ashley and her upcoming nuptials to her Mr. Wonderful this spring. Having been friends for about 5+ years, it’s been an amazing privilege to pray for her, and watch her relationship bloom. It’s when you get to see your friends have their happy ending that makes you praise God and give him all the glory for being the best matchmaker!
I found my fascinator at an antique store though I’m not convinced it’s an antique. I held onto it hoping to wear it to another Del Mar Race but switched my outfit up at the last minute. I’m so glad I was able to bring this out and wear it for such an occasion. Now figuring out how a teardrop fascinator should sit on your head is quite a challenge!
All I know is fascinators should always be on the side of your head, rarely right smack in the middle of it. This tilt seemed to work.
My hair’s getting long again. Time to chop chop, getting it cut today actually.
Diana Elizabeth says looking at her outfits now she thinks she needs to keep some of the more formal tea party ones in her closet, you never know when you are invited to another tea party – or the races!
The last time I owned anything railroad stripes was in junior high and they were overalls. They were the best things ever because my bff Jackie had the same ones and we were twinsies.
And almost 20 years later I have them again. Not the overalls though.
I bought the J.Crew Railroad Stripes Toothpick Jean, $135. It had size zippers. SIDE ZIPPERS! Killing me. Had to have.
You can’t see the stripes very well.
I won’t wear them both together of course, which kinda sucks because they are both new and usually when I buy new things I want to wear all of it at the same time.
Diana Elizabeth was googling more railroad stripe things but she said to herself, no, stop it.
There has been so much celebrating this spring – new babies, new marriages, it’s that time of the year and that time of life! So I daringly put on my bright yellow pants from ASOS that I’m still surprised I wear. A little black peplum top, Yani pointed suede pumps by Dolce Vita (on sale now!) and jewelry by J.Crew, courtesy of Mr. Wonderful.
We celebrated one of my good and long-time friends from college, Melissa, her first born will be making his debut soon. His name? Benjamin.
In which Emily pointed out to Mr. Wonderful that while the tike isn’t named after him, he clearly must be a good guy to not take the name out of the running. You know how that name game goes, “Oh, no, we can’t name it Justin, there was a boy in grade school named Justin who picked on me!” Point well taken Emily, so funny!
This is Club MED – for Melissa, Emily and Diana. Over 10+ years of the 3 of us getting together it has been dinner club, traveling, spa days, and just good fun and great conversation. Love these girls so much.
I find that I wear better outfits when I have to go somewhere or on vacation. Em pointed it out it’s because we plan more. I sure need to plan more of my daily outfits.
Look at Max photo bombing our picture in the back. The lovely Camelback mountain, we were in the residences in Camelback Inn.
Diana Elizabeth keeps buying high heeled shoes but she rarely wears them. They are just so pretty.
Showing you a picture of myself is so awkward. It’s so unnatural for me to be like, hey, look at me. I don’t know how fashion bloggers do it. Go you, but I just get all uncomfortable and feel like I’m trying to shove too much of myself into your face.
Yes, I know this is my blog and having a blog does mean sharing my thoughts to anyone who will listen, but…this is different. Anyway, that was my poor attempt to make you not feel ostracized if I keep uploading selfies.
So I modeled six outfits from Kokoon’s spring line. I met Laine at a NYE party and took a liking to her instantly. She mentioned her clothing line, I mentioned I modeled, then the next thing I knew I was invited to model her clothing line which has been in business for over 25 years!
Here’s my favorite outfit I wore – wait, I take that back – one of my favorites because I really liked a black and white maxi dress too.
These peg leg pants were actually a last minute replica (last minute as in Laine had the pants made a few days before the show), from pants she made in 1987. They were so comfy and I love peg leg pants that stretch – duh, this coming from a girl who can’t get out of her J.Crew Saturday sweatpants.
You can find Kokoon online or find a local representative so you can touch and try on the clothing. Personally I love wearing things that are a more unique and harder to find. I bought the Kanga poncho from their spring line.
Of course buying things out of season or out of style works too. But let’s try to not do that anymore.
Photo credit: Zach Morin
Diana Elizabeth loves fashion. She used to be a fashion writer and photoshoot stylist in a previous job, did you know? Random fact #462.
Packing for a 10-day trip isn’t really easy. So I brought a ton of layers. January isn’t a popular tourist month for the parks which is AWESOME because it meant no crowds. But, it’s still a little chilly – in the 60s and sometimes 70-80 so you never know what you’ll wear. So, lots of layers to change if necessary was all I did.
My favorite thing to wear that was the softest thing ever, was this Crest Mock Jacket by US Polo Assn (c/o). that I could wear alone or under the vest. It kept me so warm and comfortable. I am pretty sure I’d like to nap in it too, it’s like wearing a warm blanket.
Here I am wearing it under my vest which got an equal amount of wear:
By the way, that Mickey shirt was a family shirt and we were all wearing it only every one else wore it under their clothes because we picked the wrong day to wear it. Oh well. We found ours at Target in the men’s section and bought the entire family one. Only $12 each!
Here’s my younger brother at Epcot who is doing what he calls a “Diana Pose”. Pretty close.
Check out the baby stroller behind me. Plenty of those around the park of course!
And here’s what my mom wore and I told her if she kept wearing that St. John’s outfit she’d be mistaken as a Disney employee. And to prove my point, check out their outfits. She was approached twice being asked for help which cracked me up. Oh all in good fun, whatever! Love that my mom doesn’t care.
Speaking of not caring, I totally added to my sweatpants collection. I fit in size XL in girls. So, I got these Princess Letter Sweatpants. I will only wear them to bed, don’t you worry.
And if you ever forget to be fashionable, Disney has some discrete Mickey apparel in scarves and shoes that I found pretty creative.
And don’t forget your poncho. Because when it rains sideways and all over, and mists too, a rain jacket isn’t going to cut it. Don’t worry, about 90% of the park will be wearing one so you won’t feel out of place.
Diana Elizabeth sent Mr. Wonderful home with her dirty laundry so she had more suitcase room to buy stuff. He went home a few days earlier, he stayed 7 days instead of 10.
Continuing my favorite products is the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 by PCA Skin, $28. I’ve tried a lot of different ones, another good one is Lancome’s Bienfait UV SPF 50 but for $38 and a small bottle, it was getting quite pricey.
I get monthly facials at Beautiful Skin and Nails and owner Vicky introduced me to the PCA SPF 45 and I love it. I have oily like skin (but now I’m told I’m dry, I’m not 15 anymore dealing with hormones) but I still have the oily skin mentality. This SPF is lightweight and incredibly smooth. It’s also waterproof for up to 80 minutes in water. If you’re all sporty like that.
It’s also a pretty large tube that should last you a long time.
Mr. Wonderful has been wearing SPF since he was in college daily which is why he has baby skin. He is older than me, but I’m starting to think he’s aging backwards – a true Benjamin Button.
Diana Elizabeth thinks it’s funny how through the years as your face changes, your products change. The only thing she still uses since she was a teenager is Lip Smackers. Yes, probably something she should upgrade but just hasn’t out of habit.
1. (of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned. ”a frumpy housewife”
And hey, why not ask Urban Dictionary:
A female with lack of concern for appearance. Often characterized by sweatpants, frizzy hair, gramma panties and a paisty complexion. In context: B****. I don’t pay you to dress all frumpy. Now go put on some heels and do with something that hair.
LOLOLOLOL. Wow, you say it.
Early last year I went through the, I FEEL FRUMPY stage. My hair was unacceptably long for my age, I’m sorry, but not all cann sport the long hair don’t care thing. I have long hair, but loooooong hair, it was too much.
I hated brushing my hair, I hated washing my hair, which ultimately lead to me hating showering. Now that’s a bad downward spiral. I did however brush my hair for this event…Lizzy Marsh did my makeup.
So what got me out of my frumpy stage?
Oh, and good skin is always important and I maintain it monthly with facials. More on that life changer for another time.
But the sweatpants? I’ll NEVER drop the sweatpants, I don’t care what Urban Dictionary says. My sweatpants are by the Crew.
Diana Elizabeth and Mr. Wonderful hope she doesn’t go through the frump stage again. That was sorta depressing. LOL.
I do, but I don’t. I guess it depends if I have my hair in a top knot bun or not. But check this out.
A helmet by Hovding, inflates when necessary.
See how it works:
I dig it. But, it costs more than my beach cruiser at about $500+. What do you think?
Diana Elizabeth says it’s like an airbag for your head that you wear like a scarf. Genius.
I apologize for the massive in your face selfie below.
I was documenting my red lips and showing it to a girlfriend before I got in my car to model for Kokoon‘s spring line.
Then I decided maybe I should post about red lips. Have you done it yet?
Here’s what I’m wearing, courtesy of goodies sent from me from Ipsy – my monthly makeup subscription for only $10. I also did this look for NYE.
The face gear:
Lip crayon, in hot damn by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics / .em michelle phan pillow plush lip balm in strawberry in November Ipsy bag.
In other news, you should check out Kokoon‘s website and their current sale and clearance items before their spring line hits in February. I’ll remind you when that happens because I have a list of things I wanted after modeling some pieces from their line last Friday night.
The buns faces were covered in red lipstick after I came home, but somehow, they got it off.
Diana Elizabeth says if you do red lips, keep eyes a little cleaner.
I thought I’d start a new series about the things that I think have really changed my life and share them with you. Let’s kick it off with the Clarisonic.
I was visiting my girlfriend who lives in Newport Beach and over dinner I noticed her skin was drastically different. It looked tighter and while she always had great skin, I knew she did something. She told me for the past few months she had been using the Clarisonic Mia (the first one, one speeder).
One rave review from a girlfriend I met in my pageant days, with valid proof of by the eye, I had to get one.
You should know a few things:
The only reason I went with the Mia 2 was for colors. I bought the Sunset Mia 2, reg. $150 but on sale for $125 and also comes with a carrying travel case and the zone beeps. Only 3 colors are on sale right now at Macy’s for $25 off. Otherwise, I really wanted the lighter pink but I wasn’t going to pay an extra $50 for color alone.
Check out the whole Clarisonic line here.
Diana Elizabeth thinks her face feels clogged when she doesn’t use it for a week. She leaves it in the shower and uses it whenever she showers. She still uses face wipes at night because she’s lazy. Just being honest.
Hi! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, wife, model, and Christ follower. I'm just learning as I go and sharing my stories!
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