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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We live in a 1952 home and it makes me wonder about those days, what America was like, just around the time my parents were born. With our all brick home, our neighborhood is very patriotic, American flags on nearly every other home, and on our painted house number on the street!
Our house drawn by The Art of Michelle
With better temperatures around the corner, I’m looking forward to getting our home prepped for fall. Starting with Labor Day, the following days will be so enjoyable for our visitors.
During this time of the year I prep our home with new indoor and outdoor decor – a new set of candles based upon fragrances and colors, and new lawn blankets! American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candles are available now at Walmart which will be fun to light, during entertaining.
Are you looking forward to Labor Day? Here are a few things to help you prepare for a memorable 3-day weekend!
I love to sew to find fabrics to personalize for a specific season or holiday themed, and using a fabric drop cloth as the backing.
I also like to make these projects quickly and so I resort to an unfinished edge for a rustic look. Show up at your next Labor Day even with goodies in tow, this would be a great hostess gift.
Simply face the right sides of the fabric towards each other, sew the edges and leave a 4-inch gap. When you turn it inside out, press the edges and corners and hand stitch the gap closed.
Just new at Walmart, you can find a variety of fall, baked good, and outdoor fragrances! Found in the Home and Candle Section in Walmart stores, American Home™ by Yankee Candle® prices vary from votive candles starting at $1.43 to the 19 ounce Large 2-wick Tumbler Candles (my preferred style) at $14.93. The 19 ounce candles burn for 70-90 hours.
Do you pick your candles by color or fragrance? I gravitate first by fragrance than color and I imagine where it could go in my home.
Imagine the ooh and ahh’s your get if you arrive with this hostess gift basket with a lawn blanket paired with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance!
Fresh Apple, Buttercream Frosting, and Clear Mountain Lake™
Any fun Labor Day plans? What are you looking forward to the most this fall?
I am raising my hand and putting my hand on a Bible – I swear that I will be content and not drastically change my office space for at least a few years. Benjamin said five, but I’m going to say a few, because few just means more than one, so at least two years. *wink* I also said drastically, but taking a look around there’s not much I can change now that a giant couch the size of a twin bed is in my office, it’s not going anywhere.
So what happened to the new office since last year’s office update?
I spy Freely subscription boxes, do you see them? Here’s the updated view from the living room which I think now looks seamless with the decor.
I love the light in the room, the subtle gray by Sherwin Williams opposed to my butter yellow walls, and using a dining room table which served as my sewing and craft table (also collected junk) as my main office desk. Do you like my computer screen saver? It’s a photo I took in Northern Ireland, it needs to be sold as stock photograph I think.
I also moved the desk to the prime location in the room, by the window which is what I always wanted.
I’m still in the middle of styling my bookcase and I want a new office chair. I bought a chair cover but it didn’t fit so I’m considering sewing my own once I can commit to a fabric. I would be OK with a pink chair, just not sure if I’m crazy about the print, but from far away, like a Monet, it looks great, but up close, total mess. But for now, I’ll be content because the chair is so comfy.
Now onto the shelving behind the closet doors – there’s a Container Store opening up down the street from my house! Use code TCSLOVE online or in-stores and get 15% off your order, click here. I’m a sucker for the acrylic organizers.
It feels so nice to be finally done, though I have a few issues with sewing space…so that might have to be addressed later!
My latest morning beauty regime has changed and I wanted to share it with you.
First, let me begin by saying don’t use the makeup remover towelettes. I get a facial every month and suddenly I started to break out and when I admitted what I used my facial expert told me stop and immediately I saw a drastic appearance with my skin!
I can get ready in 15 minutes, hair, makeup and clothing if I need to – I’m pretty low maintenance and I just don’t think life should be put on hold for your face! If I need to shower just add another 15 minutes, so 30 minutes tops and I’m out the door to enjoy life!
From there I put on my makeup. I’m not sure if you’re interested in my makeup but maybe one day I’ll share, it changes with the seasons, just like my routines and products.
Since we’re talking about morning, why not talk about evening, I change a few more things.
A little more about OROGOLD, they sent me a few products from the bio-brightening collection - the line focuses on brightening skin and reducing blemishes, age spots, freckles, discoloration and uneven skin tones. I’ve been incorporating this into my morning routine thanks to the SPF in it and the perks of 24K in the ingredients, skin brightening, hydration and sun protection is the top of my list when it comes to products.
OROGOLD is a luxury, anti-aging cosmetics line with a main active ingredient, 24K gold. Why is 24K gold popular in cosmetics? You may have noticed it everywhere – in masks and in products. Gold is able to improve firmness and elasticity in skin while also regenerating the harmful effects of sun damage and environmental factors.
Hi there! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Welcome to my world of creativity, gardening, simple living, and an extreme love for Europe.
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