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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This kicks off my gift guides – all things I own so I can vouch for their quality and value. Look for gift guides starting this week, several times a week, I have lots of fun themes coming up soon. Happy shopping and gift giving this holiday season!
Here are a few luxury items I wanted to share that I own personally that can be on your list for those big gift giving moments – for celebrating milestones, or just celebrating because it’s the holidays!
The classic pearl earring – it’ll last you for the rest of your life and can be passed along as an heirloom. These come with a variety of metal finishes, I picked gold. You can also pick screw backs for a secure wear.
Chando is designed with one-of-a-kind Aroma Porcelain® diffuser flowers that blossom out of the bottle to emit the scent of your choice and transform any space into a personal sanctuary. It is a beautiful work of art that combines visual aesthetics with unique aromas – the perfect gift for that person who has everything and loves home fragrance.
All Chando scents are available in refills, to refill or change the scent as your choice. I have my eye on the gardenia next.
To order Chando products, visit www.amazon.com.
When this popped in my inbox I requested a small sample because I have several friends from Sierra Vista, Arizona. I was incredibly curious, and so blown away by the scent!
Let me tell you – I would normally not spend over $150 for a fragrance, but this – I’m seriously tempted and it’s on my wish list. I’ve received repeated compliments when I wear this fragrance and I wish I could smell like Sierra Vista 2142 permanently. It smells musky and like a cologne, with a warm winter cabin like feeling – it smells cozy.
Described as a warm and wild fragrance. With its dry and woody base, blending top notes of Lavandin and Bergamot. A heart of Jasmine, Rose, and Cedar Wood, while a base of Dry Amber, Sandalwood, and Tonka Bean.
Not sure if you can splurge or want to smell a sample? Try the 2mL sample for $17.
I wore a pair when I modeled for a styled shoot and I ended up buying the jeans I wore (go figure, story of my life) and put this pair on my wish list to Mr. Wonderful – and got them as a gift for my birthday!
If you live in the Phoenix area, you can find these earrings made by Australia designer at T. Madison in Chandler.
Today, I’m going to get a little techy on you about upgrading to a new iMac.
My 27″ iMac was from 2010 and giving me the rainbow wheel and shutting down my design applications that I found myself starting to curse (and I don’t curse). In effort to keep my holiness in check (just kidding), and my Asian efficiency at its highest level, I decided to pony up the cash and get a new iMac.
My iMac arrived a few weeks ago and I thought I’d chat about the perks and the cons for designers/photographers so you know what you’re getting yourself into – and if you should. I am by no means a Apple expert and only talking from experience (which could very well be user error as many problems are) but here goes.
If you’re a business owner, I suggest buying one soon before the end of the year – if you’re even thinking about it. You want some tax write offs if you don’t have enough this year.
The screen is slender, the computer is lighter and the magic mouse and keyboard have a new updated design.
I especially love that I can text message from my iMac while I’m working – I can answer clients and friends immediately.
Retina display is gorgeous, but websites that didn’t save for retina display (yours might be included) now look blurry.
I have also added two paid subscription services I wanted to talk about that might help with your business and one is a free application that comes with your iMac.
Hope that helps and I know you’ll absolutely love your new iMac!
The office just keeps evolving! I’m so excited to hang artwork on this wall that looked lonely. I moved the single framed map of the Ashford Castle grounds to another part of my office and decided this corner needed more love. Thanks to my friends at Minted who offered to send some framed artwork my way, I created a gallery wall.
My office theme is about travel – 90% of my photos are travel related so I wanted to include prints that encourage me to look to nature and compliment the theme. I wanted to be able to look at them and be inspired and calmed since it’s on a wall I face every day. You may already know my love for pineapples, and I thought the “Let’s Get Lost” print was a nice touch and reminder. The serene beach scene is from Malibu, California and the cactus was shot in the California desert – and also reminds me of Arizona.
The art prints on Minted have a limited run of 350 of each size which makes the artwork so unique!
When it came to picking different frames, you can preview the frames with the artwork. I looked at textures and made note on sizing. I wanted to keep the space airy and light so my eyes can rest when I’m taking a break from the busy graphics on my desktop.
I used Photoshop to size the potential artwork before purchasing. I know that can be a little crazy but I’m a graphic designer, it’s what I do! If you can’t do that, you can print out the webpage and tape it on wrapping paper cut to the size you are thinking of getting in order to get a visual.
I think my office with my new chair/throne/command center looks complete! The frame above the bookshelf is from Minted as well. It’s called Parisian Life. I’m also noticing my bookshelf is suddenly busier since the last time I shared it. Perhaps it’s time for a cleanse! I’m a home decor and garden book hoarder – the struggle is real. I’m happy to report since I took this photo I cleaned up my office and donated a few things including my Twilight books (wah!) but it’s important to me to feel like I only have what I need on hand.
I am also very ready for Christmas. There is a single empty picture frame on my pink tree waiting for a photo from our latest holiday session to go inside. I’ve been collecting a frame for each year since we got married!
Do you love my chair? I am crazy in love with it. I put it together myself because I was too anxious to wait for Benjamin to come home and help me (ok, I just screwed the legs on, but it’s a heavy chair).
I also had to temporarily set up a clothing rack in the corner for my furry jackets. Just something I had from a previous shoot but also like having up because it look so glamorous. It’s blocking one of my office doors so now we have to use the other door but I’m fine with it! Mr. Wonderful thinks it’s a little crazy but the corner is slowly becoming the Christmas present pile.
Thanks Ricki for the birthday gift, I love my knit metallic pillow! I saw it on a modeling shoot with Ricki (she styled) and this pillow was on a couch and I swooned over it and Ricki said, “It can be your birthday present, take it home.” Yay!
Check out Minted for their minted art, home, gifts and stationery goods.
Those are the most recent home office updates! What do you think about the prints?
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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