My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I love traveling, home improvement projects, sewing, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. – Unknown

Yep, today’s the day, the start of my Jesus year.  Let me explain.  So a few months ago one of my best friends and I were talking about upcoming birthdays and she said, “Di!  You and Andrew are turning the age when Jesus was crucified.”  This was at a ballpark game and I was mid-bite enjoying my personal sized pizza when I slowly shifted my eyes at her, eyebrows raised and said with my mouth full, “Can you put that in my birthday card?”  I said it in the tone similar to, what the heck kinda comment is that, but then she clarified – could you imagine at this age going through such a thing for all of mankind?  The maturity, the strength mentally to be obedient to God to do what he did for us?  I can’t even fathom.

Another one of my best friends turned 33 last month and her roommate excitingly said it was going to be a great year for her – her Jesus year.  I had no idea this phrase or knowledge was a thing – am I the only one?  I’m going to just embrace it!

On a lighter note, I almost forgot I have over a decade of reflection letters and I’m falling behind writing mine this year – in fact I probably would have forgotten to write one had I not decided to start this post about getting older.  I’ve shared all my treasured letters to myself one friend only – Brianna, a night many years ago when we had a slumber party, she was so interested in my life experiences (I am a few years older than her).  We went through photo albums from my past, then I would read a letter from a specific year of age and we laughed, and I cried, and I when I was done with them all, I felt thankful.

My reflection letters started when I was 15 going on 16, my honors English teacher Mrs. Givens made us write one and gave it to us at the end of the school year.  Gosh dang that one was so darn bratty, I’m horrified.  I picked the letter writing back up when I was in college, having just turned 20 and in my first sentence I called myself “ancient.”  I have no comment about how clearly naive I was, but I recall earlier this year a young clergyman called something from the 80′s vintage in which I freaked out and said it wasn’t and he stopped and looked at me and said, “Are you taking offense to this because you were born in the 80s?”  Pipe down fella.

Age is a high price to pay for maturity and Maturity is realizing how many things don’t require your comment. 

This year, I have a lot to write about, lots of good stuff, and things I’ve learned.  All I know is all these worries I have in my head now, they’ll soon be forgotten about by the time I write my reflection next year – just like all the other drama and worries I wrote about in past reflection letters – which is good, because it means that the saying is true, life goes on, and nothing lasts forever.  I know that sounds weird but here’s how I see it – (1) We are to really enjoy and savor the moments given to us while they are happening and (2) know that in life, if we are in any pain or trials, they will only last for a little while.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Cor 4:18, and “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven,” Ecc 3:1.  This new year, as strange as this may sound, I look forward to everything that won’t last forever.

So thanks Jesus for another year, for breathing life into my dead soul and hope I can be strong and obedient like you.

{Makeup and hair by Lizzy Marsh}

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Bella Lily Bridal.  There, I can finally say it, after keeping it mum for a few months!  I can finally share the details of one of my clients, a new bridal boutique opening on the west side of the Phoenix Valley in Glendale.

Brenda came to me early summer for graphic design work (my graphic design business is here), to create her logo and a few print things.  A few months later after she secured her space, she asked if I would be interested and available to assist with decorating her space.

Um…

Yeah how happy am I?  So yeah!

Here’s the space with the walls down – so much to do, paint, figuring out where dresses and veils are to hang, mirrors, dressing viewing areas, I mean the list goes on – can you imagine?

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And picking paint colors out isn’t exactly easy when you have tinted windows and fluorescent lights currently up in the space – both which are to be removed.

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We need a macaroon break!

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We’ve made a lot of decisions on furniture, flooring, paint color, but we can’t do anything until new walls are up and painted, and lighting and racks are hung!   So next update in a few weeks – the bridal store is scheduled to open before the new year, and of course I’ll keep you updated on its progress.

My Work, Personal

Holy cow, that POPSUGAR Must Have Box unboxing video received 900+ views in 24 hours.  You guys must really like subscription boxes (and videos), so I think I’ll try to make time to open my Ipsy Glam Bag in front of you next.  Thanks for the support!

Remember I mentioned I would try to show you more outfits?  My struggle was my backyard was a little too English Country (not complaining as that is my intended goal) however since I can no longer just pose in front of some gorgeous old architecture in the South of France, I figured turning that old storage/tool shed into a little studio with a seamless would be a good option.

This was my best shot with the Sony NEX-5R which has a flip screen and automatic focus – making it easier for these outfit shots so I can make sure I’m in frame and not overly worry if I’m in focus – it tracks me.

Sweater: Banana Republic / Scarf: Subtle Luxury / Denim: Paige Denim (similar) / Flats: Similar, (another option) / Bracelet: J.Crew

I’m still desperately working on the lighting, and I think I’ve figured it out.

Here’s what the set up looks like:

Oh oh, wait for it!

Yep that’s my beach cruiser that’s been neglected all summer and probably has a flat.  That’s our blow up mattress, BBQ supplies and behind the seamless (in Fashion Gray) are all my blankets, props, entertaining flatware, dishes, diaries, holiday decor, ummmmm.

So the goal is to start clearing most of it out.  When my girlfriend Maayan and I caught up on the phone she said, “You know what Oprah says, if it’s in storage, you don’t need it.”  So minus the tools, I think she’s just about right – almost (the entertaining stuff tho, gotta make space for that somewhere).

I might save that goal for 2015 – when I have to put the Christmas stuff away I’ll purge a bit.

Here’s hoping I get a chance to strike a pose to share more outfits. xx

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This past weekend, Mr. Wonderful and I, along with our dear friends Kelly and Linda who we met from small group, headed to Boho Farm and Home‘s Dinner at the Coop.  This is her amazing backyard, you can see it at the Arcadia’s Edible Garden Tour later this month.

You may have seen Caroline and her home on my blog, starting with a previous dinner here, and Caroline’s headshots on my blog here, here and her home tour here.  You can say we go way back, actually, we do – she used to mentor me when I was a new Christian in this sweet home of hers.  She was the best person ever to help me through the refinement, renewing of my mind, and some life obstacles.

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This was our third time for her Dinner at the Coop, here we are with Kelly and Linda.  Kelly left the following morning for a mission trip to India for a week so this was a perfect send off meal.

Five course meal – farm to table.

Yes, this is Phoenix, see it’s not all desert landscape!  I hope one day our backyard will look like this.

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Find a seat, as a delightfully delicious five-course meal is brought to your table, fresh from the kitchen of Boho Farm and Home.

Caroline walks around table to table to say hello and explain where the ingredients came from and what she made – like the goat cheese, or the pecans she got from her mother-in-law’s home.

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You can bring along some wine, or in my case, Pellegrino, if alcohol makes you blush.

I’m going to try my best to explain the dishes from what I remember, but Caroline can probably refine it.

Bacon covered dates.

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Carrot soup with ginger and coconut milk.

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A arugula salad with pear, pomegranate seeds (from Caroline’s yard) and pecans (from her mother-in-law).

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Beef – I apologize I got way too excited it was beef I didn’t pay attention to the details but what I can say – it was beyond amazing.

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Apple galette with Caroline’s home made ice cream that had duck eggs which made it rich and creamy.  And I thought my homemade ice cream was good, this totally has it beat.

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Full tummies from great food paired with a great time with meaningful conversation and company, how can that be beat?  Hope you can join next time – but make sure you follow Caroline because her dinners sell out under 48 hours after they are announced.  I’m not going to lie when I say I pulled some friendship strings to get on the list before she started planning the next one ;)

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There’s a lot going on with Boho Farm & Home so follow along!

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