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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Now I know not all of you are 49er fans but I thought this would be a fun post for you to experience a little behind the scenes glimpse that I recently experienced.  This post is dedicated to my dad.

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My love story with the 49ers is basically that I came out of the womb in a 49er cheerleader outfit.

My dad was born in SF, my grandparents immigrated and lived there, and summer camps used to be in Roseville (before they moved to Stockton) which was the town next door.  When you are from Nor Cal, you cheer for the Niners.  We have autographs, I have a photo with Terrell Owens, and we have a Niner wall upstairs in my brother’s old bedroom.  My dad is a die hard fan and before a game would start he would say, “Ask homework questions now because the game is starting and you cannot ask me for four hours.”  We were not allowed to talk to dad during a Niner game.  If we came downstairs and the game was turned off prematurely, we knew what that meant – and it was to remain unmentioned.

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Today, my best friend from college Jackie, works for them.  Here we are on one of the team buses from the Ritz Carlton heading to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium.

They presented a unique opportunity for their employees-  if they attended a certain number of educational classes about the 49er organization which were optional, they would be sent to an away game and able to enjoy it (when there is a game day, all 49er employees work the game).  A handful were able to make time in their schedule (many were busy with the preparation of the new stadium), and one wasn’t able to make it so I was lucky enough to be invited to attend.  I’ve never been to an NFL game before – I’ve been to every other type of professional sporting event (even hockey, what?) but not NFL because there’s no team I’d want to see other than the niners which was near impossible given I now live in Phoenix.

But bestie was in town, the opportunity was a blessing, and here’s how the day went.

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It starts with several buses on their way to the stadium, escorted by sheriffs.  The sheriff cars close down the streets, drive around us with their sirens on because there is no time to be late for a game.  You get a lot of stares of people looking like what the heck is going on?  And some fans, well, they know.  So you get 49er fans driving along side showing off their hats and all excited about the bus arrival.

Arriving at the Stadium

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Here we are at the Arizona stadium.

Kids, we have been doing selfies before you were even in elementary school and before they were even called selfies.

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We arrived at the Cardinals Stadium around 10:30 a.m. and had quite a while until the game would start – 1 p.m.  So we sat and took a ton of photos and watched players work out and stretch.

Waiting for the game to start

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That above is Frank Gore.  Go Frank Gore.

Look what my friends are taking photos of … those aren’t even Niners!

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Even though I have no ties to Arizona other than going to college and living here, I cannot get myself to be a fan when there’s just no tie.  But the Cardinals Stadium is very cool – the grass rolls out and they did all this crazy fancy stuff to it since the team upgraded from their games at ASU’s football stadium.   I also know it’s not officially called the Cardinals Stadium but this is not a sponsored post so I don’t care. *wink*

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Jackie bought me all this 49er gear including the shirt I’m wearing.  Faithful is truth – been a fan even when the team wasn’t winning for years (crying emoji face).

Watching the game

Found our seats.  Any guesses how much these seats cost?  $100.  So mom and dad, I hope you enjoy your club seats/non birds eye view at the Levi’s Stadium I managed to hook up for you (thanks Belem!) next month.  Dad, you should get a jersey or polo at the team store at the stadium.

Can you see whose family I’m sitting behind?

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This Red Zone area is where I took a lot of those selfies I posted earlier – also that table area behind is where we went after the game.  It’s where the family of the opposing team hang out post game and say hello to their family.  Sure, I feel like I’m part of the family.

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Sadly, we didn’t win.  I mean a win would have of course been better, but I still enjoyed the game and had lots of cheering for my team as they did do fairly well until the second half – yikes.  I blame a lot on the refs too – some were whack calls.  To cheer for my favorite team in the entire world in person is just the best.

Post game

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Live interviews take place here, 49er fans and family hang out (with a ticket that says you can).  I don’t think the players have much time before they hop on the bus.  TSA comes and they go through a pre-check screening so they can hop on their private plane back.

Then when it’s time, you load into one of the 6 buses headed to the airport.  Traffic? No problem, sheriffs have it handled.

I also want to mention that I saw so many “birds” flipped at us.  And while I know people who do that do not read my blog, sheesh people – one guy did an “L” sign and that’s just rude.  I think that says more about the person doing it than the person it is intended for.  I could go on and on about how many badly behaved people I saw from Cardinals fans, but I’m sure every team has their bad boys – and girls!  It just made me think players have a lot to deal with and fans are doing things for fun, but everyone has feelings.

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It was a great time, what a fantastic memory – this one goes down in the books!  Hope you all had a great weekend and your team won!

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I’ve always be the late kid to the party – the iPhone party.  My upgrades never aligned with Apple’s latest iPhone releases until this fall. I transferred my parent’s upgrade to my line (they are not into smart phones luckily) and so now I can finally get my hands on the new 6.

Only…I was late to the party on pre-orders and I have to wait until the end of October for mine to arrive which put a hiccup in trying to sell my current iPhone – until the send in date was extended.

I sold my iPhone 5 to Gazelle.com for $170 – they pay for shipping! I have 45 days to send it in which means this should work with the new phone arrival.  I decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus – the bigger one, in gold.  Do any of you have one already in your hands or pre-ordered?  I’ve never done it before, I’m feeling like a tech geek.

Use this link and you get an extra $10 for your item.  You can even sell broken tablets and phones and used computers, super genius.  The sooner you lock in your price you get more money before people catch on, so I had to share!

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So…maybe some of you have noticed I’ve been a little off schedule.  I’m trying to figure things out – the whole themed day of the week worked well for the past year but some days, I have nothing to report in terms of fashion or home and garden and I’d rather not just throw something up just because of the theme day.

I’m paying attention to the stats, shortening posts so you can “click to read more” if you’re interested or continue to scroll down.

I’m also trying to figure out if I want to change the color of my blog as I have slowly changed a few things, you may or may no have noticed (some of you follow along on a reader).

While I have all of these questions on what to do next, I guess I’d rather ask you guys what you like.  I note more comments on lifestyle things – organizing my closet, travels, that sort of thing.  I know you also know I have to share my photography work but I want to continue sharing the rest of my life and days along the way.  So, would you mind dropping me an email or comment (under this post or through the contact form) about what you want to see?  What you like, what you prefer, whatever you want to talk about – I’m just trying to not be like every other blog out there.  If you’re cool with whatever I’m doing, then I’m cool with that too.

Your feedback would help me a lot in making sure this is focused towards you as I am so grateful for you reading and love you lots.  xx

{Photo by Pink Owl Photography, Makeup and hair by Lizzy Marsh}

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It’s been two years since I caught up on all my personal album printing – I still do it old school and put it into albums.  See my post here on how I caught up on three years of life.

Well, it’s time to do it again since I’m behind.  If you’re like me and you need to print a few hundred pics – good for you – you’ve lived a very eventful life – here’s a code to help:

Get 101 FREE 4×6 prints now until the end of this month of September with promo code: 101MEMORIES on Shutterfly.  This is for new customers only.

I used this before when they ran this promo years back, it saved me about $40!  I also love their print quality – while I am more than OK with Walgreens and Target for my basic point and shoot photos as well.

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San Francisco is where my roots in the states began.  My grandparents immigrated here, met and fell in love and had a two boys, my dad was the youngest making him the first generation born in America.  My mom’s side is from Shanghai but relocated to Taiwan.  When she was famous, she traveled to study in San Francisco, renting an apartment on Commercial Street in Chinatown where my grandparents owned a building.  There my mom and dad met and my mom stayed and became a legal citizen.

So I guess that makes me the second generation.  My dad has the funniest stories growing up in Chinatown, and some really rough stories too.  Being a kid born in the 1950s and going to a Catholic school wasn’t exactly a sweet deal back then.  I’m so glad we’ve come a long way from that lifestyle of intolerance.

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I enjoyed 12 days with my parents and friends back home – it flew by.  My mom actually said it was a short trip until I reminded her how long I had already been home.

When I’m home, I’m quite messy.  I’m by no means diagnosed with OCD, but I don’t mind being compared to it since I am very clean.  However, when I’m home, I totally relax.  So dad asked when I would clean my bedroom and bathroom. I said, “Tuesday afternoon.”  Because that’s when I would depart and have to pack up all my junk. *wink*

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As the years have passed, it’s been harder and harder to get together with some old friends, so when we ate at TGIFriday’s last month, I thought I’d throw in an extra fun celebration – just a little celebration of time and friendship.

We met in 2006, some of us completing in the same pageant, one giving up her Miss Arizona USA title, and somehow our lives overlapped and intertwined which brought us together. Marriage, babies and the like has left us with less time (and let’s face it, energy) to meet up nearly every week like we used to.  Oh savor the youth ladies – go out with your girlfriends for dinner, the bar, group vacations, outings as much as you possibly can!

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I decided to go play with the theme of “Birds of a feather, flock together.”  I found stationery from Mara Mi, I picked up on clearance at Aaron Brothers awhile back.

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bestfriends My best friend since university – Jackie.  She drove 3 hours to see me when I was home in Nor Cal.

Last year was a little tough for me.  I learned who to draw myself closer to, and away from.  My heart got bruised – but I learned to let go, forgive, and trust that space and time can heal wounds.  As the years go on, I realize that not everyone is meant to be close to you and some are not meant to carry through life with you forever – sometimes they are there for a while and God puts them there when you really need them, and life and careers can change it, but it doesn’t mean goodbye forever.  And sometimes, it does, and that’s OK, because you can still be incredibly thankful for that friend because you know you spent good time with them, and your heart did so every well when you were together.  But that was 2013.

This year, it’s almost over in a blink of an eye and I have spent the year surrounded by those who have supported me in ways I never knew I could be supported.  These past three months I’ve been spoiled being surrounded by them through visits!

When we’re young, we can make friendships with almost anyone because we don’t really know ourselves very well – and they typically are on the surface because our souls aren’t mature enough to be much deeper.  Being social is really like an extra curricular activity which is exactly what you do in your youth – do everything you can to figure yourself out.  When you get older, time is put into perspective and you realize time isn’t to be spent with just anyone.  Life experiences happen, careers change, crisis occur, babies happen, and you begin to see who lifts you up, who makes time, and also come to the realization you can’t be friends with the whole world.

But the friends who are in your world and have stayed, they become so much of your world.  They are the ones you bounce ideas off of, meet up for laughs, travel the world with, ask for prayer, advice, and they hold you accountable to be the best person they know you can be.  And those are the people who you keep in your life – the ones who can catch up as though no time has passed at all, who remind you of your spirit when you think you’ve lost it (and your brain), the goals they know you can achieve, and you delight in them and are filled with so much joy because you know a friend that good is worth their weight in gold.

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I often get asked by parents about how to get started in the modeling or acting industry because their young children or teen has shown interest.  After last week’s chat with a mom I figured I would write a post on how to find a modeling or acting agent.  I’m going to be straight to the point and totally honest with my 12+ years of being in the industry.

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May 2013 issue of PHOENIX magazine

A few things to know

  • There are different types of businesses – modeling agencies, and modeling schools.  And somewhere in between there are cruises where agents are invited to go (they are paid a lot to attend, so they oblige) to a model search – like the ones who claim famous people like Ashton Kutcher got discovered.  These are all different businesses – not fraudulent, but just a business.
  • Models have agents.  The agent of the modeling agency (in my case FORD/Robert Black Agency) finds jobs, and gets a commission.  Typically it is 20%.  It can be less if you live in LA and you are a SAG actor.
  • You don’t need a manager unless you are some super famous person or you need a career counselor.   They too take a cut and manage you if you have several agencies.  I’m not familiar with this route, but I’ll tell you that if you are reading my blog figuring out how to get started, you probably don’t need one right now.

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Doesn’t mean you should - or at least not right now.  Or not all at one time.

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I didn’t mean for that to sound discouraging.  You know I believe in pursuing your dreams, exploring ideas, being creative, trying something new – but sometimes that antsy feeling for another project can make you burn out a little sooner than you thought.

Lately, as I have begun to feel better in health, I am constantly thinking about the next thing I want to do. The reality is, I’m distracted by creating distractions.

Being creative brained and having an entrepreneur spirit has it’s advantages and disadvantages.  Before you think I’m a great go-getter (thank you I can be), I’d also like to tell you about the times that I completely changed my mind and I’m glad I did.

  1. Remember that Heirloom Home blog I started, oh, earlier this year?  Yeah, that was a terrible idea. I was more in love with the name than the idea of having a second blog.
  2. I have all the canning supplies I need, only I have yet to can. I had every intention, I took not one, but TWO canning classes – but right now it seems to be on permanent pause.
  3. Compost fail.  Well, that idea wasn’t as fun as I thought.  It’s still in the compost we created, it was just so much work and I didn’t like the smell, having to add cultures, water, oh it was just too much.  I’m just going to buy soil.  Compost could work maybe this fall again when I can actually go outside but I’m admitting I haven’t touched it for 6 months.
  4. I have yet to sign up for a barre class.  Last summer I bought tons of adorable workout clothes, a leotard included, and multiple finger toe socks so when I would finally have the time to enroll in a barre class, I had no excuse.  Yet a year later, I still have an excuse – it’s hot out.
  5. I don’t want to ever knit again.  That long amazing color block scarf I showed you here?  Well, I had one more skein (that’s a ball of yarn) to go, and I brought the whole thing home to my mom and asked her to finish it.  Looking at it bothered me – it is $120 worth of expensive New York yarn and 462 hours of time. I’m glad I learned, but now I don’t foresee knitting as a favorite past time right now.  Maybe later.
  6. I thought I wanted to sell jewelry. Now tell me if this makes much sense – I attended a jewelry party only to dislike the jewelry and researched a different line of jewelry to discover that jewelry line was coming out with another jewelry line.  I don’t do sales.  I can market, but home parties is really hard to find.  If you do any of those businesses, please tell me how because I can’t figure it out.  I love this new line but I’m going to utterly fail at doing 4 parties in one month for the soft launch and I had to pass. It still made me sad, but I just couldn’t see myself succeeding.

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