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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Last week I decided to take a day off from social media.  I pretended as if I were on an overseas flight (wishful thinking) and wi-fi wasn’t available.  After my 18 month break from Facebook I figured a day of not going on Instagram or the like would be just fine, right?  So on my social media day off, I did what any girl would do – Twilight marathon!  Just kidding.

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I arose early, and accomplished more than I ever had in a while.

  • Tinkered with my blog design
  • Organized the grocery delivery
  • Prepared 20 frozen crockpot meals in two hours
  • Went to an audition
  • Chatted with fellow actors pre and post audition
  • Attended small group study

There were so many things I thought I would typically share on social media – the miracle that I was in fact cooking, prepping, or excited that I was driving to my audition.  I found myself reaching for my phone and hitting apps out of habit only to catch myself before it would load, no, no, put it down and be present.

You know what?  The day felt good – I had great conversations before my audition instead of playing on my phone which then led to longer conversations after the acting.  I was focused on making new friends, asking questions, getting to know people, asking them what they did for a living rather than see how my “friends” and everyone else was living through my phone.

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A new show arrives this fall called Selfie, a comedy on ABC which the character Eliza is glued to her phone, a security blanket, and like all of us, loves uploading and seeing her “likes” increase.  Realizing her addiction to social media, selfies, and quest to win approval online, she wanted to stop missing out on the life right in front of her – so she tries find balance.  Let’s face it, we all can relate to Eliza!

I think I’m going to try this no social media thing at least once a week – that’ll ensure I have at least one day of being really really productive, right? I mean, imagine all the cooking I could do!

Selfie premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8/7 pm Central on ABC.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.  While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own.

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It’s time for another post about Netflix movies!  Thanks for all of your movie recommendations on my last Netflix suggestion post here. Of course there were a few movies I couldn’t find (as we can always find Netflix while has an array of things seems to lack the things we really want to watch!)  But, for the cheap monthly rate, I found some more decent movies to enjoy since I was home with my cable-free parents and now I am excited to share them with you.

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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.

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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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