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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Liberty and her selfie hijacks…

Just a few things going on in my life on Instagram (@dianaelizabeth_).  There are so many really ridiculous things – like the photo above that I want to post, but I know I need to keep my feed inspiring and not clog it full of jokes or bad photography…so I save that for my blog, muahaa!

Still enjoying my illy espresso – yesterday was National Espresso Day (see how to make it here).

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Benjamin and I finally took our Christmas photos with Melissa Schollaert.  This is my late grandmother’s mink vest (she was the only Yun Yun I knew).  I miss her so much and here are her initials inside it.  What am I going to do with my things when I don’t have kids?  Sometimes I wonder about these really trivial things.

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Got a sweet surprise on my birthday (but not for my birthday) from POPSUGAR who sent their Select Bloggers a zip hoodie, it’s so soft inside.  By the way, have you seen my girlfriend Brandi Milloy host?  She’s seriously just as cute in person – even more so than she already is on TV.  We met many years ago through pageants and stayed friends.

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For my birthday dinner last week I wanted what else – French food so here’s what we had from Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons.  Mac and cheese was shared (I forgot what Mr. ordered, but it looks like Ahi Tuna something raw) and I ordered a peppercorn flank steak with fries.

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This.was.amazing.  And those are tiny macaroons on top that are gluten free.  I had half of one since Mr. Wonderful may have got really excited and forgot he needed to leave me one :)

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My parents sent me some great gifts from their Israel trip, one included a prayer shawl.  I need to find a good frame for this to display.

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Belated birthday breakfast with Meagan (the one who pointed out it was my Jesus year) downtown at Matt’s Big Breakfast (always a wait, apparently it’s the bees knees).

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Then off to lunch to meet Julie Read of Juju’s Tutus.  You’ve seen a lot of our collaborative work with wedding planner Angela Saban (see all here).

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When I answer your emails I may or may not have a bunny in my lap.  OK she really hates sitting like this but I think it’s so cute.  I mean, it looks comfy, what’s the problem?  Why you always gotta try to hop away missy?

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It’s getting really freaking cold here, like 65 or below and I’m frozen.  At night it’s like 55 or below and I finally changed our bedroom sheets, turned on the heat, and swapped my closet for the new wardrobe capsule.  It’s time to wear all 15 of my Ralph Lauren and J.Crew blazers and bring out the cords.  Oh goodness, I know I owe you a wardrobe peek.  I’m so sorry, I’ll write that on next month’s to do list but just so you know, it’s working out nicely.

Anyway, here’s outside, the winter rye that I seeded and am deathly allergic to.  Look how fabulous my Queen Elizabeth rose is doing!  I am kinda tempted to cut the tallest one and declare, “Look! I grew my own long stemmed rose!”

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I know I put up our tree the day after Halloween, but at least I waited a few more weeks to put out the seasonal doormat…this was before I put up the Christmas lights outside – yep, first house on the block with them up, booyah!

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98% done with Christmas shopping.  Yet not done with Anniversary shopping which comes way before Christmas (eek!).  This is for my annual pajama party coming up with a group of girlfriends – we do a gift swap.  My gift is awesome and I’ll show you after we have it.

My calligraphy journey is slowly improving I think – or at least my confidence is.  My 175 envelopes that will be addressed will be a way for me to practice.  So if you’re on my list, I sure hope you can get our card if it’s legible by the post office. By next year I hope to be so much better.  If not, you’ll see your name on a label and you’ll know what happened.

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Speaking of, do you handwrite or use labels?  I know labels are easier and we should, but I truly enjoy writing everyone’s name even if it’s always been around 200 because I get the chance to really think about them and one of the only times a year I am blessed to write their name (or their birthday card).  So I just kinda like it, I know I would save time, but I get to pray and think about my friends near and far when I address envelopes.

I don’t think one is better than the other, just wondering what you do.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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