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. This is where I share my life daily, as a creative professional.
My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.
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I made this blanket – there are two – stars and stripes. I’d really love to make a few more this summer for gifts, and perhaps make a sewing tutorial, I miss being behind my sewing machine so I need to set some time aside to get crafty again! I also miss being in my garden but that’s OK, sometimes seasons will force you to work on other things in life.
I have been spending so much great quality time with friends my heart is SO happy. Relationships are so important to me and every friend claims a piece of my heart that they’ll have forever. I was never blessed with a sister so I think of my girlfriends as my chosen sisters which works for me, I have a big happy family.
Switching topics, I have to share this adorable Target commercial featuring my dear sweetest friend Angel and her family about adoption:
Her little girl Olive is seriously one of the most beautiful little girls with such charm – Benjamin and I giggle and smile over Angel’s feed when we see her face, just precious! I love Angel so much and I love our Skype dates to catch up. She’s one of those friends I want to be more like, she’s everything good, joyful, and encouraging. I know I’d want to hang out with all the time if I lived by her – she’d get sick of me :)
I hope you spend this holiday weekend relaxing and doing whatever your soul needs – whether it’s some quiet alone time or with friends, Happy Fourth of July!
It’s that time again, every summer to stay sane, I travel home to Granite Bay for a while. It’s 30 minutes north east of Sacramento, right by Folsom Lake. In this case it was just a week, right after my San Francisco girl’s weekend. It would have been a longer stay but Mr. Wonderful’s birthday is this week and he does need to work, and of course I should really come home to celebrate his big day! So my typical two week trip was cut a little short, but I’ll be back again this summer to make up for it.
Anyway, while I would have loved to have reported I took a splendid break from the 114 degree heat in Phoenix, in the Sacramento Valley it can get hot in the summer – like 90-100. Bleh! But we did sleep with the windows open at night so that’s a good report!
Paris, who is 68 in human years, gave up on the walk home after I grabbed coffee for me and my dad. He was dragging his feet and I realized if I didn’t pick him up, he’d add an extra half hour to our walk just lollygagging. I am sure this was a sight for those who drove by, me and my little dog and two cups of coffee.
He was tired. He still looks like a baby, doesn’t he – his back is still black and he has hardly any gray hair. He’s one of the smartest, great tempered little dogs.
My high school girlfriends (and husband) came over to celebrate Benjamin’s birthday. I love going home to see some of my girlfriends who have known me for 20 years, since middle school! It’s crazy to say that but also incredibly awesome, getting older is the best when you keep the friends who have been by your side for ages.
Church is always a treat, and lucky me, Lincoln Brewster hit the stage – my home church in California is his home church and he’s the worship leader. I always book my trips to make sure I stay for a Sunday so I can hear the great worship and service, to me, nothing else has ever compared.
I was trying to think of a creative way to stand between the Popsicle display at church and my dad said, “No, you gotta do this – like you’re licking it.”
OK dad, I’ll be a good sport.
Good news – when my parents dropped me off I didn’t cry this time. Although I did cry at the dinner table a few days earlier talking about them being gone (yep, again) and my dad told me to save my tears for when he’s dead and to stop crying because he’s not dead yet – that’s my dad’s sense of humor to make me quit because I was seriously wiping my eyes!
Window seats are good for the view – and seeing puffy clouds.
To my surprise Benjamin said, “Take a picture of us!” so this proves my husband was with me and I do love him – he doesn’t care to be on my blog or social media but I swear he’s not absent in my life! He also really likes my Sony noise canceling headphones over his Bose ones so they are now all his!
I’m hoping to go on another adventure next summer – somewhere international. These magazines were like $12 each by the way – since when are they the same price as books?!
I have Rachel on board and we’re saving our pennies and working hard – I’m not sure where we are going yet, it’s up to me apparently – and I’d love to hear your suggestions. Benjamin and I also have other financial goals/investments so we can get ahead in life, so I’m going to be a good teammate and help out because as Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else so you can live like no else one later.” There are probably different versions out there, I’ve never taken a class of his but I love his sayings – like “Stop spending money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like.” That made me laugh.
Have you ever taken any of his courses or heard his wisdom?
I’m also now dreaming of jumping back into writing (I have a B.A. in journalism) and pairing it with my photography – maybe one day I’ll become a travel writer AND photographer. This would have to be after all my other projects are done of course – more on what I’ve been up to soon.
Puffy clouds turn into wispy ones.
Sometimes I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have our heads in the clouds, sometimes we come back down with fantastic ideas or better thoughts.
Have a great start to your week!
Our hotel room view of Union Square
I have been looking forward to a girl’s trip, my Club MED girls weekend in San Francisco to visit Emily. I was dying for better temperatures and a better mood!
My dad was born in SF, my yun yun lived here before moving to Sacramento for her last years, so SF is like a second hometown in terms of how often I’ve been to the bay – exploring it as an adult is completely different. At night, the temperatures were in the 50s, highs around 65, the first night Mel and I came in, we checked into the Clift Hotel, part of the Morgan Hotel Group (so posh, owns the Delano Las Vegas).
Drapey Jumpsuit: Abercrombie & Fitch
For dinner, I ordered lamb. I always gravitate towards duck or lamb on the menu. It was so small (one chop) and I was quite hungry after so we ordered two desserts which made up for it, always.
Oh my goodness look – I’m drinking hot coffee in the summer!
The next morning we woke up early to head to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street, it is considered the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities.
We had massages scheduled that morning at Nob Hill Spa. Emily surprised us by upgrading our massage appointments from 50 minutes to 80 minutes which was absolutely heavenly, thanks Em! I had an aromatherapy massage and I have to add that it was the best massage I’ve ever had at a spa in my life, so relaxing and I felt like a new woman.
We went outside on the deck to enjoy the view and chit chat, and eat fruit.
I never eat apples, except when I’m at the spa, strange?
We walked through to a small boutique hotel called The Scarlet Huntington.
We decided to walk back to our hotel, and then saw this street. Woah.
Yeah, like I said, woah.
It was also windy that day/weekend/normally.
We hopped into an Uber (click for a free trip up to $20). We used Uber the entire time and I am definitely buying stock once it goes public! We went to Emily’s apartment in the Hayes Valley neighborhood so we walked around. Saw cute houses like this.
Then saw the famous Painted Ladies you see in the opening of Full House. It was pretty busy with dogs, people, adults hitting pinatas. It was windy but so wonderful to be walking around getting some fresh air.
Fresh pure and creamy ice cream made to order from Smitten. How do they make it that fast? With nitrogen that makes it so cold while it churns that you get your cup of ice cream ASAP. We ordered a small mint ice cream for $7 in a cup.
The line was ridiculously long, but luckily, the weather was perfection so it wasn’t bad. Apparently a huge deal because LeBron James was spotted there, for you sports fans.
While I waited in line, the girls picked up Blue Bottle Coffee, mine was called a New Orleans, something close to an mocha latte (not pictured) but has chicory, which I would say it tastes similar to Mexican chocolate like mole. I am going to buy some online, that’s how great it is – SF has some great coffee, very comparable to coffee in Phoenix, I’m a coffee snob and I approve!
We continued to walk and the stores are adorable – some expensive, but just simple and sophisticated in design.
Dinner at Akiko’s that night, it was wonderful but you’ll have to look for the number because the sign isn’t outside. We walked by several times.
After a great breakfast we got in Emily’s car and she drove us around to show us some gorgeous neighborhoods, including Pacific Heights – the homes that look like Hollywood homes, large scale, and beautiful views, true millionaires, old money, just luxury living with stunning views.
There are so many parts of San Francisco it’s been fun to take a weekend to really explore one part of it instead of rushing through to see all of it. I also forget parts I’ve seen and haven’t over the years. Revisiting is just heavenly and being with friends puts that extra sweetness into exploring.
Crissy Field had a few views of the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s where the bay meets a forest which is pretty cool, it was a quick stop for some photos.
The girls call this the Diana Pose. It started in LA and I’m pretty sure I never did this exact pose but it’s very modelesque. I approve.
Good food, relaxing indulgences, a little shopping, and great conversation, that’s what’s good for the soul, and that’s what goes down in the books for a weekend well spent – Club MED style.
Um, dang focus, but this was too cute that I had to share it anyway! I’ll print it in a 3×3 or smaller size so it looks less blurry, boo technology!
CLUB MED: Melissa, Emily, Diana
I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope this makes you want to grab a girlfriend or two, or five and head out of town or schedule even a dinner to make some fantastic memories together. I am thankful for all my different groups of friends that make me who I am today, life would never be the same without them!
Have you been to San Francisco? What are your favorite parts of town to explore?
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