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 wanted to share some tips and a Mariah Carey Las Vegas concert review if you’re thinking about catching her show.

One of my longtime and best girlfriends Jennifer and I saw Mariah back in 2006 in Phoenix and I saw her previously in Seattle around 2004 around Christmas time which was a real treat. We hoped in the car to see her again – a trip booked within 1 hour after texting asking if she’d be interested in going – Asian efficiency my friends, paired with crazy Mariah Carey fans. Jennifer is always up for anything I suggest doing – at least it seems that way because we like to do all the same things which is a great girlfriend to have through life!

If you’re thinking about seeing Mariah Carey in Las Vegas soon – you need to book now because as of today when this post is published, there are only 9 shows left at the Caesar Colosseum this summer - July (2015): 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26. She’s off the entire month of June, resumes in July, and ends the show July 26.

It was announced she has added 2016 shows, just nine more for February 2016: 2, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, which go on sale today at 10 am PST.

Where to sit at the Mariah Carey Concert

We sat dead center, level 2, paid $175 for our seats dead center! The upper level areas is where everyone sits during the concert.

If you want to stand and shake your booty all concert, 18 songs I believe, the lower level it is! It’s small so I would say no matter where you sit you’ll have a pretty good view.

If you buy a package where you can get an aisle seat and in the first seven rows or so, you might be able to see Mariah walk by you like so – and she might put the mic in your face so you can sing a lyric! The Beautiful Package with a few perks and somewhere in the first 7 rows will cost you $750, I already checked. If you want to meet her after the concert and take a photo, you can pay $1,500 – $3,500 for a ticket depending on the additional perks you’d like.

I was pretty much dying witnessing this and thinking how I’d love to be that close to her! Mariah interacts with her fans quite a bit during the concert, talking to fans, walking through the small colosseum, and even picking an audience member for one of her songs which was so hilarious!

The scene for “Touch my body” -

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Mariah Carey Concert Backdrops

Here are a few of the backdrops for her songs, each No. 1 hit had a new backdrop. I was too busy screaming and signing at the top of my lungs feeling like I was nine, 11, 13, 15, 18 years old!

She opened up the concert with her first No. 1 hit “Vision of Love.” The track recently celebrated 25 years last week! Feeling old now? Yeah, me too.

When the concert began (she started on time), I got goosebumps when the curtains pulled back and I saw Mariah’s silhouette – I don’t know if anyone feels as crazy as I do about her, but she’s a legend, so that moment was a true internal freak out bubbling through my veins erupting to screaming, clapping and cheering mega fan.

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You could say Jennifer and I got really EMOTIONAL during the concert.

Mariah despite the critics questioning if her voice was strong enough and the YouTube video of her messing up (she was JUST going through a divorce, give her a break!) she hit every single ear piercing high note she’s known for and for one song came out doing it. So yes, Mariah can still sing it, and it’s phenomenal in witness in person.

You know a handful of your Mariah Carey songs pop into your head – I mean the woman had 18 No. 1 hits! She sang 18 songs!


She ended the show with her new single, “Infinity,” listen here. My favorite line – “Everything you own boy, you still owe.”

The closing – confetti falls from the sky.

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I have a hard time when shows come to an end. Correction – I have a really hard time when John Mayer plays his last set and Mariah Carey sings her last song.

Hope you enjoyed the quick review and tips on where to sit for Mariah’s concert. Are you a fan? Will you see her? What’s your favorite song?

Lifestyle, Personal, Southwest, Travel

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On Fridays, sometimes I feel stuck on what to post. It was much easier talking about myself in my early 20s when that’s pretty much all I did – ha. Speaking of, you want to know what the best self improvement chat I ever had in my life was? Let’s talk about that.

When I was in my mid-20s, I hung out with this guy named Nate. We didn’t date or anything, he was a friend of a friend and I’m pretty sure she met him on MySpace or something so we all became friends. He was in law school and occasionally we’d hang out if we were in the same town.

One night I was chatting away, driving us around to pick a few things up. He trailed a few steps behind me (I tend to speed walk sorry my friends) and he decided it was time to tell me something someone should have told me about my personality.

“You know what Diana?” asked Nate after he closed the car door.
“What’s up?”

“In the past hour and a half of us just chatting and hanging out, I just wanted to point out that you haven’t asked me a single question about myself,” he said.

“I’m not saying it because I really care,” he continued, “but you might just want to ask someone a few questions about them, you know, act like you care to know them.”

I knew he meant it in a genuinely kind, non confrontational sort of way.

“Oh my gosh, it didn’t even occur to me, I’m so sorry!” I answered.

I was also quite shocked at my response of being OK with being corrected by him, but I think I respected him and knew he wasn’t meaning to make me feel like a jerk.

You would have thought I would have known better – being a journalist, being used to asking questions to prime subjects, celebrities, fashion people, whomever. Perhaps I was just so tired of it I didn’t want to ask questions, but maybe, I was just completely unaware of my self absorbent behavior. I also assumed if you wanted to talk about it, you just would.

Usually if things are important we just tell our friends, you can’t wait for a question to be prompted to share some news, so just share it. But when you catch up, make sure it’s really catching up – ask them how they’ve been, every few minutes if you feel like you’ve been answering questions, ask a few, you’ll have more friends that way. As Mr. Wonderful says, dialog, not monologue, you know?

Nate and I had a brief friendship, not sure what happened, I probably ended up getting a boyfriend and had less time. Anyway, that chat was such a great blessing of advice I learned early on.

Now I’m not encouraging any of you to point out any personality flaws you see in someone as we may be past that age of correction, but you can certainly share this post if that’s how you want to go about it.

Do any chats come to mind that changed the way you thought? I’d love to learn from your experiences.

Lifestyle, Personal

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We celebrated beautiful sweet Brenna and the expectant arrival of her second child, with a baby sprinkle – the theme was a garden themed tea party. The day was absolute perfection with temperatures in the mid 70s, a sweet breeze, and occasional cloud cover made it an absolute joy to be outside and mingle in my backyard.

Leeann was my darling co-host, and we decided to enlist the help of Teaspressa! Allison DeVane set up her adorable tea cart and brought her talents and delicious tea – inspired by coffee as a treat for our guests. Sconces, quiches, zucchini bread, summer fruit and croissants were on the menu for a guest list of 20. Congratulations my darling Brenna, if I love your first one this much, imagine how much I’m going to love your second! She’s going to be beautiful just like her mamma- another future Miss Arizona USA?

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Tea hostess: Teaspressa / Gold flatware: One Kings Lane (similar) / Chalkboard sign: The Home Depot / Turquoise roller cart: IKEA / Outdoor clothesline: Walmart

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