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. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.
My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.
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This past weekend I flew out to Orange County to catch up with Melayne – it’s always fun girl, down time when I see her every summer. We eat, enjoy the beach, and talk – a lot about everything.
I realized how it’s amazing to laugh with people not necessarily because they’re funny or you’re funny, but the relationship and chats can make you laugh and that’s the best part of friendship. You might have already figured out that my girlfriends are a huge part of my world.
First night, Tabu Shabu – I love shabu so much, it’s kind of ridiculous, it’s a toss up – am I seeing Melayne or am I visiting Tabu Shabu? Just kidding!
I researched how I could have shabu in my house. The reality is, I don’t feel like getting the meat so I need to find a good neighborhood place around me in Phoenix. We get chicken and lamb shoulder and I ordered a broth similar to ramen soup – salty! Melayne likes spicy so you can see her peppers flowing in her broth.
Melayne also plays beach volleyball on the weekends – she was an NCAA volleyball player at UofA and South Florida. It’s funny we went to the same college and were the same year but we didn’t know each other. We did know a ton of the same UofA athletes. We later met competing in a pageant!
We took a few fun shots at the beach these are iPhone shots. I brought my new to me but very old film camera and right now a few rolls are in the process of being developed and scanned. I’m unsure if any will even turn out at everything was experimental with using an ancient camera for the first time, trying to see how the camera’s custom settings work, and figuring out which film I like.
If they’re worth sharing, I will of course. Otherwise, I enjoy challenging myself as a photographer.
There was a lot of eating – Shirley’s Bagels in Costa Mesa is so popular, we ordered open faced bagels. I need to make this at home, so here’s the recipe – Sliced bagel, cream cheese, sliced cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes and some lemon pepper seasoning. Amazing.
I also love stopping into Heritage Mercantile Co. It’s such a cute store even cuter on the outside with vines crawling up!
Melayne also cooked for me, she had some salmon her mom and dad caught on a recent Alaska trip. I would love to go back to Alaska and bring Benjamin (I went when I was in jr. high on a cruise).
Such a catch! Melayne, I mean.
I got a crazy sunburn on my left arm. It just felt so good that day with the breeze and sun that I didn’t think I was getting fried – just like that horrible back tan from France that took me three months to get rid of.
I also have tan lines from my bathing suit which I thought were imprints. I definitely would not have done this if I had filmed that commercial last week, I’m very careful about my professionalism with modeling.
As we sat on the porch facing the beach – like it was one of those rows of homes right on Newport Beach, Ryan made us legit Acai bowls, the frozen Acai is below and it was incredibly refreshing.
A lady walked by and mentioned how good it looked before I took a bite and I told her I’d sell her mine for $40.
But I’m so glad I didn’t.
I have one more trip back to California to visit my family and friends – Nor Cal this time and then I’ll stay put in Arizona because the weather will be amazing and all of you will be begging to visit me! Haha! It’s been a fun summer so far – haven’t even noticed the heat because I’ve been gone every other weekend which has been such a blessing, I love my summer trips!
Have a great weekend!
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock invited us up last weekend for a getaway to check out the recent multi-million dollar resort renovations.
This was perfect because (1) We needed the time together (2) It’s an excuse to escape the Phoenix summer heat (3) We often stay at Hiltons and Benjamin spend his last night as a single guy here before our wedding day in Sedona almost four years ago.
It also means good weather so a good hike is in order! The elevation in Sedona is 4,000 to 4,500 feet so you can feel a bit toastier than usual at 80 degrees, and it also snows in the winter, like on our wedding day.
Benjamin landed in Phoenix at 5:30 PM from being gone all week in Austin – we really have been coming and going all summer. Sedona is a quick and easy 90 minute drive from Phoenix, making it our regular getaway, I’ve been to Sedona probably over a dozen times from photography and modeling jobs, weddings and quick trips.
We arrived to the sweetest and yummiest welcome from the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel we decided to go for a hike at Bell Rock Trail, which is about 5 minutes away from Hilton.
Benjamin is very proud of this shot – he directed it.
After our hike, we headed back to the hotel for lunch, then it was pool/spa time. There are three pools to choose from – Mr. Wonderful headed to the spa pool at eforea spa which quiet with lap pools and I told him I’d meet him after my massage.
I experienced heaven for 90-minutes with the Full Circle massage treatment (starting at $201). It focuses on mind, body, heart and spirit and is inspired by the teachings of the Four Directions – N, S, E, W. I was South because I like citrus and gardenia! It included cleansing, exfoliation, traditional massage, grounding stones, and a snuggly cocoon wrap and energy work.
Joanne is amazing, it was the best back massage I have ever had with the pressure, I was falling asleep at the very end.
Sounds like a good time to hit the pool and join Mr. Wonderful.
We ate lunch at 5 pm – because that’s how slow-pokey we were – hey, we’re on vacation!
Around 8, I requested room service, because there’s something about being able to eat food in your bed, but it’s not your bed. The mac and cheese is amazing that Benjamin said he wasn’t hungry but he ended up grabbing my plate and eating most of it! Hmph!
And I paid .99 cents to download Heads Up! made by Ellen Degeneres and we had fun guessing movies, celebrities, and animals. Have you played it?
The next morning we ate outside again to soak in the weather and view. I had a coconut oatmeal and Benjamin ordered the salmon bagel for the second time – he’s part Grizzly.
Earrings: Fabulous – Lisi Lerch (c/o) / Dress: Vince Camuto
Here’s what the rooms at The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock look like now since renovations – it has a kitchenette, dining table, and the sofa folds out to another bed. There are two TV’s in the room which I love!
And a new lobby -
This past weekend we spent time time in Sedona and I can’t wait to share that with you – but first thing’s first, the earrings, and then my favorite things in my travel bag. If you missed my tips for looking good in photos while traveling, click here.
All morning I got compliments on my earrings that I had to share. I like being simple with accessories but also packing that one statement piece.
I also like to regularly pack these staples:
A few other favorites I like that keep traveling a bit more comfortable for me:
And even though I’ve returned I’ll leave my bag as is because I’m off to see Melayne in So Cal this weekend and maybe I can convince her to go on another trip with me. See our Ireland shenanigans here.
Hi there! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. Welcome to my world of creativity, gardening, simple living, and an extreme love for Europe.
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