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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I feel like I’m on tour but I’m not a performing artist. And by on tour, I mean maybe I’m on a tour – going here and there, doing whatever, where the wind takes me. Today I’m currently in Boston for a few days before I head to DC. But meanwhile, let’s slow down and talk about life. It’s personal post day everyone!
If you follow me on Instagram (@dianaelizabeth_), some days I’m totally absent and quiet, other times I’m blowing up the feed, there’s no particular pattern, either I’m doing stuff or I’m too busy doing stuff to post or not, it depends on my mood. Tee hee.
I got to see my girl gang recently because Melayne was in town from Costa Mesa. We went to Oreganos and I got to hold little bebe Adelyn who belongs to Brenna. I love her – both of them, and all of them.
A new Container Store opened up in my neighborhood and I’m pretty darn stoked about it. I went to the blogger preview lunch they had before the Grand Opening weekend and fell in love with the new TCS Closets line which is very fancy – closet goals when we expand/win the lottery. There is something to say though about not having a lot of space – less stuff!
Brenna pointed out that it was 99 degrees that day and I was wearing fall. Hahah! One cannot tell here when you go from the AC home to the AC car to another AC building. In a month we’ll have the perfect weather the rest of the country will be envious of. Until then…
I have been working crazy hard the past week with photo assignments for PHOENIX magazine. Working with them has always been so rewarding for me – the assignments I get push me creatively but also allow me to break lots of typical rules – I really shouldn’t say break rules, but rather, editorial requires a different eye (I think) in comparison to typical shoots of airiness, blah blah.
I find myself enjoying the directing of a shoot with a different side of my brain while also being adventurous – like an impromptu hike up Airport Vortex in Sedona in heels nonetheless! It was worth it, wasn’t it? I parked illegally and was afraid my car wouldn’t be there when we returned or that I’d slip down the mountain but hey, it’s about that shot!
My two girlfriends from Nor Cal came out for one of my PHOENIX magazine assignments, they were my models.
I took the girls down to Tucson for one of the locations for the magazine shoot.
We stayed at the Omni Resort which was gorgeous! The room was crazy huge and felt like a duplex with high ceilings and large bathroom, multiple sinks and a seating area. It’s definitely one of those places people go to stay for a while and probably to golf all weekend. Major thumbs up minus how difficult it is to get to your room with your luggage – pay a bellhop guy.
A cool thing happened to Rachel (in middle) the runner – she completed the Western States, that’s 100 miles y’all. There was a casting for legit runners. Maybe it wasn’t called legit runners, but that’s what I call someone who runs like she does, legit. I told her to submit for an audition and she got called in! Fingers crossed she gets the job and gets to come back out next month.
So we took a quick headshot while she was out and before we got started on the PHOENIX magazine shoot.
I taught her how to smile with her eyes because she has really big beautiful eyes but you gotta squint them a little with your smile.
Onto the shoot, the horse owning gals painted on horses at Miraval.
We had a blast, it was like a road trip for us and since they’ve been models for me before it was easy peasy. You’ll have to wait for the summer getaways issue which is not for a while until you can see all the pics.
We also went to Last Chance (Nordstrom bargain basement) about 14 billion times. The reality is we went every day I think and I don’t go that often and I save it for when they are out. I even handed them the keys and said to go on their own because I had a few deadlines for clients. It’s pretty cute how much they love it, but I get it!
We woke up early on Sunday morning to get the short rib hash at Chestnut. I didn’t want it to run out because that would be the saddest thing ever, and I know it because it’s happened to me. Not a good way to start your week when you don’t get that in your belly!
This was our laundry room over the weekend. This is when you know there’s a Chinese girl living in the house – all shoes off at the door. The sight of this makes me super happy, not because I love shoes (even though I do) but I love my friends, having visitors and entertaining.
When they left the house felt so quiet, I didn’t know what to do. I laid on the couch as the Mr. watched football and debated taking a nap. But of course, I didn’t. Probably too much coffee.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Are you doing anything fun lately to share? Send or drop me a link so I can check it out. I’m interested in escaping my life for a few minutes and seeing what the rest of you are up to. xx
She did a mustache pose immediately after this frame with her fingers under her nose out of nowhere. I laughed so hard that I think the image came out blurry.
I later photographed her as a clown, and she was adorable too - a total clownie. (See full session)
I recently photographed her and her momma for PHOENIX magazine. (See full session)
So you might be familiar with her face, but I want to share her heart with you. We need one of those feel good posts right?
What I love most about this is I know Amaya came up with this buddy bench concept entirely on her own. Amaya is who she is because of her mom and dad. I know Julie wouldn’t take credit for Amaya’s character but when you see a mature 7-year-old speak confidently as she did on camera – about being kind to others, admitting she was one of those lonely kids that she’s now trying to help, you know she’s something special. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, her family is loving and kind. Amaya is raised in love, with correction, guidance, and encouragement – and now kids everywhere get to benefit from her upbringing, they never have to be alone at school!
I read an online article by The Washington Post called, “Are you raising nice kids?” The article talked about teaching children, to be kind and make caring for others priority, not to seek their own happiness or achievements as most parents emphasize. The article is amazing, and I think applicable to adults as well.
My darling Amaya, I’m so proud to call you my friend. I have enjoyed seeing you become the sweet girl you are today and look forward to watching you transition into a beautiful young lady. You are a great example and ambassador of Jesus and I pray that your confidence in who you are only grows and you learn to continue to love and be kind to everyone, even if people are difficult to love, because we know love can make big changes. You are changing and touching the hearts of many and you’re pretty special to a lot of people, even ones that haven’t met you yet. xo
The special buddy benches cost $300-$500 each. If you want to donate money to the Sonoran Foothills School’s Buddy Bobcat Program, you can send a check directly to the school office with “bobcat buddy benches” in the memo. The school is located at 32150 N. Foothills Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85085.
I decided to take my green thumb indoors. While on a trip to Home Depot to get some new babies for Mr. Wonderful’s new office (reveal coming soon), I sneaked to the outside nursery and found these pretty neon cacti staring back at me.
After lots of loud “ouch!” screams in the somewhat deserted nursery that night and picking, “That one all the way back there,” and strategically moving others around like Tetris, I settled on these three.
Benjamin says one looks like an alien but my curiosity wants to know what the flowers will look like once they bloom.
Picked up the mini terra cotta pots at Berridge Nursery for $1.25 each, spray painted them and ta-da! The copper tray I had in storage, I bought it for an unknown reason, probably because it was on sale. I love it when stuff I buy and have no purpose for ends up being used eventually! Shhh, don’t tell Benjamin.
Here’s to a little ode to the desert in my office.
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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