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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DEP_2952 DEP_2955 DEP_2962 DEP_2988Tank: Alexander Wang / Shorts: Blonde Boutique Couture (c/o) in size small / Sandals: Cole Haan / Heart sunnies: B.P. Nordstrom (love these)

Last week was pretty freezing for Phoenix, in the 50s! This week, it’s in the low 80s. After an afternoon shoot I immediately changed out of my sweater and leggings into this comfy outfit to finish my day.

I love these pom pom shorts from Blonde Boutique Couture owned by one of my best girlfriends. She is having a huge sale on her site - up to 40% off! She needs to make room for new inventory. You may recognize the beautiful owner, Sommer who was the model for Freely’s Christmas campaign. I’m going to bring these on my upcoming trip to Thailand.

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Additional 15% off with code DEBLOG15 - Blonde Boutique Couture.

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Knit sweater, $16 (reg $30) / Striped sweater, $16 (reg $30) / Shorts $14

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Leopard Dress, $14 (reg. $30) / Lace Dress, $18 (reg $27) / Sweater w/pants set $15 (reg. $30)

Do you love pom poms? I think they are so flirty!

Lifestyle, Style

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This new year I’ve been focused on corporate headshots, something I’ve done but hadn’t had much time to concentrate on in the past. I enjoy it tremendously for many reasons – it’s pleasant to meet new people and by golly they are so easy.

No matter what type of photography I focus on, I’m finding that I love the transition flowing through one to another. From shooting everything under the sun that moved, to focusing on what made me passionate, I’ve learned as an artist I should being flexible when there’s a need.

My preferred headshot lens is the Sigma 85mm/f1.4. It allows me to have enough distance my subject that makes them comfortable and I love the compressed background. I usually shoot at f3.2 with my subject and in a spot far enough from a background to have a good enough shallow depth of field. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been busy doing lately, hence the lack of posts on any social media. When PHOENIX magazine’s Top Docs issue comes out, I’m really looking forward to seeing the headshots I’ve been taking. This one above was in Phoenix Home & Garden, their sister magazine.

Oh and Happy Chinese New Year! Even if you don’t celebrate it, I’m sending you good wishes for wealth and good fortune!

Photography

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Binge watch The Man in the High Castle

We first heard about the show when a friend said Benjamin looked like a main character.

If you have Amazon Prime then log on and start streaming The Man in the High Castle. It’s about America if Germany and Japan had won World War II. The Japanese rule the west and the Nazi’s run the east. All I can say, is its a fantastic show with wonderful acting.

Actor Luke Kleintank who plays Joe Blake is a fox. I think I can say that because he looks like Benjamin!

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Teach children to write Thank You cards

Mr. Wonderful and his brothers write thank you cards, thanks to my mother in law. I find it darling when my friends and our nieces and nephews, send thank you cards, even if they can’t hold a pen for more than a minute. Usually we get a cute scribble drawing of of art with a note from the parent, or a verbatim thank you that the parent has written down coming out of the mouth of our little tot and we crack up reading them.

Teach Children to Write Thank You Cards is a fantastic post I ran across in my blogging community if you want to teach your children.

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Sweet Honey Lane is written by my old dear friend Christina, we met through pageants and share a love for many similar things – one being home decor. She and her husband Tyler moved to Indiana and bought a gorgeous 1930s farmhouse. They are fantastic DIYers and are flipping homes. Call HGTV because they need their own show.

She inspired me to buy a miter saw. Of course, it’s still currently in the box, but there are hopes, dreams of sheds and tables to be built one day.

She made this desk for $35!

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Watch 73 Questions with Celebrities

I love the 73 questions VOGUE asks celebrities! Have you ever watched them?

Here’s an oldie but goodie, which was the first 73 questions I watched – Sarah Jessica Parker. I enjoy the way the interview (which is clearly rehearsed) flows so quickly.

See the entire 73 Questions playlist here. Check out Reese Witherspoon and Anna Wintour.

Anything you can suggest I do this weekend?

Lifestyle