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 kicks off my gift guides – all things I own so I can vouch for their quality and value. Look for gift guides starting this week, several times a week, I have lots of fun themes coming up soon. Happy shopping and gift giving this holiday season!

chando-fragrance-0380Chando Aroma Porcelain Diffuser, $252 (c/o)

Here are a few luxury items I wanted to share that I own personally that can be on your list for those big gift giving moments – for celebrating milestones, or just celebrating because it’s the holidays!

Tahitian Pearl Earrings


9mm Tahitian South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings, $299 (reg $799) c/o

The classic pearl earring – it’ll last you for the rest of your life and can be passed along as an heirloom. These come with a variety of metal finishes, I picked gold. You can also pick screw backs for a secure wear.

Chando Aroma Porcelain® diffuser


Chando Fantasy Collection in Camellia, $489

Chando is designed with one-of-a-kind Aroma Porcelain® diffuser flowers that blossom out of the bottle to emit the scent of your choice and transform any space into a personal sanctuary. It is a beautiful work of art that combines visual aesthetics with unique aromas – the perfect gift for that person who has everything and loves home fragrance.


All Chando scents are available in refills, to refill or change the scent as your choice. I have my eye on the gardenia next.

To order Chando products, visit

Sierra Vista 2142 fragrance

3.4oz/100mL – $330 / 1.7oz/50mL $230

When this popped in my inbox I requested a small sample because I have several friends from Sierra Vista, Arizona. I was incredibly curious, and so blown away by the scent!

Let me tell you – I would normally not spend over $150 for a fragrance, but this – I’m seriously tempted and it’s on my wish list. I’ve received repeated compliments when I wear this fragrance and I wish I could smell like Sierra Vista 2142 permanently. It smells musky and like a cologne, with a warm winter cabin like feeling – it smells cozy.

Described as a warm and wild fragrance. With its dry and woody base, blending top notes of Lavandin and Bergamot. A heart of Jasmine, Rose, and Cedar Wood, while a base of Dry Amber, Sandalwood, and Tonka Bean.

Not sure if you can splurge or want to smell a sample? Try the 2mL sample for $17.

Samantha Willis Azure Ear Jacket


Samantha Wills, $142

I wore a pair when I modeled for a styled shoot and I ended up buying the jeans I wore (go figure, story of my life) and put this pair on my wish list to Mr. Wonderful – and got them as a gift for my birthday!

If you live in the Phoenix area, you can find these earrings made by Australia designer at T. Madison in Chandler.

Decor, Lifestyle, Style


Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? You should put Freely on your list! Freely is a monthly Christian lifestyle box for $35 shipping is free and $5 every month goes to A21, an organization against human trafficking. The December Freely box is promised to be a great one for our subscribers and gift recipients!

When it came to Christmas, we knew we had to update the box design a bit, and after a few ideas we decided, let’s just dress up our yellow bike – change the pink flowers to holly leaves! The inside of the box scripture has a new scripture – just for Christmas.

Meet our latest Freely model, Sommer (click to see her adorable online clothing boutique), I love this girl to the moon and back. Thank you Angela Saban for adding the perfect Christmas touch to our Christmas campaign.

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Today, I’m going to get a little techy on you about upgrading to a new iMac.

My 27″ iMac was from 2010 and giving me the rainbow wheel and shutting down my design applications that I found myself starting to curse (and I don’t curse). In effort to keep my holiness in check (just kidding), and my Asian efficiency at its highest level, I decided to pony up the cash and get a new iMac.


My iMac arrived a few weeks ago and I thought I’d chat about the perks and the cons for designers/photographers so you know what you’re getting yourself into – and if you should. I am by no means a Apple expert and only talking from experience (which could very well be user error as many problems are) but here goes.

If you’re a business owner, I suggest buying one soon before the end of the year – if you’re even thinking about it. You want some tax write offs if you don’t have enough this year.

What I bought

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, $2000.
  • I paid an extra $300 for turbo boost because when I’m running all my design programs at once like a design ninja, the last thing I want to see is the color wheel turning. = $2300 not including tax and shipping.
  • You can switch out the mouse for a trackpad (extra).

Transferring files + programs

  • Copied over my entire iMac via Time Machine Backup.
  • You can also use the Wi-Fi but it’ll probably take you a week.
  • Use Migration Assistant and turn old into a hard drive and transfer over, very quick. You need a FireWire (I think this is old) or ThunderBolt. I copied my iMac to my MacBook via FireWire years ago but the new iMac didn’t have the end I was used to. So I used a Time Machine Backup which is a USB and the hard drive is copied on an external. More on why you should have Time Machine Backs at the end of this post.

The screen is slender, the computer is lighter and the magic mouse and keyboard have a new updated design.



  • Everything is prettier. Not sure if it’s because of the OS X El Capitan version paired with retina screen, but it’s just stunning.
  • LightRoom 4 doesn’t have any crashing issues (if you own the program, not speaking about the creative cloud), yet.
  • Text messages pop on your computer. Don’t ask how, it just does. Some cloud, Apple ID perk. Texts just jump on my screen so when I’m working I can easily respond in a separate window. The last thing you want to do while you’re working is pick up your phone and text.
  • Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse doesn’t use batteries. You have to check on the status of the power and charge it via USB (included). I have yet to charge my mouse but I don’t think I’m going to be happy about the charge wait time, but we’ll see. You can see their charge status at the top menu bar.
  • You can send photos from your phone to your iMac via AirDrop. You no longer have to email it to yourself and download it, it automatically goes to your downloads folder:


I especially love that I can text message from my iMac while I’m working – I can answer clients and friends immediately.


  • Adobe Creative Suite CS5 crashes. The last full version of what any designer could buy and own for years is about to die. It may be time to subscribe to the creative cloud. For me this means I need to pay monthly for Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign = a total of $50 monthly = $600 yearly. However!!!
  • I downloaded Adobe CC 2015 and am using a trial and I keep renewing the trial popup and it keeps working. Perhaps the serial code installed from my CS5 is allowing me to use the CC 2015?
  • Photos on sites are blurry. The retina screen as expected is amazing and takes visuals to another level. However, for bloggers or web designers who are still just saving at 72 DPI and max blog width, all images look horrifically fuzzy. I have been saving for retina on my blog for a few months (double the pixel width upload, resize in HTML code to correct blog width). I still have to adjust a few more pages on my blog, oh the annoyance! So I can see better but most everyone else’s sites aren’t up to retina yet – the disadvantage of being advanced.
  • There’s no DVD burner so you’ll need to find other ways to save your files – external hard drive and cloud (more on the cloud at the end of this post)

Retina display is gorgeous, but websites that didn’t save for retina display (yours might be included) now look blurry.


Subscriptions to consider

I have also added two paid subscription services I wanted to talk about that might help with your business and one is a free application that comes with your iMac.

  1. Time Machine Backup – This is free and not part of the two subscriptions I want to talk about but for the cost of a large external hard drive (mine is 3TB) it makes a copy of your computer and files so you can go back in time and retrieve it. I’ve accidentally saved files over old ones and needed to retrieve them. I highly suggest this for graphic designers.Example: You open up a file, play around and you save it over the file, close and then crap. You can’t open it back up and say “undo” because that’s that.  SHOOT! How to instructions here, video tutorial here.
  2. BackBlaze – I love when my friend Geni comes to visit, she’s a business/marketing/photographer guru and we’re always bouncing ideas off each other. She recommended to backup my entire computer and external hard drives to a cloud. I used to have Carbonite but they don’t backup external hard drives for Mac. I had a friend housesit once and a computer virus got to my computer and thankfully Carbonite saved all my client files and I was able to retrieve it. Whether you choose BackBlaze or another company, it’s wise to do so.
  3. VaultPress – This service costs $50 a year for a lite version and it backups your entire blog every day. Now that I do make a good regular income on my blog, it’s important for me to make sure my blog is safe and secure if anything should happen to it. Check out

Hope that helps and I know you’ll absolutely love your new iMac!

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