My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.
My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I love traveling, home improvement projects, sewing, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.
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Bella Lily Bridal. There, I can finally say it, after keeping it mum for a few months! I can finally share the details of one of my clients, a new bridal boutique opening on the west side of the Phoenix Valley in Glendale.
Brenda came to me early summer for graphic design work (my graphic design business is here), to create her logo and a few print things. A few months later after she secured her space, she asked if I would be interested and available to assist with decorating her space.
Yeah how happy am I? So yeah!
Here’s the space with the walls down – so much to do, paint, figuring out where dresses and veils are to hang, mirrors, dressing viewing areas, I mean the list goes on – can you imagine?
And picking paint colors out isn’t exactly easy when you have tinted windows and fluorescent lights currently up in the space – both which are to be removed.
We need a macaroon break!
We’ve made a lot of decisions on furniture, flooring, paint color, but we can’t do anything until new walls are up and painted, and lighting and racks are hung! So next update in a few weeks – the bridal store is scheduled to open before the new year, and of course I’ll keep you updated on its progress.
Well, we all know I have a designer purse problem. Welcome the newest to the family, Miss Chloe (the paraty bag). I sold two Louis Vuittons for her, and I’m totally OK with that and let’s say that’s the amazing thing about designer purses – certain ones anyway, even if you own them for a long time, resale value isn’t bad.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you’re probably wondering, wait, what about that investment handbag you swear you stick to only buying one handbag every 2-3 years, the vintage Chanel? Oh well yeah, but in this case, I traded two for one, so it didn’t cost me anything, and I am still on my path to minimizing – fewer, better things.
So anyway, as I put this gal into my purse rotation (trying to rotate my purses), I figured if only it was easier to switch out my contents, maybe a purse organizer would help. Yeah, seriously, OCD for the inside of my bags.
If you’re anything like me, I love having bags in bags in bags. I even have a pencil case by Ted Baker. I’m thinking maybe I should share my purse contents with you one day – once I clean up my act.
I ended up picking this one, in the color you see here because most of the interiors of my bags are brown and I didn’t want it to stand out:
Lots of different colors! I like the sky blue if I were OK with it being seen. But for now, I just prefer it to blend in.
Look at all those pockets! It’s like a Container Store in my bag! This is not a photo I took of my stuff by the way, this is from the store’s site. I do not carry that much makeup with me in my purse.
Another great thing about a purse organizer to consider is if you don’t have a structured bag – like the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 (one of which I sold to FashionPhile), this helps it have more form. Just make sure you check the dimensions of the inserts to fit within your bag, or most of them anyway.
There are so many all over the web if you just search “purse organizer” and they come in every color in the rainbow. Keep this in mind as you see these photos below, you can find the color you gravitate towards. These are nylon and I’m not sure how I feel about the sound of it, so I really liked that I decided to go with felt which is quiet.
Is that strange?
What do you think? I’m really looking forward to being able to find every bag within my bag. Or maybe I can take some out of bags since there are pockets. Organizing is so much fun – sometimes I think I’m just an organized hoarder.
Holy cow, that POPSUGAR Must Have Box unboxing video received 900+ views in 24 hours. You guys must really like subscription boxes (and videos), so I think I’ll try to make time to open my Ipsy Glam Bag in front of you next. Thanks for the support!
Remember I mentioned I would try to show you more outfits? My struggle was my backyard was a little too English Country (not complaining as that is my intended goal) however since I can no longer just pose in front of some gorgeous old architecture in the South of France, I figured turning that old storage/tool shed into a little studio with a seamless would be a good option.
This was my best shot with the Sony NEX-5R which has a flip screen and automatic focus – making it easier for these outfit shots so I can make sure I’m in frame and not overly worry if I’m in focus – it tracks me.
I’m still desperately working on the lighting, and I think I’ve figured it out.
Here’s what the set up looks like:
Oh oh, wait for it!
Yep that’s my beach cruiser that’s been neglected all summer and probably has a flat. That’s our blow up mattress, BBQ supplies and behind the seamless (in Fashion Gray) are all my blankets, props, entertaining flatware, dishes, diaries, holiday decor, ummmmm.
So the goal is to start clearing most of it out. When my girlfriend Maayan and I caught up on the phone she said, “You know what Oprah says, if it’s in storage, you don’t need it.” So minus the tools, I think she’s just about right – almost (the entertaining stuff tho, gotta make space for that somewhere).
I might save that goal for 2015 – when I have to put the Christmas stuff away I’ll purge a bit.
Here’s hoping I get a chance to strike a pose to share more outfits. xx
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Hi there! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, model and wife - and follower of Christ.
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