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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If I could live in a place where it’s permanently fall, I would. I am the biggest fan of bundling up, leaves turning color, and crisp air mornings. I used to say spring was my favorite season but my allergies – I’m drowning in my own mucus. So, I prefer fall again when green things are dying.

My nails are already painted a dark eggplant gray and I’m ready to start layering. Are you on the same page as me?

Fur

I love real fur, but I love having fun with faux fur too – especially leopard print! Invest in a great warm jacket and if you’re daring, spend a little less on something more daring and fun – you’d be surprised when you put it on during a fun night out with the girls or NYE.

Ankle Bootie

I love ankle booties so much I think I have too many. I tried on a pair and my girlfriend Brenna said, “Don’t you have a pair just like it?” I’m a fan of neutrals, and apparently the taupe and brown booties are my favorite!

Backpack

The backpacks are here to stay – I loved taking my metallic one with me on my vacation trips! You can go expensive, or you can go a little cheap depending on your needs and the longevity you think you’ll need a backpack. Also excellent for any amusement parks you might have planned this fall.

Moto Jacket

I have one a few moto jackets in different weights, lightweight in white, light blush, and heavy genuine leather in brown. I love wearing the lighter weight ones as an alternative to cardigans and over dresses. I’m able to extend some of my summer pieces through fall with a moto jacket.

What are you most excited for this fall?

Beauty, Lifestyle, Style

#shop#LoveAmericanHome #CollectiveBias

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We live in a 1952 home and it makes me wonder about those days, what America was like, just around the time my parents were born. With our all brick home, our neighborhood is very patriotic, American flags on nearly every other home, and on our painted house number on the street!

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Our house drawn by The Art of Michelle

With better temperatures around the corner, I’m looking forward to getting our home prepped for fall. Starting with Labor Day, the following days will be so enjoyable for our visitors.

 During this time of the year I prep our home with new indoor and outdoor decor – a new set of candles based upon fragrances and colors, and new lawn blankets! American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candles are available now at Walmart which will be fun to light, during entertaining.

Are you looking forward to Labor Day? Here are a few things to help you prepare for a memorable 3-day weekend!

Quick raw-edge lawn blanket

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I love to sew to find fabrics to personalize for a specific season or holiday themed, and using a fabric drop cloth as the backing.

I also like to make these projects quickly and so I resort to an unfinished edge for a rustic look. Show up at your next Labor Day even with goodies in tow, this would be a great hostess gift.

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Materials needed

materials

  1. 2 -3  yards of fabric depending on how large you want your lawn blanket (this was a little over 2 yards)
  2. Same amount yards in canvas drop cloth or you can pick another heavy weight fabric
  3. Contrasting thread colors (I picked red and orange). If white is a good contrast from your dark fabric, stick with a white thread.

Steps

  1.  Stretch out both pieces of fabric on the floor, on top of one another.
  2. Cut bottom piece with 1-2 inches extra room, pin if you want (or see what I do to avoid pinning if I’m in a hurry)
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  3. Sew a straight seam down one side (I used a walking foot but it’s not necessary)
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  4. Lay blanket it down on floor and cut access fabric so both pieces are even
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  5. Continue sewing straight seams until all edges are completed
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  6. Sew over straight seams with a more embellished stitching
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  7. Lay blanket on floor and fold in thirds and use safety pins or a fabric marker to mark where to sew a tacking stitch or short zig zag sewing the two layers together. See example:blanet-stitch

Clean blanket edge Option

Simply face the right sides of the fabric towards each other, sew the edges and leave a 4-inch gap.  When you turn it inside out, press the edges and corners and hand stitch the gap closed.

No-Sew Options

  • No-Sew Option 1:  Cut 1″ thick and 3″ deep strips along the sides and knot both fabric pieces together.
  • No-Sew Option 2: Use a PERMANENT Fabric Glue to secure both pieces together. Be aware there is fabric glue that is a temporary hold, you want to look for a permanent hold.

Stock up on Seasonal Candles

Just new at Walmart, you can find a variety of fall, baked good, and outdoor fragrances! Found in the Home and Candle Section in Walmart stores, American Home™ by Yankee Candle® prices vary from votive candles starting at $1.43 to the 19 ounce Large 2-wick Tumbler Candles (my preferred style) at $14.93. The 19 ounce candles burn for 70-90 hours.

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Do you pick your candles by color or fragrance? I gravitate first by fragrance than color and I imagine where it could go in my home.

Imagine the ooh and ahh’s your get if you arrive with this hostess gift basket with a lawn blanket paired with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance!

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Fresh Apple, Buttercream Frosting, and Clear Mountain Lake™

Any fun Labor Day plans? What are you looking forward to the most this fall?

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Decor, Home + Garden, Product Reviews, Sewing + Crafts

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I’ve joined the long bob trend – aka “the lob” or as articles are now referring to the trend now as, “the cool girl haircut” which I’m not sure I can live up to. Now with shorter, darker hair, and whiter teeth, you would’ve thought I’ve gone through a breakup or something (no, still married to Mr. Wonderful). Remember, never cut your hair after a breakup!

This hair though, it takes way more work now than it did when it was long – I’m telling you. I owe my bravery to two things: (1) Realizing my hair was a security blanket and doing whatever it takes to get rid of that nonsense and (2) My agency who said my hair should be kept at a certain length – and I did where they said but recently just decided a wee bit shorter might be fun!

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Moving on.

It’s taken everything in me to not unload my fall clothing into my closet right now. See my nails? Fall color. I need to put away my “resort wear” which I really do have a section for that, until early April (Thailand). Some of it I’m not crazy about but you know I’m going to hold onto it so I can leave it on my trip – I’m notorious for leaving my clothes overseas to make room for shopping. It really makes perfect sense, especially if I’m attempting to do it all in a backpack.

Oh, speaking of that (rabbit trail hope you don’t mind), I thought I found the travel companion - Timbuk2 Navigator Duffel Bag:

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Oh wait for it, this is what it would look like on my back:

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Hahhahahaaa. I’m laughing at myself. Here’s the deal, I don’t have to wear it as a backpack really, there’s just this one part of the trip where it’s going to be crazy and I sure as heck don’t want to be rolling a bag, that’s definitely not happening with the flights and boats I’m taking. I haven’t bought it yet, I still want to see what the 2016 bag will look like.

Then, when I told my dad and showed him, he was listening and I told him my plan – the backpack minimal plan.

“And dad, I am probably going to leave my pajamas and underwear there too,” I explained.
“You might not even wear it!” he said.

He thought it was too humid and hot when he went with my mom a few years ago.

So now I’m back to the idea of a rolling backpack. *sigh* Recommendations are appreciated.

I’m enjoying time in Nor Cal back home with my parents and pup for the next week and also seeing those I love so much – high school girlfriends and my college bestie! It’s my last big trip and summer comes to an end, and then, GARDEN POSTS GALORE!

Lifestyle, Personal

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