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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A few beauty items that I’m obsessed with for their simplicity.

Stowaway Cosmetics

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Mini sized – like a battery, the true size that cosmetics should be before it expires. I discovered Stowaway thanks to my POPSUGAR Must Have Box which is one of my favorite and most anticipated monthly subscription lifestyle boxes I receive. So far I’ve used two of the three in the trio set and love how on trend the colors are. I do think the mini size makes sense – I’m not a makeup artist so I tend

Turbie Twist

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We included a Turbie Twist in a past Freely box. I had spotted it at an Ulta and thought, “What is that?!” once I had my hands on one, I knew all my girlfriends had to have one for Christmas! It’s a lightweight towel that easily wraps around your wet hair, drying wet hair faster and it’s lighter and cuter on your head than a bath sized towel!

If you want a 4 set for $24.95 (give to your mom, sister or girlfriends?) or a single one for $8.97.

Wet Brush

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Throw away all your other brushes, and use this on wet and dry hair. The Wet Brush, $9.99 (see combo or travel) was featured in our first Freely box. I was not sure what the big deal was about a brush at first but after I used it, I can’t go back to any other brush! Great for tender heads (not me), and those with lots of back of the head hair tangles (totally me). I don’t know how this brush does it, but there’s little to no hair breakage as it removes those snags. It’s hands down the best brush, ever.

Beauty, Efficient Living, Lifestyle

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I’m learning that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Like yesterday, when my blog was down for four hours and an ugly mess. I was convinced to move to a new updated hosting server that was supposed to make my blog zippy (ok, that’s not a tech term, but “updated” is always a good tech term) only to find that my site constantly maxes out the memory and crashes if you pushed any button on my site. So, then I had to reverse it and it just wasn’t broke to begin with so I shoulda left it alone.

Kinda like our dining room.

I need to say something nice about my dining room. At least one thing.

The chairs are comfortable….

So the Drexel Champaign buffet arrived.

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I’m telling you that my dining room project is cursed, it couldn’t have just arrived smoothly. Manic texts because no one was home during the delivery, miscommunication from the delivery people that someone had to sign for it, and well, a typical married couple texting back and forth about whose fault it was for not being home (not mine!).

Then, after all was settled and the buffet was in, I came home and saw that the buffet was not white, but gray – a grayish blue. Just as the photo shows –  don’t assume (like I did) that maybe it was a little off white due to inability to white balance, because it’s not white.

Look at my photos – keeping in mind I know how to correctly white balance and color tone. This thing is legit baby boy blue.

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What the heck – so I text Kate and she asks, “What color did it say it was online?”

And I tell her, “Palace Pearl from Benjamin Moore” which obviously pearl sounds like white-ish right? I do a quick Google search and see this swatch -

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Here’s a better idea of how un-white it is. Smack between my pure white Sunbrella slipcover chairs from Ballard Designs.

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In true Photoshop fashion, the left is what it looks like and the right is how I expected it to look.

Who knew God could refine someone through a room makeover. I’m feeling every annoyance in the book that has me begging for mercy for this to be done. Every ounce of my character and what teeny patience I have must be rationed until this project is complete.

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Looks like there will be painting, but it will be not be a party.

Decor, Home + Garden

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What’s one of your favorite memories? Mine is visiting Ireland.

Not because of any one thing that specifically happened but because of many things that happened – the sights, laughter, the breeze and of course, adventure with my darling and fun besties, Melayne. Sometimes I look back at photos I took on my Sony mirrorless camera and it just brings back the feelings of peace and simple joy.

I wouldn’t mind living the rest of my days in such a beautiful place, honest.

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I imagine the shores of Ireland is what it means when people describe as heaven meeting Earth.

Sunset at Giant’s Causeway - quiet, reflective, and completely natural Basalt columns from a volcano. God creates such beautiful things, doesn’t he?

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I’m also thankful for the gift of memory! Check out our Ireland girl’s trip. See our video here.

Are you in a need of a little getaway? You should grab someone and go – or find a little R&R in your own backyard.

This month while I’ve been busy working and going to acting class, my brain feels like it’s on vacation but trying to not float away. I recently spilled a not so secret, secret about my past to some fellow actors, just something that happened to me that would normally make me feel vulnerable. Then I thought, I think it’s one of those things I need to blog about.

Blogging can be therapeutic. It can also cause you to overanalyze every word that makes up your post before you hit publish. It’s a double-edged sword. How much I wish that blogs and websites were more accessible when I was a teen so I could have the support I needed at the time. As one of my besties Jennifer tells me, “If you help one person with telling your story, it’s worth it.” Sometimes, writing hard memories can be so difficult, triggering feelings you just want to leave in the past. I think we all want to inspire and encourage one another, but sometimes we give such little credit to the past, hurt, trials and errors that really do provide more inspiration than a seemingly perfect day or vacation.

Both are good – the perfect days paired with the not so good days, the trials, the milestone celebrations, the adventures – they fill up our life and mold us into who we are and who we will become.

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