By Emily Glynn / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Few are as well-traveled, or as well-dressed, as photographer and lifestyle blogger Diana Elizabeth. A flip through the California native’s passport reveals stamps from Thailand, China, France, Switzerland, London, and Ireland. A scroll through her picturesque blog reveals the style tips she’s picked up along the way.
“International traveling forces me to be decisive,” she says. “Anything that can’t be worn more than once, unless it’s a layering piece, doesn’t make it [into] my luggage unless I plan on leaving it behind in the beginning of my trip.”
When she’s settled in her beautifully curated, HGTV-worthy Central Phoenix home, the fashionista gravitates toward tailored, sophisticated neutrals in black, white and blush tones (bright colors are typically reserved for her travels). Flawless makeup and whimsical statement pieces from Anthropologie round out her daily look.
Her style is completely accessible at www.dianaelizabethblog.com, a platform she credits with strengthening her fashion audacity.
“Blogging has absolutely influenced my wardrobe in a positive way,” she affirms. “It has encouraged me to take chances on trends, and I consider it another form of creativity I can share with others.”
I’m currently working on… I’m always working on our home. I’m just about done with our mudroom update and I’ll be getting our garden beds prepped [soon] for all the planting I’ll be doing this fall.
What do you consider to be the most underrated accessory? Half-slips! If I could buy every woman a nude half-slip, I would. I wore one on a photoshoot [and] the designer handed me a slip under every dress … I was hooked!
By Emily Glynn / Photo by Mark Morgan
Phil Clark’s best-selling Junglebird, a sultry blend of Grey Goose Vodka, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Cointreau, lime, brown sugar syrup and Campari-infused ice, drinks like a dream. Its effect is not unlike that of Clark himself, who exudes an inquisitive air and deep understanding of stylistic eminence.
“Great cocktails, like perfect outfits, are always more than the sum of their parts,” he says. “You have to understand the components of each element, and how they complement or detract from one another.”
Since slipping behind the bar at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in July, Clark has maintained a masculine wardrobe, toeing the line between rugged and urbane. His daily uniform consists of snuggly fitted dark hues with careful attention paid to his lower-body wear (a pair of suede Rufskin leggings have his heart). Accessories are minimal – with his self-evident body art and full beard, which he entrusts to @DonJuanCuts at Roosevelt Barbershop, there’s really no need.
“I like to think that the best style is the one that reflects your confident vision of yourself,” he explains. “If you have that, everything else will fall into place.”
What does a person’s drink of choice reveal about his or her personality? More than anything, their level of adventurousness or risk-taking. In my estimation, vodka sodas and light beer are for patrons who want absolute control over their experience, and they want it to be replicable wherever they go, forever. Classic cocktails and great wine, on the other hand, are for epicureans, those who are seeking out exquisitely rendered versions of familiar things.
The best cocktail you’ve ever mixed: Hopefully, the next one.
And the worst: Moscow mules – don’t be boring.