love notes

by gina gutierrez in

Tuesday I came home to a quiet house. Frankie Cat purrrrring his hellos. I said goodbye to Max early that morning as he was off to China. It's always difficult when he is so far away but we find our ways to keep in touch and stay connected miles and hours apart. 

That night I found note after note in my home. It warmed my heart. And to my surprise, they kept showing up. 

Like I've always said, it's the little things. The little things make the heart flutter. 


by gina gutierrez in

When I look back and think about my day, I realize that it was sprinkled with so much goodness. 

  • I woke up next to the man I love
  • Took a walk in the sun with my best friend and business partner to grab a latte. 
  • Trained some amazing clients that worked their butt off! 
  • Received news that my 89 years young grandmother is recovering like a ROCKSTAR in the hospital after surgery. 
  • Sailed through a productive day at a job I love
  • Went for a run. 
  • Pampered myself with a mani pedi. 
  • Met with a design client and gushed over some gorgeous pillows and throws. 
  • Cooked a wonderful dinner and sketched out some designs. 
  • Settled into bed with the cutest kitten in the world.  

My heart is full of love. Full of gratitude. 

xo g.

the little things

by gina gutierrez in ,

On Monday, I sent my valentine a thank you message: 

I am so grateful for everything you do for us. My heart is full.

We had a lovely Valentine's weekend. Nothing extravagant. In fact, Max was really sick and recovering from a nasty cold. My Valentine's surprise didn't go as planned, but I did have the opportunity to drop off a few of his favorite things

The Little Things: Kombucha // Coconut Water // Photos from Hipstamatic // The Otis Succulent from Bloom That // Almond Crossaints from Thorough Bread and Pastry // 'Happy Fucking Valentine's Day' Card from Papersource


The rest of the weekend was so relaxing. We spent our weekend in Mill Valley playing house and dog sitting Miss Betty White. 

I knew that I wanted to gift Max with the Little Things that make him smile, but I soon realized that our weekend was naturally filled with beautiful "Little Things" that make us both so happy -- talks over wine, gluten free pizza, cuddling, waking up to the sun, exploring on a hike, cooking brunch, singing in the car, sharing dinner with parents, reading and blissful sleep. 

As I reflected on the weekend, I was so incredibly grateful. Hence, my Monday morning note. Life is short and those you love deserve to know what they mean to you. Don't be afraid to express yourself in a way that is authentic and fills your soul. 


xo g. 

sharing the love

by gina gutierrez in , ,

My favorite love poem. 

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

My favorite love song.

xo g.