sharing the love

by gina gutierrez in , ,


My favorite love poem. 

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
BY E. E. CUMMINGS

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. 


i was on a farm ...

by gina gutierrez in ,


Hello Friends.

Life has once again tumbled into a beautiful whirlwind of events. While I love taking in every bit of these moments, I find myself asking for more hours in the day so I can blog. But here I am this evening, back at it.  

I want to share with you one very unique experience I had in the last month ... the day I spent at Everett Family Farm. In March, my friends and I hustled to get tickets to this fantastic social called Outstanding in the Field. We heard about this event a few years back from friends that are chefs. There was nothing but positive feedback regarding this gathering that reconnects dinner to the land. So, we wanted in!

On Father's Day, we drove down to Santa Cruz and basked in the sun! I was in heaven -- beautiful weather, connected to the earth, fantastic wine and the best of friends. Upon arrival, we were greeted with delicious organic white wine from Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery. And then ... the journey with our food began. We took in a few appetizers (duck liver mousse profiteroles with radishes, scallion potato croquette, pulled pork with pickled onions) and then started our way on a tour of the farm.  

It's not very often you get an inside look of a local farm and really learn where your fruits, vegetables and eggs are coming from. The numerous acres were stunning. I felt so appreciative of all the hard work that goes into producing such healthy, organic food. 

The escape from the city -- which most of you know, I never leave because I love it so much! -- was such a peaceful and needed trip.  

Following our tour, we walked into an open field with a stunning long table set to the nines. It was breathtaking. To top it off,  we were blown away with such amazing flavor in every course we were served.

Check out our menu by the wonderful Chef Santos Majano of Soif in Santa Cruz. 

Everett Farm Mixed Lettuce, Beets, Carrots, Herbs, Garden Feta and Cabernet Vinaigrette. Wine Pairing 2012 Alfaro "Rosé of Pinot Noir"
Rock Cod, Quick Pickle Cucumber, Wilted Greens, Summer Squash, Farro. Wine Pairing 2011 Alfaro "Lester Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Duck, Sautéed Vegetables, Roasted Potatoes. Wine Pairing 2009 Alfaro "Lindsay Paige Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries, Honey

Guys. I don't know to explain this. This was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had and I truly encourage you to participate in an Outstanding in the Field event as they tour the US stopping at phenomenal farms and pairing up with the best chefs. 

The weather, wine and food was so spectacular but I will always remember how I laughed so hard this day and had the best time with those closest to me. Count me in for next year!

Photos taken by Gina Gutierrez and my wonderful friends: Billy Polson, Mario Estrada, Ryan Allen and Kelly Redanz .


viva la italia glam

by gina gutierrez in ,


This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a beautiful benefit gala for La Scuola, an Italian International School in San Francisco. The event, La Dolce Vita, was hosted at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom and featured a 1960s Italian theme. Any chance I get to dress up and bust out my inner glam Italia persona, I'm in! I wanted the big hair, cat eyes, bling and a classic gown.  

MY INSPIRATION.

:: anouk aimee ::

:: monica vitti ::

:: 1960s hair and make up ::

:: 1960s hair :: 

:: 1960s hair ::

My day began with hair and make up by the amazing ladies at Renaissance Salon, Mayanne Garcia (hair) and Danielle Blanchet (makeup).

:: so pampered - styling team ::

:: the design of my hair was just gorgeous :: 

:: my cat eyes and pink lips ::

READY TO GO.

:: getting ready. side view of my updo ::

:: house of harlow 1960 black geometric necklace. double finger gold + rhinestone ring by edition. ::

:: the perfect detail to my badgley mischka dress ::

OUR EVENING BEGINS.

:: true italias. the lovely serra goldman ::

:: bill + serra ::

:: saturday night out ::

:: my laugh captured ::

:: had to snap one more with this fashionable fur ::


snap magazine: one life issue

by gina gutierrez in ,


One of my favorite apps and design companies, Hipstamatic, connected with me and asked if I would contribute some simple tips on fitness, nutrition and life to back their mantra of "one life" in their January issue of Snap Magazine (their latest killer design project). How could I turn that down? I love sharing my personal beliefs as well as the mission of DIAKADI, the fitness, performance and life studio, that I have poured my heart into for the last eight years. 

Here I am. Published. I hope this inspires you.

Check out the full issue with links by downloading Snap Magazine on your iPhone or iPad.


destiny

by gina gutierrez in ,


I am going to tell you a story -- how my best friends and I were destined to dance our asses off at the MADONNA concert. But ultimately learning that the universe really does take care of you. 

Last week Friday, a last minute decision to go see the iconic pop star was made with hesitation. My friends and I had a busy weekend and we were not sure if we should add one more event to the line up. However, Ryan, Shelby and I told ourselves, "Life is about experiences. Let's go!"

The three of us were on board and soon just giddy over the whole idea.

Our two other best friends - Billy and Mike - opted out due to a busy schedule. On Saturday, conversation of the concert came up. Billy, Mike and I were at a wedding with our friend Richard. He was telling us that Madonna was having a tweeting war to win pit tickets for the show. Richard casually said, "If I win and I'm upgraded to the pit, Billy and Mike, you can have my tickets." We all smiled thinking 'that is so sweet but what are the odds?'

Sunday, the stars started to align. Richard tweeted like a rockstar and won pit tickets! As promised, he gives his tickets to Billy and Mike. I am thrilled and fill Ryan and Shelby in on the news.

Stay with me ...

Ryan, Shelby, Billy, Mike and I were amped and on our way come Sunday evening. Tailgating beforehand, singing, telling stories. Just being our usual authentic selves.  We get to the door of HP Pavilion ready to head in and my ticket is denied. WHAT?! Turns out our tickets were for Saturday not Sunday. (We purchased our tickets from a friend. We trusted his word the concert was Sunday, never looking at the tix.)  My heart sank and I slowly turned around and looked at Shelby and Ryan with sad, big brown eyes.

Can you imagine being on such an excitement high and then having it taken all away?

Out of no where, this sweet lady comes over and asks how many of us were no longer with tickets. THREE. This ANGEL, had exactly three tickets on her and gave them to us. I hugged her so tight. While our original tickets were awesome, the tickets she handed us were PHENOMENAL. We were on the floor at the end of the cat walk, just a few rows away from the queen of pop. 

How did this happen? It was all so surreal to us.

As the night goes on, our row begins to clear out and I immediately text Billy and Mike to join us. They come running over. Next thing I know, the five of us are TOGETHER dancing like we've never danced before and singing at the top of our lungs to LIKE A PRAYER. We were having the best time. 

I know this story is long and CHEESY (and some will never fully get what we felt that night) but honestly, there was a minute Sunday evening where I looked at Billy, Mike, Ryan, and Shelby and said to myself, "This is what matters. This is LIFE. Being surrounded by ones that mean the most to you." 

We were destined to be exactly where we were in that MOMENT and loving every bit of it!