Haute Author

  • NAME Diana Gdula
  • BIO A peace-loving Colorado girl at heart, Diana traded the mountainside for the beach-side of Miami. With a background in journalism and psychology, which she proudly credits to “The U,” Diana enjoyed a stint with luxury-brand PR firm before joining the Haute Living team. At present, she is pursuing her editorial dreams and utilizing her creatively blessed mind to report on luxury lifestyle and all that is haute along the coasts for Haute Living Magazine’s daily blog and regional print publications. When she’s not putting her always rosy and never sarcastic disposition into words, this social butterfly can be found cheering on the 'Canes, walking her cuddly Cavalier dubbed Carlos (Miami talk for Harlow) along the water, dancing to stellar music, succumbing to her weaknesses (if not candy, frozen yogurt, and caffeine, then mainly of the sartorial kind), and reading everything and anything that she can get her Polish (and polished!) hands on.

Articles By Diana Gdula

Hautels: Keith Menin Has Big Plans for the Shelborne South Beach

A postcard scene splashed in ice cream-pastels, South Beach throughout the mid-20th century was art deco on a high. An autonomous design movement was ideal for sin city with an ocean, packed with sunbathers by day and the beautiful and sinister spoiling in nocturnal vices by night. When The Shelborne South Beach Resort opened in December 1940, an oceanfront penthouse went for $15 a night. “This is the right time in my life to recreate it to what it should be today. It’s a big asset on a great piece of property. Everyone’s in trouble, but for me it’s the opposite. It’s my time to go.” Read More

HAutos: The All-New Jaguar XJL

Transform your idea of luxury with the all-new Jaguar XJL, the stunning product of taking the road less traveled. Wipe away everything you thought you knew about the luxury sedan world because the newbie of the XJ series shatters preconceptions of what a luxury sports sedan should be. Read More

Haute Event: Dylan’s Candy Bar – Unwrap Your Sweet Life Book Signing Party at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

Dylan Lauren, Founder & CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar and daughter of fashion-icon, Ralph Lauren, lives the sweet life and on Thursday, Feb. 17, Juan Arevalo, Jorge Arevalo, and Lara Shriftman hosted a signing party for her new book, “Dylan’s Candy Bar – Unwrap Your Sweet Life,” at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. Read More

Haute Food: Haight Ashbury Welcomes A Whole Foods of Firsts

The space where Cala Foods once stood has been vacant for the past five years, and with the face of Haight slowly changing, a grocery superstore befitting the area’s organic food craze was a must. Across from Golden Gate Park, Whole Foods Stanyan Street was welcomed to the neighborhood with a surprise soft-opening before its scheduled grand opening on Feb. 16. Read More

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami Debuts The Opulent Rejuvenescence Facial

10 products and over 40 years of clinical practice serving the world’s most famous faces have gone into Opulent Rejuvenescence, the latest addition to the spa menu at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. This new facial courtesy of famed surgeon Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, known for the beauty upkeep of his high-profile clientele, combines products from his eponymous Beauty By Clinica Ivo Pitanguy skincare line featuring natural ingredients from Brazil blended in Switzerland. Read More

Rosa Mexicano Brings Mas Tequila To South Beach

You’ve been to Napa, capered about Italian vineyards, and experienced many a wine flight in your lifetime, but tequila flights are hard to come by. Board the flight less traveled when Rosa Mexicano opens its latest location in the Herzog de Meuron building at 1111 Lincoln Road on Feb. Rosa’s festive vibe and authentic Mexican cuisine are bringing the spice to South Beach. Read More

Haute Events: This Weekend’s Miami International Boat Show and Yacht & Brokerage Show

Looking for something to do this weekend? Anchor yourself at Megayacht Row. The 70th annual Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami, along with the Yacht & Brokerage Show, are expected to attract more than 100,000 locals and visitors to Miami Beach this weekend. The fun starts today with events taking place through Feb. 21, giving you good reason to live in Miami. Read More

Jacques Pépin’s Floating Restaurant Sails into Miami

You can always count on the French to pull off a good cruise collection. If the only options were to sink or swim, leave it to internationally renowned French gourmand Jacques Pépin to find his own way in the water; float. Jacques, Pépin's first eponymous restaurant at sea, is poised to be the signature venue within a collection of ten exquisite dining choices aboard Oceania Cruises’ new ship Marina. Read More