Behind The Scenes | ‘Hello Summer’ Photoshoot

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Thank you so much for your excitement over our GLxHSP ‘Hello Summer‘ Collection! I seriously have the cheesiest perma-grin, and can’t remember the last time I was this excited! The Collection is an actual dream!

Today I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes of our photoshoot for a peek at how we brought ‘Hello Summer’ to life. Not to mention, more sneak peeks of the Collection, and the incredible location where we were fortunate enough to shoot!

Sugarplum Sale Alert! And for an added Friday bonus, code SUGARPLUM20 will save you 20% off all the Gibsonlook styles we wore! So many vacation-ready styles, and all 20% off! But hurry, the code expires midnight Saturday!

on Val: Taupe Maxi Dress | Straw Hat coming soon!
on me: Blue Strappy Dress | Square Sunglasses
on Suzie: Sweater Tank (20% off!)

We stayed at The Bungalows Key Largo, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort, and it could not have been a more perfect backdrop for ‘Hello Summer.’ The white cottages, blue cabanas, and lush palms look like they were created just for our Collection.

Not only is every nook and cranny Instagrammable, but the people, service, and property are flawless. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that’s serene and relaxing, I highly recommend The Bungalows Key Largo.

Sugarplum Travel Tip: We loved our shady garden bungalow, complete with a private patio with a dreamy outdoor shower and soaking tub, and much preferred it over the location of the pricier beachside cottages. The rates include all meals, drinks, and tons of water activities. 

Bungalows Key Largo

Bungalows Key Largo

Val was her usual unicorn self and created pure magic, while always looking cute as a button! Her ruffle trimmed dress was so breezy and perfect for the steamy days. And 20% off with code SUGARPLUM20!

Ruffle Halter Dress (20% off!) | Similar Slide Sandals

The Bungalows Key Largo has cruiser bikes all over the property, plus the two parked outside your bungalows! The grounds are spotless, with actual rake marks in the sand, but they must have elves because we never saw anyone cleaning!

Square Neck Blouse (20% off!) | Jean Shorts (Also HERE) | Slide Sandals (size up half) | Aviators

Suzie created a bronzed and glowy face, perfect for Summer… and this foundation proved to be sweat-proof! Because baby it’s steamy in the Keys!

Flutter Sleeve Top | Pullover | Lounge Pants – all 20% off with code SUGARPLUM20

Val had the vision of us floating on rafts for the final shot… and insisted we wouldn’t get wet, ha! It was worth it though, the shot turned out so fun!! Almost as fun as our cute dresses, am I right?! Coming soon!!

Hello Summer dresses – Coming Soon!

on Val: Ruffle Halter Dress (20% off!) | Similar Slide Sandals
on me: Espadrille Wedges (Also HERE) | Woven Headband

We have so much fun with the Gibsonlook team, we forget we’re actually working. I’ve learned so much from Suzie Turner, founder of Gibsonlook, and respect her both as a businesswoman and a true friend. And Sienna is not only a wizard at making things happen, but tons of fun, too! She kept everything flowing, for sure!

It’s incredible what women accomplish when they put their talents together, right?!

on Sienna: Sweater Tank (20% off!) | Jean Shorts (Also HERE)
on me: Espadrille Wedges (Also HERE) | Blue Raffia Earrings

I lived in this gauzy set when we weren’t shooting… super soft and lightweight, with the cutest flutter sleeves. I wore the skirt as a swim cover-up, too.

Gauzy V-Neck Top | Tie Waist Skirt (Both 20% off!) | Slide Sandals (size up half) | Straw Hat | Woven Tote BagAll-Weather Bangles | Square Sunglasses

When Val tells me to climb out on the rocks…. I climb out on the rocks. Until a giant iguana crashes my photo, then I’m out! But really, how much do you love this dress?! The pattern and fabric are absolute Summer Perfection!!

Rattan Ball Earrings | Hello Summer Maxi Dress – Coming Soon!

Flutter Sleeve Top | Pullover | Lounge Pants (All 20% off!)

Palm & Dots Hello Summer Dresses – Coming Soon!

Would you believe I didn’t look in the mirror one time during our shoots?! I trust Suzie so completely, I forgot to even check out her work on my face! She and Val are so completely detail-oriented and invested, they fuss over every strand of hair and light ray. I’m not sure how I got so lucky with friends like them.

on Suzie: Orange Maxi Dress | Straw Hat – Coming Soon!
on me: Slide Sandals (size up half) | All-Weather Bangles | Tee & Shorts – Coming Soon!

Ruffle Halter Dress (20% off with code SUGARPLUM20) | Similar Slide Sandals

This lilac dress was so fun for dinner one night… and again for breakfast the next morning! I love the drawstring to add a little cinch to the waist, and it has a fun asymmetrical hem.

Lilac Drawstring Dress (20% off!) | Straw HatAll-Weather Bangles

Orange Maxi Dress (20% off!) | Clear Zipper Pouches | Hello Summer Cover-Up – Coming Soon!

Hello Summer Top and Straw Hat – Coming Soon!

on me: Slide Sandals (size up half) | Beaded Headband | All-Weather Bangles
on Suzie: Orange Maxi Dress (20% off!) | Straw Hat – Coming Soon!
on Sienna: Sweater Tank (20% off!) | Jean Shorts (Also HERE)

Working and creating with these women is such an honor, and I’m humbled by their talents and willingness to share them with me. Our friendships are one of the greatest gifts to come from these Collections.

To bring a Collection to life requires a lot of moving parts, and I couldn’t have done it without the entire Gibsonlook and Hi Sugarplum teams, and these gals. All my gratitude to them for their patience, talents, support, and unlimited enthusiasm for this project. I’m beyond proud of what we’ve created together!

And a special thanks to YOU, darling friends, for your endless support, kind words, and enthusiasm surrounding our latest launch. I have these amazing opportunities because of your support and encouragement. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this amazing community.

I can’t wait to share our ‘Hello Summer’ Collection with you this coming Wednesday, May 18 at 10am. But email subscribers get Early Access to shop a full day sooner!

Be sure you’re signed up HERE. Plus, two lucky subscribers will also receive a $250 ‘Hello Summer‘ shopping spree! (Current subscribers already entered.)

So tell me, which styles have you most excited? And don’t forget, the entire Gibsonlook site is 20% off with code SUGARPLUM20 until tomorrow night! Shop it HERE.  Happy weekend, lovebugs!


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  1. Kim wrote:

    Another great post ! Excited for Wednesday to check out the collection !
    I was wondering if you could tell me how the ruffle halter dress that Val is wearing runs as far as sizing ?? According to size chart I would be a medium but sometimes a small fits better in that style .? I guess I could order both 😉

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Kim! Be sure you’re on my email list, so you can shop it on Tuesday!! And I believe Val would say that that dress is TTS! xo, C

      Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  2. kathy wrote:

    You look so pretty as always!

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Kathy!!! Professional photography is my friend, ha! xo, C

      Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  3. Kristine wrote:

    Love all the looks! Just curious what size you’re wearing in the green striped top?

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Kristine! All of my sizing info and tips will be included in Monday’s buying guide! Do not worry! xo, C

      Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  4. Libby wrote:

    Great pieces! Did you utilize any of the resort spa offerings while there? We will be there next week.

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Libby! We checked out the spa (it’s dreamy!), but didn’t have time to do any services. I’d definitely check it out though!

      Posted 5.15.22 Reply
  5. Sandy wrote:

    What a great little resort. Easy to get to as well.
    Most fun I have had on a blog post-ever! Thnx, C!

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Isn’t it so gorgeous?!?!

      Posted 5.15.22 Reply
  6. Kathy D wrote:

    I love all the bright colors! Bring them on! I’m so ready for summer! I especially love the cute, easy breezy dresses. My daughter is getting married this summer, and I’m looking for stylish and easy dresses to wear for that whole week! Thank you and congratulations on this beautiful collection!

    Posted 5.14.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      ALL of these dresses would be great for wedding week!!! xo, C

      Posted 5.15.22 Reply
  7. Shauna wrote:

    On your most recent instagram post you are wearing shorts and a two toned green or turquoise striped top. I am wondering where the top can be purchased, or if it is part of your new collection. You look great and having fun a usual.

    Posted 5.15.22 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Shauna! That green flutter sleeve tee is part of our Hello Summer Collection, coming May 18!

      Posted 5.15.22 Reply