Behind-the-Scenes of the Gibson x Glam Holiday Photoshoot

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend ahead! We’ve had the most glorious Fall weather for the last couple of days, but sadly the rain is coming back this weekend. And with a vengeance! It’s a good thing I have the new season of Grey’s Anatomy and Ozark recorded…I spy a binge in my future!

Thanks so much for the love on this week’s post, too. I’m thrilled you liked my Falls Styles with Kendra Scott’s new Charms Collection, along with my favorite Charming Coastal Towns of the British Isles and a Guest Room Update. I always love hearing your thoughts and feedback on posts, and thrilled when they inspire you!

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for the Gibson x Glam photoshoot, and today I’m super excited to share the fun behind-the-scenes! (Find the who, what, where of this Holiday Collection here.) It was a whirlwind 48-hour trip, jam-packed with equal parts fun and work.

My travel outfit was laid back casual, and super comfy. This pullover is crazy soft and I’ve been wearing it on repeat. I knew we’d be doing a lot of running around, so I opted for sneakers.

Jacket | V-Neck Pullover | Triple Strand Necklace | Hoop Earrings | Jeans | Sneakers | Suitcase | Carry-On

It was such a treat to travel with my Dallas girls…Sheaffer and Mallory make everything more fun!

It was no surprise Mallory and I showed up in the same top! (It’s that good!) Y’all loved the pullover on social media, but it was my necklace and lipstick color that brought out all the questions!

The necklace is a layered three-in-one for under $20, and the lipstick my favorite soft pink (‘Claudia’).

Triple-Strand Necklace | Lipstick in ‘Claudia’ | V-Neck Pullover

We hit the ground running the moment we landed in Los Angeles, and it was straight to the StyleBuy offices to meet up with the entire Gibson Glam Squad for a busy afternoon of updates and on-camera interviews.

I am so flattered to be included with these kind, smart, talented, hard-working women on such an amazing project.

Gibson Glam Squad & Suzie Turner (Founder of Gibson!)

Jacket | Jeans | Sneakers

From there, we were shuttled to the house in Hollywood where we’d be staying and shooting the Holiday Collection. It didn’t look like much from the front, but the interior blew us away!

The Gibson team had it all decked out for holidays and we were instantly in the spirit!


That night we had a special event to attend with Nordstrom, but did I mention my luggage was missing?! Yep, the suitcase with my signature ‘Cassie’ piece from the Gibson x Glam Collection, and everything I brought to style it for the big Nordstrom photoshoot…lost somewhere between Dallas and Los Angeles!!

Turns out it’s not such a big deal when you’re traveling with eight other bloggers! In no time at all, Gibson and the girls had me outfitted for the night!

Earrings | Blouse | Cami | Necklace | Lipstick in ‘Punch’

Blouse | Cami | Jeans | Necklace | Heels | Clutch | Earrings

The Nordstrom Local on Melrose hosted us for a private evening with drinks and snacks, and personalized outfits pulled with each of our styles in mind. This new concept store is a completely different Nordstrom experience, and it’s genius!!

They offer so many services, including on-site alterations, cobbler, nail bar, dry-cleaning, gift-wrapping, personal styling, and more! It’s perfect for those who prefer to shop online and pick up in store, or those who want someone else to do all the shopping for them. Fingers crossed they come to Dallas soon! (Read more about Nordstrom Local and locations here.)

Day two started bright and early with the arrival of my luggage (!!!) and my favorite make-up artist, Suzie Moldovan! You may remember her from my Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collection…she was the magician hair and make-up artist behind all my looks.


She worked her magic and soon I was in full glam mode!! (See the Top 5 Makeup Tips I learned from working with her here!) A little different from my everyday 5 Minute Face routine, don’t you think!?

Make-Up Tips from a Pro + Her Top Make-up Products

We spent the full day shooting the entire Gibson x Glam Holiday Collection for Nordstrom…and Y’ALL, it’s SO GOOD!! Your holidays are going to be luxe, sparkly, and so much fun thanks to these amazing pieces (all under $100!)! I can’t show you much yet, but trust me on this!

Okay, so I can’t show you actual Collection pieces yet, but I can share the main items I used for styling them! These are all great basics for a night out, and especially a glammed-up holiday!

I thought I’d share them now since they’ll likely be sold out by the time the collection launches November 12.

Leopard Booties | Black Jeans | Drop Earrings | Circle Ring Clutch

Tassel Suede Clutch | Drop Earrings | Sandals | Distressed Jeans (on sale!)

Distressed Jeans | Leopard Clutch | Drop Earrings | Knee Boots

Once the shoot wrapped, we gathered for a fun dinner and rehashed the day. Did you know we released the Maroma Halter from the Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Collection in a whole new group of patterns, all perfect for Fall!? I’m obsessed, obviously, and love having the chance to wear them another season.

It’s so cute with jeans, slacks, skirts and under jackets. (I’m wearing an XS, and it’s a generous fit)

Floral Halter | Jeans | Leopard Circle Ring Clutch | Earrings | Peep-Toe Booties

Floral Halter | Jeans | Leopard Circle Ring Clutch | Earrings

The next morning it was back home to Dallas, and my darling, supportive family. After such a busy two days, my travel outfit was pure comfort! These joggers are a must for your loungewear wardrobe this Fall!

Jean Jacket | Scoop Tee | Fleece Joggers | Sneakers | Necklace | Hoop Earrings | Carry-On Suitcase

Shooting another clothing line for Gibson and Nordstrom was an incredible, surreal experience, but meeting and getting to know these beautiful women was the highlight. They are each so talented and hard-working, with strong voices and passion for connecting with others. I’m humbled to be included among them, and flattered to share this experience.

And I have you, darling readers, to thank for it!! Without you and your unending, enthusiastic support, none of these experiences and opportunities would be possible. Your support means the world to me, and I hope you find as much joy here as you bring to my life!

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks, and the Gibson x Glam Collection launch November 12, exclusively at Nordstrom!

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*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom and ShopStyle, but all styles, opinions and surreal experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting Hisugarplum sponsors!


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  1. Looks like you guys had so much fun during the photoshoot! You girls look lovely 🙂

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    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    Lookin’ good, Ms. C!
    That v-neck pullover in pink or lavender is divine!
    And the halter in more floral prints is back, such a great look on so many. Tempted!!
    Thank you!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  3. Such a busy AND FUN couple of days! Thrilled to get to do this with you!!!! xoxo

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  4. Christina wrote:

    Looks like so much fun! The house is beautiful and I’m so interested in the Nordstrom Local concept! Can’t wait to hear more about the clothing collection!

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  5. Deborah wrote:

    This looks like fun. I own the gray sweater and it really is a great piece to wear. I have one suggestion not for you but more for the Nordstrom marketing team. If you could kindly let them know. All of you in the Glam promotion are Caucasian women (who look just like me and my kids and grandkids). However, I wonder if Nordstrom has considered bloggers from diverse backgrounds. This is one thing that I loved about the Redbook magazine shoot from several years ago where I discovered your blog. As our culture becomes more diverse, it would be wonderful if a more diverse group might be used for this promotion.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      You’re so sweet to remember the Redbook shoot!! That was an amazing experience, and I was thrilled to represent the ‘mature’ bracket! 😉 Nordstrom is very supportive of size inclusivity, and I can tell you Gibson reached out to a wide range of diverse influencers! xo. C

      Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  6. Sarah G wrote:

    Congrats!!! So fun to see all the behind the scenes events. Can’t wait to see The Cassie!!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  7. GoBlueMom wrote:

    Congrats on the collection! I am such a big fan of your blog — you are such a warm and positive person, and your style is incredible. I was disappointed not to see more diversity in this pic. It’s always helpful to see what clothes look like on people of different shapes, colors, and types. Feel like Nordstrom missed the mark on this one!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Nordstrom is passionate about being size inclusive, and I know many of the styles will be available in a wide range of sizes! xo

      Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  8. Shelly wrote:

    Can’t wait to see the styles!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  9. Sevahn wrote:

    You are Beautiful inside and out. That’s why you are blessed and continue to be a blessing everywhere you go. When your heart is pure and good, your face lights up for all the world to see. Gorgeous collection of boots. Can’t wait for November 12!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Ohmygosh…what a wonderful thing to say!! Thank you so so much, Sevahn!!!

      Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  10. CarolyninCHS wrote:

    Your blog used to inspire me, but this post just did not feel right. The lack of diversity really, really bothered me. Is there anybody representing someone larger than a size small, and while I appreciate you defending Nordstrom, it just not apparent in their marketing. They have lost me as a customer. Some of us are just bigger boned, and I am not sure Nordstrom is “passionate” about that given the what they are sponsoring all over the internet. Good for you for being able to fit their mold, but for most of us it’s not reality. Oh well.
    Also, the picture of you all taking a selfie with the larger person looking on is just obnoxious. I know you didn’t mean, but wow it’s pretty big statement even if it was not intended. Couldn’t you have cropped it out. Not everyone is in your club.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Carolyn…thank you so much for your comment. I wanted you to know your concerns are very much heard, and here’s a response from Gibson:

      “We wanted to respond to everyone who loves Cassie and the Gibson Brand and thank you for your support of our collaborations. When we first developed the Gibson x Glam collaboration, we reached out to a diverse group of influencers. We found that influencers either weren’t available at the time or were unfamiliar with our brand. We ended up having some diversity, but not enough. We have since formed relationships with many of those influencers and are excited to move forward with collaborations involving a much better representation of our customer. Thank you for your support!”

      As for that photo, I’m saddened that anyone would think I had any sort of ill-intent with it. I hope after 8 years of sharing myself and my family, that people would know my heart, and know that’s not who I am. If anything, I was poking fun at our incessant selfie-taking. There were two amazing photographers on-hand, and while one was adjusting her camera (the girl in the backpack), we posed for a quick selfie, and the other photographer captured it.

      So it wasn’t my photo to crop or alter, and considering the photographer pictured is someone I adore, I’d never consider cropping her out. Since it was hurtful to some, I went ahead and removed it from the post. xo. C

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  11. TaraSmith wrote:

    Yep…totally agree! That picture sums them up in a nutshell.

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  12. Cathererine G wrote:

    Ughhh! That picture. Just sums up perspective. It speaks volumes about being about knowing your audience. It’s just sad. Plus sizes? Different races?Genders? I almost don’t fault the bloggers, its Nordstrom I fault. This is so backwards in thinking. I just saddens me, and the above comment about “passionate” is laughable. These girls are out of touch with reality.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  13. AnnieD wrote:

    So agree with the above comments and glad someone had the courage to put it out there. Shame on Nordstrom…what a wasted opportunity. I miss the old Cassie…Oh well I guess when you put your whole world out on display, you have to take the good with the bad. Did young not notice how this comes across? Maybe you needed to#pinchme?!?

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  14. Jaime wrote:

    Cassie I am sure that this was a fun event for you and you look beautiful, but this is so disappointing. Someone at Nordstrom should really be thinking about their messaging – is our only standard for beauty and fashion to look to thin, white women? Imagine this messaging to the girls of America, who come in all shapes, colors and sizes. It is, by the way, the definition of white privilege to not notice that people of color have no representation, to not even have to think about it. I can’t believe no one involved in this spoke up! If Nordstrom isn’t aware of this, and you really hadn’t considered it before, then I would really encourage you to use your position as an influencer (and one I generally love reading daily!) to let them know that this is just no longer acceptable, and is frankly bad business practice! Sometimes it takes a mishap to move forward and this is a big one for two brands that I otherwise love. I would love to see both you and Nordstrom turn this into a positive learning experience.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Jaime…thank you so much for your comment. Here is a response from Gibson:

      “We wanted to respond to everyone who loves Cassie and the Gibson Brand and thank you for your support of our collaborations. When we first developed the Gibson x Glam collaboration, we reached out to a diverse group of influencers. We found that influencers either weren’t available at the time or were unfamiliar with our brand. We ended up having some diversity, but not enough. We have since formed relationships with many of those influencers and are excited to move forward with collaborations involving a much better representation of our customer. Thank you for your support!”

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  15. ColleenS wrote:

    Thank you all for speaking up. I totally agree as influencers, these bloggers are encouraged to voice the concerns of a greater community. If they really are so passionate, they will back it up. Jaime said it best, make it a positive learning experience, not a defensive one.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Colleen, I understand your point-of-view and will definitely pass your comment along to the Gibson team. xo. C

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  16. Chaunda wrote:

    Maybe the “bigger” person is taking the photo. Either way, it’s absurd. I am appalled that you chose to post this on your blog. Look at us skinny white girls laughing the day away…don’t you want to be us?! It’s just bizarre that you would post something so shallow. What are we teaching our young ones? I get that you worked hard for this, but when is enough enough? That being said, it’s just too much consumption for my taste. It must be exhausting to be on all the time.

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
  17. ENT wrote:

    I am in Dallas, too. Could not be more different! Used to read hear for recipes and crafts without sponsors!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted 10.12.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi ‘ENT’…it’s true life doesn’t allow much time for crafting any more, but I do continue to post a wide range of content, including recipes, home decor, travel and fashion. After almost nine years, it’s only natural for my interests and content to evolve. Fortunately, there are literally a billion blogs in all niches available! xo. C

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  18. Alana Powers wrote:

    What color combination are your New Balance sneakers?

    Posted 10.13.18 Reply
  19. CLT wrote:

    Cassie has so worked hard for this!!! She spends countless hours trying on VOLUMES of clothes and her entire family is vested. She deserves tons of credit; however, money and things can’t buy class. Constant shilling, linking, and bragging just lacks grace and class. Just my opinion, but head pats are for those who need them. This group is the epitome over consumption.

    Posted 10.14.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks CLT…I think? Considering this is a lifestyle blog, with a strong focus on fashion, most readers come in search of style advice, and appreciate it as a free personal shopper! xo. C

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  20. Catherine wrote:

    Love the halter in the floral print! Although the comments above have some merit, I think those would be more appropriately addressed with Nordstrom directly. Cassie, keep on keeping on. I read your blog because I enjoy it and I know others do as well. Choose kind!

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    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you, Catherine! xo. C

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  21. KenzieK wrote:

    Honestly, who cares? Someone recommended this blog to me, and it’s not my thing. I am a quality over quantity kind of a girl. The clothes here, albeit cute (for a tiny person), are cheaply made and not worth an investment. I love clothes for many seasons, and these recommendations are poor fabrics, made an in an environment that is not a happy place. I did see a Michele watch on one of the girls; so, even if it was bought on sale, these girls are using their consumers and laughing all the way to the bank. Think about it. As Nordstrom ambassadors, they should take these suggestions to heart and respond appropriately. The size situation is real concern. Cassie, if you were so shocked, will you say something? I checked and the plus sizes are not as available as advertised.

    Posted 10.14.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Kenzie, this is not a high-end fashion blog, but rather affordable, relatable style that any women can wear and feel confident. But I understand if it’s not for you! xo. C

      Posted 10.14.18 Reply
  22. Dana wrote:

    Hi Cassie 🙂 I was just wondering as a fellow lover of pink and being a similar sized gal what size you are wearing in the pink split neck top? Looks fabulous!!

    Posted 10.15.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks, Dana! I’m wearing an XS, but it required a cami under…so I’d size down one!

      Posted 10.16.18 Reply
  23. Cary wrote:

    So cute! If you ever want to part with your Sole Society black/white spotted calf hair clutch, I’d love to buy it! 🙂

    Posted 10.16.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      LOL — I search high and low for that thing every time I post it!! It’s such a good one! xo

      Posted 10.16.18 Reply