Friends Trail

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Tomorrow is the big OU/TX game, a huge rivalry and traditional weekend in college football. But even though there is no State Fair or many fans in the stands, it still means Mr. College is coming home for the occasion! (The game is played in Dallas every year, the halfway point between the two schools.)

We’ve missed all the fun campus visits this semester, especially football games and Parents Weekend… but especially miss seeing him! This is the longest stretch we’ve gone between visits, and I can hardly wait to squeeze him.

With life looking so completely different this year, I’ve come to rely on my girlfriends more than ever. A day doesn’t go by that we aren’t on the phone or meeting for a long walk… getting outside and venting with friends has become my lifeline! Even better is when I can combine work with girl time… which is exactly what we got to do last week!

We shot our latest GxHSP Collection in Broken Bow, near Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma, and made it a point to wrap each day with enough time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful area. No surprise the Friends Trail Loop was our favorite hike!

Suzie’s Fleece Pullover | My Fleece Vest | My Beanie Hat | Val’s Quilted Pullover

It’s a 1.5 mile loop with moderate difficulty, and has beautiful river views… I highly recommend it close to sunset!

Quilted Pullover | Lounge Leggings | Black Ultraboost Sneakers

We planned ahead knowing we’d want to hike the area, and no surprise we all packed Patagonia! It’s honestly my favorite for pullovers and vests, and I’ve had many of my pieces for years and years (they never wear out!!).

Fleece Vest | Quilted Pullover | Fleece Snap Pullover

Their fleece vests are great for this time of year, when you need a little coverage. They also make a great layer under coats when the weather really gets chilly. I love the fun colors of this Los Gatos style.

Fit Tip: I always size up one in outwear, I’m wearing a small.

Fleece Vest | Cropped Leggings | Hiking Shoes

Val and Suzie are wearing my two favorite pullover styles… the organic quilted cotton and the snap fleece. Both are so warm and soft, and come in the best colors and combos!

Quilted Pullover | Fleece Snap Pullover

Fleece Vest | Beanie Hat | Cropped Leggings | Fleece Snap Pullover

Backcountry has the best selection of Patagonia, The North Face and more… plus a huge selection of fun beanies! They’re always my first stop in all things outdoor activities, and where we find the best, most reliable gear for hiking and skiing, to biking and camping.

Fleece Vest | Beanie Hat

Fleece Vest | Cropped Leggings | Hiking Shoes

You know I brought my trusty hiking shoes! They’ve carried me all over on some of the most gorgeous trails in the US! (See some of our favorite hikes and best spots for an outdoor weekend HERE.)

Hiking Shoes | Ultra Boost Sneakers | Similar Sneakers

These Alo leggings are a new find for me, and I’m super impressed with the quality and feel! They’re a bit thicker, with a non-constricting high waist, and a soft finish. Perfect for hiking or cool-weather workouts!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small

on Me: Fleece Vest | Cropped Leggings | Hiking Shoes
on Suzie: Fleece Pullover | Leggings | Sneakers

We hiked The Friends Trail after a day of shooting… hence my full face of makeup, ha!

Fleece Vest | Quilted Pullover | Fleece Snap Pullover

I’m so grateful for these women and our friendship, and can’t wait to get back to this area for more exploring!! Is Broken Bow one of the best kept secrets, or am I just out of the loop? What other trails and activities do you love in Beavers Bend State Park?

If you’re hitting the trails or the mountains this Fall and Winter, start first with calling a Backcountry Gearhead. They are incredibly knowledgeable in all the necessary gear for every outdoor activity, and their expertise and time is free!!

They’re also having a huge Winter Clearance Sale, with up to 60% off winter gear, apparel, and accessories. Find that HERE. And if you’re a first time Backcountry shopper, be sure to use code SUGARPLUM15 to save 15% off full-priced items! Happy weekend, lovebugs!



*Photos all captured by us with iPhones. This post is created in collaboration with Backcountry and ShopStyle, but all product selections, opinions, and friendly trekking are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*


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  1. Kerry wrote:

    Good Morning,
    What color is your vest?
    Thank you.

    Posted 10.9.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Kerry! It’s “Pigeon Blue”! xo, C

      Posted 10.9.20 Reply
      • Kerry wrote:

        Thank you

        Posted 10.9.20 Reply
  2. Monica A. wrote:

    At 52 years old, close girlfriends are truly a life saver! More than ever we need to tell these people how dear they are! Oh!! Tell Suzie THANK YOU for the recommendation on the Tarte eyeshadow palette. OMG! Love it. And I’m a big product junkie-So when I tried this -it was a keeper. Love the colors, pigment is fabulous, and the staying power. Wow!

    Posted 10.9.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Monica! Couldn’t agree more about close girlfriends! And isn’t Suzie the best at recommending products?! xo, C

      Posted 10.9.20 Reply
  3. Mary wrote:

    Hi Cassie,
    We live in Chandler, OK and have been a few times to Broken Bow. the last time was last Fall Break. It had been about 5 years since the last time and it is really growing. It has always been a popular place to go for Okies but seems to be getting better known. We mainly hike and sit by the campfire. We sometimes rent paddle boats. I’ve always wants to try camping near the lake. There is definitely more to explore! We love it there! Glad you enjoyed it and looking forward to your next Gibson + Hi Sugarplum release!

    Posted 10.10.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Mary! We saw some campsites right on the water that looked so peaceful! I’d love to go back with my family! xo. C

      Posted 10.11.20 Reply