First I need to say HOLY COW!!! For those that might be a little new here when I started my blog less than a year ago I never could have imagined that I would partner with a brand that I love as much as Gibson and have an influencer like Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! reach out and invite me to be part of collection launch. Today her entire new collection SUMMER OF COLOR launches on Nordstrom.com.
Obviously I have to say a HUGE thank you and congratulations to Cassie, the sweetest Texas mama that has once again helped design items that feel wonderful, look amazing and understand that great things should cost less than $100. My entire goal with this blog is show that ALL BODIES want great clothes (even if that body has some cellulite and curves), this is one of the main reasons I love Gibson because they support and appreciate ALL WOMEN!
Let’s get this party started, but first the awkward moment when you ask me what size I’m wearing and I wish that maybe I had one less taco last week (j/k it was probably more the wine). I’m 5’5 and wear a 10/12 depending on brand and fit, in Gibson bottoms I’m normally a L. On the top I’m a 36DD and typically wear a M or 10 in tops. Also when you see tts, that means true to size based on the size chart on Nordstrom.com.
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Fit Tips: Ruffle top size down if in-between, M // Skirt runs small size up 1 letter size or 2 number sizes, I’m in a L and need XL // Wedges tts
This top and skirt combo has a high first day sell out risk! First because the fabric is super soft and lightweight great for summer but also because they are the same fabric. You may have seen the sneaks where Cassie paired same print ones together to look like a dress (think colorful stripes here). Important thing to note though is the skirt runs REALLY SMALL and it has no give so I’m in a large but it barely zipped up… and I’m pretty sure I’m holding my breath. This should sit higher on your natural waist but make sure you are sizing correctly on this one. The top fits exactly like all my other Gibson tops and it’s perfect in a medium. The skirt & top come in the same 3 prints and 2 solid colors.
Ruffle Sleeve Top | Denim Shorts | Similar Flip Flops | Earrings | Cutest Candy store in Roanoke, TX
Fit Tips: Ruffle Sleeve Tee runs long size down for shorter fit, I’m in a small // Denim shorts size down if in-between // Flip Flops tts // Ice cream flavor- bubblegum but my son’s favorite is chocolate and little girl’s is mint chocolate chip
When I think of soft summer tees, this is what I’m talking about! Something that I can throw on with shorts but the ruffle detail and square neck makes it a little “extra”. The sizing on this one is a little interesting, it runs very long (I am showing the length on IG stories today but in my typical medium size it’s past my crotch). So I was thinking this is actually ideal for early pregnancy and those months… or years after baby where you want something long and flowy. Now if you want it to fit like this one then size down. It comes in 3 cute stripe colors and two solid colors.
Fit Tips: size down if in-between, M // Heels tts // Cute totes ALWAYS fit
I seriously cannot get enough of this super soft fabric. It’s thicker than jersey but still light and soft, I bought SEVERAL colors of the ruffle back dress that this fabric is from in the last collection so I was excited to see a new spin on the same idea. This time it has a gorgeous embroidered v-back and comes in black, blue and pink. From my understanding of the last collections items like this with embroidery are hard to get extra stock in if they sell out fast so I would grab any and all colors you want NOW! It fits almost exactly like the ruffle back dress so I’m in a medium which is perfect for me. I first wore this dress with this bra and gadget to make the v in the right place, until I found this better option that allows the straps to unhook yet still smooth back and comfort!
Fit Tips: Size down if in-between, M // Wedges tts
When I got this dress in and tried it on I told my husband oh man this one is GOOD! Until this point I didn’t really have a LBD that fit me well and I could just throw on for a date night or event… until now! This is again very similar in style to the Naples dress from the previous collection but with 2 MAJOR upgrades. The first change is because the neck tie does not adjust the arm holes hit in the EXACT right place with no adjusting or side bra showing. The second change is…. POCKETS!!!! Oh you heard me right, this pretty little thing has lining, longer in the back for bending, great non clingy a-line shape and now with pockets. This comes in 3 prints and 2 solid colors and I have a feeling sell outs on the black will happen fast.
Wide Leg Paper Bag Pant | Tank | Sandals | Tote | Bracelet | Sunglasses | Earrings
Fit Tips: Pants run large so size down if in-between I’m in a large and need medium // embroidered tank tts, M // sandals size up 1/2 size
When my bestie Regan with Regan Morton Photography came to DFW to take all my photos of course she had to try on everything. Regan is 1-2 sizes larger than I am and when I told her that these pants were running a bit large and she should try them on I almost did not get them back off her body! They have an elastic waistband so in the large they were way too big but have a great lightweight flow to them. The other reason these hit my “YES” button is the length, at 5’5 these are not too long or too short they are perfect with flip flops and a tank.
Romper | Tote (other side has a print) similar option | Similar Bracelets | Bra
Fit Tips: size up if larger chested, I’m in a M and needed a L // Sandals size up 1/2 size
This romper has so many great things going for it but a few drawbacks. First the print is adorable, the pink chain is fun but classic and it comes in a black and a second print as well. I love that the shorts are lined and it has pockets. Now I ordered this in a medium and since I have a larger chest it pulled in the rise and didn’t give me the room in the top for it to fold over a bit which I need in my midsection. Also with this fit I can see individuals that have a longer torso having some fit issues if they stick with their typical size, so problem solved… size up! I sized down to a medium and should have sized up to a large.
NAXOS EMBROIDERED RACERBACK TANK
Embroidered Tank | Crop Wide Leg Pant | Crossbody Satchel | Block Heels
Fit Tips: Tank is fitted so if larger chested or need some belly room size up if in-between, toned tummy with smaller chest stick tts // crop pants size up if in-between // block heels tts // crossbody is the blush color
So this is the part of the post where if you have stuck around to read this far then you are getting all the good stuff. I am a mom of two, I don’t love working out and I like wine so to say that I don’t have a toned midsection is kind of an understatement. Great thing is I’m not alone (or so y’all tell me) so this tank fits tight, and it’s pretty thin. To get around looking like I have a major gut I threw on these super soft Gibson crop wide leg pants that have a smocked waist that then lays perfectly flat over that not so desirable area. Since we are talking about the tank the lesson is if you are a marathon runner, Orange Theory devotee or Sole Cycle like a mad woman and have a toned flat belly go size down if in-between. If it was me, I’m grabbing this one in large. **As of 5am this tank has not loaded to Nordstrom.com
HENLEY TANK | SHORTS | WEDGES | PINWHEEL
Fit Tips: Tank tts, M // Shorts tts, I’m in an XL but needed a L // Wedges tts
Yesterday as I was finishing up this post I sent a message to Cassie and said OMG I love this tank! I’m the type that when I find something that fits well, looks cute and is soft I’m buying it in multiple colors (this one comes in 3 solids and 2 stripes so I’m set). In TX it gets so hot by mid summer that I need sleeveless so I started thinking what would be mid-summer that I could wear this outfit for…INDEPENDENCE DAY!
I grabbed my red wedges and Target pinwheel and we headed out for Chop Shop Live in Roanoke, TX. This outdoor venue has super fun bands play weekly and on July 6th they have the ultra fun Spazmatics playing their one year anniversary party. Since their venue’s floor is basically crushed rocks wedges and flats are your best bet. Also since these linen shorts are pretty thin and I WILL be sweating I would switch these out for maybe a thicker white denim.
There were a few items I was not able to get my hands on so I’m not able to speak directly to sizing but I’m pretty sure these will all run true to size based on other items in the collection.
These look adorable and I’m loving the red color, they are the same fabric as the wide leg pant and one shoulder ruffle top. Since I have the paper bag short from the previous collection (shown below) I will be ordering a large in these.
SUMMER CASUAL LOOKS
Since I’m so pumped about this collection I really couldn’t stand just showing you these pieces styled one way so I decided to pull out some popular items from The Recruiter Mom tribe and dress down all these pieces for summer everyday style. All these looks have been added to my Shop My Instagram Page and check out my stories on Instagram (will also be saved in Nordstrom highlights) for all these outfits live today.
All professional photography by Regan Morton Photography she is based in Austin and available for family, events, business, blogger and more!
Also thank you to Craft & Vine in Roanoke, TX for allowing us to photograph in their restaurant. It was only fitting since in January at my birthday lunch I told a table of girlfriends that my blogger goal is to be a part of a Gibson launch.
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