Alesha Blomquist is a woman whom we love + admire for many reasons. We're honored to be able to feature her + the many hats she wears on the blog today! As she takes off her brim to help us see life through her lens - - - we encourage you to pull up a chair + get to know her even better!
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
My first and most important hat I wear would be the hat of motherhood. The absolutely hardest yet amazing hat I will ever wear. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I am so thankful I live a life that allows me to spend my days with my two babes. I’m not here to say every day is perfect, but I sure cherish each day with them.
I also recently have discovered my voice when it comes to sharing my experiences in life. I have recently been sharing my experiences with others which has allowed me to educate them as well. I didn’t realize how powerful my voice hat could be. I will continue to wear it and never forget that my voice can make a change.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
Definitely the hat of motherhood. Like I said before, it is the hardest job and at the same time the best job in the world. Watching my kids grow and learn each day reminds me of just how precious and special life is.
What hats do you find the most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
My voice hat is still one I am working on wearing with confidence. Like many, I often doubt and second guess myself. Here’s to being unapologetically me!
What hats are least know about you?
My creative hat. This includes art and it also includes fashion. I love art. I love to draw. I love to paint. It is truly a form of therapy for me and is so freeing. Since motherhood, I haven’t worn my creative hat as much. I also love fashion. I could spend hours and hours skimming through magazines or browsing Pinterest for inspiration. This is another part of my creative hat I haven’t been wearing as much.
Who or what inspires you?
This is tough! So so many different people and things in my life inspire me. Each for so many different things. I have learned many things from many different people. I do not think I could just choose one person or thing. Each person in this world is so unique and I am constantly inspired by old and new people in my life.
I think music inspires me quite a bit. I am not that musically talented myself but music can be so moving and powerful. Whether it is reminding me to be strong and keep going or to be in touch with my emotions.
Favorite Gigi Pip style/color + why?
This is hard. I love my Monroe in brown a lot. She’s perfect for every season. For winter, I love my Scottie in grey. Both of these hats I throw on if I want to dress up/down any outfit or if I’m simply having a bad hair day.
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.