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.
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (57cm to 59cm)
M/L (59cm to 61cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Small - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Medium - 58cm (22.83 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 61cm (24.01 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat 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 and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!