Annette is a super women who does it all! She is a mom, wife, nurse, and a farmer and manages to look stylish while doing it all! She is someone who embraces all her hats with grace + influence. Her love is SO contagious!
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
I feel I juggle my time between so many hats! First and foremost I am a mother and the majority of my time and attention goes to my darling little girl Ava Rose. In between motherhood duties I work as an ICU nurse. Caring for others has been a passion of mine since I was young and I am grateful to still do it even for just a few days a month. The other hat I wear is homestead mom to all our animals and feathered friends. Somewhere in there I sprinkle in some Instagram stories and social media influencer duties. I am also a wife, daughter, friend, etc. The many hats we wear make us who we are. I love all of mine and they have definitely shaped me into the woman I am today.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
Definitely being a mother. The days can be long and hard. She is very active and requires all my attention. But when she hugs my neck all the worry and stress disappear and it’s just the two of us. I never thought I’d love motherhood as much as I have. It is very rewarding
What hats do you find the most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
Wearing all my hats at once is the most challenging! Being a mom and working while caring for our home and farm plus doing all I do on the side can definitely be challenging at times. My best advice would be embrace the “hat” you are wearing in that moment and give it your all. If you are just with your little one give them your full attention. If you have a moment to do work things give that your all. When I do too much at once is when it becomes most challenging. Give yourself grace and know not everything will get done sometimes and that’s ok.
What hats are least known about you?
Many might not know I was a wedding designer for about 10 years! That all seems like a lifetime ago, but it was so fun to design wedding gowns and go to New York fashion week!
Who or what inspires you?
Nature and being outdoors. The fresh air, flowers blooming, being around our animals. I love the simple beauty of nature and feel most alive when working in the garden and getting my hands in the dirt.
Favorite Gigi Pip style/color + why?
I am currently loving the BRE STRAW PORK PIE - NATURAL. I love a hat that is simple, comfortable and goes with everything. This is the perfect summer hat. It’s also light weight which I love.
Any style advice?
Be true to yourself! Don’t follow a trend, wear what makes you feel most beautiful! And of course, when in doubt wear a hat to feel instantly put together.
"Putting one of your hats on is magical and instantly makes me happy. I feel put together no matter what is going on in my day." - Annette
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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 email@example.com.
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