Aubry Bennion is walking, talking, crafting sunshine. She is a true go-getter, rocking the corporate work life while simultaneously sustaining a felt ball business, Hello Maypole. Aubry's work and passion is second to none, but what we are most enamored with is her ability to balance two jobs while still making time to be a good friend. Saying she has a good heart is an understatement --- Her heart is bursting with all the colors of the world, showering everyone she meets with pure joy. Do yourself a favor and check out her website and instagram. She surely will spark a smile on your face!
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
When asked, I’ve always described myself as “corporate by day, crafty by night”. But both titles are glossed over so highly, I feel like it barely does justice to the amount of things I squish into 24 hours! I’ve worked for an engineering firm for ten years, plucked fresh from college and launched straight into adulthood at 23 without knowing it! I thought I’d find a simple, Girl Friday job until I found my sea legs post-college, but the simple job I found in the classifieds quickly turned into a life-long career. The crafty title is real - I break for good craft! But crafting has also opened the doors into an accidentally successful small business, which I am so so grateful for! Crafter turned Business Woman/CEO/Creative Director/Customer Service Department/Shipping and Fulfillment Manager/Social Media and Marketing Manager! So many roles involved in this little craft project I started three years ago! I own a small business called Hello Maypole, selling felt balls, which are primarily used as craft and party supplies. Hello Maypole takes up all the evening hours, and bleeds into the ones I should spend asleep!
My other titles include World’s Most Loyal Friend, Head of Household, Only Daughter, Passport Stamp Collector, Diet Coke Guzzler, and Girls’ Night Organizer, Every Kind of Organizer, Book on Tape Binge Listener, Really Great Internet Shopper, and Everyone’s Personal Wikipedia!
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
My favorite, most rewarding hats are the ones that involve other people. Be it the relationships I’ve formed with co-workers or clients, or the one-on-one time I get to spend with friends, I live for the human connection! I have a quote on my nightstand that says “I wish my friends houses were connected to mine via secret tunnels underground.” In heaven, there better be infinite replicates of me, enough to go around to every person I love, can help, can play with, and can learn from!
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them? My most challenging hat is head of household. I’m no good at it! Who gave me a mortgage payment? Where was the audition? Change the furnace filter? Take the garbage cans to the street? Every single week? Mow the lawn? What’s the fertilizer schedule? Work THEN go grocery shopping AND cooking it for dinner? Switching the wash to the dry AND THEN FOLDING IT? Forgetaboutit. My mailman threatened to return all two months worth of mail I let sit in my box if I didn’t up my game and promise to check it at least once a week. Oops! I can’t do hardly any of it, so I have this really solid pretend-like-I’m-asleep approach to grown up things. I need one of those I’d Rather Be Shopping (or Crafting!) license plate covers.
What hats are least known about you?
Like so many, the squares that tell the story of my life on the internet are so selectively representative of my real life. Corporate Aubry rules so many of the hours of my day, but I’m so protective of it (or protective of myself!) in order to keep the boundaries in place while working for a publicly traded company. But in truth, I work for the largest engineering firm in the world - I’m one of 100,000! - doing public relations for the engineers who design roads and bridges for the Department of Transportation and local governments across the state AND I LOVE MY JOB! All caps LOVE! People don’t usually reach out when they’re really happy about their roads, so I hear from a lot of road raged people, mostly. :) I’m also privy to so many high profile dealings and involved in such fundamentally influential things that affect everyone in the state (roads! infrastructure! tax money!), so much of my job satisfaction comes from being a shape-shifter and educating the public about the intricacies and details of the road building process. I could talk about my job for seven hours… I’ll accept appointments from anyone who wants to listen!
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by color! Every color! Color organized neatly! It’s such a happy thing and can bring such a vibrance to life! On the flip side, I’m also inspired by silence. It’s such a rarity in this noisy 2016 world - I try to take drive to or from work without the radio, phone, passengers, etc. once a week so I can stew in my own thoughts and sort them out into even the smallest slices of clarity!
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.
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