"I have created these little pieces of my heart I call art in hopes of spreading inspiration, encouragement, motivation and of course, joy, to others."
hat: Claire Beige by Gigi Pip
You can tell a lot about a person by what they choose to create --- Celeste creates work of love, faith and inspiration.
This Texas native took an admirable leap of faith and turned her life-long hobby of painting into a small business a few years ago. She has completely stolen our hearts with her water color art, quirky fashion sense and heart of gold. With her Utahn husband by her side and a Gigi Pip hat on her head ;), she takes on each day creating custom work for her clients and finding the beauty in all things.
If you haven't seen her creations floating around social media yet, you absolutely must check them out here. Follow her on instagram: @celestecclark
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
Oh, the many hats we wear in a day! As a stay-at-home business owner, to say a few of the hats I wear are a imaginative creator, a happy wife, home dweller, fashion enthusiast, mountain caller and of course, a day dreamer & believer. The list goes on forever.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
Alongside being a wife, my most rewarding hat would be my imagination hat. I sometimes feel mine might be as vivid and colorful as my four year old nieces, but I embrace that! If I didn't get these ideas and creations out of my head & on paper or created them with my hands, I wouldn't be who I am today! My wheels are constantly turning for what's the next unique & original thing I could paint, or the next fun outfit I can put together that most people wouldn't normally do. I'm proud to say that everything I do and make is from my own imagination, so that I can inspire others to do the same!
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
Being your own boss and solely creating & selling your own content can be the biggest blessing and the biggest challenge at the same time. It is completely out of my comfort zone to paint or make something I pour my entire heart into and then be vulnerable and show it to the world in hopes they may love it too. There's something really special about these challenging processes that encourages to me be a better business owner every day.
What hats are least known about you?
I would say my adoration for animals. I was raised on a farm my entire life and we owned all types of birds, dogs, farm animals, you name it. I really grew to love and learn about every walk of life and find the beauty in every creature. I mean, who doesn't cry happy tears every time they bottle-feed a baby goat? ...Just me? Probably, haha!
Who or what inspires you?
Besides my love for the outdoors and experiencing the beautiful wonders of the world - I always have to say my husband inspires me. He truly is my peanut butter to my jelly. I would be no where in my business if he wasn't alongside me, encouraging me to reach my goals. One day, he walked in my office and handed me a sheet of paper that had a giant list written on it and I asked what it was for, and he says "it's your goal list of the week!". Not a lot of people believe being an artist can be a real full-time job, but thankfully because of my support system, I have defeated those odds people swore I'd never break. Thanks to my forever best friend.
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!