Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been my favorite holidays. I have nostalgic memories of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and eating my mom’s homemade rolls, my aunts olives and my grandmas cinnamon pie crust (writing that made me miss her so much). It’s the holiday of joyful anticipation and savoring the simple but profound gift of gratitude. Gratitude has been known to be the antidote for anxiety because it lights up the pleasure centers of the brain. If your gratitude list is long, short or none existent, take a few things from the list below that I believe everyone can give thanks for.
It’s so easy to take this for granted but if you’re living then you’re breathing and that is a gift. If you’re in Northern California or located anywhere near a recent fire you understand the magnitude of this gift even more when your air is comprised. I follow this inspiring person on Instagram Caleigh Haber @fight2breathe who constantly reminds me how precious and sacred life is. Caleigh has cystic fibrosis and has spent a large portion of her life in hospitals just trying to breathe. She’s currently in the hospital with more complications from her double lung transplant but she remains a hopeful fighter who is more grateful for life than anyone else I know.
If you’re reading this you probably have a roof over your head and something to warm to wrap yourself up in….I know I take this for granted when I think I need a bigger or more stylish house. So take some time today to be thankful for whatever your shelter looks like.
No matter how bad yesterday or today was tomorrow is new and you have a choice for how you want to live it…everything is a choice and perspective changes things.
When you see others succeed instead of being envious channel that energy into believing that there are similar if not better opportunities out there for you. Be happy for others and hopeful for what is to come in your own life. When you believe good things will happen to you and you do good work, good things will come.
It’s available for every to see…take it as a beautiful masterpiece of art painted just for you and a symbol that every day is new.
“Marshes, mangroves, coral and oyster reefs can help protect people and businesses from destruction caused by hurricanes and flooding.
We know it may sound odd that nature can safeguard us from natural disasters. But we know it works, because we’ve studied it. Our research found that adding green infrastructure to more conventional infrastructure, such as dykes and levees, can help mitigate damage and loss.”
Glendora Psychologists say this: “Good friends are vitally important to your mental health and to the quality of your life. To live and to love are inseparable from each other. Friendship is an opportunity to love, to learn about yourself, to mature as a human being, and to open up to the full experience of life. To seek true friendship, you must have the courage to risk all that you are. You must have the courage to walk through your fear of emotional intimacy and let another person know who you really are on the inside. On a very practical level, you must be willing to invest the necessary time and effort to develop, nourish, and maintain the bonds of a strong relationship.” Friendship is a gift to give thanks for!
The present moment might be good, bad or indifferent for you but it’s still yours and still a sign that you’re living and can make good choices for your life.
Everyone can grow and change if they want to. List all ways you’ve seen yourself grow and improve in life interpersonally and relationally and give thanks for this hard work.
Even if you don’t have kids look at a child’s face and remember how it felt to be young and innocent.
There is so much beauty in ancient traditions…research your family lineage and discover some of their ancient traditions that you can resurrect in your own family.
I’m just so thankful for modern technology that connects us more from healthcare to social media…choose to see the good in these modern times.
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!