"Baby Boy Bakery is dedicated to the memory of our son, Ryan Cruz. It is our mission to honor Ryan by providing inspiration to you to live a loud and wild life no matter the ugly we are faced with."
Hat: Faye by Gigi Pip
Words cannot express the impact this woman has had on our lives and so many others. She has experienced heartache that not all of us will come to know yet she has persevered and chosen to use her time to encourage and inspire through her beautiful blog and business Baby Boy Bakery. Learn more about Jacqui's story here and through her #thehatswewear answers below. She will surely add light to your life.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
I wear so many hats! I think the more hats the better, even though I’m well past my twenties I’m still learning about myself and which hat looks best on me. Or which hat I lead in my life. Is it the business owner hat? Or my writer hat? My chef hat is always learning. My mom hat I know looks the best on me! I’m still wanting to try on a Hip Hop hat and finally start my dancing career I’ve been dreaming of.
Day to day, my mama hat is the one I lead with as being a mama inspires every single thing I do.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
I definitely find the mama hat to be the most rewarding. Putting my best foot forward in all things mama has the best outcomes. I love making my children smile and laugh. I love giving them experiences and then getting to see the world through their eyes. Time spent with my children are rewards, treasures and keep sakes. Especially for me, all my time spent with my son will live in history as tender memories. He gave me my mama hat and for that I will always be grateful.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
Honestly, that business owner/blogger hat is a pesky one. Its one I truly enjoy and love whole heartedly, though it is hard to be your own boss. I struggle to keep up sometimes because its hard for me to take off my mama hat and put the work hat on you know? After 6 years of blogging at Baby Boy Bakery and nearly a 1 year of running my brand Baby Boy Bakery Kids everyday is still different! Everyday I’m learning to wear the many hats that are asked of me. I embrace it all by staying positive. Thats the best part of wearing many hats … you can take one off and put another on to re-focus and discover what truly is important.
What hats are least known about you?
I am known now as a mother. I actually am best at wearing my mama hat. I’ve gone through hell and I am still re-building myself and my family after suffering through loss as mother. But what most people don’t know is growing up I never dreamed of being a mom some day, I wanted to travel the world and pick up some hobby in a far village somewhere like rug weaving. Honest. But paths get switched up, you meet people and you try on so many hats until the right one for you sticks…whether you know it yet or not. Thats the beauty of life I think. Things happen for a reason, hats get put on for a reason that ultimately make you the incredible person you are today.
Who or what inspires you?
My children inspire me. My children inspire me to wake up everyday and live a full life. My children inspire the work that I do, the designs I create and the words that I write. Without my children I’d be in some far off village weaving rugs!! Thank God for my kids!!
Be sure to follow along with Jacqui's story on instagram: @BabyBoyBakery
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 (55cm to 57cm)
M/L (57cm to 59cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 54cm (21.25 Inches)
Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Medium - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 60cm (23.62 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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