Meet Kay-Dee Lane, a mama, bartender, blogger and digital content creator getting through life one day at a time with her little girl and loving fiance. She is gearing up to take on the states in a massive road trip and launch a children's lifestyle brand. How exciting! Get to know Kay-Dee a little more as she shares her hats in the latest installment of our #thehatswewear series.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
I am a mama, fiance, fur mama, daughter, sister, friend, blogger, photographer, bartender and adventure lover! Whew, that was exhausting just to write that all down! As exhausting as it can be juggling all these hats, I absolutely love and cherish each of these roles.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
Being a mama is definitely my most rewarding role. The funny part about it is, I never was sure I wanted to become a mom and now as cliche, as it is—I can’t imagine my life any other way. The first year of motherhood has taught me so much about myself and truly helped me find stability and passion in my life. Being able to watch my daughter become a little person right in front of my eyes is the most amazing feeling.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
Working from home is by far my biggest challenge. I struggle to find balance when I work from home. Am I spending too much time working? Should I be reading/playing/attending more to my daughter? Not to mention, I feel as though I can’t begin to get any work done unless the housework is done..which let’s be real—it’s never done! But every time I’m feeling like working from home is too difficult I have to remind myself that it allows me to spend more time with my daughter. I get to be there for her special moments and when she needs me and I am so grateful for that.
What hats are least known about you?
I have been painfully shy most my life. It was only really until recently, after becoming a mother, that I started to feel more comfortable in my skin and stopped caring so much about what others think. It’s pretty hard to worry about other’s opinions when you have a tiny human whose opinion means more than anyone else’s in the world. I was pretty nervous throughout my pregnancy that my daughter would inherit my extreme shyness and so far its pretty safe to say she’s quite the opposite. It’s so important to me to raise her to be kind and confident. I would never want her to have to go through the same struggle I did.
Who or what inspires you?
The world around me--truly everything. Usually, inspiration strikes for me in the moments when I have a free second to just let my mind wander. I make a point to get outdoors often to explore and adventure. Road trips are our favorite family pastime and I don’t think there’s anything that helps spark inspiration more than being out on the open road with nowhere to go. I also have to credit all the amazing mama bloggers/Instagrammers that I’ve met throughout my journey. I’m constantly inspired by these mama’s to be the best version of myself that I can be!
For more about Kay-Dee Lane follow her blog For the Love of Mila.
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!