hat: Olivette by Gigi Pip
“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless
This quote is on Kayla's website This Little Wandering and we had to share it because it represents precisely why we chose her for this #thehatswewear spotlight. Kayla is a Colorado native, embracing adventure, art, her family, yoga and more. One of her latest adventures is that of buying an old school bus and renovating it to become a home for her little family. It's kind of AMAZING. Follow along with her school bus adventure here and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring lady!
her instagram: @this.little.wandering.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
There are so many roles and hats I lead in my life: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend, business woman, blogger, athlete, wanderer, photographer, poet.. I feel like that is the beauty with hats is that you can change them at a moments notice to fit your role for the day and though not every hat is glamorous I certainly appreciate the variety of experiences each one brings to my life.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
This is hard because so many hats I wear are rewarding but if I break it down to the essentials I think any hat where I am creating and finding inspiration and beauty is the hat that is most rewarding. Whether that is discovering something new with my daughter while wearing my motherhood hat, finding a new trail and exploring in my wandering hat, or capturing a beautiful moment while wearing my photography hat it is all those little moments of creativity that really fuel my passion and bring the best reward.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
The hat I find most challenging at times can be any and all of them. I tend to have a hard time with conflict and confrontation and so when I am in a role where I have to deal with conflict or manage confrontation it can be a struggle for me. This can look like an argument with my husband while wearing my wife hat, a tantrum from my two year old in my motherhood hat, or a conflict with a deadline or criticism while wearing my blogging hat. The beautiful thing though is that hats are interchangeable and I try to bring wisdom and strength from other areas of my life as I handle conflict and resolve confrontations.
What hats are least known about you?
If I was honest the hat that is least known about me is probably my hat of self identity. So much of life between blogging, mothering, and other commitments can leave me pushing my own needs and self care to the back burner and so really picking up and exploring my own self and my wants is something I am working on and not something many people get to see. I think that when we wear many hats and hold all these roles it can be easy to let that little voice that is our true self fall away and so for me discovering my inner voice and identity is a hat that I haven't worn in a while but I am hoping people will be seeing more of in the future.
Who or what inspires you?
Lately most of my inspiration has come through nature, music, and poetry. When I need to seek something greater or find a moment of beauty I always turn to the mountains, Mary Oliver (poetry), and Horse Feathers (music). The combination of the three and maybe a cup of good tea is an experience that always leaves me seeking beautiful moments and feeling inspired to live gently and more intentionally.
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size 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 + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. 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.