Nothing puts a smile on our faces like seeing you incredible women chase your dreams. Chase your dreams --- a phrase we often associate with triumph and success, but in reality doesn't always work out that simply. What we love about Mallory is how she shares the honest struggle and true rewards of dream-chasing.
We've had our eye on her blossoming photography career for a while and are simply thrilled to share this deeper look into her path as a young entrepreneur.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
Currently, I'm wearing a few different hats. My favorites are: sister, daughter, friend, photographer, planner, visual creative, lover, curator, traveler, business-owner, christ-follower, people person.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
I think one of the hardest hats to wear is being a business owner. I'm pretty young, and I've had to sacrifice a lot of things that kids my age usually don't to own a business. Getting into photography, I think people have this perception that the only work involved is showing up to a shoot, some editing, and then pictures magically appearing on social media a few days later. It's so much more than that! Creating and updating a website, responding to emails, planning and preparing for shoots, interacting with people, the occasional disappointment of failure, stress-filled financing and budgeting, updating equipment, constantly looking to learn, editing late into the night, and more. The hardest point in my career was a semester where I held 3 jobs + full time school + trying to keep my photography business alive simultaneously! It's tons of work, but it's also the MOST rewarding thing I've ever done in my life!
What hats are least known about you?
I think a hat I wear that I don't often show is my love for healthy eating and living. I grew up with some major health problems that led me to learn a lot about myself and the food I'm putting into my body. It was cool to be going to a nutritionist that would teach me a concept, and then go to school that day and learn the same thing in Biology! It's such a cool experience being able to fully apply what you're learning in a classroom setting to your life. I still love spending time educating myself, learning, and striving to eat clean!
Who or what inspires you?
Sorry to give a cliche response, but honestly and truthfully people and places inspire me. I love seeing other people pursue their dreams fearlessly, or create something that I've never seen before, or do something that before that point seemed impossible. Watching others recklessly abandon ordinary life inspires me! Aaaand places inspire me! And maybe that makes me sound like your every-day girl, but there is something about leaving your home and breathing in some fresh air that is motivating and thrilling and rejuvenating- and I honestly 100% feel inspired by it.
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.