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.
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!