Shayla Møller is woman of many hats - Marketing Director at Wildbird + mom of three. Below, she shares her experience as a professional + mother. Get to know Shayla through this interview + connect with her on Instagram - @shaylalilian
How was the transition into motherhood for you? It honestly came more naturally than I expected it to. I was the youngest child, and never spent much time with babies, so I was completely overwhelmed at the thought of taking care of a tiny human. But I surprised myself at how easily I was able to slip into the role. I think women have such powerful instincts when it comes to mothering their children. And I think every child, mother, and situation is a little different, and all we can do is try our best, and hope for the best. I know I'll never be the perfect mom, but I've learned to accept that, and still be able to find so much joy in the ride.
As a mother of three, how do you feel like the balance of working + mothering has gone for you? Honestly, it depends on the day that you ask me. Some days, everything runs smoothly, and I feel like I have it all figured out. But other days, I feel overwhelmed, frazzled, scatterbrained and just like one big, hot mess. But I've been learning to embrace the ebb and flow! I enjoy and cherish the smooth days, and I try to keep a good perspective/attitude when things feel a little nutty.
We'd love to hear about your experience working for WildBird and what babywearing has meant to you through your motherhood journey. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that's so mom and baby-friendly. I get to work with and meet so many incredibly kind, smart, and talented people. It challenges me mentally and creatively, and it's helped me maintain a sense of identity outside of my role as a mother.
And babywearing has helped me so much in creating a special bond and connection with each of my babies. With each kid, babywearing has become more and more important. With my first, it felt fun and cute. With my second, it felt nice and convenient. With my third, it's felt like a necessary survival tool!
How would you describe the different hats you wear as a working mom? Oh there are so many hats! At work, I'm an employee, a co-worker, a director, a visionary, a friend, a student, a teacher...and as a mom, I'm a caretaker, a listening ear, a house cleaner, a chauffeur, a nurse, a friend, a student, a teacher...and the list goes on.
What are some of the biggest lessons motherhood has taught you? To not sweat the small stuff. That life is precious and fleeting, and learning to be truly present in each moment is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your kids!
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How to Measure Hat Size
Part of getting the right hat is finding the right size and getting the right fit. In this article, we'll discuss four primary questions to ensure you get the right fit.
How are our hat sizes measured?
What is the average hat size for women?
How do I measure my hat size?
How do I adjust my hat size? (Don’t skip this one!)
HOW ARE FEDORA HAT SIZES MEASURED?
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) + most often measured in centimeters. This is the case for all Gigi Pip styles including fedoras, boater hats,gamblers + caps. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women to choose hat sizes based on the average women's head size (57 cm) + then adjustingdown to fit if necessary.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE HAT SIZE FOR WOMEN?
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.
Gigi Pip hats sizes are as follows:
Kids (51cm to 53cm) XS (53cm to 55cm) S/M (55cm to 57cm) M/L (57cm to 59cm) XL (59cm to 61cm)
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.
What about straw hat sizes?
Our conversion chart also works with our straw hats which run in the same sizes as our felt hats.
What about baseball hat sizes?
All of our women’s baseball caps are one size fits most and have and adjustable strap that allows you to get a perfect fit.
You can use our Gigi Pip Hat Size Chart to find the right size!
HOW DO I MEASURE MY HAT SIZE?
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.
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 eyebrows, 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.
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 + the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
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 + adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
Pictured above is the halo method 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, + the front of your head up on your brow as shown below.
Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, + the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
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. Since there is typically a difference in measurement we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
Remember, if you still feel unsure on which hat size to go with, we recommend the 57 cm- a small/medium.
HOW DO I ADJUST MY HAT SIZE?
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-
-a little adjustment goes a long way
-at first it may take a couple of adjustments to find just the right fit, once you’ve found it you shouldn’t have to adjust often
-the video at the top of this page shows our adjustable inner band in action
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 email@example.com.
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