Today's blog post is brought to you by our Gigi Pip babe, Sydney Thornton. Sydney is the cutest mama to a darling baby girl named Storie, an admiring wife to her hubby and is a student getting her Master's degree in Psychology all while mastering the title of caption queen on Instagram. You go girl! We are so excited to bring you a post we curated from her blog soelsister.com.
Get to know Sydney Thorntonand check out her post on the hats she wears in her life:
You know when you have a million things on your to-do list, and you don't really know where to start, so you just kinda start all of them, but you don't really finish any, and then all of a sudden the day is over and you've accomplished nothing? only me? kewl.
i feel like this a lot of days. adding a baby into the stresses of life adds a whole other element (a cute element!!!!! but a hard one). storie is SO cute, but like, SO needy. and some days, i'm just tryna do the dishes. or finish a paper for school. or fold laundry. or workout. OR RELAX. and then storie's like, "hi".
it can be frustrating.
something that has always helped me is to think of myself as a woman with many hats. i actually am a woman with many hats, so its not a very far stretch!! but i imagine that each of the roles that i play in my life is assigned to a specific hat. i have a hat for being a wife. for being a friend. for being a student. for being a cook and a laundress and an artist and an employer and a housekeeper and a blogger and a sister and a daughter and a mom.
i have a lot of hats.
i have found that it is helpful if i put on ONE hat and fully commit to it. for example, if my house is a disaster and i have to make dinner and work on a homework assignment and storie is crying, i evaluate each hat and determine which is the most important in that moment. once i choose a hat, that's it. if i choose to wear the mom hat and cheer up my crying baby, i don't allow myself to feel frazzled by the unswept floors and sticky countertops. if i choose to wear the chef hat, i don't let myself feel guilty for letting my baby cry for a few extra minutes. if i choose the housekeeping hat, i don't permit myself to be grumpy and stressed out when brandtly comes home because i haven't had time to do homework.
the reality is is that life is busy and sticky (just like my countertops). priorities are going to change all the time. i don't think it makes you a bad mom if you don't have your mom hat on 100% of the time. nothing else would ever get done! remembering my hats helps to keep me on track and be effective as possible with my time. it also helps me to not feel guilty about what i "should" be doing. i don't have time to feel guilty because of my own thoughts. i don't have time to put myself in a bad mood. GOOD VIBES ONLY!!
Sydney was kind enough to share her code SOELSISTER that you can use for free shipping on your next Gigi Pip purchase.
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 (55cm to 57cm)
M/L (57cm to 59cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 54cm (21.25 Inches)
Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Medium - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 60cm (23.62 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!