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 Thornton and 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.
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.