* This March, Stephanie Rado Taormina; founder of Have Some Fun Today will be telling her story at the Women2Women luncheon event at Folino Estate Winery. A link to purchase tickets for the event can be found below.
Q&A With Stephanie Rado Taormina, Founder & CEO of HSFT:
What words of wisdom would you offer to other women?
To believe in yourself & have faith.
What is the most valuable way women can support each other?
I believe the most valuable way women can support each other is by giving each other the benefit of the doubt. So often when someone is different from us, we tend to be suspicious of their motives, but if we give each other the benefit of the doubt, we are giving them a chance.
Is there an "aha" moment or experience that defines who you are?
The moment when I had the vision to create with the slogan "Have Some Fun Today." since that day 8+ years ago I haven't looked back, and I feel such a purpose around creating a truly inspiring body of work for all people.
What is your favorite mantra, favorite saying or words that keep you grounded?
Have Some Fun Today!
What's your mission?
To make people smile and feel connected to each other.
What do you consider women's main asset?
The ability to multitask.
What do you consider women's main threat?
Other people's misperceptions of her.
What three things do you recommend that contribute to your success?
Belief in myself, being open minded, having laser focus on what it takes to get the job done efficiently and always doing what I say I will do.
How do you want to be perceived / remembered?
I'd like to be remembered as someone who shared her gifts to bring joy to others and to be a role model for others to break free from limiting beliefs to turn their dreams into reality.
What is the best advice you have received?
To: Have Some Fun Today - (from my dad.)
You recently shared on social media that you'd like to change things up a bit and include more of what you love. That might include art? Tell us how you realized it was time to reinvigorate the brand / yourself.
My company Have Some Fun Today was started in 2014 with the idea of a painting I wanted to make. My mind quickly envisioned the painting, then the tote, the pillow, the tees, the hat and so on. All in the span of five minutes one morning while doing my morning meditation. As I developed the brand over the coming months, including the initial pairings, I soon realized that I was stuck on the way the paining were coming out and so I didn't do much with them over the following years.
Then there was this global pandemic and it seemed like people all over were discovering the artists inside themselves. I had been painting all along, but something moves me to try something again with the words of my brand Have Some Fun Today. Maybe it was the self-work I had been doing, including the therapy I started to do last year. Whatever it was, when I approached my painting with those four words this time in my handwriting, it didn't turn me off! To the contract, something clicked! This time my own handwriting felt just right. Like I turned a corner in my own self-acceptance. The handwriting didn't need to be perfect, it was perfect in its imperfection. Just like me. Just like all us truly are.
That was a breakthrough. I worked on experimenting with the concept of doing some paintings in my abstract style, with the words Have Some Fun Today boldly written down the middle. I worked for months to find the right formula, and one day not too long ago it all came together. I found the style and it has reinvigorated the brand for me so much so that I am embracing my abstract colorful style back into the designs for the brand in the bags & clothing for 2022.
You see, I am not a follower. Never have been, never will be. However, when you are making and designing things to sell you do need to balance what people like and want with what you like and want to do. But, now that I have done some substantial laying the foundation of the brand, it's time to be a lot more playful with what we put out there. It's time for color and pattern and some FUN energy in everything we make. Stay tuned.
Please share why you believe W2W is important for the community:
For a very long time as a creative, I didn't resonate with being an 'executive'. After moving back to Berks County from NYC 25 years ago, I worked for myself for a very long time as a design consultant. It wasn't until my career path changed that I really went past being a Creative and became a Founder. Now that I'm here in the C suite space of my won doing, I have this new awareness that yes, I am an executive and yes, organizations like Women2Women are really important for our community. I've had my head to the grindstone for the past eight years and finally looked up this past October to attend my first Women in Retail Leadership Summit, and what I experienced has opened my eyes to the benefits of hearing what other women in business leadership roles can offer to each other in terms of support & guidance. It is truly a wonderful resource for our community to any woman who utilizes it.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Just that it is an honor to be noticed by other business leaders in our community for my work and having this platform to share my experience. Over the years I've had many people privately reach out to me to give advice on starting their businesses and I am always happy to listen and give some advice. To me, it is very important to give back whenever I can to my community through the different events we have at Have Some Fun Today that often benefit local charities. Part of what makes what I do so special is that it is a way for people to connect and feel connected. Two strangers passing each other both wearing something from Have Some Fun Today are bound to strike up a happy exchange and your whole day feels warmer and brighter. No other brand does that. I'm not solving the homeless issue (although I'd love to work that someday) or curing cancer, but I am creating a way through my designs that reminds us to reframe our attitude. What you bring to your daily grind is a matter of choice. You can go to work or school with an attitude of drudgery, or you can go with an attitude of "Let's make this fun". It changes everything.
Join us for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s “Pursuit, Passion & Paying it Forward” luncheon:
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 owner and founder of Have Some Fun Today, Stephanie Rado Taormina, will be speaking at Folino Estate Winery from 11:30 AM to 1 PM for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s “Pursuit, Passion & Paying it Forward” luncheon. Stephanie is a fine artist and interior designer who began her career in fashion over 30 years ago.
Learn more about how Stephanie's life experiences and abilities helped form her life direction, and see how she plans to take her brand into the future by purchasing tickets for the March 16 luncheon here, and be sure to read the full Cover Story in Women2Women's Winter edition here.
Seems like I've blinked and 2021 flew by, but what a year it has been.
Starting with the beginning days of last January and continuing on through the month there must have been something disruptive in the air because by the end of the month I decided that I was going to start therapy for the first time in my 55 years.
I don't need to share my full personal experience of why, other than to say I decided to show my full commitment to mental wellness for people close to me by doing therapy alonside them and I discovered that it was a great opportunity for me to uncover and unpack who I really am and why.
My therapist is great. I look forward to talking to her. I interviewed a couple other therapists before choosing "Carolyn." She's like my super smart, bff who allows me to share insights that I never have before, without telling me what to do or even her opinion, she lets me unpack who I am and why. It is through that experience that my brand and my relationships and even my sense of self is evolving more and more everyday.
#1- therapy is here to stay for the foreseeable future and I'm A-Ok with that.
So that happened.
Along with a harsh recognition that our country & our world are not in the best place, and in tandem with developing my brand Have Some Fun Today; I had to figure out what I needed to say to evolve through the chaos.
I decided that we had to make changes. Ethical & practical changes around manufacturing, the messaging and the function with a new eco-conscious collection of Sustainable Bags for the brand. In March we introduced our first collection of recycled canvas & natural leather bags.
#2 - Being more conscious & ethical in what I make and how I make it.
Self Acceptance can be elusive. Seems like a cliche we all know well. I discovered through my therapy that I had a lot of fear. When I would share this thought with a friend I was greeted with surprise around that. "You seem so confident" I would hear. "Yes, I know I project that, but I still have fears around really going for it."
So, that was something I did a lot of journaling, self reflection and unpacking on. Was it something in my childhood experience that wedged itself into my psyche? It's hard to say, but four things occurred:
1. therapy and talking about my thoughts and experiences of what I am truly afraid of.
2. living with a partner who believes in me and doesnt judge me.
3. painting and unleashing my truth on the canvas.
4. self love
These were the conditions where the breakthrough occurred.
One day last summer, I was started those watercolor paintings that say "Have Some Fun Today" in my hand writing - I've written those words a thousand times by now, but for the first time ever it looked perfect in it's imperfection.
Let me say that again: "It looked perfect in it's imperfection" let that sink in.
Now, I am an artist; period and foremost beyond anything else I am. I am also an abstract artist and to think that the seven+ years I have been developing this brand my imperfect handwriting was never GOOD ENOUGH for anything around my brand until now was a BREAKTHROUGH in self acceptance.
#3 - I am perfect in my imperfection. We all are.
So, it's nearing the end of the summer last year. I'm energized to start incorporating my art into the brand. I unlocked the secret door and now a whole new dimension is possible. It's truly exciting and going through all this, even the sh!tty events that I had to go through to get me here, were worth it.
I have a clearer vision of the brand now. I see Have Some Fun Today environments - you walk into a Gallery/Store world of color and this playful message. There is beautiful color and wonderful examples everywhere of ways to absorb this energy. I am flowing with what is and having faith in my thoughts, my work, my vision like never before.
#4 - I can see the path through the forest.
It's probably no shocker that I am a bit new-agey. I have a guy in New York who does spiritual readings for me every so often and I was thinking about a reading he gave me in 2018 and it hit me that everything he told me came true. So I reached out.
A month later I had my reading (yes, he's that busy :) )and he started with the words: "You need to relax", "everything is going to be all right. I know you feel frustrated and uncomfortable, but it's all stuff that is changing on the inside of you, it's good work, keep doing everything you are doing and you will see that it will all work out." - He could've handed me a million dollars with those words.
#5 - Have Faith - Believe in myself, my gut instinct and go for it.
That was the food my soul needed. A message from another dimension along with the messages I was receiving in my own subconscious from all the searching I have been doing.
Something a lot of people don't know about me is my love of psychology and spirituality. My difficult, but impactful read of Marcus Aurelius Meditations is among the books on my table. I knew that by observing other people throughout history and what they did to make an impact would be important to me to figure out my own road map.
So, also in August; I hired a publicist and brought on some new reps in the south and west coast for my brand. I reached out to various professionals and humbly asked for their advice. I went to my first women leadership conference and I began to take steps out of my cocoon.
Like a caterpillar getting ready for its next incarnation. Scary, but exciting and exercising my new muscles of faith and belief.
#6 - Taking The Necessary Steps.
We get to November and by now I have all this stuff under way and I'm doing all this self reflection, but also feeling frustrated in some way and suddenly I realize I am too comfortable. That is what is actually bothering me and holding me back from where I truly want to be.
I realize that I need to get OUT of my Comfort Zone. That is scary. I put my home that I LOVE, on the market three weeks later. This is scary. But, I know it is what needs to happen.
#7 - Get out of your comfort zone.
Here I am now, fully exposed, fully ready to own my truth. The good, the bad, the great and the scary. They always say that is the best thing about getting older, you just don't care what other people think. It does give you a freedom, but I think it's mostly because you get to know yourself. And when you put real effort into knowing, acknowledging, and accepting all that we are ; it brings a joy into our lives that is calming and peaceful.
#8 - Learn all about who you are and embrace your uniqueness fully.
When I went up to Manhattan to pick up my two daughters for the holiday festivities last week I walked through the holiday market an Union Square. I was alone and just enjoying the energy of the city that feels like home to me. I passed one of the booths selling hand knit hats and observed a shop keeper talking to a tall guy holding one of the hats. I stood there and watched the tall man in the brown coat trying on the hat; I noticed his matted hair, saw that his coat looked wrinkled and his shoes were beat up and then heard the shop keeper say to the man: " take it, it's my gift to you" - the man who may have been homeless thanked him and walked away. I looked after the man for a minute and then looked back at the shop keeper and said "That was a beautiful thing you just did" he smiled and said thanks.
It was a beautiful moment to witness. Why did I see that? Why was I in that exact spot when that happened? I think it was for a reason.
In that moment it gave me an idea, another example of how easily we can shift a moment in someone else's life for the better. Make someone smile. I have been giving the mission of Have Some Fun Today so much thought over the past year. I came to the simple purpose of making people smile.
Over the next year I am pledging to myself that I will find a way to incorporate more good into what we do personally and professionally. I have discovered that beyond sharing my soul and my heart with you all through my work, I am here to serve others. Very grateful to have discovered this aspect of myself over the last year and beyond grateful also to share with you my art and all the new energy we are gearing up for with New Products, New Energy, New Bold Vision for Have Some Fun Today.
#9 - Be of service to others in your words & actions.
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome a new year of unchartered territory, let's be mindful that we have an opportunity to do better and to serve our humankind rather than just ourselves.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and #HaveSomeFunToday
Love & Light,
#Unionsquare #manhattan #holidaymarket #servicetoothers #sustainability #womenleaders #gratitude #brand #mission #mentalwellness #therapy #meditation #wellness #therapist #Homeless #gratitude #ecofriendly #ecoconscious #comfortzone #spirituality #selflove #selfacceptance #Learning #journalling #mindfulness #art #artist #abstractart #painting #selfreflection #imperfection #mentor #inspire #service #charity
As I am working from my office on a typical day running my brand, fulfilling orders, designing new pieces to add to the line I often get stopped with what I am doing with a text or a tag of someone somewhere wearing HSFT with a smile on their face.
Its a great feeling..... and just today as I was working another one came in from a cool woman who I have never met in person, but we have become friends nonetheless through Have Some Fun Today. She shared one of the photo's above of a complete stranger wearing the wide neck fleece and because she too is a fan of the brand it complelled her to go and say hello.
I have to stop a minute and see just how beautiful that is. To think that a simple brand sharing a simple message could evoke that kind of reaction and response from people is truly a gift and a miracle in today's world.
One that I am forever grateful to be a part of. When strangers can be united in conversation about a shared love of something positive it is a beautiful thing.
I am more than happy to design the brand that people go out of their way to wear and share to create good vibes wherever they go, be it a vacation, a holiday, to work, the gym or wherever their life takes them.
Have Some Fun Today is a brand for living life and creating special moments to cherish with family , friends and yes even strangers we meet:)
and the next time you see a stranger wearing the brand make sure to connect and say #HSFT:)!
The world needs unity and love and positive vibes more than ever.
Love & Light,
#pride #celebrate #unity #simplemessage #positivevibes #sharing
Once you see something, you can't unsee it!
That's a favorite phrase my bff and I use when we talk about light bulb moments.
As I remember, it was during the height of the Covid while we were in lockdown with my daughters and my boyfriend Jay that we would discuss all kinds of things together. Ideas about how to reduce waste, ways to repurpose things & how to produce new things using recycled materials.
As I looked to design a new round of products that bear my brands mantra and my name, I wanted to do my homework on what recycled materials, dead stock and eco friendly materials I could incorporate to push Have Some Fun Today to be more sustainable and eco conscious.
I spoke with global investors, fashion creatives, Stephanie Benedetto; the founder of Queen of Raw, which is a global marketplace for dead stock & sustainable materials, and manufacturing teams to see what their capabilities were.
The news was good, I had options and it was time I felt for not only the message of Have Some Fun Today, but also time to be more responsible as a "maker" about what I make, where and how. So that is what I did.
We introduced our first collection of Sustainable Bags in January 2021. We have three styles : The Deluxe Shopper which is fully made from recycled cotton canvas and comes in two colors: Ivory and Black. It has a zip top closure and an additional inside zip pocket to keep your valuables secure.
We also have our classic: The Luxe Tote which is now made from recycled cotton canvas with soft leather shoulder straps and leather applique and we added a new color way in a warm tan shade in addition to the classic ivory and black.
Lastly, we are introducing a new design named for my mother called The Elaine Tote. This style has lots of new features: recycled cotton canvas body, a soft leather base and brushed gold feet, matching leather applique and straps with brushed gold hardware. A back pocket that is also a luggage slip when traveling. This bag is fully lined in recycled cotton batiste and has a roomy inside zip pocket. This comes in Ivory & Luggage, Ivory & Black, and All Black.
The way I look at it, if we are going to all this effort to make products to remind people to find more joy in life , we might as well do our part to also care about our planet, to re-use what we can and also to use as many biodegradable materials as we can.
I know as a brand we can do more and we will do more.
One step at a time, one foot in front of the other, but this is a start.
A good one at that:)!!
To help you get in the mood to Have More Fun in 2021 shop our line of all kinds of things to help guide you and remind you that life should be full of joy. Use the code: funin2021 for 25% off including our new Sustainable Bags too!
Love & Light,
#Sustainablefashion #sustainability #Queenofraw #stephaniebeneditto #Deluxeshopper #sustainable #ecofriendly #organiccotton #biodegradable #recycledfabric #repurposed
New year, new president, and new outlook on life in 2021.
Resilience, grace and gratitude are three ways to start this new energy.
Last month I shared what helped me feel nurtured on the outside and this month and in the coming months I will continue to share the things, the practices, the products and the people that help me always be moving toward my most authentic and healthy self so that I and the people around me can Have Some Fun everyday:)
For many years I have known that we as humans should look at all aspects of our lives as being fully integrated in order to get the most out of life. So that means our work, our passions, our hobbies, our relationships, our physical presence and our internal state are all part of who we are as uniquely different and special people.
Recently in a conversation with one of my best friends, as we chatted about the concept of self "work", the word work can often misrepresent what that really is. When I say I am doing the work, I'm really saying I am loving myself and nurturing my relationship with myself. That is really the truth of the matter and when you are committed to discovering your authentic self and realizing your true potential, doing "the work" is a fun and healthy addiction.
One of the major components of this self work is taking a better look at your health. I for one have long been a proponent of a healthy lifestyle with what I eat and drink and this includes the supplements I take.
Luckily for me I have a sister who is a nutritionist and she has been amazing in sharing her expertise and getting to know other health and wellness practicioners that take longevity of our bodies very seriously.
A healthy happy life needs a healthy body. Some of the main supplements I am taking now as a 50+ woman are natural Bio-Identicle Hormones, whole body collagen powder from Rado Nutrition, NMN which is an antiaging supplement that increases NAD, Vitamin D, Zinc, Hyluronic Acid, Tesamorelin, and a cortisol supplement at night. (All the above supplements are available through Rado Nutrition and VitalifeMD.)
Along with my daily health regimen I have recently become mildly obsessed with sleep. For years I just complained about it, blaming my bad sleep patterns on my malfunctioning hips. But even though it improved after my pain was gone through hip surgery, I had adopted some bad habits that also interfered with my sleep like watching TV in bed into late hours at night.
It was only after watching a MasterClass with Matthew Walker on sleep, that I set out to change my nightly routine to get a better quality sleep that will help me thrive in every area of my wellness. I strongly recommend checking that class out; it will rock your world!
Once you make a plan and get a routine going, it is so much easier to feel good and feel ready for some fun. With new energy heading our way, maybe it's time to look at your current routine both inside and outside your body and make some tweaks?
Take a deep breathe, I feel better energy is on the way - what has happenned in your life came to show you something. Even reading these words is happening because there is something here for you. That is what the Have Some Fun Today community is all about after all.
Choose your vibe, choose your path and enjoy the journey.....
To help you get in the mood to Have More Fun in 2021 shop our line of all kinds of things to help guide you and remind you that life should be full of joy. Use the code: funin2021 for 25% off:))
Love & Light,
#femalefounder #wordsofwisdom #innerhealth #newenergy #DrFradinRead #LisaRado #nutritionist #Radonutrition #Vitalifemd #tesamorelin #Havesomefuntoday #2021 #matthewwalker #sleep #masterclass #vitaminD #cortisol #mnm #NAD #zinc #Bioidenticalhormones #50+ #selfwork #selflove
Oh what a year 2020 has been...
For many of us it has been a year of restraint and choice. The facts are that life changed this year. We had to go inside ourselves to create a to do list of how to come out of this on top.
One of the areas that I personally found comforting was how I managed my self care. This is an area that I believe is very important when you want to live your best life.
Wellness and self care are broad areas to talk about. I was in my early 30's when I started to realize that I had to make an effort if I wanted to be happy and confident about the person I put out to the world and that would be reflected not only in my physical appearance, but also my attitude, my work, my family and all things that I am passionate about.
As confessed earlier in my blogs in past years, besides being an artist & designer; I am also a beauty product junkie. So recently when one of my readers asked if I would do a blog with my beauty product picks, I decided to share what I have been exploring and loving this past year.
Why do I love these potions and cremes and serums so much? I'm not really sure other than I know that taking the time to research and explore and use these products just makes me feel good.
So without further ado I will share my list of moisturizers, skin resurfacing cremes and nourishing serums that helped make me feel pampered through one of the most challenging years of our lifetime.
1. Day Moisturizers: Face - Augustine Bader - The Rich Creme
2. Night Moisturizer - Chanel - Sublimage La Creme
3. Body Moisturizer - Augustine Bader - The Body Oil
4. Face Exfoliator - U Beauty - Resurfacing Compound
5. Face Mask - 1 - 2 times a week I use Hanacure - All In One Facial
6. Dark Spot Corrector - Dr. Dennis Gross - Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting serum.
7. Face Serum - Victoria Beckham - Augustine Bader Cell Reguvinating Serum
8. Hand Serum - Tenoverten - Hand Repair Serum
10. Hair Treatments - Olaplex - No 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit
11. Hair Moisturizing Spray - Sunday II Sunday - Revive Me Daily Moisturizing Spray
12. Ends Moisturizer - Sunday II Sunday - Edge Flourish Daily Moisturizing Serum
13. Sunblock - Kate Somerville - Uncomplicated SPF Setting Spray
That's a hefty list and who's to say what all these cremes and potions really do. I know the science supports it, but what is more important is that it feels good. In a world where we are being challenged daily it's important to have our little rituals that help us feel cared for.
I have always been a believer in having a good foundation in all aspects of life and our bodies are no exception. I'd rather slather high quality products on my body than cheap ingredients and I'd rather focus on my foundation than distract myself with mindless activities. The quality of your life is really the quality of your choices and to be in the mindset to Have Some Fun Today it takes a firm and strong foundation. Self Care is one of the pillars of that foundation.
As we take a step closer to a new year instead of resolutions maybe we just need to take a look at the quality of our foundations?
Self Care, mindfulness & how I can use my energy to best reach my goals are some of my top priorities this year. What are yours?
Love & Light,
#Havesomefuntoday #Violetgrey #Augustinebader #Victoriabeckham #chanel #Ubeauty #olaplex #SundayIISunday #katesomerville #tenoverten #DrDennisGross #hanacure #beautyjunkie #cleanbeauty #selfcare