Leslie Dowling and her Grey Paint Tobiano Quarter Horse, Sweets. Leslie is wearing the Have Some Fun Today slouchy tee.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Five years ago, Leslie Dowling found herself at a horse barn, helping out a friend whose horse needed some exercise. What started out as a favor for a friend became a life altering experience for her.
Finding Her Place
Two years later, she’d have her own horse and shortly after, began competing in three different riding disciplines. Even more impactful was the connection she made with the animal and nature, each time she rode. What it gave her was a completely different perspective on her life and new sense of joy.
“I was so at peace and in the moment when I was there on the horse. When you’re riding, you have to be in the moment,” she said. “You can’t think about ten million other things or what you are doing tomorrow, because there’s an 1,100 pound horse beneath you. We have so much going on around us and when you get on a horse, you have to drop all that.”
The mindfulness and awareness she began cultivating with riding began to flow into her life in a profound way. Something was shifting. She's a mother to three boys and once had her own career in the garment industry, she now found herself drawn to the animals and the connection it was giving her to herself.
Listening With Your Heart
It was also pushing her to hone in on something deeper. She was learning to listen and to be patient, in a totally different way.
“People are so used to verbal communication. With a horse, you can talk all you want, but they talk through their eyes, their body and movement. That’s how you have to talk to a horse. That’s what opens you up to your intuitiveness, because you have to tune into your other senses.”
Keeping It Sweet
Soon after getting her own horse, she began entering competitions to show “Keep It Sweet” or “Sweets”, as she calls her.
When Sweets, a Grey Paint Tobiano quarter horse, suffered a muscle pull last year, she had to stop competing. Leslie began to realize how her competitive nature and previous mindset had always been to push through. But it became clear to her that her horse had other plans.
Leslie says she had to focus on connecting with Sweets and listening to her. “I had to rehabilitate her and slow down to get her strong again.” Listening to those subtle but powerful signs from her horse gave her a life lesson that she’ll never forget.
“It was such a learning experience. You have to take a step back sometimes. We were working together as a team and she needed me to build her back up, not push her. And now that she is strong and I’ve worked so hard to get her back, she’s even stronger than she was a year ago.”
Tuning In and Opening Up to HSFT
Leslie says working so closely with her horse has heightened her sense of intuitiveness and connection with others, as well as learning to live in the now. She’s found a passion learning and exploring different holistic methods of healing and training with Sweets.
She's become particularly fascinated with reiki for horses after using it to help heal Sweets. It's sparked a passion in her and she is now pursuing an equine reiki certification.
“The more in touch I am with the intuitive world, reiki and healing, the more I feel it. Maybe it’s not only with horses, maybe it's with other animals. And maybe that is a calling in my life.”
Taking a chance on something new and opening yourself up to possibility is exactly what Have Some Fun Today is all about. Leslie is the epitome of what it means to live in the moment of each day and look for the FUN.
Leslie says she loves the empowering message of HSFT and the amazing women who wear it. She's inspired by the mindset and loves the chic fashion sense.
Finding Herself After Fashion
She says that riding has opened up a part of her that she thinks was always there and fine-tuned her senses.
“That’s kind of a natural progression, stepping into this world. Subconsciously, I think it was inevitable that I would have connected with animals or horses. I have always felt I was very intuitive and I think I get that from my grandmother.”
Raised in a hustle and bustling family, her mother was a hosiery designer and her father worked in the knitwear businesses. She easily found her way into a similar career.
“I worked in the garment industry and design and went to Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (Now called Philadelphia University). Never did I really listen to what I wanted in my heart.”
The Power of Finding Your Voice
The horse barn is a far cry from the fashion industry and it’s filled her with a newfound joy and given her an outlet. “It has opened me up to something I felt passionate about. Jumping ditches, creeks riding through forests, I feel so free and empowered from that. It’s the adrenaline rush and I really kind of thrive on that.”
The freedom has given her a re-set on defining who she is at this time in her life. “Go back to finding your voice, because sometimes it gets pushed away when you become a mom. The horse brought that to the forefront and taught me ‘You are an empowered strong woman and you do have a voice and you need to use it.’ It’s pretty powerful.”
Written and contributed by Rebecca Doubek for Have Some Fun Today....
HAVE SOME FUNTODAY - You already know how our Have Some Fun Today Luxe Tote looks chic and fabulous on the arm or perched on your shoulder. Remember how we spotted Brooke Shields with one earlier this spring?
And Lucky you! This Friday, the luxe tote is 35% off through the weekend. Did you read that? It's on SALE this weekend!! (offer expire 6/26/17)
Let's recap. It's got raw leather handles, (like the ones you'll find on the high-end fashionista bag from Paris), brass grommets and hardware, and black vegan leather lettering, stitched onto the thickest textured canvas. It's roomy, it's versatile, and it's a showstopper, whether you're lounging at the pool or a resort.
The Humble Beginnings Of Something Fabulous
The Luxe Tote is an iconic piece for Have Some Fun Today. One of the first pieces designed by founder and CEO Stephanie Taormina three years ago, the tote solidified the feel of her then fledgling brand. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Stephanie tells the story of returning to New York City and to Parsons, to begin creating Have Some Fun Today. And how the luxe tote was born... "My first step was to go back to 7th Avenue. There’s a cool kiosk there, right across the street from where Parsons used to be. In that building you can get all kinds of information, if you want to do anything having to do with apparel," Stephanie explains. (Right: Brooke Shields was spotted with our HSFT luxe tote on her shoulder back in April while on vacation...)
A Tote Bag Is Born
"So I went there, and kind of sifted through pages and pages of information that I got. And I found a great handbag manufacturer and they helped me develop the first Luxe Tote, which was amazing," she says. "I found a cut-and-sew shop to help me do the pattern and make the first small round of production."
Still Having Some Fun
And the line keeps growing and getting more fabulous. "It still is very simplistic and very elegant and very bold. We're really focusing on sharing this message on a t-shirt, or a sweatshirt, a coffee mug or a tote bag," Stephanie says.
"We really want to appeal to a mindset, a mindset of someone who believes in the openness of life, not the drudgery of everyday life... This isn’t an about an age...it’s someone who wants to have a good life, and they are open to inspiration. And that’s what have some fun today is all about..." #hsft
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C.S. Lewis
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - There's nothing better than a good friend. Friendship can be a powerful force in our lives, as we move through milestones, mishaps, and everyday life. The love a friend can be a powerful force that helps to shape and define the quality of our life. Friendship gives us a sense of belonging that sometimes lack even from our own family. As the saying goes, we can choose our friends but not our family.
I Got You, Babe
Nurturing our friendships is crucial. They will carry us through our lives when we need it most and we will do them same for them. When we take the same care of our friendships, we're investing in relationships that can last a lifetime. While some friends come and go, others become like family with bonds that run deep. There's a palpable energy capable of changing the world when we nurture and love our friends.
A Friend Indeed
Honor your friends. Be the best friend you can be... and just be there. There's an art to being a good friend, and it's one worth being good at. Research has shown that friendships, especially as we get older, are hugely important for our health. They ease our stress levels, keep our minds sharper and make us happier. Friends can be a safe haven from the stress of jobs and families. They can offer honesty and support during difficult times. And good friends can make us laugh and remind us not to take any of it too seriously.
Good For Me, Good For You
Commit to making time for your friendships. Once a day or once a week, send a text just to connect or better yet, make a phone call. Make time for your girlfriends. Make a date to see each other. Studies have shown that spending time with our girlfriends creates oxytocin in the body, which feels good and soothes anxiety. Chances are, they're as busy as you are and they need some girlfriend time, too.
A good girlfriend will get you through the hardest of times of your life and be there when you're celebrating the best. Keep them close and love them up. They're irreplaceable.
Love You, Girl
Our mission at HSFT is to celebrate women and the love we have for each other. We think it's pretty empowering to be those kind of women. Spread the vibe and share the love. Live. Love. Wear. Share. And celebrate your girlfriends!
Color Your WorldHAVE SOME FUN TODAY -It's a great big, beautiful world out there! Why not add a little color to your to it? At HSFT, we love beautiful things. And beauty is in the details and in the colors of life, everywhere. Just look around you. Breathe in the air, drink in the beauty of a simple moment and let yourself be inspired by what you see. Color sparks an immediate response when we see it; mentally, physically, emotionally. We can use color to calm and soothe or to entice and arouse.
Fall Into The Wild Blue YonderToday's color inspiration is blue. Ocean blue and sky blue. Just like the electric blue of our Limited Edition Have Some Fun Today muscle tank. We borrowed a little from the sky and a little from the sea for this beautiful blue. And this color is fabulous on everyone.Like the sky above or the infinite ocean, we love getting lost in the deep blue. If you're not lucky enough to be staring at an ocean laid out before you then look up. A sky offers lots of variations of blue depending on the weather but we love a blue that's so bright it makes us squint.
So Blue For YouBlue is associated with feeling calm and serene. It is one of the most popular colors and people describe feeling tranquil around the color blue. One such article about the psychology of color says that blue is thought to invoke a feeling of stability and reliability which makes it a popular choice for companies that often use it in marketing materials, logos and company branding.
Baby You Look Good in BlueSo what happens when you wear blue? A Huffpost article says, wear blue when you want to convey "...power, have mental control, be conservative, respected or communicate an important message." We think that's kind of fitting, given our electric blue tank is emblazoned with our brand mantra, Have Some Fun Today. And we think that's a pretty important message. Win-win that it happens to be on the perfect shade of blue.
Blue Is Good For YouBlues are thought to be healing for the mind and body. The color's calming affect lowers our stress level and puts us at ease. It's known to lower our pulse rate and our body temperature. It's relaxing and peaceful to be around the color blue. It's no wonder we could stare at the ocean blue all day.Paint a wall, pick a blue comforter for your bed, or grab a beautiful blue t-shirt. Better yet, get to the ocean or a lake. And fall into the beauty of blue.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who drives a blue car...
We love everything about the vibe of summer, like our go-to cutoffs and HSFT original tee...
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Summer 2017 is just beginning and there's a buzz n the air. Longer days, warm nights and all the things we LOVE about summer.
1) Summer Fashion Trends
2) The Beach
Anywhere there are waves and sand is a place we wanna be... HSFT luxe tote packed with our latest issue of W, Icelandic glacial water and our gingham check cover up. Oh and rad tunes and our wireless headphones!
3) The Smell of Sunscreen
Nothing beats the scent of the islands or a tropical dream on your skin. We're militant about quality ingredients to protect us from sun damage, like Josie Maran's Aragan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil This smells amazing and works like a dream. BaliBody - Cacao Tanning Oil This tanning oil is chock full of organic ingredients and a light chocolate scent. Yum! Tatcha - Silken Pore Perfecting Broad Spectrum Sunscreen From Japan, this facial sunscreen is amazingly lightweight and is a pore minimizer, too!
4) Summer Shoes
Flatform sandals, the ankle tie espadrilles and wedges, oh my!
5) A Cold Lake on a Hot Day
Not everyone hits a beach in the summer. Some hit the cool waters of a lake, with long piers, tire swings and lake games. There's nothing better than a dip when the temps reach their peak.
6) A Summer Night Sky
We love a little sparkle and bling, especially when it's filled with stars, in the backdrop of a navy sky and a light, summer breeze. That kind of sky makes you want to fall in love...
7) A Boat Drink
Don't we all love a pretty cocktail with a little umbrella, or a chic garnish in a chilled glass? What's not to love about sipping in the sunshine! Summer cocktails are fabulous and we're digging the tomato mojito...
Maxi or mini. Flowy or gauzey. You know, that go to wispy dress that feels "barely-there" and looks gorgeous on tanned skin and beach hair. And every year, when it gets unearthed from the back of your closet, it makes you smile. Because, summer.
9) Summertime Jams
Summer playlists live in infamy. There are always those songs that transport us back in time when we hear them. The summer jams from the teenage years, or the playlist from college. Or maybe it's that new song that stays on loop over and over.
10) Windows Down
Or top down, if your sporting the convertible. There's a freedom that comes from summer and there's no better place than the car to feel the wind on your face and the sun on your skin.
Whether it's the hot guy your chillin' with or the ones that light up the July sky, we love a little flash of magic to make us go oooohh and ahhhh.
12) Tan Lines
Yes, we are all about the sunscreen and keeping our skin protected from the damage that comes from getting a tan. But we also kinda love an ever-so-faint tan line from a day well-spent outside.
13) Outdoor Movies
Our new favorite summer tradition is watching a flick with the stars twinkling and the warm summer air. Cozy up to your hot date or snuggle up with the family, it's the best way to catch the cinema. Rent a projector, grab a giant canvas painting drop cloth from the hardware store, and you've got the makings of a cool summer party. Heres' how-to...
14) Summer Skin
Theres' something about that dewy and glowy look we get from a little sun, all the water we're drinking and the ease of summer time.
15) Ice Cream
We are all about clean and healthy eating and keeping our bodies fueled with the good stuff but dammit if we're not a sucker for the homemade gelato from the little place off the boardwalk at the beach. Or the frozen custard from the ice cream shack at the lake. We'll always go back to our organic ways, but those little cupfuls of creamy deliciousness get us every time.
A good sun hat is the best investment you can make. And it looks fabulous, too!
17) Sitting on the Dock of the Bay/Lake/Ocean
Easy, Breezy days sent sitting on the edge of a dock or a pier just taking in the water or the waves. Water tends to chill us down and slow us down, especially if we're dangling our feet over the side and "watching the tide roll away..."
18) Oh-so-Perfect Summer Highlights
You've never had better hair than that sun-kissed glint of gold from those summer days. A little lemon squeezed into a half-filled water bottle and spritzed in your hair will help give you a little boost and make your hair smell like a citrus dream.
We've been loving this new trend in adult beverages because we've long adored our chilled and tart Rosè in the summer. But fabulous Rosè in slushy form, well, you had us at Rosè.
20) Boat rides
Water and Summer go hand-in-hand for most of us. We love a good boat ride, no matter what the body of water. A speedy little jaunt on the ocean, a float along a river, or a sail on the glass-like waters of a lake. We never want to return to land.
21) Summer Selfies
When you've got that dew-like glowy skin, golden highlights and the smile of summer on your face, the selfies are fabulous.
22) Summer Rain
There's something about the smell of a summer rain. The sound of it hitting the sidewalk or the roof and the brief respite from the heat. Sometimes we like to dance in it.
23) The Perfect Summer Outfit
If it's drinks with the girls or a date with the hottie, we may opt to hang up the sundress and rock that one summer outfit we love to wear with beach hair and glowy skin. We're loving our sexy cutoffs with our HSFT tank and heels, or maybe it's the pencil skirt and crop tank with wedge sandals. It's sexy and it's summer and that's all we need.
24) Have Some Fun Today
This company was founded on finding the freedom within any given day to enjoy and love your life. Find a moment and HAVE SOME FUN TODAY! What better time of year than the season of sun than to take it all in and HSFT.
Whatever you love about summer, soak it in and catch the vibe because it will be gone before you know it. HSFT!
Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves a summer cocktail....
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air..." -Emerson
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - The first Saturday in June has got us thinking 'bout our Happy Place. Cool beach vibes and sunshine; there's something about the beginning of summer that makes our skin tingle with the possibility of feet in warm sand and salt water in our hair.
This is when we're truly living what HAVE SOME FUN TODAY is all about. Pretty hard not to see the awesome in every moment when you're staring at the ocean. So, how do you find your "Happy"?
Not Just An Imaginary Friend
The Happy Place is not just a figment of the imagination or just a trendy way to post that your somewhere really cool on social media. It's an actual thing. Mind Body Green.com explored explored this concept in an article about the "Happy Place" and discovered it's a "...place you go to be fully present with yourself, and you can savor the experience."
Fully present with ourselves? Savoring the experience? That sounds like a no-brainer. Free from the constraints and confines of everyday life, our Happy Place can give us a sense of permission to unwind and let go. Kind of reminds of our Brand Mantra, Have Some Fun Today.
"Finding our happy place can give us pleasure, the freedom to lose ourselves in the moment, time to build relationships with our loved ones, opportunities to find meaning, and a platform for achieving greatness." - Mind Body Green, Deborah K. Heisz
Get Happy & Get A Free Tee
In honor of our Happy Places, we're giving away our classic Original Crop Tank to TWO Lucky Winners. Here's what you do:
- First, On Facebook, simply Like this "Happy Place" post
- Next, Tell us in the Comment Section where your Happy Place is!
- Finally, you must share post to your page
That's it! We'll randomly select two winners from the comment section and they'll receive our Original Crop Tank to kick off their summer fun. Summer. Happy Place and Have Some Fun Today. That's dope...
Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who has a Happy Place somewhere in Wisconsin....