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HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Define beauty. Ask 25 people to do the same and you'll get 25 different answers; none of which will likely be anything close to the one in Webster's Dictionary. That's the beauty of beautiful, it truly is in the eye of the beholder, and it's different for all of us.
At HSFT, we think the definition of beauty is being whatever expression of YOU that feels beautiful, no matter what that is. Regardless of how high or low your neckline, how tight or loose you choose to wear your clothes, --short, tall, bald, blonde, brunette, curvy or skinny, redhead or gorgeous grey; beauty isn't about what you're wearing or the shape of your form. It's about loving the beautiful body and the YOU that you're in and letting it shine.
Being bold enough to embrace and celebrate our bodies and beauty takes courage. It takes dissolving other peoples idea's of what we should do or how we should look. When we step into our own personal expression of our beauty, our "goddess" within, it transcends the physical and becomes an essence and an aura that you carry with you. It's that je ne sais quoi that every beautiful and confident woman oozes, whether she's in a baseball hat or a ballgown. And it's sexy as hell.
Celebrate other woman around you that have the courage to be their own unique expression of beautiful, even if it's not the same as yours. Be in "beauty solidarity" with anyone who is brave and bold enough to step into their light and be who they are. That is beautiful.
It's not going to look like the cover of the magazines or the pictures of Instagram. And isn't that exactly what we should be teaching our daughters? That would be a revolution. Confident and bold, young woman who own their beauty and don't shame and judge others for owning theirs.
Yesterday, many of us were knee-deep in a holiday that celebrates dressing up in costumes and masks as other people. On the day after Halloween, we thought it quite apropos to celebrate being who we are.
When we feel good about who we are, it shows. Serve that up however that speaks to you and don't judge another woman for how she choose to do it. Love one another, celebrate each other. That's the heart of HSFT. Inside and out, you're beautiful.
Want a crack at our latest winter beanie hat, released later this month? Like and share our Facebook post, and leave your answer to this "I feel beautiful when__________" in the comment section of our post. One winner will be picked from the answers!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We've just shifted into a time of seasonal re-birth, all things shiny & new, and green. It's Spring! The world around us is buzzing with growth, but for some of us, 2017 still has us stuck. Maybe we've missed the boat on some of those well-intended resolutions, and we're not feeling the love of the "New Year/New You". Let's not forget we're only four months into the year and there is still plenty of time left to kick it into gear and make some positive changes.
These 3 tips are Game Changers because they'll have a powerful impact on your life with minimal effort. And the best thing is, they're all free. You don't need to spend a dime to make a powerful change and mix it up in your life.
You don't need to look far to find countless articles, studies and research touting the benefits of meditation. It's no longer just a new-agey thing that yogis do, it's been put to the scrutiny of scientists and doctors alike who have discovered it has a profound effect on our bodies and our brain. We're big believers of meditation here at HSFT, and most of us practice some form of meditation on a regular basis. Whether you want to focus your intention on one specific outcome or just release your mind from it's hamster wheel of thoughts and stress, meditation has a big payoff.
It's known to lower stress levels, increase our attention levels, and actually alter the brain by increasing grey matter and specific brain functions. Here's the best part about meditation; it's a powerful tool that is accessible to anyone and it doesn't cost a thing. Start in a comfortable space. Close your eyes. Begin by focusing on your breathing. You don't need to sit there for hours, just start with five minutes. You'll be amazed at how quickly it goes. You can find some very cool resources on line for meditation like this one at UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center where you can download several different guided mediations to get you started.
Forming a new habit can be as challenging as breaking a bad one but a ritual goes one step further. Blogger Daisy from Simplicity Relished describes it as this, "Rituals are simply habits imbued with meaning..." The beautiful thing about infusing rituals into our life is how they give us a go-to familiarity that is like a rhythmic touchstone in our day. Maybe you already have a ritual; morning mediation, 3-mile run, prayer, journaling time at night, a walk in nature. Whether you know it or not, you may have already carved out your own, but a ritual is personal and it's something you do for you.
"So...you think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive..." - HSFT Founder Stephanie Taormina on her daily ritual.
HSFT founder Stephanie Taormina talked about her own daily rituals that help to keep her centered and grounded in her busy life in a recent HSFT vlog episode on HSFT's YouTube Channel. "It's always good every morning to take some time before you start your day. I like to do my runes, they're really amazing. They are these very old Viking symbols and they are these little discs have symbols on them. So every morning I like to come here and say thanks and regroup my thoughts and my goals. So you kinda think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive. It's a journey."
There is no shortage of negativity in our world; your own personal world and the great big one we live in. We get bombarded pretty frequently with negative thoughts, actions, events, or even others, in the course of day. It can be overwhelming and difficult not to feel the effects of all those negative vibrations. We're pretty good at filling our own heads with negativity already. And then there's what exists around us every day.
That's when you have to just STOP. Remove the source of negativity. Don't read the news or scroll through Facebook if it upsets you. Don't take that call from a friend if it's more negativity.
START by having SOME FUN TODAY. You're gonna miss the beautiful parts of your life if you keep yourself focused only on the bad stuff. There really is a great, big, beautiful world out there full of pretty amazing people. Choose Positive! Choose that world and choose FUN over the "everything is going to hell" mentality. Shift one negative thought to a positive and you will add some much needed color to your canvas. We highly suggest wearing a really cool t-shirt just to remind you. C'mon... Have Some Fun Today, you know you wanna.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We all need inspiration. Creating inspirational spaces in your home that can be designed to met the needs of your life is the perfect balance of form and function. Today on our new vlog HSFT episode, HSFT Founder and CEO Stephanie Taormina visits some places in New York City that give her inspiration. As a designer of both interior space and fashion, she looks to fine art, architecture and even fabric to spark her creativity. Color and texture, simple or intricate design.
Stephanie believes in making your living space an inspiring place to be. It's easy to refresh and revive the places you spend most of your time with a few simple changes and additions. Start with your living room. Pillows are a simple way to have an immediate impact. Our HAVE SOME FUN TODAY luxe message pillow is bold and graphic and fun reminder to seize the day! We love it paired with other patterned and textured pillows on a crisp white couch in the living room.
As an fashion designer, Stephanie's creativity has brought to life our HSFT luxe tees, totes, and other goodies as part of her vision for the brand. She believes in classic, clean lines and decadent comfort. She loves a bold graphic pattern and mixing textures.
"Texture is a great way to refresh a space. Layering a faux animal hide rug over a main focal area in the room creates a chic effect that works with traditional to modern interiors," Steph says. She also recommends replacing a coffee table with a natural textured ottoman, in a fresh neutral upholstered linen, and accenting with a cool tray, like the ones you can find from your local Homegoods. "It's easy to add accessories like a great looking candle, an orchid from the grocery store, and a pretty coffee table book." Instant transformation!
Inspiration is all around us, if we look hard enough. Creating spaces in your home that spark a sensory experience or perfectly meets our demands and needs is a sanctuary we always retreat to. What inspires you?
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - You know that innate feeling you get that if you push a little harder or dig a little deeper, you just know you're going to do "it"? "It" could be nailing that interview, or pushing that extra mile during your morning run or sealing up that job promotion. You've worked hard. You know it's going to happen. You're determined and fierce. That is powerful stuff. And that is powerful enough to propel a rocket into space, launch big ideas into bigger realities, and help inspire one woman to start a "mindset" brand in a small town of PA.
It's grit, and guts and tenacity. And that, we know, is one of the biggest influential factors in succeeding at anything. A recent article in Inc. magazine, "How Grit and Determination Exceed Talent and Intelligence Every Time" exposes the idea that working hard and being persistent are powerful forces in our success.
Have Some Fun Today was started on those same principles of grit and determination. HFST Founder Stephanie Rado Taormina is a do-it-all kind of entrepreneur. She's set her sights on being a global brand. A global "mindset" brand with a positive message and a community who follows.
"No matter what success means to the individual, studies actually show that those who exhibit more "grit" and persistence have a better chance of reaching milestones and exceeding personal goals. And guess what? Grit, like many other competencies, is something that can be developed with practice." -Brent Gleeson, Inc Magazine
It's not always easy being a one-woman-show. On any given day, she's packing up her car with HSFT gear for an event, looking over the books, writing checks, implementing new designs, checking emails, creating looks for her social media accounts, and hand-packing orders from her website. She often squeezes all that in before noon. Sometimes it's overwhelming. And she's the first to admit, it doesn't always all get done.
"A lot of stuff falls through the cracks, because it's just me," Stephanie says in the upcoming YouTube episode of HSFT: Building a Brand With Soul. In this episode, we see her spending a much-needed afternoon in her PA studio, getting caught up with the many tasks required to run a company.
She still sees clients with her interior design business, is a single mom raising two daughters, and tries to find time to work out and keep healthy. She likes keeping her hand in all details of HSFT, big or small, because after all, it is her vision. And it's a vision she fiercely protects as she builds her brand.
"I actually write a little thank you note on most of the orders....," Stephanie says in the upcoming vlog. "....I really try to add a personal touch to everything that we do, to make people feel special for buying Have Some Fun Today."
Catch Episode 5 of HSFT: Building A Brand With Soul - "A Day in The Studio" on HSFT's YouTube Channel tomorrow!
I cried behind my sunglasses today as I put my 5-year-old on the bus to her first day of kindergarten. Yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter started 8th grade and my stepdaughter heads to 10th grade next week. They are distinctly different girls all in very different places in life. It is sometimes a struggle to meet each of them right where they are and give them what they need.
HSFT founder Stephanie Taormina is also a mom, raising two beautiful girls, in addition to her many other roles like entrepreneur, artist and interior designer. She packed up her oldest for her second year of college just last week and her youngest just started her senior year of high school.
The milestones of our girls lives upon us, Steph and I were talking last week at the HSFT studio about the amazing gift and ridiculously challenging work of raising women. Okay, I might have been complaining about the difficulty of teenage girls, but the conversation led to what it means to parent girls.
When HSFT started our re-occurring series on the blog "Inspiring Women" earlier this year, it was to create and connect community of women, sharing their many diverse talents and gifts. We've had some truly amazing women featured. As mothers, we strive to raise daughters who can someday be inspirational women.
At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we're movers and shakers, artists and creators, daughters and mothers, so we're proud to announce our latest series on the blog called "Raising Women".
There are few tasks more daunting than raising children. As parents, we are limited by the scope of our own experiences and what we know, or what we don't. I think we're all just aiming for our kids to be happy, productive and nice people who give a damn about something besides themselves. That would be inspirational.
We've all been bombarded lately with Back To School commercials, store displays for fall and reminders that Halloween is around the corner. But the leaves aren't falling yet! Let's not jump ahead too fast without savoring the last bit of Summer '16. We suggest holding on as long as you can. Here are 11 ways to keep summer in your heart and soul, before we say Au Revoir, mon cherie.
1. Invest in an amazing self-tanner and hold onto your summer tan well into October. We love this one from Dior.
3. Bask in the summer harvest and eat fresh fruits and veggies every day for a week. Even better, find a local farm or Farmers Market and get it freshly picked. You can taste summer in every bite!
4. Sneak in one more trip to soak in the last days of sunshine. Beach, pool, the lake... Wherever you find your summer happy. Go there!
5. Keep your flip flops or summer sandals in your wardrobe. You'll be shoving them in winter boots soon enough. And while you're at it, the sales are amazing on summer goodies right now. These Nordstrom cork wedges are fantastic and can easily sneak their way into September.
6. Find your summer jam playlist and hit repeat, over and over.
7. Print six of your favorite pics from summer and stick them on your fridge or bulletin board. We're kind of obsessed with our Polaroid Zip portable and wireless printer.
8. Wear your HSFT muscle tank with jeans and cute wedge sandals or peep-toe booties to Happy Hour and remind everyone to Have Some Fun Today. It is still summer!
9. Take a summer joy ride. Top down or windows open, get that summer playlist cranking and just drive.
10. Plan an end-of-summer party. Summer drinks and tunes, good friends and good vibes. We love the Fashionable Hostess blog with super chic ideas like Prosecco Popsicles, DIY Sangria Bar and salad kebab recipes.
11. HAVE SOME FUN TODAY! We know you've got a little summer HSFT left. Shine, baby. Shine!