Stephanie Rado Taormina is a visionary. She founded her lifestyle and fashion brand Have Some Fun Today in 2015, inspired by four little words her late father always used to say. These words are a guiding force, a philosophy she lives by, and a way she honors the father who taught her and her siblings to find the FUN and see magic in the world every day. An artist, interior designer and entrepreneur, her unique vision for creating something beautiful and interesting is at the hallmark of all her projects. Whether she's got a paintbrush and canvas in front of her or a sketchbook she's filling with new ideas for HSFT, her creativity keeps her moving. As does being mom to two daughters. With a brand new HSFT gift line launching this week, she's busier than ever, but took some time to talk about with her inspirations and what's next for HSFT.
What is your personal mantra or Mission Statement?Move from your heart and give your best to every endeavor, but be mindful to stay balanced in work, rest and play.
What inspires you?Everything… life in general. Nature, music, art, fashion, relationships, conversations. And my quiet time to think, dream and plan.
What do you value most in life?My health, my family, and my ability to create beauty in the world.
Do you use any disciplines or practices to energize you?Yes, I do. I do several types of meditation. I have a very health conscious mindset, including a macrobiotic diet and working with a trainer twice a week. I do daily stretching and yoga, drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep. Plus, I think that being conscious of balance in your life actually creates balance in your life, so that you have space available to have fun and accomplish a lot.
What is one piece of advice or words of inspiration you live by?When you move from your heart everything falls into place. Nothing is given to you, so you have to do the work to reap the benefits.
What's next for you and for Have Some Fun Today?
I am thinking about more educational opportunities. A woman's forum on leadership, support groups to inspire youth, just taking the HSFT philosophy out in the community in an even more tangible and powerful way.
What helps you Have Some Fun today, each and every day?Staying balanced and believing that the universe has a plan for me so that I can enjoy the good times and can ride the wave through the harder times… There is always some fun to be had in a day even if it is just some laughter with a friend.
The "Crown Pouch" from the new HSFT gift line.
HSFT is growing and changing, too. We've expanded our vision to include a new gift line and are cooking up new ideas every day. When we make space for new ideas, we open the door to new opportunities.
Life Lessons From an Acorn
Last minute invite to to London for the weekend? Yes! A new job in New York City? Yes! Take a chance and say yes to new possibilities; that's the HSFT philosophy. An acorn holds a single seed and when it falls to the ground, it has the power to become a tree. That's some serious potential! What do we have the power to do when we let go?
Let's Get Deep Over a Falling Leaf
Leaves begin to fall, air is cool and crisp, and autumn is the perfect time for self reflection. It's kind of like the New Year's resolutions you made with that glass of bubbly in your hand back in January, except it kinda makes more sense in September. What's happening outside directly correlates to us inside, even if we don't know it. It's a time to let go, move away from the excesses of summer and move inward.
The earth around us is prepping for winter and storing energy new growth in spring. What if we took a cue from Mother Nature and looked at our lives like that? Thinking of taking that class to learn something new? Have some health and fitness goals for your body? As the season slows down and gives pause to winter, we too can catch a breath, put away the sunscreen and beach towels and reflect on what's next. All that from fall foliage.
So now what?
Okay, so leaves are piling up and it's getting colder, what are we supposed to do with that?
Cultivate moving inward and see what you are capable of! Take a yoga or meditation class, meet with a friend weekly for coffee and talk about your goals, keep a journal and write down goals for yourself and things you want to accomplish. Giving ourselves a time and a place with a little quiet and our own thoughts can be powerful. You can conquer the world if you want to, the only question is, which world?
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY was founded on the very principles of honoring life, taking a chance and living life to the fullest. Yeah, we make fabulous t-shirts, chic accessories, and just launched a beautiful new gift line, (have you seen the new gift line?) but what we're really selling is a philosophy and way of life that we hope spreads like wildfire. Live. Love. Wear. Share. It's way more than t-shirts. Peace, love and acorns.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We're pretty transparent about our whole HSFT vibe. Those four little words on our clothes and chic accessories are the vehicle for spreading energy and empowerment and shifting people's mindset into positivity. We're aiming for more of that in the world.
Give the Gift of Fun
In the interest of spreading the love and sharing our message, we're so excited to announce the launch of our new HSFT Gift Line on the website. It's the perfect time of year to start thinking of clever gifts and one-of-a-kind items you can sock away for the upcoming holidays. And don't forget to treat yourself to some HSFT love. We're kind of obsessing over the little crown necklaces! (available 9/21 on the website.)
"When we designed our gift line, we kept in mind things we love to share and use ourselves," says founder Stephanie Taormina. "Like the umbrella, stationary, and crown necklace. And the utilitarian items too. The water bottle and luggage tags, the every day items are now such a great gift and cool way to share our HSFT vibe."
Start a revolution
Maybe it's simple and clichè, but we think you can share positivity and promote change with a t-shirt, a tote, or an umbrella. Take your pick, but HSFT is contagious! Check out the full gift line on the website at HSFT.
Live. Love. Wear. Share. Spread the word and Spread the Love.
Written and contributed by HSFT blogger and writer Rebecca Doubek who knows how to have some fun today!
Happiness. Choose it.
Wanna be happy? You can wake up each and every day and check the box "I choose happy". At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we couldn't be more clear that in order to live happy, you start with choosing happy. If we need to throw on our Original Crop Tank in Serif graphic to remind ourselves, then hell yeah, we're always down for that.
It's Science, Baby
Your thoughts are energy! You actually create physical energetic matter when you have a thought. Physicists call it a Quantum Event. That's powerful stuff. And what we create and what we put out there attracts more of the same. Happy breeds more happy.
"Every time you think a thought, you send out that thought's specific vibration. If a thought makes you feel good, if it's a "positive" thought, it is vibrating at a higher frequency. If a thought makes you feel bad, if it's a "negative" thought, it's vibrating at a lower frequency." -Melody Fletcher of Deliberate Receiving
Happiness really is a state of mind and there are plenty of ways to remind yourself of that. We highly suggest starting with a great outfit with an HSFT t-shirt or our luxe tote to keep you in the right frame of mind!
Live, Love, Wear, Share
We're big believers in spreading the love. Our new HSFT gift line is the perfect way to share the FUN and give "happy"! Available on the website September 15th.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who really is happy