* 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.
I feel like we just lived an extra two years of madness crammed into the last 6 months - right? Well it has felt like that to me:)
As I have been thinking about this months blog and all the topics fresh in my mind that I have been dealing with, I'm going to start with what my dad was thinking when he began saying "Have Some Fun Today". I know he was juggling a lot: a big family, lots of bills to pay, running a midsize company that he started from scratch with two manufacturing facilities and over 100 employees, several major health issues and his love of having a balance of work and play. Basically a full and complex life like many of us have. Somewhere out of that, this kind, outgoing guy that could sell ice to a Eskimo started to say "Have Some Fun Today." Now I get it more than ever.....
And to be honest I have had my share of moments where I had to dig deep to find my sunshine. This is what I do for a living right? How can I feel so worn out emotionally and mentally that I can't be authentic in my job of sharing how to HSFT? It happens to the best of us. I have cried more in the past 6 months than I had in the past several years. Cried for the world, cried for those who have lost loved ones, cried for people who have been isolated and depressed, cried for the lack of compassion and leadership our world so desperately needs and when I was done crying I became grateful for my position and grateful to be a voice and a vessel for some happiness that others can feel and wear and share.
Yes we have a lot to figure out and improve and Yes we aren't out of the woods yet, but these things are here and we either evolve and find ways to uplevel, fix some of these problems and enjoy life, or we don't.
The past six months have awakened so many of us to the corruption of "the system". If we dwell in the media amongst the childishness of our politicians, and how this storm is whirling over us from so many angles, it is easy to fall prey to becoming depressed and anxious. I have felt this deeply and it has given me a new perspective. We all don't have to agree, but we should be able to respect our disagreements and still play in the sandbox together. That is how we progress as a nation.
When all the racial riots were in full swing I received an email from a customer of my brand. It was in response to my email that Love is the Answer. While she was polite and well meaning, she wanted to let me know that while she didn't expect me to send out a racially apologetic marketing email addressing the issues at hand, she felt my Love is the Answer email was naive at best.
I welcomed the conversation and ansered her about my feelings regarding BLM from my heart (as I am a mother of 1 millenial and 1 Gen Z and we had many many conversations about it) so I was able to share my position with her that I have always had the utmost respect and have worked with and support Black artists, Black models , Black designers, Black photographers, Black customers and Black friends and truly believe that the most beautiful world is one where we respect all races equally. But what came out of my final comment in my conversation with her was that my purpose with my brand is to share something simple that lifts peoples spirits and reminds them whoever they are, whatever race, color, sex or political affiliation to enjoy your life - to Have Some Fun Today .
She told me she didn't expect to hear a reponse to her email at all, especially from the founder, she thanked me and it felt good to hear her, and for her to hear me and to give each other the mutual respect that everyone deserves. That is who we are. That is what this brand is about. That is my purpose. That is the brands purpose. We stand by that simplicity and honor the words : Have Some Fun Today.
So for everyone of you who is reading this, don't forget to have a little fun today.... you never know what the future holds as we have clearly been shown.
Carry one of our tote bags, wear a baseball hat, try a graphic tee or send someone who needs a pick me up our new HSFT Gift Box. So many ways to lift your spirit, share a great vibe, feel empowered in caring for your own happiness or to bring some sunshine to someone else. Use the code: 2020 and get 25% off your order right now....:)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Winter is upon us here in the Northeast and that means bundling up and staying warm but it doesn't mean you can't still have style.
We've got a few winter"go-to" pieces that are perfect until the next trip to South Beach or LA. We are never without our cashmere-soft embroidered HSFT Limited Edition wide-neck fleece. It's a staple this time of year. Yes, we love it as a cover-up for days we hit the gym, but it's a versatile piece that can go high-low and so it also dresses up for cocktails with friends. Comfortable can be chic, especially when you pair pieces that give just the right amount of style and trend.
The New LBD
A great pair of black pants are like the LBD - (little black dress), and everyone needs a pair. They're versatile and can be a workhorse for any look in your closet. You don't have to break the bank to have stylish pieces in your closet. Our favorite black pant this season is the buttery soft vegan leather "biker" pants from Zara. They're cool in a casual way and fit like a glove.
These suede block-heeled booties from Zara with the side zipper have been also been a constant in our wardrobe this winter. They're classic and versatile and best of all, comfortable. Both boots and vegan leather pants were less than $100 each. And this time of year, you can stock up on chic pieces with killer sales happening both in store and online.
On Trend But Not Over Budget
Don't let a limited budget limit your style. It doesn't have to cost a lot to look on point and fabulous on you. Add some great jewelry, and of course, a cool winter beanie, like our new style HSFT patch knit hat that is everything!
Stay warm and comfortable but don't sacrifice your fabulousness... ever.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek
Check out the latest episode of our vlog, "Having Some Fun in Philly" on our HSFT YouTube channel where Stephanie takes it on the road to spread the word about her brand.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room one day, shortly after the passing of her father, when she began to visualize a painting she wanted to create. As an artist and designer, she was inspired by something her father had said every day; Have Some Fun Today. She saw this painting so clearly and immediately knew she wanted to design a t-shirt, a beach tote, a hat. That was the day she started this brand.
That was over two years ago and since then, Stephanie has worked tirelessly to share her message of positivity and pass on the legacy of her father's love through her chic and stylish goods. She started the HSFT online store and began to use social media to tell her story. It's been a grassroots effort from the beginning, with local pop-up shops in Pennsylvania and event parties in people's homes. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Packing and unpacking her wares and setting up shop in unlikely places, all to keep building a brand and sharing the message of Have Some Fun Today.
Stephanie will be taking HSFT to the west coast soon and hosting event parties in Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She's racking up the mileage and the social media followers and showing people what HSFT is all about.
The message remains the same; life is short, it's fleeting, it's weird and wonderful. And beautiful. Life, is what you make it. So make it fun....Have Some Fun Today.
Spread Gratitude - Write thank you notes to people you love and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Or just thank them for the fuzzy slippers you got for the holidays. Either way, practice gratitude. (featured here, our signature Crown Stationary Set from HSFT.)
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - January brings about a natural introspection and time for reflection. We've lived through the indulgence, decadence and hubbub of the holidays and we've celebrated the passing of another year while ushering in a new one. So now what? We've got 12 months to explore possibility. What will the year bring and what will we make of it?
We are all embarking on starting something new; a new year. A clean slate. And it's the perfect time to usher in gratitude.
Let's Play The Gratitude Game
Gratitude, by definition, is "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." To return kindness. Let that sit with you for a while. What it means is that gratitude is reciprocating and gratitude is a state of mind. Anyone can conjure up gratitude. Cultivating being grateful for what you have, not focusing on what you don't, is energetically and vibrationally powerful! Basically, it's life changing...
And yeah, there's even science behind it. It says that creating gratitude and reflecting on what we are grateful for increases our well-being and happiness. Like, improves the quality of your life. Are you getting this?
Just Say Thank You
Each year, as I begin the new year, and contemplate what I'm grateful for in the year past, I'm reminded of how similar we all are in this human experience. We are yoked together by some very simple core principles, despite the differences and diversities of all of us. I'm grateful for these commonalities, what we share and what binds us together as human beings. I find gratitude in that because it means none of us our going it alone in this life thing, because there is certainly enough shit in the world to divide us.
It's my gratitude for writing and blogging for HSFT that inspired me to create this blog post. I soooooo appreciate working for a company that values the "human experience" and that was solely created on a legacy of love. It's a company and a founder that believe in living a life that matters. Stephanie Taormina has set out to change the world with those Soul Shifting four words. Have. Some. Fun. Today. Words her Dad used to say and words she uses as a compass through her life. For me, it's a pretty cool job getting to write about that.
Take A Shot Of Life
Have Some Fun Today is more than just four little trite words encouraging you to do shots at the bar with your friends, although that may sound like fun. We're talking about more than the one dimensional kind of fun. We're talking about seeing your life with a new perspective, with the chance of something unexpected around every corner. What does life look like if you're looking for FUN everyday? HSFT maybe means your taking a chance and the road less travelled because you're looking for the silver lining and the magic in a plain ol' day. And when you can start looking for the FUN in everyday, that will give you something to be grateful about.
Lead with your heart. Be grateful. Practice the HSFT mind set and there's no question it's going to be a kick ass 2017.
Written and contributed by Rebecca J Doubek who is grateful...
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We decided to start a vlog series and a HSFT YouTube Channel a few months ago without any idea what we'd end up with. We granted fillmmaker Patrick Corcoran full access to the ins and outs of our everyday, building our brand, Have Some Fun Today.
The best part about telling our story is getting to spread the message about our humble beginnings, where we began on this journey, and the inspiration for our founder, Stephanie Rado Taormina.
Our vlog series is cataloging the journey we're taking to build a brand with soul. Every event, pop-up shop, studio open house, and home party. And everything we do to keep our focus and keep having Some Fun Today.
In this episode, "That Time We Went to Facebook", Stephanie talks about what it takes to build her brand every day and seeing the reaction to her designs and products in a new setting. She sews labels, packs up her inventory and hits the road for a pop-up shop event at Facebook headquarters in New York City.
We watch her take each experience and learn about how her brand is received.
"These events to me, they're market research as the designer and the founder. I'm so curious to know what people think of the product, how they respond to it. You know when they first look at something, are they looking at it and like "eh" or are they looking at it going, 'That's cool'."
The brand "with soul" grows each day and as HSFT documents the process, we watch the victories and the grit and grind from grassroots to global.
The one thing that's clear is the uniqueness of the Have Some Fun Today in any marketplace. And that comes through in every t-shirt, tote, trucker hat and hoodie.