Hello, Hollywood.... We've Been Waiting For You
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Looks like A-lister Kate Hudson is the latest celeb to catch the Have Some Fun Today vibe as she was spotted wearing our embroidered zip hoodie in NYC last week. We've been pretty stoked to see Have Some Fun Today showing up high-profile celebs like Brooke Shields, Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, and Reese Witherspoon. But we can't say we're surprised.
Three years ago, HSFT started out with the goal of sharing a mindset, a vibe, and a philosophy on how to live life. The chic tees, totes, hats and other accessories are just the vehicle to share the message.
The message may seem simple, but it's a call to action. Hey, you. Yeah, you! Pay attention and look for something in your day that's fun! Go out and find a little fun or find a lot of fun. Look for it, cultivate it. But whatever you do, Have Some Fun Today.
It Was Just A Mission Statement
And so, when you get HSFT, you get it. For some people, Have Some Fun Today is a mission statement to grab the day by the collar, dammit, and have some FUN. For others, it's a reminder to pay attention to the details and not take it all too seriously. What we love about this "brand with soul" is seeing it resonate with people in all different ways and how they share that with us.
Our owner and designer Stephanie Taormina gets countless emails, notes, texts and pics of people sharing their HSFT experience. We've heard from people struggling with health issues to people taking that "bucket-list" trip of a lifetime. We've heard from college kids and preschoolers, to moms to grandmas. Everyone has their own take on HSFT and that's the beauty of it.
Have Some Fun Today, Baby
Each note or card, email or text about how HSFT connects with our customers drives home the same point and something we've always known to be true. We're connected. And we all need a reminder to just slow down long enough to have some fun.
Whatever it is, it's proved to be powerful and palpable. And a little bit magical. HSFT has become it's own thing and has a different meaning for everyone. A company that was born from the legacy of a late father's mantra, Have Some Fun Today. You don't get much more soulful than that.
Membership Is NOT Required
It's not an exclusive VIP club or a "Members Only" kind-of-a-thing. Yes, we love seeing celebs donning our cool statement tees, hats, hoodies and luxe totes, but only because it spreads our message and shares our mindset.
The message is free and it's a profound way to live. Possibilities are everywhere and when we open up to HST, you never know what can happen. You don't have to be famous to figure that out.
Written and contributed by Rebecca Doubek who loves the HSFT vibe....
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Happy Friday! We're always talkin' bout finding the FUN in every single day. What that means to each of us might be radically different, but what it means to ALL of us is simply finding a moment or two to enjoy your life! Find joy, find happiness, find FUN.
So here's our Friday FUNday list of ways to grab life by the horns and Have Some Fun Today. Any additions to the list?
1) Leave Work Early
We're gonna start with the obvious. Working for a living can suck sometimes and there's nothing like a weekend to boost your mood. If you're working from home or raising babies then knock off a wee early. Five minutes or an hour; can you start the weekend a smidge before "Closing Time"? That's FUN....
2) Happy Hour
Maybe it's meeting some work friends at the bar when you wrap the day or maybe it's a glass of rosè on your back deck while you extend the kids "screen time" long enough to enjoy. Or maybe it's both! Whatever your pleasure, kick off the weekend with a celebratory "Cheers" and let the FUN begin...
3) A Nap
Some days require a respite from the madness. And by madness we mean whatever chaos you are corralling, organizing or otherwise ignoring. You're like Wonder Woman with the magic gold cuffs, deflecting the bullets from this way and that. It's exhausting. A power nap or a nice long snooze, some times that's exactly what we need to refill the tanks.
4) Shopping Anyone?
Maybe it's the blowout at Saks Fifth Ave or maybe it's the half off sale at Goodwill. This weekend through Monday, (Aug 11th - Aug 14th) We highly recommend the Have Some Fun Today online SALE of 40% all women's tees and fleece! However you like to get your retail therapy on, there's nothing more FUN than a few new treats to make you feel good.
5) Mother Nature
FUN can be the beauty of the Great Outdoors. The beach, the mountains, the lake, a wooded trail path. There's something restorative and grounding about finding joy from the natural beauty around us.
We get caught up in the "don't eat this" and "you must eat that" rhetoric and yes, we're all about healthy eating for a healthy life. Healthy food can be delicious. So find something delicious, heathy or otherwise, and savor every bite. Give your taste buds a party. Don't rush it or eat too fast. Just chew with intention, taste the flavor and have FUN with your Food!
Music is magic. It can shift our mood, bring us back to a place in time, make us happy, even sad. Music is transformative. So, find that one song... THE song that puts you in a place of FUN and turn it up! Sing from the top of your lungs, recite every lyric or clap your hands to every beat. Have your own mini-concert, but dammit, make it FUN.
8) Call A Friend
There's always that one friend who makes you laugh and makes your heart happy after you talk to them. You know that no matter what the subject, you're going to hang up that phone call and have a smile on your face and feel good. Yeah, call them.
We talk a lot about endorphins and improved mood when you break a sweat. But how about feeling fantastic and strong in your body. It's FUN to feel sexy, confident and strong! Get to the gym, go to a class, take a run. But sweat, baby.
Oh the places you COULD go! The World, lovelies, is a great, big beautiful place. Go see it. Nothing more FUN than exploring new places, learning new cultures and seeing something totally different than your own backyard.
11) Get A Hobby
There's that saying about Idle hands... Find something that your passionate about or that interests you and make time for it. Stamp collecting, knitting, rock climbing, thrifting. We're more interesting and FUN as people when we have something more to talk about than our families and our jobs.
12) Fall in Love
You can be happily married or sexy and single, but falling in love is something we do over and over again. Even if you're with the same person for many years. Cultivate love by doing loving things and find those little nooks and crannies of your partner that maybe you forgot. Date nights and great for re-discovering your love. And if you're single, be open of heart and new possibility. Love is out there for everyone.
13) Do Something Unexpected
You'll never know what kind of FUN you can fall into when you just pick B instead of A or just go left instead of right. There are so many different ways to choose life, each and everyday. Change is good and you have to be willing to do something out of your norm, every once in a while, and just see what happens. The possibilities are endless...
There is something about making something; food, art, music, stories. The act of creation is powerful. It returns us to ourselves when we turn ourselves over to the process of making something. Glue sticks or wooden spoons, cameras or paint brushes, it matters not what the outcome is... just create.
15) Love Yourself
This is sometimes the hardest one for all of us but the true way to find FUN in everyday is to love yourself enough to trust yourself and to believe in who you are and what your made of. There's power in loving yourself and that's when the FUN begins.
16) Go Exploring
It could be your backyard, your own hometown or a city in a faraway land. Just say yes to an adventure that includes looking for things you've never seen before. And experienced HSFT'er will tell you, the exploration is half the FUN.
When we step outside ourselves and do something for someone else, completely unprompted or without an attachment to the outcome, we find a greater joy than we can ever imagine. That's really having FUN...
18) Read A Book
There are adventures to be had in the pages or words of a book. A kindle or an actual hold-in-your-hands book is an escape from the world around us, and sometimes, that's exactly what we need.
We all have memories of fantastic, remarkable and beautiful things in our lives. Stop and remember every once and a while. Look at old pictures, call an old friend. Remembering the times we had "some fun today" is a good reminder that we're still FUN.
What's your "go-to" for FUN.... Comment and share and help our list grow...
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who is currently doing 19, 14 and 12...
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's no secret that exercise can be a game changer when it comes to our health and gets us in shape. But it's also key for keeping your "sexy" and your happiness.
Let's Get It On
Exercising three times a week or more is thought to increase our mental health, as the body releases important hormones like androgens when we break a sweat. And that gives us sex drive. According to an article in the Mayo Clinic "Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed."
Happy and more relaxed is great for our sex life, not to mention increasing our confidence when we feel good about our body.
Hey There, Gorgeous
Going to the gym, a yoga class or for a run, can boost our mood and help keep us get physically fit. And you might as well look good doing it.
Look good and feel good. Here's eight other reasons you should get your work out on....
1) Better Sleep
Moving the body and working up a sweat gives us a better quality Zzzz's and who doesn't need that!
2) Reduces Heart Disease Risk Factors
It's one of the biggest factors in keeping your heart health and is thought to be more powerful than even some preventative medications.
3) It's Better Than Match.com
If you're single and looking to meet people, join a gym! You'll have access to a whole new community of people who obviously stay fit and you can check out their "assets" while you're hitting the treadmill.
4) Athleisure Is Real And It's Awesome
Yes, athleisure is a thing and it's amazing. There is a whole new level of niche fashion devoted to chic and stylish workout clothes with the perfect fit and comfort AND looking good on you. HSFT has joined the party with our new sports bra and leggings that will be quickly become your favs.
5) A Better Booty
Let's not kid ourselves, of course we want to feel better and reduce heart disease but we're not doing this workout thing without seeing a payout. And a perky posterior is certainly fantastic motivation.
6) Stronger You
There's something about feeling strong in your body that shifts our self image. Keeping our physical selves strong and fit reminds us that we can carry the heavy load when life gives us more than we bargain for.
7) Improves Memory
Want help remembering where you left the car keys or your cell phone? Working out has been proven to increase cognitive function and keep our memory sharper.
8) Have Some Fun Today
All that sweat and hormones releasing from the body is a known mood booster and anything that helps you feel better and Have Some Fun Today is legit in our book.
There's no excuse. Grab your gym bag, (like our HSFT luxe tote) a great workout outfit and you're on the road to a better you.
Be grateful for whatcha got and who ya got. Having an attitude of gratitude promotes positive energy in our lives and attracts more good things!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Spring is weeks away from turning to summer and the seasonal change brings about a natural introspection and time for reflection. We're moving into the warmer, even hot weather. The sun stays around a little longer, the nights are filled with summer skin and lazy beach hair. We may take that much needed vacation. And half of 2017 is in the books. What have got left for the remaining six month of this year?
A change of season is always an invitation for a shift within and a chance to take stock of all that we have. We always love to check-in and take a gratitude check up. Cause there's always something to be grateful for.
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. Research 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
What do you have in your life that is good. It's always going to be way easier to see what you don't have, initially. But if you sit in stillness, grab a journal or even your keyboard, reflect on what is it that is purely good and positive in your life. Maybe you have to start with the basics. Like, okay a roof over my head is good. Check. But if you did a little deeper, chances are, you'll find more.
We all are in this human experience, yoked together by some very simple core principles, despite the differences and diversities of all of us. Be grateful for these commonalities we share and what binds us together as human beings. It means none of us are going it alone in this life thing, because there is certainly enough shit in the world to divide us.
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 be great fun. We're talking about embracing the idea of getting some joy out of life, and 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 taking the road less travelled because you're looking for the magic in that plain ol' day. And when you can start finding 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 the remaining half of 2017 will give you more to be grateful for.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca J Doubek who is grateful...
In loving memory of Joe Rado, who left this earth three years ago.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We believe in angels. We think they are all around us...
That's kind of where it all started for HSFT. Founder and designer Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room a few years ago, practicing her meditation and gratitude ritual as she did every day, when she was hit with the most vivid vision. Her father had a recently passed and she was thinking of his mantra, the "tag line" he said each time someone left or said goodbye. "Hey, have some fun today." She pondered her Dad and those four words, and how it was so representative of the loving, kind man who just wanted everyone to see the "fun" in each day.
A Company Comes To Life
And then she saw it. Stark Black and White images and letters. Pretty soon "Have Some Fun Today" was more than the words her loving father said, it was now a painting in her head. A fine art painter and studied artist, it was not unusual for her to have a clear thought or ideas for a painting. But this was different. The image was vivid and alive.
"I was in my mediation, sort of thinking, non-thinking and I got hit with that vision. And it was like, this is it. This is what it is gonna look like. And then I want to make a t-shirt. And a tote. A hat."
That vision became the painting, became the original graphic t-shirt, became the company that is today Have Some Fun Today. Those four, loving, sweet words her Dad had said every day were coming alive and manifesting in a way she never expected. He was gone but this was a part of him that would live on.
Is There Anybody Out There?
If the souls and spirits of those we love move into some other cosmic plane or ascend to the "pearly gates", isn't it possible they're still trying to connect with us? Stephanie certainly felt in that moment that her father was trying to connect with her.
Experts in every field from mediums to spiritual guides have plenty to say on the topic. And while you can always find a fair share of skepticism, you'll also find some pretty common beliefs of how those near and dear to us may choose to send us a sign.
Dreams, thoughts, nature, a felt presence, fragrance, even leaving small objects are just a few of the ways that experts think departed loved ones choose to communicate.
The Legacy Lives On
"I feel like what I'm doing everyday is my Dad. I rarely feel sad," Stephanie says. A spiritual medium told her several years later that it's because she was thinking the way her Dad would and that she is, in essence, channeling him. His thoughts and his messages are coming through her.
Her work now is an expression of that first vision she believes came from her Dad. She is inspired to share this simple yet powerful philosophy with the world. The same one he'd call out as she left the house for school or when they'd part ways from a family gathering. Have Some Fun Today.
It's safe to say, message received.
With respect and honor for the late Mr. Rado, this piece was written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek
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