* 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.
From fashionista to gym girl, HSFT has what you need for every woman on your last minute holiday shopping list.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's the home stretch for Holiday Shopping and "last minute everything" with just FIVE days left! But don't worry, lovelies, there's still time to make it fabulous and HSFT is here to help. We've got goodies for every goddess on your list with our Have Some Fun Today gift line and our fabulous tees and hoodies, totes and clutches.
The Fashion Maven
HSFT has so much to choose from for a fashion forward woman, but we think a serious Style Guru will crush on our luxe slouchy tee. It's an ideal layer for pairing with high impact texture and couture pieces that are surely already in her wardrobe. She'll adore the runway look of our two styles of limited edition hoodies, for layering with blazers, pencil skirts and dresses. And she's never met an accessory she didn't like, so she'll swoon over the HSFT luxe clutch. It's the perfect complement to her already perfect ensemble, with black lambskin lettering, brass grommet detailing and raw leather handle. Très Chic, just like her.
The Home Body
We know the type. She'd pick a hot bath, a cushy pillow and luxury slippers, over a night out on the town any day of the week. Wrap her in our "cashmere soft" embroidered wide neck fleece for cozy comfort. And since she's all about the creature comforts and setting the mood in her home is everything, so our new HSFT Glass Votive 3-Candle boxed set is a no-brainer for her. You'll usually find her getting cozy with a pillow and a good book, so she'll die for our long luxe message pillow and our 18'' square HSFT pillow. She loves to HSFT, just as long as it's from the comfort of her home.
The world has always been her oyster so why wouldn't she wear a crown? Our rose gold crown earrings and our delicate rose gold crown necklace are what every princess, big or small, needs in her collection. And while you're at it, our crown accessory pouches can house all her trinkets and other princess gear. She is undoubtedly flying First Class to another fabulous adventure, so make sure you stuff her stocking with the crown leather luggage tag, it will make it easier to spot the bag with her tiara.
She's got a schedule to keep and glass ceilings to break. She's all business but knows the art of HSFT, so office-friendly and practical is the only way to her heart. Picture her in a smart and chic black pencil skirt, ivory silk blouse, and an HSFT coffee mug in hand while she preps for her next meeting, sipping green tea, (no coffee, she's all about the antioxidants). Sure, she'd love the crown leather luggage tag for her durable black travel bag when she's on the corporate jet. But she's all about the details, so don't forget to gift her the Signature Crown Stationary Set. She values the statement of a handwritten note and she'll send you one to thank you for the smart gift and invite you to cocktails to talk about her next corporate takeover.
Her idea of a good time is breaking a sweat so she's usually at the gym or running a "half" just for fun. She carries a gym bag not a handbag and she's pretty stoked about the "Athleisure" trend happening in women's clothing because that's pretty much her whole closet. The Have Some Fun Today muscle tank will easily become her favorite workout tee. The HSFT water bottle is the ideal complement to her gym bag because she's all about staying hydrated, especially when she's on the go, which is pretty much always. And since her hairstyle of choice is a ponytail or headband, she loves a good hat when she runs to the smoothie bar after the barre class. The white HSFT snap back hat is all she needs for "gym hair, don't care".
Whatever goddesses you've got left on your gift list, HSFT has something for all of them. There's still time to finish strong, so check out the Have Some Fun Today online shop for all your lovelies. And hey, Have Some Fun Today!
Written and contributed by Rebecca J Doubek who hasn't finished her holiday shopping yet.