Ready, Set, Christmas
Are you ready? Like it or not, the Christmas and holiday shopping season has arrived and we’re determined to Have Some Fun along the way.
The bedrock of Have Some Fun Today is all about our mindset and putting out there what we want to receive in return. So let’s give fabulous, let’s put out there positivity and let’s rejoice during a season of giving and love.
That’s what HSFT is all about… live, love, wear and share.
Membership Has Its' Privileges
Our "Countdown to Christmas" will include clever gift ideas for all those on your “Nice List" and little treats for you, too! You’ll get special offers and sale codes for big savings, but only if you’re signed up for our “Nice List"...
You’ll get our 12 Days of "Countdown To Christmas" Codes, special offers, and surprises, so you can share the FUN and have a little for yourself, too.
Spoiler Alert: There will even be a few chances to buy our new, unreleased HSFT items like our special edition black-on-black luxe tote in limited quantities! But only if you get our emails, so don’t miss out!
Giving Is FUN
Tis’ the season when finding joy and having FUN is much better shared with those we love. The HSFT mindset is a magnet and a multiplier; the more you feel it, the more you share it, and so it goes and grows…There’s plenty of joy and FUN to go around.
We kick off our "Countdown to Christmas" with a bang and our 12th day of Christmas FUN with a fabulous sale code for our embroidered fleece. It's soft as cashmere and cozy for winter and one of our most beloved HSFT pieces. Enter the code: 12thdayofchristmas for 30% off the embroidered fleece.
We’ll be sending a different code every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Each email will be a chance for you to get great deals and load up on your favorite HSFT pieces. All you have to do is check your inbox for FUN.
It couldn’t be easier to share the HSFT love, knock out your gift buying and get a little something for yourself.
Whatcha’ waitin’ for? Sign up, stay tuned, and get ready to Have Some Fun for the holidays!
Peace, Love, and FUN,
That's A Yes!
Validation. We all need it. Sometimes more than others. Sometimes we need it just to know we’re on the right path or making the right decision. And sometimes it’s just the icing on the cake; the exclamation point on what already feels like the right thing.
I’ve had a lot of those moments when it came to starting and running my brand Have Some Fun Today. Seeing my brand take hold in my hometown, watching the positive response to our brand message and of course, seeing pics of celebrities like Brooke Shields with the luxe tote, Reese Witherspoon in our muscle tank and Kate Hudson in the zip hoodie. Those are moments that have inspired me to keep going and to explore what else is out there!
Certainly, being featured on the cover of a magazine with my HSFT luxe tote is one of those moments. When Lehigh Valley Style approached me about a story, I was already flattered. Sure, it’s great for any brand to land a cover story, but honestly, I love telling the story of my father, his legacy and how I was inspired to start the company after his passing.
Those validation moments are important guides when we take any journey. I take them as signs to keep going and inspiration to do things my own way, even when it isn't what everyone else is doing.
I’ve always felt confident in my vision, even if it wasn’t the popular one. I can visualize where I’m going when I create and design. Not everyone is going to agree. And that’s ok. I feel like that was the gift of my art and being a painter. You have to trust the vision and the process. Your vision. It’s not supposed to look like anyone else’s.
It All Started With A Painting
It's been over four years since I started and I've now got a beautiful collection of those moments and stories as HSFT has grown. Even from the very beginning when I went back to my old stomping grounds in NYC to Parsons School of Design and begin designing our popular Luxe Tote. I learned so much through each of those experiences and those stories have become the fabric of the HSFT story.
Each time I become inspired to try something new or create another direction for HSFT, I take time to be reflective and really tune in to what it could be. It's less about a hot, new trend and more about the big picture of what I'm trying to create with HSFT. I'd rather create something classic and reflective of our brand than just a seasonal fad.
I've long been a big believer in meditation and I've openly shared in this blog my daily ritual of Rune Stones as a guide for my life. Those things help me tune in and connect energetically to my vision.
A Vision Turns Into A Brand
And when you get that validating moment, a pic of a celeb wearing HSFT, a note from a customer fighting cancer who connects to the message, that's when I know I'm right where I need to be.
I know I have a story to tell but to have the privilege of sharing it on a larger platform like a magazine, and for others to have a chance to share in it, that just feels good.
It’s in those moments when I realize I’ve created something real from the legacy of my father’s words. The vision I had for an HSFT painting that day sitting on my couch, took on a life of its own. And now my brand is sold all over the world. It’s humbling and it’s beautiful and I’m proud of what’s come from it.
I know my Dad is, too. He’s beaming from ear to ear up there with that unmistakable Joe Rado smile and reminding me to just revel in the accomplishments, stay on my track and always, "Have Some Fun Today".
Love & Light,
You can read the whole article featured in Lehigh Valley style here.
What's your vibe? Founder Steph and a few from her "tribe"...
A Lightbulb Moment That Created A Lifestyle
I started my brand, Have Some Fun Today, 3-and-half-years ago, inspired by something my late father always said. I’ve created an entire company from those four words; a company about positivity, finding joy and being mindful everyday. I took that sweet sentiment my father said to me, and anyway else as they would leave his presence, “Have some fun today” and created a mantra for my life and a lifestyle brand that reinforces living and appreciating life.
And as I began this journey to building a brand and creating this business, I’ve tried to live that mindset and that mantra. Last week in the blog, I shared how my challenges with chronic pain have made that more difficult some days. But I truly have tried to embody what I think Have Some Fun Today really means and what it stands for.
Your Vibe Really Does Attract Your Tribe
The beautiful thing I’ve encountered over the last three years are all the incredible people who have taken HSFT and made it their own. And they’ve embodied the HSFT mindset and it means something a little different to everyone. It’s connected me to all these amazing people and truly created a community. Many of them have become friends. And what I’ve realized as the path continues for me and HSFT, is that this grassroots company I started has set the tone for my vibe. And so yeah, my vibe has attracted my tribe.
And oh what a tribe! From CEO’s to artists, to Moms and models, and every beautiful thing in between. What an eclectic, eccentric and fantastic tribe I’ve watched emerge and circle around my “brand with soul.” Have Some Fun Today has connected me to some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.
What You Get Is What You Give
The Law of Attraction is pretty simple. What you think, feel, speak, and otherwise generate, whether from your mouth or from your brain, is what you are putting out into the universe. And the universe will respond by bringing you more of the same. So, like attracts like. Negativity brings more negativity. And positivity, well, you get the idea.
It’s never been more clear to me at this place in my life that I create and control my happiness. Living the HSFT mantra and the brand that I created has brought me to a deeper place of understanding about really being present and mindful enough every day to enjoy and be grateful.
For me, it has proved to be powerful and palpable. And a little bit magical. And that’s been the beauty of living those four words every single day.
Love and Fun,
Founder, designer and CEO of Have Some Fun Today, Stephanie Taormina...
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - You know that innate feeling you get that if you just push a little harder or dig a little deeper, you just know you're going to do "it"? "It" could be nailing that interview, going 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 "lifestyle" brand in a small town of PA.
Show 'Em What You're Made Of
It's grit, and guts and tenacity. And that what research has now proven. Determination and sheer drive 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
One Brick At A Time
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 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.
It's All About The Details
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. "....I really try to add a personal touch to everything that we do, to make people feel special for buying Have Some Fun Today."
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca J Doubek
You Like Us, You Really Like Us!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It started with four words on a t-shirt; words that were said by a late father to his family. What happened on the way to creating a legacy of a father's love was the birth of a grassroots brand. A company with soul. Along our journey to making cool tees, luxe totes and amazing gifts, we discovered a community of people who "get it". You got it! You got the vibe and the essence of Have Some Fun Today.
Your Daily Pep Talk
Those four words are so much more than our cool t-shirts. It's now become a mindset. A philosophy, a little slip of paper in the fortune cookie of life. HAVE SOME FUN TODAY. It's a call to action to make your life FUN, even in the most mundane or challenging of moments. It's a reminder to push yourself outside of the "the box" and see something you've never seen before. It's the simplest of things but the impact is profound. The Law of Attraction is pretty basic. You get what you give. Why not try putting positivity and possibility and FUN into your world today? Why not Have Some Fun Today?
It's All How You Look At It
Not long ago in our studio, from a brainstorming sessions about HSFT, our founder Stephanie Taormina came up with a simple phrase that encapsulates perfectly what this is all about. A Brand With Soul. She couldn't possibly know that a vision of a painting would turn into all this two years later. But this is a brand with depth and connection. We're interested in changing the way we look at life, not just selling a t-shirt. We're pushing a mindset. And that doesn't cost a thing.
It's All About You
Yeah, we make great t-shirts, totes, and gifts emblazoned with those four words, but it's become so much more. You've joined us on our path. You've shared your HSFT stories, your experiences and why you love the brand so much. You have become part of us and that is truly inspiring.
As we grow and expand the business, so too, does our community. More amazing people are becoming part of our Collective Inspiration. We want everyone to be part of that. Our Community is a beautiful patchwork quilt of all these HSFT people, like you, and experiences that are re-defining what we are everyday. You could say it's taken on a life and breath of it's own.
There's Always Room For More
We love what our HSFT Community has become. Haven't jumped in yet? Know someone that should? Share The Vibe. It's simple, really. Be Adventurous. Smile More. Be Grateful. Be Confident. Spread Happiness. Have. Some. Fun. Today. You can buy our luxe t-shirts, cool trucker hats other HSFT gear, but the magic of HSFT is that that it's free. #SharingHSFT
Written by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who believes in the Law of Attraction....
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.