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* 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 - Recently, a few of us were sitting around the HSFT studio and brainstorming what to call ourselves. See, there's this community of people that have gathered around this brand with soul, and it's really been amazing. They've become the HSFT vibe. They've become part of the brand and inspiration. "Squad" seemed a little juvenile and overused, "Tribe" is taken, "club" seems like we need a secret handshake. We couldn't land on the perfect word to describe our community.
Like-minded and eclectic, we're connected as much by what makes us different as what makes us the same. We're movers and shakers, designers, artists, writers, thinkers, and glass ceiling breakers. We're all someone's daughter and someones friend, some of us are moms and wives, sisters and aunts.
Somewhere along the way, I jotted down Soul Circle. I was thinking back to a time when sewing circles were a thing, when women would gather because of a task at hand and would connect over so much more. And our founder, Stephanie Taormina, has always called this a brand with soul. A company that was born from the legacy of her late father's mantra, Have Some Fun Today. You don't get much more soulful than that.
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.
So it's not an exclusive club or a members only kind of a thing. We decided it's a mindset. It's a philosophy that we hope everyone will embrace, to really try to Have Some Fun Today. And what does life look like if we're trying to have a little more FUN? It's a shift in how we live, how we think and what possibilities we open up to. And the best part is, that's FREE.
We're creators, who were inspired to create something, that inspires others. Hopefully it inspires you. We think it's sort of contagious and that we need more of it in the world.
Join us at our HSFT Studio today for a Pop-Up Shop from 12-3 with proceeds going to Art Education and Outreach. We love supporting our community and the things that make this world a better place.
We wanted to create something that changes the world; a mindset of positivity and love. Our shirts, hats, hoodies, and gifts are designed to share the vibe. You can host an HSFT party and share the goodness with friends in your home OR join us at one of our HSFT Pop-Up Shops or our in-Studio Events. Life is what you make it, so make it FUN. #hsft
At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we're inspired by women. We love powerful, creative, thoughtful, unique women who follow their hearts. Women with vision and passion. Women with soul. It's the reason our founder Stephanie Taormina started the HSFT fashion and lifestyle brand aimed at celebrating women and honoring her late father's lifelong mantra. Our mission at HSFT is to lift women up, share empowerment and passion, and connect women to a community where we celebrate each other. There's beauty and compassion when we honor each other, and ourselves, by sticking together and rising above.
Empower other women when they have a victory and take it as a win for all women. Yay women! Pettiness and jealousy can often derail us from supporting other women's success. Don't fall into the catty cliché that we see on reality TV. Let other women's victories inspire and motivate you. We all move forward when a woman succeeds. It's called progress and we need more of it...
It's life, not a beauty pageant or a Spelling Bee. We don't need to compare ourselves to everyone woman that walks in the room, or for that matter, into our lives. It's way better for all of us when we're all on the same team. Let's not worry about beating each other at the game but rather cheering on our fellow women as they cross the finish line.
We are all someone's daughter and granddaughter, some of us are sisters and mothers. There are so many common threads that connect us as women. We've come a long way, baby! We've only had the right to vote in this country for 95 years. Many of us get paid less money to do the same job as our male counterparts. And all of us at some point have had to overcome at least one stereotype about being a woman. Let's celebrate our similarities AND our differences and remember we are all in this together.
We've all be guilty of it.... You've heard something about someone and you can't wait to dish with a friend. It's a bad habit but it's easy to break. Be true and authentic. Instead of playing the junior hight game "telephone" and passing the rumor on down the line, what if you just called the person you've heard the gossip about? Maybe she needs a friend. If you've got an issue with another woman, be brave and straightforward enough to say it directly to her and not through someone else. Let's model positive behavior for our daughters and for young girls when it comes to how we treat other woman. Be THAT kind of woman.
Our girlfriends have been scientifically proven to be good for easing stress and making us feel better! If you have a group of women who lift you up or just one bestie who keeps you grounded, count yourself lucky. Research has shown that being with our girlfriends creates oxytocin in the body, which feels good and soothes anxiety. Add a glass of wine to that time with your bestie and it's bound to be sheer bliss! A good girlfriend will get you through the hardest of times of your life and be there when you're celebrating the best. Keep them close and love them up. They're irreplaceable.
As women, being nurturers and caretakers runs deep in our DNA. We do it for our families but when we do it for each other, we're a force of nature. There's a palpable energy capable of changing the world when we empower women with love and support. That's our mission at HSFT, share the love, spread the vibe. Live. Love. Wear. Share. And be part of the positivity. It's that easy.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's December 1st, baby. And it's about that time. Time to fill your days with chestnuts roasting and gifts-a-giving. With Christmas and Hanukkah weeks away, what are you wrapping up for the ones you love this year?
Warm, fuzzy, soft and cozy. A definite must under our tree this year. With two HSFT styles of cashmere-soft wide neck fleece, you'll give the perfect combination of sexy and cozy. The embroidered Have Some Fun Today or our Signature Crown fleece are both customer favorites! And there's nothing better than our HSFT zip hoodie for easy and chic layering this winter. Don't forget to stuff the stocking with our HSFT knit beanie and you've completed your mission to give cozy comfort. #cuddletime
Gift giving in the office doesn't have to be a bore, even if your boss is. Functional and practical is fine as long as it's still fabulous. Whether it's the Office Gift Exchange or your own mission to spread some holiday cheer, you can't go wrong with our Have Some Fun Today compact travel umbrella, the Crown luggage tag, and the HSFT coffee mug. Because what better place than the office to remind everyone to Have Some Fun Today. #lightenup #hsftoffice
Wanna motivate someone on your list to hit the gym? Stylish and cute workout clothes are a good place to start. The Have Some Fun Today muscle tank will easily become a favorite workout tee, especially when you top if off with the Crown Zip hoodie. The HSFT water bottle is the perfect complement to any gym bag because we're all about staying hydrated. And since we all know that post-workout hair isn't always pretty, our white HSFT snap back hat solves the problem stylishly. Because we all wanna look good on our way to looking even better. #gymlife #toyourhealth
Our new favorite saying around the HSFT studios: "Life is what you make it, so make it FUN". We like to think of our tees, totes and gifts as a daily pep talk. It's a mantra we live by. Just a little reminder to see the magic in every day. When you give the gift of Have Some Fun Today, you're helping to spread the good vibes. Wouldn't it be great if we all sprinkled a little more FUN around? Yeah, we think so, too. A tee, a tote, a hat, a mug.... take your pick, it's the message that matters. Spread the love, baby. #stateofmind #livelovewearshare
So we've been working up a little something at the HSFT studios that we're beyond excited to share with the world. Today we officially launched the trailer for our new vlog series, Have Some Fun Today: Building a Brand With Soul. We wanted to share the story of HSFT, because it’s a good one. Have Some Fun Today is so much more than luxury goods with a positive message. It’s the legacy of a father’s love, it’s the mission of one woman to change the world, it’s a “kick-your-ass-claw-your-way-to-success” kind of story.
We hired a killer video guy, (Patrick Corcoran) to follow us around, and help capture the essence of what Have Some Fun Today is all about. We couldn’t imagine why sewing labels on t-shirts and packing up the car for HSFT events was something people wanted to see, but what we realized along the way is that it’s all part of our story, building our brand and making something good.
"I met with a young, talented film maker that has really good sense of story telling," said HSFT founder Stephanie Rado Taormina. His talent and passion were very clear from the beginning. He told me how we could pull together a vlog series about my brand. And I really think it works."
There’s always more to the story than you think, and we think it’s worth sharing the trials, triumphs and tribulations as Have Some Fun Today grows into something more each and every day. It isn't always picture perfect but it's not supposed to be. It's real life, on the way to building a brand with soul.
Our HSFT vlog series is about the grit and grind of one woman building her brand, brick by brick and piece by piece. And all along the way, she is definitely going to Have Some Fun Today.
In Have Some Fun Today: Building a Brand With Soul, you’ll see the blood, sweat, and tears of manifesting an idea, with a fire in our gut and sheer determination. You'll see that time we hosted a Happy Hour at Facebook. Or the time we got lost in Philly on our way to an event. Real life. Real heart. A real brand, with soul.
Check out and subscribe to our HSFT YouTube Channel to see our weekly video episodes of Have Some Fun Today: The Making of a Lifestyle Brand.
Life is what you make it, so make it fun....