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.
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"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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.
Lotions, Serums and Creams, Oh My!
I’m slightly obsessed with beauty products. I’m a full-fledged, self-confessed beauty products junkie who is always on the hunt for a product that helps me look, feel, and even smell beautiful. And I love when I find just the right one.
There are so many products out there, from anti-aging to hydration. And we need different products for different stages in our lives and even different seasons. Our skin is our largest organ, so how you take care of it matters.
Damage to our skin can come from lots of different things. Aging skin loses elasticity. Sun damage, hormonal shifts, environmental toxins, even foods we eat can directly impact how our skin reacts.
What's in the Bag, Baby
As I gear up for some HSFT in the summer sun, beach days and pool lounging, (in between working relentlessly for my brand HSFT), I’m building up my arsenal of new summer beauty products.
We’re showing lots more skin in the summer months, for starters our HSFT high cut one-piece, so I start by finding products that help me protect my skin and give it that pretty summer glow.
This summer, my HSFT luxe tote becomes my beach bag and I’m filling it with my beauty “must-haves” for my beloved trips to the Jersey shore. Here’s a few of my new favs.
Summer Beauty Bag
- Firming botanical oil from African Botanicsis fabulous. It has a great fragrance and is just sheer heaven for exposed arms, decollate and legs. It’s a summer “staple” and really nourishes and tightens skin.
- I’m loving a new company from Malibu, CA called Kayo. Their Body Serum is made with hyaluronic acid and gives intense hydration. It’s so good it’s currently sold out online! Their Body Beautiful Cremè is made with an omega oil blend and it takes your skin care to the next level.
- I love a slight summer “sheen” to glowy and dewy summer skin. Sol de Janeiro makes a dry, non-stick glow oil with this beachy fresh smell. Brazilian beauty is on point and this body shimmer is everything. My fav is the Ipanema Sunset glow oil. It’s a limited edition, so get it before it’s gone.
- It’s true, I love a little summer sun-kissed skin but never without some legit sun protection. I’ve always got my HSFT trucker hat in my bag and a great sunscreen. The latest and greatest is this SPF 50 from Kate Somerville called “Uncomplicated”. I’m hooked. It’s a soft focus makeup setting spray with a whole lotta protection. So good, I bought two.
- Great skin calls for great hair and I LOVE the new brand called LOVE Hair. We all went through that phase with giant tub of kitchen-grade coconut oil mixed in with our beauty products. But this is “next level organic cold-pressed coconut oil. It’s made to condition hair that is stressed from styling and the elements, like summer sun and fun. Sure, Beach Hair Don’t Care, but keep it effortless and healthy. Bonus that you can use it on your skin and nails and it smells divine.
I hope your summer plans include lots of fun in the sun. Just make sure to drink lots of water, grab a great summer read and keep that glowing skin healthy and beautiful!
And always, HSFT!
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,
Our new Have Some Fun Today leggings are the perfect fit for anyone on your list this year!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays...sparkle and lights and all the glitz of the season. It's a pretty good reason to be happy and HSFT. Those four little words on our clothes and chic accessories are the vehicle for spreading energy and positivity. And don't we need more of that in the world? That's how we roll with Peace on Earth.
It's The Season Of Giving FUN
In the interest of sharing the love and spreading our message, we're all about giving the gift of HSFT this holiday season. It's the perfect time of year to shop for clever gifts and one-of-a-kind items for everyone on your list. Our customer fav and best seller Limited Edition Embroidered HSFT Hoodie sported by Kate Hudson this fall, is the perfect way to give FUN. We seriously can't keep it in stock, but don't worry, it's currently freshly re-stocked and available now.
Our HSFT gifts have so many options for even for the "hard-to-buy-for" on your list. Our gift line has the perfect combination of fabulous and practical.
"When we designed our gift line, we kept in mind things we love to share and use ourselves," says founder Stephanie Taormina. "Like the umbrella, stationary, cashmere beanie, and crown necklace. And the utilitarian items, too. The water bottle and luggage tags, the every day items are such a great gift and cool way to share our HSFT vibe."
The Gift Of Being Your Best Self
We believe in caring and nurturing the body, mind and spirit. Daily meditation, proper nutrition and exercise are a key part of keeping us in the HSFT state of mind. We're all about hitting the gym or pilates in our HSFT leggings and HSFT sports bra. Perfect for the gym rat on your list.
Give A Gift That Matters
Maybe it's simple and clichè, but we think you can share positivity and promote change with a t-shirt, a tote, or an umbrella. Give the gift of FUN and HSFT and help us change the mindset of world with a tee shirt, or any of our other goodies! Check out our online shop at HSFT.
Live. Love. Wear. Share. Spread the word and the Love.
Written and contributed by HSFT blogger and writer Rebecca Doubek who loves her black slouchy HSFT tank.