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 - You know that innate feeling you get that if you push a little harder or dig a little deeper, you just know you're going to do "it"? "It" could be nailing that interview, or pushing 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 "mindset" brand in a small town of PA.
Show 'Em What You're Made Of
It's grit, and guts and tenacity. And that, we know, 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 upcoming 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 in the upcoming vlog. "....I really try to add a personal touch to everything that we do, to make people feel special for buying Have Some Fun Today."
Catch Episode 5 of HSFT: Building A Brand With Soul - "A Day in The Studio" on HSFT's YouTube Channel tomorrow!
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca J Doubek
Check out the latest episode of our vlog, "Having Some Fun in Philly" on our HSFT YouTube channel where Stephanie takes it on the road to spread the word about her brand.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room one day, shortly after the passing of her father, when she began to visualize a painting she wanted to create. As an artist and designer, she was inspired by something her father had said every day; Have Some Fun Today. She saw this painting so clearly and immediately knew she wanted to design a t-shirt, a beach tote, a hat. That was the day she started this brand.
That was over two years ago and since then, Stephanie has worked tirelessly to share her message of positivity and pass on the legacy of her father's love through her chic and stylish goods. She started the HSFT online store and began to use social media to tell her story. It's been a grassroots effort from the beginning, with local pop-up shops in Pennsylvania and event parties in people's homes. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Packing and unpacking her wares and setting up shop in unlikely places, all to keep building a brand and sharing the message of Have Some Fun Today.
Stephanie will be taking HSFT to the west coast soon and hosting event parties in Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She's racking up the mileage and the social media followers and showing people what HSFT is all about.
The message remains the same; life is short, it's fleeting, it's weird and wonderful. And beautiful. Life, is what you make it. So make it fun....Have Some Fun Today.
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.