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Oh what a year 2020 has been...
For many of us it has been a year of restraint and choice. The facts are that life changed this year. We had to go inside ourselves to create a to do list of how to come out of this on top.
One of the areas that I personally found comforting was how I managed my self care. This is an area that I believe is very important when you want to live your best life.
Wellness and self care are broad areas to talk about. I was in my early 30's when I started to realize that I had to make an effort if I wanted to be happy and confident about the person I put out to the world and that would be reflected not only in my physical appearance, but also my attitude, my work, my family and all things that I am passionate about.
As confessed earlier in my blogs in past years, besides being an artist & designer; I am also a beauty product junkie. So recently when one of my readers asked if I would do a blog with my beauty product picks, I decided to share what I have been exploring and loving this past year.
Why do I love these potions and cremes and serums so much? I'm not really sure other than I know that taking the time to research and explore and use these products just makes me feel good.
So without further ado I will share my list of moisturizers, skin resurfacing cremes and nourishing serums that helped make me feel pampered through one of the most challenging years of our lifetime.
1. Day Moisturizers: Face - Augustine Bader - The Rich Creme
2. Night Moisturizer - Chanel - Sublimage La Creme
3. Body Moisturizer - Augustine Bader - The Body Oil
4. Face Exfoliator - U Beauty - Resurfacing Compound
5. Face Mask - 1 - 2 times a week I use Hanacure - All In One Facial
6. Dark Spot Corrector - Dr. Dennis Gross - Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting serum.
7. Face Serum - Victoria Beckham - Augustine Bader Cell Reguvinating Serum
8. Hand Serum - Tenoverten - Hand Repair Serum
10. Hair Treatments - Olaplex - No 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit
11. Hair Moisturizing Spray - Sunday II Sunday - Revive Me Daily Moisturizing Spray
12. Ends Moisturizer - Sunday II Sunday - Edge Flourish Daily Moisturizing Serum
13. Sunblock - Kate Somerville - Uncomplicated SPF Setting Spray
That's a hefty list and who's to say what all these cremes and potions really do. I know the science supports it, but what is more important is that it feels good. In a world where we are being challenged daily it's important to have our little rituals that help us feel cared for.
I have always been a believer in having a good foundation in all aspects of life and our bodies are no exception. I'd rather slather high quality products on my body than cheap ingredients and I'd rather focus on my foundation than distract myself with mindless activities. The quality of your life is really the quality of your choices and to be in the mindset to Have Some Fun Today it takes a firm and strong foundation. Self Care is one of the pillars of that foundation.
As we take a step closer to a new year instead of resolutions maybe we just need to take a look at the quality of our foundations?
Self Care, mindfulness & how I can use my energy to best reach my goals are some of my top priorities this year. What are yours?
Love & Light,
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The Holidays are here!
2020 has been one of the most disruptive years of the century, so why not make this coming holiday one to remember.
Here are some fun ideas to help you navigate the holidays with a festive spirit despite all the constraints of life in 2020.
1.) First of all - Let's start with a clean palette - take a few hours to clean up your main living space. If you find yourself with a bunch of odds and ends that you really don't need consider a donation to a local shelter. Many of them accept donations of basics like clean blankets and other household necessities. Locally there is Mary's Home, Opportunity House & Hope Rescue or google homeless shelters in your area. - HSFT!
2.) Get Organized - Don't be a last minute shopper, let's make this holiday be packed with meaning instead of $$$. Start by making a list of the people you want to give something to. With Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales starting earlier this year it's easy to just buy stuff. But to make this season more festive, giving gifts with meaning is really where it's at. That is why I have created a fun Holiday Gift Guide to help people find something with the Have Some Fun Today spirit. We have little gifts to big gifts for all ages, genders, sizes & budgets.- HSFT!
3.) Create Some Fun Activities - Ok, so I'm not a baker or a crafter and I don't even do a very good job lighting a fire with wood in my fireplace, but I think this year I'm going to be adventurous and HSFT with a few group holiday activities.
a.) Ornament making - After googling DIY ornament making ideas I saw so many fun ways to spend an afternoon with my daughters, mom and nieces making customized ornaments. My favorite one was an easy tutorial on painted ornaments with a touch of copper metallic trim. -HSFT!
b.) Baking something naughty but healthy - I know, I'm so boring because I really don't crave or eat sweets, but this holiday I think it would be fun to select a cool and yummy recipe to make together. Like the Carrot Cake I saw on the Goop Instagram page that is gluten-free, dairy-free , soy-free and supposedly tastes great! I am dying to make this over the holidays with the help of my girls and mom.- HSFT!
c.) Creative Wrapping Party - This sounds like so much fun to me:) Over the covid 19 lockdown my girls and I got into painting and all kinds of artsy endeavors. So rather than the boring & expensive traditional wrapping paper, I think it would be fun to create original and artistic wrapping for the gifts we give this year. Purchase some plain white or brown craft paper or even use the newspaper as the base. Pull out the acrylic paints and even add a little glitter to make your wrapping paper customized to the person you are gifting. HSFT!
4.) Be A Secret Santa: Make a list of 5 -10 people you want to surprise with a little holiday Secret Santa gift... To me this doesn't have to be reciprocated or planned. One of the things I find joyful is giving gifts. You don't need to spend more than $10-15 gift, put it inside one of the crafty little gift bags you are going to make, add a little piece of a fir tree sprig along with a sweet and kind note. A little HSFT item would be ideal :) - the feeling you will receive spreading some love is worth it!- HSFT
5.) Holiday Playlist Perfection: Whether it is classic Holiday tunes or mixing genres, I think it could be a lot of fun to create some holiday playlists and share them with your friends. After all these next two months are going to be a lot of nights in with the fam and we want to make this memorable, so it's gonna take some effort and planning. Whether your into AppleMusic, or Amazon Music and the featured holiday playlists or if you love creating your own on Spotify or do the Pandora thing- music is a backdrop for memories and good moments shared. -HSFT!
6.) Give Back - For anyone who can give their time to a soup kitchen over the holidays here is a link for you to check out no matter where you live. With all that has happenned this year, more people are homeless and hungry than ever before. Please consider doing something. You can find out how to go in person to volunteer, or you can make a monetary donation online or also visit the organizations Amazon wishlist to order supplies they need like underwear, shampoo, fresh socks and clean new tee shirts. Do Something. Do what you can - It feels good. - HSFT!
7.) Write a note to each member of your family on Christmas Day. I have done this for years for my family and I feel it is truly the best gift to share with people what they mean to you and why. Now more than ever, family- if you have one; needs to be valued and appreciated. What a wonderful gift it is to share with others the qualities you cherish about them. Try that this year and feel the joy that brings.- HSFT!
8.) Include someone who needs people around. I know this one may be tricky, but if you can make it work in some way please include someone in some way over the holidays either in your gathering or by bringing something to them. Not everyone has a family or access to them. Sharing some extra love with someone not so fortunate is a great way to spread love and right now the world needs as much love as we can create this 2020.- HSFT!
9.) Show your gratitude. Whether it is a polite thank you, a huge hug or a handwritten thank you note, let's be mindful of saying thanks to each and every person that is part of your holiday celebrations. So often we rip open the gifts and in 10 minutes we are left with a heap of wrapping paper on the floor and a let down feeling. Take the time to watch others receive their gifts, and to enjoy the warm feelings of gift exchange as it is meant to bring. Giving thanks is one way of making the world smile. - HSFT!
10.) Pitch in for the holiday feast preparations and the cleaning up. Why not blast some holiday music as you all do your jobs to make that holiday meal a success? There is nothing more fun to me than when my family is playing some Frank Sinatra and we have our aprons on, champagne flutes clanking, laughter, stories being told and everyone taking part in the cooking and the cleaning up. It's not the girls job, make it an all family endeavor and it will truly be the best holiday ever. - HSFT!
I hope this little list gives you some fresh ideas to making more out of what many will look at as a challenging holiday. Wherever there are challenges, there are also opportunities. Don't forget to use the code 2020 to get an extra 25% off and also look out for our BFCM sale and all other sale events leading up to Christmas and the end of 2020.
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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I can remember being in my grandmothers kitchen surrounded by grown ups and listening to their chatter as kids raced in and out of the room grabbing food from the holiday platters. I liked being around the adults and hearing what their lives sounded like and I would think to myself, when I grew up things would magically work out in some amazing kind of way.
I dreamed of being a famous designer. I couldn't decide if I wanted to make clothes or design houses and yet I also loved to draw and paint, but that in my mind was secondary to the designing, to me the art was a means to an end.
Then I grew up. In a flash I was in college studying advertising because art school was out of the question for some reason. Advertising seemed as creative as I could get with a college degree and it wasn't until I spent a summer in a little town in southern France being an au pair that I knew I needed to go to Parsons for fashion design.
My parents agreed that if I could get accepted to Parsons, I could go. That was very generous of them to say the least. (I was the oldest of 5 children and by that time they already had 3 kids in college) and now I wanted to extend my higher education with a second degree in NYC!
Parsons was hard. It was competitive like nothing I had ever experienced, but I had something inside me and I knew had to try. I delved into discovering how to create cohesive designs from an idea and then take it from concept to creation.
During my time at Parsons I had a few encounters with several noteworthy designers on a personal level that I knew were signs, but I didn't know how to interpret them and use them as expanding experiences like I now know today.
Like the time Mark Jacobs came and sat down next to me in the student lounge while I was hand beading a chiffon tank top. He came over & eagerly chatted with me that he was doing the same thing for his upcoming show! ( gasp ! - little did Mark know, he was one of my biggest inspirations for me to go to Parsons in the first place! )
Then there was the time in the elevator in The Design Building and Isaac Mizrahi squeezed in, I had just finished watching his "crit session" and told him as I exited how much I enjoyed & got out of his session and didn't he step out of the elevator to yell after me "Good Luck to you ! "
Donna Karan was like an icon to me and one night in my first year at Parsons while I was working a private party as the coat check /bartender for the Dean of the school she sat at a nearby table staring at me while her gorgeous husband, the late Stephan Weiss approached me and asked "who I was wearing"... I was wearing my grandmothers dress from the 40's :)
Lastly, that time at MK (a posh NYC club in the late 80's) when Calvin Klein walked towards me flanked by a fashionable entorage, and as he passes me he slowly looks me up and down and I thought "WOW - I just got checked out by Calvin Klein!" :)) - That was a highlight of my year:)
When I look back at those moments now, it's obvious they were signs. I just didn't know how to make sense out of them at that time. And now, as I am moving through sweeping changes in my life and I am delving more into the art of manifesting, I understand those encounters were messages from the universe to tell me I have something special inside me.
Maybe this blog is for someone who wants to do something but is afraid to start, to share something inside them, to try something they never tried to do before but have a feeling they should. That person could be a teenager, a 20 something, or a 50 something. A few weeks ago I was interviewed on a cool podcast called Her Success Story and I spoke with the host Ivy Slater a professional business coach about those moments when everything is crystal clear, that ahah moment. I think you have to remember what made you excited or happy when you were a kid, what you thought you would be when you grew up. Those memories are not throw aways, there is probably more info in those memories than you realize.
Think too if you have memories of things that maybe now looking back were "signs' for you too. I bet many of you who read this would have a bunch of those memories. Think how they fit together and maybe that idea you have isn't so crazy after all. Maybe this blog was just the thing you needed to read to decide to take an action.
I think the actions we take toward things we want in life are the things we will be most proud of when we start to slow down a bit and take a look back. To me right now I feel that there is only so much time left to make those successes happen, to learn a little more about something that sounds intriguing, to try some new food, or to immerse yourself in a book and throw yourself into another world and time.
Living a good life comes down to knowing who you are, fully acknowledging all that you are and making the continued effort to find your purpose and then act on that. Knowing that your life is a series of tests and experiences to guide you in knowledge so that you have the tools to fulfill your purpose.
So there is no use complaining, no use lying or cheating or being jealous because you would only be sabotaging your own growth and evolution.
Own your truth.
That is a happy life. So be what you want to be, follow your own rules and your own path.
The world has lots of room for improvement so please let's be part of that.
Namaste and let's be mindful of what is to come on November 3, 2020.
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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Many years ago when I was just starting with Facebook I heard about this other new App where you could share cool photo's on a digital platform. Me, having been an art student and long time photography lover since the early 80's was so stoked to be able to make art on my phone and share it to this cool new App called Instagram.
That is now over 10 years ago and although I have enjoyed the many different phases I have gone through with my love for being able to make art so randomly and easily, I have come to see it in a new light.
To scroll through a feed and see images of women who are doing powerful things in business, fashion, wellness, spirituality; as well as seeing men too who are sharing their ideas about health, relationships, design & food is actually a very helpful tool in the practice of manifestation.
What you may not realize is that when you are scrolling your instagram, your brain is subconsciously recording these images and other information. How you view the girl with the beautiful wardrobe and the perfect job you would love to have is actually a great expander for you if you choose to look at it that way.
You see, the way we exist in our daily lives is all we really know. Yes, we can travel to experience more (well not so much now...) we can also watch movies and see people doing cool things that we too would love to do, we can read articles and books to expand our horizons, but now we can also use social media to expand what else is possible for us if we can learn to use it that way.
One of the techniques I have learned in the past year when I am feeling stuck in a rut on a subject is to cruise my instagram and look for expanders. Which simply means looking for other people who have been successful with whatever it is I am looking to do.
Grow your business: Masterclass has helped tremendously with this... and I learned about that on my social media. To hear Diane Von Furstenberg talk about how she had her first meeting with Diana Vreeland at 23 is incredibly inspiring to me, or to listen to Sara Blakely talk about how she grew her Spanx business and what the tools were that helped her. So Amazing to hear! And so I follow these people and I expand my world by expanding my subconscious through seeing and reading about what they have done.
Live a healthier life: googling the most successful female entrepreneurs of the past 10 years and voila I came across Taryn Toomey who founded The Class in NYC. I started to follow her on IG and now I am doing The Class on demand whenever I want to.
Whatever you want to achieve someone somewhere is doing something like it and you can find out about them and how they did it. What worked for them and what didn't. Get the idea?
It doesn't matter if you are 16 or 60... if you have a hunger for learner more, being more, being anything for that matter the power is in you. There is a way to figure anything out if you are hungry enough for it.
Here are some starting points if this sounds interesting to you:
1. Think about some of the things you want to manifest.
2. Once you are there with this list I recommend looking at what you allow into your feed. Is it positive? Is it inspiring? Start to create a feed that consists of accounts that can be expanders for you.
3. Ditch the negative commentary on the girl with the perfect job and the great apartment by looking at her instead as an expander. When you see people doing cool interesting things in this way they actually WILL BECOME expanders. When you look at it negatively, you are actually shutting yourself off from accomplishing these things and you are just keeping yourself small.
4. Notice what interests you and search for expanders in these areas, it will blossom into manifesting situations that will start to show you a true direction.
5. Check out the IG page for To Be Magnetic - follow her and also consider joining the community to do the online workshops on manifesting the life you desire.
6. Be realistic and patient. When we look for expanders we aren't going to have overnight success and have a completely a different life with just a few adds of an Instagram account. These are just some tools for showing your subconscious what can be possible. What does it look like; let me learn more how that came to be. It is in the process of self love, self understanding and self change that we have the actual power to transform our lives.
Even the things we choose to align with are hugely important. My work at Have Some Fun Today is my work in progress and I look for expanders everyday as a designer, a woman, a mom, an entrepreneur and a voice of a modern woman who feels the need to be present in these changing times and I want to be part of that culture of change.
In life you have two choices: expand or stay small... you decide and if you are choosing to be open to the concept of expansion know that our brand is here to support that. One of my purposes I have come to realize is to share this message loud, clear and consistently: Have Some Fun Today!
Use the code: 2020 and get 25% off your order right now....:)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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Here's the real opportunity: create a NEW normal that is better than anything we have ever seen.
As we are faced with social upheaval on every level, we have a unique opportunity to branch out and throw away what has not been serving us as a whole, and reprogram our daily experience with what does serve our changing world.
This is not only an American issue, this is a Global issue. To begin to do this, we need to take a look at our own lives and re-evaluate what is no longer serving us to live our best life. After all, we have nothing to lose as we have already lost so much.
It is a great time to still have those igniting talks with our children, friends, family and co-workers. To simplify our lives into categories and then decide how we can integrate it all together to be better educated on global & local issues, how we can also be healthier, so that we aren't so vulnerable as a society to health concerns. How we go about our days with earning a living and caring for ourselves, our children and the elderly - maybe going to an office rain or shine, in sickness and in health isn't the best way anymore?
Even where this social phenomenon of 2020 has impacted my personal life as a female entrepreneur in the lifestyle sector has given me pause on what I make, what I say and how I integrate my work, my duties as a mom & daughter and how that reflects my joy and hope for the future.
I have changed a lot over the past 8 months in terms of how I am seeing the world and what my place is in it. There are times when it gets me feeling down and instead of brushing it off I deal with it. I feel it, I cry, I withdraw. But, then a new morning comes and I feel empowered to use my voice as a designer, a creator, a woman, a mom, an American and so much more to realize that this is an opportunity to learn and evolve.
Our lives have many facets, and even though life hands us some unbelieveable challenges, we truly do have the opportunity to work through them to unexpected & better outcomes. As the designer and founder of Have Some Fun Today, the legacy brand I started 6 years ago, I have decided to move my brand even more towards being a global participant in making the world a better place.
We understand our mission is to celebrate life, celebrate diversity, celebrate our planet and to do that is to tackle some of the big issues we face today. All we can each do is try. Try to be better, try to accept our challenges with grit and integrity. Try to do our part to extend some optimism to others, wherever we can.
Help us succeed by supporting our brand, join our email list, engage in our social media platforms and what we will give back to you is positive inspiration, quality products that are accessible, uplifting & will be using more recycled and ecofriendly materials made in factories that care about their employees. We will donate to your charitable causes and we will do our part to be the brand with soul.
As always in my monthly blog I am offering a discount code to help you HSFT:)
Try a Tote Bag, a hat, or gift our Gift Box to someone you haven't been able to visit because of Covid. How nice would it be to receive a beautiful black box filled with a nice selection of HSFT gifts such as: the mug, a keychain, a pack of our embossed crown notecards and more... these are all simple little ways to make the world a friendlier and better place:)
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"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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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,