Re-find women: Ladies who inspire

Today, we are starting a new feature called “Re-find women: Ladies who inspire.” Our first lady is a dear friend, Rita Marroquin.

Re-find lady Rita Marroquin

Rita is an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot Jewelry (click here to visit her site), is in school at the Aveda Institute to become an esthetician, teaches fitness classes, feeds the homeless, mentors at-risk youth, volunteers with cooking classes at Central Market, runs in tons of races and does it all with class, style and a beautiful spirit.

We are so proud to call Rita a friend and so inspired by her can-do attitude and fearlessness in life and in making a complete career change by starting her Stella & Dot business and going to school.

Thanks for the inspiration Rita!



We see London, we see France … gasp!: Part II

Let us start this post by saying we are not prudes. We think that if a lady has lovely legs, she should be all means play up that asset. However, we do not think she should play them up so much that we see her, well — um — assets. Know what we mean?

Recently, we were in Austin and met a few friends downtown on the famed Sixth Street. Normally, we are not into Sixth Street shenanigans, but we felt game this particular evening and so, we joined the party.

As the evening wore on, we noticed more and more young ladies flowing into the establishment and it seemed as each one arrived, we saw more and more leg and more and more breast and … well yes, it began to resemble KFC up in that club.  

Most — and we feel confident saying most, because trust us, we were in the covered minority — of the “dresses” were so short in fact, we were afraid that after one or two of the questionable “dance moves” of the women, we might see something no one expects to see outside of certain gentleman’s clubs.

Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t know any other way to say it, please for the love of sweet Pete, cover your chocha! We assure you, the quality of humans you attract might be of a higher caliber if the junk in your trunk is appropriately clothed and you won’t have to worry about Dad having a heart attack because he just saw said junk in a “Girls Gone Wild” DVD commercial.

Cheers and happy Monday!


Hail to the Chief

President Barack Obama visited Austin, Texas on Monday (click here to read the Austin American-Statesman story). Whether you are a Republican, Libertarian, Democrat, Tea Party member Independent or otherwise, a presidential visit is a big deal. 

Many friends and acquaintances of Re-find covered or were otherwise present for a variety of reasons during the President’s arrival at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the speech at the University of Texas and other stops on the trail.

Official White House photo of speech at UT by Pete Souza

(Click here to see more photos and get some behind the scenes scoop of the President’s visit by our former colleague and award-winning photographer Jay Janner)

One friend mentioned that the arrival was very well-organized and that even the protesters were well-behaved — until the President whisked past the masses in his motorcade. The friend reports that obscene gestures were made at the President.

It hurts to type those words.

We honestly never thought we’d have to do the following, but as it seems people are raised by wolves, we’ve compiled a list of presidential Do’s and Don’ts. This time, the Don’ts come first:


Flip off the President. Ever. Even if you don’t like his or her party, policies, personality or person. For the love of God, just don’t do it.

Yell obscenities at the President. Even if you are protesting his or her party, policies, personality or person. You’ll likely get more attention for your cause if you are courteous, thoughtful, accurate and well-informed.


Respect the office and maybe even the person. It is the understatement of all understatements to say that being President of the United States of American is not an easy job.

To quote Sigmund Freud, “Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.”

To make progress in our society, further the causes we hold dear and create real, lasting and meaningful change, we must learn to speak calmly, learn to listen, refrain from name-calling, treat one another with respect — especially when we disagree — and, most importantly, overcome any and all urges to flip the President the bird.