More Re-find …

Hello gentle readers. My, it has been far too long since we last blogged. But, as you may have noticed, we’ve undergone a little renovation of sorts. Re-find now has a fancy new logo:

Oooh, ahhh, logo love

Plus, we’ve added several new pages, including “Ask Melanie” for all of your burning etiquette and style questions; “Style,” which covers the meaning of refined style, both inside and out; “Services,” where you can learn about personal styling consultation and how to book Melanie Spencer to speak to your group; “Philanthropy,” because there is nothing more charming or stylish than giving back; and “Store,” which is where you can buy Re-find merchandise.

Please take a look around and, as always, let us know what you think.

In other news, we recently visited a cozy cocktail lounge in Houston and just have to share a few photos with you, because this bar exemplifies simple elegance, with a healthy dose of hip. Enjoy this little photo tour of Leon’s Lounge (1006 McGowen St.), owned by Under the Volcano owners Pete and Vera Mitchell.

Leon's Lounge in Midtown, Houston

Front window display

Black and white checked tile and carved wood barChandelier detail

Beautiful stained glass window in bar area

Seating area in room off of main bar

Menu coming soon, but until then, you can have a snack

We hope you enjoyed the tour. Cheers!

Hello. Welcome. How do you do?

Hello. Welcome. How do you do?

Something as simple as the above greeting can make or break a first impression. Unfortunately, we live in a world where even simple greetings are seemingly too much to ask from our fellow human beings. Sigh.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way, right? Despite the often downright rude people we encounter in our lives and the bad behavior we witness daily on reality TV, we at Re-find are convinced that our mothers and grandmothers are right — we were not raised by wolves. We know that deep down, everyone can learn to behave, be charming , be gracious and be refined.

But, what exactly does it mean to be refined? The American Heritage dictionary defines refined as free from coarseness or vulgarity; polite; free of impurities; purified; and precise to a fine degree.

We couldn’t agree more.

At Re-find, our philosophy is that we are all born with a clean slate; pure as the driven snow. So while some of us get a little, er — tarnished — we firmly believe that with a little buff, polish and shine, we can re-find our innate charm, style and grace.

Do you have a style, etiquette, entertaining or social question? Just ask and we’ll throw you a lifeline. And don’t worry, we won’t scold you or make you feel dumb. That would go against everything we believe. Here at Re-find, we live by the Golden Rule and we hope that if you don’t already, soon you will too.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Oh, I almost forgot, please call me M. I’ll be your tour guide. It’ll be fun.