Hemline v. Handbag

On Saturday, M, the Mister and friends enjoyed a lovely day at the races, in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Sam Houston Race Park was bustling with people from everywhere, wearing everything. It was truly an anything goes type of day, as it should be.

Our merry band opted to don full Derby regalia. Hats and dresses for the ladies, seersucker for the gentleman. We smiled and nodded to our comrades in chapeau and appreciated the creative, the classy and the humorous throughout the day. One gal however, bless her heart, was a little too stingy with her hemline.

As she strode in front of the rail, we saw a tiny girl, with a giant bag and lots and lots of leg. Lest you think the Re-find gang is prudish, we should mention that we are in favor of a lady highlighting her best features. That said, one must use a bit of restraint where the showing of skin is concerned. While a little leg is lovely, to avoid seeming to be sans slacks or skirt — gasp! — one should consider either a bag that doesn’t cover the hemline or a hemline that falls below the bag.

Words to live by.



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.