If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Patricia Altschul, the grande dame of Bravo’s Southern Charm, which items she can’t live without.
I love to watch old movies, especially this one because Mame is my role model — I adore her madcap antics and her fabulous eye masks. And, of course, her sleepwear with feathers, mesh, and satin. She’s certainly someone I relate to.
Not only does this lip treatment moisturize, but it’s super nourishing and protective, with an SPF of 15. I use it daily when I’m at home, or when I’m traveling, too.
I’ve had Porthault linens since the 1960s. Some I’ve had for 30 years, and they just keep getting softer. My absolute favorites are the ones from the Marie Antoinette collection.
This is sold out, but this Le Bouquet de la Mariee perfume also has tender floral notes in a beautiful bottle.
In my book, The Art of Southern Charm, I stress the importance of handwritten notes. To write a proper note, you need proper stationery — in fact, you need a selection of both formal and informal. I prefer cream-colored cards with the family crest, letter sheets with a custom monogram, and fold-over notes with my name. If you must choose one all-purpose piece of stationery, a monogrammed card is the most versatile.
Whenever I am lucky enough to have my makeup done professionally, this is my go-to foundation. It lasts all day and imparts a flawless finish with excellent coverage (and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin). It looks great on and off camera.
My line of caftans! They combine crystal and pearl embellishments in a custom caftan featuring your very own pet (dog, cat, horse, bird, even fish) — mine is the one with Chauncey, my pug. It’s handcrafted in India, and can be worn from the beach to a barbecue to a cocktail party or black-tie event.
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