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.
This is the absolute essential tool for creating my five o’clock cocktail. Michael uses this every day when it’s time for my “medicine,” the perfect gin Martini. Using the mallet actually crushes the ice to the ideal consistency for me.
This fragrance is delicate and not overpowering at all. I adore the lily-of-the-valley floral notes, and people are always stopping me to ask, “What scent are you wearing?” Plus, the bottle is gorgeous.
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.
These are perfectly embellished, and the most comfortable and chic flats I have ever owned. I have them in every color and just recently wore them on Watch What What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.
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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