With her gorgeous mansion, those glamorous caftans, and a daily dose of "medicine," aka a martini, handed to her, who wouldn't want to be Patricia Altschul? In an effort to harness just a fraction of the fabulousness of the Southern Charm grand dame, The Daily Dish asked her how the rest of the world can unleash their inner Patricia Altschul, in addition to following all of the amazing life tips and tricks that fill her new book, The Art of Southern Charm, which is in stores now.
You might be surprised to learn that the one thing you need to channel Patricia has nothing to do with couture clothing, cocktail parties, or a charming attitude. "I think the most important fundamental is to get the best education you can get to start your life because then everything kind of falls into place: your careers, your interests, people that work with you. You expand your horizons. That, to me, is the most important fundamental," Patricia told The Daily Dish. "And it makes you independent. And being independent means you can make your own money and make your own way."
Patricia has practiced what she preaches. Growing up, she attended Marymount, a Roman Catholic day school for girls in Richmond, Virginia, and she went on to enroll in a Quaker boarding school in the Midwest, she details in The Art of Southern Charm. Patricia went on to receive her bachelors and masters degrees from George Washington University.
The Southern Charm matriarch's new book could even school some of the Charmers. When asked who in the Southern Charm crew would benefit the most from reading her book, Patricia named Craig Conover and Landon Clements because "they represent Millennials." "They don't really want to work hard. They're expecting to start at the top," Patricia told The Daily Dish. "I think that those two could certainly benefit, absolutely."
There is one Charmer who Patricia doesn't expect to pick up her book. "Shep [Rose] wouldn't be interested, you know. He just has his mailbox money and that's it," she said. "He has no great aspirations beyond that."