How to Live an Elegant Life: Patricia Altschul Shares her Secrets

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  1. Love her comment, being Southern is a privilege, especially when people aske me where I am from. Now I must use it. Thank you for the entire series. Charming.

  2. I can’t tell you how much I love reading your blog! Every single post is simply amazing. It’s such an inspiration and I can’t get enough of it. Thank you!

  3. I have loved this series and this last post is my favorite! I adore Patricia Altschul’s beautiful style and sense of humor! Thank you for all the work you put into these articles. They have been so informative and fun to read too! xo~ Meredith

  4. This may be the best post yet – do I say that every time? Patricia is really very generous with her excellent advice and comments and, I think, she is spot on with everything. I particularly love her comments about books, envy her first edition Wodehouse (my personal favorite) and love the Nancy Mitford references (“U” and “non U” – she’s a riot!) . Patricia’s taste and collections are so exciting to see, even in pictures. Luzanne is so witty, so amusing. Thank you Patricia, Luzanne and, of course, Andrea. This series is brilliant! Xoxo Elizabeth

    • Thank you for the kind words. To quote Wodehouse, “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” We weren’t sure how many people would appreciate the Wodehouse and Mitford references, but knew that those who did would really appreciate them! Thank you for supporting the series.

  5. Andrea, your blog posts never disappoint and this six-part series has been informative, inspirational and so enjoyable to read. Patricia’s life exemplifies beauty, as does everything that you share on The Glam Pad. Mornings that begin with a new post from you are just the best way to start the day! Thank you for all the time and effort that goes into this labor of love.
    Andrea, my friend, you’re simply the BEST.
    Judy Rizzo

    • Judy, you are such a dear, and coming from you that is the ultimate compliment!! Thank you, thank you for the kind words!


    • I agree with you, Judy. Andrea gives me hope for our generation. It’s so important to educate people on the topics she pursues. Of course, we’re lucky that her glittering personality allows for exclusives with people like Patricia. Thank you for supporting the series.

  6. I’m disappointed this series is over! I don’t know what the venue for it is but I’d love a primer on elegance. A self help instruction guide if you will. I love learning about beautiful things and elegant people in the exact way this article explores. It helps me to develop my own sense of elegance. Emily Post for the modern woman but using Patricia and Luzanne’s academic pedigree to really dig into the “how.” I don’t know if I’m making any sense but I’ve loved this series and maybe looking for ways to extend it!

    • Thank you, Erica! I am more than happy to collaborate with these two ladies any old time. If I understand your suggestion, it’s that we delve into the constituent and animating factors of elegance. You’d like more insight into elegance on its face in contrast to elegance as applied in this article. To borrow a phrase by Justice Stewart Potter on another matter, “You know it when you see it,” when it comes to elegance but you’d like to know more about what defines it.

      I find the study of aesthetics to be fascinating. By studying the arts and focusing on the good and true, you locate its inherent beauty. Any study pursued with intention and discipline begins to manifest in one’s demeanor and behavior. A complex milieu of factors that lead to the cultivation of elegance. We’d fave to focus the topic so it didn’t become a doctoral thesis. Perhaps root it in manners and etiquette? Its ineffable nature? Why some individuals can possess all of the raw material and tools to be elegant, but never master the art? The possibilities are endless!

  7. As a similarly situated woman, I couldn’t agree more. There’s nothing more attractive than pride in one’s heritage- Northern, Southern, Catholic, Jewish, American, immigrant. It’s wonderful!

  8. I loved this series! LOVE everything about Patricia! She’s so elegant, beautiful, funny and graceful! Creative and many more lovely words come to mind! Was great to see inside her beautiful home ?
    I aspire to be like her! Thankyou x


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