• Your Quiet Style Statement: VINCE

    “It’s kind of a noisy moment that we’re in.  Whenever there’s a lot of loudness on one side of the industry, there’s a space that opens up on the opposite side.” 

    Caroline Belhumer, SVP, creative director, VINCE

    That’s truer than ever. The intersection of streetwear and high fashion has created an ecosystem in which the most over-the-top designs demand attention. What Belhumer and her team at Vince want to do is change the way we approach things.

    “Vince is not really a company that’s about trend or loudness; it’s really about the quality of the product,” says Caroline Belhumer, Vince creative director.

    Season after season, we see chic silk slip dresses and midi skirts in dreamy colors, cashmere sweaters with the perfect oversized cuts, languid trousers with Issey Miyake-esque pleats, plenty of the toe-emphasizing sandals (all the cool girls wear these days), and an overarching theme of minimalism meets preppy. 
    Vince is always classically cool. And quiet. 
    "How do you make people understand what you're trying to say and make it more engaging, not just another clothing brand? You have to be able to have some kind of vision of the storytelling, the uniqueness of the brand," Belhumer explains. "I looked at Vince and I was like, well, it's created in L.A. It's a luxurious California brand. And when I looked at the other contemporary brands in our landscape, nobody else had that story to tell. They were very urban-centric, very New York-centric. But the roots of this brand being in California actually really kind of reflect the way of dressing and the way the clothes looked. It was a natural fit, but it wasn't really being talked about." (

    Quiet luxury is a concept that has been simmering away for a few years. Low-key and understated, it is the kind of luxury that is whispered by those in the know, by those who understand that indulgence doesn't necessarily lie in a high price tag and a flashy logo. (

    Above: A-Line Overshirt

    "While jazzy, razzle-dazzle designs may steal the show, there is respite, too, as some of the quietest, most considered designs are also the most covetable. Even the most ardent of sun-lovers understands the cool bliss of a shaded room on a scorching day, and sartorially speaking, that sense of blessed relief comes from minimal and modern clothing. 

    Above: Oyun Studio Special Order Trunk Show August 4

    Stylish and timeless...describe the aesthetic. "Integrity” is another word that comes to mind. It’s unsurprising that this way of dressing has infiltrated the modern woman’s wardrobe. Prioritizing comfort and ease without sacrificing style exudes a sense of confidence, control and calm authority that can’t be achieved when trussed up in a skirt suit." (

    "Minimalism in fashion is much more than a use of single color or a trend of simplicity. It is aesthetic that is thightly connected to broader spectrum of social development and continuosly reinvented and adapted to fit different eras. "(

     I couldn't have said it better myself!

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    Linked by a heavy chain, clasped by crystal-studded claws, or surrounded by roundels, we’re crazy for the new pearl collection by Nathan & Moe.

    Pearls have taken 2017 by storm.

    The new look of pearls lends itself to heavy layering with our own collection of leather-strung white, peacock, and gray freshwater pearls. 

    Always a classic.

    Though pearls will always be a perennial classic, their popularity has waxed and waned over the decades. 

    It's part of my personal aesthetic to not chase trends, and maybe this is why I love pearls so much. They're always the go-to accessory that's sure to be on point no matter what the "It" piece of the season is. A gorgeous pair of pearl earrings instantly elevates any outfit.

    And a pearl ring? There's a reason we carefully hand down our pearl rings from generation to generation - the pearl is an iconic representation of the timeless, classically well-dressed woman.

    Types of pearls:

    Pearls are classified by their origin and shape.

    Natural pearls

    Natural pearls are quite rare today and can only be authenticated via X-ray. These are the pearls you probably learned about in school - the ones formed when a grain of sand is trapped in a mollusk and a nacreous coating builds up around it.

    Natural pearls are the most expensive and are sold by carat weight.

    Cultured pearls

    Though they form by the same mechanism as natural pearls, cultured pearls begin by human intervention. An object is deliberately inserted to cause pearl formation. The shape of that object determines the final pearl shape.

    Cultured pearls are sold by their size. The thicker that outer coating is, the more expensive the pearl.

    Saltwater pearls

    Either natural or cultured, this one is pretty easy to figure out - saltwater pearls are formed in mollusks that live in saltwater.

    Freshwater pearls

    Almost always cultured, freshwater pearls are grown in a lake or river.

    Fake pearls

    Made of coated plastic or glass, fake pearls are, well, not real pearls. They're lighter, not as smooth, and chip easily. That being said, glass pearls can be difficult to tell from the real thing.

    Pearl shapes:

    • Spherical: Round pearls. The rounder it is, the more expensive.
    • Symmetrical: Pearls that have symmetry but aren't round. (ie. pear shaped or oblong)
    • Baroque: Asymmetrical pearls of any shape. They might be the least expensive but are often the most beautiful and unique. Baroque pearls are often found in vintage pieces. 

    How to layer pearls:

    It's easier than you might think. To get the layered effect, vary the lengths and sizes of your pieces. And don't forget to play with colors. Pearls come in a range of shades from black to seashell pink and everything in-between. I'm in love with this baroque pearl with sapphire, diamond, and ruby roundels. 

    Who says you have to stick with your grandmother's single strand of matched whites?

    Try matching dark pearls with lighter pastels for emphasis. Mix your materials.

    Mix your materials. Incorporate a different style of necklace, maybe a gold medallion or a turquoise pendant, into a layered set of pearls. Shells, semi-precious stones, and leather cording can all be used to change the look and feel of an outfit.

    And don't forget that pearls can be worn almost anywhere. From shoulder-sweeping earrings to cuff bracelets, studded onto clothing or embellishing an evening bag, pearls really are everywhere this season. Find ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe that work with your existing pieces ... and your personality.

    Experimentation is key. Play with your favorite pieces until you achieve an effect that you love. 

    How to take care of pearls:

    Because pearls are organic, meaning they're formed from a living organism, they require special care and consideration. If you notice your pearls have lost their luster (or sheen), they've been cleaned too often or too vigorously, and the external coating has been destroyed.

    If you notice your pearls have lost their luster (or sheen), they've been cleaned too often or too vigorously, and the external coating has been destroyed.

    • Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a small amount of mild soap and water. 
    • Always take off your pearls before applying lotion or moisturizer.
    • Apply your makeup and perfume before you put on your pearls. They'll stay cleaner this way and require less maintenance.
    • Never submerge pearls in liquid.
    • Wipe pearls clean with a damp lint-free cloth and a mild cleaning solution. Be careful to rinse off the soap and pat dry. 
    • Never use a harsh cleanser like ammonia. 
    • Never put pearls in an ultrasonic or vibrating cleaner.
    • Never use an abrasive cleaner. 
    • Store pearls separately, not with other gemstones. Pearls scratch easily and the outer covering can chip.
    • Don't clean your pearls too often. Once their outer coating is gone, they'll lose their luster forever.
    • Periodically have high-quality pearl necklaces restrung to avoid cord breakage.
    • If in doubt about cleaning your pearls, do nothing. 

    If you love pearls the way I do, this is your season. Embrace it. If you're new to pearls, don't be afraid of their price tag. Pearls are an investment in both your wardrobe and yourself. 

    Either way, let me know how you wear your pearls and if you have a favorite piece!

    Get the look at PATRICIA right now!

    xxo, trish

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  • Edgy Gifts for the Modern Grad

    There's a lot of talk among graduates--especially those finishing high school--about the excitement to leave home and begin the next stage of their lives, whatever that may be. It's the duty of family and friends to send them off with good wishes (and plenty of gifts!). With that in mind, we here at PATRICIA have put together a few items that encourage our graduates to explore while still staying true to their roots here in Southern Pines.

    1. For the grad who's ready to travel:

    This Clare V. sweatshirt reads "Le Grand Départ," invoking the desire to leave home and see what the world has to offer. The short sleeves are perfect for cool summer nights when a normal weight t-shirt just won't cut it. ($115)

    2. For the "cool" grad:

    Forget sterling silver, oxidized sterling has a dark, mysterious quality anyone looking to make a statement can appreciate. Pair it with spinel, and these Margo Morrison pavé skulls ($250/$475) add a subtle edge to any outfit, whether in the office or out on the town. Chains sold separately.

    3. For the grad who loves classic style:

    Every girl should have a strand of pearls, and these 16" Margo Morrison white freshwater coin pearls ($250) update a classic look. Swarovski crystals and natural cord modernize the classic style while keeping its effortless elegance intact. Pair the necklace with these Margo Morrison white coin pearl earrings ($275, sterling silver) to finish the look.

    4. For the grad who already misses home: 

     Although many graduates look forward to "le grand départ," most will experience a bit of homesickness in one form or another. We here at PATRICIA believe that home truly is where the heart is, which is why we carry Lat + Lo necklaces engraved with the latitude and longitude of Southern Pines. Available in sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold, this little reminder of "home" can cure many a homesick heart. 


    We hope to see you in-store, but don't forget you can shop online at if you can't make it in to see us. Can't decide? We have gift cards as well. One thing is clear- no matter where your grad is off to, there's something for them here at Patricia. 




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