PATRICIA | T. Talks
Katrina Denza | Author. Glamour Girl. Kind Soul.It's hard to describe what it is about Katrina...her kind quiet way, the ability to look oh-so glamorous at all times, the fact that she knows what she loves and doesn't hold back? There are so many things we love about her and so happy to call her part of our #tribe.I am inspired and love all the women we feature on our journal. As always, we ask these women a few of our favorite questions.Read on for some fun insight into this Women We Love.
Wine or Beer? Wine.
Who do you admire most? The women who’ve suffered unimaginable adversity, tragedy or injustice and face each day with hope and faith and determination to make their lives and the world better.
Favorite quote? “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” ~Ernest Hemingway
What is your favorite piece of clothing at the moment? A bright green dress because I’ve always been told I can’t wear green and doing so feels like a rebellion. Plus, it has ruffles. Of all time? A yellow sundress I wore when I was five. It had butterflies appliqued all over it.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I think I’m nearly there: a woman who doesn’t care what other people think of her.
3 items always in your bag? Phone, pen, lipstick.
Your biggest phobia: heights
What would you never wear? That eighties polka-dot jumpsuit that made me look like I was part of a circus act. Never again.
Horoscopes: Yes, but only with tongue-in-cheek. (Leo)
Guilty pleasure? I don’t feel guilty about pleasure.
If you had a superpower what would it be? To facilitate meeting the basic needs of every person on the planet.
Best compliment you’ve ever received? “I fell in love with you because of the kind of mother you are.”
What is your spirit animal? Bear
Want to know more?
Katrina Denza is an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine and chairs the Writers-in-Residence program for the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Her short stories can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, New Delta Review; The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, wigleaf,and Gargoyle #57, among others. In 2011, she was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Welcome to the first of our series on Women We Love. Women that we admire and inspire us.
Brittanee Lee Taylor | Creator
Brittanee is the creator and owner of BeEu, a botanical skin care company. Small batch, pure & simple ingredients - something we can really get behind. We love the way it makes our skin feel so soft and glowing. When not working on her line of skin care she can be found managing our favorite salon, Exhale...a Salon, creating beautiful chalkboard art and culitvating flowers & veggies in her home garden. Brittanee's complete line is available in store and online at PATRICIA as well as at Exhale...a Salon.
We caught up with her this July to ask her a few of our favorite questions...
Wine or Beer?
—Wine - who doesn’t love a glass of antioxidants?
Who do you admire most?
—My mother - She honestly has the energy and stamina and willpower of a superhuman.
—We have done so much, with so little, for so long...that now we can do anything with nothing, forever.
What is your favorite piece of clothing at the moment?
—Currently obsessed with floral wrap dresses
Of all time?
—A pair of Levi’s I bought in 2001 that have been worn to pieces. Both knees have worn holes, and the crotch finally busted - but these are by far are my favorites - they have been all over the world and to this day fit like a dream.
—Iced Americano with Carmel sauce and a splash of coconut or almond milk. My daily routine is grinding whole beans from Cactus Creek and a simple pour over, black. Looove my coffee.
Any advice you can give to others about starting your own business?
—Keep doing what you love, and remember it doesn’t happen overnight; take your time and trust your gut.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
—Happy. Preferably surrounded by my future dog pack, and living by wildflowers and a big herb and vegetable garden with my P.IC. / love of my life, Jemie
3 items always in your bag?
—A pilot pen, lipgloss, and a silk scarf
What would you never wear?
—Ski boots. I have never been able to adapt to the ski boot, and it is by far the most uncomfortable thing I can think to wear.
—Lulu’s Margarita - The Gazebo on Nantucket (I was a bartender for 4 summer seasons there, and that was my favorite to make, you’ve got to get the lime and agave juuust right.) Delicious!
What is your spirit animal?
Best compliment you’ve ever received?
—A retired chiropractor who was a regular at the pool I was a lifeguard at in college once told me he could see auras. Obviously I asked him the color of mine, he asked, “do you know what pastels do to other colors? When a pastel color is next to a color, it brings out the vibrancy of that color, enhancing it, making it bright.
You have pastel yellows, greens, and blues...”
Basically, he told me that I bring out the best in others. It was a random, but stuck with me, a compliment that I'll probably remember for life!
I am inspired by many women. My best friends, my co-workers and some women I don't even know. One such woman is designer Liz Pape of Elizabeth Suzann . Her clothing and designs are elegant, yet utilitarian. Here at PATRICIA we strive to bring you clothing that is not just a trend, but clothing that will be worn and loved always. I wish I could bring her clothes to my customers through my shop, but she only sells through her website. So, I will bring it to them by sharing my love for her designs with them. Since I found her - I think on Pinterest - I have purchased a few tops, a dress, a sweater, a coat, pants and a few pair of shoes! To say I love the simplicity and elegance of her designs is an understatement!
So there you have it...if you see me living in her pieces, now you know why.