New beginnings

Ines de la Fressange agenda

It’s been a little over 3 months since I’ve moved back to France. My 2-year contract in New York City ended in October and since I was missing the OId World, I decided to look for a new job in Europe. With no real lead in sight, I did the JFK-Charles de Gaulle trip one last time, was chauffeured by Papa Ritournelle to our home in Normandy, opened my inbox and – surprise, surprise – a valued contact from my now-old job was requesting an interview. Long story short, I was very fortunate to find a new position – and a new Parisian life – in a matter of weeks.

Tour Eiffel

So here it is, a new beginning. According to my new boss, my numerology number (5) means that I am in constant need of change and can easily break myself from old situations to start anew. So far, this has proven to be true. I am excited to begin this new adventure – especially in the city of Ladurée.


So what have I been up to? Santa (aka Papa Ritournelle) delivered a new toy (aka the iPhone) for Christmas and it is safe to say I am addicted to Instagram to document my finds. On top of discovering inspiring fun images every day, I love to share all the little things I come across in my new hometown of Paris. You can see the whole collection on my account Ritournelleblog; here is a little peek.

1. Hunting for an apartment in Paris and exploring the city while doing so

Sacré Coeur

Hôtel de Ville Paris

2. Gorging in France’s culinary delights

Macarons Ladurée

Eclair de géniePictures taken at Ladurée and L’Eclair de Génie

(Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?)

 3. Fueling my newborn passion for ballet

Opera BastilleWaiting for Don Quichotte to start at Opéra Bastille

Opera GarnierHeading to a live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet at a cinema near the Opéra Garnier

After catching the Paris Opera Ballet on tour in New York City, I have become obsessed quite interested in this art and waste spend a lot of time watching ballets on Youtube. I’m very excited I’ll head to Opéra Garnier for good later this year, among other things to see a new choreography for which Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is designing the costumes.

4. Getting my fix of art in general

Musée d'OrsayMusée d’Orsay

Monet Orangerie

Monet’s Water Lilies at the Musée de L’Orangerie – so breathtaking in person

5. Getting my Hermès on

Hermès bracelet KellyA Christmas gift from Maman Ritournelle, who generously replaced the one the TSA at JFK Airport stole from my luggage (I’m still angry.) You may recall it was the topic of my very first blog post.

 Hermès carré Pégase

6. Freezing in a Parisian winter wonderland …

Paris neige Alexandre III

… and warming myself up in a cozy cashmere scarf

Louis Vuitton écharpe

7. Meeting with dear friends from abroad

Plaza Athénée

Tea at the Plaza Athénée with Milla (click here to read her fabulous post on our new tradition)

Sarah Louvre

Meeting my British New-York friend Sarah from Style on the Couch and her talented boyfriend William Williams

Notre Dame de Paris

Catching up with Hannah-Rose from Capture the Castle on a sunny afternoon and hearing all about her amazing trip

(For the record, I don’t hang out with bloggers exclusively.)

I hope 2013 has started well for you too and look forward to sending you blog posts from Paris. I promise I’ll try to be more regular ;-) Bisous!

20 thoughts on “New beginnings

  1. Welcome home, Anne! I’ve loved following along with your return to Paris journey {and comparing notes on patisseries} via instagram :) Wishing you many more adventures in this wonderful city!

    1. It was stolen by the security at JFK airport while they were searching my bag. I was being searched myself during that time so I couldn’t watch it. I only realized my jewelry was gone once I got home. I put the police on the case and they said it happens on a regular basis.

  2. Do you mean initials JC? How wonderful! Your skin must be so happy. Speaking of, I keep meaning to thank you, I enjoyed the most amazing facial at Caudalie in New York during Fashion Week because of your post about your experience there, merci mille fois!

    1. Those are the initials, and yes, my skin is verrrry happy ;-)
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Caudalie spa! I loved this place: the treatments and the lounge were so relaxing. A real haven!

  3. After spending some time (not enough!) in Paris a few short weeks ago, this post made me so happy (and sad not to be in that beautiful city still!) I have just discovered your blog but I love it already! :)

  4. That is so exciting that you are in Paris! I have always wanted to live there for a short time. Are you originally from there? What is your job that you can work anywhere?! Sorry for all the questions I always find it inspiring to hear of other peoples adventures xo

    1. Hi! I’m French, not from Paris, but I had lived there already for part of my studies and internships. I’m back after a 2-year work contract in New York City where I was helping French beauty brands import in the US. That’s how I got in touch with my current employer; I’m the Sales / Marketing / PR manager for a small luxury skincare brand. Lots of moving around and changes but I love it! :)

  5. Hah! Bloggers aren’t that bad, and if you were to hang with us exclusively, I wouldn’t judge:) I have noticed your new found passion for the ballet and I am enjoying all your instagram photos Anne, what an adventure you are on, I am so happy for you. XOXO

  6. Welcome back to Paris Anne :-) I just re-found your blog again…I remember I used to read it when I was living in Paris. Remember you always had a good eye for art :-)
    I’m looking forward to read your new adventures in Paris and I also wanted to say congrats to your new job!

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