Vanity Fair September 2013 cult favorites

My blog birthday present: a publication in Vanity Fair!

Vanity Fair September 2013 cult favorites

One evening in July I received an email with the subject “Request from Vanity Fair, please”. Half-expecting this to be a joke, I read it and felt my jaw drop. The magazine was requesting my authorization to publish a picture from my blog in their September issue’s Cult Favorites section. Of course I said yes and one month later, ta-da! My little picture from my post on the Elizabeth Taylor collection at Christie’s is here in the glossy magazine. It’s also on the Vanity Fair website.

Vanity Fair website

Elizabeth Taylor caftan left

The picture is tiny and you kind of have to pull on the page to see my name in the credits but hey, I get to say my work has been published in Vanity Fair ;-) I never expected this to happen, let alone in such a major publication, so this is a wonderful surprise.

And what a great timing for my 3rd blog birthday today! Thank you for your support, for reading my articles and leaving your thoughts in the comments. It’s always a pleasure to share with you my finds and musings from Paris.

To celebrate both events, I treated myself to a birthday cake, a big fat Pierre Hermé Arabesque macaron eaten in the Jardin des Tuileries with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Très bon!

Pierre Herme macaron Eiffel Tower

I’ll be on a little blog break next week as I’ll be spending a couple of days in London for my own birthday (yes, my blog was my birthday present to myself 3 years ago). But you can follow my adventures on Instagram. On the program I have meetings with dear friends from the blogosphere, afternoon tea in a posh hotel and a ballet at the Royal Opera House. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!

Vogue Paris London

I hope you’re spending a wonderful weekend. Bisous!

Un soir en juillet j’ai reçu un email avec pour objet “Request from Vanity Fair, please”. M’attendant à une blague, je l’ai lu et quelle surprise ! L’équipe basée à New York me demandait l’autorisation de publier une photo de mon blog dans leur édition de septembre pour leur partie « Cult Favorites ». Bien sûr j’ai dit oui et un mois plus tard, ta-da ! Ma photo tirée de l’article sur la collection Elizabeth Taylor chez Christie’s est bien là dans le magazine, et aussi sur son site Internet.

La photo est toute petite et il faut un peu tirer sur la page pour voir mon nom dans les crédits, mais bon, au moins je peux dire que mon œuvre a été publiée dans Vanity Fair ;-) Cette surprise tombe à pic pour les 3 ans de mon blog que je fête aujourd’hui. Merci beaucoup pour votre lecture et vos commentaires ! C’est toujours un plaisir pour moi de partager avec vous mes trouvailles et pensées de Paris. Pour célébrer ces deux événements, je me suis offert un gâteau d’anniversaire sous la forme d’un gros macaron Arabesque de Pierre Hermé, dégusté dans le Jardin des Tuileries avec la Tour Eiffel au loin. Très bon !

Mon blog sera en vacances la semaine prochaine comme je pars quelques jours à Londres pour mon propre anniversaire (eh oui, mon blog était mon cadeau à moi-même il y a 3 ans). Mais vous pouvez suivre mes aventures sur Instagram. Au programme, des rencontres avec des amies de la blogosphère, un afternoon tea dans un hôtel raffiné et un ballet au Royal Opera House. J’ai très hâte de retrouver cette ville que je n’ai pas vue depuis 5 ans ! J’espère que vous passez un bon weekend. Bisous !

Tour Eiffel

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!