LE CHOIX de RITOURNELLE
Ciao amore! Tante baci from the lovely Italian countryside, where I’m staying with limited Internet, but just enough to bring you a new Le Choix Belle! This week Anne from Ritournelle shows us behind the scenes of her blog. Anne/Ritournelle began blogging in August 2010 as a birthday present to herself. At that time Anne was looking for a job in marketing and missed working on creative projects. She felt the need to share her gorgeous finds with like-minded people and when flipping through her beloved French Elle and Vogue Paris, she always noticed fabulous exhibits and events she couldn’t attend because they were happening too far away. Because of that Anne wanted readers to experience what she lived in Paris and elsewhere, through her blog as best as possible.
In October 2010 everything changed for Anne, when she found her first job that made her move to New York City the following month (-yes we are jealous!). Since she had quite the international background before that already - she grew up in the USA, lived in Tokyo for a year and studied in Milan for a semester, she packed her bags and went overseas.
Blogging regularly has been a challenge as she adjusted to her new city and job. But it has led her to meet wonderful people and work on exciting projects, two things that keeps her motivated (and we love her for it!).
Le Choix Trois is not the only fan of Ritournelle. The blog has been featured twice on Freshly Pressed, Wordpress.com’s homepage. And Anne worked together with Caudelie, the skin care brand, on a post. After mentioning them on Twitter, she was invited to experience a treatment at their spa in the New York Plaza Hotel and of course shared the result with the rest of us. When she’s not blogging, strolling through New York, dream about Paris and hangout with friends in good resraurants and museums, Anne works for the French governmental as a Trade advisor, advising French beauty companies on their export strategy in the US market.
As a true French girl, Anne has this perfect ‘je ne sais quoi’ style, which she describes as very basic and simple. Her closet is filled with French brands -bien sur- like Comptoir des Cotonniers, Gérard Darel, Isabel Marant Etoile, Eric Bompard, Petit Bateau, Vanessa Bruno & Repetto. Her daily uniform consists of skinny jeans and a cashmere sweater. Her hands are always perfectly manicured with Chanel nail polish and she wouldn’t leave the house without wearing perfume (Chanel N°19 in the winter and Hermès Un Jardin après la Mousson in the summer). So now you know almost everything of the Belle behind Ritournelle, except for her favourite pieces in her wardrobe.
Here’s Le Choix de Ritournelle!
1. Kelly bracelet by Hermès
I love Hermès for its history, values and craftsmanship. I actually wrote my senior thesis on the brand. This bracelet is a birthday gift from my mother, to whom I am very close, and I wear it almost every day. It is very representative of Hermès with the leather, the sellier stitch and the clasp identical to the Kelly bag. It gives a touch of class to the most basic outfit and makes me feel powerful, probably because of its masculanity. And on top of that, this Hermès bracelet was the subject of my very first blog post!
2. Shoes by Repetto
I have been a Repetto fan for years and bought their black ballerinas season after season. Recently I wanted to try something different with a masculine vibe so I bought this pair of “Zizi” during my last trip to Paris at Le Bon Marché, my favorite store ever. No wonder they were Serge Gainsbourg’s favorite shoes; they are so comfy and light, I love the way I walk with them! Plus I can wear them with anything: jeans, a smoking or a dress.
3. Jacket by Etoile Isabel Marant
I bought this jacket right after I was hired at my company and just before moving to New York. It kind of symbolizes the transition between the business school graduate and the working girl in me. It’s a well-tailored piece of clothing, the wool is of great quality and it makes me feel confident, which is greatly needed when you are a newbie at networking events. At the same time, I feel myself in it: it’s not too strict as it remains true to Isabel Marant’s funky style and I like to wear it with the sleeves pushed up.
PS: The lovely pictures were made by previous Le Choix Belle Style on the Couch!