It’s that time of year, where Fall Collections make their runway debut at Fashion Week, and who better to get us prepped than street style muse Geraldine Boublil of @erinoffduty. Geraldine’s effortless, timeless Parisian style has caught the attention of industry insiders everywhere and her blog has offered her a seat at some of the top shows in the world. Read along as she talks all things career, style, and Paris!
On your career…
How did Erin Off Duty get started?
It started when I had my own shoe line, Erin Adamson, and wanted to share my inspiration in terms of fashion, interiors, travel, etc…and then the blog took off immediately.
Your blog is composed of your love for fashion, photography, writing and design. Can you tell us a little about how they all coexist as one?
They all coexist as art, which is everywhere in fashion photography, writing and design. It’s a combination of point of view, perception, and above all, emotion.
If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you be doing?
Probably interior designer, I am very passionate about it.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received, or would give to those trying to get their start as a blogger?
Might be cliché but be yourself, listen to your inner voice and follow it.
Describe your personal style in one sentence.
Timeless, Parisian with an edge.
Who are your fashion idols?
Ali McGraw in Love Story for the 7O’s vintage vibes, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (post make over) for the great tailoring and shoulder pads, and Phoebe Philo for timeless elegance.
Where do you look for style inspiration?
I don’t really look for it, I usually pick my looks last minute.
Fashion Month is upon us! Favorite Fashion Week memory?
Well the most recent memorable moment was last week during Paris Couture Week. It was heavily snowing and the street style pictures turned out so beautifully (my knee high satin boots are still surprisingly impeccable!).
What is your fashion month styling must-have?
Great outerwear and accessories
What is one thing you cannot make it through Fashion Week without?
Favorite accessory to elevate your Fashion Week wardrobe?
I am obsessed with shoes! Sometimes I don’t wear a bag at all during street style shots.
Tell us a little about your Fashion Week schedule and how you find time to decompress between the madness.
It is very intense, as I attend almost all of them. When in Paris, I need to see my kids at the end of the day, before going out again for events/dinner. I need my cuddle time.
Besides Paris, which Fashion Week destination is your favorite?
I love Copenhagen Fashion Week, but I must say Milan is really special to me. The shows and presentation venues are always so inspiring, not to mention the food which is always a fiesta!
What would you consider the secret to true French girl style?
Favorite Parisian neighborhood? Why?
I love my neighborhood around St Honore. It is very central and close to everything so it’s easy for work appointments. The Tuileries Gardens is also close and there is simply stunning architecture.
Paris’ best kept secret?
Well it’s a secret isn’t it?
Toraya for Japanese lunch, La Poule au Pot for French Brasserie (they just received a Michelin star), and if in a hurry, Wild and the Moon - it’s healthy and yummy.
Best places to shop in Paris?
I would say Le Bon Marche as it’s never too crowded. However, to be honest, I rarely shop when in Paris - I do when I travel.
When is the best time of year to visit?
If someone only had 24 hours in Paris, what would you say they must see?
It’s cliché but I would say the Eiffel tower, I am still impressed every time I pass it.
You are a true Parisienne, but if you had to pick anywhere else in the world to live, where would it be?
I considered moving to LA for the amazing lifestyle, especially with my two kids. I lived in NY for two years, but I won’t go back there with my family.
On travel …
What upcoming trips do you have planned after Fashion Month calms down?
I am moving apartments in the middle of Fashion Month, so that’s the only plan for now :) I recently traveled to Marrakech and Istanbul, so I think after Fashion Month I will be a couch potato.
Where are some of your go-to travel destinations?
Amsterdam and London - easy and close to Paris.
Do you have any bucket list destinations you’re dying to see?
My husband and I traveled to Rajasthan last year, which I fell in love with. Now I would really love to discover the South of India for a more relaxing trip, maybe even a yoga retreat.
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