Modeling since the age of 15, Natalie Lim Suarez has been a notable figure in the fashion industry for years. Based in NYC, she is 1/2 Chinese, 1/4 Spanish, and 1/4 Mexican. With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.
It’s on New Year’s Eve that I whip out my flash camera and bounce around the party, capturing every moment in sight. What goes best with flash? Sparkle, and lots of it. I really adore how St. John does evening couture. Each item I’ve kept in my closet is so timeless that I can wear them forever. This iconic American luxury house stays true to their roots, dating back to the 60’s. The way they have always done knits is innovative and iconic, having remained of the same amazing quality since day one. I have never felt a knit gown that felt so luxurious to the touch, with so much dimension and elegance. This is my New Year’s Eve ensemble: the St. John Metallic Knit Halter Neck Gown. It’s sophisticated. It twinkles. It has a stunning cut-out design, making it the perfect dress to go with a chic and messy low-bun. It’s all about the neckline and sequins! I kept things elegant but eclectic with a sheer dotted tight, and snake-print stiletto. I find combining subtle prints and patterns to be fun, especially with a statement black gown. But before I go anywhere I have to complete the look with a glossy, statement lip. It’s this time of year I invest in only a few really amazing gowns that work well even beyond the holiday season. Birthdays. Galas. It’s every single time that I can style this beauty a different way. Think with a chandelier earring. Or maybe a sock and strappy heel. Maybe a dramatic hat and black boot. A statement gown like this one is meant to lived and loved for years to come.
This is how I want to feel going into 2019: super shiny.
As winter comes along, I’m making my Dumbo, Brooklyn loft feel a lot more intimate, inviting, and cozy…and not just for me, but for all of the people in my life when they come to visit. That always starts with upgrading my living and dining room interiors and adding a lot more seating space so all of my guests feel like my home is theirs as well. I discovered Interior Define on a recent trip to Chicago, where I walked by their gorgeous boutique during a day of shopping. I went inside and fell in love with their clean aesthetic, with a close attention to details and quality. I came back to NYC and customized my selects on their online shop to perfectly work in my home.
Neutrals for me are a must. My home is a mix of soft blues, grays, concrete, wood, and little pops of red. I have been traveling so much this year. When I am home in NYC, I cherish every single moment I get to enjoy here. I love a shabby chic aesthetic that feels lived in and loved, but with a relaxing and elegant color approach. I love inviting friends over to cook a hearty breakfast, or simple circle around my living room space with a bottle of wine. A sectional sofa for me is a must. I had all this extra floor space, and just wanted a much larger couch that made for really stretching out on. This piece gives me that ahhh moment when I come home after a long work trip. The Ms. Chesterfield Sectional Sofa was perfect. I adore the old-fashioned men’s club design with really elegant tufting. It’s my go-to style in any home. I customized it in the fabric, Seed, which is a really amazing cross weave that adds a lot of dimension and warmth.
As for dining area, I have this really luxurious concrete and wood table, but I needed the perfect chairs to match. The Audrey leather dining chairs by Interior Define were just the right fit, with a super luxurious, sleek and modern design to match. You just sit in them and never want to get up. I chose the “New City” gray color with Matte Brass legs. You can choose between a few gorgeous and warm shades of leather with either Matte Black or Chrome legs. Each combination is absolutely divine. These chairs are just so yummy and so pretty to look at. I can’t wait to finally have my guests over and put them to good use.
The Versace Pre-Fall ’19 just debuted last night right here in NYC. What an iconic event! I went all out in this head-to-toe Versace velvet power look for the night. At my fitting, I fell madly in love with these warm jewel tones and fierce cheetah print. It’s decadent. It’s sexy. It’s fun. It’s over-the-top. It’s everything I love and admire in Donatella Versace and her designs. They are truly fearless. They turn heads. They never leave your memory. The way she uses gold is beyond. I can spot a Versace piece from a mile away with just the glisten of a gold button in the sun. For Pre-Fall ’19 you’ll see lots of black and white animal prints, along with bright pops pf pink, green, blue, and yellow thrown into the mix. Eclectic to the max and I adore every bit of it.
These two looks are all about plaid, featuring items in my closet that I wear on repeat. The chunky knit sweater. The statement turtleneck dress. The tweed skirt. Gucci, Lie Sang Bong, and Mulberry. All amazing designers that are taking plaid to the next level. I miss Paris already! When I’m in town for work, the days fly by, and my jet lag is always absolutely insane. I’m a happy girl if I get one second to hit the spa before all the fashion. The holidays don’t slow anything down. Team Suarez is currently wrapping up all of our holiday shoots and campaigns. Think hours at our desk doing final edits, hopping from event to event, and even hosting a few shin-digs of our own. I love taking things offline and really connecting to our community…connecting to all of you! I think taking everything online and moving it offline is so important right now for the longevity of what we do. Making those face-to-face connections and just keeping things real. Plus, there happens to be Pre-Fall runway shows happening right now, this weekend, in NYC. I just saw the Alexander Wang Collection 2 show last night, and I’ll be over at Versace’s show this evening. I can always expect the unexpected this time of year. The inspiration just keeps on going! So much sparkle and so little time, but it’s all just super exciting! Even with the holiday rush and go, go, go, it’s that time of year where I hit refresh. I’ve already booked my flights back to Los Angeles for Christmas. This lady needs a really good long vacation. The sun, my car, and a good soundtrack. I can hardly wait. I’m sticking it out in NYC style until then!