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.
Bally has updated it’s iconic Cecyle bag and this is the best new take on a spring purse in a while. It now comes in smaller size with lighter, airy colors and an even more subtle stud pattern. A white bag is essential for spring. I took my new buddy uptown. But what I love most is the little keyhole. Dear Cecyle holds all of my secrets. Want to know a funny one of mine? I like to visit the Plaza and pretend that I live there sometimes. I imagine waking up in the giant master suite, before grabbing my coffee and croissant to take a walk through this park. The Cecyle easily compliments the Upper East Side with it’s elegant shape and effortless sophistication. I could sit here in this park across the street from the Plaza and people watch all day. In NYC, glamour feels right at your fingertips. It’s a place you go to experience that typical New York City that always feels like magic. The hustle and bustle of Manhattan really surrounds this spot endlessly from day to night. The lights glimmering off of gold statues and reflecting off of beautiful buildings. It reminds me how powerful and unique the city really is and always will be. It is timeless. I couldn’t imagine this moment without my dear Cecyle crossbody bag, a trench coat, and a pair of my favorite boots. This is my uniform now and forever. The snow is slowly melting and I can already smell spring. I am so ready for more afternoon strolls in the park, dreaming of life at the Plaza.
In Los Angeles, I like home to feel really clean and modern. But I wanted a pop of color with a little vintage-inspired touch. Meet my new custom Interior Define dining chairs. They are very similar to the ones I have in my NYC loft, but with a slightly different design and in the most amazing shade. I love my Interior Define chairs in NYC so much that I also got them for Los Angeles! I customized the Dylan dining chair with luxurious blush velvet and gorgeous matte brass legs. When I sit in them, I go “ahhh.” They are just so incredibly comfortable and well made. For small dinner parties at home, they are both elegant and fun. Blush really seems to go with everything like a large granite dining table and a little shearling thrown over for a chic personal touch. The dining area really is the heart of the home. I like how it feels so statement now with a perfect pop of pink. On the West Coast, I live for opening up the balcony doors, letting the sun shine in, and having an early home cooked meal at sunset with friends and family. These chairs just add even more to that easy, breezy state of mind that I’m in whenever I am home in Los Angeles.
I am currently in Los Angeles, so I have certainly shed a few layers though we’ve had more rain than ever. I’ve come back for a few work projects, all while squeezing in loads of family time. This weekend, I’ve spent my mornings scouring estate sales like old times, scoring on some incredible vintage pieces. I’ve spent my nights going through dozens of home videos. It’s amazing how you can fall in love with your childhood self all over again. It’s like a little reminder to embrace the silly kid in you. That freedom and that curiosity. But I have to be back in NYC in just a few more days already and back to the work craziness. This trip has certainly given me a breath of fresh air and a new perspective to thoroughly enjoy every single moment we have in life.
One thing I always look forward to back in NYC is snow! On the East Coast, I wear a ton of plaid and I simply pile it on. It’s all about finding colors that work well together when it comes to mixing loads of textures like pinks and grays and dark blues. I adore these wool pink Gucci pants with a super oversized A.W.A.K.E coat. I even gave my pant a little tuck into my boot. The more slouchy, the better. The more effortless and wacky, the better. It is my childhood self who would love this freedom to layer and layer all of my favorite pieces in one very statement winter look.
This mini and bag from Shopbop is what spring in Woodstock looks in my mind….as romantic as my favorite folk song. With the change of season, you’ll find me in electric colors and embroidered daisies. It’s not everyday that you see me in something so feminine, but the freshness of spring makes me wanting more and more ruffled sleeves and voluminous skirts! My closet is suddenly feeling a breath of fresh air as a warm breeze hits the city. I have been stuck in NYC for work this past month but luckily, there’s a lot of travel on the horizon. Team Suarez is so ready to kick off spring around the globe although NYC in the spring is amazing thanks to blue skies, loads of sun, and a wardrobe that mentally takes you somewhere else. I’ll be in between the West Coast, Europe, and a few off-the-grid locations coming up and I’m actually so, so ready to hop on a plane. This dress reminds me of so many different worlds. Spring is going to be all about that for me. Exploring new worlds and taking you along with me.