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.
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!
Neiman Marcus October 2018 Book photographed by Guy Aroch // Frame blazer, top, and jean
I am excited to finally publish my cover for the Neiman Marcus October 2018 BOOK, featured here alongside some amazing modern-day starlets. This is my second Neiman Marcus cover (what an incredible year!) and though it is now November and many of you have already received the book in the mail or in-store this past month, I’m excited to link everything here so you can shop, shop, shop! What I love most about this campaign shot by the legendary Guy Aroch is that bold pops of color and high energy is everything. It is classic NYC style at it’s very best. Think hot dog stands, epic roof top dance parties in the rain, and color-coordinating with your girl gang. Fall is all about finding the perfect pair of trousers, the perfect blazer, and of course, statement party dresses that will make anyone swoon. The ladies and I covet the brands featured here: MSGM, Vince, Frame, See by Chloe, Veronica Beard, and Helmut Lang to name a few. Now start clicking and start shopping my looks below.