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.
These were taken late June, early July, just seconds before a giant storm cloud drifted in behind me. Back when washed out blue denim was all you needed, along with a good pair of overalls. I’m really giving you some SUMMER LOVIN’ this week to catch up on all of these lost moments. With fashion week, and everything else, I’ve begun to miss these raw moments. Rockaway Beach. Their famous taco joint in itself (Rockaway Taco) is worth the hour train ride from the city!
Currently stowed in the far corner of my closet? My beat-up straw hats awaiting the next day to sunbathe. Crochet crop tops so light they blow away with the wind. The giant tote of classic black bikinis, always filled with sand.
I have so many little stories to tell you from my weekend getaways. I really, REALLY miss my #MontaukOffDuty days, though I’m still currently happy to be cozying up in a sweater and looking out into the gloomy city skyline from my home workspace. But yes, Montauk days were pure bliss. I’d do anything to get that tan back! But it’s the oceanside runs, beachside picnics, and most importantly, our PLAYLISTS that got me going.
But when the rain hits out East (which it always does) we sort of panicked. So instead of looking out into the empty pool chairs, splattered with rain. We got on the road. Headed to do anything, anywhere. That’s how we ended up here. Randomly stumbling upon Wölffer Estate Vineyard. The rows of grape vines so long, and so wide, you can’t see anything on either side. Pure GREEN. I’ve fall hard for these beautiful places. The rainy, damp streets of Sag Harbour. The stately homes with their black shutters. It’s a place you’ll find movie stars hidden in the back of the restaurant, yet it’s still got a down to earth vibe. The winery was just what we needed before heading back to the city…saying goodbye to summer. For a day on the patio, and running through the fields, I went with a classic white tunic, sequined bohemain shorts, and a woven hat.
There’s something I love about a concrete grey. It’s a new hue I’ve come to love for the new season. Botkier’s Logan Satchel is my new carry-all. It’s pebbled leather gives it a more rustic look, and I’m just obsessed with this oversize shape. It fits everything from my make-up bag, my HUGE camera, and even a pair of flats if I need it. It’s exactly what I need when I’m headed to the airport, off to my next adventure. I paired it with with a just as neutral look. Yes, I’m bringing back the classic denim mini-skirt! Along with a wool duster coat, my favorite rock tee, and a good pair of trainers. Understated but still so chic. I think I’ll be living in this color palette for quite some time!
// Botkier Logan satchel, RES Denim skirt, French Connection coat, Christian Benner tee, Armani trainers, Sabrina SL choker //
MIAMI. I miss that HOT HEAT. And there really is nothing better than MIAMI SWIM WEEK. Days are spent in your bikinis, working on your tan by the pool… nights spent seated at the runway shows with your toes in the sand! Sweaty, dewy skin and short shorts completely acceptable. My bikini collection is never ending and honestly, I’ve discovered so many incredible swim brands this past year. I think I have over 100 swimsuits?! That’s my vice. I can never get rid of my favorite KINIS. This season, Dylana and I went with my love Pooja of 6 Shore Road! I even closed in her runway show. Nose ring, smokey eyes, and all! I became that Tibetan Warrior on the catwalk.
When OFF DUTY, we explored the colorful art deco streets of Miami. I lived in my trusty light blue denim shorts, rompers, and just one pair of sandals. Bold and retro one-pieces, and bustier 2-pieces bringing vibrant colors and prints into my wardrobe. No make-up necessary. Take a peek into my Miami photo diary.