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.
I am so excited to officially give you an inside scoop inside the gorgeous Palais Away x Grey Goose villa at Cannes Film Festival. This charming estate just oozed classic French sophistication with it’s gorgeous pale blue shutters and green vines, sitting perfectly on the side of a hill. From the pool, you can see more stunning villas below alongside the town, with nothing but the ocean ahead. I would say it’s the dream vacation home.
I have always wanted to spend some time in the south of France during the film festival and thanks to the dream teams at Away and Grey Goose, all was made possible….complete with a full and detailed itinerary in Cannes, the adorable town Antibes, and a quick boat ride to the Isle de Marguerite. Each adventure was always followed by a a delicious menu (and new cocktail recipe) to look forward to. My tastebuds certainly went wild this trip with refreshing lemon and lavender accents in my signature Grey Goose cocktails.
With the daily celebrations, I made sure to pack my beautiful Away luggage (I now have a travel set in “sand”), with loads of silk dresses, feminine mules, and pops of metallic. I slipped in a few gowns as well…a girl has to be prepared. Cannes becomes a red carpet with embellished ballgowns and black ties sashaying through every street and restaurant. It’s only fitting to whip our your best heels and your flash camera because you never know who might run into or where you will end up. It all felt too much like a movie to be real. I fully indulged in my surroundings by simply savoring the town’s very fresh ingredients to spending those extra moments sunbathing by the pool house. How do the tomatoes, cheese, bread, and butter (the list goes on!) taste so much better in France than they do here at home?
I got to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a handful of like-minded individuals with a passion for insane travel, refreshing spirits, and of course, a dash luxury. Take a peek inside our stunning abode.
I really hope each and everyone one of you were able to kick your feet up this long Memorial Day weekend. I just got back from Mexico City, and luckily for the holiday, I was able to catch up on sleep, and have a full movie day back home in NYC. I recommend you guys catch a glimpse of The Florida Project, and if you’re a 90’s Harrison Ford enthusiast, The Fugitive. I remember these long holiday weekends as ones to go out and dance the night away, but more and more, I’m finding these holidays to be ones to really relax, unwind, and stay in. Because I’m always on the go or living on an airplane, I really value the little downtime I actually get at home. The most wild parts of me come out in what I wear. Take this incredible Nanushka animal-print blouse and pant for example. Twin-sets have lately become my grab n’ go. I think I’ve already worn this set multiple ways, mixing and matching it with the newness in my own closet, or worn simply on it’s own. Easy, easy, easy. The most wonderful thing about Nanushka is their ability to completely elevate chic, vintage classics. I snagged this set at their new pop-up at Platform in Culver City. There’s always a part of my heart back in Los Angeles. There are times I really miss it. Like today…I would give anything to be under this clear, blue sky.
Shades of pink are constantly reappearing in both my home and my wardrobe. This vibrant shade really captivated me the moment I got this beautiful Italian velvet chair. It’s that little extra pop of happiness and femininity that I love having in the corner of my home. It has since become a star in many of my photoshoots. Now I gravitate towards this popping shade everywhere I go. This summer with Banana Republic, I have found even more new shades of pink that work well into my everyday, and most especially for those long summer weekends. Think a super nubby and lightweight boyfriend vee neck top, skinny pant, and block heel sandal. Right now I’m into these really beautiful shades: pop pink, blush, and pink reef. Wearing head-to-toe pink is certainly bold, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s a little nod to the strength that we as women have now in society and I love every ounce of it.
Deep down inside me always lived a ballerina. I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. It’s a completely different form of expression and I love how cathartic it can be. I remember going to dance team and show choir practice with a feel of escapism at the end of a crazy school day. I would get outside of my own head. It strengthen both my body and my mind and increased my ability to focus. Memorizing a full routine and executing it with ease, grace, and emotion was the goal. Straight legs. Pointed toes. Shoulders down and back. Landing light on your feet. Jazz will always be my core form of dance, yet the idea of becoming a ballerina, with it’s elegance and precise form, always intrigued me. I got to imagine what being a modern ballerina would be like with amazing center seats at The American Ballet Theatre with the Tod’steam for a performance of Gisele, featuring the incredibly talented Roberto Belle. It’s nights like these in NYC that feel unreal. The performance was stunning. The shapes a simple choreography can create is pretty incredible with a cast of ballerinas in gorgeous white tulle skirts. I appreciate dance more and more, with a real craving to attend more live performances in the city. There’s so much to see and do in NYC, I always get overwhelmed. But there really is time to do it all. I slipped into this gorgeous black sequined trench dress by Each x Other for the night with a perfect Tod’s platform heel and studded bag. Super sleek and feminine, exactly how I imagined dressing for a ballet would be.