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.
This was actually shot on the very last day of NYFW. I was too tired to wear my boots and heels anymore, that I slipped into my all-time favorite sneaker by Bally. I opted for everything oversize, because I was ready to dash in and out of shows under my umbrella in total comfort. My The Kooples coat felt more like a blanket yet this Gucci blouse from NET-A-PORTER made me front row ready in about two seconds. This NYFW flew by. Team Suarez and I shot a lot of amazing campaigns all while making it to 9am show call times and late dance night parties in Brooklyn. Even with all the fun, I was so ready for a good, long facial and massage come the day after. This FW I kept things cool and classic. Loads of trousers, great statement coats, and even more statement bags like this Ferragamo beauty I snagged on Monnier Freres. I have never felt more organized and relaxed during fashion week. I guess I am now a seasoned veteran that it suddenly feels easy peasy from getting my schedule finalized to making the time to get dressed and support some of my absolute favorite designers. I’m so happy to take you through some of my favorite moments in the next couple of posts.
I am so excited to be featured on Virgin Holidays. I travel so much that it only made sense to bring you into my world and inside one of my favorite spots in my home of NYC, and that is Eataly. Eataly NYC Flatiron reminds me of every part of Italy that I adore. I have road tripped through Tuscany, the Amalfi coast, Rome, and Naples under the boiling hot summer sun. I’ve spent winters on work trips in Florence, fashion weeks in Milano, and red carpets at Venice Film Festival. There’s still so many aspects of Italy to discover, and I can do that much of that right here in NYC at Eataly NYC Flatiron. Italians really understand the art of living, loving, and indulging. What really makes Italy a special place for me is the love for food. When I think of an Italian dinner party, I think of rustic long wood tables covered in greenery, fresh fruits, and a ton of wine. To me, there certainly is no greater love than the love for food.
I walk you through 3 of my favorite spots inside Eataly NYC Flatiron that always keep me coming back for more:
We have been having bursts of spring sunshine this month, inspiring me to liven up my wardrobe with some color. Adios all black winter ensembles! I am so ready for color, color, and more color. Schutz is currently focusing on a major neon pop trend that I am in love with. Highlighter yellow. Hot pink. Lime green. Take these bandana print seashell sandals for example. I look down and suddenly imagine myself on holiday by a beach somewhere tropical. Bopping around the city’s park will have to do for now. Sometimes I just need this subtle pop of neon to bring my look to life. I like my neons best with gorgeous silk nudes, soft yellows, and pale pinks. Keeping the rest of your look simple and clean is the key to keeping the neon trend chic and elevated. But then there is also the very eclectic part of my style that would totally pair these sandals with a cropped neon sweatshirt and wide-leg trousers. I’m currently in pretty and effortless spring mode as I shed my layers, so elegant mules and soft dresses will have to do. How are you embracing neon this spring?
How incredibly dramatic are these pink leather gloves? They are made by Portolano, an innovator in the industry, founded in 1895, in Naples, Italy! They have stayed true to their craft and continue to make accessories of incredible quality. Nobody does leather better than the Italians! These gloves feel soft like butter and though Portolano sells all of the classics of leather gloves, cashmere scarves, hats, and more, I went for the extra stand-out pieces to make my look really pop. I adore these really feminine 19 inch gloves simply with a tucked oversize menswear blazer and trouser. It’s elevated and could easily been plucked off the runway at NYFW. Their black cashmere scarf is my must-have, while you’ll also find the bold blue leather gloves in my bag on the daily. This bold blue is like my everyday neutral… it goes with just about everything. For those of you who are dabbling into wearing more color on these winter days, start with the accessories. Nothing gets more classic and fun to play with than leather gloves and cashmere scarves. Now which color is your favorite?