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.
It is only the very first week of 2019 and it has already been insane and filled with excitement! I went straight from vacation straight into Golden Globes weekend! Did everyone relax on their couches last night with a big bag of popcorn to watch the awards? I got to kick off the new year here at the Chateau Marmont for the W Magazine Golden Globes party with my lovely Armani Beauty team. What a star-studded place to celebrate Golden Globes weekend! It’s not easy snapping back into work mode so quickly into the new year, but I will do anything for such an iconic night. Therefore, I slipped into this dazzling sequin Armani suit and stilettos for the red carpet. The Armani Beauty team came to my room to get me ready and I knew immediately after trying on my final look that I needed a very fierce, smokey eye. Heavy metals, my favorite. I kept the rest of my face really simple, with a nude/pink lip. As for my hair, just a tease at my root and a little cream through my ends. Voila. I’m easy. The quicker, the better. I’m so low key when it comes to getting red-carpet ready!
It’s my first time ever visiting the Chateau Marmont and besides rubbing elbows with all the Hollywood ingenues, I was certainly enjoying the suite life. This lovely suite had a super cool, retro kitchen and dusty pink bath tub. Oh, and you know me, I never go anywhere in LA without my entourage. By entourage, I mean my mom and dad. Being in Los Angeles for work allows me to spend more time with them. They enjoy getting to be a part of the glamorous part of my job. The travel, the hotels, the food, the scene, and the clothes. I love being able to share all of these fabulous moments with my family and friends. The Chateau Marmont is Old Hollywood at it’s finest. It feels completely untouched from the 1920’s. It’s certainly an interesting place to be. Dark and moody, the best spot in the house is at the bar by the pianist. W Magazine and Armani Beauty, thank you for transforming the penthouse into a stellar night celebrating “The Best Performances” this awards season!
My hair and makeup artist in Verona, Italy went for a very Brigitte Bardot look on me this evening and it is by far one of my favorite looks. Extra teased and voluminous roots with loose curls complete with a smoldering dark eye. I love a black winged liner with a super soft brown shadow. It’s certainly not my typical hair and makeup but it worked perfect for my red carpet event here in Verona. I like to go bold for the red carpet. It’s my time to play a new character and experiment with new and unexpected looks. This modern-day Brigitte Bardot hair and makeup feels extra glamorous when paired with a sparkling blazer and swaying skirt. When in Italia, I always go big and bold. Tonight is New Year’s Eve and though many of us are hitting the dance floor (and this look would be perfect for it), I think I might skip the hair and makeup all together, and ring in 2019 from home with family, rejuvenated and fresh faced.
The most amazing thing about Venice Film Festival and working with the Armani Beauty team is that I got to share this incredible week with my Mom. It’s rare we get to travel on work trips together, and this one felt super special. And in gorgeous and star-studded Venice, Italy…what more can a girl ask for? She loved all the glitz, glamour, the food, and most especially the makeup. You’ll see her below getting a little lip touch-up with the team. She made me laugh the entire time. I’m always so happy when I can get my family involved with what I do. It makes everything 100x more fun and memorable! Here we are in the Armani Beauty Stars press room. Think life-size makeup compacts and Rouge d’ Armani lipsticks in this gorgeous Venetian chateau. You’ll see a ton of red here because it’s the iconic Armani Beauty color. Firey, chic, and sophistcated. Red also happens to be one of my go-to colors, especially on my lips. For the Venice Film Festival, I alternated between a classic red lip in 400, a nude pink lip in Androgino, and a brown in Diva. Venice during the film festival is just absolutely magical. You never know who you will run into. Though we had a whirlwind week of shoots, press days, and the red carpet premiere of “A Star is Born” there was plenty of time in between to sit back on the boats and float slowly through the canals. We sipped on numerous Aperol spritzes like the locals. Now that is a dream.
Everyone deserves a little glamour in their lives. For me, it always starts with fragrance. The Good Girl Velvet Fatale Collector Edition fragrance by Carolina Herrerabrings out this femme fatale character from within me. This femme fatale is a woman who is mysterious and seductive, always lounging amongst extravagant decor, and dressed in the most luxurious gowns. For who? For herself mostly. Because she can. And because she believes in the freedom of self expression. The beautiful thing about this fragrance is that it will reveal both your good girl side, and your bad girl side. The good girl in me loves the romantic tuberose and jasmine sambac notes, while the bad girl side in me loves the cocoa and roasted tonka bean notes. As Carolina Herrera describes it, it’s a “weapon of seduction.” Whether it be a night in to roll around the house in a ballgown, or preparing for an evening in an embellished mini dress and high slit for a night out, I always lean to Good Girl Velvet Fatale on my vanity. I find it’s sexy gold heel totally provocative but in the best possible way. It’s both extreme and subtle at the same time, and I think that is how every woman is in her core. To me, it represents passion, love, sensuality, and lethal charisma. It represents the woman who is both extravagant but also hidden in mystery, and these are the reasons why everyone wants to know who she is. But she will always be that intriguing secret in the back of everyone’s minds. Now that’s a story to tell.