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 love any reason to throw a party at my home, especially around the holidays. New York City is beyond beautiful at this time of year and I try to spend every weekend leading up to Christmas day to celebrate and fully indulge in truly the most magical time of the year. To celebrate amazing friends. To celebrate one incredible year. The holidays go by so fast that you have to really take a second to stop in your tracts and reflect. Why not, by enjoying a cozy night in with my best friends? My favorite part of an at-home party is the fun of preparing. Putting on my apron and getting down in the kitchen. Getting to simply peek outside my windows and see the twinkling lights coming from my neighbor’s Christmas trees inspires me. It’s so heart warming, combined with the smell of freshly baked cookies from my oven. As I prepared for the party, I put on my favorite Christmas playlist, and baked a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies and a little DIY chocolate cake. The night is never complete without opening a few bottles of our favorite holiday drink as well, theStella Artois Cidre. Yep, cidre not cider. It’s light and refreshing. It’s bubbly! It’s not too sweet, it’s extremely crisp. The fresh apple juice in every bottle always get me in the holiday spirit. Cidre always reminds me of winter. Home. The holidays. A hot fire place. I love this new spin on the classic Belgian Stella Artois beer..and so do my friends. Stella Artois Cidre is a no-brainer for me for any winter celebration because it’s easy and still super sophisticated. Everyone loves it, just like me.
But as always, our parties always get a little wild. Music is what I live for, so karaoke was another no-brainer. We danced to everything from Frank Sinatra to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. Let’s just say we busted out all of the holiday classics before getting slipping off our shoes to start a dance off in my living room. My friends sparkling in their beautiful holiday dresses. Velvet, chiffon, and silk. Another reason why we love to get together is to dress up! I am finally whipping out the sparkles and satin from the back of my closet for all of my nights out. So with every cheers we said something that we were all thankful for this Christmas. I said good company and very good beer.
Getting my DUMBO loft together this year has been insanely fun. My first home in NYC that is finally a real home and I love putting of my eclectic touch to the place. I just felt I needed one last item. Something with color. Something that pops. An unexpected, unique touch that is still clean and minimal, but has a bit of personality. Meet my new dreamy pink chair and matching coffee table by PROMEMORIA. PROMEMORIA is based on Lake Como, Italy and not only is their furniture extremely well made…their high-end designs are unique, playful and so elegantly beautiful. They have antique roots going back to the 19th century, but a love for detail and special designs. Each piece meant to not only be a beautiful piece of art, but also meant to be lived in and loved in. The Vittoria chair in a bright pink velvet was the finishing touch to my home. Where I like to sip my morning coffee on a Sunday morning.
Dining tables are meant to be special. Made for great meals, conversation, and getting things done. I was looking for something extra sturdy and big for my new loft. I found the perfect matching wood and concrete pieces over at High Fashion Home. The warwick dining table and matching sideboard sure weighed a ton, but I don’t think I’ll be moving them any time soon! Right now, I’m diggin’ a lot of modern and contemporary pieces that went with my home’s already industrial minimal aesthetic. I’ve always been drawn to wood and anything with a raw, natural feel and HFH Home really nailed it in that department. Maybe it comes from my folk’s house back in LA, fully crafted in wood from the top to bottom…so having a touch of that makes my home feel more like home. It’s nice having a good drafting place to meet with friends and come up with ideas on whatever we’re working on. Planning our next escape, drawing and pinning inspiration for our next shoot, or simply writing. Home should always be a place that inspires you to think outside the box and use a bit of your imagination. Give yourself that little bit of space!
Meet my dream couch by Joybird. I am a sucker for the perfect tufted couch, and I found it. Joybird’s Mid-Century furniture can be customized in different colors, making shopping their simply chic design aesthetic online even more exciting. Each piece is inspired by the Mid-Century movement of the ’50s and ’60s, from designs such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Cara Greenburg, and Ero Saarinen. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC that I really started to appreciate a touch of Mid-Century style…and of course, shopping everything online. It’s addicting and saves time. Joybird has totally made home shopping easy as 1,2,3. I had a hard time choosing between this and a bright mustard yellow! There’s a side of me that’s wacky and colorful, and the side of me that’s calm and loves all soft watercolors. Grey just seemed too perfect though against my pale blue walls and the fire-y pops of red. And can we talk about how comfortable it is? You don’t want to get off of it on movie night. It is indeed one of the most comfortable couches ever made. Lucky me.
Here’s a little sneak peek inside my home. I’m always singing something. Here’s a little tune and a strum to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.