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 always start my mornings with one or two cups of coffee! No matter where I am in the world, I love slow mornings as I have my first cup… the aroma filling my kitchen and awakening my senses. My love for coffee began with my mother. When I was child, I would always prepare her cups of coffee throughout the day…brewing it up and topping it off with a delicious creamer. The smell always warms my heart. As I’ve grown up, my love for coffee grows more and more as I discover its art. And now, I have this ultra luxurious coffee maker, the illy X1 Anniversary machine in Black. I fell in love with it just by looking at it. It’s iconic and classic design is super chic. It looks stunning in my kitchen at home, and perfectly contrasts against the reds and whites of my decor. It’s a super special multi-beverage machine. I can prepare espresso, cappuccinos, coffee, and lattes with ease. The delicious espresso I normally only get when I’m in Italy, I now make daily at home. illy’s Master Barista, Giorgio Milos, came over to my abode to teach me all the ins, outs, and tricks to making a delicious cup of joe.
I spend a ton of time at my home workspace when I’m actually in town. I tend to travel every other week, so when I am back home, getting work done, I like my space to be minimal, eclectic, and extra cozy. My desktop was in need of it’s own separate space…and for me, with my camera equipment and mood boards, I needed a big desk. A big desk for me to sketch, to write, to really zone in on my work and my editing. I immediately went to Joybirdbecause of their sleek, vintage-inspired design. Modern Mid-Century is an ongoing theme in my home. My Dumbo, Brooklyn home is super lofty, so I like to keep it’s raw, industrial feel. Wood with metal accents, and little pops of bold color. Meet my new Joybird “Holland” desk.
This beautiful Shelter Island, NY abode is home to interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The moment I walked through the bold orange front door, I immediately stopped and gasped. Once you soak in the gorgeous and eclectic decor, you’ll notice it’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, looking out to it’s own private beach. Talk about breathtaking. This interior designer really knows how to make a statement.
Being a homeowner has proven how worth-it it is to invest in quality, statement to keep forever. My Dumbo, Brooklyn loft is my sanctuary. It’s also my workspace. It’s eclectic. It’s unique. It’s contemporary. Meet these two stunning Stewart-Schafer icelandic sheepskin chairs…designed and made right here in Brooklyn. I’m so excited to tell you all about this amazing interior design duo.