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.
After my numerous trip to London for work, I finally feel like I’m connecting more and more to this beautiful city. I’m so excited to be sharing my own personal London guide here with British brand, Superdry. I’ve known Superdry for years here in the U.S, but I was beyond excited to get to explore the capital city of their home country, and share my own stories and experiences in this lively and super cool city. Superdry defines British chic with a mix of classic, sporty, and laid-back pieces. I lean to Superdry for their classically English trench coats, brilliant bombers, and fantastic summer staples. We’re talking super sweet smock dresses, matching leather twin sets, and extra slimming high waisted jeans. It’s at Superdry that I can grab and go for both basics and the not-so-basic necessities. London style, to me, is both classic and eclectic. It’s the birthplace of rock n’ roll. It’s also the birthplace to anything posh. You get the best of both worlds.
I am officially a lipstick junkie. As I dig through my beauty drawers, I found 3 amazing shades to wear for the rest of summer. A pinkish-brown lip pencil, a sorbet orange tint, an iridescent stick that goes over any color you choose. All so different, yet all amazing with a bare face. I skipped foundation this day in my house…just a few swipes of concealer and highlighter to get me camera ready. Just as any French girl would do. Oh, and for all who will ask: amazing silk dress is by JH.ZANE.
It’s amazing how many ways I can style this metallic skirt. It’s been my summer go-to. Here, I gave it a little structure. An asymmetrical off-shoulder blouse and new everyday bag by X. Nihilo. Shapes and edges that flow and compliment one another. Speaking of structure, it feels amazing to finally spend some quality time back home in NYC. Sweltering July travels, buzzing around the world, working on location, has transitioned into a grounded beginning-of-August in NYC. My family is in town, meaning things have been madness in Casa Natalie juggling both work and family time, but I love it. August is my time to re-focus, plan, and strategize for what’s to come in fall.
I am excited to take you down St. Maarten memory lane. It was such an incredible getaway. Just my boyfriend, a 35mm lens, a car, and a whole island to explore in one week. We stayed along Cupecoy Beach…and I rank it by far the best beach on the island. Imagine crystal clear, calm and steady, turquoise water. Gorgeous white butterflies, fluttering their wings everywhere you turn. St. Maarten is part French and part Dutch. We stayed on the beaches of the Dutch side, where we indulged in fresh seafood and hours of swimming under the hot Caribbean sun. I tried snails for the first time..and liked it. Can you believe it? There’s an elegance to the island which I really love. The beaches. The hotels. The restaurants. I can’t wait to show you more. You get a real European summer feel with just a 3.5 hour flight away from NYC.