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 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:
Paris is currently buzzing with couture week and though I am actually stuck in NYC working on projects, I can’t help but do a quick flashback to my Paris uniform. I had just left a long brunch at the very elegant Apicius restaurant, soaking in all it’s beauty in the courtyard. It’s a spot I could stay at all, sipping a cappuccino and catching up with friends or simply lying down on the grass with a good book. Classically Parisian, yes? This is a look that will remain timeless and forever in my closet. It’s my version of the 3-piece suit. A little cropped jacket as a top, oversize flared trousers, and a really gorgeous and lightweight wool trench coat. This is a look that could easily be thrown on with beat-up leather combat boots, but for Paris, I always step it up a notch, slipping into a delicate Christian Louboutin mule and grabbing my Cartier Guirlande bag before heading out the door. It’s funny that wherever I go, I tend to adapt. I get inspired by the grand architecture, the gloomy weather that makes you want to curl behind a cup of coffee, and the effortless je ne sais quoi. Paris will always be a spot that I get to go back for work to. Short, but sweet, with a hectic schedule and a lot of jetlag. This year, I’ve been mentally preparing for my year of travels. I’m ready to see new places, new countries. I’m sure there are many more places that will give me the same amount of inspiration that Paris always does time and time again.
In a dream world, we’re living in bikinis with plenty of sunshine. For many of us New Yorkers, we’re constantly planning sunny getaways mid-winter and looking for only a handful of pieces to get us through the quick trip. Dylana and I take 3 AMAIÒbikinis through one very sunny day in Los Angeles. Whether it be peeking through the shadows by the pool, blending in with the city’s incredible mountains, or ending my day biking to town for dinner, I made the one-piece swimsuit my multi-piece. AMAIÒ Swim is absolute luxury. I like to think of their one-pieces as bodysuits that work well beyond sunbathing by the pool. If I’m headed out on a warm getaway, I lean towards the classics. I love nudes, blacks, and whites. That with a giant pair of gold earrings of course. If you look closely at each piece from the AMAIÒ Cruise 2019 collection, you’ll notice mesh detailing, pleats, and stunning empire waistlines. This certainly isn’t your typical swimsuit. It’s a work of art. Now where in the world should we go to next?
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!