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.
These two looks are all about plaid, featuring items in my closet that I wear on repeat. The chunky knit sweater. The statement turtleneck dress. The tweed skirt. Gucci, Lie Sang Bong, and Mulberry. All amazing designers that are taking plaid to the next level. I miss Paris already! When I’m in town for work, the days fly by, and my jet lag is always absolutely insane. I’m a happy girl if I get one second to hit the spa before all the fashion. The holidays don’t slow anything down. Team Suarez is currently wrapping up all of our holiday shoots and campaigns. Think hours at our desk doing final edits, hopping from event to event, and even hosting a few shin-digs of our own. I love taking things offline and really connecting to our community…connecting to all of you! I think taking everything online and moving it offline is so important right now for the longevity of what we do. Making those face-to-face connections and just keeping things real. Plus, there happens to be Pre-Fall runway shows happening right now, this weekend, in NYC. I just saw the Alexander Wang Collection 2 show last night, and I’ll be over at Versace’s show this evening. I can always expect the unexpected this time of year. The inspiration just keeps on going! So much sparkle and so little time, but it’s all just super exciting! Even with the holiday rush and go, go, go, it’s that time of year where I hit refresh. I’ve already booked my flights back to Los Angeles for Christmas. This lady needs a really good long vacation. The sun, my car, and a good soundtrack. I can hardly wait. I’m sticking it out in NYC style until then!
I had just landed in Paris for Paris Fashion Week, and on the very last day. This happens to me sometimes when work in NY keeps me in the city, and then suddenly something comes up in Paris and voila, surprise appearance! I was in town with the dreamy Cartier team for a super special project, but luckily, I flew in just in time for my favorite shows of the season, Sacai. Landing in Paris was like feeling fall again for the very first time. The cold slapped me across the face. It is indeed turtleneck season. I quickly checked into Hotel de Crillon (it’s one of my favorite places to stay in Paris), before slipping into this stunning Sacai look, straight off the runway. How incredible is this knit with ruffle detail, and a waist best? The pleated skirt is also just spectacular. I can always count on Sacai to immediately do a fresh take on the classics. The little details are so interesting and thoughtful. I look closely at each piece, and just go wow. I completed the look with a feathered heel by Lena Erziak and a perfect YSL pop of red bag. In Paris, I happen to only wear the best of the best.
Close your eyes. Dream up your most perfect fall day. To me, it’s a flannel shirt. It’s the smell of the s’mores cooking in the backyard and meat pie baking in the oven. It’s a giant wooden log cabin. It’s the view of nothing but gorgeous trees turned burnt orange, brown, and yellow. It’s the feeling a drizzle coming down on the window pane and the soft sounds of the guitar strumming in the distance. It’s a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rich served with slices of either apples or fresh tomatoes. Mont-Tremblant in Quebec is what you would only see in movies. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen during the fall. So picturesque. So unreal. The air just feels really, really good against your face, even snuggled up in a giant coat. I quickly became obsessed with this little ski town.
I went both behind the lens and in front of the lens this season with Veuve Clicquot. Photographing for such an iconic French champagne house like Veuve Clicquot always feels special. One sip and suddenly my travels with the team flash through my mind: Paris, Reims, London, Maui, Los Angeles, and now Canada. It makes me smile. The memories I have with this champagne will last forever. This experience, in both Montreal and Mont-Tremblant, felt so authentic for Veuve Clicquot Rich. Tis’ the season for Clicquology: the art of preparing drinks with Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot Rich was especially made for this mixology. It allows me to find new ways to drink champagne. This season I’m gravitating towards pears, apples, tomatoes, pomegranate, and hibiscus tea to experiment in my drinks. I like mine at brunch, served with a plate of squash salad, chicken pot pie, and side of mashed potatoes.
Bellies full, we ventured down to the lake, looking up at our cabin. Today was just as good, if not better than Thanksgiving. And trust me, I have so much to be thankful for this year. All you could see is the party inside and the smoke from the fireplace blowing in the wind. I’ve never seen anything so perfect.
Mulberry England does lady like chic, with a modern twist unlike anyone else. The quality in this perfect blue suit is beyond. I wore this out for a gorgeously romantic night out at this season’s Paris Fashion Week. I have been pretty non-stop this season. NYFW -> PFW -> Montreal and now back for my second collection launch tomorrow here in NYC. One more week until Dubai. PHEW. It wasn’t until I landed in Paris that I felt a tingle of winter hit my face. The cold is a’ coming and I’m switching out my summer wardrobe with my favorites for fall. Right now, I’m really into sets. They’re easy, super elegant, and perfect to travel with. I can always count on a set to become 4 outfits with a few extra tops and bottoms. There’s something about Paris that brings out that lady like fashion sense in me. I like seeing a little prim and proper look on a totally rebellious cool girl. Just forget brushing your hair out and grab your fanciest shoes.