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’m so excited to announce that Kitri, based in the UK, is now here in the US and online! Kitri is a new womenswear brand that has completely redefined the space between fast fashion and contemporary labels with a focus on well-made, thoughtful designs that won’t break the bank. Kitri creates what I love most: timeless silhouettes with a playful detail in design. They’ve mastered creating expertly tailored suits and jumpsuits, but Kitri is also keeping me in touch with my feminine side with this insanely perfect smocked dress. This piece is the dress of my dreams. Midi, a flattering cinched waist, and fluffed sleeve. Simplicity at it’s absolute best. It’s easy, airy, and just what will keep me going through the hot summer days here in NYC. I need more dresses like these in my life. Luckily, Kitri doesn’t follow a traditional fashion calendar. Instead, they have multiple design phases, with an exciting seasonal capsule collection coming out every month. Now I have something to look forward to every time I check the shop.
Also, I sat down with the brand for my super exciting Style Spotlight. See the best way to spend 24 hours in the city, along with a peek at my top Kitri selects this spring.
Cords are back and better than ever. When my favorite blue jeans are in the wash, the next best thing is a classic pair of cords. Even better when it’s in a matching get-up. They’re soft with a little stretch….totally made for dancing. Starting today, I’m dedicating at least an hour of every single day to a little movement. That could be setting up my yoga mat in my living room for a good stretch or putting on my baseball cap for a long run along the waterfront. It could also mean blasting “Praise You” by Fat Boy Slim from my stereo and getting my dance on. I realize how important movement is for my mind, body, and soul. Maybe it’s time I get my booty back into a good hip-hop class. I find creativity comes in bursts, and it’s always when I let go and have a little fun. I’m working on so many exciting projects at the moment so it’s a major time for me to let those creative juices flow. Work doesn’t always have to feel like work.
There really is something magical about the faded pink walls at The Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s classic. It’ll never go out of style or feel out-of-date. Talk about an absolutely timeless location. I can get lost in it’s lush maze of bungalows, finding myself going in circles. When I’m in LA for work, I like any reason to take a lunch meeting at on of the most iconic spots of all time. I don’t know when will be the next time I’m in Los Angeles, but I’m hoping soon! I’m currently back in NYC, with a packed schedule and a few travels coming up. Think France, the Hamptons, and a few more amazing music festivals. Summer on the east coast is always extra busy. It’s prime time for shooting, along with fitting in that extra epic rooftop party. I had a shoot every single day this past week meaning waking up early for 5am call times. With that, I start my day off by slipping to my go-to: an easy printed dress. I count on this Etro number to immediately feel put-together no matter the time of day. Silk is my #1 fabric of choice because lately, comfort and ease are my best friends. I’m taking this Monday to finally get a full day plugged into my computer and catching up with conference calls and emails. There’s so much my team and I will be updating you on soon! I find it so important to take a slow Monday to get organized and energized for the week ahead.
I am so excited to officially give you an inside scoop inside the gorgeous Palais Away x Grey Goose villa at Cannes Film Festival. This charming estate just oozed classic French sophistication with it’s gorgeous pale blue shutters and green vines, sitting perfectly on the side of a hill. From the pool, you can see more stunning villas below alongside the town, with nothing but the ocean ahead. I would say it’s the dream vacation home.
I have always wanted to spend some time in the south of France during the film festival and thanks to the dream teams at Away and Grey Goose, all was made possible….complete with a full and detailed itinerary in Cannes, the adorable town Antibes, and a quick boat ride to the Isle de Marguerite. Each adventure was always followed by a a delicious menu (and new cocktail recipe) to look forward to. My tastebuds certainly went wild this trip with refreshing lemon and lavender accents in my signature Grey Goose cocktails.
With the daily celebrations, I made sure to pack my beautiful Away luggage (I now have a travel set in “sand”), with loads of silk dresses, feminine mules, and pops of metallic. I slipped in a few gowns as well…a girl has to be prepared. Cannes becomes a red carpet with embellished ballgowns and black ties sashaying through every street and restaurant. It’s only fitting to whip our your best heels and your flash camera because you never know who might run into or where you will end up. It all felt too much like a movie to be real. I fully indulged in my surroundings by simply savoring the town’s very fresh ingredients to spending those extra moments sunbathing by the pool house. How do the tomatoes, cheese, bread, and butter (the list goes on!) taste so much better in France than they do here at home?
I got to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a handful of like-minded individuals with a passion for insane travel, refreshing spirits, and of course, a dash luxury. Take a peek inside our stunning abode.