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.
The holidays are inching closer and closer. Think cake, champagne, and lots of lights. As the city begins to light up, so do I. Check out the insane Stuart Weitzman Flash 75 sock boot. This year, I’m wearing a lot of black with a hint of shimmer with everything from my boots to my dresses. What I love about this shoe is that it’s both luxurious and wearable with it’s super soft suede upper and gorgeous crystal encrusted heel. Stuart Weitzman is a master at taking the everyday, elegant must-haves and totally revamping them. I can’t live without a black sock boot, and now, I have one that feels more festive than ever. I’m super excited for a winter on both coasts. Barelegged in Los Angeles versus being snuggled up with a fuzzy scarf and sheer tights in New York. I think this look will be on repeat a lot this season. Watch out.
I’m spending the holidays in my hometown of Los Angeles. It’s one time that I can be with my family and of course, indulge in everything that embodies that Los Angeles lifestyle. Whenever I would think of Hollywood, I think of overindulgence. Marilyn Monroe. The Walk of Fame. Melrose Place. The Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles is not just place, but a mindset, where your imagination can come to life. A city unlike any other where winters are spent by the swimming pool, tanning in the sun. Nights are spent out, rubbing elbows with the stars. I can see why many believe “California is the mission.” What’s not to love? Glamorous nights at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Afternoons exercising at Runyon Canyon. Green juice and yoga overlooking the Pacific Palisades. Holidays in LA are anything but normal. Bikinis by day, party dresses by night. Here I am living my best Hollywood life with one of the most perfectdesigner dresses. This may be the best piece to hit up Sunset Blvd during New Year’s Eve: a knit beauty by Alexander McQueen, straight off the rack at Selfridges in London.
It’s always so hard trying to shop for guys. They’re one word: particular. Well, my guy is especially. Particular and practical when is comes to style. So I thought hmm, what is he going to use forever, that he doesn’t already have now? When scouring his closet of blazers and not-warm-enough denim jackets, I asked “how in the world does a NYC guy not have a parka?” I found just that. The Canada Goose “Mainland” parka for men. Sleek and sophisticated, without any unpractical frills around the edges. Perfect…and looks pretty darn sexy on him. My guy knows every super cool brand out there and new product. So here’s a few things he’s had on his wishlist for a while!
1. Canada Goose “Mainland” men’s parka: straight up necessary.
2. Intelligentsia Travel Tumbler: for all the coffee lovers like us who like to brew at home for on-the-go.
3. Daniel Wellington watch: a classic unisex piece. love the touch of rose gold.
4. Barbour leather gloves: This British brand has amazing accessories for gifting. I think I’ll get the women’s gloves to match!
I love any reason to throw a party at my home, especially around the holidays. New York City is beyond beautiful at this time of year and I try to spend every weekend leading up to Christmas day to celebrate and fully indulge in truly the most magical time of the year. To celebrate amazing friends. To celebrate one incredible year. The holidays go by so fast that you have to really take a second to stop in your tracts and reflect. Why not, by enjoying a cozy night in with my best friends? My favorite part of an at-home party is the fun of preparing. Putting on my apron and getting down in the kitchen. Getting to simply peek outside my windows and see the twinkling lights coming from my neighbor’s Christmas trees inspires me. It’s so heart warming, combined with the smell of freshly baked cookies from my oven. As I prepared for the party, I put on my favorite Christmas playlist, and baked a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies and a little DIY chocolate cake. The night is never complete without opening a few bottles of our favorite holiday drink as well, theStella Artois Cidre. Yep, cidre not cider. It’s light and refreshing. It’s bubbly! It’s not too sweet, it’s extremely crisp. The fresh apple juice in every bottle always get me in the holiday spirit. Cidre always reminds me of winter. Home. The holidays. A hot fire place. I love this new spin on the classic Belgian Stella Artois beer..and so do my friends. Stella Artois Cidre is a no-brainer for me for any winter celebration because it’s easy and still super sophisticated. Everyone loves it, just like me.
But as always, our parties always get a little wild. Music is what I live for, so karaoke was another no-brainer. We danced to everything from Frank Sinatra to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. Let’s just say we busted out all of the holiday classics before getting slipping off our shoes to start a dance off in my living room. My friends sparkling in their beautiful holiday dresses. Velvet, chiffon, and silk. Another reason why we love to get together is to dress up! I am finally whipping out the sparkles and satin from the back of my closet for all of my nights out. So with every cheers we said something that we were all thankful for this Christmas. I said good company and very good beer.