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 happen to be some my favorite images from my latest campaign for Hunter Boots and it was all about hot, hot, heat. Hunter does chic, waterproof, outerwear unlike anyone else. In NYC, we get our muggy thunderstorms, rain, and cloudy skies. On the other side of the spectrum, we get the scorching hot sun and beautiful blue skies. With NYFW quickly approaching, I’m picturing perfect 75 degree weather, made for full days out on our feet, sashaying to the catwalk. But no matter what, this city girl is always prepared…with a pocket full of sunshine.
It’s finally a time to embrace this crazy rainy season! When I’m in the colorful Hunter Boots collection, it encourages me to go a little wacky and put on my most eclectic looks for a fun adventure. Their bold and bright rain coat and Core rain bootscollection brighten up even the greyest of days…immediately putting a smile on my face. It could be simply dancing in the rain and sticking my tongue out. Remember how romantic kissing in the rain is? Or jumping in the swimming pool before a crazy thunderstorm just for the thrill? There’s so much to love about the gloomy days ahead, and it gives us no reasons to stay indoors. No way does the rain stop me from my morning commute into the city for meetings, even in my favorite shift dress! I like to just toss on my rain coat, throw on a thick sock and my blue Core rain bootsand hope for the best! Even some of my best work and photographs were taken on a gloomy rainy day. Leave it to me to take out my camera for an afternoon of capturing images. I love how the clouds naturally filter my photos, giving it a beautiful moody feel. I even love my ice cream in the rain! I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes I feel like doing something totally unpredictable. That’s what I love about the gloomy days…the unpredictability. NYC is completely unpredictable, but I’ve learned to embrace it. The subway delays. The new cafe that just popped up down the street. The little park you just discovered when you took the wrong route home. The impromptu down pour.There’s so much satisfaction in getting things done and keeping a smile on your face despite what life throws your way…or what the skies throw your way. Especially when I’ve got a colorful collection of Hunter’s newbootsand rain coatright at my fingertips. They’re such a classic silhouette that I can style them for whatever mood I’m in. Wild flower child prints? Check. Tiny mini dresses? Check. Psychedelic scarves? I trust in Hunter to help me conquer all of the funny bits of daily life…even when life throws is a little so called “bad” weather. A little rain only adds a little giggle of excitement when it comes to conquering my day. Thank youHunter for partnering with me on this post, and keeping the city bright even on the cloudy day.