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.
There is nothing better than Manhattan and an outdoor movie. The most perfect glittering night to be out…and on a Tuesday! It was so exciting to be LOFT‘s special guest at their LOL Movie Series at Solar One! an epic outdoor space, to celebrate a night of inspiring women in comedy. From the stand-up comedy to the actual film, the crowd really couldn’t stop laughing. It was one of those nights where us New Yorkers sort of stop and get to laugh at ourselves at all of the hilarious things that happen in this city that we experience on a daily basis. From being cat-called by the same dude on the block everyday… to actually being frightened at our own wacky mood swings and struggles that NYC throws at us. The last thing I want to deal with is my outfit, and so I went with something super simple, but with a little pop of color. Of course. LOFT’s skinny neck scarf, combined with a dramatic LOFT off-the-shoulder top and denim miniwas the perfect combination. Easy and super breezy. I love LOFT’s classic silhouettes. I added my favorite dangling earrings and a messy bun for a finishing touch and then done!
Rooftop Films was presenting a screening of the film My Blind Brother. It’s directed by one of my favorite funny ladies, Soophie Goodhard. I fell in love with this romantic comedy. It’s a film that makes you want to cry one moment, and laugh the next. And it was shot so beautifully! The colors of the film made me want to jump right into the movie. A beautiful story about siblings, friends, and true love. Go see it, go see it! There really is something so amazing about grabbing a bottle of wine, a box of pizza from the food trucks, and totally immersing yourself in a story while you can still feel the heartbeat of the city pounding beneath your seat. LOFT did such an amazing job and gathered together a super cool crowd for a fun night of storytelling. The line was down the street!! I made sure not to leave the moment unmarked, and gathered my friends for a quick snap at the photobooth. My first LOL Movie night complete.
Dining tables are meant to be special. Made for great meals, conversation, and getting things done. I was looking for something extra sturdy and big for my new loft. I found the perfect matching wood and concrete pieces over at High Fashion Home. The warwick dining table and matching sideboard sure weighed a ton, but I don’t think I’ll be moving them any time soon! Right now, I’m diggin’ a lot of modern and contemporary pieces that went with my home’s already industrial minimal aesthetic. I’ve always been drawn to wood and anything with a raw, natural feel and HFH Home really nailed it in that department. Maybe it comes from my folk’s house back in LA, fully crafted in wood from the top to bottom…so having a touch of that makes my home feel more like home. It’s nice having a good drafting place to meet with friends and come up with ideas on whatever we’re working on. Planning our next escape, drawing and pinning inspiration for our next shoot, or simply writing. Home should always be a place that inspires you to think outside the box and use a bit of your imagination. Give yourself that little bit of space!
Meet my dream couch by Joybird. I am a sucker for the perfect tufted couch, and I found it. Joybird’s Mid-Century furniture can be customized in different colors, making shopping their simply chic design aesthetic online even more exciting. Each piece is inspired by the Mid-Century movement of the ’50s and ’60s, from designs such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Cara Greenburg, and Ero Saarinen. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC that I really started to appreciate a touch of Mid-Century style…and of course, shopping everything online. It’s addicting and saves time. Joybird has totally made home shopping easy as 1,2,3. I had a hard time choosing between this and a bright mustard yellow! There’s a side of me that’s wacky and colorful, and the side of me that’s calm and loves all soft watercolors. Grey just seemed too perfect though against my pale blue walls and the fire-y pops of red. And can we talk about how comfortable it is? You don’t want to get off of it on movie night. It is indeed one of the most comfortable couches ever made. Lucky me.
Here’s a little sneak peek inside my home. I’m always singing something. Here’s a little tune and a strum to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.
This month I’ll be revealing bits of my DUMBO, Brooklyn loft! So much sweat was put into getting it just right. Home for me is always a work in progress. But I like to start with the little details. My favorite things to shop for are rugs and woven pieces to warm up my already minimal home. I immediately went to Lulu & Georgia. I love their play on color and texture. They carry every type style, but I love their beautiful exotic collection. I of course gravitated towards the Sauri wool rug. I went with the extra large size for my living room. It’s dramatic and really brightens up my space. How beautiful are the deep red colors? I clearly have a thing for red. It’s so vibrant and bold! So most of my house bounces off it’s industrial red accents like the painted pipes and bright barstools.
There’s also something about sheepskin I can’t get enough of. I like them casually thrown over a chair, or like here, thrown over my couch. It’s simple, chic, and extra cozy. The long “Alma” sheepskin rugis a transitional piece that can be styled anywhere.
When it comes to hanging things on my walls, I’m still slowly finding artwork from my travels and adventures. But I love to play off textures. So I snagged a Lulu & Georgia wall hanging reminds me of my childhood. Of all my colorful wool knits. It adds a bit of an earthy element to my entryway. Though I love the industrial, minimal vibe, my style is still super quirky.