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.
Natalie Lim Suarez is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
I’m gearing up for the holidays on the East Coast. My very first ever. Normally I whisk myself back to Los Angeles to be with my family and soak in the hot sun, but this year, they are coming to visit me here in New York. Lucky me! It’s time to bundle up with our mittens, hop in a car, and explore what is outside the city. Here I am flashing back to an early fall weekend in Montauk with my family at Gurney’s. The resort was quiet. Peaceful. Nostalgic. The sound of the waves felt so deep and loud in the middle of the night. To wake up and hear it is just the best feeling in the world. I didn’t pack much. Just a crochet bikini and a lot of soft cottons and cashmere sweaters. It’s funny how I tend to blend in with my surroundings. From the nudes of the sand to the warm green from the all the brush, you’ll find bits of it in my wardrobe. I tend to be a chameleon when I’m surrounded by nature. You’ll even notice a lot of pieces here are from Sabrina SL‘s latest sustainable fashion collection. This woman is a dear friend and she too finds Montauk to be an incredible source of inspiration. The pastels like soft lavender and cloudy grey found in her pieces are inspired by Montauk’s ever changing sky. Just the thought of more weekends like this with loved ones puts a smile to my face.
There’s something magical about Montauk off-season. The beaches are quiet. The breeze allows me to wear my favorite sweater vest. I can sit on the balcony wrapped up on a blanket overlooking the waves in the sun. It’s crazy to think fall is really here and summer is over. My sister snapped up these images at the lighthouse. It’s been a while since I’ve shot a black and white series. The wind, the suit, and the waves seem more dramatic without any color. Even more beautiful. Funny enough, all l I remember was just how bright blue the water was, glaring back at me that day.
I know what you’re all thinking: This wetsuit is sick. I took this baby out for a chilled surf session out in Ditch Plains, Montauk with Cynthia Rowleyand the team. She really does some of the most insane prints. I admire her love for color and graphic prints with a 70’s inspired touch. The team and I grabbed our glamorous surf gear and though we were hit with gloom and rain, it didn’t stop us from diving for the waves anyway. I’ve been super jet lagged after Singapore so this cold rush from the water really woke up my body and made me feel alive again. I can always count on surfing and swimming in the ocean to suddenly jump start me. My love for the sport began back home in California. Surf and skate culture were a huge part of my upbringing in Los Angeles. I remember modeling for everything surf/skate…my long, bleached locks, tanned skin, and messy bangs completely identified with rock n’ roll surf culture of the time. But it wasn’t until I stepped on my first board in Costa Rica that I became hooked. Then I surfed Nicaragua and Mexico. That adrenaline rush is what I live for. Whenever I catch a wave and stand up, I start screaming and yelling. It’s completely uncontrollable. Conquering even a small wave makes me so happy that I have to shout. Grungy surf style will always have a place in my heart, and I know that the laid-back look by the sea will never go away. I’m taking that part of my style, and elevating it with statement pieces like this perfect paisley wetsuit along with a delicate earring. I wish I had more time to dedicate to the sport, but I’ll happily make the easy drive out to Montauk for a necessary afternoon pick-me-up.
Summer seems to be going by in a flash. I just wrapped up my latest work trips to Singapore and Chicago, and I am ready to spend some time at home, in New York. I have officially conquered all that was left of my jet lag, and now, I can really enjoy what is left of my summer before September travels start to creep up on me. I’ve needed a break from traveling so I intentionally planned my August to be one spent locally. I spend my weekdays in the city, with sunny Saturdays and Sundays out by the sea. The only reason to pack my duffel bag is for quick getaways to Montauk where I can surf Ditch Plains, shop at the farmer’s market, or simply go out dancing with my gal pals.
Take a peek at what a perfect wardrobe out east looks like, all of which I captured in PART 2 of my photoshoot for The Outnet. For this shoot, I wanted to celebrate all of the colors that make my summer feel alive. Think popping satin pink and bold tangerine orange. I also made sure to fit in my essentials: the All-American striped one-piece and the romantic eyelet white dress. But your eyes might head to the accessories, because they are va-va-voom! These Stella McCartney star platforms sure bring the glam to the down-to-earth streets of Montauk. The Outnet has managed to exceed my expectations when it comes to timeless, designer items that will live on from summer to summer like majorly sexy dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and adorable Maison Michel sun hats. Now which eclectic look do you love most?