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.
It was always vintage Chanel that began my love for puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, and the tweed newsboy cap. I like to modernize that classic style with a handful of new emerging designers that also share that same love of vintage inspiration as me. Take this Tach satin blouse, Eugenia Kimcap, and suede Farah Asmarhandbag. These three designers have completely given a fresh romantic take on pieces with a little blast from the past. This season, I’m leaning towards soft palettes and interesting textures. I find this to be a look I would have worn 10 years ago, and maybe one I would wear 10 years from now. As for my weekend, I have a Sunday completely off, meaning I get to bop around downtown with some quality sister time before heading to France on Tuesday. I live for my Sundays. This week was one filled with press days and a few exciting new campaign shoots which you probably could find on my Instagram. I now find so much joy in picking up a fresh bouquet of flowers with friends and strolling the gorgeous NYC streets. No agenda. No nothing. I’ll always appreciate these simple moments and quiet days that makes me fall in love with NYC over and over again.
Deep down inside me always lived a ballerina. I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. It’s a completely different form of expression and I love how cathartic it can be. I remember going to dance team and show choir practice with a feel of escapism at the end of a crazy school day. I would get outside of my own head. It strengthen both my body and my mind and increased my ability to focus. Memorizing a full routine and executing it with ease, grace, and emotion was the goal. Straight legs. Pointed toes. Shoulders down and back. Landing light on your feet. Jazz will always be my core form of dance, yet the idea of becoming a ballerina, with it’s elegance and precise form, always intrigued me. I got to imagine what being a modern ballerina would be like with amazing center seats at The American Ballet Theatre with the Tod’steam for a performance of Gisele, featuring the incredibly talented Roberto Belle. It’s nights like these in NYC that feel unreal. The performance was stunning. The shapes a simple choreography can create is pretty incredible with a cast of ballerinas in gorgeous white tulle skirts. I appreciate dance more and more, with a real craving to attend more live performances in the city. There’s so much to see and do in NYC, I always get overwhelmed. But there really is time to do it all. I slipped into this gorgeous black sequined trench dress by Each x Other for the night with a perfect Tod’s platform heel and studded bag. Super sleek and feminine, exactly how I imagined dressing for a ballet would be.
My gorgeous Chanel bag is making another quick appearance. It makes it’s way out of it’s precious garment bag for work trips to Europe or special meetings and events in NYC. It’s time I start wearing it a little bit more. But for now, it’s Easter weekend and I’m all about living in yoga pants..full off-duty mode right now. It is officially the holiday weekend for me and though I will be editing in Premiere Pro with the team and reviewing projects (we have an intense week of shoots coming up), I am still very excited to sleep in on a Sunday and thoroughly enjoy my 24 hours of downtime. It may be spring in NYC, but the breeze is still cold enough to wrap myself up in a shearling coat and little leather gloves before heading out anywhere. I’ve had this stunning Coach jacket for a while now. I’ve never had it photographed, but I wear it so much. It remains a favorite staple piece in my coat closet. Slightly cropped, a little boxy, with an epic and unique mix of purples. You can probably tell that I’m constantly walking on the sunny side of the street and easing into spring by switching out my darks with my lights. Think a cropped off-white jean (I have a slight obsession with Mother Denim) and fun pops of color down to my socks. In NYC, we sort of skip spring and hop straight into summer. I will be anxiously awaiting that day and the smell of hot, steamy summer nights.
The year is already starting off crazy as I plan with my team for upcoming projects and travel. I haven’t looked away from my calendar all morning. For now, I am in the city, keeping warm, drinking hot cocoa, and taking meetings to kick off the new year. Days are bundled up while my nights are indoors, snuggled under a blanket. Less people are out crawling the streets, more people are hitting the gym, and the only thing buzzing seems to be the restaurants and bars that are steaming at the windows…heaters on full blast. Winters in the city mean surviving with very cute coats…cute beanies…and cute outerwear. It’s easy getting dressed when you have the perfect essentials. This beautiful pink coatis a favorite of mine this season. I’ve always wanted a bold piece that is so uniquely glamorous yet wearable. It’s so soft to the touch. I just threw it on over a cable knit, wide-leg trousers, and sock sneakers. When you have 20 minutes to get ready during the week…this is a go-to. The little melon green bag, a perfect little pop. When in doubt, think oversize coat and tiny bag. I’m taking the rest of my day to step away from my desk. I think the brisk, crisp air will feel really wake me up and energize me for the day.