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.
This is not a normal shape I wear…the bubble, but it’s pretty fun to switch things up, and especially during Paris Fashion Week. Here I am snapped outside the Marimekko show. The presentation was beautiful, with loads of pink and reds with women of all ages taking the stage. It was refreshing. This little Marimekko bubble polka-dot number went best with a pair super thigh-high Tamara Mellon boots and my favorite Proenza bag. Totally rain proof. The weather was intense, making it one of those days to throw my hair up in a bun, skip the makeup, and add on giant pair of goggles…aka, my fun Karen Walker sunglasses. Paris was amazing this fashion month. There were so many incredible shows, presentations, and previews. Team Suarez had the most productive week of non-stop action! There was so much to do in so little time! Our home base was at the super chic Hoxton hotel. I have never run into so many people I’ve worked with before in one place. It was like a zoo…it felt like everyone was either out in the cafe taking meetings or simply chilling out with a glass of wine in between shows. It’s a pretty amazing space to just sit and people watch. Everyone looked wonderful, all jazzed up in their best for the shows. In Paris, I always feel I step up my game when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. I like to wear something a little out of the ordinary. The city just makes you want to create beauty of everything that’s around you. I always come home after a Paris trip feeling inspired to soak up the simple luxuries of the everyday because in Paris, that’s what life is about. The luxury of your morning coffee. The luxury of simply walking around the city. I can get used to the luxury of everything made in France.
I’m finally onto the last day of PFW, and it’s certainly time to keep things a bit more simple before boarding my next flight. A clean, fresh striped shirt… jeans that hug in all the right places…and amazing suede booties. But something’s missing. Yes, a beret. A French staple. This past winter I’ve traded in my Russian hats and fluffy beanies for a classic beret. Easy, and oh, so chic. The key to Parisian style is making jeans, a beret, and shirt feel elegant. Especially for lunch at the extra elegant hotel, The Peninsula. But it wasn’t before long I hit the Parisian streets only to get stuck in the rain, without a map. I had to stop a Parisian to ask where on Earth I can turn to walk to the Tour de Eiffel. He showed me where, and recommended to take a second route…”the chic side of the street.” Perfect.
My Sandro Parisshoot continues! We certainly brought the heat to PFW. I’m obsessed with the flame accents in the latest S/S ’17 collection…have you seen the matching trainers yet?! It’s all just too good. Here I am in Montmarte, just steps from the stunning Sacre Coeur. I could sit at the top and stare down along the sunset forever. It’s one of the most magical spots in all of Paree. Be sure to stop for a delicious nutella crepe along these hilly streets and get your portrait drawn. It’s hard to avoid all the attention within the tourist trap in these striking gold boots. I think it’s about time I’ll slip away for a cappuccino now…
There really isn’t a bad view in Paris. I began every day and end every night looking out upon the beautiful Parisian streets…completely starry-eyed. Paris is even more romantic in the rain. Rainy days call for untucked layers and soft, oversize denim. French style is always a bit undone. Mess up your hair. Never leave your fringe too even. Smudge up your kohl black eyeliner. Go a size up in your outerwear. Speaking of which, Sando Parishas created the most perfect star denim jacket. I love it’s 90’s fit and paired it with a little something sporty. A striped boyish shirt and slouchy jogging trousers. My Lou bag always the ties it all together. The amazing thing about Sandro Paris is their special attention to detail with every single piece. Always a subtle mix of masculine and feminine. It’s true the French are best at “chic.”
I spent my afternoon in Le Marais, exploring the familiar streets I know and love. I love getting lost in it’s corners…somehow I always find myself curled up in a little bookstore, getting an espresso at La Favorite, or at my go-to dinner spot, Au Petit Thai, late into the night. It’s the neighborhood of Paris that reminds me most of NYC. The amazing vintage shops. The youthful energy. The diversity when it comes to food and fashion. No trip in Paris is complete without a true Le Marais adventure.