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.
Cords are back and better than ever. When my favorite blue jeans are in the wash, the next best thing is a classic pair of cords. Even better when it’s in a matching get-up. They’re soft with a little stretch….totally made for dancing. Starting today, I’m dedicating at least an hour of every single day to a little movement. That could be setting up my yoga mat in my living room for a good stretch or putting on my baseball cap for a long run along the waterfront. It could also mean blasting “Praise You” by Fat Boy Slim from my stereo and getting my dance on. I realize how important movement is for my mind, body, and soul. Maybe it’s time I get my booty back into a good hip-hop class. I find creativity comes in bursts, and it’s always when I let go and have a little fun. I’m working on so many exciting projects at the moment so it’s a major time for me to let those creative juices flow. Work doesn’t always have to feel like work.
A trip to Paris is never complete without taking a quick stop at Le Bon Marché. I took a little extra time to check out what’s new with my favorites at the moment: Valmont skincare, Dries Van Noten, and of course, Chanel. I couldn’t stop swooning at just about everything. I could stay in this department store the entire day, but my jet lag was really kicking in. With work dinners and meetings in Paris, I needed all the little cat naps that I could get so that I could get through it all without falling asleep on a couch somewhere (believe me, it’s happened.) Here I am just a few roads off from Le Bon Marché on what may be the cutest little corner in Paris, complete with cozy, hidden French bistros and fresh flower shops. I kept things light and simple for my day off: a belt bag to keep my hands free, my go-to tweed cropped jacket, and amazing platforms sandals. When Paris skies are grey, I tend to gravitate toward neutrals before ducking away in an Uber. I’ll be waiting for the sun, Paris!
Meet my new vintage YSL blazer…a piece I’ll keep forever. I still have so much excitement for consignment shopping. This is a piece I found on Vestiaire. It was shipped in from Paris, and completely worth hours on the site, digging. I grew up going to estate sales back home in Los Angeles so I know what it’s like to dig, dig, dig for the perfect surprise piece. I really miss it and try to do a weekend route through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica if I’m ever home in Los Angeles. The items I found were incredible, and literally came down to 5 bucks for a killer coat. It’s funny but I think I really did find my style back then when I was younger…shopping on a bargain. I have this thing where I love making something old feel brand new again. Right now, I’m into boyish everything. Oversize trousers. Boxy blazers. Dr. Marten boots. Crew neck sweaters. Anything you would see on an Olsen twin. Pile it on baby. This was shot on a much warmer day back in London. I’m really back home in NYC sprawled out on my couch. We’re having a real SNOW DAY. What does that mean? School’s out. Work’s closed. Meetings have been postponed to tomorrow. I can finally catch up on everything I need via email. There really is something lovely and relaxing about a snow day. This beautiful vintage YSL piece will have to make it’s second appearance on sunnier days.