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.
In a dream world, we’re living in bikinis with plenty of sunshine. For many of us New Yorkers, we’re constantly planning sunny getaways mid-winter and looking for only a handful of pieces to get us through the quick trip. Dylana and I take 3 AMAIÒbikinis through one very sunny day in Los Angeles. Whether it be peeking through the shadows by the pool, blending in with the city’s incredible mountains, or ending my day biking to town for dinner, I made the one-piece swimsuit my multi-piece. AMAIÒ Swim is absolute luxury. I like to think of their one-pieces as bodysuits that work well beyond sunbathing by the pool. If I’m headed out on a warm getaway, I lean towards the classics. I love nudes, blacks, and whites. That with a giant pair of gold earrings of course. If you look closely at each piece from the AMAIÒ Cruise 2019 collection, you’ll notice mesh detailing, pleats, and stunning empire waistlines. This certainly isn’t your typical swimsuit. It’s a work of art. Now where in the world should we go to next?
I just want to shimmy and shake in this feathered skirt, or shall I say skort. It has built in shorts! They can’t be anymore perfect for dancing. The holidays are over? I don’t want to believe it. I’m still in that very festive state of mind. Mulberryhappens to be my go-to for an eclectic night out in Paris. It seems I’m always living out of a hotel wherever I go for work. I wouldn’t mind having the stunning Hotel de Crillon as my home base. But this week, I’m trading in my croissants for green juice as I settle in on the west coast. I’m currently working in LA, shacked up at the iconic Chateau Marmont. It’s exciting waking up in a new place and I enjoy all the people watching and celebrity sighting. Everyday is one to explore no matter where I am in the world.
These two looks are all about plaid, featuring items in my closet that I wear on repeat. The chunky knit sweater. The statement turtleneck dress. The tweed skirt. Gucci, Lie Sang Bong, and Mulberry. All amazing designers that are taking plaid to the next level. I miss Paris already! When I’m in town for work, the days fly by, and my jet lag is always absolutely insane. I’m a happy girl if I get one second to hit the spa before all the fashion. The holidays don’t slow anything down. Team Suarez is currently wrapping up all of our holiday shoots and campaigns. Think hours at our desk doing final edits, hopping from event to event, and even hosting a few shin-digs of our own. I love taking things offline and really connecting to our community…connecting to all of you! I think taking everything online and moving it offline is so important right now for the longevity of what we do. Making those face-to-face connections and just keeping things real. Plus, there happens to be Pre-Fall runway shows happening right now, this weekend, in NYC. I just saw the Alexander Wang Collection 2 show last night, and I’ll be over at Versace’s show this evening. I can always expect the unexpected this time of year. The inspiration just keeps on going! So much sparkle and so little time, but it’s all just super exciting! Even with the holiday rush and go, go, go, it’s that time of year where I hit refresh. I’ve already booked my flights back to Los Angeles for Christmas. This lady needs a really good long vacation. The sun, my car, and a good soundtrack. I can hardly wait. I’m sticking it out in NYC style until then!
I am currently writing from my hotel lobby here in Verona, Italy. These past few weeks have been insanity. With the campaign shoots to my clothing collection, launch press events, and now, over a week working in Italy for the Venice Film Festival. I’m glad to be back to writing after a week of absolute crazy. I had to pinch myself as I found these images of me on the red carpet of the ‘A Star Is Born’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande in Lido! I feel so lucky to have an incredible Armani Beauty family. So far, we’ve already travelled all over Europe this past year from Paris to London and now Venice. Venice may have been the icing on the cake. I had my red carpet Giorgio Armani fitting back in NYC before we flew out and I think I tried on every single dress…from sequins to ruffles to chiffon. But there was something so special about this very simple, long and lean lace gown. It fit like an absolute glove. I knew it was the one. And with only 30 minutes to get ready before walking the carpet, we went with a simple red lip and clean face. My favorite red at the moment is Rouge d’ Armani Matte lipstick in #400. It’s that classic Old Hollywood “movie star” red that is my go-to for any red carpet event. I threw my hair up in a bun last second to show off these decadent earrings, and voila. I was ready. And even with the rain coming down on the red carpet, it still felt like magic. What a memorable night with my fellow Armani Beauty Stars followed by a team dinner with Cate Blanchett. Keep pinching me. Keep pinching me.