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).
Vintage always holds a special place in my heart. I love a piece that tells a story. I wonder who wore this piece and where before I got it. I scored this vintage Thierry Mugler blazer at What Goes Around Comes Aroundin Los Angeles. I get a rush of excitement whenever I visit this cozy space filled with old treasures. You never know what you’ll find, and I’m always so pleasantly surprised and inspired by fashion all over again when I get in touch with it’s past. I threw this blazer on in the fitting room and fell in love with the elegant fit of it’s waist, the longer hem, and perfectly structured shoulder. There are some designers that create such artful pieces that just make you feel like a superstar. Thierry Mugler is one of them. I can’t wait for the day when stores like these come back alive. Where we can wander through the world’s most amazing fashion archives and stories, and become inspired once again by all of its beauty.
This by far my favorite vintage piece in my wardrobe, this stunning vintage Alexander McQueen ruffled blouse. And guess what? I digged and digged, and found it on Vestiaire Collective, a market place for pre-owned luxury designer fashion that you can’t find anywhere else, at an amazing value. It actually is pure thrill when I shop their website. I get to sell items from my own closet as well as get access to incredible closets of the world’s most stylish women. Authenticity is important to Vestiaire and believe me, they sell a ton of luxury goods from Chanel, to Saint Laurent, as well as Celine, Prada, and so much more. Every single item is checked both for quality and authenticity before it’s shipped out to the buyer. I like knowing that the Vestiaire Collective holds such high standards for both the buyers and sellers when it comes to the product. Now about this amazing Alexander McQueen…
There’s nothing more classic than a white turtleneck, denim overalls, and a shearling coat. It’s exactly what I’ve seen my mom wear in Santa Monica back in the 70’s. I’m here in LA this week for a shoot today and every time I’m home for work, I’m back to sporting this easy, vintage-inspired style. My mom had a coat just like this one when she was my age. It’s a bit of a West Side girl thing. We like anything comfortable. Things big and oversize enough to cuddle up in when the cool sea breeze rolls on in. This one in particular was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandma. It’s so good isn’t it? I’ve been taking it on my morning walks overlooking the cliffs of the Pacific Palisades. The sun shining in my face. Won’t everyday feel this good?
Remember those Woolrich vintage blankets you’d find on your grandmother’s couch? The heavy plaid blankets? Some red and blue. Others white, with the red, yellow, and blue stripes? They’re ultimate suburban classics. A staple in American TV history as it was somehow always the defining piece in every living room scene, simply thrown over a couch. I still have some stored in my closet for those really cold winter nights in New York City. But it’s the rare vintage Woolrich coats I still see sometimes at General Front St. Store in Dumbo I love, with the same classic colors and prints. Woolrich has collaborated with Woolmark, one of the best maker’s in wool, to recreate a vintage classic, fully updated. It’s seriously the softest, most luxurious wool coat ever. It’s so rare I find a wool that feels so incredible on my skin. No itching at all. I’m all about an off-white on white ensemble, even in the winter. My pals at Free People found this white jumpsuit at a sample sale, and it’s exactly what my mom in the 70’s would have had. Perfection. Here’s to keeping warm with a classic take on something all of America grew up with.
// Woolrich coat (similar one here), Free People denim jumpsuit, Wildfox Couture sweater, Dear Frances boots, Vintage Chanel backpack //