Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BYE BYE SUMMER CAMP


Now that I look back, our roadtrips out East felt a whole lot like SUMMER CAMP. I always kept the keys to our abode on my wrist, it jingling as I bike down to the ocean. Mosquito bites attacking my ankles on those drunken summer nights, living in a hammock, and becomming one with the caterpillars. You'd easily spot me at the bocce court in the mid-drift exposed rashguard, and my trusty vintage Levi's (yes, this is my only pair, I couldn't find a more perfect one). I'm currently enjoying these last few posts of laidback sunshine before the storm of FASHION WEEK. Bring on the crazy outfits everyone! New York City always has me insanely busy, and I'm always dashing around town. There's always SOMEWHERE I have to be...rarely do I find a moment to just sit back and kick off my shoes. But believe me, I thrive off of craziness. So yes, next up is a flight to SWEDEN. I'm excited to once again put my foot into new territory, use a MAP, and have limited wifi.  It's going to feel extra refreshing. I can't wait for you to join me.

// VITAMIN A rashguard //

// VEDA leather vest, Dorothy Perkins pool slides, DIOR sunglasses //


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LESS IS MORE // VS


I had the pleasure of sitting down with MAJOR BABE, Victoria's Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge during our Victoria's Secret #WHATISSEXY? Google Hangout! I loved getting to chat with super sweet Lily and the rest of our special editor guests in a totally SHOPPABLE hangout. We talked streetstyle, fitness, beauty, and WHAT IS SEXY. And you know what? Victoria's Secret is all about LESS IS MORE. Their simpler silhouettes are currently grabbing my attention. I love demi twin sets in simple clean designs that are still sweet and super sexy. I like when mine peeks out a tiny bit from underneath a tanktop. So with Lily, we dug deeper into what's so SEXY about LESS IS MORE. It's really about that effortless approach. You don't need frills and neon prints to feel sexy. It's all about going all natural. Showcasing who you are by being free and comfortable in your own skin. This collection is something I want to sleep in, wake up in, and go out in. It scream comfort, but is also sexy, yet in a subtle, effortlessly cool way. Now this is what I love!

Take a peek below at this adorable VS film, and watch our GOOGLE HANGOUT chat here. Thank you Victoria's Secret for having me as a guest editor!

Monday, August 18, 2014

DKNY // MYNY FRAGRANCE


With the launch of the new DKNY MYNY fragrance, I'm giving you the inside scoop on MY New York. The bottle is gorgeous, and I love how it's shaped like a digital version of the city. The buildings, and little pockets of neighborhoods! But most of all, this scent reminds me of what the city brings to me. The possibilites, the passion, the spontaneity. NYC has given me drive, and allowed me to be passionate in everything that I do. It's fast paced, and everything just seems closer. At the tip of your fingertips. You have to think outside the box, stand out, and make sure to get that next taxi. It's GO, GO, GO. But the city also allows you to breath, with the river views, museums, and park benches. I could lay in the city sun all afternoon if I could. Even within the craziness, you can find yourself getting lost in your own world. Sinked in with your headphones on or nose in your book. My city allows me to dream, and dream big. This scent goes with me everywhere. From mornings at the studio, to nights on the dance floor. My NYC is exhilirating, and forces you to be independent...to be an individual. I take on the city as if it were my runway. I can be me, every single day.

Tomorrow is the launch of the DKNY MYNY digital hub on MYNY.DKNY.COM!

With the digital hub, you can use your creativity to build a heart (like the fragrance bottle!) that visually represents your personal New York story. This interactive experience will allow you to gather images and customize them with special filters so that your heart perfectly represents all that you love about New York City. I can't wait to share mine!

 So on the official launch, tomorrow, August 19, you can share your New York story in the digital heart and it will be prominently visible to the world-wide MYNY community!

Join me tomorrow from 11am-3pm at Madison Square Park with special guest, RITA ORA, as we celebrate the launch of DKNY'S MYNY fragrance! 


There will be pretzel carts, bus stops and city signs, along with the people that make up NYC are brought together to celebrate the launch of the fragrance and global digital platform in Madison Square Park!

Visit the the pop-up pretzel cart and  “be a part of it” by creating their own “MYNY HEART” at a  first-ever digital interactive bus stop in Madison Square Park, outfitted in LCD touch-screens. On the screens, guests can interact with the MYNY digital application to create their own “MYNY HEART”, a digital heart made up of photos from their social channels. I invite YOU to share their experience on myny.dkny.com and with the hashtag #MYNY. See you all tomorrow at Madison Square Park!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

NECESSARY NEUTRALS // SAM EDELMAN APPAREL


I always need my not-so-basic BASICS because honestly, nothing is more cool than a slouchy blouse, leather short, and black boot. I handpicked these simply perfect items from Sam Edelman's new apparel collection in stores now for Fall. The collection has it's eclectic colorful pieces, yet it has those necessary neutrals as well. It's all about playing with proportions and textures. Oversize on top, mini at the bottom. This leather SKORT is that one statement piece that goes with everything in my closet. The booties are so ME in luxurious ponyhair. So yes, on crazy days this is my uniform. 

I also took a major sneak peek into the Spring '15 collection at their showroom, meeting Sam and Libby Edelman themselves! I was taken to Tahiti with their incredible new prints, flowing fabrics, and loads of killer embellishement. We're talking sequins, zebra prints, and exotic beading. Stay tuned for what's to come!




// Sam Edelman chambray shirt, leather skort, and "justin" boots // 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#NMWARRIOR CAMPAIGN FILM // NICOLE MILLER


The NICOLE MILLER #NMWarrior campaign is here, and it was so amazing getting to film this campaign with my sister, Dylana Suarez. Sisters just being sisters. 

In between jumping into creeks with our skirts on, and speeding down the gorgeous roads of Connecticut, we had a very adventurous day shooting this campaign. I have fallen madly and deeply in love with the Nicole Miller #NMWarrior collection. It's inspired by female warriors, strong women, and fearless fashion. The bold prints, killer leather pants, and printed twinsets make for living that fearless lifestyle. Creating your own rules and taking the road less traveled. The feeling that "YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A SUIT TO FEEL STRONG." Something that Dylana and I both live by. I wear what makes me feel confident. It could be that badass leather jacket, or fitted A-line skirt. 

So how far will you go? Show me your take on fearless fashion by tagging @nicolemillernyc #NMWARRIOR. 



Share our #NMWARRIOR campaign video on Facebook and Twitter to be entered to win a $500 giftcard to shop Nicole Miller. Be sure to tag @nicolemillernyc and #NMWARRIOR.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

H&M Grand Opening with the Suarez Sisters // The Mall at Bay Plaza BRONX


This Thursday, August 14th, marks a super important day for H&M and NYC. My sister Dylana  Suarez and I will be hosting the opening of H&M's thirty-sixth store in New York State at The Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx. The store opens at noon and will allow customers in the Bronx access to the latest trends at the best prices. 

 This store opening is super exciting because The Mall at Bay Plaza will be the first enclosed fashion mall in New York City in almost forty years and will serve customers in the Bronx, Westchester and upper Manhattan. H&M is a huge supporter of sustainable fashion and recycling. To kick off the store opening, H&M customers at The Mall at Bay Plaza can donate old and unwanted pieces of clothing from any brand while in the store. Customers will receive a voucher for 15% off their entire purchase for each bag of donated clothing. Those who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the 15% off voucher. Not only that, H&M at The Mall at Bay Plaza will also offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other fantastic opening offers for the whole family!

 The first five customers to tweet at me (@natalieoffduty) and @hm while waiting in line will win early access with style consultation and a free head to toe outfit courtesy of H&M!


H&M at The Mall at Bay Plaza is located at 200 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10175. 

 See you guys at noon on Thursday, August 14th in the Bronx!! We can't wait!


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Monday, August 11, 2014

TEXTURE PLAY // THROWING IT BACK

I am SERIOUSLY throwing it back. Back to when my cheeks and nose were so pink from the cold, I couldn't feel my own face. It's funny seeing the pale version of myself as I look at my suitcase full of swimsuits and rashguards, my tan still going strong. All of these winter-ready pieces are stashed away somewhere far, FAR back into my closet. But these were the days. Mornings trying to figure out how to dress cute/warm/cozy in 20 minutes all while trying to be comfortable enough to take on the crowded streets and subway cars. Winters were shiveringly bitter, and it's still hard taking in all of these looks. All of which, I got too busy to even look over. Today is all about texture play. Now being a New Yorker, I've totally mastered the art of layering. Fur under my leather. Bright pinks with my colorful plaids. Taking that British newsboy cap, along with stockings and a midi skirt out to the East Village. Freezing temps are fun when you've got the goods to play with. I guess I'm prepping for what's to come...fall you're creeping up faster than I thought. 

// VEDA leather jacket, Nanette Lepore leather twinset, Chanel red handbag, Modern Vice JETT boots //

// Vintage pink coat, Rebecca Taylor dress, Hugo Boss handbag, Modern Vice boots //

// SEA new york skirt, Paul & Joe Paris coat, Worth & Worth newsboy cap, WILDFOX "london" turtleneck, Camper boots // 


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Friday, August 8, 2014

THE ESSENTIALS // TRUE RELIGION


When it comes down to it, I always have my essentials. It could be a white tee. A leather vest. A newsboy cap. But a good blue jean is way up on my list. This time? I'm going with the perfect INDIGO jean. It has that sexy, sultry vibe. True Religion has perfected this wash of indigo...the deep blue hypnotizing. I love this new fit: the mid-rise VICTORIA, part of their Core Fits. It's a more modern take on the classic cigarette jean. It's so effortless and easy, cuffed with a pop from my yellow snake boots. Their Core Fits are inspired by denim disrupt by innovation. They still have their iconic stitching, but they've gone NEW and REFINED with a minimalist twist...making them my everyday jean. Best dressed with all of my essentials.

// featuring True Religion jeans // 

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