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.
I like my bedroom to be super minimal with a combination of whites and grey. This soft color palette really helps me rest each night. I like to invest in amazing bedding because it just makes me feel so good as I tuck myself to sleep each night! A gorgeous well-made bed really is something to put the time and effort into. I just spruced up my bedding with the amazing Kassatex New York. Founded in 1999 right here in the Garment District of NYC, Kassatex has a love for creating chic, luxury bed and bath products inspired by the classic and sleek NYC style. It’s superior comfort that is casual, affordable luxury. I went with their beautiful Mercer bedding. I fell in love with this clean waffle design. This cotton and linen combination creates a texture that instantly makes a simple white bedding, not so simple. Plus, the more pillows, the better! I topped off my set with a gorgeous baby alpaca throw in light grey and charcoal. It’s so important to invest in a good night’s sleep. I travel so much that I count on a good 8 hour sleep every night to get me through a jam packed day, or early call time. I like the feeling that little luxuries, like a brand new bed set, can bring. Kassatex New York is a believer in high quality bedding…and trust me, I’m all about high quality sleep. Take a little peek inside my NYC loft.
My grandfather is from Mexico City and I’ve always dreamt of finally visiting and being in touch with my father’s culture. This is a large city with so much history and of course, so many people! I have never walked so much in my entire life. Flat leather sandals were my best friend this trip. Traveling a city by foot is truly special. I stopped at just about every candy colored wall and snacked at just about every single taco stand when I had the chance. My tastebuds were going wild for everything sweet and spicy. A friend did recommend taking a quick break for a cool drink at Hotel Condesa DF. This adorable boutique hotel felt a lot more like a sunny hot spot off Sunset Blvd in Hollywood more than anywhere else. Think teal green walls and cow-printed seats. My love for spaces and architecture and interior design is growing the more I travel. I’m currently craving the hotel’s green lush covered walls complete with a beautiful sun roof. A girl can dream. La Condesa is one of the most fashionable and beautiful neighborhoods of the city. I went with dramatically bold colors and silhouettes. Even with the heat, it’s possible. Voluminous sleeves and a skirt with loads of movement is always the way to go. I think Mexico City doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s history and culture and love for food and music transcends so many places I’ve been to.
I’ve completely fallen head over heels in love with this Monse scarf dress. For some reason, it reminds me of hot summers on the Italian coast. The orange. The sunflowers. The way it’s neckline flows with the wind. Here I took it this lovely piece out for an afternoon out east at Macari Vineyards, a local spot during our Shopbop #StyleHigh kickoff. Dylana and I have always taken our summer dresses seriously. Silk…velvet… we love it all. I lean towards a romantic statement piece for just about every special occasion. I always go for a piece that tells a story. And can you believe it, one of the #SUAREZSISTERS is officially a newly wed?! I have never seen my sister so happy in my entire life. She’s found her person and we’re ecstatic!! We’ve been celebrating all week post-wedding. Now I get to share my other-half with her other-half, but it works out for the absolute best. I love seeing our family (#TeamSuarez) grow and grow! The summer has already brought so much love and opportunities to whip out the beautiful dresses. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Happy 4th my loves! Just wanted to check in and give a quick hello. I’ve been on set for a new campaign project these past 3 days in Red Hook, Brooklyn so I’m glad to finally get a moment with all of you now that I’ve finally caught up on a bit more sleep! I have family in town this 4th of July meaning I get to grab everyone I know and love, fill up a giant picnic bag, and head to the park. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed my beautiful Brooklyn Bridge park or my rooftop here in DUMBO on a weekday, so I’m happy to do something casual and local for the holiday. Up next on the horizon is an out-of-this-world work trip to Singapore meaning it’s time for me to get my house all organized, and finish up all my last minute projects in the city before getting on that 24 hour flight. For those who are spending a lot more time in the city this summer and looking for a new getaway spot that’s just as beautiful and a lot more quiet and secluded than the Hamptons, head to the North Fork of Long Island. Specifically, the Sound View Greenport Hotel! How stunning is this beauty rocky little beach? I was in town the other week with the Shopbop team for their summer #StyleHigh kickoff and fell in love with this little town so close to home. If you go, take a trip to Macari Vineyards for wood oven pizza and rosé followed by one of my favorites, a good clambake on the deck of the hotel. I packed easy romantic ruffled tops and loads of stripes. Summer out east really is something special. I find a new beach to fall in love with every single drive out there. But because I spend so much time on the road as it is, having some quality time at home for a hot second is going to be well worth it.