Name: Natalie Suarez
Describe what you are wearing: I’m wearing a crochet Eternal Sunshine Creations blouse, Paige Denim white pin-striped pants, and blue snake boots I designed with my boyfriend at Modern Vice. I love white on white with a touch of blue.
How would you describe your personal style? My style is definitely a bit rock n’ roll yet still has an earthy element. I’m still a bit bohemian.
Who or what influences your style? I’m super inspired by music. Some days I want to dress like Mick Jagger. Also, I love the classic from some of my style icons. I love Jane Birkin…girls who can pull off just about any style.
Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m from Los Angeles, born and raised. But I’ve now lived and worked in NYC for over 2 years. I feel like a New Yorker now.
What is your favorite beauty product/tool? I’m addicted to the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid and Cream. It’s extra hydrating and keeps my skin so clear and soft.
What do you never leave home without? My cellphone, a dark lipstick, keys, and of course my subway pass.
With fall fast approaching summer items are you not quite ready to leave behind? I am so so ready for fall, but I’m definitely going to miss just throwing on a tiny mini-dress and boots and leaving the house. It’s time to layer up, which is still so fun for me.
What do you do? I’m a NYC model, but I also have a blog called “Natalie Off Duty” (natalieoffduty.blogspot.com) I’ve been modeling since I was so young…at 15, and then I started my blog while I was working, and kept it up ever since. It’s my own fun place where I can share what I’m working on, and also what I’m wearing, where I’m going, what is inspiring me, my personal photography, my music, what brands I love. Now, I also work at my boyfriend’s shoe brand, Modern Vice, in design and coming up with inspiration and new styles each season. My sister, Dylana, and I have collaborated with the brand for now over a year, and our collection’s been growing ever since. I guess I do a bit of everything now!
Describe your go to transitional outfit or footwear: I love a great maxi-skirt, a rock-tee, and leather jacket with a beautiful black boot. It’s the best to go from day to night, and still feel relaxed.
What makes you feel beautiful? Wearing no makeup, and still feeling good and confident about myself.
What are you proud of? I’m so proud of all the cool and indescribable things I’ve been through in such a short time. All the amazing experiences through modeling, through “Natalie Off Duty”, designing, and music. Somehow everything flows together and has worked out in the long run. I’m just really happy I get to live my dream. I want to continue to inspire and be passionate about my work.
What is the best advice you have ever received? “There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself”-FDR. What my Dad would always tell me, one of his favorite quotes. He always said to go for my dream, and let nothing get in my way, even if that meant having to be daring and independent, and not taking the traditional path in life.
What is the awesomest thing you have done recently? I’ve recently just shot for some incredible brands: UNIQLO in NY, Mango in Barcelona, Tory Burch in LA, Dr. Jart+ beauty, and so much more…It’s so exciting and it’s allowed me to travel the world. Our shoe line has been keeping me extra busy…as we’ve got numerous stores lined up for fall and spring! I’ve got a lot of exciting work to come this September.
What is your recipe? My favorite summer recipe is a great smoothie. Blueberries, bananas, raspberries to start my morning.
Stay tuned for updates with Dylana’s story…