Apr. 1 2019
Natalie Lim Suarez is the founder of the incredibly popular blog Natalie Off Duty. Having modeled since the age of 15, Natalie–who is proud of her Chinese, Spanish, and Mexican heritage–has always had a passion for photography, creative direction, style, and design, making the launch of her site a no-brainer. Inspired by the “model off-duty” on-the-go lifestyle, Natalie shares her inspirations, travels, and projects with her over 600,000 Instagram followers. She’s also worked with top brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, COACH, Nordstrom, L’Oréal Paris, and Levis–and has even collaborated on her own line with Macy’s. Below, this mega-blogger shares the routine that gets her through her busy mornings.
Time you wake up: Every day my schedule is different. There are some mornings where I have a 6am call time for a shoot. There are some days that require me to stay up late, whether it be an evening work event or dinner, then catching up on deadlines like editing content until 1:30am. Then, I’ll get that chance to sleep in. On a less hectic, more balanced day in NYC, 8am is just about perfect. No matter when I go to sleep, I need my 8 hours.
8:00 A.M. Alarm goes off on my phone. First thing I do is head to my kitchen and turn on my coffee machine. I need a big pot to get me through a long morning. Because I like my home to feel really organized the moment I wake up, I immediately make my bed and make sure my dining table, desk, and everything else is clear and situated. It gets me mentally prepared and focused for the day. Then it’s time for my coffee topped off with vanilla creamer.
8:30 A.M. Even though I love my office space at home and working from my iMac, I really enjoy using my laptop around the house as I multitask. I am always backlogged on emails, so I’ll start cranking out emails on my kitchen island as I contemplate what to cook for breakfast. I work with people all around the world, so I sort of have to be plugged in at all times and get an early start. For a busy day ahead, I love to make over-easy eggs with a side of sauteed kale and snow white mushrooms. Getting in my greens early in the morning has worked miracles for my skin and my energy levels.
8:45 A.M. Time for my favorite ritual of the day, my skincare routine. I love to always mix it up and try new things but right now, here are some of my staples. I wash my face with Natura Bisse Diamond Cocoon Enzyme cleanser before using my hands to pat in SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. I use about two small drops of Sisleys’ Black Rose Precious Face Oil, topped off with Perricone MD’s Intensive Overnight Moisturizer. Yes, I will use any really amazing night cream also in the morning! I really massage that in for a good minute to de-puff. I will even use a small jade roller for that extra cooling sensation. For added moisture, I’ll dab on the Sisley Eye Contour Mask around my eyes.
9:00 A.M. I do a light sage or palo santo burn in my apartment before I get dressed. It’s really peaceful and gets me in a positive, relaxed state of mind. I’ll even whip out my yoga mat for a few light stretches and a good plank to strengthen my core.
9:30 A.M. Time to really look at my weekly calendar and plan out my week. Plan out what I’m shooting this week, where my meetings are, and scheduling a workout class either at Equinox or New York Pilates in between it all. I’ll call up my sister Dylana, who lives down the street from me, to match up our schedules and plan our shoots. We work together every single day and shoot all our own content. It’s amazing having a sister I can do everything with. I also send her a quick text of my look of the day. On an on-the-go day, I’ll typically lean towards a textured trouser, turtleneck, and oversized blazer. Then, I’ll do my light makeup of a gold eyeshadow, mascara, and a cream blush and peachy nude lip. I top every look off with Valmont’s Priming with a Hydrating Fluid spray for a dewy, fresh look.
10 A.M. Dylana either comes over, or I go to her home to begin our days! We like to begin working on our projects early in the day before taking on any conference calls with our team and press previews in the late afternoon/evening. With each brand project involves going through my “photoshoot rack” of product that just came in, along with working on creative briefs and mood boards for our partners to look over. Having each other to bounce off ideas with every day helps get my creative juices flowing!