Rummage through the Instagram archives of model and super blogger, Natalie Off Duty and there's a hint of Angelina Jolie sultriness and a young Patti Smith rock n' roll attitude that make her that much more appealing than your run of the mill cover girl.
There's such an ease in the way this New York based (LA bred) city girl marries her love of all things bohemian and eclectic, that's borderline envious. But in a "I want to be just like her" way.
She's cool. She's fun and she's the epitome of the overused term, "downtown chic." She can throw on a kimono over a swimsuit or pair Birkenstocks with a floral frock, and she does it looking ethereally magical 'in her off duty' hours. It's no wonder Natalie has musical passion and ambitions. Her style embodies that of the cool girl in the band.
And now she's making her way to Mercedes Benz Swim week with her equally hip model/blogger sister, Dylana (seriously, where was I in this Suarez gene pool?!) and swimsuit brand, 6 Shore Road, where she'll be sure to turn heads in her front row, street style fashion. And somehow amidst her crazy schedule, Natalie managed to chat with me about all things style, Miami (this is only her second visit to the Magic City!), and even salsa dancing. You'll love her even more after reading our little Q&A!
Natalie, I think we're ready to exchange best friend charms.
FSF: How would you describe the energy in Miami?
NOD: I have only been to Miami once before during Winter Music Concert! I loved the laid-back, yet fun vibe. It's like a constant party. And I love the art deco hotels, the color, and the heat! It's like my east-coast Vegas, but as a beach town.
FSF: What's your go-to spot for a Cuban food fix? And what's your must have dish?
NOD: Cafe Habana is HUGE here in NYC. I always go for the corn on the cob, and I add spicy peppers on top. Delicious.
FSF: Favorite poolside cocktail?
NOD: I love a good ol' Margarita.
FSF: Miami has it's very own distinctive, sexy style, what's in your suitcase when you head down for a weekend of fun in Miami?
NOD: Always a good pair of vintage high waisted denim shorts. Wherever I go in the summer, I have to pack those. I've worn the same pair for years…hard to find a good one! And I feel that they are laid-back, but still sexy. That, and of course too many bikinis to count. I also love fun, and flowing mini dresses, and bohemian blouses to throw over at the beach. That, with loads of great chunky jewelry and a wide-brim hat. I try to keep things classic, but still colorful and fun! I'm totally new to the Miami lifestyle!
FSF: Describe your style in 3 words.
NOD: Eclectic, Rock n' Roll, Colorful.
FSF: Favorite hang out spot with friends while in town?
NOD: Hmmm, I'm sure we will be at the bar at the Freehand Hotel. And I heard the Soho Beach House is amazing. Both I'll be visiting for the first time!
FSF: Pool or Beach. And you can only pick one!
FSF: And most crucial thing we want to know about you, can you salsa?! How are those dance moves?
NOD: I LOVE to dance. I grew up as a dancer, and even considered it as a career! I love jazz and hip-hop, but I'll totally let out my Spanish side, and salsa. But I need a partner!
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