Meet Sydney (My First Intern!)


^Sydney working the iPad register at her first Natalie Borton event

Today I’m so happy to finally introduce you to Sydney, my first intern! We first got connected for childcare reasons—she’s still Jack’s nanny!—and it’s been so fun to add another element to our relationship and now get to work side by side on projects during the week while Jack is sleeping. To give you all a chance to get to know her, we decided an interview style post would be fun. Read on to learn about the girl behind the scenes of Thoughts by Natalie and the Natalie Borton shop!

Where are you from? What brought you to San Diego?

I’m from Gilbert, Arizona. I decided to move to San Diego about a year ago because I saw more opportunity here and I wanted to challenge myself! I am working towards a design-based career. California is the home to a lot of companies that interest me. Luckily for me, I have family in California that blessed me with the opportunity to live with them. I also moved here because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone of Gilbert, AZ. I started completely over. I enrolled in a new school, got multiple new jobs, made new friends, and explored new surroundings. I’ve been here for a year and I am so happy with my decision. It’s definitely a place I’d love to end up living after I’m done with school.

You started off as our babysitter for Jack so I could work during the week—what made you interested in also being an intern?

I love Jack so much! After watching him for about 6 months, I got to know you and your family. I found out about your business through watching him. One day, I was thinking about how I need some real-world experience in design. I knew I would have to start out with a small business, since I’m only a Sophomore in college and I had never done an internship before. I immediately thought of you. You are a self-made entrepreneur and designer, and you run everything out of your home. Plus, we already became friends because of Jack! It was a perfect match. It was meant to be!

What are you studying in school?

I’m currently majoring in Graphic Design. My cousin, who I currently live with, is an Art Director at Nixon. That alone gave me motivation to move in with the fam and learn from him as I go through school. I go to community college right now here in San Diego, and next fall I’ll be attending Arizona State University to finish my degree.

^Chrissy and me with our amazing interns (Georgia and Sydney) at the Madewell event we co-hosted in December 

What types of intern projects excite you?

I love using my creative side whenever I can. One of my favorite things is when we go out and I can take photos of you. I love finding aesthetically pleasing places to go and show of Natalie Borton jewelry. Not to mention, seeing photos I take on your Instagram is pretty awesome. I also like to practice using Photoshop, so, it excites me when I’m asked to create graphics for the blog.

What kind of job do you see yourself doing once you’re done with school?

I want to be a Graphic Designer. My cousin has my dream job. At Nixon, he designs ads, coordinates photoshoots for the company, travels to amazing places, and works in a fun environment while doing so. That is everything I’d want to do. I would love to wake up every day and enjoy what I do.

What are some things you’ve learned since you started interning?

I’ve learned what happens on the “other side” when ordering online. From you, I’ve learned how to fulfill orders, make the product, and promote the business. You also taught me basically everything I know about Photoshop so far. Most importantly, you’ve shown me you can be a successful business owner while also being a mom.

^I don’t know what I’d do without her!

How would you describe your personal style?

My dream closet would definitely be more Boho Chic. I’m obsessed with a good shoe paired with high-waisted jeans and a denim jacket. I like simple styles and neutral colors.

And lastly, what’s your favorite piece of Natalie Borton jewelry?

The Paige Necklace (which I’m wearing in these photos!). I like the metal chain and the neutral color scheme. The white, brown, and black together are so pretty and for sure my style.

All photos are from the Madewell x Natalie Borton pop-up shop we co-hosted with Chrissy Powers! See more of the event here.


Wide Leg Trousers


I’m definitely late to this trend, but after seeing my friend Shawna style hers expertly I knew I at least needed to try a pair of wide leg trousers to see if they were as magical as everyone says they are.

I feared that this silhouette was really only for tall, straight-shaped gals and feared it would make me look shorter and wider so I honestly have just avoided wide leg pants completely. But I really couldn’t have been more wrong! More evidence here.

So when these trousers went on major sale and I figured I had nothing to lose. Worst case scenario? I hate them and return them. So after several texts with Shawna about the general fit and length of the pants I selected my size online and hit “checkout.”

I was so excited when they arrived that I tried them on immediately…and Brian thought they were super weird. (Do your husbands do that to you, too? Whenever you try something more fashion-y? Guys are so funny.) Anyway, I doubted myself a bit since he generally has a good eye but after mulling it over for a week or two and trying them on several more times with different tops and shoes I decided that yes they were a little weird, but in a good way. I take basically no fashion risks lately and I felt like I needed to add something bold to my usual skinny jeans rotation. So I kept them and today is the first day I wore them!

I know from trial and error that my favorite tops with these pants are either cropped, knotted or super fitted to balance the proportions. This scoop-back tee fit the bill and I warmed up the otherwise cool-toned look with some browns—my Tabitha Necklace, trusty crossbody and faux suede ankle boots for height.


Madewell tee, Madewell trousers, Madewell bag, Natalie Borton necklace (similar / shop all current pieces here), Sole Society boots (similar)


Downtown Field Jacket


I bought this jacket at J.Crew several years ago and had honestly forgotten about it until I recently reorganized my closet. In recent years I’ve favored my mossy green fleet jacket from Madewell over this one, but sometimes that look is just too casual. The fabric and the buttons on the field jacket are dressier, plus that deep green hue is such a gorgeous contrast against the gold. Although the jacket was technically the final touch on this outfit, it’s really the star—don’t you think?

J.Crew jacket, Madewell sleeveless sweater, Madewell jeans (similar), Madewell x Sezane boots (similar), Hobo bag (c/o), RAEN sunglasses via DITTO (get your first month free with the code DITTONATALIE), Natalie Borton necklace

Events / News

Madewell + Natalie Borton Pop-Up Shop Recap


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I meant to share these photos sooner, but Christmas and New Year’s Eve came quickly and I never got around to it until now! My second Madewell pop-up event (which I co-hosted with Chrissy Powers this time) went well and was really fun.The lighting is terrible, but I’m so glad we were able to snap a few photos because it was a great night. Last time I had a ton of friends come to the event, and while I certainly had that this time, I also had a chance to meet a lot more new people.

My favorite part was helping out the guys Christmas shopping for their wives, girlfriends and sisters—if you are reading this and a man in your life got you one of my necklaces from the pop-up shop, I can personally tell you he LOVES you and was really concerned with finding you the perfect gift 😉

In a nutshell, I am just so grateful to have the opportunity to sell my products in a store I love so much, even just for a few hours at a time. Already looking forward to the next time!

Madewell flannel (c/o), Madewell jeans (c/o), Madewell boots, Natalie Borton necklace


Grey Cashmere


A cashmere sweater and oversized blanket scarf make for a dreamy (and cozy) combo on a chilly winter morning. I wore this on my dad’s birthday for a little trip to the Salton Sea. It’s a really eerie and strangely beautiful place. Looking back at these photos it really looks like I’m on another planet! My favorite part of it is the mountains behind the water—isn’t that just stunning?

This cashmere sweater was a gift from Everlane that arrived just before Christmas. After wearing my black one so often for the past year or so (even just around the house!), it’s nice to have a new luxe  sweater in the rotation. Not only is it a great price, but the quality and softness are amazing.

One other thing of note—I’ve recently discovered a pretty brilliant mascara combo I wanted to share. First I curl my lashes (always!), then do one coat of Pixi by Petra Lacquer Lash Primer and one coat of Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara. It is miraculous. You’re welcome 😉

Everlane sweater (c/o), Madewell jeans (c/o), Sam & Libby boots (similar), Old Navy scarf, Daniel Wellington watch (c/o, get 15% off with code NATALIEB), Natalie Borton necklace