mama style – Thoughts By Natalie A blog about simple + stylish living by jewelry designer Natalie Borton Tue, 23 May 2017 21:59:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 That’s a Wrap Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:00:08 +0000 I don’t know about you, but when summer hits I am all about the dresses. Sure, I wear rompers and shorts also, but there’s nothing better in my book than a breezy, breathable dress on a warm day. Though I wore a dress probably every single day of summer last year when I was pregnant, this year presents a new challenge: breastfeeding. Most dresses don’t really allow for easy access, but the wrap style of this makes it perfect for nursing. And the long length makes it a worry-free garment—I can play on the floor and bend over to pick up my little guy without worrying I’m going to flash someone on accident. This wrap dress is definitely going to get a lot of wear in the coming months! . . . . . Shabby Apple Dress (c/o Shabby Apple) Hobo Bag (c/o Hobo) Mossimo Sandals / Similar . . . . . P.S. See more nursing-friendly summer dress inspiration on Pinterest!]]> 5 Modern Motherhood: Stay at Home, Work at Home Thu, 28 May 2015 15:36:19 +0000 Today I want to introduce a brand new mini-series I’ve created in partnership with Mitera Collection, a clothing brand that celebrates the modern mother throughout her motherhood journey, creating beautiful, practical, and functional dresses that support her lifestyle. Over the course of four posts, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on topics related to modern motherhood while featuring the beautiful, nursing-friendly Ellen Dress styled different ways. To kick things off, let’s talk about the strange reality that is being a stay at home, work at home mom. I first recognized the concept of stay-at-home, work-at-home life when my friend Bonnie wrote about it for Darling Magazine. Before reading her piece, I’d really only considered two options for moms: you stay at home with babies and be a homemaker, or you go back to work and fall into the working mom category. The idea that there could be something in the middle really intrigued me, especially since my career isn’t a traditional one. When I found out I was pregnant with Jack, my mind was a whirlwind of possibilities and also anxiety. Before he came into the picture, I felt like I was really on a roll career-wise and had a lot […]]]> 21 Sleeveless Stripes Wed, 06 May 2015 15:06:53 +0000 I recently shared a striped nursing dress with you, and this is its sleeveless sister. Also made by Boob Design, it’s designed to be worn for pregnancy and nursing but really works for anyone. It’s fitted in all the right places and made of a comfy, stretchy fabric that lets you move easily. Though not shown in the photos, the back dips down and has an exposed zipper that I adore. I paired it with a paisley blue scarf I’ve had for years, a neutral tote and sandals, and my favorite gold link bracelet. Though the heeled sandals make this more of a special occasion outfit, it could easily be dressed down with flat sandals (like these) for an everyday look.  . . . . . Boob Design Dress (c/o Boob Design) J.Crew Factory Scarf / Similar Hobo Tote (c/o Hobo) Merona Sandals / Similar J.Crew Bracelet / Similar . . . . .]]> 8 A Hint of Blush Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:43:22 +0000 This weekend we attended a 1st birthday party for our dear friends’ son Charlie, and I saw it as a perfect opportunity to test out this new striped nursing dress that came in the mail last week. Yes, I said nursing dress! Ever since having Jack I’ve missed wearing dresses, which are notoriously difficult to breastfeed in. But this one is a totally different story, as it’s not only specifically designed for nursing, it also is fitted and sexy and modest at the same time. And striped…so, perfect? I’ve already persuaded several of my mama friends to think about getting one for themselves—I’ll be wearing this all summer! I topped it off with a pop of blush from the gorgeous trifold wallet bag BEVEE lent me to test out. I love that it’s a wallet that you can also wear as a bag—I could see myself keeping the wallet in my diaper bag (like I currently do!), but stashing the strap in there too for when I needed to go into a store and didn’t need to carry my entire backpack with me. It’s a pretty great concept! Also, can we talk about my sandals for a second? They look […]]]> 17 Follow The Leader // No. 1 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:00:45 +0000 Diaper bags. The opposite of cool, hip and sexy…am I right? I always thought so, until my friend Shelby told me about Leader Bag Co and their Julien backpack diaper bag. It. Is. Perfect. How? Let me see… Made (in the USA!) of water repellent canvas, gorgeous buttery leather, and an easy-clean nylon interior. Has TONS of pockets for all of your baby needs. I love that I don’t lose things in my diaper bag anymore, and that there are some easy-access outer pockets for the important things like my iPhone and car keys ;) Comes with a matching leather change pouch (which absolutely will be used as a normal clutch one day) and padded, wipe-clean change mat. Includes two leather straps to make it easy to attach to your stroller handles. It’s pretty much the dreamiest bag I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I’ve been toting this thing around with me since the day it arrived on my doorstep, and certainly plan to use it well beyond my diaper bag days—as a work bag, beach bag, etc. Stay tuned for more Leader Bag goodness and how I styled their equally gorgeous and useful black Julien diaper bag in the […]]]> 15 After The Bump Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:00:17 +0000 I have to admit, though I knew in my mind that HATCH Collection’s pieces were intended for pregnancy and postpartum wear, I had my doubts. But now that I’m on the other side of things—with a happy, chubby 4-month-old in my arms—I am glad to say that these pieces are absolutely still wardrobe staples for me! Over the summer during my pregnancy I shared how I styled four different items: The Bateau Top, The Meadow Dress, The Lily Dress and The Mia Dress. Since it’s now winter, I’ve put the summery dresses away for awhile and today am sharing how I’ve been wearing The Bateau Top and The Mia Dress. THE BATEAU TOP / Whenever I wear this top, I’m always stopped and asked, Where did you get that?!? It really is the perfect shirt. It’s just the right amount of slouchy and fitted, has a feminine boat neck neckline, and in black and white stripe it never goes out of style. I wear mine most often with destroyed denim and ankle boots (as shown) or boyfriend jeans and simple flats. HATCH Collection Top / American Eagle Jeggings / Bauble Bar Necklace / Madewell Bracelet / Old Navy Ankle Boots […]]]> 12 Solly Baby Style: Navy Shibori Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:00:55 +0000 I saved the fanciest for last: the Navy Shibori Solly Baby Wrap. Tie-dyed in the richest of blue hues, I love the way it brings out Jack’s eyes. (You don’t know this yet because you haven’t seen his face, but he has the dreamiest baby blues!). Since I pretty much have zero time to get ready anymore, I tend to wear a lot of this kind of ensemble: all black. It’s foolproof, is flattering on the postpartum body, and doesn’t show stains :) And it also is the perfect palette for the navy shibori wrap. BABYWEARING TIP: Wearing your baby decreases the levels of stress hormones circulating in a baby’s bloodstream, which means a more relaxed and happy baby and less crying overall. If that isn’t a reason to wear your baby, I don’t know what is. Cheers to less tears and to looking cute while wearing your little one! _________________ Solly Baby Wrap in Navy Shibori c/o Solly Baby Madewell Top J.Crew Pants Target Sunglasses Target Boots / Similar _________________ P.S. How I styled the oxblood, goldie and grey stripe wraps. Photography by Chrissy Powers for Thoughts By Natalie (This post is sponsored by Solly Baby, a company I […]]]> 6 Solly Baby Style: Grey Stripe Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:00:05 +0000 NOTE: Jack’s face is covered only for the photos! When wearing your baby, you should be able to see their face to ensure their air passageways are clear and unobstructed. See more about how to tie your wrap and get all of the safe babywearing tips here. This Solly Baby Wrap in Natural & Grey Stripe is absolutely the most versatile of the wraps—the classic, neutral stripe pattern matches pretty much everything! If I had to pick just one wrap to have (or to buy for a friend), this would be the one I’d go with. I paired mine with a few of my favorite things—some old, some new: an oxblood linen v-neck, simple (and super comfy) black leggings, tall boots, and my go-to denim jacket. This is a look you’ll see me in all the time these days. It’s comfortable to wear all day, looks good enough to wear out and about, and practical for mama life. BABYWEARING TIP: Use a backpack as your diaper bag! It is SO much easier than carrying a tote around. The one I’m wearing is just a basic slouchy bag from Target that I fell in love with, but the options are endless. I also […]]]> 6 Solly Baby Style: Goldie Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:40:17 +0000 NOTE: Jack’s face is covered only for the photos! When wearing your baby, you should be able to see their face to ensure their air passageways are clear and unobstructed. See more about how to tie your wrap and get all of the safe babywearing tips here. There couldn’t have been a more perfect setting or time of day to snap these photos of the Goldie Solly Baby Wrap, am I right? That being said, don’t be deceived by the magical golden hour light—this photo shoot was all kinds of crazy and filled with what my photographer Chrissy and I fondly refer to as mom moments. Let’s just say there were a lot of tears from both of our boys. Such is life! I’ll admit, I was skeptical about this color at first—after all, yellow isn’t really a usual color pick for me—but as soon as I saw it in person I fell in love. It has such a beautiful rich hue, and makes such a bold statement. I especially love pairing it with patterns, like the black and white gingham top I wore here (or the striped top I wore here). BABYWEARING TIP: Button down shirts are ideal for nursing mamas, […]]]> 10 Solly Baby Style: Oxblood Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:29 +0000 NOTE: Jack’s face is covered only for the photos! When wearing your baby, you should be able to see their face to ensure their air passageways are clear and unobstructed. See more about how to tie your wrap and get all of the safe babywearing tips here. This is the first of four posts in the Solly Baby Style series, and of course I couldn’t help but start with my favorite color wrap: oxblood. The rich, reddish tone is so beautiful this time of year, and pairs well with neutrals like I’m wearing above. Since it doesn’t get too cold here in San Diego, puffer vests are the perfect piece of outerwear, and they slip on easily over the wrap to keep both me and Jack warm on chilly afternoons. BABYWEARING TIP: Keep your wrap tied all day. I’ve found that it’s easier to tie my wrap around me after I’ve gotten dressed in the morning and only re-tie it or take it off if absolutely necessary, just for the sake of convenience. It’s so lightweight, you hardly notice you have it on. _________________ Solly Baby Wrap in Oxblood c/o Solly Baby Old Navy Sweater / Similar J.Crew Factory Puffer Vest J.Crew […]]]> 7