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GO HAWKS! This has been an extremely exciting season to be a Hawks fan! We are 9-0 as we prepare for another night game this weekend against Minnesota. My friend Alex and I (both Hawkeye Marching Band members) had so much fun sporting some Tailgate apparel around campus last week! It definitely makes me wish I could tailgate before games sometimes, but performing on *Historic* Kinnick Stadium in front of 70,000 people is pretty cool too…especially when you’re undefeated.


Thank you to Tailgate for welcoming us into the store and helping us out. If you’re not in the Iowa City area, or worse, a Cyclones fan, you can shop online for other collegiate apparel!


Fall essentials: coffee, plaid, and the perfect pair of jeans. I especially love this tee shirt because it has some lyrics to the Fight Song and my favorite Herky. Herky’s had a facelift or two over the years, but this one is my favorite for some reason.


*insert red cup joke here*


I purchased this sweatshirt a few weeks ago when the Iowa Retail Association went into Tailgate. We hung out in the store for a bit to learn more about the business side of shopping!


I may or may not have worn this sweatshirt 3 or 4 days in a row last week…


If you ever want to dress up a sweatshirt, it’s super easy to do: Just add chunky jewelry, sunglasses, and a pop of color.


This zip up hoodie is super cute and perfect for layering. Also: c’mon look at those leaves!


The zip-up linked here is extremely similar but they don’t currently have this exact one online.

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Now the adorable photographer who made all of these pictures possible, Alex! Go check out her blog post to see all of her looks and how she styled them!

Yes I stayed up until 3:30 and then turned around 3 hours later, woke up, and went to the store. Thank you to my boyfriend for listening to me yell at my laptop, my roommates for trying to help me get on the website, and my friend for letting me use his car! I got all of the clothes I was hoping for online and in the morning was in search of the mugs, printed tote, headbands, and a scarf.

I was the third person in line, behind two friends who looked in their late 30’s. They were adorable, one a schoolteacher and the other a librarian. As more arrived, I chatted with the first two women, a mother/daughter duo, and another girl, slightly older than me. We formed a bond, we knew what each other wanted and were willing to help. We laughed, plotted, and became more anxious as the line behind us grew longer.


8:00 – The doors open. To the left, accessories. To the right, clothes. I grab the tote and scarf.

8:01 – All of the clothes are off the rack.

8:03 – I arrive at home decor and the woman in front of me grabs the one set of mugs. I watch as she reaches up, smiles, and takes them off of the display. My inner mug collector begins to cry (I love mugs). I quickly move on though and grab the pillow that will perfectly match my bedspread.

8:04 – I head to the beauty section. I grab the last 2 pairs of blue headbands (one for me, one for my roommate) along with the white. I told myself I last night that I didn’t need a polish but cave when I see Borrowed & blue.

8:05 – I’ve now circled the entire Target in 5 minutes. One shift dress has reappeared on the rack. I grab it for good measure. It’s a tad too tight in the hips and when I offer it to the vulture like girl standing outside the dressing room, she informs me that she wears a smaller size than the one in my hand.

8:13 – I run into the mother/daughter duo from outside. Looking at our carts, we are happy. I end up giving them the scarf as I reflect on my order from that night and realize I don’t really need it. No regrets about that one.

8:18 – I call my parents. They are very confused why their daughter is awake.

8:44 – Groceries and Lilly in hand, I walk out of the store, triumphant.

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My Wish List

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My Purchases

Luckily, there wasn’t any of this at my store, but obviously it happened elsewhere:


I cleaned up pretty well. One girl on Instagram wanted to sell the mugs ($30? I believe) for $130+ and the sadder part is, people will buy it. Calm down and let the prices drop! Don’t give them that satisfaction! Rant over.

ALSO I will have a summer giveaway live at the beginning of June that is including a Lilly headband (DON’T PAY $50 ON EBAY), hair ties, a nail file, and so many other summer treats. Just a heads up! xoxo

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Coffee and jewels, what more do you need?

Hello, all! I have some very exciting news to share with you. I was contacted by Rocksbox to try out their subscription box service and this is my first one:

Rocksbox | Hey Nicole

The personalized note inside my Rocksbox was a nice little touch

What it is: Rocksbox is a San Fran based company that lets you try out 3 beautiful designer pieces of jewelry for $19.99/month. Rocksbox carries brands such as House of Harlow, Loren Hope, and Wanderlust + Co.

How it Works: Rocksbox works like many other subscription boxes. You fill out a profile and based on that you get a box with 3 hand-picked pieces. You can swap out pieces when you want to try new ones.

Buying Baubles: Every month, you get $10 in Shine Spend to put toward a purchase if you fall in love with a piece. You can always keep a piece and you’ll be billed for the piece (plus jewelry is 20% off retail as an Insider!)

Why I think it’s Great: Jewelry is the easiest way to vamp up your wardrobe. A basic white tee can always look fashionable with trendy jewelry and even better, you can gift a Rocksbox to your bauble-loving bestie!

FO FREE: Good news! I have a discount code for you beauties. You can use the code “boltblogsbeautyxoxo” to get your first month FREE! Starting April 3rd the code will be worth 50% off, so get it while you can use the full value!

I was so impressed with how beautifully packaged my box came

I was so impressed with how beautifully packaged my box came

I hope all of you enjoy your first box as much as I enjoy mine! xoxo

My Rocksbox came with a bracelet, earrings, and necklace

Hello everyone! I know it might be a little late to do a Fall Look Book but I am really excited about this post! I teamed up with my beautiful friend Alex who took all of the pictures you see below. You can find her on Facebook here and find her on Instagram here. Go check her out!

I have 3 looks with 3 different lip colors!

Bolt Blogs Fall 1

News flash: I love sweatpants. You can guess my excitement when sweatpants got a stylish update this fall! This look is perfect for going to class or lounging around running errands on the weekend.

Lips: Covergirl Smoochies! It gives your lips color but is easy for school.

Scarf 1

Pants 1

Jacket: Gap (Similar style from Target here)

Scarf: Gap (Similar style from Nordstrom here)

White Shirt: Halogen at Nordstrom

Sweatpants: Target

Shoes: Superga at Nordstrom

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This might be my favorite look. I think it’d be perfect for day and could even transition into night with a leather jacket. The detail on the flannel takes it up a notch.

Lips: Nars Lipgloss in Orgasm! Gloss is pretty for the day and this color goes with so many looks.

Flannel 1

Booties 1

Shirt: Target (Similar style from Express here)

Jeans: Gap (Similar style from Forever 21 here)

Booties: Target (Similar style from Target here)


This last outfit is something I would wear out to dinner. The graphic tee keeps it relaxed but you could dress it up with a statement necklace too.

Lips: Maybelline Vivids in Brazen Berry

Lipstick 1

Boots 1

Jacket: Gap (It’s on sale right now!)

Graphic Tee: H&M (Similar style from Forever 21 here)

Pants: Gap (Similar style from H&M here for only $10)

Boots: Sam Edelman at Nordstrom

Thank you again, Alex! I had so much fun. Hope you all enjoyed and go check out her other work!

Tell me, which look do you like best???

Hello all! Just wanted to share a few quick pictures from the Katy Perry concert! It was absolutely amazing and I had so much fun with my lovely friends. Hope everyone had/is having a good weekend!

Katy Perry Concert Outfit

Anyone else feel awkward taking pictures of their makeup sometimes...?

Anyone else feel awkward taking pictures of their makeup sometimes…?

There was a lot of CoverGirl stuff all around but I wasn't complaining!

There was a lot of CoverGirl stuff all around but I wasn’t complaining!

I'd like to think we're twins

I’d like to think we’re twins

She closed with Firework and it was amazing!

She closed with Firework and it was amazing!