Nerdy Me Tag

Betsy over at Betsy’s Random Assortment of Thoughts had this fun tag on her blog, since I’m a total nerd at heart, I thought it would be fun to join in…

Nerdy Me Tag


1.) If your house was burning down and you could only grab one book, which book would it be and why?  I honestly, wouldn’t grab any books.  I’m totally weird in that I don’t like to re-read things I’ve already read (or re-watch movies I’ve seen.)  However, I would grab my laptop which is a macbook.. see what I did there? 

2.) When you get stuck into a really good book how long will it take you to read it? When I’m into a book, I finish it as soon as possible. I can’t put it down! There have been many books that I’ve stayed up way too late reading, just because I couldn’t wait. Conversely, if I’m not feeling a book it will take me a long time to read.. ahem… ‘Eye of the World‘ 

3.) Have you ever become totally obsessed with a book or a series of books before? Yes- Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent, 50 Shades of Gray 

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Free Mascara at Nordstrom

Dior-Diorshow-Blackout-mascara-in-Kohl-BlackI’m sure this will come as a shock to no one, but I love Nordstrom…  I also love a good sale… oh and I love Dior mascara… which some of you may remember was one of my favorite beauty products of 2013. This post contains all three of those things, so you know it’s going to be good!

May 24th Nordstrom is having their annual Mascara Madness promotion where if you buy two mascaras, you can get the third for FREE! I love, love, love this promotion and look forward to it every year! Here’s the best part, you can mix and match between some of the very best brands they carry:  Armani, YSL, Dior, Chanel, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Nars, MAC, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Guerlain, Chantecaille, Clarins, Shisheido, and Kevin Aqucoin!

Since I’ll be out of town on May 24th, I panicked slightly when I found out the date.  Luckily, all it took was a call to my local Dior counter and I was able to let them know what I wanted, and they promised to make sure to ring me up for them on the 24th and ship them to me – I could have picked them up when I got back, but I’m lazy so I figured I’d just let them ship them!  Seriously, Nordstrom has the best customer service ever – just one of the reasons I love to shop there. DIOR-Mascara-Diorshow_Iconic_Overcurl

If you don’t already have a favorite mascara, my personal favorites are Diorshow Black Out & Diorshow Iconic Overcurl but
you really can’t go wrong!  I did notice that Iconic Overcurl now comes in a waterproof version, which some of you waterproof fans might like.  Personally, I prefer a non-waterproof mascara because I think they’re easier to remove and less of a hassle in the long run.

Anyway, this post was in no way sponsored and Nordstrom and Dior don’t know me from Adam but I really love this promo and the product and wanted to be sure to share it with you all so you could take advantage if you’re a fan like me!

PS: In case you need an excuse to go shopping, the general rule of thumb is to replace your mascara every four to six months

Happy Tuesday- Hope you’re having a great week!


A Small Milestone & Giveaway

Today marks a small milestone for me, finally reaching 100 bloglovin’ followers! I know this might sound lame to some of you, but I’m proud and thankful that I even have one person who reads Steph’s Spot Blog!  To commemorate the occasion and thank you for following along I wanted to do a simple giveaway…

To enter: Just leave a comment telling me what you’re looking forward to most about the month of May 

I’ll pick two winners on Saturday* to each receive a $15 gift card from Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes, or Nordstrom (winners choice)



* To determine winners, I’ll count how many comments we have Friday at 11:59 and use a random number generator to pick the winner(s) 


PS: If you haven’t heard of Bloglovin’ or don’t use it you might want to check out the post I wrote in February that highlights six reasons why I can’t live without bloglovin‘ and of course, follow along!

Thank you!


Update 5/5:  

Congrats to the winners MrsTee & Kirsten your comments were selected by the random number generator.  I’ve emailed you for details on how to get your gift card!random1 random2

Instagram Saftey Tip!

If you’re like me, you probably use Instagram somewhat regularly.  I was recently browsing through my profile, and noticed this feature called a Photo Map which as Instagram describes ‘[Allows you to] showcase where you’ve taken your photos or explore where others have taken photos on a map.  Maps take you beyond recently posted photos and let you rediscover previously Instagrammed memories…‘  Instagram goes on to describe how it works ‘When you take a photo or video while connected via Wi-Fi or 3G, your phone logs the coordinates where the photo was taken.’

Here’s a sample of the Photo Map that was created on my recent trip to Hawaii:

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On the left, you can see all of the places where I Instagrammed photos from my two most recent Hawaii trips.  I decided to see just how close Instagram would let me get to my actual location, and it was creepily close.  In the third photo (on the right) you can see I was standing on the plaza at the Pearl Harbor memorial. Just imagine if this was your neighborhood… creeepy!

Naturally, I wanted to find out how to remove this information, because as much as I love the people who follow me, I don’t want them knowing where I am at all times, or where I live.  I was happy to find it’s actually pretty easy to remove the geotagging, and disable this feature! Here’s my step by step tutorial for removing and disabling this feature.

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Skiddocowraps Giveaway

Today marks another fun milestone for Steph’s Spot Blog.. our very first giveaway; I couldn’t be more excited!  I’ve teamed up with Sydney of skiddocowraps to give you the opportunity to give four of you the opportunity to win one of these handmade, original, wire wrapped jewelry designs.


About a year ago, Sydney started wire wrapping as a side hobby, but she soon acquired a passion for working with the wire. All of skiddocowraps pieces are 100% handmade and each is individually unique! Sydney has wrapped her creative mind within the wire and has created hundreds of delicate stones and crystals into wire pendants, rings, earrings, and more. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop, where she posts all of her work!

These are such fun statement pieces that I know will brighten up your jewelry box! The giveaway will run through Saturday, March 8th, and we will be announcing the winners Monday, March 10th!

 Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter – there are 7 ways to enter, you can do as many as you want! The more you do the more entries you’ll earn!

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~ Happy Monday, let’s make it a great week~



Have you guys ever heard of Bloglovin’?

Since you’re reading this.. I know you occasionally check out at least one blog, but if you’re like me you probably have a few more that you like to check in on and read.  For a long time, I had my favorites bookmarked and would check them at night when I got home from work.  Then, I heard about this really helpful app/website that changed the way I read blogs – Bloglovin’.  It’s certainly one of my most used apps, I love how easy it makes staying current on your favorite blogs!

I use it both online and on my phone, and both are really user friendly. Here’s a snapshot from my main landing screen on the website with some of my favorite features highlighted: bloglovin 1Here are just a few reasons why I can’t live without Bloglovin’

  1. It saves me so much time! No need to use bookmarks to navigate to all of the different blogs I like to check in on.  This consolidates all new content into one feed streamlining the process.
  2. I LOVE that you can organize your favorite blogs into groups.  If you’re in the mood to read a fashion post, click on your fashion/beauty group and all you will see is the posts from the fashion/beauty bloggers you follow. I also LOVE that they’re alphabetized.. ahh organization!
  3. It’s a great app / website to use when you have a few minutes to kill.  Waiting for a friend at Starbucks? Check bloglovin’  It’s an easy activity that doesn’t have to suck you in for hours like other apps (cough.. Pinterest..)
  4. Finding new blogs- this is a great tool for finding new blogs that you might like! I love checking out the ‘popular’ and ‘find blogs’ buttons.
  5. Both the website and the app have a clean, streamlined, organized look.
  6. You can ‘like’ posts, and it saves a list of the posts you like.  I use this a lot when I read something I know I’ll want to use later- like a recipie

I highly reccommend giving Bloglovin’ a try- I really think you’ll like it.. plus if you hate it, you can just delete your account / the app (it’s free! so you aren’t out anything)  If you do give it a try, be sure to follow me! Note: Bloglovin’ in no way compensated me or even knows I’m writing this post… It’s just a tool that makes my life easier and I thought you might like it too!

Do you use a reader to stay up to date with your favorite blogs? I’d love to know which one & how you like it!


Tips to relieve a sunburn & minimize peeling

This past week in Hawaii, I got a little sunburned.  I hate getting a sun burn.. hate it, hate it, hate it!  First of all it hurts and secondly I don’t like the unevenness that develops when your skin peels.  I’m all about a nice consistent, even, golden tan.  I know spring break is coming up, so while I’ve got sunburns on the brain, I thought I’d share some of my best tips to help relieve your sunburn and to minimize peeling skin.

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