The Art of Over Packing



We all do it.

 This may surprise some of you (NOT) but I am guilty of overpacking.

Tomorrow I leave for a fun filled weekend away with my lady pals from college. I have been looking forward to this all week. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to pack and was feeling pretty darn confident that I wouldn’t pack….to much.

I began packing at 11:00 this morning and finished up…..about an hour ago.

Should it have taken me allllllllll day to pack?


Do I REALLY need a full-size suitcase, bag, and tote for a two-day trip?


Typically I like to show up to someone’s house as if I am moving in. When traveling by car, this theory works great. By plane…..not so much. Especially when I am expected to only bring one suitcase.

One suitcase? That’s a joke, right? How am I supposed to fit the outfits I BOUGHT for the trip, the BACKUP outfits to the outfits I purchased, then the BACKUP to the backup outfits in case I am feeling fat? Not to mention the amount of shit I put on my face to make sure I don’t scare small children.

Let’s not forget all the things I need to help me sleep (high maintenance…, I just really value sleep….ok maybe high maintenance just a touch). My own pillow, blanket, computer so I can watch Friends…..white noise machine.

Yes, I travel with a white noise machine.

There was one time I traveled to Chicago with one suitcase. It seemed handy until I had to figure out how to fit all Michigan Avenue purchases in my carryon. I can’t relive that…it was just too traumatizing. Not the trip, the trip was great…but the idea of one suitcase…gets me all sorts of worked up.

So to all my fellow over-packers out there I salute you. Don’t ever let anyone steal your overpacking sunshine!


My Favorite McCook Spots


Since my time in McCook is down to a little over a month (we found and PURCHASED a house in Lincoln YAY!), I though now would be a good time to share with you all some of my favorite spots to frequent in McCook.

This list will mostly consist of shops and resturants. Because let’s face it, if there is anything I am good at it is shopping…..and eating.

Mac’s Drive-In

If you ever find yourself in the southwest corner of Nebraska, the desert of the state if you will, YOU MUST stop here to eat. Not only is the food good, the restaurant alone is an experience. Inside you order your food over the phone, when it’s ready a red light flashes and you go pick it up at the cashier’s window.

Outside you will find they have old school drive-up stalls, where you push a button on the menu to place your order. Then a friendly Mac’s employee brings your food straight to your car window!

My food recommendations would be the deluxe cheeseburger, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms……French fries…chicken strips…….oh hell just get the ENTIRE MENU! Lord knows I have..

One thing you must not forget when stopping by this McCook hotspot….GET ALL THE RANCH! Seriously, Mac’s has the best ranch, in probably all of the world. You can trust me on this one, I know my ranch.

Mint 217 Boutique

Shortly after we moved here a little boutique started to take shape across the street from where I was working. Everyday I would peek out the window to see when I could check it out. Finally the WE ARE OPEN sign was up and I was out the door!

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Mint’s owner Leah (total sweetheart), and let me tell you she has done wonders for downtown McCook shopping. She offers unique items in her store, and I have never left there empty handed. If you stop by tell her Julia sent ya.

Sehnert’s Bakery

Sehnert’s is special to McCook having been around since…well I don’t know the exact year but a really, really long time. I’m not good with history so give me a break will ya?

The jiffy burger is something I knew nothing about before moving to McCook. It is life changing. You will want ALL OF THE JIFFY BURGERS. I never thought a loose meat sandwich could bring so much joy to my life.

Not only do they have great food, but they also support local artists and have events to showcase their talents. From comedians to musicians you will find it all at Sehnerts.

Knowlen & Yates


Do you see a trend yet? Two restaurants and now two shops. Like I said, shopping and eating, it’s kinda my jam.

Knowlen & Yates specializes in kitchen and home decor, but they have speciality food as well. You can go into their store and get fresh ground coffee. They do it right in front of you. Some of you may be like, “get with the 2010s girl they do that lots of places (insert eye roll emoji here).” Well I had never experienced it until moving here so for me it was amazing. It’s the little things in life.

Taste of Texas BBQ


I am going to end this list with a place that I think, offers the best Bloody Mary in the area. The BBQ isn’t bad either. The best part about living in a small town is locally owned restaurants. You get the best service and the food never disappoints. I don’t even bother looking at the menu when we go there. Chicken Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and Mac n Cheese. Carb overload, sure. But totally worth the food baby you leave with.

So there you have it folks! Just a few of my favorite spots in McCook. If you ever find yourself in this little corner of the state I recommend taking some time to check the town out. Get a Bloody Mary and do some shopping. Why? Because that’s what JULIA would do!


Dry Shampoo – A Gift From The Hair Gods


I don’t think there is a woman out there that can’t relate to the above statement.

I would like to meet the creator of dry shampoo. For it is SHE who gives me the gift of extra sleep each morning. That, and the corporate appeal I use to wear.

I still love the dry shampoo…..the out-dated office attire I use to wear everyday, not so much.

But I’m not here to talk about blouses and extra sleep!

My hair is mid-length and somewhat thick. (shout out to Katie at Tranquility in Lincoln (NE) for keeping my mane lookin’ fresh). So washing it every single day isn’t something I like to do, nor have the time for.

On the flip side of no washing it daily, I also like for those who I come face to face with able to see their own face in the reflection of my greasy hair. Gross right? But it’s a fact. Thank god I have trained my hair to go 3 days without washing it. Sometimes even 4…..hell who am I kidding I have gone 5 WHOLE DAYS without a wash.

I think at this point it is important to clarify, I do bath daily. I swear really I’m not THAT lazy….or gross.

Moving on.

So in an effort to avoid that shine…..enter dry shampoo. I have experimented with many different brands and I have found that these two work the best for me.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

phd-dry-shampoo-pdp-topOut of the two I am going to talk about, this one is my favorite. One thing about dry shampoo that I absolutely hate is the white powdery residue it can sometimes leave behind. Living Proof’s shampoo does not do that…at all. Because of this, it is good for all hair colors.  It is lightweight and fool proof to use. I spray it on sections of my hair and let it sit for just a minute or so and then shake out and style per usual! I promise if you give this a try you won’t be disappointed.

Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

51423847First of all I am OBSESSED with Kristin Ess as a stylist! (Second to Katie….she is at Tranquility…in Lincoln…did I mention that…oh I did, well she is amazeballs so she gets another shout out… Nope.) Find her on Instagram and follow her. I found her because as you all know (or not, probably not) I am a fan of Lauren Conrad from The Hills and she has been her long time hair guru. So OBVIOUSLY when I was at Target and saw she has created a line of hair care products, one of which is dry shampoo I HAD TO try it!

I must admit I bought this more for the name than the quality.

But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did liked it! It does have similar qualities as Living Proof but did leave behind a bit of the white residue. But if you are wanting to try dry shampoo for the first time, but do not want to spend a lot of money, this would be a good one to try out.

So there you have it. My favorite picks for dry shampoo. So save yourself some sleep in the morning and go grab some. You won’t regret it!


Life Update & The Golden Globes

Jersey knows whats important on Golden Globes night…champagne and shoes! Don’t worry…she stuck to the H2O

It has been A HOT MINUTE. I am so sorry for keeping everyone in the dark. I’m sure you all have been DYING to know what I have been up to! (By “you all” I basically just mean my mom and sister….) For the last week I have been in Lincoln (NE) dog sitting and house sitting for my friends while they are on the sunny beaches of Mexico. I’m not jealous at all. I mean, why would I give up these blustery slightly above ZERO temps for 80 degrees and Margaritias?!! I’d say I am #WINNING in this situation.

(I hope the sarcasm was sensed in that last part)

I have so many life things to fill you all in on. But for now, I must put that aside. In due time, I will give all you the deats on our move and my super exciting job I will start in February. For now you must be patient my little grasshoppers…

Moving on to more important things like……….THE GOLDEN GLOBES! I know I am over a week removed from recapping them, but like I said I have been a little busy dealing with grown up things. I apologize for keeping you all waiting (again…you all = mom and sister).

so many amazing moments from that evening! From the stand of solidarity in all black ensembles to Oprah’s life changing speech. In case you missed it, click here. I don’t want to spoil to much of it for those who didn’t get to watch, what I will share is my favorite quote from her fantastic speech,

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud, and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak and share their personal stories.”

KUDOS QUEEN OPRAH! There has been talk of a political run…Oprah 2020?? #shehasmyvote!

I could go on and on….AND ON with all my favorite moments from that evening. But that could take a while. So I will leave you with my own Golden Globe look.

I may or may not have worn this while I watched the Globes… myself. (Judgement NOT ALLOWED, ok you can judge a little…#sorrynotsorry)

Keep an eye out for more new posts about Vanderpump Rules, how much I hate packing, how much I drink while packing, and to find out whether Alex and I will be speaking at the end of our move to Lincoln!