Julie is a writer, blogger and incurable sass-mouth living in Charleston, SC. When she isn't glued to the keyboard, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), perfecting the Pinterest fail, extolling the virtues of the Oxford comma, and reminding everyone about that time Josh Duhamel told her he likes to say her name. Should you run into her, give her a hug. She likes hugs.

Julie’s Latest Articles

These '90s Foods Prove Pizza Is The Best Flavor

You love pizza. I love pizza. Everyone loves pizza. And perhaps thanks in part to the extreme popularity of four radioactive, pizza-loving terrapins, '90s kids really love pizza — or any of our then-favorite foods that prove not only is pizza the bomb-dot-com, but pizza is the best flavor ever invented. If this doesn't resonate with you or you don't like pizza to begin with (gasp!), you missed out on some of the tastiest snacks of that snack-laden decade. Of course, if you were to taste said pi…

By Julie Sprankles

7 Money Problems Women Experience

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. That’s why Bustle launched Grown-A$$ Finances, a series that gets real about what millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your money should feel…

By Julie Sprankles

This Is How We Netflix & Chilled In The '90s

If you were lucky enough to be a teen in the '90s, well, you were lucky enough. You feel me? Being a teen during that golden decade couldn't have been more fun if it tried. Admittedly, we didn't have all of the modern luxuries teens today have — let's face it, what Netflix and chill in the '90s would have been like is a far cry from the reality of technology-enabled teen hook-ups today. Still, that isn't to say we didn't do a darn good job working with what we had. The etymology of Netflix and …

By Julie Sprankles

We Should Be Teaching Girls These Things At School

Reading, writing, arithmetic — you know the drill. Such are the basic foundations of early education in America, and that's cool. But the truth is there are also many things little girls should be learning in school, but aren't... things that benefit their education, yes, but which will also shape the people they become. Unfortunately, because we live in a patriarchal society, little girls are automatically at a disadvantage when it comes to their educations. The current system has yet to catch …

By Julie Sprankles

These Weird '90s Things Used To Fascinate Us

You've gotta give it to the '90s — they were a big ol' ball of fun. Everything seemed so exciting during those years. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and there are plenty of things you found fascinating in the '90s and definitely don't now. As a matter of fact, odds are you can't even remember what their appeal was in the first place. You may be thinking I just summed up most of the obsessions we '90s kids had back in the day, and you'd probably be right. Now that we have the advantage of time o…

By Julie Sprankles

How To Be A Feminist In The South

When you grow up in a tiny, rural town in the South, you get used to dealing with stereotypes — both good and bad. Many days, you're grateful to have been born into such a languid, idyllic life. Your childhood goes by in a blur of slapdash lines on rickety docks, tan legs teetering along in pursuit of muddy planes of water that might serve as a respite from the sticky humidity. And other days, that place you love sometimes feels like the sweltering air squeezing you so tight it steals the very b…

By Julie Sprankles

These Things Made You So Anxious In The '90s

These days, I practically give myself ulcers worrying about things like, oh, you know, paying bills and trying to pencil in that vacation I haven't taken in five years. Adulting sucks, eh? If only we could go back to the things that made you anxious in the '90s — then maybe we'd see how good we actually had it. It's not like we needed that much convincing that we were growing up in a charmed decade, but we certainly didn't make it through the '90s totally unscathed. And the things we stressed ab…

By Julie Sprankles

'90s Kids Dreamed Of These Presents From Crushes

When I look back with my mind's eye upon Valentine's Day in the '90s, I see myself in a flouncy red dress and black patent Mary Jane pumps (very Cher Horowitz) — simultaneously nervous and excited enough to nearly sweat off the glitter-infused body lotion from Claire's that made my skin glisten in a way I was sure would make everyone swoon. Why was I so anxious? Over the things every '90s kid hoped for from their crush on Valentine's Day, of course. As the years have come to pass, I've often fou…

By Julie Sprankles

These '90s Things Still Low-Key Terrify Us

If I've said it once, we've said it a hundred times — the '90s were a great time to grow up. From Pogs to platform sneakers, those of us who spent our youths during the era kind of had it all. However, as with all good things, there are a few caveats — and for our generation, that translates into the scary things from the '90s that are still low-key terrifying to us as adults. We don't freak out at the very mention of these things anymore, but it's safe to say that to this very day, they send a …

By Julie Sprankles

When Your Loved Ones Don't Share Your Feminism

It's a strange thing to be surrounded by people and yet feel incredibly alone, isn't it? To feel the currents of energy swirl all around you and realize your currents are flowing in an opposite direction can be very polarizing. So what do you do? How do you lessen the sting of isolation when you're standing in a crowded room with people of differing ideologies? Well, for many of us, it's a matter of learning how to cope when your feminist beliefs aren't shared by your family and friends. Such ha…

By Julie Sprankles