The Obligatory Bio.

Haters gonna hate, y'all.  #nothingbutlovetodayWho are you?
My name is Karen. I’m in my 30s. I live in Mandeville, Louisiana, which is a short drive away from New Orleans.

I am a former professional bra fitter. In the three years of working as a bra fitter, I came to understand and see the change that a proper fitting can have on a woman. I’m a lover of beautiful lingerie and underpinnings of all kinds, and I believe that you should invest in your undergarments just as much as you do in your everyday clothing. Life’s too short for boring underwear!

I’m married to a wonderful sysadmin, Doug, who loves Doctor Who, fancy European board games, video games (namely MMORPGs), and anything tech-related.

We have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Gizmo. We adopted him from a corgi rescue shelter in November of 2010. He is spoiled rotten and craves affection and attention. (Gizmo, not Doug.)

What made you start blogging?
I originally started blogging back in 2001 or so to teach myself web design, as well as keep an online journal. I’ve always kept diaries/journals since I was fairly young, mainly because I love to write. I took many creative writing courses in school, and studied journalism in college. Writing has always been sort of cathartic for me.

I’m a plus sized woman, and have been all of my adult life. For years, I hid in bootleg jeans, too-big t-shirts, and Doc Martens – because I didn’t believe that someone my size COULD be stylish. Around 2005, I found myself drawn to reading more about fashion, and started experimenting with my clothing choices a bit more. In 2010, I embarked on the 15:30 Challenge with some fantastic and beautiful women, and it really pulled me out of my comfort zone in what I felt I could and couldn’t wear. I’m constantly experimenting with my clothing choices and seeing what works on my body and what doesn’t. I’m a firm believer that you can look great no matter what size you are.

Anything else?
I go to sci-fi/gaming conventions and ren faires. I met my husband and my closest friends through Vampire LARPs. No, I don’t think I’m a vampire. I love wearing black and dark colors, but I’m not really a “goth”. Not anymore, anyway. I hung out with quite a bit of them back in the day, but I’ve kind of grown out of it. However, I do love the steampunk subculture. Something about the twisted oddball Victorian aesthetic just appeals to me.

I’m a big costuming geek. If I can find a reason to play dress up, I will. I’m constantly working on costumes and ensembles for conventions and Halloween.

I drive a Blue Onyx Pearl Scion xB called the TARDIS. I’m an old-school Doctor Who fan (my favorite Doctors, in order: Patrick Troughton, David Tennant, Tom Baker). In fact, I love a lot of British TV shows: Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin, Are You Being Served?, Blackadder, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and many others. In October of 2007, Doug and I went on a two week trip to London, Wales, and Scotland, and I fell in love with everything there. I have vowed to return to the UK at least once in my lifetime.

I have two tattoos. A tribal design on my right calf, and one on my upper back, shown here. The quote is from Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata”, and the blue hydrangeas are in memory of my grandmother, who passed away in 2007.
The finished design.  #tattoos

I could eat Godiva chocolate until it comes out of my ears. I make a mean sun-dried tomato and feta dip, a pretty damn good apple pie, and Doug says my sweet potato casserole would be a dish our kids could love. (We don’t have kids.)

I love music, but was not blessed with the ability to create it.

I read really fast, and I read a lot.

I collect assorted shades of red lipstick. My current favorites: Kismet Cosmetics “Burnout”, MAC “Russian Red”, Maybelline Color Sensational “On Fire Red”.

I collect cameras and love photography…looking at pictures, taking pictures, developing pictures, all of it. I worked as a photo lab technician for both Eckerd’s (now CVS) and a professional lab in NOLA.

Where did you get the name “sevenlies”?

Seven lies multiplied by seven
Multiplied by seven again
Seven angels with seven trumpets
Send them home on the morning train

-Depeche Mode, “John The Revelator”