A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes at NOMA

Last year, when Mom and I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art for the Venice exhibit (and the Ferrari exhibition), I decided to go ahead and sign up for a membership to NOMA.  We tend to go a few times a year, and there are occasionally special events for members, so I figured it would be fun. And I was right. A few months ago, I got a press release from NOMA about their upcoming first-ever fashion exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes”.  Not only was I excited about this exhibition because it was focused on fashion, but they would also have some Alexander McQueen ensembles there on display.  My favorite couture designer is Alexander McQueen, and the opportunity to see his pieces in person was something I could not pass up. I recieved an invitation from NOMA to view a preview of the collection the day before it […]

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Beep beep

So I have some awesome news that happened last week while I was off of work for the holiday – I got a new car! I traded in my TARDIS (a 2006 Scion xB) for a 2018 Toyota Corolla. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Scion. It was my very first brand new car that I financed and paid off. It had a ton of room and was great for road trips to many places – Houston, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Huntsville. But it was coming up on 12 years old, I was beginning to have more and more problems with it, and since it was under 100K miles I figured now would be a good time to trade it in. So I did my research, narrowed my choices down to two cars (the Corolla and the Yaris iA), and headed to a local Toyota dealership to test drive them. […]

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Is this thing on?


Yeah, I know, I haven’t been here in a while. Let’s just say life and a serious creative drought kept me away from this site. There was more than once that I would open WordPress u, all ready to write something, and I would sit there staring at this big white box and my brain would go blank. Well, I’m gonna try and give blogging a go again this year. Let’s see how it goes. So, let’s see. What have I been up to? Not much really. Work takes up a majority of my time, both the standard M-F job and CoastCon tasks. Those are both going well. I dyed my hair purple. Well, it’s more of a purple ombre thing, but it looks bad ass and I love it. A post shared by Karen Lewis (@theblackberrybelle) on Nov 30, 2017 at 5:57am PST I went to visit Chicago last […]

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Candy hearts photo

(Warning: discussion of disordered eating in this post.) It’s said by many professionals that eating disorders thrive on secrecy. So, it’s in my best interest to be honest. I’m a binge eater.

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Stuff and things!

Holy crap.  I feel like I haven’t stopped in the past few weeks. So, here’s some updates: For my 40th – yes, 40th – birthday, I told Doug I wanted to do an escape room at Clue Carre down in New Orleans with some of our friends.  I originally picked the Secret Agent room, but they were discontinuing that theme before we could get out there.  So we went with the Vampire Hunter room (if you know me, you’re probably rolling your eyes and saying “of course she did” because you know my affection for bloodsucking denizens of the night).  We escaped with just six minutes to spare – and apparently that’s pretty good!  Afterwards, we walked one block over to Singha – my favorite Thai place EVER – and all had dinner.  It was a good night. A post shared by Clue Carré Escape Game (@cluecarre) on Feb 11, 2017 […]

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I am a feminist.

Image by Liliana Segura - @lilianasegura

Image by Liliana Segura – @lilianasegura I’ve been a feminist since I was a little girl. Since I watched my mom do everything she could to keep food on the table and keep a roof over mine and my brother’s head. Since Mom told me to ALWAYS have my own money, even when married, and to never allow anyone to take away my money that I made at MY job. Since I learned that having a boyfriend wasn’t the end-all, be-all thing in the world. Since I learned that I could be just as badass in low cut shirts and skirts as I could in combat boots and jeans. Since I learned that sometimes when I got in a difficult situation that there was only one choice for me based on what was happening at the time. Since I learned that I COULD live on my own. Since I learned […]

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