Monday, May 24, 2010

There Is No Greater Agony Than Bearing An Untold Story Inside You - Maya Angelou

I played around this weekend and took "Alice & Wonderland" style pics, it was fun until the swarm of flies and gnats discovered me; uggh. I scored this really, really old cape at the most recent estate sale..and I couldn't wait to wear it. The stares that people gave me as I walked down Ventura Blvd made me chuckle.
I woke up on the happier side of the bed this Monday morning, and I wanted to pass the positive energy forward. Enjoy this poem ladies, as we are all phenomenal women!
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.  

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees. 
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see. 
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 
-Maya Angelou

Cape: Vintage
Lace Dress: Vintage
Purse: Vintage
Cocktail Rings: Vintage
Cuff/Earrings: Forever 21
Socks: H&M
Shoes: Tory Burch


  1. wow you look adorable! Your purse reminds me of a picnic basket. very cute. It radiates innocence, like Alice.

  2. Very sweet pictures. Get yourself on!

  3. Soooo cute! I would have loved to see a full frontal photo with dress, shoes, and all. Anyway, keep the inspiration comin'. You're definitely a phenomenal woman!

  4. Lovely pics and awesome poem. Happens to be one of my favs!

  5. I LOVE IT, MOM:)

  6. I love everything about this! I adore the first picture, these are all stunning! And sidenote, I would have been staring at you on Ventura as well (and plotting and scheming how to steal your outfit and make a clean get away).

  7. Nikole, this look is stunning on you! I'm feeling "Princess Pochahontas in the woods" vibe as I look at you in these pics. So adorable!!!

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  9. lol @ the people staring at you while you were in that cape... i think the cape is Fabo!!! Pretty pics as usual MopTop, lol.

  10. @jamiewamie Thank you!

    @violet; it does look like a picnic basket now doesn't it?!!

    @anonymous 1; thank you very much!

    @anonymous 2; thank you! will do!

    @anonymous 3; thank you! I wanted to get a full frontal but the swarm of bugs at that point was unbearable! lol

    @shen dove style; thank you! it's one of my favorites as well!


    @hisherschicago ha!! because us great minds think alike!

    @ms. hershey; thank you!

    @Stella B; thank you very much!!!

    @UrbanGlamGyrl; lolllll Thank you!! I happen to love the cape; glad you do too!

  11. @Encourage and Uplift; thank you!


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