Thursday, July 21, 2011

Phenomenal Woman: Where Substance Meets Style

Yes, this is a fashion and style blog, but if you're cruising for lookbooks or pretty pictures, 
well, today I'm doing something a bit different. 

In my opinion you cannot have style without substance. 
And I believe my fellow bloggers have both. 
So today I'm sharing a poem that is important to me. 
My hope is that it will mean something equally "phenomenal" to you.  

Please take a few minutes to enjoy this poem by Maya Angelou.
My wish is that it brightens your day. Lifts your spirits. Brings a smile to your lips. Instills you with newfound confidence. Shifts your thinking. Improves your attitude. Encourages a different view of life. 
Mostly I hope it brings a little magic into your day. 
Please enjoy it and embrace it. 
We all need a little poetry in our lives.

 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.
They 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 in 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

______________________________ Why not look your best every day?


  1. I love this post and the poem. Maya Angelou got it right!! Confidence is the secret to looking beautiful.

  2. Thank you for this self-confident inspiring poem. Love Maya Angelou!
    How appropriate on a FASHION blog!!

  3. Thanks for the sweet comment on my site!!!
    Great blog!!! Of course I follow ;)

  4. Very good poem! I liked reading her. Do you know the song "Cleva" by Erykah Badu? I LOVE IT! Its very good. I should post it on my page haha.

  5. That is a beautiful poem so very true x

  6. That's really great!!! Love it!! x

  7. Love this poem! So beautiful!

  8. The poem rocks! Great post very inspirational! Love it! Have a great weekend! Will email you soon!

  9. u have get it!
    a smile in my face!

  10. That' s a really great poem. Thanks for sharing

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

  11. What a powerful poem. Thank you for sharing and also visiting my blog.

  12. Dear Sada,
    First of all I would like to thank you for those lovely comments on my blog, you cant imagine the happiness that dawned on my face while i was reading ur lovely comments, it felt like Christmas!

    And then this poem, Maya Angelou is a wonderful lady, I fell in love, when i read her "i know why the caged bird sings".. its such a beautiful story ..This poem as the name suggests is Phenomenal.. Thank you so much for sharing,,

    I cannot imagining Not following ur blog, so here i am..a loyal follower!
    thank you again :)


  13. Phenomenally. Phenomenal poem ♥

  14. Thanks for the lovely comment! What a great post, I really enjoyed reading this poem! It for sure put a smile on my face! I am now following! :)


  15. What a gorgeous way to start the day. Thank you for putting a smile on my face and stoking the fire in my soul.

  16. read it through and yeah, that's a very cool and powerful poem!! it's nice to read some poems for a change :)

  17. Great post, I love what you write!!!! a big kiss from
    have a nice friday :)

  18. Thanks for your comment, how are you ? ♥ have a nice day <3

    Follow, Comment, Like ♥

  19. Thank you for sharing! This a beautiful poem, I have always been into poetry! I had never heard of this one but I love it:) Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog!


  20. that's a very inspirational poem!!

  21. Thanks for your comments! I really like You :)


  22. Love Maya Angelou, this is a fantastic poem and a nice change from the usual blog posts out there! Great post!


  23. Wooow! I really enjoyed reading it!

    hugs and kisses by Mani.

  24. wow-i've neve thought to put a poem up but this post is so inspiring! love it and love your blog :)

    xxo, dany

  25. thank you for visiting my blog, dear
    it is such a lovely poem
    and yes I do agree that great blogs also have great contents :)
    which is why I'm following you now!
    would be great if you return the favor :)


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  27. otally love this post - very inspiring!

    Unfortunately it's so hard to look your best at work with less than 20mins to get ready every day :(

  28. hi!!!
    nice blog!
    Follow me if you like my blog and I'll follow you back. :)



  30. "They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery"

    I loved that poem!

    Froso from Style Nirvana.

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  32. All of your comments have been so wonderful to read—and read over again and again—I want to print them out and hang them all around me they are SO WONDERFUL, Lovely, Heartfelt, Intelligent & Supportive. Thank you. Thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to read & enjoy this post & share your thoughts. Have a phenomenal day, all you amazingly PHENOMENAL WOMEN!!!