phenomenal woman.

Phenomenal Woman
by Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

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
Phenomenally.
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 in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

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
Phenomenally.
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 for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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preserving lemons.

I love this new series on nowness.com. Angela Harnett simultaneously shows and tells us of how preserving lemons became a family tradition. The simplicity of the cinematography, lighting, and storytelling is just beautiful and moody. There is a peaceful joy in listening to a person’s childhood memories while feeling like you’re sitting in the kitchen alongside her. Watch it here.

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fashionable selby.

Loving this Selby series. I was so excited to get this in the mail and I was not disappointed. Take a glimpse into the creative minds and spaces where the magic happens. Learn more about it here.

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the perry project.

This is the Perry Project. It’s actually very simple, really. Perry is a Creative Director at our New York office whose personal style I adore. This is my attempt at capturing it. I will be creating a collage of his everyday looks and hopefully follow up soon with a more in-depth, interview-esque conversation, so you can get to know him more on a personal level. For now, I leave you with this first glimpse into his everyday.

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