Exceptional Treasures: Shawls, Stevie Nicks and hidden gems


I have been known to occasionally spend time on eBay just nosing around for various odds and ends I find interesting or want to stalk on my watch list for a while. If I find a particular shop I really like I will sign up to receive updates from them, and I have been receiving newsletters from an eBay store called Ricky’s Exceptional Treasures for some time now.


The latest edition of Ricky’s newsletter featured a myriad of vintage shawls, several exquisite vintage fringed Spanish shawls with rich black or cream backgrounds embroidered with vibrantly colored florals that, as a girl with a very healthy Stevie Nicks obsession, really captured my imagination.

I believe it was towards the end of last year when I was really into Haim and watching American Horror Story: Coven that I really started getting into Stevie Nicks’ music. You know REALLY listening to the lyrics and just connecting with it. Even after nearly six months of listening to it almost every day I still cannot get through listening to Storms, China Doll, or Knocking on Doors without going all misty eyed.

I can sit spellbound watching her and her sister-in-law, Lori Nicks, singing Nightbird live looking so cool and effortless:

But the one video I keep going back to is a 1976 performance of Rhiannon, which I am sure is legendary in its own right:

The last 30 seconds of this video never fails to leave me with chills. Stevie looks almost as if she is about to slip into a catatonic state, like she is singing with almost every fiber of her absolute being. Almost as if she IS the song.

I love seeing this sort of expression in people. I love to see what inspires the people around me, and I often find that I am in turn inspired by their enthusiasm for a particular subject. I believe we all have these little exceptional treasures, subjects we are passionate about, that move us, and which we excel at. I think everybody has something to bring to the table, something new to teach or share that I wasn’t aware of prior to knowing them and for that I am always grateful.