Back to the Gypsy That I Was

[On being a gypsy] “The clothes I wear… that doesn’t change. I love long dresses. I love velvet. I love high boots. I never change. I love the same eye make-up. I’m not a fad person. I still have everything I had then. That’s one part of me… that’s where my songs come from. There’s a song on the new Fleetwood Mac album [Mirage] that says, ‘Going back to the velvet underground/back to the floor that I love,’ because I always put my bed on the floor. ‘To a room with some lace and paper flowers/back to the gypsy that I was.’ And that’s San Francisco. That’s the Velvet Underground. Those are the things that I can’t give up.”

–Stevie Nicks, The Record, February 1982

Change. We fear it. We embrace it. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it does not. No matter what, though, we change. So do the people around us, and not always for the better, or the good, or our good.

Still, we have our rules and do our best to live by them. Be a good mother. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Wife. Girlfriend. Businesswoman.

But what happens when others don’t live by our rules, by our code of love and loyalty?

We ask how it can be. After all, we know who we are. We look the same. I look the same, abiding by my rules, from the inside out, from being a good friend, loyal, and loving, to wearing denim, leather, and fur. I always wear one, each of them personifications of the strength that underlies my softness. My clothes are a cause to remember how resilient I am.

As I do, I can’t help but also think of the Fleetwood Mac song, Gypsy, in which Stevie Nicks goes back to a place of familiarity. She writes:

So I’m back to the velvet underground
Back to the floor that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy that I was, to the gypsy that I was

I think about the fabrics I wear and the spirit they capture – my spirit. I am a gypsy and, like Stevie Nicks, “I have no fear/I have only love.” Which is how we must be guided to make choices – especially the hard ones.

We all have that gypsy within us, even if we lose sight of her for a time. I did. That is why I am now celebrating the reacquaintance with my inner gypsy by sharing the latest line from one of my favorite designers, Neo-Gypsy, with you.

Style reflects who we are. As in life, sometimes we only need to repair, repurpose, and re-love, which is what this collection is all about. Every piece is handmade by Neo-Gypsy creator, Jessica Steb, who sources the world for old and vintage materials and findings. No two are ever the same, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind original to add to your collection of treasured pieces.

In keeping with her philosophy, we invite our clients to bring in their old jewels for Jessica to repair and repurpose so that you may love them again. And see what fabulous and innovative pieces she has created for her spring collection.

Rules. We live by them. And break them. But, eventually, we all come back to the gypsy.

I am back.

How about you?

Are you a gypsy?

Doni Feinberg Landy, Esq. is a mom, entrepreneur, store owner, lawyer, blogger, talent manager/agent, bag lady, and jewelry junkie.

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