Hello Sunshine! Curated Collections with India Hicks

Curated Collections with India Hicks:

India Hicks does it again!  Her new Curated Collections are exclusive, limited edition designs created just for IH from Holicow and Finlay and Co. To top that off, she’s just revealed her Summer collection…new bags, jewelry and treasures you’re going to love. Make sure to check it out here:  India Hicks Summer Collection  

Perfect for Mother’s Day gifts, Graduation gifts, or just for YOU.  All summer long.

The first of these Curated Collections launch with sunglasses handmade by artisans in the foothills of the Italian alps with the London-based Finlay & Co., and Holicow apparel featuring a modern take on the traditional craft of hand-blocked indian prints. 

“Our new Curated Collections are unexpected finds from brilliant designers that inspire me and that I admire.  These collections are completely exclusive to us, made in limited editions, and found nowhere else in the world. This is a hugely exciting idea and something that no one else is doing in the world of Social Selling. I truly believe we are in the right place, at the right time for this big new idea.”  – India Hicks

Take a peek at these gorgeous curated collections here:

Holicow!  The Hankerchief Dress 

So lightweight and lovely for hot summer days!

The Hankerchief Dress & the Caftan.  Sweet summer days in Biscayne Bay.

 

India rockin the Caftan with jeans & heels.

Caftan worn with the Free Spirit Necklace.

 

Beach Towel;  Terry on one side, hand block print on the other. Perfect for a hot day at the beach or poolside.  

Looking fabulous in a beach towel!

 

Those gorgeous Sunglasses!  Classic, chic, and oh so feminine.  Two designs to choose from.  Handmade by artisans in the foothills of the Italian alps with the London-based Finlay & Co.

Happy Summer and Happy Shopping!  India Hicks Summer Collection

Hello Sunshine!  Your going to look gorgeous all summer long!  Be Happy.  Smile.  Kick up your heels.  Do a happy dance.  Laugh!  The sun is shining and so are you!

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India Hicks is doing it differently, and truly, that makes all the difference. I’m so proud to be partnering with this creative, savvy and smart entrepreneur…consider joining me as the real fun is just beginning.  If you’re interested in learning more or joining my tribe with India Hicks, see my website:  India Hicks with Rita Tanos

Or contact me by leaving a comment on this post with your name and email address. It will not be published. For contact purposes only.

Happy Summer!

Biscayne Bay – Summer 2017

Who would have thought that Biscayne Bay would be the location of a recent photo shoot with a high style collection of beautiful products by India Hicks?  What a lovely surprise!  

Only 8 miles wide and 35 miles long, Biscayne Bay is a lagoon that lies between Miami Beach barrier island and the mainland.  The old wooden Collins Bridge was renamed the Venetian Causeway that crosses Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach.  Fisher Island is a tiny little island that sits across Biscayne Bay, where my father used to deliver newspapers as a very young boy.  

I find it charming that today India Hicks introduces her new collection with the name Biscayne Bay.  It reminds me of my childhood in Miami Beach and all the many islands I used to live and play water sports growing up.

Take a peek at these gorgeous new Collections here:

India Hicks Summer ’17 

Summer 2017 on Biscayne Bay 

 

My parents had a high winged light pink convertible Cadillac in the early 1960’s.  It reminds me of this gorgeous white one with India in the driver’s seat.

 

The Biscayne Bay Tote Bag & the Baby Biscayne Bag.  Sand & Navy with Neon leather handles.

 

The Hook Bracelet on a perfect sandy beach.  Navy or Flamingo. Love the toenail paint!

The Hook & the Fin – Bracelets & Earrings that remind us of a Dorsal Fin. Love those Dolphins!

 

Sea Cord Necklaces & the Catch Necklace.  Flamingo, Storm Cloud, or Navy. So unique and lovely!

 

Looking Gorgeous in Biscayne Bay!

 

The Insta Pouches:  India Hicks style….totally unique!  Natural leather with rope handles.  Images from India’s Instagram posts of her home in Harbour Island, the Bahamas.  Very cool!

 

British – Bahamian and the coolest of them all… India Hicks with her Instagram Pouch.  Beautiful, unique, and always in her inimitable style.  The image is from India’s Instagram post of her dock in Harbour Island. 

 

 The Madly Deeply large tote Bag.  In Navy Blue Duchess fabric.  Large enough to stuff everything in for a long weekend, a day at the beach, or a long plane ride. Serious travel accessory bag!

 

The Royal Navy Collection of Bags; The Madly Deeply, the Duchess of Windsor, & the Baby Duchess.  Best of the Best!

 

 

The Baby Duchess;  for all your make-up, jewelry, computer cords, and essentials.  Waterproof interior.  Lovely details with IH logo in leather.

 

Totally cool Key Fob:  “Turn Me On”  or  “Harassed Mum”.  Perfect for the main key in your life.  Home Sweet Home.  

The Biscayne Bay Collection from India Hicks.  So many Gorgeous Goodies for Summer to choose from.  Have fun shopping and curating your very own collection here:  India Hicks Sumer ’17 

 

 

Keep Calm, Carry On & Shop for Mom! Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day Love

MOTHER’S DAY = LOVE 

Our Mother’s are often our best friends.  Their love is eternal, unconditional, and forevermore.  They make us laugh at ourselves, smile at our mistakes and learn from them.  

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day with a beautiful gift on her special day.  What will your legacy be to your Mom?  What will you give her that is unforgettable and makes her smile? 

Do you like Giving more than Receiving?  Visit my India Hicks site between Wednesday, April 26th and Sunday, April 30th and 15% of your purchase will be donated to a charity close to my heart – the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Let’s do as much GOOD as we possibly can.


Find a gift for Mom here & GIVE back: http://bit.ly/2pZUoLm 

After April 30th, orders can be placed here:  India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Fabulous Gifts for Mom:

Beauty:  Perhaps a beautiful GIFT BOX of FINE FRAGRANCE from India Hicks. All Gift Boxes ordered between April 19th and May 12th will come with the limited edition slip-over of a hand painted rose designed by India (while supplies last). 

Jewelry:  LEGACY  LETTERS  –  Inspired by India’s father, the famed Interior Decorator, David Hicks.  Gold Vermeil Necklaces that are simply stunning!

 

Perhaps a fabulous HANDBAG or Tote – so perfect for Mom!

 

 

Or simply a mix of Beautiful ACCESSORIES your Mom will adore!

Honor the Moms in your life with a special Gift this Mother’s Day.  She deserves your attention, your appreciation, and your LOVE.  

To shop the entire INDIA HICKS Collection and order a Gift for Mom, click here:  Personalized Gift Cards are available when you place your order.

India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts 

To participate in the Fundraiser and send a Gift to Mom, place your order here by April 30th, 2017:   http://bit.ly/2pZUoLm

Happy Shopping!  Your Mother will Thank You for your kindness and never forget that you remembered her with a Special Gift on Mother’s Day!  Make it SPECIAL.  She is your one and only Mom! 

A Life Well Lived – Summer 2017

Take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. . . 

India Hicks on Harbour Island

Ever wondered how you might be part of something extraordinary?  We share our rather lovely collections of luxury lifestyle accessories, bags, scarves, jewelry, fine fragrance, bath & body, and gifts with savvy entrepreneurial women who aren’t kidding around.  Join us and learn more about this uncommon opportunity here:  India Hicks 

 The Riviera Basket – Palm, Rapeseed Yellow, or Poppy Red 

You don’t have to travel to the South of France to evoke the Riviera vibe.  Just carry this basket.  Large enough for several baguettes, sausage dogs and swimsuits. 

With the Junkanoo Tassels

And of course India’s dog (not for sale).

The Palm Collection:  Basket, Duffle Bag, Tote Bag, Wash Bag, & Baby Palm Bag.  Perfect for a weekend get-a-way with the Palm Scarf.  These Palm Fronds were designed by India.  (Traveler’s Palm Scarf in Green or Gray).

The Rivera Wash Bag;  Palm, Poppy or Rapeseed (Kitties not included)

Riviera Duffle Bag, Tote Bag, Wash Bag, and Baby Riviera Bag.  Palm, Rapeseed Yellow, or Poppy Red.

Love Tokens – Gold or Silver 

See the entire collection of India Hicks here:  India Hicks Collection

Nobody Puts BABY in the Corner 

The World is Our Oyster

Love Tokens in Gold or Silver – 18″ or 32″ chains available

Mamacita – with a Red Heart on the other side.

To learn more about India Hicks, these beautiful Lifestyle Products for Women, or more about the Opportunity to Join Our Tribe, please click here:  India Hicks 

Legacy Letters – Alphabet of Geometric Letters

The interior decorator David Hicks (father of India Hicks) created an alphabet of geometric letters.  These designs became the wallpaper of India’s life, and everywhere she looked there they were on umbrellas, ties, slippers, notepads.  

In her own inimitable style, India Hicks introduces these Legacy Letters inspired by her father’s geometric letters.  They are meant to tell a story — your story.  Wear them well.   

Legacy Letters by India Hicks –  Necklace Initials and Chain in Gold Vermeil

Link to shop:  Legacy Letters Shopping

Beautiful geometric designs: The Legacy Letters

Each initial is bold and classic geometric, inspired by David Hicks of course! (See center photograph of David with Lady Pamela Hicks and India Hicks & family).  Notice the H initial logo design on David Hicks notebook.

The collection of Legacy Letters

Each initial has a unique geometric design. . . I love them all!  

What’s your initial legacy?

Create your own wearing two at a time…your initial, your love’s initial, or your child’s first name initial.  They are meant to tell a story — your story. Wear them well.  

India Hicks with Domino

Link to shop:  Legacy Letters Shopping

Watch the video with India Hicks & Lady Pamela Hicks:

#InitialLegacy

Growing up, my father created an alphabet of geometric letters.These designs became the wallpaper of my life, everywhere I looked there they were, umbrellas, ties, slippers, notepads.Here they are again, my way… http://bit.ly/2mu1MMU#InitialLegacy

Posted by India Hicks on Monday, March 6, 2017

#InitialLegacy

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Spring with India Hicks: London – Harbour Island

Open the windows.  Smell the fresh air after the rain.  Spring has sprung!  With a bit of British Heritage and a lot of Island Story, India Hicks reveals a stunning new Spring Collection that is both inspiring and beautiful. Glamorous and sexy too!  #IndiaHicks  

India Hicks – Spring 2017 in Harbour Island, The Bahamas 

I am excited to share India’s lifestyle brand with you.  A unique line of the highest quality accessories and gifts for women, infused with a sense of adventurous spirit.  Fine Fragrance, Bath & Body, beautiful Jewelry and Handbags, Scarves, Accessories, and Gifts.  (70% of the collection is priced under $100.)

Spring Collection here:  India Hicks

The Duke & The Duchess of Windsor – Even if your abdicating for a weekend, this will carry most of your kit.  The Duke luggage in dark gray.  And of course, The Duchess Computer Handbag for every busy woman on the go. 

 The Duchess in Royal Navy or Natural Gray.  This bag is named after The Duchess of Windsor.  Considered one of the most stylish women in the world, and for whom King Edward VIII gave up his throne.  A Computer Case, for the glittering worlds of London and Paris, to Manhattan and the West Coast.  Designed for the Modern Woman.

The Duchess in natural gray with leather adjustable straps and handles.  Side pocket for passport, plane tickets, and a bottle of water.  Large interior bag space and another compartment for files and papers with a magnetic closure.  Certainly the most functional and gorgeous computer bag out there.

 

The Jet Pack!  A very stylish and sophisticated backpack to set those hands free.  Black or Army.  Very unique design…the straps unhinge and tuck inside a pocket to turn this stylish backpack into a tote bag.  It also has a Computer insert compartment that holds your Laptop! Leather handles and trim with pockets all around.  A well thought out design! For women or men.

The stylish Jet Pack in Army.  Finally, a Gorgeous and Functional Backpack.

The Solitaire Bag – Black or Taupe;  Adjustable for any situation…the handles on both sides adjust to different heights, for a shoulder bag or carrying on the arm.  Beautiful hardware. One of a kind and  Absolutely Fabulous!

The Lady P: Black, Ivory or faux Snake –  Designed with India’s elegant mother in mind, Lady Pamela Hicks, The Lady P is understated and classic.  Crossbody or over the shoulder, or handle.  Adjustable strap. 

The Firefly – Gold Crackle;  This little bag is small, bright and perfectly formed.  Lovely for an evening out, or simply used as an accessory bag for all your goodies.

Note:  There are so many lovely bags in the IH Collection, but too many to post here.  To see the entire collection click here: #IndiaHicksStyle

Beautiful Accessories & Jewelry: 

The Crown Jewels – Dark Gray;  A place to keep your inheritance safe, such as your jewelry when traveling, this is a portable vault.  Just like Granny used to carry, but in a smaller version.

The Shuffle and Deal – Somewhere to keep your deck of debit and credit cards, and cash.

The Casino Cuff and Baccarat Earrings inside The Crown Jewel Case.

The Leticia Bracelet, Ring, and Pyramid Stud Earrings – named after India’s friend, these gold plated pieces are high-octane Glamour.  Simply Stunning!

The Double O Necklace – A smart and seductive necklace that can be worn with the O or without. Classic, Sexy, and Fabulous!

Double O – Gold plated. A winner!

The Pomander Ball Necklace – Reminded of that ancient way of carrying fragrance, this beautiful little chubby ball holds fragrance beads inside so you will always smell delightful when wearing it. My French and German Grandmothers used to wear these, and I’m so glad India has brought it back in a most beautiful and elegant design.  Stunning gold chain and fragrance beads come with.

The Pomander Ball with Fragrance Beads.  Fragrance:  Wild Spiderlily.  It comes with one bottle of the fragrance beads to refresh every 2 – 3 weeks.  Fragrance beads refills are available. 

KOMBOLOI  Prayer Bead Necklace with Tassel – The history of the Komboloi dates back to a time when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots in a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers.  In more modern times, the Komboloi is designed to simply help you chill.  Black and Gorgeous as worn by beautiful Leticia.

The Free Spirit – Himalayan Pink, Storm Gray, Burgundy, or Marigold.  Glass beads and mother or pearl.  For the woman who thirsts for adventure, this Free Spirit Necklace is as happy on a red carpet as a deserted beach, worn with a ball gown or a pair of jeans.

The Free Spirit Necklace and the Treasure Box.  Treasure Box in Mint, White, or Gray.  At last, somewhere to hide all that lovely booty.  Box is lined with heritage printed linen and the front displays our gold palm coin reminding us every day to “Live an Extraordinary Life”. 

No Hassle Tassel – Necklaces in Berry & Dark Blue, Ivory, Cloud & Pale Gray, and Khaki & Marigold. Pictured here with the White Treasure Box. Wear them as a necklace or bracelet.  I am told they will bring you good luck.

Note:  There are many beautiful pieces of jewelry in gold and silver, and accessories, but far too many to post here.  Take a peek here to see more: #IndiaHicks

India Hicks Fine Fragrance, Bath & Body, Scarves, Totes, and Pouches.  Beautiful colors, patterns, textures, and scents.

Be sure to check out our Fine Fragrances, Bath & Body, Candles, and Room Spray:  Black Hibiscus, Wild Spiderlily, English Rose, and Casuarina.  So refreshing and light….all the nasty’s have been take out.  Our lucky Beetle, which brings love and luck, is featured throughout the collections.

Have fun shopping:  #India Hicks

India Hicks at her home in Harbour Island, The Bahamas.

We’re so excited to share this lovely collection with you.  Happy Spring Ladies and Happy Shopping!  

If you’re interested in learning more about India Hicks and joining our Tribe as an Ambassador, contact Rita Tanos here:  #IndiaHicksStyle or via email: RitaTanos1@gmail.com 

Thank you!

#IndiaHicks  #IndiaHicksStyle

 

Inner Wisdom

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There is an inner knowing that is always calling forth a deeper experience of truth, of beauty, and love that connects us to our highest self. A doorway of revelation that hinges intimately close to our greatest fears and dreams. It is always there. Always present. Always available.

The question is am I willing to walk through that doorway and actually go through it to the other side? How intimately close and honest am I to become that spiritual warrior that is ready to leap into the unknown unfolding of my own vulnerability of existence? It is the place where I can acknowledge how powerless I feel, even though I choose to be fearless. It is the place where I can admit how little I actually know and how afraid I am of the not knowing. It is astonishing how close I can stand inside this doorway of the unknowing and feel my own vulnerability of existence. A crack of light enters the darkness.

Nothing is for certain. It’s all a mystery. We are all in flux, trying to find certainty when there is none. Inside of this beautiful unknowing lies the mystery that invites us to make this journey sacred and to hold our life as an exquisite masterpiece. To say thank you for what we have been given and to receive what we are receiving with full heart, without resistance or closing. Choosing to bring our daily doings into this divine space of our own hands and heart, to guide ourselves into our own wisdom. Inside of this deep quiet inner space I ask what it is that needs to crack open within me. I ask that my heart be uncovered from all the cobwebs of the past, and to simply say thank you. Every morning the dawn breaks and a new sunrise greets us. The light is everywhere saying good morning. Every offering life hands you is a gift that has the potential to create beauty. Life is sacred. All of it.

 

It’s what’s inside that counts.

It's what's inside that counts.

It’s what’s inside that counts.

A new year is upon us. . . 2017 will arrive in a few days with a clean slate, and a blank white canvas to begin again. To imagine. . . to dream big dreams. . . and to believe in the impossible dream that inspires us to stretch beyond anything we have ever known or imagined before. Anything is possible.

We can dig deep and go further than we ever have before. With a bit of faith and a lot of curiosity, along with our willingness to say ‘yes’ I will. . . and ‘yes’ I can, we can do it. Every moment in our lives has meaning and we are here for a purpose. Sometimes in our lives it’s simply about being available and loving the one’s we are with. And other times it is a calling to a deeper truth within ourselves. . . stretching further towards our heart and soul’s calling. We know when this moment arrives, as there is no calling back. We must proceed and move forward. No matter what. There is nothing else to do but simply take the next step forward. Even is that looks like risking everything. There is an inner calling, and when our heart and soul are directing our journey, we feel a knowingness that is to be trusted, that we are on the right path and making the right decisions. Even if we don’t understand it, we can feel this calling deep within our heart. We can trust it, for we know it is true for us. It is our calling to take the next step, and the next one after that.

It can be challenging as we glimpse back on this year, especially as we reflect upon recent world events that seem to lack human decency and respect for all lives. And in these tense moments we can choose to breathe in and through them, to move forward in our own unique way. Looking inward instead of looking outward. . . inside of our own heart and soul and asking: “What is it I need to know now? How am I to proceed? What am I calling forth that my soul is longing for? Where do I need to shed some light?”

Somewhere inside that beautiful white space of a new year is an answer. And only you can hear it if you listen deeply to your own heart.

As for this past year, I love this Dickens quote my friend India recently reminded me of: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.” For many of us, 2016 was a year of great challenges and growth. And I am grateful for it all. All of it. Every experience enriches us. Every challenge expands our awareness and helps us to grow. We are Blessed. And may you be Blessed with Love & Happiness in 2017.

Happy New Year!

Extraordinary Lives by India Hicks & “39 Years of Silence” by Rita Tanos

 

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Rita Tanos:  Extraordinary Lives!   by India Hicks  –    ’39 Years of Silence’

 

I am honored and deeply grateful to India Hicks for sharing my story with the world.

This is the fist time in four decades of my life that I have openly shared my story of loss, grief, and transformation.  While it is heartbreaking, it is also heartwarming.  

 

“Rita is one unstoppable gal. Her courage, resilience, tenacity and imagination bowl me over. She proves just how strong and capable we all can be – even when faced with the most terrible misfortune.”

~ India Hicks

Post:

Extraordinary Lives: Rita Tanos

 

’39 Years of Silence’ is an important book about adoption, the right to life, and the right to know the Truth about oneself.  This book will serve to enlighten and educate people with regard to the complexities and implications of adoption.  It will also become a guide to law makers, attorneys, counselors, and students of the adoption process.  Most importantly, ’39 Years of Silence’ will serve to heal millions of Birthmothers and Adopted Children who have experienced this sort of loss, and shed light and truth to everyone touched by adoption.  And I believe it will change legislation in States like Florida that are still ‘closed’ States, where birth records remain sealed under lock and key, hidden away by an antiqued belief system that forbids children and mothers to know each other, or their medical history.  

 

’39 Years of Silence’ is a book that reflects the lives of millions of silenced birthmother’s and their adopted children around the world during these dark ages of adoption.  Today in 2016, there are more than 6 million birthmothers and adopted children in the U.S. alone who remain silenced by the shame and secrecy of giving up their child to adoption. 

 

As an unwed pregnant mother in 1969, I was coerced into silence and surrendering my child and placing her for adoption.  Ostracized by society’s moral compass, it was forbidden to keep your baby and raise them.  Motherhood was synonymous with marriage.  The moral code and social ethics of the day gave Birthmothers one of two choices:  either kill and abort your baby illegally, or give them up for adoption.  To this very day in 2016, State records remain sealed, hidden and locked away by shame, silence, and secrecy in an antiquated and dark belief system that prevents Birthmothers and their Adopted Children from connecting with each other.  Even health records are sealed in the State of Florida, where I gave birth to my daughter.  After many years of searching, I finally wrote a letter to then Governor Jeb Bush, asking him to open up the sealed files so my child and I could finally find each other.  He said no.  And his letter is in my book. 

 

While laws have changed over the years in many States, these dark ages of adoption still hold these antiquated belief systems in place, where records remain sealed and locked away with deep scars, and silenced secrets for millions of children and mothers around the world.  Their voice is longing to be heard.  

 

I was forced into hiding and thrown into the outcast role with my choiceless choice,  silenced by shame and secrecy.  I became the “nameless, faceless, voiceless mother” who was not allowed to keep my baby.  As a young Birthmother I was silenced by the most traumatic event in my life. . . giving birth to my beautiful baby and then being asked to surrender her at birth.  How does a mother separate from her own child?  

 

It left a hole in my heart that pierced by very existence.  Like two atoms splitting in half, I was split in two, hiding from my own feelings so well that I could not find myself.  My unprocessed emotional pain and loss became hidden from my conscious awareness.  Even the grief of losing my own child was not allowed to be expressed, and she was alive, living somewhere else, without me.  

 

Four decades of silence later, after finding my daughter and committing to a path of self-transformation, I finally gave way to the divinity of my powerlessness to change anything.  I entered into the mysterious domain of being transformed in desolation, though my darkest hours.  The healing balm of forgiveness and acceptance became the portal to deep transformation in the midst of my greatest struggle.  I learned to trust again.  I learned to love again.  I learned to live again, even after losing my child a second time.

 

Millions of Birthmother’s from the 1960’s to present day have suffered in silence, shame and secrecy, without ever uttering a single word about the depths of their heartbreak and sacrifice.  They’ve buried their story somewhere in the deepest, darkest night of secrets, feeling terribly alone, unworthy, and silenced by shame.  Their ‘secret’ became the event in their life that defined them, and it also silenced them.  I am one of these women.  But I am one of the lucky ones who found my child and had a three year relationship with her.  Through every obstacle I forged ahead.  I never gave up.  Something deep within me knew it was possible to find my child and have a relationship with her.  Thank God I did!

 

My transformation of consciousness arrived in the form of an epiphany while on spiritual retreat in Santa Barbara, just days before the third attempt to meet my daughter.  When her cancellation came, once again in the eleventh hour, instead of breakdown, it lead to breakthrough and an extraordinary peace that surpasses all understanding.   There are no words to describe this extraordinary peace and the power of Love, but I know for sure that my daughter felt it too.  A year before she passed through the veils she told me that she had never known or felt such unconditional love in her life until she found me.  Thank God she felt my love for her.  In her heart of hearts, she knew the power of this love.

 

’39 Years of Silence’ is a profound book that is ready to find a leading New York Publisher and Documentary Film Maker.  It is my living Legacy and I’m certain it has the power to heal millions of lives affected by adoption. 

Even famous people like Oprah have been affected by adoption.  Her mother was silenced by shame afer giving up her child to adoption and only recently revealed the truth to Oprah.  She never knew she had a sister.    

Louise Hay, the well known publishing giant of self-help books gave up her baby to adoption when she was a teenager.  So many women have had to bear this kind of loss and grief in utter secrecy.  Why?  The social stigma and the shame of giving up your own child to adoption, no matter what the circumstances, leave a deep inner scar inside the soul of every woman who has surrendered their baby.  

It’s 2016!  It’s time to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  There is work to be done and adoption reform has a long way to go.  There are still closed States where records remain sealed and hidden.  It’s the law. . . and these antiquated belief systems keep these records sealed.  Every child has the right to know the Truth about themselves, who their real mother and father is, and what their medical history records contain.  It may save their life one day.  

 

’39 Years of Silence’ invites us to look deep inside our own hearts and inner knowing of the soul, as we walk this path of transformation to bring forth our own higher potential and our greatest contributions to the world…as women, as mothers, as daughters and sons, and as enlightened spiritual beings, living a human experience.  I invite Birthmother’s everywhere to stand tall and proud, and to find the courage within your own hearts to speak the Truth, in your own voice that has been hidden, silenced, and held hostage for far too many decades.  My personal mission is to heal and empower Birthmothers and Adopted Children globally to speak out and tell the Truth about their wounds, so they may transform their decades of silence, pain, and suffering into a new decade of liberation, joy, freedom and discovery of their highest self.  

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India Hicks post about my story:

“Rita is one unstoppable gal. Her courage, resilience, tenacity and imagination bowl me over. She proves just how strong and capable we all can be – even when faced with the most terrible misfortune.”

http://blog.indiahicks.com/extraordinary-lives-rita-tanos/

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(photo credit:  www.AndreaDomjanPhotography.com)

 

Flirting with the Boys!

 

‘Heavenly Bodies’ – Remembering Hollywood & The Greatest Fashion Designers of this Era to benefit AIDS fundraising efforts with APLA & The California Fashion Industry.   

Book by Michael Anketell:  http://amzn.to/1Lb77Av

 

Flirting with the Boys!

Flirting with the Boys!  And hugging Mike Anketell, Friend and Producer of these shows for APLA & CA Fashion Industry.

 

Not so long ago friends came together within the California Fashion Industry to take action for a cause greater than themselves.  Too many beautiful people were dying from AIDS and we had to do something…anything that would make a difference. 

 

One day during my decade with W Magazine, as head of the Western U.S. and Canada,   a sweet young man that I knew approached me and asked for my help.  He was a friend and shared with me his vision for bringing together the very best of International Fashion Designers with a yearly fundraising Fashion Show that would rock the California coastline.  And it did.  I immediately said YES, and asked “How can I help?  What can I do? How can I lend a hand?” Within a single day I joined the Executive Committee of Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) & The California Fashion Industry and lent a hand here and there, wherever I could.  But it was my friend Mike who made all the magic happen.  

He seamlessly created events, year after year with everyone involved with the California Fashion Industry and APLA.  Mike brought together the hottest International Fashion Designers with the leaders of the California Fashion Industry and worked tirelessly for a decade to create a platform that everyone would Love and Appreciate.  More importantly, he was a master designer in producing these shows and managing to help raise more than $12 Million for APLA.  A lot of money in those days.  No small feat!  Mike’s courage and strength, along with his charm and tenacity was undeniable.  He knew what had to be achieved, and was aware of the importance of the runway stage and the hottest fashion designers to bring it all to life. Especially in California and the West Coast.

These were the Designer Events produced for 10 Years & the Celeb’s and Model’s that attended, or walked the runways.  (The names are solely listed to show the support of everyone in this Industry who cared enough to make a difference, and contributed to the legacy of the California Fashion Industry and APLA.)  Thank You!

 

The California Fashion Industry – Friend’s of APLA began in 1987. Shows included:

  • Adrian: A Retrospective (Adrian was the highest paid costume designer in Hollywood in the 30′-50’s and dressed Garbo, Garland, Crawford, Norma Shearer & Lucille Ball.) 
  • Geoffrey Beene: 25th Anniversary. Ali MacGraw introduced Mr. Beene and Celebs attending:  Jackie Collins, Elizabeth Montgomery, Linda Evans, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Carol Kane, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, etc.
  • Bob Mackie: A Retrospective with a tribute to Cher.  Celebs included Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Diahann Carroll, Mitzi Gaynor, Michael York, Joan Collins, Joan Rivers, Jackie Collins, Pia Zadora, Juliet Prowse, etc.
  • The Best of Hollywood Costume Designers:  First Lady Nancy Reagan, Eddie Fisher, Betsy Bloomingdale, Jackie Collins, Carol Kane, Michael Landon, Sara Gilbert, Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin, Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle, director Morgan Mason
  • Gianni Versace: The Man and His Art; A Retrospective:  Celebs: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Lauren, Johnny Depp, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, Rosanna Arquette, George Peppard, artist David Hockney, Lanie Kazan, Sylvestor Stallone, Jane Seymour, Pierce Bronson, Paula Abdul, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Shari Belafonte, director Joel Schumaker, Pattie Lupone, Dennis Hopper, JoBeth Williams, etc.
  • Thierry Mugler: A Retrospective:  Celebs:  Rod Stewart, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross, Dana Delaney, Daryl Hannah, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Carol Kane, Jackie Collins, Linda Hamilton, director James Cameron, Debi Mazar, Lesley Anne Warren, Sandra Bernhard, Ivana Trump, etc.
  • Calvin Klein and Tina Turner at the Hollywood Bowl:  16,000 guests, 300 models & 3,000 for dinner!  Celebs:  Angela Bassett, Mark Wahlberg, Ali MacGraw, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Elizabeth Taylor, David Geffen, Barry Diller, Jacqueline Bissett, John Kennedy Jr., Julie Newmar, Beverly Johnson, Linda Gray, Vidal Sassoon, Kate Moss, Carolyn Bessette, etc.
  • Isaac Mizrahi and K.D. Lang at the Chinese Theater:  Celebs: Yves St. Laurent, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Anjelica Houston, Natalie Cole, Johnny Depp, Linda Evangelista, Christina Applegate, Kelly Lynch, Jackie Collins, Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch, Juliette Binoche, Mickey Rourke, Cameron Diaz, Jeff Bridges, Paloma Picasso, Goldie Hawn, Wayne Gretzky, director Rob Reiner, director Jerry Bruckheimer, Ellen Barkin, Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon, Wesley Snipes, Tia Carrera, Jennifer Tilly, producer Jon Peters,  model Vendela, etc.
  • Gianfranco Ferre and Liza Minnelli:  Celebs:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Patrick Dempsey, Carol Alt, Melanie Griffith, Fran Drescher, Kelly LeBrock, Virginia Madson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, James Spader, Julie Andrews, Mark Wahlberg, Joan Jett, Rod Stewart, Rachel Hunter, Jackie Collins, Barbara Davis, Peter Marc Jacobson, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Jason Bateman, Mrs. Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, etc.
  • Todd Oldham with Susan Sarandon:  Celebs:  Fran Drescher, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Berkley, Lea Thompson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, David Hasselhoff, Brendon Fraser, Joan Rivers, Ali MacGraw, Julie Newmar, Herb Ritts, Sherry Lansing, John Malkovich, etc.

 

There were more shows and fundraising events that Mike coordinated and produced after these first ten years.  But these were the Best of the Best!  Golden memories of an era that influenced change and began a movement to help others, even with the most debilitating of diseases.  Lives were saved.  And people like Mike and everyone else who gave their Love, their time, their energy, their connections, and their passion for helping others and making a difference in the world, did actually accomplish a great goal, a great thing,  and a beautiful Rainbow at the end of this decade. We all came together for one cause, and that was to help and to heal others with AIDS.  This was our journey of Oneness.  This is what it’s all about.  Helping others.  

 

Times change. People change. Lives change.  Even Industries change.  And the world changes with them.  People move on.  And they retire.  At the end of my Decade with W Magazine, I knew it was time to move on and create my own Business. One decade was enough after great visionaries like Mr. John Fairchild retired.  This inspiring, funny, and creative man whom I adored and knew, flew the coop!  That was my sign that it was time to move on.  Forward. Onwards. Upwards.  And so I did.  Thank God!  I take such lovely memories with me, including this amazing and extraordinary time with John Fairchild and my decade with W Magazine.   Such a Blessing!

It’s been Grand! 

Flirting with the Boys!

Flirting with the Boys!  Rita Tanos & Mike Anketell at The California Fashion Industry – APLA Black Tie Event.