The World is our Oyster!

The World is Our Oyster!


Miami Beach;  Golden Beach and Sunny Isles, Florida 


I am so blessed to have grown up as a young girl in such a beautiful environment as these sunny beaches along the Florida coastline. And I am forever grateful that my European parents landed here, after so many travels along their path, from Europe to Shanghai, and from New York to Miami Beach. It became my ‘home sweet home’ in my youth. Every day I count my lucky stars! 

Miami Beach was a haven of natural wonders and every day of my life, I was either in the ocean or on a boat.  Water skiing, surfing, sailing, swimming, diving, fishing, speed boat racing, or just exploring the coastline and the beach, gathering shells that washed ashore the night before.  Some nights I would sit quietly and just listen to the ocean.  It soothed my soul.

Small beach coastal communities connected to bridges that brought you to the mainline…from Golden Beach/Sunny Isles to Surfside and Coral Gables, to Key Biscayne, and to the inland waterways.  You could drive by boat or car from Miami Beach to Ft. Lauderdale, up and down the coastline.  These were my favorite drives as my hair blew wildly in the wind.  On the boat, or with the top down in the car, I felt completely free!  Recently my friend picked me up in Palm Beach and drove down the coast to Ft. Lauderdale.  I loved every moment of it. . . so many memories came flooding back to these precious times of my youth.

I love the Ocean and I’m never far from it.  I’m grateful for the extraordinary gifts it always offers. . . Peace.  Quiet.  Calm. Warm waters to swim in. Crystal clear oceans. Water sports.  Happiness!  I thank God and the heavens for the gift of growing up along these beautiful ocean shores.


Coastline of Miami Beach

The water…always blue, green, and aqua colored, and so clear and clean you can often see small fish in the water beside you.  And sometimes jellyfish that sting!


The piers were always lovely!


The Hotel Pools. . .

From the Deauville to the Fontainebleau Hotels , the Castaways and further north to the Beachcomber and the Golden Nugget, these Collins Avenue hotels were the pools and cabana’s I grew up in and spent most of my summers.  When I met the Beatles at The Deauville one summer, it was quite a spectacular moment in a young girls life! I was quiet at first, and then I squealed like every other young girl did.  


February 1964 – The Beatles taking a swim at The Deauville Hotel. (Photo: Getty Images)


The High Dive – the great risk to do it, or not…and I did to my amazement!

This was the scariest thing of all… besides being in the deep blue sea so many miles off shore, and feeling something in the ocean you were not very sure of.  But on land there were these lovely hotels and motels with high dives and shuffleboards and Tiki bands…everyone danced to Caribbean music and steel drums.  There was also Luau music, Calypso music & Junkanoo: a mix of Afro-Bahamian music and dance. And of course the Limbo. I loved it all!  So many waves of influence from the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago. These were the best days of my youth and my summers in Miami Beach with aunts, uncles, cousins, and European friends.


And then there was this.  The development of high-rises on these beautiful, pristine beaches.  Years later.   


Even though one of my best friends at the time lived in one of these high-rises with her parents not so far from me, I hated visiting her in such a superficial environment.  20+ something floors up from the natural coastline and beach I grew up on.  I thought it was an obstruction of justice, as the environment was destroyed by these high-rise monsters and the natural beauty of what once was…and was now gone. 

And then I left…moving onward with my life to Europe and New York.  I never looked back and I never returned to Miami Beach until my Beloved Father passed away.  It no longer felt like home.

The High-Rises…

and more of the same.

Once upon a time there was this…

And then this…

And this…

The beaches of Bakers Haulover.

There was also Eastern Airlines…once upon a time.

and The Miami Beach Times…


Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner honeymooned in Sunny Isles – Miami Beach, long before traffic and high-rises appeared on the beach.  Not long after that romantic holiday and celebration, the Press announced their honeymoon on Sunny Isles, and that changed everything.  Within a couple years larger hotels and motels started buying and building on the beach.  Several years later the high-rises came and so did  people from the Northeast, mainly from New York & New Jersey, who started buying condo’s and houses as they desired sunshine, warm weather and a place they could call home during those cold winter months.  It was never the same after that.  Miami Beach lost its true Glamour, its natural beauty, and it sold its soul to large real estate developers who could care less about nature, the natural environment, and preserving the beauty and dignity of a coastal community.  



And then there was this… John F. Kennedy at The Deauville Hotel


And this…

The Beatles at The Eden Rock Hotel. . . rehearsing for the Ed Sullivan show.

I was the lucky one who met them at the swimming pool…


A magical mystery tour of my youth…

The Deauville, The Eden Roc and the Fontainebleau were the most significant hotels along the coastline in Miami Beach where all the best of the best musicians, rock stars and politicians came to visit, speak, and perform.  The energy along this Florida coastline and Sunny Isles was magnetic.  You could feel it in the air.  

Across the street, on the inland waterway of Miami Beach were docks that housed beautiful houseboats.  It was there that my father would take me for a chat.  One of his friends owned a 3-story houseboat that was magnificent.  I loved the setting …much more quiet than across the street on Collins Avenue.  I still remember that precious night with my father, across the street from the Deauville Hotel.  Precious memories indeed.

Yes!  The world is our oyster!  And sometimes our most beautiful memories are those held inside the oyster shell of our youth.  This is one of mine.  



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

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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