By Sharon Clott Kanter
Updated Feb 11, 2015 @ 1:29 pm
Credit: Courtesy Photo

Yesterday, Brooke Shields transformed her downtown N.Y.C. home into party central when she invited her closest pals over for tea sandwiches and scones to celebrate the launch of her friend India Hicks’s new lifestyle site, The affair was cozy, relaxed, and inspired by the lifestyle of Hicks herself, a former judge of Top Design on Bravo and creator of India Hicks Island Living for HSN (she resides most of the time in the Bahamas). Shields gave us an exclusive sneak peek inside the event. “India and I have been friends for many years and she is one of my style icons,” she told InStyle. “I’m drawn to her authenticity and timeless style, and now, the whole world gets to share a piece of that!”

Hicks’s site, which boasts beauty items and accessories as well as a journal-style blog of all the fabulous places she sees and people she meets, was a long time coming for the London native. “I poured my heart and soul into this,” Hicks told us. “Although I had enjoyed a healthy licensing career, it was time for me to build something of my own, a scalable business that one day I could possibly pass down to my children. I also felt at 47 years old, I had enough experience behind me and enough adventure in front of me.”

Shields wanted the afternoon to go perfectly. “Making sure her line was properly displayed was the first priority,” she said. (It was.) Then, the house smelled of Wild Spiderlily, one of Hicks’ own fragrances ($95; The finishing touch? Shields served Earl Grey tea—her pal's favorite. “I drink it like a baby, all weak and milky,” said Hicks. “My mother used to strain hers carefully into a saucer for her miniature dachshund to enjoy. They took tea together most afternoons.” That said, no doggies sipped any tea at this shindig.