Coffee Is Not My Cup Of Tea


Obviously, cold weather equates to grumpy people. Chilly days are unpleasant by definition. Gloomy clouds bounce around the sky and contribute to an unhappy society. They make people bundle up in pounds of clothing just so they can sweat when entering a heated building and still freeze with every gust of cold wind that blows down from the control centers above.

But even the grumpiest person needs to learn how to cope if they don’t want to be unapproachable, fired from their job or even just so they can stay on good terms with their friends and family. For many, the answer is in the tealeaves, literally.

People need to drink more tea!

If you haven’t picked up on it already, I’m a tea lover through and 11140033_676133602423098_4171763640332512481_nthrough. I have stash of a wide variety of tea bags in my room and prefer sipping on multiple cups throughout the day to get my caffeine and a sense of calm. Of course, tea is nothing without hot water and nothing makes me simmer more than waiting for water to boil. When I first tried out Rosewill’s Stainless Steel Water Kettle I realized that I’d been totally missing out.

First of all the Rosewill electric kettle (I have Model # RHKT-15001) is incredibly stylish. (Who knew electric kettles could be classy??) I have the white kettle, and was delighted when I first used it and discovered that when you turn it on part of it lights up a iridescent blue. Not only am I in love with the design, but the kettle holds the perfect amount of water (1.5L) for multiple cups of tea so you don’t need to keep refilling. Using 1500 watts of power, the kettle brings water to a boil in a matter of minutes. In my own experience, it takes about a minute, which saves SO much time compared to my previous kettle!

12289468_676133632423095_4563701602647720590_nAs the temperatures keep dropping (it’s snowing today in Chicago and London!?) snuggling in bed with a cup of hot tea, a fabulous book and some fuzzy socks is going to become more and more enticing. Give yourself a break for convenience and go out and purchase this electric kettle (it’s okay to spoil yourself!) it retails for $59.99 and you can get it on

Also—all of those books featured in the photos are AMAZING (and totally different from each other) and I’m going to have reviews up for them soon for all of my bookworms :)

There’s certainly nothing more agreeable than tea and a good book!

Stay Classy! xx

Fall Trends: Give Pearls A Whirl


It goes without saying that when it comes to jewelry, the classiest and most timelessly elegant statement pieces usually involve pearls. From Audrey Hepburn to Kate Middleton, the most upstanding and poised women can be found sporting beautiful pearl statement pieces. Yet even the most polished string of pearls can seem cliché or boring, which is why Vincent Peach puts more creativity into his pieces than simply stringing the pearls together.12191512_671150546254737_1649830726405680032_n

Peach’s craftsmanship is authentic and beautiful. His eye for detail is unparalleled as is his use of leather and pearls in his collection. This contrast is striking and even his simplest accessories make a statement by their meticulous design. I had never worn pearls with mixed media before and now that I have I know that it will be difficult to resist shopping the rest of his collection!

12049204_671150529588072_3423789835683347685_n            In the images, I am wearing the VP Wrap Flat Braid Bracelet made of braided brown leather and featuring a rare Tahitian Pearl (retails for $182). I love the way it accents my fall wardrobe and matches the foliage outdoors. This photo shoot was done in the New York Botanical Gardens, one of the most gorgeous spots to explore during autumn in New York City.

The Vincent Peach collection is popular among A-list singers and celebrities, especially among country artists including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line. Many of the pieces in the collection are unisex, making them an easy and thoughtful gift for anyone on your list this upcoming holiday season!

You can shop the rest of the Vincent Peach collection, and the collection for under $200, here!

Stay Classy! xx

The Makeup Tips All You (Boo)tiful Ghouls Need To Know This Halloweekend

Midterms are coming to a close and the weekend is swiftly approaching. As if this were not a good enough reason to go out and celebrate life (and freedom from the library… for now) it is also Halloween weekend. It is one of the most fun weekends of the year to let loose and monster mash like no one is watching. I personally love dressing up for Halloween (this year as Wonder Woman) and can’t wait to get started primping my hair and makeup to go out. Playing up your makeup is the easiest and cheapest way to embellish a costume!

Tracy Murphy. Courtesy of Behrman Communications.

Tracy Murphy. Courtesy of Behrman Communications.

Celebrity makeup artist, Tracy Murphy, has shared some tips with me that will be sure to make this weekend’s makeup routine both glam and easy!

Here are some of Tracy’s classy Halloween makeup tips:

  • “This is the time to get creative and experiment with those colors that you have that maybe aren’t that ‘wearable’. Bring on the green eyeshadow! It’s important to re-imagine your makeup bag as a painting kit. Thinking of being a wicked witch? This is the perfect time to try that little-used green eyeshadow as a dusting all over the face to get that desired witchy pallor.”
  • “Vampire? Use red lipstick to drag in bloody streaks from the sides of your mouth.”
  • “A simple black eyeliner is fast and easy way to draw in shadows and sketch in dark shapes all over the face. Use a sponge or fingertips to blend out – think lines on the face for a skeleton, hollowing out the cheekbones, darkening in the under eyes… quick and easy and you’re in the spirit.”
  • “If you are aiming for more glamour than ghoul, this is the perfect time for lashes! Wearing a false strip of lashes is an incredibly quick and easy way to add instant drama to your look. Also, glitter is a game changer—press glitter on eyelids and/or after lipstick application leaves a gorgeous effect.”

The countdown to Halloween continues and I can’t wait to start celebrating! I’m definitely going to play up glitter eyeshadow, long eyelashes, red lipstick and face contouring to go with my Wonder Woman costume. Have a great weekend guys!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Trudeau Giveaway (Yay free things)! Stay classy! xx

Trudeau GIVEAWAY: (You Know You Want It)

Hi guys! In my last post I mentioned to stay tuned for Trudeau Giveaway details and I’m SO excited to say that the time has come! Class and the City teamed up with Trudeau Corp. to give you guys the opportunity to win these two awesome Trudeau products!

12193499_668674099835715_6984672504054608443_nThe first is the Drive Time Travel Mug (right)($19.99). It is amazing quality and has an incredibly comfortable grip. It’s perfect for busy mornings when you’re on-the-go to the office or school. It holds 18 oz. and supports the Breast Cancer Research Fund!

11219316_668674119835713_8323894907568930683_nThe second is the Mist Hydrator Hydration Bottle (left)($11.99). This adorable mini bottle is perfect to use when you go walking or to the gym. It has a soft grip and features both a mister and a straw, to cool you down and keep you hydrated throughout your workout!

I’m going to make entering this giveaway super easy for everyone— all you need to do is get connected with Class and the City on social media by following us on the platforms listed below!

Class and the City blog page (most of you do already, so that’s one thing down!)
Facebook (Class and the City)
Instagram (@xo_feliciaa),
Twitter (@stayclassyxx_)!

All you need to do is click four buttons and you’re in the running! The winner must be from the United States and will receive both products. I will be randomly selecting a winner by Tuesday November 11th.

Stay Classy! xx

Shopping: 5 Awesome Products That Give Back This Fall

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NFL players are wearing pink socks and sweatbands. National “No Bra” Day just passed on October 2nd, and light pink ribbons tied on things everywhere. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a worthy cause that everyone should get behind. I’ve rounded up five awesome ways (lots of eating and shopping!) through which you can help spread Breast Cancer Awareness and contribute to Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

  1. Trudeau Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Collection

A favorite brand for water bottles, travel mugs and tumblers, Trudeau has come out with a special BCRF Collection and will donate a percentage of each sale to the BCRF. I’ve been attached to my “Lulu SS Tumbler” (I LOVE drinking tea all throughout the day) because it has such a comfortable grip and is the perfect size to carry around with me when I’m on-the-go. It is also incredibly insulating and I find my beverages to still be boiling hot even an hour after pouring them! The Trudeau Corporation has already donated over $450,000 to BCRF from the sale of their BCRF products! Prices vary per product, but the collection can be found at retailers including Wegmans, and!

  1. Duri Cosmetics “The Power of Pink” Nail Polish Collection

The awesome nail polish collection features many shades of pink, including “Pinky
Promise,” “Pink Positive Thoughts,” “I Pink I Can,” and “Pink Warrior.” I had the chance to try them out and love them! The nail polish stays on for over a week, even without a top coat! Ten percent of the collection’s sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They retail for $6 each and can be found here!

  1. Little Black Dress Wines

Not only are Little Black Dress Wines adorably packaged, but they’re DELICIOUS. As if12065626_665498133486645_7452864191850216385_n an awesome and different wine for girl’s night wasn’t enough to make you want to head to the site and order some, LBD Wines have teamed up with the global non-profit, Keep A Breast Foundation which supports Breast Cancer Awareness! Their “Divalicious Pink Pinot” is divine and a must-have for any (and all) occasions this fall!

  1. Ralph Lauren Pink Pony

As I mentioned in my last post, Ralph Lauren has been truly generous to Breast Cancer Research. The Pink Pony Collection is just as sophisticated as the classic RL Collection, yet 25% of the proceeds go towards the BCRF. The collection includes clothing, accessories and fragrances and can be found here!

  1. P.F. Chang’s

This post wouldn’t be complete without some delicious food! P.F. Chang’s has set out on a nationwide fundraising campaign to donate $100,000 to the American Cancer Society! They donate $1 for each diner who shares a photo of P.F. Chang’s new Jicama Street Tacos or the signature P.F. Chang’s white horse statues on social media with the hashtag #PFChangsPink. We all Snapchat our delicious and photogenic meals anyway, and now we can help others by doing so!

                        Giving back to others is one of the best ways to stay classy! xx

P.S. Stay tuned for a Trudeau BCRF Giveaway in the next few days!!

Thank You, Mr. Lauren, For All That You Do

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Lauren dressed up and looking classy for an event. Courtesy of Four Plus Media.

With an iconic career dating back to 1967, the 75 year-old namesake and Founder of the Ralph Lauren empire of clothing, fragrances and accessories, is stepping down from his position as CEO.


Courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

To many interested in the fashion industry, this news evokes emotion. Many fans and followers of the legendary brand of American luxury and glamour created by Lauren through his consistently charming products are upset to hear that Lauren will no longer be leading the company. Many people wonder in what direction former Old Navy President, Stefan Larsson will take the brand and if the quality and timeless style of the Ralph Lauren merchandise will change. Others are upset when they realize that Lauren’s retirement marks their age as well. Personally, although I do find it sad that the icon is leaving his brand, I am genuinely happy for Mr. Lauren, who has made much more of an impact in the world than as just the billionaire iconic designer behind the namesake empire.

Courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Thanks to Gioia Diliberto’s beautifully detailed biography, Diane Von Furstenburg: A Life Unwrapped, I was also able to gain insight into the life of some designers who liked to be kept out of the spotlight, including Mr. Lauren. I learned that not only had Lauren created perhaps the most classic and iconic American luxury clothing, fragrance and home decor empire, but he has also fought and survived a brain tumor. Through a conversation about his symptoms, Lauren basically saved the life of Diane Von Furstenburg who then realized that she was feeling the same things, and was soon after diagnosed with a brain tumor as well. Since his bout with cancer and meeting others going through the same scary journey to recovery, Lauren has continued to donate generously to cancer research and awareness throughout the world.


The Pink Pony Fund. Courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Lauren rarely speaks about his philanthropic endeavors, and has actually told the press that he hates being called a “philanthropist,” so for what it’s worth, Mr. Lauren a very good person. After he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1987, he became more involved with giving to cancer research and awareness. Lauren created the Pink Pony Fund, which is a fabulous collection of clothing, fragrances and accessories that feature the iconic RL pony logo in pink, and gives back up to 25% of the cost of each item to international charity organizations. (Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when could be a better time to contribute to the Pink Pony Fund and raise awareness with Pink Pony merchandise?!) Additionally, partnering with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Lauren established the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem, New York. This center has hitherto cared for about 100,000 patients, including 13,000 uninsured individuals from the 5 New York City boroughs.

Although Mr. Lauren has stepped down as CEO of Ralph Lauren, he will most certainly10734247_569927183043741_3818556323905182582_n still be involved with the brand, calling the change more of a “partnership” than a retirement. He will also be continuing with his generosity towards causes such as cancer research and awareness, while enjoying the retirement that he and his family deserve. He is truly an icon for American fashion and creating a meaningful brand. He is the embodiment of Ralph Lauren; classy, successful and benevolent.

Thank you, Mr. Lauren, for all you have done and continue to do.

P.S. Fun fact! I had the pleasure of meeting Ralph Lauren’s son, Andrew Lauren, at the launch of his AVENUE cover last fall. Here’s a photo from the event (above).

Stay Classy! xx

Mothers. Daughters. Rebels. Suffragettes.


Director Sarah Gavron (left) speaks about casting and filming Suffragette.

When I received the invitation to attend the very first pre-release screening of Suffragette in the United States I was overwhelmed. Aside from those who had worked on it, I was among the first group of people to watch the film, as well as speak with its director, Sarah Gavron, and writer, Abi Morgan.

12096109_662554207114371_823869922210358155_nSleep fighting my eyelids, I hopped on the train to make my way over to the Park Avenue Screening Room, regretting skipping my morning tea. However upon my arrival I was greeted by complimentary GlamSquad beauty treatments, hair and makeup, followed by a light brunch featuring All Beauty Water (My favorite flavor is Pomegranate and Rose!), before making my way to my seat in the theater.

I have to admit that I did not know what to expect from this 12141494_662554383781020_5639799038026419821_nmovie screening. The last pre-release screening I had attended was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not So Good, Very Bad Day which was followed by a Q&A with the lovely Jennifer Garner— a very different movie and a very different topic. This was also the first time I would be able to gain insight from a movie writer and director and I was thrilled.

Suffragette (1hr 46 mins) is truly an incredible and inspiring film. It covers the story of the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in Great Britain during the late 19th and 20th century, in a way that is enlightening and reveals the dark and disturbing hardships suffragettes had to face during the fight for women’s suffrage. The strength and bravery of these women, who faced brutally violent abuse from the government, their husbands, their bosses and their neighbors, because they spoke up for themselves, is incredible.

It is portrayed as such by the film’s A-list cast, including Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. The strength of the cast enhances the beautifully written and true storyline, and Carey Mulligan’s amazing performance provides visual and emotional insight into the mind of a “suffragette,” who came to realize that there was nothing more important for the future of her sex than gaining rights, such as the right to vote.

Meryl Streep on a Suffragette poster. Courtesy of Focus Features.

Meryl Streep on a Suffragette poster. Courtesy of Focus Features.

When commenting on the cast, director Sarah Gavron explained, “It is also particularly special that Helena Bonham Carter is playing the role of Edith Ellyn, a suffragette, as Carter is the great-granddaughter of H. H. Asquith, [Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-1916), which he so viciously opposed.” This is truly important to recognize, because it provides us with the knowledge of how recent these events took place in history. H. H. Asquith is 49 year-old Carter’s great-grandfather— it was not until 1928 that all women, regardless of age, social, marital or economic status gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Putting this into perspective, American women were not given the right to vote until 1920.

In addition to being an incredible historical film, Suffragette is also incredibly relevant to today. The United States has presidential election debates going on right now, preparing for the 2016 Presidential Election. There are some wonderful candidates running who plan on implementing necessary changes in our country, and there are some much less wonderful candidates running, who might just be doing so for their own benefit. We, the citizens of the United States, are fortunate to have the right to vote for our leaders, regardless of our our race, our sex or our religious beliefs. This freedom is something that we CANNOT take for granted, when so many countries are still striving for this type of democratic voice. We have been granted with the opportunity to have a voice in our society, men and women alike, something that so many groups have fought for in the past. It is up to us to utilize this opportunity to the best of our ability, speak our opinions, and spread awareness for the change that we would like to see in our world.

Suffragette will be out in theaters in the U.S. on Oct. 23rd.

Stay Classy! xx

Who Run The World? #GLBLCTZNS


Last weekend in NYC has been a whirlwind of inspiration and advocacy for change. Pope Francis was in town, riding through Central Park on his “Popemobile,” speaking to the United Nations and giving a beautiful mass at Madison Square Garden. President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met formally for the first time in two years at the United Nations General Assembly. And nearly 60,000 people gathered on Central Park’s Great Lawn for the Global Citizens Festival on Saturday — including, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafai and me!

12039284_660704127299379_4690744263041163554_n            The Global Citizens Festival is a free, yet ticketed, event aiming to raise awareness in issues such as ending world poverty, empowering women through education and taking care of our environment. This event is a fabulous way to raise this awareness, because by making the Festival free and including a diverse musical lineup (including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Pearl Jam) people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, ethnicities and interests were present.

When my friends and I (finally!) walked onto the Great Lawn after waiting two hours in line on 5th Ave., Leonardo DiCaprio was speaking about the environment and urging us to recognize that we need to do what we can to “save the planet.” Something I found interesting was that apart from who was listed on the concert lineup, the rest of the speakers were a mystery to everyone. Throughout the day and into the night, the Festival lasted from 3p.m. to 10 p.m., surprise speakers 12046953_660704173966041_6015114260041276069_nincluding Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malala Yousafai and Michelle Obama took turns at the podium. These speakers stressed that all global citizens, and we are ALL global citizens, need to understand the issues present in our global community. Through inspiring speeches, each of these influential figures encouraged us to take action that will help influence those in power to make the necessary changes that will help our world become a better place.

The musical performances were incredible and inspiring as well. Beyoncé’s performance was phenomenal and she sang from a set list that stressed women’s empowerment and her brand of feminism. It was incredible 12027661_660704543966004_891764681062592084_nto have the opportunity to see my favorite singer team up with the First Lady to stress that poverty is sexist, and that women all over the world deserve the right to an education. It was also incredibly inspiring and emotional to hear Malala Yousafai speak on the same issue, especially after I had read about her incredible journey in I Am Malala.

The hardships that people face around the world are many and extreme. Attending the Global Citizens Festival this past weekend reminded me how blessed I am in every aspect of my life and inspired me to start thinking about how I can help others experience some of the things many take for granted, especially the right to an education. We are all global citizens and thus have a responsibility to make our global community a better place. How will you help make this change?

Stay Classy! xx

Fall Beauty: Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub

11886189_651669664869492_8558972247693848168_o           We’re officially in the homestretch of summer! It’s time to go back to school but also to enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather while we can. It’s not quite time to switch up your morning coffee order to the seasonal and eternally trendy pumpkin spice latte, but to hold you over while you anticipate this delicious taste and the true start of the fall season, I’ve found an amazing pumpkin exfoliator and just had to share it with you.

The Peter Lamas Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub was one of those spontaneous and lucky beauty finds that you only come across every once in a while. Not only is it packaged beautifully, but it is also made from natural ingredients including Pumpkin Enzymes, Apple and Almond Acids, Apricot Grains, Pumpkin Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. On a whim I decided to give it a try, and the first time I used it immediately had me hooked.

This facial exfoliating scrub does everything its description tells you it will. It deep cleanses, exfoliates and even brightened my skin tone. Additionally, it smells AMAZING. The aroma that wafted around my shower made my stomach grumble. The scrub smells poignantly of pumpkin muffins or even a pumpkin angel food cake. It is sweet and seasonal yet not overbearing. Believe me, you should definitely splurge and try it yourself! The Peter Lamas Naturals Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub is for all skin types, and retails for $28 and can be found here!

Stay Classy! xx

Practically Perfect Porchini Mushroom Risotto


Just a few simple ingredients can go a long way in a good risotto. The fluffy rice and porchini mushrooms make for a practically perfect pairing, and this risotto is the perfect appetizer or side dish, especially when accompanied by a nice white wine. I adapted this recipe from Shaquille O’Neal’s personal chef, Thomas Gosney’s new cookbook “Method of Procedure.”


Prep Time: 10 Minutes         Cook Time: 40 Minutes

11951891_650561688313623_4882047658194576084_nLet’s Get Started 

2 cups Arborio Short Grain Rice, Italian short grain rice
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
4 cups Mushroom Broth, Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth (hot)
1 cup Dried Porchini Mushrooms
2 cups Hot Water
2 tbsp. Whole Butter
2 tbsp. Pecorino Romano Cheese
1 tsp. Fresh Chives or Green Onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. Fresh Italian Parsley or Curly Leaf Parsley, finely chopped
½ tsp. Truffle Oil (optional)

 Let’s Get Cookin’

Pour hot water into the dried mushrooms to rehydrate them. Let sit while preparing 11949544_650561704980288_7938299672130010412_nother steps, this will provide the mushroom essence for the Risotto.
Heat broth to a simmer.
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan on medium temperature. Add Arborio Rice and sauté so all the oil is absorbed into the rice. Continue cooking until the rice is lightly browned.
Strain the mushroom essence into the rice, stirring so the rice doesn’t clump up. Set the hydrated mushrooms aside. Cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Add broth 1 cup at a time repeating the process until all liquid is absorbed. This will take about 25 minutes.
When you are close to the end add the mushrooms. Ideally, you want the rice to be al dente. It should have a creamy consistency, not thick.
Remove from heat and add butter and cheese. Sprinkle with chives parsley and drizzle truffle oil all over.

Let’s Get Creative

As I mentioned above, if done right, this recipe is practically perfect. To make it even better here are some suggestions.

  • Add some pignoli nuts
  • Add some white wine
  • Add other varieties of mushrooms to the essence

Enjoy! Stay Classy! xx