CHI-lebrity Style File: Alia Rajput of Second City Style

CHI-lebrity Style File: Alia Rajput of Second City Style

Anytime you see Alia Rajput around town, it’s a gurantee you will spot her rocking a killer outfit with an equally to die for pair of heels. As Senior Fashion Editor for Second City Style, it’s no wonder this chic chick is on the pulse of the latest and greatest in the fashion world. CHI-lebrity caught up with Alia for the dish on her top picks, because, yes, we just had to know where this style maven shops for her wardrobe and beauty essentials.

Describe your personal fashion philosophy.

Be confident! All fashion really does is enhance the body and the beauty we naturally have so it’s crucial to develop a style around what makes you feel the best in your own skin. For example, I’m extremely petite but I rock some seriously killer heels and I automatically feel ten feet tall when I walk into a room. Choosing pieces that highlight the things I like about myself helps too, whether it’s a hemline that works with my legs or a color that complements my skin tone. Also picking pieces that you can get a lot of mileage out of are key.

Where do you go in the city to find the latest and greatest in fashion & beauty?

Chicago is so amazing for shopping, I can never get enough! It really depends on my mood. The thrift stores on Milwaukee in Wicker Park are really my one-stop shops for quality vintage, designer consignment and amazing leather pieces. I love Kokorokoko in Ukrainian Village for hard to find vintage, Le Dress on Division is great for, well, dresses (which are a good chunk of my wardrobe) and of course you have to love Lori’s on Armitage for an extensive selection of covetable heels. I indulge my label-loving side at Intermix, their handbag collection is especially well-edited.

As for beauty, I’m part of the 99.9% of women that has to be dragged away from a Sephora. I physically cannot walk by one without going in and buying something fabulous that I really don’t need. It’s so fun though! My delightful job has allowed me to sample some really great salons in the city, my faves of which include Thairapy in Lakeview, George the Salon in River North and the legendary Charles Ifergan did amazing things for my curly, unruly hair. My best makeup application was at Kryolan in Lincoln Park, they have amazing high-def makeup options of photo shoots. And for uber-luxurious pedicures and massages, I love the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon downtown.

How do you get ready for an event? Do you do anything special to prepare?

All I would love to have in my life is enough time to get ready! But since I rarely do, I’ve figured out how to plan ahead which usually involves choosing my outfit, shoes and accessories a day or even a couple days in advance. For beauty, I tend to pick products that pack the most punch with the least amount of fuss time.

I’ve saved my coarse, colored and heat-styled hair with just two words: Morrocan Oil. I first tried it when I received a giant bottle of their styling crème at New York Fashion Week and now I freak out if I’m even somewhat low.

As for makeup, my collection is a smorgasbord of drugstore and prestige products and can probably fill an average-sized house, (the result of my Sephora obsession and time as a beauty editor). My current makeup routine for getting ready for a night out includes Nars for primer and blushes, M.A.C. for eyeshadows and lipsticks, Stila for eyeliners and shadows, Bare Minerals for powder foundation, Bodyography for bronzer, Hourglass for lipgloss, Smashbox for concealer, and Maybelline New York as the only mascara worth having. Besides that, I always pack a camera and a bag big enough to hold a pair of flip-flops (the only really fabulous bags are giant bags) and I’m ready to see where the night takes me!

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