About SCS

Second City Style is a high fashion, high energy digital magazine for and by stylishly savvy women. Published weekly with daily updates SCS was originally created from hundreds of surveys completed by women just like you, providing invaluable feedback on everything from how to wear the latest accessories to where you can find the hottest trends and so much more.

With current readership expanding globally, Second City Style launched their blog to compliment the magazine and provide readers a resource for up-to-the-hour information.

Published by Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Dimet Waters and Managing Editor, Carol Calacci, Second City Style is a consumer-driven publication. The online magazine content and design are created out of hundreds of surveys from Chicago-area women. This invaluable feedback provides a one-on-one relationship with women 30-50 that inform each editorial choice.

*Please Note: We have offices in both NYC & Chicago and cover events in both cities.

Please direct press and marketing inquiries to:

Chicago Mailing Address:
Second City Style, Ltd
415 N Aberdeen Street
Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642

New York City Mailing Address:
Second City Style, Ltd.
c/o Lauren Dimet Waters
6 Annette Dr.
Port Washington, NY 11050

The Second City Style Manifesto

We believe that when it comes to fashion and beauty, women should always surround themselves with luxury.

We believe whatever the age, women should never ever settle for less.

We believe life’s luxuries do not necessarily require breaking the bank.

We believe just because a woman is no longer 30 and has kids, she is still important.

We believe that just as Mom jeans are never a good idea, neither is sacrificing comfort for style (well usually).

We believe women can still wear the hottest trends as long as they don’t over power her.

We believe if you are 48 and still have great legs, you should wear a mini skirt…as long as it’s tasteful.

We believe a woman should always splurge on accessories, seasonless apparel, beauty products, hair cuts & color and jewelry.

We believe women should not spend a lot of money on fashions that won’t last a second season.

We believe it’s never too late to have it all.

MOST OF ALL, we believe in…Attainable Luxury

Meet the Second City Style Team

Lauren Dimet Waters, Editor-In-Chief (NYC)
With an admitted addiction to clothes, Lauren was destined for a career in fashion. Originally attending the Prince Retail Program at Simmons College, Lauren continued her studies at John Hopkins University, where she earned her MBA. While attending school, Lauren, was able to work her way up through the retail industry, eventually becoming a retail marketer. As such, Lauren was on constant demand for her creative and innovative approaches from some of the biggest names in the business.

Lauren recently moved from Chicago to New York where she can keep tabs on the New York fashion industry. It is here, however, at Second City Style, where Lauren looks forward to sharing her experiences and fashionable finds, while creating an environment where women can come and share their insights in today’s hottest trends.

Favorite Designers: Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Lanvin, YSL (Jury is still out on SL) & Helmut Lang

Carol Calacci, Managing Editor (Chicago)
Having earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, and Accessory Design at the School of the Art Institute, Carol went on to use her creative abilities in designing and selling a chic line of leather handbags, belts and a line of lambskin halter-tops inspired by Tom Ford for Gucci.

As an accomplished graphic artist Carol had opportunities to work as a designer and art director for Chicago advertising agencies and has found success as a principal in the design firm, Parameter Design. At Parameter Design Carol has been able to work with national retail brands such as Target and HartMarx, as well as Chicago-area boutiques. Because of her work with these boutiques, she has become strongly supportive of local businesses.

Favorite Designers: 3.1 Philip Lim, Haider Ackermann, Derek Lam, Gucci and Lanvin

Alia Rajput, Senior Fashion Editor, Columnist (NYC)
Alia Rajput has always been inspired by the diversity of her surroundings. While attending public school in Chicago she put together her own eclectic style, even if it meant crushed velvet and Manic Panic. Having shed the need to stand out by looking crazy fairly early, she focused on looking polished and well dressed. She finished a degree in Communications and Education with a concentration in English from Depaul, making her way through the ranks of the Chicago retail scene to support her habit of designer labels and fashion mags. Alia has lived and studied in New Orleans, Boston, Southern France, Thailand and India, experiencing a broader spectrum of style. Now back in Chicago, she spends her time tackling the explosive fashion scene from the underground to the mainstream and works endlessly on her growing collection of leather handbags and DVF dressses.

Favorite Designers: Thakoon, Rodarte, Marni, Zac Posen, Chloe

Taneisha Jordan, Fashion Editor, Columnist (Chicago)
After attending Dominican University for degrees in both Communications of Arts and Sciences and Journalism in River Forest, Taneisha made it her mission to inform the world of their incredulous fashion faux paus and wardrobe missteps. This in turn, lead to her taking several employment positions in retail to help establish and refine her sense of style, as well as her quick and witty repartee. Taneisha has also taken the time to establish her closet from just a few basic Wal-Mart items to a respectable wardrobe of Helmut Lang, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Forever 21 and Target (just so she knows the fashion she’s forcing you to buy). It’s not easy striving to live like a Gossip Girl on a part-time budget. Always the quipster, she tries to bring a bit of humor to every situation. Though her dry humor can come off a bit snarky at times, it all comes from her love of fashion.

Ensemble Staples: Chandelier earrings, stilettos, cat-eye eyeliner, rose gold watch and lots o’ sequins!

Jacqueline Zenn, Fashion Editor, Columnist

After completing a degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, Jacqueline moved to Chicago, started a fashion blog that led to a content development gig with AOL, and joined the Second City Style team as one of the initial contributing editors. Since then, she has worked at several leading advertising agencies (as copywriter, strategist and digital director) and today she has an independent consulting business working with a range of premium brands. Her distinctive personal style has hardly changed since then – she’s had a love of classic shapes, sculptural lines, sky-high heels and edgy jewelry since high school. Favorite designers include Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez, but she’ll never turn down a good vintage find and she loves discovering new indie labels.

She aspires to be as glamorously eccentric as Karl Lagerfeld one day.

Heatherbelle Bridgeview, Contributing Writer
Heatherbelle Bridgeview is a fashion snob with a sense of humor. She’s a smartypants who knows her fashion history and isn’t afraid to take out her whip if you’re taking yourself too seriously, or are too lazy to save for the real deal. Meow.

Kelley Epps-Woods, Beauty Editor, Columnist
Kelley has been a makeup artist for nearly 7 years. During that time she has worked with some of the most prestigious brands in Cosmetics which is a key factor to her in depth product knowledge. Often, teased for knowing Brand colors, names, and product descriptions down to specifics, she is the go to makeup artist for product recommendations and reviews. She truly believes that to be successful in this business you HAVE to be a student of the business. Her drive, knowledge, and artistry has landed her work in local, national, and international magazines. With a love for dry humor, and wit, her love in life is everything Beauty!

Favorite makeup brands: Make Up For Ever, Nars, Chanel, Dior

Amanda Aldinger, Columnist
A dangerously obsessed YSL addict, Amanda is an actress turned freelance fashion journalist who’s currently in the process of obtaining her masters in Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute Chicago.  Amanda believes that no outfit is complete without lots of gold, too-high wedges and the largest bag available. Thus, she never leaves the house without all three. Post graduate school, Amanda has her sights set overseas, where she plans to immerse herself gloriously in Parisian fabulousness.  Until then, as Second City Style’s Pret Reporteur, she’ll be writing fashionable love letters to Paris from afar.  Although her heart will always belong to Yves, she knows if Karl Lagerfeld met her, they’d be best friends.

Wardrobe staples: Wedges, a skinny black pant, oversized tunics, and lots and lots of gold sparkly things.

Elise Ford, Intern and Columnist

A fashion fanatic from the impressionable age of 13, Elise Jaclyn Ford began her budding fashion career as a stylist, meticulously selecting online images of luxe caftans, exotic prints and embellished frocks for her fabulous, but sadly, imaginary clients. Her love and enthusiasm for the industry brought Elise to the hallowed halls of CMU, where she currently is completing her degree in Apparel Merchandising and Design. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Elise is a city slicker at heart with great aspiration to take The Big Apple by storm ala Rachel Zoe.

Favorite Designers: Monique Lhuillier, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Balenciaga

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