Dare you to read three magazines and not spot Kayleen Schaefer’s name in one of them. She writes about things like pissy pilates purists (three times fast!) for The New York Times, cool-girl synchronized swimmers for Vogue, job promotions (or lack thereof) for Elle, and cultish blowouts for The New Yorker. Aren’t you dying to know her? Thought so. —monica derevjanik
Q: Which celebrity would leave you the most star-struck?
A: Is it fair to call Hillary Clinton a celebrity? Does that demean her? If not, then her.
Q: What do you heart most about Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, your ‘hood?
A: Can I say I love my apartment most of all? I gut-renovated it with the help of my amazing architect friends at OFFICIAL, and even though I’ve been there a year, I still get really jazzed when I come home. I also love running in Brooklyn Bridge Park—I still love seeing the view from the promenade—and going to Sahadi’s, a grocery store where you can buy the best bulk foods for cheap. Also, if all of the other beverage establishments besides Cafe Pedlar and Congress Bar were wiped off the earth, I’d be fine.
Q: What’s on your coffee table right now?
A: My friend Ruthie, who rules, gave me Can’t Lose: A Friday Night Lights Fanzine, which is displayed prominently. I also have a Fresh Cannabis Santal candle and a mini succulent from The Sill that Erica, who also rules, gave me. Plus, an embarrassing number of magazines with Kim Kardashian on the cover (two).
Q: What’s one thing we’d never guess about you?
A: I really want to be the voice of an animated character. It’s going to be tough to do since they’re all voiced by famous people now, but I still hope it’ll break my way someday.
Q: What do you wear, like, allll the time?
A: My new Alexander Wang Marti backpack has barely left my shoulders since I finally bought it after circling around it for about two years. I also think that my super-light blue jean jacket makes me look super-cool. And Catbird pretty much owns my ears. I wear my rose gold ear cuff and Chained To My Heart earring every day.
Q: What have you been reading lately?
A: I’m in the middle of #GIRLBOSS, which is Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoroso’s part memoir, part be-a-baller-at-work guide. It’s fun to read. I’m also reading a mystery called Visitation Street, which takes place in Red Hook, which is right by me.
Q: Which Of a Kind designer are you totally in love with?
A: So many! I’m so happy it’s Veda leather-jacket season again. I’m on my second Rachel Rose silk tee since I’m a spiller and silk-shirt ruiner. Also, I’m way into Bing Bang’s teeny skull jewelry and Blanca Monrós Gómez’s equally teeny black diamond studs. And I have some K/LLER COLLECTION quill earrings that make me feel like a badass.