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How do I show the girls of Ghost World Elkin's spring collection? Because they'd freak out over it (but obviously pretend not to). —erica

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The Insider: Kayleen Schaefer

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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. 

More amazing people you’ve really gotta meet!

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Can we talk about these sandals from The Last Conspiracy? And how they verge on Birkenstock-y without fully going there? —erica

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Obsidian Cuff by Stanmore for Of a Kind

BUY / 35 of a kind / $215

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This spring, let’s all remember to push up the sleeves on our jackets. Cause it’s a good look, as demonstrated by Sessun. —erica

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The Hill-Side is making shoes! Real good ones. That girls with average-to-big feet can wear, too. —erica

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Next Level: Mesh

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Brace yourself for the punniness ahead: These four pieces will have you looking like one hot mesh. —erica

LEVEL I: Just a sliver of see-through makes these Rebecca Minkoff loafers look a whole love more interesting.

LEVEL II: It’s like the strapless dress that you never have to hoist up, c/o Elizabeth and James.

LEVEL III: Thanks to this Steven Alan purse, you’ll know if you have your phone without even opening your bag.

LEVEL IV: Not only do the sleeves on this Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit look fly, but they also allow for some serious air circulation. 

All the “Next Level” you can eat handle!

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You know what’s a good name for a color? Terracotta. I’ll let this Crippen skirt sell you on it. —erica

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Stanmore

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Does it sound out-there to say that Catherine Alexander had a date with destiny when she came up with the idea for her jewelry line? You be the judge: After graduating from NYU, Catherine parlayed an internship into a gig as a TV producer and then an indie movie producer, working on projects like design shows and period films. “After the stock market crashed in 2008, the funding for a movie I was working on was gone,” says Cat, who, rather than falling into woe-is-me mode, took the opportunity to really think about what she wanted to be doing. The answer: something that allowed her to feel a whole lot more creative.

“While I was visiting my parents in Washington, D.C., I bought some clay at Michaels and started sculpting. My mom took one look and said I needed to take art classes,” she explains. Back home in NYC, Cat enrolled in a course and quickly realized that she had a knack for jewelry in particular. “I had access to a studio and spent all day learning,” she says. “It was kismet—everything was leading up to this.”

She launched Stanmore in 2012, and she hasn’t looked back. “When I first started, I wanted to make things I hadn’t seen before. It’s not worth buying jewelry unless it really says something,” Cat says. “I like it when jewelry makes something basic like your T-shirt and jeans more personal.” —jane gauger

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Dive Into Stanmore’s Rockin’ Retro Playlist

Turn those speakers up.

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Pause that Beyoncé for a sec and listen up: Catherine Alexander has some music recs for you. The mastermind behind the elegantly earthy jewelry line Stanmore has put together a killer, random-in-a-good-way playlist filled with old stuff—pop and rock from the sixties, seventies, and eighties—that is likely new to you and makes her both nostalgic AND productive. —jane gauger

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“Care of Cell 44” by The Zombies
“This song reminds me of waking up in a cabin in the Poconos on an early summer morning and sitting quietly in a chair on the porch reading. When I hear the first person stir from sleep, I put this song on and quietly make coffee.”

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“Different Drum” by The Stone Poneys
“This makes me think of sitting in the backseat of my friend’s car and staring at the city while we drive over the bridge to The Wooly in Lower Manhattan at 1 AM after deciding that it would be ludicrous to let the night end.”

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“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
“To me, this is driving back to the city from Montauk and feeling both proud of—and unsure about—the oversize cotton visor I had just purchased from a Hamptons sporting-goods store.”

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“I Saw the Light” by Todd Rundgren
“I like to garden to this song for some reason. So, weirdly, Todd Rundgren reminds me of flowers? I think he’d like that.”

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“Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty
“My boyfriend looked at me and said, ‘If we have to have a wedding song, this would be it.’”

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“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
“Reminds me of running on the beach in L.A. with friends late at night. We wanted to jump into the ocean, but for some reason, we thought we’d get arrested if we tried.”

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“Dancehall Days” by Wang Chung
“This reminds me of my friend, Ted. He has a radio show on East Village Radio called Gay Beach, and I can’t listen to this song without thinking of the first time I tuned in.”

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“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
“The memory for this one—how about every joyous occasion ever experienced by anyone?”

Catherine made a rad obsidian cuff just for us—check it out!

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