Friend of the Week: Stefany Cesari

Stefany Cesari

/steh-fuh-nee/ /səˈzerē//

1. Baller publicist and lady business owner.

2. Single handedly keeps Bud Light in business.

3. Should be on a billboard for Flywheel

4. Southern gal who's not afraid of a full body unitard.


How do we know each other?

Work, work, work, work, work...but then we met offline and sparks flew!

What's a day in the life of Stefany Cesari like?

Wake up way too early, play fetch with my cat, throw on wishful thinking workout attire and head out the door. Spend a few hours scouring the internet for the fruits of my labor, reminding my clients how amazing they are, emailing/harassing editors about how amazing my clients are and patting myself on the back for building a roster of pretty damn amazing clients. Then the adderall wears off and there's about a 10 minute window until I get antsy and have to mobilize. I typically take an afternoon break to sweat out the ants in my pants at Flywheel or on the treadmill, then head back out to meetings and events. My evenings are a steady rotation of industry events, editor dinners, long overdue catchups with friends or, on very rare occasions, nothing but my couch and a bottle of red. 

What's your greatest attribute?

My optimism. It's endless, which can be daunting, but I certainly don't hate being able to find the silver linings in life. They're everywhere. Some a bit sneakier than others, but I always find them.

Favorite thing about living in NYC?

Walking! I've been here for more than nine years and the novelty has yet to wear off. I walk everywhere. I walk the same blocks and see different things each time. I aimlessly meander and discover new streets. I make up excuses to go out of my way and do more walking. The soles of my shoes have an embarrassing lifespan because of all the mileage I put on them, but I don't mind the excuse to go shoe shopping.

one kind of food and drink for the rest of your life. GO! 

This is an aggressive question for a bar and restaurant publicist. That said, challenge accepted! Fully dressed Tecate with a shot of tequila, which isn't cheating because you can't have a fully dressed Tecate without tequila, and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on wheat toast. Given this lineup, you're correct in assuming a significant portion of my life is spent in some state of hungover. Self-inflicted occupational hazard.

What's something that most people don't know about you? 

Due to my lack of filter, people know most things about me, whether they want to or not. One of the most surprising Stefany Fun Facts is that I don't have wifi in my apartment. Slightly unexpected and perhaps a bit nutty for a small business owner, but, by not having wifi in my apartment, I force myself to have some separation between personal and professional. Home is for sleeping and movie marathons and seamless orders that come with at least 3 sets of utensils. Work happens elsewhere.

What's your signature style?

I have an uncomfortable amount of backless in my wardrobe. And unitards. And overalls. And more than enough fanny packs to get through the week without any repeat performances. Wore a backless flamingo unitard with overalls the other day and definitely didn't make any fashion blogs. Needless to say, my sense of style is strong to quite strong. 

Funniest moment with me that you can remember?

I had the pleasure of witnessing/playing videographer for a table read of a script Carly wrote for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and it was honestly funnier than watching an actual episode of the show. I feel bad for anyone who hasn't experienced the winning combination of Carly's ridiculous sense of humor, her amazing writing skills and a couple bottles of Pinot by Tituss.

Life Motto? 

At the risk of sounding like a fortune cookie...find the silver lining.


Follow Stefany on all of her backless shirt adventures VIA instagram @stefanypaige.