Born in L.A., Leslie grew up in Reno, Nevada and only made it two years in New York before scurrying back to the West Coast. Before serving as VP of Content for cupcakes and cashmere, she worked as an Editor at Food52, and her work has appeared in Eater, Apartment Therapy, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She, her husband Jonah, and their animals Toast and Meesh currently live in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Instagram at @lesliesteph, and see what she's reading here!
Leslie's Last Day: Saying Goodbye to the Job That Shaped My 20s
Leslie's last day at cupcakes and cashmere.
The Most Influential Band You've Never Heard of and an Update from Leslie
Thousands of recommendations later...
11 Tips for Backpacking (Especially If You've Never Gone Before)
Get out there!
How to Transform Your Leftovers and the Reality Show That Hooked Me
Plus, a daily playlist for your workday...
The Best Make-Ahead Meal for Camping (or Any Summer Evening)
Kebabs for the win.
A Novel That Keeps You Guessing and Heartwarming New Movie
Plus, the best snack I brought backpacking.
12 Nearly Perfect Ways to Spend a Nature-Filled Morning in Portland
From redwoods to river jaunts.
Ted Lasso's Shortbread and My Favorite Book fo the Year (So Far)
Getting back into the swing of things...
How to Style a Bedside Table with Target Finds (And a Tour of Leslie's Bedroom)
A brand-new bedroom for under $150.
A Road Trip-Worthy Podcast and Addictive New Series
Let's get Physical.
A Recipe for Creating a Gorgeous Summer Cheese Board
And an idea for beating Zoom fatigue...
The Watermelon Salad I Can't Stop Making This Summer
Psst the secret's in the cumin and mint.
Proof That You Can (and Should!) Wear a Denim Jacket Every Day of the Week
From brunch to dog parks to work...
A Seasonal Summer Side and Read for Your Next Vacation
Plus, a can't miss show about African American cuisine.
A Podcast That Feels Like Being with Your Best Friends and a Poetry-Filled Novella
Plus, two shows about therapy.
Making "Social Hangovers" a Thing and a Movie to See in Theaters
Plus a short novel with some great zingers.
A Simple DIY for Making Your Hair Tools Easily Accessible and Organized
The ultimate haircare luxury takes only five minutes.
An Album For Angsty Teens Like Us and Being "Fake Famous"
Plus a one-pan, vegetable-packed side.