Leslie Stephens is VP of Content at cupcakes and cashmere. Born in L.A., she grew up in Reno, Nevada and only made it two years in New York before scurrying back to the West Coast. She previously 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!
Where do you live? Los Angeles
What's your day job? VP of Content
Cupcakes or cashmere? Cashmere! Not much of a sweet tooth over here!
✨A Few Questions! ✨
What’s playing on your Spotify right now? At this exact moment?? Don't Tell Your Friends About Me by Blake Mills
One thing you never leave the house without? My face mask, hand sanitizer, and water (does that count as one?)
What's one quirk only your best friend would know about you? I'm clumsy in a way that's not cute at all. I shatter glasses almost on a daily basis.
Describe your perfect Saturday. An extremely long hike, getting back to my tent, and opening a cold beer. Or skiing!
Are you a morning person or an evening person? What’s your routine like during that time? Morning! I make myself coffee and write fiction or read every morning for nearly two hours before the sun rises.
What are your favorite things to talk about? This American Life
How do you wind down after a tough day? I go for a walk in my neighborhood with a beer (the most rebellious you'll see me) and my husband!
⚡️ Lightning Round ⚡️
Favorite food: Orange Chicken from Panda Express
Favorite item of clothing: A vintage Ralph Lauren belt my mom wore in high school
Cat or dog: Both, please.
Savory or sweet: Pass the salt!
Beach or mountains: BOTH! But more specifically, the ocean!
Twitter or Instagram: ...am I allowed to say neither?? 😬
Most-used app on your phone: Messages or PocketCast
Thing you could do for hours and never get sick of: Swim in the ocean
One word friends would use to describe you: Adventurous (I hope!)
What did you go to school for: Psychology and English
Go-to drink order: Negroni or IPA
Favorite book of all time: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Favorite movie: Singin' in the Rain
Favorite show right now: Fleabag