Hollywood musicals and visits to the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute introduced Steffie to the worlds of style and culture as a child, and she has been a devotee ever since. In her teenage years it was Fiorucci, Duran Duran, Jean Stein’s Edie and downtown Manhattan that inspired this suburban girl, and she began writing professionally about such things after graduating from SUNY Purchase with a degree in creative writing. By the mid-’90s she was profiling indie rock bands and documenting underground pop culture for cutting edge magazines like Raygun and Paper, while also part of the first wave of Silicon Alley, contributing to groundbreaking websites such as Pseudo and Sonicnet, which eventually led to a staff writer position at VH1.com. When she shifted gears to become a certified yoga teacher in 2003, she drew from that experience in her writing for Yoga Journal and the yoga lifestyle magazine Breathe. In 2004, Steffie had the invaluable experience of working as an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine during the launch of the style magazine T.
Following a lifelong calling, she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and has continued to write about fashion, art, entertainment, beauty, spirituality, food, books, architecture and design for many of the city’s major publications, including The Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, C Magazine, GOOD, Los Angeles and LA Weekly, where she was a founding member of the Style Council blog. She was a contributing editor at the relaunched print version of Hollywood Life, and in late 2011 Steffie joined Pasadena Magazine as Editor in Chief, a position she held until February 2013. Most recently she has contributed to W Magazine and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is working on a book about Cosmic Los Angeles.
Other projects include associate producing the documentary Yoga, Inc., which explores the business of yoga in the west and premiered at Toronto’s Hot Docs, and writing the text for Warhol Factory X Levi’s X Damien Hirst, a limited edition coffee table book celebrating the fashion collaboration between Levi’s, the Andy Warhol foundation, and British artist Damien Hirst. She was also curator and co-host of the Little Birds reading series at Tavin Boutique in Echo Park. When she is not at her computer, Steffie can often be found walking in Elysian Park with her chihuahua, Daisy.
photo by Jeana Sohn