Amelia lives in Los Angeles and authors the food blog, Bon Appétempt. Her blog and writing have appeared on Saveur, bonappetit.com, Gourmet Live, Refinery 29, LA Times, Elle Girl Korea, McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes, one of Time's Best Blog of the Year 2013, Saveur's Best Humor Blog, and APM's The Splendid Table. She also has a day job, a dog named Mavis, and is at work on a Bon Appétempt book.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
How would you describe your style.
Oh, geez. Disheveled?
Who are your style icons?
Living here in Los Angeles and working at a really cool store, I’ve run into a bunch of celebrities, and by far, Robyn and Diane Keaton were the ones I found most inspiring, style-wise. Not in the sense that I wanted to dress like them, but more in the sense that they seemed so confident and at ease with themselves, despite the fact that Ms. Keaton was dressed in head to toe black (on a sunny Los Angeles day) with five-inch heels, and Robyn was sporting her undercut haircut while wearing those platform shoes that are almost stilt-like in their platform-ness. I admire them because they both have such a unique style that reads as both weird and honest, and I pretty much love anything that’s both weird and honest.
Can you give us smart shopping advice?
Life’s expenses have me on a pretty serious budget, so if I’m going to spend a lot of money on any one piece of clothing, it likely won’t be made in China and will probably be a pair of shoes
What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve picked up while traveling?
I don't travel. Psyche!! But due to my aforementioned budget, if I’m traveling, it's because I spent all of my money on the plane ticket and delicious food.
What pieces do you find yourself consistently wearing?
Jeans, jeans, and high-waisted jeans. Bill Cunningham (I love that documentary about him so much.) said that “fashion is the armor to survive everyday life.” And for me, that armor is often made out of denim. Also, I wear my army jacket year round. For shoes, I love Manimal moccasins.
Photos by Matthew Bookman