Name & Age:
Farah Fleurima (The Dallas Diva). 40 and proud!
Writer. Editor. Owner of TheDallasDiva.com, a lifestyles blog that showcases all my loves - food, travel, beauty. Here and abroad.
A little background:
I’ve been a writer/storyteller most of my life but didn’t actually start getting paid for it until I moved back to Dallas in 2007 for a gig at The Dallas Morning News. I’m a Brooklyn native who moved 14 times and ended up in Big D; I graduated high school (Plano Senior) and college (University of North Texas) here before moving to Detroit for a stint. Got my masters in creative writing there, then moved back here to be near family. I started writing about restaurants on The Detroit News’ nascent blog … and look at me now!
We'd love to hear your beauty regimens and tips...
Good sleep and a ton of smiling are the best regimens (laugh lines be damned – I earned them!). Also make sure to get your 8-glass minimum of water every day. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, thanks to my sensitive skin, but I do know have sort of a minimum makeup routine for when I go out – you never know when cameras will turn up! Under-eye concealer, eyeliner and a few coats of mascara, and I’m good to go. Oh, and a dab of Vaseline on the lips does wonders!
Favorite DFW beauty brands or beauty related services?
I do love me some Hard Night Good Morning Detox Mineral Masque, from the mind of D’Andra Simmons! So rejuvenating for my face! I don’t know if reflexology is beauty-related, but an hour-long session does give me some get-up-and-glow! One of my absolute favorite traditional massages can be found at Exhale Spa. Ask for Kathy.
Best meal you’ve ever had in the DFW?
A dinner I reveled in at Oak a few years ago. It is still a stellar destination, happily! More recently, I’ve had fantastic meals at Boulevardier, AF+B in Fort Worth, Gemma, Wild Salsa in downtown Dallas, Torchy’s Tacos (the migas taco. Trust.) and a new spot called Greenville Bar & Grill.
Any last minute recommendations for Thanksgiving in Dallas?
My recommendations for Thanksgiving dining include ordering from Norma's -- go for the smoked turkey, a ton of yeast rolls, and any (or all!) of their decadent Southern-style sides like bacony green beans and creamy mashed potatoes.
Chef Kent Rathbun is also offering some holiday dishes ready for the taking, through his site, kentrathbun.com -- the desserts are particularly tempting.
If you're looking to go out, Knife -- the redesigned steakhouse tucked inside The Highland Dallas --- is serving a special three-course meal that includes roasted turkey as well as steak, among other options.
If you could have dinner with any DFW woman, who would it be? Why?
Liz Mikel! I had a starstruck moment with her after a show at the Dallas Theater Center, and she was just the warmest, sweetest person.
Any last words, pieces of wisdom for our DFW Beauty Guide readers?
Always keep in your mind what you do want, not what you don’t want. The universe tends to draw what’s at the front of your mind near.