Name & Age:
Mai Lyn Ngo, 26
Marketing Coordinator and Editor/Blogger for Deep Fried Fit
A Little Background:
I am a Dallas native, born and raised and currently living in East Dallas. I attended SMU for Journalism, English and Chinese. Although, don't ask me to translate anything in Mandarin because I'll most likely butcher it. In addition to working full time as a marketing coordinator, I also run my food and fitness blog Deep Fried Fit. My goal is to inspire people to step out of their food and fitness comfort zones and try something new. For fun, I love playing volleyball and flag football. I'm a huge Netflix/Hulu binger. Fried chicken and hot fries are my kryptonite. I also have an irrational fear of bugs crawling into my ears.
Beauty Regimens and Tips?
I always wash my face twice a day and never ever sleep in my make up. I'm a huge fan of the Origin's skincare line. I also try not to load up on make up daily and try to go fresh faced when I can to give my skin a break.
Some of my favorite products include Neutrogena's oil-free eye make up remover, my Bobbie Brown gel eye liner. Oh and Burt's Bees Chapstick. I keep a chap stick on my desk at work, in my purse, on my night stand, and in my gym bag. Can't live without it!
What are your favorite local DFW beauty brands and/or beauty related services?
My fitness lifestyle plays a big part in how I feel about myself and my body. Mentally, spiritually and physically, I always feel great after a hard workout. I train weekly at Diesel Fitness and consider my training sessions to be therapy.
I love adding variety to my workouts.
When I can indulge in beauty related services, I really like the mani/pedis at MiniLuxe in West Village. That paraffin oil treatment is awesome!
Favorite local dining spots?
Gosh, there are so many. My favorite sandwich shop is the deli in Jimmy's Food Store. They have amazing subs. Pizza Lounge in Fair Park always hits the spot when I need my carb overload. I'm totally obsessed with Snap Kitchen at the moment for quick, easy and healthy meals on the go. Nonna is my favorite for pasta and they have a really great pasta-tasting if you're adventurous and want to sample multiple dishes.
Fav thing to do in DFW?
Explore the city. Whether it's a festival, a 5K, a new restaurant or bar opening, there's always something to do. I love day trips to Fort Worth, morning runs on Katy Trail and hitting up local coffee shops.
If you could have dinner with any local DFW woman, who would it be?
I would love love love to have dinner with DMN's food critic, Leslie Brenner. I admire her writing and what dinner date wouldn't be fun with her?
Any last words, pieces of wisdom?
Be humble and pay it forward. A favorite quote of mine I think applies well:
Two things prevent us from happiness: living in the past and observing others.
If you stop worrying about other people and focus on your own goals and dreams, you'll get there much faster.