At first glance, you wouldn’t guess that Misha Fazeli is a dedicated food blogger. Her tiny frame and glamorous look belie an Instagram feed (@FeastDallas) that’s filled with pictures of caramel-drizzled doughnuts, gnocchi sprinkled with Parmesan and syrup-laden banana pancakes. “I don’t exercise at all,” says Fazeli. “I’m a skinny fat person!” The 24-year-old, who says she’s never been a big eater, began her blogging career as part of a research study she designed while at The University of Texas at Dallas.
“I realized that people just want to feel connected,” she says. With that in mind, she strives to treat her followers like friends, and that principle has garnered her loyal fans. “The [most]-liked pictures are the vulnerable, not perfect, ones.” As her popularity rises, she’s occasionally recognized when she’s eating at Americano, Small Brewpub or FT33, and her style when she’s out veers toward cowboy chic. “When my family moved to Dallas from L.A., it was a huge culture shock, but I fell in love with the badass, rustic, Southwest style.” She regularly rotates jeans, cowboy boots, separates from Free People and pieces from her mom’s designer closet such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. Even her hair has been known to get Texas big. “My friends joke that when I get my hair blown out, I ask for Dolly Parton volume. I love cowboy glamour!”
This month, she launches dallasfeast.com, the website component of her Instagram feed. The new site lists her favorite spots by neighborhood and includes broader lifestyle content—a little something for everyone. “But as I grow my brand, I want to remain true to my original intention: It has to be authentic and inclusive.”
TAYLOR TOMASI HILL
You recognize the crimson locks and Bambi-like legs (always atop a killer shoe) from many a street-style snap—so what brings the oft-photographed Marie Claire and Moda Operandi alum to Dallas besides the fact that the Highland Park High School grad was born here? Why, luxury retailer Forty Five Ten, for which she’s been appointed creative and fashion director amid its big move downtown.
The former accessories editor hasn’t lost her love for a statement-making accoutrement; she adjusts the Fallon choker around her neck citing its surprisingly accessible price while balancing expertly on a pair of Rochas heels (a current favorite). But it’s the breath of fresh air she’s directing toward the luxury Dallas boutique we’re most excited about. “Prada, Miu Miu, Eres, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, to name a few at Forty Five Ten...” She rattles off the new lines you’ll see this fall. “I’ve also been focused on bringing in new, young emerging talent. We are committed to opening up our price point to gain a new customer base, as well as offering more casual, everyday clothing. Beaufille, Harvey Faircloth, Kule, Jacquemus, Dorateymur are just a few.”
Tomasi Hill could be an encyclopedia for the fashion-obsessed, citing enough luxe labels to make a girl giddy. Junya Watanabe for jackets, Sacai for special wardrobe essentials, Ellery for flared pants, Simon Miller and Redone for denim. Heads spinning as we make a shopping list, we ask if Dallas has influenced her wardrobe, hoping we’ve given back in this style exchange. “Absolutely,” she says. “I’ve realized I need to invest in shorts.” Touché.