About

This site currently holds Maria Lee's portfolio in makeup and hair, food styling and food photography and services provided under the Mia Loves Pretty brand.
Mia Loves Pretty is all about being casual, comfortable, stylish and enjoying a pretty approach to life.
On the blog you'll find beauty edits, food made from original and discovered recipes, a few fashion stories here and there, and a little bit of other life stuff.  You can visit the blog on www.mialovespretty.com.

The Mia Loves Pretty Back Story

Hello, I'm Maria Lee and thanks for stopping by at Mia Loves Pretty. I grew up experiencing two different sides of life as a Kiwi Asian girl born in a small town in New Zealand, raised by Hong Kong immigrant parents, a sister to a younger brother and surrounded by a tight knit community of Kiwi Asian friends. Life was laid back, full of the simple small town life with piano, ballet, gym, swimming and violin lessons, mother-daughter dumpling folding, fish and chip Friday's and loads of carefree memories.

While I later chose the safe professional career path in finance and business, one joy that was always missing was some sort of creative flair in my life. I had almost 18 years with piano and music as a partner to my life, but let go of that after graduating from University. A curious interest turned obsession was found in the beauty world, fuelled by a discovery in the makeup blogging community, attendance at the Napoleon Makeup Academy and on and off again stints in freelancing makeup, all while still working in finance. I took a lazy attempt at beauty blogging in 2009 but felt deflated at keeping it up. A few years later, and during a year of wonderful wedding planning, a crazed interest with all things pretty & delicious and particularly, food styling and food photography was added to the list of creative obsessions. 

Over Christmas 2012, a month after getting hitched, I decided to dive into the blogging world again to fill in that creative void, and Mia Loves Pretty was born. I currently live in Sydney with my husband Jase and pup boy Bailey Buster Lee and have taken a break from the corporate working world to explore and work on the things I truly love.

If you have any questions or simply would like to say "hi!" then please don't hesitate to contact me on hello[at]mialovespretty[dot]com

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