The MNY Spotlight

Meet Lucia Lee-Kombe, Entrepreneur, Writer, Wildlife Enthusiast, and Mom

Introduce yourself! 

I’m Lucia, and I’m an entrepreneur, a writer, and a mom of two tiny humans! I’m passionate about the written word, a wildlife enthusiast and while I don’t have many opportunities to dress up, I love the idea of ball gowns and was so thrilled to have received my Tatiana Gown! 

You’ve traveled a great deal between Canada, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, wow! What are some of your favorite memories of traveling? Do you have a favorite destination?

Yes, I suppose you can say that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and have never gotten it out of my system! One of my favorite memories of traveling was taking the bullet train in Japan to a new city / prefecture every month. When I visited Kyoto, two of my Japanese friends and I dressed in the Maiko (Geisha apprentice) attire and walked a few blocks, and it was quite the experience! Although my roots are in Asia, I think the most exciting destination I’ve been to is still in Tanzania, Africa. I love roaming the Serengeti jeep from dawn until dusk and following prides of lions around. Being out in nature and surrounded by wildlife is always thrilling and at once humbling. 

Follow Lucia for more adventures at @luleekombe

Reading with your kids is super important to you and your family. What advice do you have for young parents who are looking to build habits around reading? 

I like to think of books like doors into another realm, a new world. So I’ve been reading to my kids since they were a few months old and I’d read a minimum of four books in one sitting! Since the beginning, I also encouraged my husband to read to them whenever he has time, so I think it’s important that both parents develop this habit together. Two is always better than one!

Between being a wife and mother, a writer, and traveler, you must be busy! Do you have any other projects or hobbies you are working on at the moment? 

I illustrate when I have time! I’ve illustrated a few children’s book, and I hope to continue to do this. It’s difficult to find the time to do so, so I typically plan for 1-2 nights a week to spend at least half an hour drawing. Another one of my passions is languages! I hope to pick up another language before the end of the year!

What does self-care mean to you and how do you practice it? 

For me, self-care means a break from my work and other commitments, take a step back so that I can recharge. Sometimes, it can be as simple as a walk in the neighborhood with my audio book, but most of the time, I feel most rejuvenated when I’m creating something for leisure like writing a short story or drawing/painting with no particular goals or deadlines. 


Lucia Lee-Kombe, Entrepreneur, Writer


Lucia wears the Tatiana Gown

What’s your favorite way to unwind and relax after a long day? 

Books! Although recently, I found myself really enjoying listening to audio books because it allows me to multitask. Oftentimes I’ll find myself drawing while listening to a book.

What are you most looking forward to in the second half of 2022?

I am looking forward to traveling back to Tanzania to visit family and friends! I haven’t traveled internationally in 2 years, and so this is definitely my trip of the year!

What draws you to the Mestiza brand? 

I love the use of florals in many of the dresses, especially the details in the embroidery. I also appreciate the fact that Mestiza creates both casual dresses that one could wear to the beach, and more elegant gowns that’s fit for a ball! 

How are you styling your Mestiza piece and where you’re wearing it?!
I love my Tatiana Gown, and I’m hoping to wear it for my 10th year wedding anniversary coming up soon!

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    Astyork: May 07, 2024

    Lucia Lee Kombe is truly inspiring! Her entrepreneurial spirit, passion for wildlife, and dedication to motherhood shine through. Thank you for sharing her incredible journey

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