A Fashionable Life: Haute Hippie

Datin Dian Lee is the consummate eco-inspired domestic goddess. On the flipside, she crunches property developments by Sharmita Summugam
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Datin Dian Lee

On a crystal clear day in Kuala Lumpur, team BAZAAR descended upon Be Urban Wellness for a shoot with Datin Dian Lee, the founder of the wellness centre, fabulous entrepreneur with a sharp eco-conscious mind, and super mum in Louboutins. No stranger to the pages of BAZAAR, Dian, 31, made her first exclusive appearance in a feature about her 26th birthday party, which showcased her eco influences with a green theme, and of course, there was her starring role in Malaysia’s Most Stylish Women in 2008.

A quote that resonates through her modern hippie lifestyle: “Shrug off the restraints that you have allowed others to place upon you. You are limitless. There is nothing you cannot achieve” is also her company The Clearwater Group’s mantra. A unique group of friends from different fields such as architecture, the hotel line, and other design-inspired fields formed the chic company that creates small exclusive apartment developments.

Dian keeps stress to a minimum with Yoga

Dian keeps stress to a minimum with Yoga

Dian and her husband, Jared Lim, 43, are also the brains behind two of KL’s hottest eateries: Ploy and Way Modern Chinois. “Indulge in things you like but at the same time, it is important to be mindful about what you put into your body. Eat with a conscious mind of what is good and bad for you,” says Dian. “It was when we started Be Urban Wellness that my lifestyle really changed. Life now is more balanced and I am able to feel good about myself through working out, yoga, and pampering at the wellness haven. We are really what we eat – I believe in a plant-rich diet of more greens, nuts, and beans – and it’s important to be mindful of what you put into your body, and to keep yourself active.”

A well-curated diet is as important as keeping fit. For this, trust business-savvy Dian to incorporate her love of fresh healthy meals and online shopping. Her new pet project, Healthy Ever After, serves a purpose-driven eating plan that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “I love eating really cleanly every now and then for some balance, but there wasn’t anything out there that appealed to me. Come to think of it, I guess you could say that I started Healthy Ever After for selfish reasons as well as wanting to share the amazing healing qualities from a raw, vegan plant-based diet.”

Dian believes it is important to connect with Mother Earth. “Amazing things happen when you do that and it helps you centre yourself, fill your heart with gratitude, and recharge your energy. In KL, Be Urban Wellness is where I go to recharge myself, whether it’s a simple massage or an hour of therapy in the oxygen chamber, I always feel great after,” says Dian with a serene calmness that can only be the result of the chic alternative lifestyle she leads. And make no mistake, she is grooming a well-rounded family for a bright, emerald green future.

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