Towards the end of last summer I decided that in 2022 I was going to lean into summer style without any hesitations. To keep myself on track I made a few *light* resolutions to help steer my plans. With the season returning, I thought I’d share them in case one or two resonates with you as well.

Essentially, this exercise is just a way to take small steps towards living as my most authentic self, which of course is easier said than done!

Read on to see what those steps are in relation to my style and catch a look at two beautiful summer dresses I’ll be wearing along the way.

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ORGANIC LINEN TIERED DRESS gifted EILEEN FISHER Runs Big (I sized down a size from my usual EF dress size.) // MARKET BAG old similar linked // CANVAS HAT gifted JENNI KAYNE (LEE15 for 15% Off) // NUDE FLIP FLOPS TKEES True to size. // BLUE MOON NECKLACE & CIGAR RING by ATTIC GOLD // CHAIN BRACELET vintage similar linked



I know I’m not alone in my tendency to save my favourite dresses for special occasions. Maybe it’s the hassle of dry cleaning or the fact that no one will see it, or perhaps more likely, that someone will and could comment on our state of overdress. But all that aside, after the last couple of years, we’ve seen how unexpected and short life can be, and I just want to WEAR THE DRESS*. Whether or not another soul will see me in it, and even more so what they’ll think, is irrelevant. If I feel joy while wearing a cute frock to putz around the house, pick up dog food, or send some emails, that’s what counts.

*If dresses aren’t your thing, insert whatever the item is that you want to wear more freely. Maybe it’s “the shorts”, “the swimsuit”, “the crop top”,” the matching set”. Wear it now or forever hold your peace!



I recently tried out this invention to relinquish myself from the discomfort of strapless bras and open up the possibilities of wearing tops and dresses that have historically tricky bra compatibility. Looking at you high necks and open backs.

To say my life is forever changed is an understatement. I’m a total convert. Now I wear them under fitted tees and tanks and just about anything I can’t be bothered to wear my usual bras with. No more straps, bands or bullsh*t to deal with! The comfort is unparalleled and you get all the freedom with juuust a touch of coverage.

I realize these may not be an option or a preference for everyone but if you’ve considered trying them, definitely do!



One of my global resolutions for the year was to stick to only gold jewelry. This came about through skin sensitivities and simply being at a point where I’m done buying jewelry I can’t wear forever. So that means I’m working with a very small collection of solid gold pieces that I’ll be wearing every day. I’ve already found that it makes styling outfits that much simpler because I no longer have to consider what earrings or necklace or rings to wear because the answer is always the same.

I love all my pieces by ATTIC (women owned, recycled gold, made in Toronto) & wear these Mini Hoops by MEJURI every day.

SILK GEORGETTE CREPE SQUARE NECK DRESS gifted EILEEN FISHER True to size for EF. // BEADED BAG old similar linked // TORTOISE SUNGLASSES CELINE // MINIMAL BROWN SANDALS linked to black, similar for less here. // BLUE MOON NECKLACE & CIGAR RING by ATTIC GOLD // CHAIN BRACELET vintage similar linked



I’m looking at you make-up bag and hair tools. Not only are impromptu lake dives a daily possibility but I’m mostly just not interested in the pretence right now. When the mood strikes, sure, I’ll give my beauty routine a go but I’ll be giving my brushes, concealers and curling iron the season off for the most part.

I’ve even cut my skincare routine WAY down since my city life days. No more 10-step nonsense, just a gentle cleanse, a bit of moisture and some SPF.



In my teens and early 20s I had body acne that plagued my upper back and shoulders. The thought of someone witnessing such imperfections terrified me, which in turn, made summer dressing rather agonizing. Fast forward to my 35 year old self, still tormented by the occasional face and body break out, but ever so slightly the wiser. I can now acknowledge that these bumps and blemishes are just a sign that my skin is doing its job and that is indeed a privilege.

I’m not saying I intend to love every inch of myself everyday, but I do want to practice giving credit where credit is due. We get one vessel in this life and the least I can do is appreciate its inherent worth by not hiding it away or admonishing it for looking different than the manufactured ideals we’ve been sold.

So I will wear the slip dress, embrace the greys, and do my best to accept the fine lines, because they’re part of my whole, authentic self and that is a wonderful thing.

Thanks for tuning in!

If you’ve got any summer style resolutions I’d love to hear them! Please share away in the comments.

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  1. Ryal says:

    Hi Lee! Thanks for inspiring me to clean out my closet and jewelry, get rid of the old, and make way for a FEW great pieces instead of many so-so pieces. I love Eileen Fisher dresses and came across Poshmark, which sells pre-worn clothing at fantastic prices! I’ve never been the consignment-type, but that may be the only way I can afford some of these pricier items. Have you ever tried that route? If so, it may be an interesting subject to approach in one of your blogs.
    Keep up the good work. I always smile when I see Lee the Bee in my mailbox.
    Warm regards from Florida.

    • Alyssa says:

      I’m not Lee, but I almost exclusively buy my Eileen Fisher pieces from Poshmark and eBay (and the occasional Goodwill)! It can take a little patience and stalking, but there are so many great deals to be had.

  2. Donna says:

    I love your resolution to wear only solid gold from a small collection. I’ve been going through the jewelry I’ve collected over the years and have been slowly selling some through eBay. Since I really only wear the same few pieces over and over, you have inspired me to be more ruthless in selling off more. Quality over quantity. I checked out Attic and may buy a pair of the nugget earrings. I love that no two look identical!

    As for dresses, I haven’t worn one in over 20 years and have no interest in them anymore. But you have inspired me to wear my more elevated pieces more often. I am retired and have a mostly casual wardrobe. Plain clothes for around the house, elevated when I go out. I may start wearing those favorite elevated pieces around the house more often.

    I always look forward to your posts.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I always enjoy reading your inspirational blog posts! They set me pondering who doesn’t love a good turn of phrase? 😊 I’m 67 so my life stage is much different from yours. Our lifestyle is different as well – you live in a rural setting whereas mine is very urban and always has been. I’m a city girl through and through. I like the convenience of everything within hailing range, public transit and bicycles for transportation, and apartment living. I can appreciate a trip through the rural but I’m always happy to get home. I have a p/t time business that I love and live in alignment with my values, tastes and needs so I suppose that would fit with what you’re describing as “living authentically”. My priority is my health, independence, my love relationships and best practices at work. In that order 😊 Wearing make-up and dresses only come into consideration when I’m engaging with the outside world but that’s when these accoutrements enter my field of consideration. Mostly for fun and creativity. But we need lots of that too! I’ve been wearing more dresses just around the house! They are so cool, comfortable and easy to care for in these summer months. I even have a few maxi length dresses for those days I’m in the mood to swan and swish around.

  4. Jen says:

    Amen to all of this, Lee! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for helping each of us to hear our own.
    I just got back from a few days in Las Vegas, where I have not been since well before the pandemic. I had a fantastic time BEING MYSELF–goofing off with one of my dearest friends, eating what I wanted, and wearing what made me feel good. The contrast between this trip and the last time I was there (“I wish I looked better in this dress”; “I shouldn’t have any more pizza”; “I feel so frumpy compared to all the pretty people”) was dramatic and EMPOWERING. I don’t want to be anybody else–I just want to be ME. I have age/life experience, these past few years, and truly beautiful souls like yourself to thank for getting to this wonderful place. May we all love ourselves unreservedly and share our wisdom generously. 💖

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Jen, This is so incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this mindset accomplishment with us! I’m so happy for you and hope you only continue to find more joy and confidence in the unique person you are. Sending a virtual high five your way! xo