Oh my gosh, you guys! This week The Green Bean went back to school…and shit got real. It’s his first year as a full-day student, which means a new routine of packing lunches and precisely timed morning drop offs. Meanwhile, I’m working on some back-to-school plans of my own…

Those of you who following me on Twitter may have caught me nattering about my plans to start graduate school next year. I like to do my master’s degree in Human Sexuality. I’m giddy thinking about the course I can take and the blog fodder they will generate, but first I’ve gotta ace the application process, which includes writing the GREs – a big, bitch of a standardized test. Given that I haven’t taken an exam in well over a decade, my only hope is to study my ass off for the next few weeks. So my new schedule also involves getting up early for two hours of study before I start work.

To quote advertising copy – I’m a busy mom on the go! And I’m definitely dressing the part. This week has been all about super-easy pieces I can throw on quickly and live in all day.  Fortunately I found a couple of tricks to help me feel fun and sexy in my casual duds.  Here are some of my favourites from the week:

Dress: Target. Earrings and Necklace: Forever 21

This simple cotton Jersey dress is one of the most comfortable items I own. Seriously, it’s like wearing a nightgown! I found it at Target for only $15 and promptly bought two more – one in coral and one in purple. All it needs is a couple pieces of jewelry and it feels like a polished, put-together look.

Top and shorts: Old Navy. Scarf: H&M. Jewelry: Forever 21. Sunglasses and shoes: Joe Fresh.

On a morning that involved reviewing math principles, getting the Green Bean off for his day and two phone meetings,  my outfit strategy for the day began as “Yeah, sure. Whatevs.”  Things calmed down in the afternoon and I could have taken the opportunity to changed entirely, but I decided I’d try to work with what I had. The stripey scarf and some kicky bangles made this yellow striped hoodie feel less schoolyard  and more appropriate for woman on the cusp of turning the 12th prime number!

Hat: Pendant: Gift from my mom. Dress: Banana Republic (via eBay). Shoes: Nine West

Daily hair styling isn’t terribly high on my priority list at the best of times. This week a few swipes of the comb each day is all I’ve managed. Fortunately, there are hats – which reduce the need for fancypants coifing – and are super cute! Once again I’m wearing a dress that might be actually be a top. Being short has it’s privileges.

How has your back-to-school week been? What are your favourite tips for keeping stylish while busy?


  1. Anna says:

    Woah, graduate school = exciting! The GRE = not exciting. Does this mean you’re applying to a US school? Best of luck with all this — if you need any advice on applying for SSHRC or OGS scholarships (your deadlines are going to be in the next 4ish weeks) I’d be happy to help. Good luck!

    • Nadine says:

      Both the programs I’m looking at are in the States. As it stands, I probably don’t qualify for SSHRC or OGS (at least not until I’ve completed a year of studies), but if anything changes I will definitely take you up on that offer – thank you!

  2. Steph/seenonflickr says:

    Looking good!

    Wait until you see the super-comfy thing I saw at Target this past week!!

  3. Pam @writewrds @OttawaFamily says:

    I’m not much good at math. That 12th prime number? Must be 29, I’m guessing….

  4. deekayelgee says:

    My new locale has a mall, and in that mall there is a store called. Dress Barn Woman. I am intrigued and sort of afraid all at once. This would definitely be time for a Nadineaccompanied adventure into the unknown of shopping in the states. 37 sounds super dope and exciting! Plus Green Bean in full time school? I think I’m going to put the Bee in preschool if only to incrementally advance my ability to let her go when the time comes…