My love of the hea knows no bounds. I’ve always had a lifelong passion for the ocean and all of it’s undersea inhabitants – I think I announced when I was 5 that I was going to be an ichthyologist who studies sharks (no really, I’m serious). So, it’s no surprise I’m amassing quite the collection of vintage novelty seaside prints. I pretty much can’t resist them (case in point here). Every time I find one it unleashes a new wave of childhood joy.

This seaside print dress was definitely no exception. She’s given me a bit of renewed energy today, which I sorely need, with student thesis chapters piling up on my desk faster than I can read them, new students that need training, and Christmas looming in the distance. Does that happen for anyone else? Where the busiest of days become somehow more manageable in a cute dress? Those long walks to meetings become somehow lighter in a pair of winged heels? This adorable novelty print dress, brimming with benthic critters, combined with heels that just might give me flight…they almost hold my hand as if to say, “Don’t worry. We’re going to get through this together.”

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An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.

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It’s been all kinds of oceanic chaos over here today, with lists and lists of shark-related things to attend to. Speaking of lists, I haven’t forgotten the looming date of Christmas (though I’ve been pulling an ostrich and sticking my head in the sand a bit. The stress! The insurmountable tasks! I just can’t face it). Despite my obvious slack of late in the Christmas shopping department, I have buckled down spent a bit of time getting organized in preparation for Black Friday. I’ve learned over the years that the best Christmas shopping experience in the world does not involve malls and fighting the crowds, but a cup of coffee, my laptop, and fuzzy slippers.

To help you all benefit from the fruits of my labor, I also spent some time collating the various Black Friday sales that are swirling around the interwebs – I’ll try to update new ones as I find them, but here are the most current deals to my favorite shops:

Black Friday Sales

Amazon – use code DEALSWEEK for 20% off select items (including shoes!)

Anthropologie – 25% off dresses + shipping & free shipping over $150 with code HURRAH

ASOS – 30% off everything through 1 Dec! Use the code BLESSED

Bernie Dexter – 20% off dresses with code 20BECAUSE

Chicwish – 15%-60% off sitewide + free shipping (no code required) plus an extra 10% off orders over $80 (code CM10), extra 15% off orders over $150 (code CM15), and an extra 20% off orders over $250 (code CM20)

Chi Chi Clothing – 25% off everything with code CYBER25 (expires 30 Nov)

Collectif Clothing – 25% off with code PINKFRIDAY – 15% off $75 purchase (code 15EARLY), 20% off $150 purchase (code 20EARLY), %25 off $200 purchase (code 25EARLY) through 25 November. You can also Sign Up To Be A Black Friday VIP! for exclusive codes from 26 November.

Modcloth – 25% off everything with code FUNDAY

Olive & Piper – Up to 70% off site (no code necessary), including $30 Luxe Holiday Sets (reg. $78-90) (11/27 – 11/29) and 20% off sitewide plus FREE gift with purchase (pendant necklace) with all orders over $50 on Cyber Monday Only.

Pinup Girl Clothing – 30% off entire site on 11/27

Trashy Diva – Use code BLACKFRIYAY for 30% off everything (including sale!)

Unique Vintage – OMG week (plus daily deals)! Use code OMG25 (for 25% off sitewide) all week long and OMG30 for 30% off sitewide Cyber Monday Only. Be sure to check back for daily deals.

What Katie Did – 25% off sitewide on 11/27 with code friday02

There are several amazing vintage shops that are also having sales over the holiday weekend – be sure to scour Etsy to get your hands on some lovely vintage! A few of my favorites I know with hard-to-resist sales on currently are:

Black Friday Sales – Vintage

1919 Vintage – 25% off holiday sale (11/25-11/30)

Archiverie – 30% off entire shop

Blue Fennel – 20% off

Capsule Vintage – 30% off (11/26 – 11/30)

Cheshire Vintage – 25% off all weekend

Coldfish Vintage – 20% off entire shop

Concetta’s Closet – 35% off!!

Daisy & Stella Vintage – 15% off

Dethrose Vintage – 20% off

Geronimo Vintage – 25% off (11/25 – 11/30)

Hollie Point – 20% off storewide

Jumblelaya – 20% off for a limited time

La Belle Vintage – Use coupon code IMTHANKFUL2015 for 10% off any purchase between now & Cyber Monday

Mill Street Vintage – 25% off from 11/26 – 11/30

Off Broadway Vintage – 25% off

Ruby Fayes Vintage – 25% off through Saturday

Simplicity is Bliss – 30% off the entire shop 11/27 – 11/30

Simply Vintage – 25% off everything! (through 11/28)

Sweet Bee Finds – 25% off 11/25 – 11/30

Swell Farewell – 15% off

The Vintage Studio – 25% off

Trunk of Dresses – 20% off through 11/30

Tuesday Rose Vintage – 25% off through 30 Nov

Vintage World Rocks – 25% off

When Decades Collide – 30% off 11/25 – 11/30

Wildfelhall Vintage – 20% off 11/26-27

There are so many amazing deals happening this week (and I’ll be sure to update when/if I find others). If I’ve missed any, let me know in n the comments and I can add them to the list.

I’m planning to rug up and cross many items off of my Christmas shopping list over the next few days – with the goal of finishing off the bulk of my shopping before 1 December. Best of luck snagging gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!).



Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage Hoards (similar here, here, here & here
or amazing but out of my price range Kamehameha)
Belt: ASOS (similar here & here)
Necklace: Handmade for me by Mo-Mo’s Vintage (similar modern & vintage)
Vintage bag: SassyPantsGrrl via OLL (similar hereherehere)
Shoes: Lulu’s (similar)

Nail color: Essie Bikini so Teeny


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