I love finding outfit inspiration from the things I love — be it “Disneybounding” for one of my favorite Disney characters, or rocking a Captain America dress for no other reason than my love of Team Cap. I also love finding inspiration from the books I love, and lately, it seems I can’t stop obsessing over Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, in stores March 28th.
So of course I had to put together a fun little Styled by Books photo shoot featuring this gorgeous book. One trip to the craft store later, with fake moths in hand, I dragged my husband out to a local park and we went nuts. Here are the fruits of our labor:
This is one of my favorite dresses ever – so cute but also so comfy AND it has pockets. It’s from my favorite clothing retailer ever, eShakti – and while they do not currently have this dress available, there are lots of similar and other cute styles available. Fake moths are from Michael’s craft store.
Gold nail polish, seen better in the photo below, is “Goldeneye” from the OPI James Bond Collection.
See all those sticky tabs sticking out of the book? I almost NEVER use sticky tabs when reading a book, so it’s a sign of just how amazing this book is that I busted out the Post-It flags for this one. (Seriously, you guys. It’s so good.)
So, I loved rocking the blue dress for this photo shoot for two reasons. One, it matches the cover artwork so nicely. And two, it ties into the whole “blue-skinned goddess” mentioned in the synopsis (below). The moths – also featured on the book cover – are also an important part of the plot, and I was so pleased with how the fake moths turned out in these photos.
You should have seen the weird looks we got while taking these photos! We were just off the side of a trail in a local nature park, on a very lovely sunny Saturday. (“What? You don’t put fake moths in your hair for a trail-side photo shoot?“)
Huge props to my husband Derek for not only taking all of these photos, but for helping stage the photos and for placing the moths for every photo!
Location: Mt Talbert Nature Park
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.