Erin Morgenstern has a new book coming out later this year, making it the perfect time to revist her lush and magical 2011 novel, The Night Circus. I absolutely loved this book (and am very much overdue for a re-read one of these days), and the aesthetics of both the cover itself and Morgenstern’s descriptions are so, so vivid. So naturally The Night Circus made a perfect subject for my latest edition of Styled By Books.
Okay, true story. I was actually getting dressed for my dad’s circus/carnival-themed birthday party when I realized I’d accidentally created a Styled By Books outfit inspired by The Night Circus. True story. But I still definitely dragged my husband outside to take these photos before we left for the party.
My sweater is from Mod Cloth, and the black tulle underskirt is from Torrid. The black & white striped overskirt is actually one I made myself for a Halloween costume a few years ago. I paired it with this sparkly headpiece I found on Amazon last year for a different themed party (we do a lot of themed parties in my family).
The vintage-looking parasol is actually a find from our local Renaissance Faire last year (seriously, Ren Faire’s have the MOST amazing vendors!). And conveniently, my hair added the perfect pop of red to reflect the cover artwork.
Have you read The Night Circus? It’s wonderful! Here’s the full synopsis:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.