Book Style // The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I don’t read middle-grade literature often, but when I do it’s a book that I have heard nothing but rave reviews about. Last month’s book club pick was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, and I came up with this outfit based on different aspects of this intricate story.

For this look, I wanted to incorporate elements of the story while still keeping the outfit wearable for a modern setting. I started with a Gucci Tiger Face Print Silk A-line Skirt and paired the intricate print with a black LE3NO Women’s Chiffon Pleated Cap Sleeve Blouse Top.  For shoes, I selected Fluevog Cubist Cupcake Boots in black velvet to symbolize the Seven League Boots.

For accessories, I started with a Coach Reversible Large Market Tote In Suede And Crossgrain Leather, a Mint Velvet Linear Star Foiled Scarf, and a Society6 Phone Case featuring a beautiful full moon.

The jewelry is all symbol. I wanted to tie in the moon and stars as well as Luna’s friendship with Fryan, the tiny dragon. So I looked primarily for moonstones and silver jewelry. For the earrings, I selected a Sterling Silver Celtic Crescent Moon Earring featuring moonstones. Then I complimented it with the Solar Treasure Leather and Wrap Bracelet from Novica. Last, because I wanted to spotlight the small dragon I added a Dragon Coil Ring from King Baby Studio.

There is also a paper and bird motif in the book, so to highlight that, I added a Crane Necklace in Sterling Silver from Origami Jewelry.

Even though I am sure Luna doesn’t wear makeup, I included a couple products anyway. I started with two volcano and lava themed products. First, I included a Origins Warm Down™ Warming Lava Scrub To Detox And Smooth. The key ingredient in this scrub is volcanic ash, which does have significance to the story. Then I added Ilia Lip Exfoliator in Balmy Nights. This exfoliator includes volcanic stone powder and organic ingredients.

To create a smokey eye I began with a NARS Cosmetics Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil Eyeshadow Palette and then added a Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Colbolt.

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The Book That Inspired The Look

Book Cover - The Girl Who Drank the MoonEvery year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is now available. You can purchase a copy on Book Depository, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookseller

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Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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