Book Style // Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Jill)

Okay it’s time for another edition of Book Style. This time, we’re revisiting Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This time, we’re looking at one of the twins that live at Eleanor West’s school: Jill.

Jill and her sister, Jack, are two very different people. When it comes to Jill she’s much more delicate and dresses in a series of pastel dresses that don’t look like they fit in the time period. Another important aspect of this collection was the pastel colors. When Nancy talks to Jill about her clothes, Jill explains:

“I don’t wear these because I want to remember where I’ve been. I wear them because the Master liked it when I dressed in pale colors. They showed the blood better. Isn’t that why you wear white, because your Master liked to see you that way?”

So, to start with Jill’s dress, I started with a Needle & Thread Constellation Lace Gown and paired it with some Women’s Funtasma Victorian 120 Boots. Then I added a Topwedding Cotton Lace Flower Girl Kids Parasol Wedding Umbrella for one of Jill’s tell-tale accessories.

For jewelry, I wanted everything in this look to have a strong Victorian feel to it. So I went with a collection of antique jewelry and added an Antique Victorian Aesthetic Movement “Stork and Sun” Silver LocketAntique Edwardian Diamond Cluster Ring circa 1900 Platinum Engagement Ring, and Magnificent Chandelier Earrings of Shining Paste.

For a makeup routine, I started with NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and added a Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink for some contouring.

For her eyes, I selected an Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette to create an even base and then accented it with NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Cassiopeia. I added a light pink eyeliner in Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Heartless. I finished off her eyes with Bésame Cosmetics Cake Mascara

I finished off her makeup with a Bésame Cosmetics Classic Lip Color in Cherry Red and tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Filtered Light Setting Powder.

Shop the Look: Dress | Shoes |Parasol| Locket | Ring| Earrings|Primer|ConcealerBrightening Brick | Neutral Eye Shadow | Pink Eyeshadow | Eyeliner|Mascara| Lipstick|Finishing PowderExplore the Look on Polyvore

The Book That Inspired the Look

Book Cover - Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuireEleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is available wherever books are sold. You can purchase a copy at Book Depository, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local independent bookseller.

You can also add the book to your Goodreads shelf

What do you think of this look inspired by Jill from Every Heart a Doorway? Could you see yourself wearing any of these pieces in real life? 

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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.

7 thoughts on “Book Style // Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Jill)

  1. This is awesome!! Such a great idea.Haven’t read the book because I usually avoid YA but I’ve heard this is a pretty quick read so might give it a go.


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