Wonderland Fashion to Celebrate the Release of QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes!

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by Colleen Oakes!

A new Wonderland book!! And this time, villains are rising!

And that cover! Be still my beating heart, THAT COVER!!!!!!

The book is really coming out at a perfect time, too. The new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass comes out at the end of the month and everyone will be looking for Wonderland-influenced books! I think QUEEN OF HEARTS will sell quite a few copies!!! Especially because that cover will make everyone pick it up to see what it's about!!!!!!

To celebrate the release of this exciting series, 
I've decided to plan a delicious Mad Tea Party for you all today.

But...how do you dress for a Mad Tea Party?


I have so much fun Wonderland-themed jewelry that I found on Etsy!

I'd seen a magazine ad with a Drink Me necklace and HAD to have one. I fussed around on Etsy until I found one I liked!!!

There are so many choices, but I liked this bottle, label, and writing style best.

 In a different necklace, I didn't like the bottle as much, but loved the clay cookie and queries the seller about buying the charm on its own:

I bought a charm with a playing card on it from Hobby Lobby (along with a bunch of other charms for a necklace, which I'll talk about in a minute).

My mom's hobby is making jewelry, so she took the pieces and made an awesome necklace for me!

(Unfortunately, I can't show you the final product because she has it because she's putting a special protector on the label so it doesn't fade as I wear it!!!)

I also bought a couple of awesome rings on Etsy that are Wonderland themed:

(The playing card on this ring also needs special protector so it doesn't curl!)


This one was disappointing, though, because they sell the same charm at Hobby Lobby,
and the ring wasn't welded well, so it broke after a couple of wearings.
I'm not a welder, so I don't know how to fix it!

I saw A LOT of different earrings I liked. Ultimately, it came down to a design from one sellar--and I had two image choices! I just...COULD NOT DECIDE. I emailed the seller and asked if I could buy one of each and was told YES.

Etsy really is great because you can customize what you want!!!

I couldn't finish without a bracelet!!!

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of charms, which my mom turned into this for me:

Nail Polish

You know me...I LOVE nail polish! 

I'm always on Pinterest looking for fun ways to show off my digits.

If my nails didn't all break last week and become short and gross, I would have AT THE VERY LEAST matched my nails to QUEEN OF HEARTS' amazing cover!!!

This is what I was planning:

*a white base
*a black gradient using the sponge approach 
* a little glitter in the gradient
*Red sequin hearts placed strategically
(And maybe some gunmetal diamonds?)

For a more traditional Wonderland look,
here are some of my favorite designs that I've been gathering 
on Pinterest for my Mad Tea Party:

(AKA, my nails better be long again so I can doll them up for when I see Alice Through the Looking Glass at the end of the month!!!)

(Some of these I could NEVER do because I'm not an artist, but they're SO PRETTY!!!!)


You've done your nails and you've gotten your jewelry, so all that's left is GETTING DRESSED!!!

Wonderland-inspired clothing is easier to find than ever before. You can buy shirts and dresses at Hot Topic and Torrid.

Available now at Hot Topic!
Limited Edition Outfits available NOW at Torrid!

You can get stuff from the Disney Store. You can try Etsy. Heck, you could even doll up a blue dress on your own or grab a Japanese Lolita dress!

Lolita dress from Etsy

As for me, I went simple:

I'm a huge fan of Disney Funko Pop and snagged the Limited Edition Mad Hatter shirt that came out last year:


You can NOT go to a Mad Tea Party if you're not decked out in a crazy hat!
Especially because, you know...there is a certain character in QUEEN OF HEARTS who is obsessed with hats!!!

Here are a few I found on Pinterest and Etsy
(For those of  you looking for something RIGHT NOW!) :

What will you wear to my
Mad Tea Party

to celebrate the release of


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Colleen Oakes
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.



Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.


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