BG by Christina: Lifestyle | DIY Anne Of Green Gables Costume, In Honor Of My Aunt Debbie

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lifestyle | DIY Anne Of Green Gables Costume, In Honor Of My Aunt Debbie

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One of my Halloween recreates this year is...
Anne of Green Gables!

A couple of you guessed it correctly on my Instagram stories when I showed a sneak peak of the costume! Great job if you guessed it by the detail shot! I love to create costumes based off of items I already have laying around my house. I think it's a super smart way to choose your Halloween costume, especially if you're on a budget. It's also the most sustainable way to do it! I mean how often do we really wear our halloween costumes? Maybe once or twice a year, or maybe a few years in a row, but either way that's still only a handful of times. Costumes at Halloween stores are SO expensive too! I also think the costumes that are a collection of different pieces have the most character!

I've wanted to recreate Anne of Green Gables for quite some time! The Anne of Green Gables book that I'm featuring in this post is the last gift that my aunt Debbie gave me before she passed away. I've been dreaming about this post for a couple of years now and I've wanted to recreate Anne in honor of her. This is a very personal post for me. I want to thank Fred for helping me with these so that I could make the post a reality. I've cherished this book for 13 years. My aunt had cancer and the story behind the book is that she went out while she was very very ill (and probably shouldn't have been leaving the house at that time) to make sure she had a birthday gift for me. She was always the most thoughtful soul like that. That was very typical of her to put her pain aside to make someone else feel special. She always made holidays and birthdays feel magical as she would go all out for us kids!

 My most vivid memories of her are at holiday and birthday parties. She made a homemade pizza for birthdays that all of the cousins loved! She also made sure each kid had a fun treat bag to take home. She always had a piƱata for the parties and I remember looking forward to the candy and the fun!

She loved dressing up for Halloween. She would dance outside at the Halloween parties and come up with  games for all of us kids. I want to always remember my memory of her out in the moonlight, wearing her feather boa dancing and laughing. She laughed often. She was the life of the party. I always want to remember how epic the Halloween games she came up with were. We would bob for apples in my Grandpa's dining room. We would go on hayrides through the cemetery that was neighboring my grandparents house. One year, she had us kids reach our hands into different bowls of food to "guess the body part". We all thought that game was the coolest thing ever! I remember trick-or-treating with her and my cousins and that was always the best night of the whole year.

I remember 4th of July was one of her most favorite days. She loved the patriotic songs, the picnics, and the fireworks.

I remember so many beach vacations with her.  We would go out to eat every night for dinner and watch the ocean waves on a blanket every night.

Whenever a family member says that I do or say something that reminds them of Aunt Debbie, I beam with pride. I can only hope to carry on the torch that she had for making other people feel instantly welcomed and at home. I hope to practice the same thoughtfulness and childlike enthusiasm that she always had. I try to make the holidays very special for Fred and I, because I remember how wonderful that was.

I remember my mom let me miss school one day to go with her to Build-A-Bear and Chuck E.Cheese's for one of my cousin's birthdays. That was such a great day! I'm so thankful now that my mom decided to let me miss school that day.

I also hope I have some of her last minute craftiness and dance moves deep inside me somewhere too.
& I don't know if she knew it, but I quite fancy feather boas too. ;)

It's crazy to think that she passed away before social media exploded. She wouldn't even know what blogging was, but I hope that she can see this post somehow. <3
Creating The Look
I have linked all of the items below that you might need if you're wanting an Anne of Green Gables costume! I think this would be a very easy look to recreate through thrifting and/or things that you already have for most of it. Honestly, you could use any dress, tights, and boots that you already have in your closet, braid your hair and be on your way! Hopefully this post will give you some Halloween inspiration for your own costume.

- I had the dress and the button up top already in my wardrobe. I've linked very similar ones below for you if you're looking for one. They are both older pieces, so I couldn't find the links of the exact one.
-I also had the tights and the boots already. The boots are the Bearpaw Topaz boots that I have linked below and the tights are the Francesca's tights that are linked below!

- The exact pinafore apron is the Amazon one linked below.

- I thrifted the basket, but I have a similar one below f you're looking for it!

- I used real baby's breath flowers from my sister-in-law's shower (thank you Audrey!)
I do have artificial ones that I use sometimes and I got them from Amazon.

- I got the hat from Nasty Gal, but the ones below from ASOS look almost identical and they're a great price!

- I used black ribbon that I already have. You could use whatever color you wanted and I have some linked below.

- I thought that I had some pinkish-red coloring hair spray leftover from another costume, but I didn't when I checked for it! I checked for it last minute too, so I didn't have time to buy more! I don't think you need to have your hair red to pull off the costume. I think it could add to it, but definitely not needed! I have the best wig I could find linked below for you and a copper hair coloring spray.

- I used NYX lip liner in Cold Brew to create the fake freckles. Fred thought they looked really cute! He said they look good enough I could make it my normal makeup look haha. I also really enjoyed having them on for the day, but I don't think anybody has time for that in their daily routine! I linked a similar NYX liner below. You could also use an eye liner pencil to get the same effect. I was nervous to draw them on at first, but was actually very simple! If you just search videos for fake freckles on Youtube, you can get a good idea for how you want to do it.


"It' not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it."
-Anne Shirley, L.M.Montgomery
 "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M.Montgomery
 "Life is worth living as long as there 's a laugh in it."
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M.Montgomery
 "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
-Anne Shirley, L.M.Montgomery
"I don't want diamond sunbursts on marble halls. I just want you." 
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M.Montgomery
 "Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it."
"It doesn't make sense that girls aren't allowed to do farm work when girls can do anything a boy can do and more! Do you consider yourself to be delicate and incapable?
Because I certainly don't.
- Anne of Green Gables,  L.M.Montgomery
 "Nobody is ever too old to dream, and dreams never grow old."
- L.M.Montgomery
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
- Anne Shirley, L.M.Montgomery
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please let me know if you decide to dress as Anne of Green Gables for any festivity that you have. :)
 I have one more Halloween costume coming soon! What do you think I'm going to be?!

I miss and love you so much, Aunt Debbie. I hope you love this post and that you know how much you meant to me and all of our family. This book was your last gift of kindness to me and I cherish it deeply.
Until I see you again one day ...

"True friends are always together in spirit."

- L.M.Montgomery 


Christina xx

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