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My friend Kim sent me this link from the blog Oh Happy Day! With a daughter whose hair cut we call “The Anna,” it seemed like a perfect choice to have her dress up as Anna Wintour for Halloween. Emerson and I thought it would be fun to dress up together, so I brushed out a Glinda wig, put on my black comfort sandals and my darkest lipstick to be Grace Coddington.

Things I learned from this experience:

  • Bloggers must bribe their children to do all the adorable shoots that they do. We used M&Ms and even so these are the best pictures we could get in the couple of minutes before it stopped being silly fun for Emerson and became work.
  • It’s hard to be a soft curvy woman and dress up like a slim wirey one. I just look like Old Mother Hubbard with a bad dye job!
  • Wigs are HOT!
  • I don't seem to own a single pair of big plastic sunglasses.  These are old scratched ones and I colored the silver parts black with a Sharpie.
  • Emerson can’t make a “mean” face no matter hard she tries, and she really tried. She saw pictures of Anna Wintour on Google Images and was excited to pretend to be the “fashion lady” and do her stern face, but a happy four year old can only look so stern before she falls into a fit of giggles!
Happy Halloween everyone!


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  • Barbara November 5, 2013

    “Adorable” is a word that just doesn’t go with Anna Wintour….so I thought. Bur it’s the only word I can find to describe your little fashion lady 🙂 So so so darn cute and ADORABLE!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Brynn November 3, 2013

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing. You two are darling together!!

  • EmilyD November 3, 2013

    I am DYING!!!!

  • Cassandra Westfall November 3, 2013

    This is absolutely the best thing I have seen in quite some time!!! How adorable is Emerson! I love her little faces!!! Definitely too cute and sweet to be a sourpuss!


  • Liss November 2, 2013

    Brilliant costume! The puckered smile makes it even more perfect

  • Catherine Harper November 1, 2013

    You both look adorable! I would have screamed in delight if I had opened the door to find Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington standing there!

  • Sara November 1, 2013

    These photos are AMAZING. I love them!

  • NeenaJ November 1, 2013

    Love, love, love this!! Little “Anna” is adorable. And, why aren’t you a redhead in real life? It looks amazing on you.

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen November 1, 2013

      Thank you so much, but you wouldn’t imagine how much pale makeup I have on to look like The Cod! And the brows were hidden under concealer. I was a redhead before in high school and college and while I can pull it off, it requires a lot of makeup and only wearing certain colors to not look like death warmed over 🙂

  • Alex November 1, 2013

    BEST. POST. EVER. You two are just so, so delightful.

  • colleen November 1, 2013

    Wonderful! You both look amazing.

  • DKNY November 1, 2013

    fantastic! love this!

  • Bernie November 1, 2013

    Just brilliant!

  • Diana November 1, 2013

    This was awesome! Emerson makes a very cute Anna

  • RosaLovesDC November 1, 2013

    Amazing!!! You ladies look so great.

  • A Dee November 1, 2013

    What a great idea! Emerson is an adorable Anna. You both look great!

  • alice November 1, 2013

    Ahhhhhh!!! I knew exactly who you guys were, I love this so much! Adorbs.

  • Starlit Nights October 31, 2013

    This is so cute and creative! Hope you and Emerson had a fun Halloween!

  • One Chicklette October 31, 2013

    So cute! Well done.

  • Ginger October 31, 2013

    Best costumes yet!

  • Patricia Jernigan October 31, 2013

    Emerson is amazingly ADORABLE! She is a dead ringer for Anna…minus the mean mug! Great job you two!

  • Lynne DeVenny October 31, 2013

    Totes adorbs!

  • Wendy October 31, 2013

    Love it!!! Emerson is too cute, lol!

  • Eleanorjane October 31, 2013

    Argh! Too much of the cuteness!

  • Happinessatmidlife October 31, 2013

    LOVE IT!!! Happy Halloween!


  • Karen in Paris October 31, 2013

    LOVE!!! This is just the best! You two totally made my Halloween.

  • Erin October 31, 2013

    These are awesome, awesome costumes. So funny and you both look great!

  • N. L. October 31, 2013

    Just EFF-ing brilliant. You ROCK!!

  • Dee October 31, 2013

    Awesome! I love the second picture – she is trying her hardest to be fierce!

  • Sadie von Scrumptious October 31, 2013

    You both look wonderful! And you look really good as a redhead, too!

  • Danielle October 31, 2013

    O.M. Freakin G!! This is Awesome!! You two are adorable.

  • Une femme October 31, 2013

    Oh, brilliant!!!

  • Julie October 31, 2013

    Absolutely adorable!

  • Monica October 31, 2013

    THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! I knew exactly who you were as soon as I saw you. And Emerson is totally rocking the Anna Wintour look!! This makes me so happy!!

  • Katie October 31, 2013

    You look GREAT. I knew exactly who both of you were right away.

  • Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie October 31, 2013

    OMG! I love this. You two are precious 🙂

  • Michelle... October 31, 2013

    OMG. This is so awesome. Emerson is a star!

  • Jenna October 31, 2013

    aww, you all are adorable and its clear that you love each other very much 🙂

  • save. spend. splurge. October 31, 2013

    So. SO. SO. cute.

  • Caitlin Cress October 31, 2013


  • SE October 31, 2013

    This has got to be the cutest Halloween get up I have ever seen! Emerson and her “stern” look is priceless! And you make a great Grace! Love this!

  • Cornelia October 31, 2013

    Emerson makes a great Anna! Love her hair and dress!

  • Lorena Lorena October 31, 2013

    Oh you’ve made me smile !! how very cute and i totally knew who you both were.

  • Curvily NYC October 31, 2013

    I love this so much

  • Lissy October 31, 2013

    Best costumes ever!!!!!

  • Karen October 31, 2013

    Too funny!!! (I knew right away)

  • Ashley // Dramatis Personae October 31, 2013

    LOL! I was looking for pictures of Anna Wintour smiling earlier, and it was tough. So no wonder Emerson had a hard time staying so stern and NOT giggling – it’s tough business! Only for the toughest and meanest!

    Y’all look so, so great though. This is just darling.

  • Sonia October 31, 2013

    Emerson’s costume is even than Mommy’s! I KNEW who she was right away! A-dorable!!

  • Kathy October 31, 2013

    This is awesome!!

  • FutureLint October 31, 2013

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing ever! She’s a perfect Anna and I’m sure she had fun dressing so fancy! And you look awesome too! Just like “The Cod!”

  • Ashlyn Nicole Williams October 31, 2013

    this is absolutely adorable. your daughter is so cute! have fun tonight with your fam!

  • Eat.Style.Play October 31, 2013

    Adorable I think Emerson wins for best costume this year!

  • The Seventh District October 31, 2013

    You nailed it Alison! Loves Loves Loves!

  • Ruth Barzel October 31, 2013

    This is seriously the most adorable thing I have ever seen!

  • DWJ October 31, 2013

    I love this. Absolutely love this.

  • Laurie October 31, 2013

    Brilliant! Thanks for the smiles to go with my coffee!

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