International Lolita Day, or ILD, is an excuse to celebrate being a lolita! Created by the lolita community back in the dark ages, ILD is held twice a year on the first Saturday of both June and December. Local lolita communities usually plan meetups around International Lolita Day, so keep an eye out in your local community for some in your area! This past Saturday, June 2, was actually my first ILD that I have celebrated, despite being into lolita for so many years.
This past weekend, I was at A-Kon 23, an anime convention in Dallas and one of the largest Texas conventions. Along with several costumes, I also brought lolita! There were several lolita events and panels planned, but unfortunately I could only make one – Saturday’s Swap and Sell meet. It was so much larger than I expected and I'm glad I went.
|Look at all this frill! The swap meet was HUGE! |
(Photo by Panda, thank you!)
|My simple sax x white x pink coord for ILD.|
I began my day dressed like this.
Wig: Arda Wigs
Shoes: Bodyline via Goodwill
I brought a few items to try and get rid of but I was only partially successful. I managed to sell an older pair of shoes I had, and I picked up a few items. After the swap meet, I also headed to the Artist Alley and found some cute jewelry.
|Jewelry I bought from the Artist Alley.|
I got a really good deal on all the swap items I got. I am definitely most excited about the cardigan (see the outfit below) – it is my first brand item! Most of the lolita I have is offbrand or Bodyline, but this one is by Baby! And it was such an affordable price, too – thank you, Sarah, for selling it to me! I can't wait to add it to more coordinates in the future.
I was also very pleased to find the Pinkie Pie necklace. The figure is from a blind box series, so it is fairly rare. It's super glittery. I'm in love.
And after the swap meet and a visit to Artist Alley, I wound up changing my outfit slightly.
|Updated outfit after the swap meet and Arist Alley visit.|
|And a silly closeup -- you can see my Pinkie necklace!|
Small white bow: Bodyline, from a dress I bought!
Cardigan: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Necklace: Artist Alley vendor
I like this outfit much more! I accidentally forgot to take my jewelry with me this summer, so I felt like my first outfit was a little too bland. The second one is more detailed and so much cuter, in my opinion.
I'm sad I wasn't able to make the ice skating meetup later on that evening, but I'm glad I was able to meet lolitas from all around Texas. Overall, I really enjoyed my first ILD!
How did you celebrate International Lolita Day?