So I've been looking at the tumblr lifting community's posts for awhile now and I'm obsessed and amazed; I've never lifted before but I really want to it looks so fun and I want free cute shit, but I'm so so scared!! How do I get over that and what/where would you recommend lifting for my very first time ever? Any tips or advice? I worship y'all 🙏🏼
oooookay lil nugget here we go.
first off - its okay to be scared. its actually better if you keep a little piece of you thats always scared, no matter if you’re experienced or a beginner. thats something that helps you keep track of what’s going on around you and helps you not get caught. when you get cocky or over confident, thats when trouble starts.
i cannot stress how important it is to start small.
start sosososososo small.
like a lipgloss from walmart or one plain shirt from old navy. maybe a lil pack of beads from hobby lobby. whatever you do, do it small.
this lowers the chance of you getting caught, and the chance of you freaking out more.
do this a couple times. lil thing here, lil thing there. this builds confidence. the more confident you are with yourself, the more likely you are to start pulling in bigger hauls.
be patient. dont rush anything. this is by no means a competition. this whole process of confidence-gaining takes weeks, maybe months for some people.
and another thing - the majority of us on here that are pulling in a shit ton of stuff? we’ve been doing this for years. ive been lifting for 3/almost 4 years now. do not feel like you have to hurry and catch up to us.
secondly -do your homework. read through people’s tip pages on here. read about hooks, magnets, detachers, keys, all the different types of security tags, concealment methods, horror stories - ANYTHING. everything will be helpful down the road. read up on how other people got caught so you dont make the same mistakes. read up on how that girl managed to bag 3 naked palettes and 15 Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. learn about cam placement and how JCP Sephora is a place to stay away from. learn SA behavior and how to tell if they are being nice or plain sus. Learn how to tell if a bag is going to be a good lifting partner or if its going to be a hassle getting things inside. get familiar with every aspect of this community. follow as many people as you can. get inspiration from everyone. learn this life. live it. breathe it.
thirdly - try and pair up with an experienced buddy. i have found this to be so helpful. you get to see first hand how they do what they do. you get to see them in action, and learn their methods. however, know that going out with more than 2 other people is sure to get you noticed and tailed. keep the lil lifting group to either a pair or 3 people. make sure you can trust them. make sure you know them.
Old Navy: they dont tag anything other than heavy coats and sweaters, some dresses, jeans, and in the summer some shorts. i re-vamped my whole wardrobe this summer courtesy of ON, but ive seen on here that they’ve started source tagging…. which makes me sad. so double check before you out anything into your bag.
Hobby Lobby: there are like 7 cams per store all focused on the cashiers. go crazy. get your much needed art supplies. this is a great store for beginners - and other lifters who love crafting.
Cotton On: nothing, and i mean NOTHING is tagged. idk why, but these hoes never tag anything and it makes me wonder what they’re even doing. i got christmas gifts for my brothers here this year, so i highly recommend this store. super easy.
Dillard’s: do not let the large size of the store intimidate you - this place is heaven. sometimes you’ll get lucky and somethings been left off the rack and untagged. sometimes theres that teally cute wallet that you’ve wanted for a while and it doesnt have a single tag on it. go for it. conceal in the dressing rooms. trust me. formal dresses? no tags. (from what ive seen, and ive been to 3 Dillard’s in 2 different cities.) their desinger jewelrythat they keep down there? go for it. none of its source tagged or anything. i walked out once with 5 pairs of mate spade earrings and 2 wallets worth the 100 each. just pay attention to your surroundings and you’ll do just fine.
- in the winter its cold as dicks, so wear sweaters. utilize these babies for all they’re worth. 1. sleeves are great for concealing small items like jewelry and lipsticks. 2. “i am so hot from all this shopping, is it okay if i have one of your bags to carry my sweater in? i would really appreciate it” (note: this only works with really nice SAs. some will be bitches and shut you down. you might have to try a couple of stores before you get one. and now you have a free shopping bag!) 3. put your purse in the crook of your elbow and drape your sweater over it. this helps conceal how big your purse is to begin with and hide how much its increased in size when you’re walking out. 4. idk they’re warm and fuzzy. they make me happy.
- boots: stick things in there in case you forgot your purse or something. you can stick small things like jewelry and face masks down in there, its great.
- go through your mom’s closet. or your aunt’s. grandmother’s. rich best friend, i dont care. more often than not, they have a couple of extra shopping bags from stores they’ve been too. my mom has Bath and Body Works for days, along with a couple of Coach bags and Ralph Lauren. these shopper bags can be used in the same way as a purse for hiding things in them. hide them in yoir bag on the way into a mall, and then in the bathroom, take out your lifted clothing and stuff one of the bags. that way, when you walk into other stores, the SAs think you’ve bought things from other stores. be careful and know the layout of the mall you’re in though, because if you’re carrying around an Urban Outfitters bag and theres no UO, then you’ve gone and fucked yourself.
- be cautious, be wary, and not get greedy. get in, get out, and live to lift another day.
hope you’ll find some use for all this nonsense, good luck on starting your hobby of lifting and i hope to see some beautiful hauls from you guys!
Hey so I just saw that you're going to be posting an OC fic so I wanted to ask your opinion. I've been wanting to post an OC fic for awhile now, but I'm afraid that nobody will read it because I'm mainly a reader insert blog. Do you have any advice for me and my dilemma??
NOPE BECAUSE I’M THE EXACT SAME WAY
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WHO CARES IF NO ONE READS IT LIKE
WRITE IT FOR YOURSELF
POST IT FOR YOURSELF
IF PEOPLE SEE IT THEN PEOPLE SEE IT AND I KNOW THEY’LL LOVE IT
SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH AND DO IT
I KNOW IT’S HARD BECAUSE YOU REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO READ, REBLOG, AND LIKE IT BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA DO THINGS FOR YOURSELF AND NOT THE ATTENTION
Hi! I'm a junior in high school right now and your art is so inspiration (i've finally been able to track down your blog after seeing it all over tumblr). I'm interested in animation as well! I had wanted to go to SVA for awhile but lately I've been hearing some mixed reviews. I also am getting little to no help from my family with paying for colleges so I have no clue what to do basically. Any advice you can give would be godsent. Thank you so much!!
Hello! Hoof that’s a tough situation. I hope this can help.
The thing I learned after spending 4 years at SVA and over 100k in loans is that… You don’t need to go to college to become a successful artist. Well fuck! Wish someone told me sooner. What you DO need is the discipline to spend your time productively (to build just as good of a portfolio as any other graduating student) and a proactive attitude. There are plenty of courses online that will teach you the basics of storyboarding, character design, gesture drawing, digital painting, etc at a FRACTION of the price from any school. (check out http://www.schoolism.com/school.php or if you’re in SoCal, http://conceptdesignacad.storenvy.com!) Look to see if your town offers any figure drawing classes (because that will always be your most important class), again MUCH cheaper than paying for school, or just ask your friends to pose for you.
One thing you could do is hit up some people who go to schools you like and ask about their courses. Most people will be kind enough to respond haha. I used to incessantly bother people from Gobelins or CalArts ;;; But hey it resulted in some pretty rad friendships! We’re all just trying to learn, here. Start giving yourself weekly assignments based off of what you hear. Challenge yourself! Find online communities that do weekly challenges, or daily challenges like Sketch Dailies. It’ll be super important to make yourself an online presence because even though you won’t be around industry folk in person you could still be in their MINDS. Doing a film once a year, like what is required of both CalArts and SVA students, and debuting it online will help a TON. Think about it! That’s four films to show potential employers that you know your shit and you’ve done your research. And the tools to make films are so easily.. downloadable. TV Paint and Flash for 2D animation, After Effects and Final Cut for compositing (those two take some getting used to but there are enough youtube tutorials to teach you everything you need to know), Photoshop for your pretty paintings (unless you’re all traditional in which case more power to ya). I don’t condone pirating but… OkayyesIdo. At least until you can pay for it yourself ; )
Clearly I’m not an expert on what to do if college isn’t an option for you but from what I’ve gleaned from coworkers and friends who went down that path it’s entirely possible to do it.
I really want to see more of the Bellas. I really want to get to know, actually know, each character. I want to see them grow and develop. I want to know what they’re each passionate about, like have you ever wondered what Cynthia Rose was studying? Maybe she was a physics major?? Maybe she’s a writer? I want to feel attached to their stories and I want to see how close they’ve gotten over the years. There were 3 years in between pitch perfect and pitch perfect 2, can you imagine everything they must have accomplished in that gap? And not just as a group but also as individuals. I want to see the things that have so tightly bonded this group of girls. I want to see their lives flourishing, and I want to see them crumble every once in awhile. What did they do in between all those rehearsals? Did they have game nights? Movie nights? Did they all study together? What did they do for the holidays? I want to know.
Hi. My blog is relatively new and I've been wanting to interact for awhile now, but I was too afraid and shy to do so. I love your blog, I've seen some awesome stuff come from it. Keep it up! :) I also have a question. How come everytime there's a Mary Sue canon character,no one acknowledges it, but when it's an OC, everyone flips out? (Sorry for any awkwardness, I have Autism.)
First off, aww, thank you! And you can always come by and chat or whatnot.
Secondly, wow, what a loaded question.
It’s complicated, to say the least.
I’m not sure, really. There does seem to be a lot of backlash for many OC’s, especially ones that are, well, Mary Sues.
As for why canon characters seem to “get away” with being the creators favorite/outrageously overpowered/Special Snowflake, I think a lot to do with it is that the creator or author is usually held up on some sort of pedestal. At least, for a while anyways. It seems inevitable that there is going to be something they do, or fandom drama eventually where someone doesn’t like one thing or another and drama comes roaring up from the pits of fandom.
For whatever reason, OC’s are often viewed as “lesser” or more easily cast down and sneered at. There’s been a lot of debate and arguing over OC creation over the years, with considerable fallout and hate spread around, unfortunately.
It’s saddening to see someones creation, something they care and love for, (figuratively) brought to life to be ripped apart or other people disagreeing with or not liking some aspect.
You asked why, when there is a Mary Sue canon character, there is no acknowledgment, but a OC causes a ruckus.
Leaving out all the nitty gritty details, people are jerks. They are rude and mean, even cruel when they feel like it, and they think it’s easier to go after an OC than a canon character; perhaps because with canon characters, there is a large fanbase who will fight to ‘protect’ and ‘defend’ this character.
And here’s something that may or may not stir up the dust, because, let’s face it, this is Tumblr.
One such example of a Mary Sue character, especially in the Transformers fandom, is Overlord. He’s a Phase Sixer, coated in ununtrium, supposedly indestructible, who has caused massive amounts of death, carnage and destruction across the multiverse. He’s been beat down, killed off, humiliated, risen again and again for multiple reasons, only some of which known to the Transformers fanbase at large. He’s served as a plot device, and “oh shit, NOW what are we gonna do, it’s OVERLORD, everybody run- oh, too late, we’re all dead.”
He is much beloved, feared, and hated by many, sometimes all at once.
I certainly have mixed feelings about that Fragger With The Lips.
And then there’s the DJD.
It’s ridiculous, hilarious, and oftentimes frustrating.
We love them, we hate them, we love to hate and hate to love them.
There are many different reasons, and I think everyone has there own opinion on the subject. I am by no means an expert on this, and would gladly welcome comments and POLITE discussion.
I’m certainly not above calling for help on this, because eep. Dangerous waters lie below this beguilingly simple question.
Hello! I'm not sure if anyone has asked this recently/at all, but do you know of any fics where Draco wants to produce a Patronus, but can't? And then he asks Harry for help? I've been trying for awhile and can't find anything.
Rating: NC-17, WC: 44.4k, Summary: Harry was a hero, but now he’s not. Unable to cope with his peaceful, mundane life, he acts out with violence, vandalism, and hedonistic behaviors. He is sentenced to community service for his crimes, and there he finds a reason to move on.
Going back and watching the vods for Toms Workout Wednesday’s has actually really motivated me to start working out again. So today, I decided to begin an exercise routine! I had always wanted to start working out again, but honestly just lacked the motivation to do so.
I’m pretty okay with where my body is now, but there are a few things I would like to work on. I’m excited to start this!