Epic Fail – Part Deux

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Taking a break from all the unboxing!

It’s been a couple of days since my epic inventory fail, and I’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I would share with you.

Some I would urge you to do, some are just things I am planning to do myself, after spending the last few days trying to replace a (very) small portion of what I lost.

CHECK YOUR TRASH BEFORE YOU EMPTY IT

As I said in the first post, I usually do, but this time I didn’t, and it cost me dearly.  11,000 items was nearly 1/3 of my inventory, and while I didn’t lose everything, some of what I lost was irreplaceable.

Some of the things I lost included a TON of outfits from Blacklace (which were mostly system, so I’m trying not to cry too hard over them); ALL of my silks – many of which are not available anymore (via in-world stores or MP), so they are just gone forever; ALL of my ‘whole avatar’ costumes, like my alien avatars, my gummy bear avatar, and all the adorable avatars I’ve collected over the years from Abranimations Advent Calendar – irreplaceable because they were gifts and/or no copy; ALL my ‘costume accessories’ which included things like headpieces, glasses, crowns, tiaras, shoulder pets, weapons, hats, scarves, bags, particle effects, bindis, masks, horns, and more.

Truthfully, there was so much, I don’t even remember all the names of the subfolders, much less what items were in them. Add in that many of them were hunt items, gacha items, or gifts – all gone.  *wipes away tears*

KEEP YOUR OWN TRANSACTION RECORDS

You can log into your transaction information through your Second Life account.  However, those transactions are only kept for the last 32 days.  If you want to keep a running record, you will need to download the transactions yourself every 30-32 days and keep your own file.

I also went back through my MP orders – which, surprisingly, went all the way back to 2010.  However, many of the items I purchased on MP are no longer listed there – because the items were on sale, because the items have been pulled, or because the store no longer exists.  So even though I have a record of my purchase, I am not going to be able to replace those items.

I went to many stores to hit up their redelivery terminals and learned a few things.  If a store uses CasperVend and you hit their redelivery terminal, it brings up a page with those store purchases listed at the top, but it also lists CasperVend purchases from other stores on the page as well.  After hitting up the redelivery at one store, I was able to get many other items from other stores (some of which I didn’t remember) redelivered as well.

Same thing with stores using the Bejambled system – I hit the redelivery terminal at one store and got a list of lots of purchases at other stores as well.  A caveat – no copy items cannot be redelivered, so any no copy items will show as purchases, but you will have to actually purchase them again if you want them replaced.

I haven’t come across a store that used the HippoVend system yet, but I’m hoping it works the same way.  Many stores use the E2V system – however, what I’ve discovered with that system is you have to visit each store separately – your redelivery terminal only shows purchases for that particular store.

The biggest thing that I noticed was that many of my purchases (which I knew I had made) did NOT show up on any of the systems.  What I realized was that those missing purchases were made at events, like Collabor88, FaMESHed, Uber, Kustom9, etc.  I recalled reading somewhere that, to limit scripts and therefore lag, some creators used simple click-to-pay vendors rather than scripted ones.  Without the Casper/Hippo/E2V scripts in the vendors, the only record of the transactions is in your history and the creator’s.

This means that each creator would have to be able/willing to go through their own records (assuming they keep them), to find proof of your purchases, and then redeliver them manually.  Because I do a TON of shopping at events, this is a HUGE reason for me to keep my own records – then I can simply send a NC to the creator with all that information to prove my purchase.  Much easier for them to do, I would imagine. Also, some creators do not use any sort of system like CasperVend or E2V, which means you have to contact each creator individually about redeliveries.

KEEP BACKUP COPIES OF ITEMS

This one may not make sense for everyone, but it’s something I’m going to start doing, simply because this whole issue has been a giant headache for me.  Most items are delivered in a box – so my plan is to open the box, keep the items I need in my inventory, and then save the original boxes somewhere (probably in another box rezzed on my land).  That way, if I accidentally delete the item, I can go back, pull out the original box, and just open it again.  This is the system I have used for years with my dance animations, so it’s just another quick step to add into my opening/boxing/sorting routine.

You can’t do this, of course, with no copy items.  Which brings me to gachas. 🙂  I have a love/hate relationship with gachas.  I love them, because it brings it out the gambler in me, and winning that RARE or ULTRARARE is always a rush.  For the past several years, I’ve avoided gachas for things like H&G items – I would want them to use in a set, and you can’t use no-copy items in a rez box.  However, I would still play the gachas for clothing, hair, accessories, and costumes, because no-copy wearables is a non-issue for performances.

Unfortunately, the fact that they are no copy means no redelivery.  That means all the gacha outfits, corsets, costumes, horns, and more that I had (many of which were rare or ultrarare) are gone forever.  Oh sure, I could hit up the yard sales for replacements (and probably will, for some items), but rares and ultrarares are generally offered for ridiculous prices, so the odds that 1) I find them and 2) I’m willing to pay the price are pretty slim.

PART DEUX

I wrote in the first post about losing all my particles and ColeMarie Soleil (owner of Cole’s Corner particle store) being a doll and redelivering my purchases manually.

In addition to my particles, the other items I was most upset about losing were my costume purchases from !deviousMind.  It has been one of my go-to costuming stores for years.  I had so many of her items that the store had its own subfolder. 😀

I sent a notecard to Chandra Meehan, the creator, and explained the situation, asking whether it would be possible to get some of my lost items redelivered.  Though I didn’t have transaction info for all of them, I did have pictures of some of the items on my blog and on my Flickr stream to offer as proof of purchases.

Chandra was an absolute angel – sending me all the items she could verify from what I had provided. She also very generously sent me some of her recent group gifts (I have been a group member for years) and told me she would work on replacing other items as she had time to work through her transaction records.

What I have already received was beyond my wildest expectations, and though I still have a long road ahead, I have at least made a dent in replacing some of what I lost.  😀

EPILOGUE

In addition to all the costuming items I lost, the other killer for me has been that I lost my ‘Finished Routines’ folder.  The folder contained all my completed routines – dance HUDs, choreography sequences, rez boxes – everything I would need for a routine, should I want to repeat it or modify it.

This means that I now have no ’emergency’ ready routines that I can pull out in a pinch.  For the foreseeable future, I will have to create everything from scratch (which isn’t a huge deal) while I slowly rebuild my inventory.

I used to pull out my choreography notecards and such and save them in other places in my inventory, but I had gotten out of the habit of doing that.  Guess I will have to get back to doing it!

I also will be more careful about putting ‘everything’ to do with a routine in one folder – or at least make a backup copy if I do.

There have been some silver linings to this whole situation.  1 – People have been absolutely amazing with their kindness when they learned of the issue (it seems unexpected inventory loss happens more frequently than I realized).  2 – Though I wouldn’t have chosen to lose 1/3 of my inventory voluntary, it’s quite possible that this is a blessing in disguise, forcing me to get rid of all those old items that I kept for no apparent reason. 3 – I now have 1/3 less inventory to manage.  4 – Less inventory means more shopping! 😛

My darling husband commiserated with me over my loss, and then told me to go shopping and replace what I needed, even offering to share his large and rarely used stockpile of L$ with me. 🙂

So, SL has given me lemons, and I am busy making lemonade. Now, what events start this week? 😀

Epic Fail

I like to think of myself as organized – I don’t like a lot of clutter, and I routinely go through my inventory to box up or delete old items.

Thursday, I was happily organizing, boxing up old clothing and shoes.  My inventory count has been hovering around 35K, and it was bugging me.

After I box up everything and delete what I don’t need, I generally empty my trash.  I always look at it first, just to make sure I don’t delete anything accidentally.

Except Thursday.

Lost Inventory

This is me, Friday, sobbing and wailing when I discovered that I had somehow accidentally deleted my ‘Solo Acts’ folder – the folder where I kept all my show costumes – corsets, burlesque outfits, feather fans, headpieces, tiaras, crowns, weapons, gacha outfits, particle effects, and more.  And then, blissfully unaware that the folder had somehow been moved into my trash, deleted my trash.

*Wails uncontrollably*

Pretty much every costume I’ve been collecting for the last 6 years is now gone. Silks – gone.  Corsets – gone.  Hand particles – gone. Feather fans – gone.  Wings – gone.  Hats – gone.  Cute avatar costumes, like my gummy bear – gone.

When I realized what happened, I felt sick. There was absolutely no way I’d be able to get back everything I lost.

I spent a good 15 minutes crying about it, and then told my husband.  Such a sweetheart – he told me I could take all his L$ and go shopping.   I didn’t, but I did start making a list of all the items I could remember that I might want to replace.

My two biggest wants were the items I’ve purchased from Cole’s Corner (she makes absolutely fantastic particle effects – check her out!) and, of course, all my costumes from !deviousMind.

I tried to visit as many places as I could and try to get redeliveries – however, neither Cole’s nor !dM had a redelivery terminal.  Yikes!  I took a chance and sent notecards to both owners, asking if I could get redeliveries, even though the purchases were so old I didn’t have proof of them.  My hope was that the owners would have their own records and could verify I’d actually purchased the items.

I know I won’t get any gacha items replaced, so I’ve had to say a tearful goodbye to all the outfits I collected over the years. 😦

As I was frantically tp’ing around to various places for possible redeliveries, items suddenly started appearing in my inventory.  ColeMarie Soleil – owner of Cole’s Corner – graciously replaced all my particles.  I was ecstatic.  So be sure and check her out – the particles are fabulous, they are very well-priced, and she is an absolute gem.

I’m still waiting to hear back from !deviousMind, so wish me luck. 😀

I did manage to get redeliveries from several stores, but I was surprised at the number of stores who don’t have that option.  I have also purchased a lot of costumes on Marketplace, so I will be going back through my orders and sending notecards to some merchants asking for redelivery for those items.

Thankfully, my loss did NOT include my dance animations (I have those backed up just for this sort of thing!), my dance HUDs, my mesh body/heads, skins, hair, or shoes. I do have a folder of regular (non-costume) clothing, so I don’t have to wander SL naked.  😛

I’m trying to find the humor and see the silver lining here.  A lot of my costumes were old, and many of them were system clothing, which I don’t wear very often anymore.  However, the shock of losing 11K items, especially some of my precious and much-loved costumes, was terrible.

So, avoid your own epic fail, and make sure to check and double-check your trash before you hit ‘delete’.

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Sultry – LOTD #268

LOTD 268 Censored

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I don’t normally like censorship, but I do try to avoid any NSFW posts.  However, I’ve been having so much fun taking pics with the goodies I picked up at the Vintage Fair, that I kinda forgot. 😛

So, out comes the trusty ‘censored’ bar – I wouldn’t want any of the faint-hearted to keel over while reading my blog!

I do have an uncensored version on my Flickr stream, so if you want to mosey over there and have a gander, feel free. 😀

(If the link doesn’t work, please let me know – Flickr has changed their rules and I’m still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to posting pictures from there to here!)

I’ve been shopping like a fiend for the last week or so – so many new events open that I hadn’t been to yet – FaMESHed, Collabor88, We ❤ Roleplay, and (thanks to one of my fabulous blogging groups), I was lucky enough to snag an early access pass into the Vintage Fair!

I love being able to wander around before an event is open – it’s not crowded or laggy, and I can actually walk around, instead of cam-shopping.

I was especially excited to see what was at the Vintage Fair, and I wasn’t disappointed.  There are some fabulous items – accessories, hair, skin, clothes, decor – anything and everything.

The outfit you see is from Avenge at the Vintage Fair.  I’d never heard of Avenge before, but they are definitely going to be added to my go-to shopping list.  I took another picture in an outfit I picked up from there (click here to see it) and I know I will get lots of use out of both.

The fabulous hair is from EMO-tions, out now at the We ❤ Roleplay event.  I love the soft curls.  The necklace is a treasured piece from deviousMind – the LaSombre necklace.

I’ve also been playing around with some free filters and actions I got for Photoshop – so much fun!

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Details:

Hair:  EMO-tions – Jaily – Brunette (@ We ❤ Roleplay)

Skin:  Glam Affair – Margo – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Outfit:  Avenge – Soft Bondage (@ The Vintage Fair)

Necklace: !deviousMind – LaSombra – Onyx/Gold

Earrings: Indyra – Briolette – Noir

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LOTD #189 – Wonder

LOTD 189 - Wonder

She oozed disdain from every pore, looking down her nose.

He gaped.

She sniffed, touched the reins lightly, and moved on.

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Details:

Hair: Tukinowaguma –  Shinobun

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Eyeshadow: Zibska – Joss

Lipstick: The Skinnery –  Glaze Lip Paint

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Corset/Panties: FDD Stories – Little Mermaid Panties (Pink) & Fitted Corset (Ultra Rare) (@Enchantment)

Mount:  !deviousMind – Seepferdchen – Royal Guard – Kelp (@Enchantment)

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I must admit, I’m super proud of this picture.

It was a spur of the moment pic, and trying to make it look like it was underwater wasn’t the easiest.

However, it turned out really well, and to date, is one of my favorite pics of the photos I’ve done.

Of course, it helps when you have amazing items like these.

I’ve already raved about how in love I am with my Maitreya Lara mesh body and the Lelutka head.

When I visited the Enchantment event, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I played the FDD Stories gacha on a whim, thinking that I could make even mismatched items work.

Imagine my surprise when I scored the ultra rare corset on my second pull!!

This thing is seriously fantabulous – it comes with a HUD that lets you change every single little detail.

I had gotten the pink panties on the first pull, so I just made everything pink!

Hair, nails, corset – the works. 😛

You all know I love Chandra’s work over at !deviousMind – she has some crazy mad skills when it comes to creating.

When I saw the gacha key for these seahorses, I knew I had to have one.

Only $75L for all this gorgeousness?

Yes, please!

Plus, they make these delightful bubbles when you wear them. 🙂

If you haven’t stopped by Enchantment yet, you should check it out.

There are some absolutely stunning items – and who doesn’t love mermaid stuff?!

Enjoy your Thursday, everyone.

LOTD #172 – Dark Dreams

LOTD 172

She paused as she walked through the temple.

Turning, she gazed at the altar, tended carefully by her obedient priests.

She smiled in the darkness.

LOTD 172 2

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Details:

Hair: Tukinowaguma – Shinobun  (2026)

Skin: Glam Affair – Amberly II – Europa

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Outfit (corset, crown, bra, skirt, harness, skirt ):  Faster Pussycat – Hydra – Bronze (@Genre)  (21520)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Makeup: A&A – Mono

Necklace:  !deviousMind – LaSombra Vampire Necklace – Onyx/Silver (@Genre)  (4172)

Earrings: Indyra – Briolette – Noir  (8690)

Pose:  Exposeur

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Another post on the deliciousness that is Genre this round!

When I saw this necklace from !deviousMind, I was salivating.

It’s so gorgeous!

The corset from Faster Pussycat was near it, so it was a no-brainer to put the two of them together.

I took the first shot from behind so that you could see the stunning detail on both the necklace and the corset.

It was easy to make a complete outfit, since the corset comes with so many pieces.

There is also an additional top harness that I am not wearing in the photo.

The hair is from a previous round of On9, but I love the way it looks.

The back of loops and curls just looks so elegant.

Since I’ve been having so much fun trying on different skins, this time I went with a pale one from Glam Affair.

Of course, having them built-in to my mesh body makes matching so much easier. 🙂

I dug through my inventory and found some dark makeup I’ve found here and there to complete the look.

Be sure to head over to Genre and check out the Underworld for yourself!

LOTD #134 – Working Girl

LOTD 134She tried to keep the boredom from showing on her face, but it was hard.

Standing out in the cold night air attracting and directing traffic to the club wasn’t fun, but she had to make a living somehow.

She’d have the sniffles tomorrow for sure.

She mentally crossed her fingers, hoping the cold wouldn’t affect her voice at the audition.

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Details:

Hair:  Exile – Miles to Nowhere (@Collabor88 – current round)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: Slink – Elegant

Eyes: Curious Kitties – Animea Eyes – Blue  (@Genre – current round)

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Lipstick: Blacklace Beauty – Lustrous Kiss – Purple

Lingerie: MAAI – Wabi Lingerie – Purple

Shoes: N-Core – Coquette – Pure Black

Necklace:  Tantalum – Morano Necklace

Rings: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings – Silver

Pose/Dice Prop: W.Winx & Flair – I Feel Lucky

Neon Signs: !deviousMind – Peep Show/Kneel Pinup (RARE)

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LOTD #97

LOTD 97I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that I love !deviousMind.

This look is courtesy of !dM’s gacha items at The Secret Affair in January of this year.

I knew these pieces would look amazing, and I was absolutely stunned to garner 2 rares in as many pulls. 🙂

I adore the ornate chest piece and the intricate flower headband.

Details:

Hair:  Truth – Harmony

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Costume Pieces: !deviousMind  – MataHari

  • chain strings – gold
  • chest lace add-on flower – gold
  • chest lace with chains epaulettes – gold
  • earrings – jewel flower
  • headband – lotus
  • pasties – jewel flower
  • modesty cover – jewel flower
  • panties adornment – jewel flower
  • tikka chain adornment – jewel flower

Pose: Exposeur