Every Monday I blog a Mainstore Monday meme featuring two mainstores from around the grid. The purpose of this is to redress the balance a little between event shopping and mainstores shopping and show some examples of great mainstores, ideas, sims and places to blog and share with your friends. I love shopping events and will be the first trying to get my pixel butt into all of them but I also love a great mainstore.
I originally started the meme a few months ago after having several conversations with Toxxic Rhiannyr of AlterEgo about the balance between events and mainstores so this week I am featuring her store and also Spellbound Hair and Accessories.
AlterEgo is a long established and well known name to the majority of Second Life shopping addicts. Toxxic is always tinkering with the look of the store and sim to constantly improve it and keep things fresh. AlterEgo sells skins and shapes, accessories and edgy, urban fashion.
AlterEgo has a range of skins in regular skin shades and drow versions which also have a number of different skin appliers available for various mesh bodies and also head appliers for TMP, Genesis Lab and Logo. In an age when we there is a lot of discussion about us all starting to ‘look’ the same because of mesh heads and bodies AlterEgo is often offering limited edition skins so you can be sure of being limitedly unique!
A few years ago a number of stores used to offer newbie packs for new avatars. AlterEgo is one of the creators that still generously offers a number of items to avatars under 30 days old including clothing and a skin pack. I meet a lot of new residents through my club and through my work at MadPea and always recommend a visit to AlterEgo is they are below the age threshold. It’s a great start for a new avatar. For older avatars there are a number of fabulous group gifts and often events like vip raffles.
My second stop of the day was at Spellbound. I love this sim and with the upcoming Halloween season this sim is perfect for photoshoots and blog posts too. The picture above is the view of the store as you arrive at the landing point.
Spellbound is a store specialising in hair and accessories with more than a touch of the bizarre and spooky about them…as the name would imply. Spellbound puts a lot of thought into just about every aspect of the shopping experience from the outside sim, to the layout of the store to the ‘spellbook’ packages and animation that your purchases are delivered in.
The styles, the quality and the options for colours and colour mixes are superb and you get great value for your L$. The styles range from cutesy to demonic but always with a twist that makes Spellbound unique.
As you enter the store there’s a wonderful reception area with lots of quirky niknaks and information about events, group information and a subscriber for those with limited group space. I recommend joining the group and collecting your group gift hair. The group does have a small charge to join but the hair group gift is a fatpack with numerous colour options for both the hair and the accessories.
Finally, here’s my look du jour! And I have to thank Ingrid Von Paine for the giftie of the RARE Cloak and Hat from the Livid Witchy Gacha for inspiring my look!
Body – Maitreya Lara
Head – TMP – Classic
Appliers – AlterEgo – Ash Tan Skin and Lydia Mesh Head Applier
Hair – Spellbound – Astarte *GROUP GIFT*
Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm
Tattoo – White Widow – Altar **NEW** at We Love Roleplay
Witches Hat – LiViD Coven Hat Vintage RARE Gacha in store
Corset – Pixicat – Temptation Corset RARE previous Arcade Gacha
Pose and Props – F*CKING NINJAS – Bring the Light