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Fashion Phenomenon – Sims 3 Ambitions

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I have been playing the Sims 3 Ambitions like crazy the past few days! I finished the architecture profession first, which I blogged about previously, and have since finished the Stylist, Sculpting and Inventing professions (all with one family!).

I was really excited when I realized the stylist’s job was just to pick out clothing, hair and makeup like in the Create-A-Sim mode! I always spend WAY too long deciding on just the right look for my Sims, so in the beginning I was really enjoying myself with this profession!

How to Style People

It was similar to the architecture profession in that you get a few jobs (3-5 I believe) each day that you are “on the clock”, but you can solicit your friends and neighbors for additional jobs during your time off. Whenever you receive a job, you just click on the little prompt that comes up to start it, then your Stylist will head on over to the client’s house where you can “Offer Makeover” to complete it! You can also try to invite them over to your house to do the makeover there if you have the makeover station with the upgraded “Look Good” mirrors, because that can help your score a bit.

Failing Makeovers

Just like with the architecture profession, at first it didn’t matter how much time and effort I put into people’s outfits, I would always get the “You did a good job, but maybe this Sim was just too picky” explanation and I would take a major dive in friendship with that person. It was ridiculous, I was running around styling people, and having to apologize to them afterward because 90% of the time they’d hate what I’d done, or some of what I’d done wouldn’t count toward the objective, which was aggravating. So by the time I had reached the rank of 10 – Fashion Phenomenon – my portfolio was only like 15% completed, because you are only prompted to take a picture when you please a client.

It does seem like how good a job you do isn’t actually based on anything you do. It mostly has to do with the size of your portfolio and how high you are in the profession. Now that my portfolio is at 40% and I have already received the Key To The City (the ceremony for which I missed because my Sim was having a baby at that exact moment! lol) it doesn’t matter what crap I throw on my Sim clientele, they always think it looks hot, lol.

Offer Fashion Advice

There is an option you get at about the level 5 of the career to “Offer Fashion Advice” but I think that just throws the Sim into some random outfit, and most of the time they hate it, so I try to avoid doing it unless I am just bored or something. It is much more fun to just “Give Bad Makeover” if you don’t care about gaining levels or making the Sim angry.

Stylin’

Once you finish the Stylist career, you get a permanent buff called “Stylin'” which gives you a +20 to mood, and anyone you make-over successfully (which is almost everyone at that level) also receives the buff for a few hours.

Bored Fashion Phenomenon

I will admit that as fun as this profession was in the beginning, I am getting close to quitting it now and just getting one of the original jobs. Styling Sims is really fun, but after the 150th time, I am starting to get a little sick of it! These days my Fashion Phenomenon just sits at home and paints instead of dealing with her clients, though she still receives the 2,306 simoleans in stipends a week, even if she does no styling what-so-ever. (At first I had no idea what a “stipend” was, lol, but it is just basically a periodic pay check)

Unlockable Outfits

As a little bonus for this career, you unlock a couple young adult and adult outfits for your Sims. Here’s the pictures of them!

The last one is my my new FAVORITE! It’s so cute, hehe.

To Style or Not to Style

If you do like to spend a large amount of time in Create-a-Sim, then you should try this profession out! It does get a bit tedious by the end, but then again I did get from Fashion Fledgling to Fashion Phenomenon  in one sitting, so I may have been judging it a bit harshly by the time I’d finished, lol.

Thanx 4 Reading!

MissMediocre <3

I’m a Dictator of Design – Sims 3 Ambitions

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I just reached the top of the architecture profession in The Sims 3 expansion – Ambitions. It is the first profession I tried, because build mode tends to be where I spend most of my time while playing Sims anyway!

Taking Measurements

I was having a hard time getting good reviews from clients when I was first starting out, but it does get easier as you advance! I don’t think I even received a “Great Review” until I was at the 5th level! At about the 4th level your Sim will get a Tape Measure. Now this isn’t something that goes in your inventory somewhere, so don’t waste time trying to find it so you can use it like I did, lol. You use the tape measure by clicking on one of the houses you are renovating and selecting “Take Measurements”. Doing this will result in your client giving your work a better review when you finish.

Discuss Renovation

At about the 7th level, your Architect will get the option to interview their clients before starting the renovations to find out if they have any traits that could help influence your design (ex: If the client is a book worm, you could use lots of book cases to help get a better review). This can be a bit of a pain to do however if the client isn’t actually home when you go to do the renovations. If that ever happened, I’d just forget about the interview. Usually by the time you reach that level, you’ll be getting great reviews every time anyway. There are 10 levels in total to this profession, ending in Dictator of Design.

Getting Great Reviews

Another trick to help improve your reviews is to bring along some paintings, sketches or sculptures you’ve done previously in your family inventory. You can hang these on the walls or set them on tables just like the purchasable art, but the clients always seem to love it if the art is home-made! You can also invite a client over, paint a portrait of them, and then hang that in their home for some major bonus points.

Basically, if you are having trouble with your reviews, just remember to avoid getting things cluttered (like leave SO MUCH SPACE around everything), make sure all the walls and floors are finished, don’t forget about adding some decor (a couple rugs and paintings can go a long way), and try to complete the renovations without spending the whole budget!

Annoying Glitch

If you are rushing through the profession like I was, you may have found the two days off a week annoying. You can actually work from home though, by talking to your friends and convincing them to let you work on their homes at any time. One thing to watch out for however if you are working on your friend’s houses on your days off, is to not get a promotion while you are in the middle of a project. A few times I would finish my last renovation of the day a few minutes after 6pm, so I couldn’t show it to the client. Then if I advanced a level at home, that project I had been working on would no longer be available, and I would not get credit for the work I’d done. It is an avoidable little glitch though, as long as you are aware of it!

Town Hero

Once you have worked your way up to Dictator of Design, you will have two trophies and a key to the city to show for it. You also get a big celebration at City Hall, which the whole town attends, and you get a 4 day buff called “Town Hero”. I did enjoy this profession, but I must admit that my current Sim’s house is one of the saddest I’ve ever lived in! After spending all day building and decorating everyone else’s houses, I didn’t feel up to working on my own, lol.

Never Run Out Of Budget Money

As an after note for any of you cheaters out there, I did find a glitch that basically gives you an endless budget with which to work on your renovations. If you have some sketches and paintings in your family inventory, you can place them in the house you are renovating, which doesn’t cost any budget money. You can then move the object back into your family inventory, which adds the total cost of the item to your budget, as if you were selling something from the house. I did find the budgets to be pretty fair though, but if you want to do something really extravagant, I guess this trick could be useful!

Thanx 4 Reading!

MissMediocre <3