One of my best friends told me to play Fashion Story with her.  I first downloaded the game and thought to myself “this looks like something an 8 year old would play” and that secretly made me very excited to try it out :)!!  I  mean, who didn’t want to become a fashion designer or own a fashion store when they were younger?  I know that I drew out terrible sketches of “fashionable” designs and dreamt of runways and models.  While being a real life fashion designer is no longer my dream, I do have a very big goal of owning a closet of Louis Vuitton and Louboutin…one day!

This game, Fashion Story, helps people like us-who dream stylish dreams-act them out in a fantasy world.  There are no brand names but there are very cute clothes, avatars and boutiques to play in!

So I downloaded the game and finally opened it up this weekend to play.  I just started clicking things.  The 8 year old side of me took over and I lost all rationale or strategic gaming ideas. I bought everything I could and immediately dressed my avatar in the cutest red mini-skirt, french style boatneck sweater and black stilettos I could “afford”.  I was left with no impulse control.  Without realizing it, I spent my entire store investment, filled my store with a bunch of clothing racks that I didn’t yet need and started noticing broken heart symbols on the tops of my Sims like customers that meant they left unsatisfied.

…Good thing it is just a game or I would be in Trou-ble!  And hey, at least my avatar looks super cute!

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I didn’t take a screen shot of my original store so you are just going to have to trust me that it was one hot mess!

Here is what it looked like after I gathered my senses and changed my avatar’s blonde hairstyle to brunette 🙂

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After a few hours and smart purchases, I was able to expand my store!  I also purchased an additional fitting room and mirror so that my customers have enough space to try on their items.  (The Pet Shop billboard is the game’s way of telling me to download that game too.  But I am not giving in!!!  Actually, as I just wrote that, I realized that they probably have really cute animals. hmmmmm).

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This is what it looks like after the weekend.  I expanded my store again and now have 40 new neighbors which helps me to earn stars and coins in order to reach new levels. Plus, the game expects you to work towards goals (like challenges or quests) and it is necessary to have a network of “neighbors” in order to advance in the game.

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And this is what I am striving for (courtesy of Michella Bella Boutique).

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If you play Fashion Story or now want to follow your childhood/adolescent dream of owning a fashion store, add me as your neighbor!  My storm8ID is: lereneej.  (Your storm8id is your username and is how others can find you and add you into their network.)  My store is, of course, Le Renee!

As you can see, right now, I am at Level 4 and have less than $15,000 to spend.  But at least I earned $153 while writing this article! 🙂

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