Molly Sims is a woman of many talents. She’s had success as a model, appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue multiple times, and has made television appearances on shows like Las Vegas and House of Style. Today, Sims is an accomplished writer, having a New York Times bestseller under her belt already. Her newest book, Everyday Chic, dives into the world of entertaining.We caught up with the skilled hostess to find out what inspired her to write, the best party she’s ever been to, and what's next.
What inspired you to write a book about entertaining and home life? MOLLY SIMS: I’ve always been passionate about entertaining and my home, but even more so as a wife and mother. I think that’s the southern girl in me! My inspiration for Everyday Chic was to show people that entertaining shouldn’t be intimidating, and your home doesn’t need to be perfect all the time. It’s all about doing the best you can, embracing that 'happy mess,' as I call it, and adding in those chic and easy touches. I will say that I’m fortunate enough to be able to know and work with some pretty amazing designers, party planners, and homemakers who have taught me everything I know. The book is a way for me to share their effortless tips and tricks to live each day with style and grace.
What has been the best entertaining advice you've ever received? MS: All you need is great people, great music, great food, and a lot of alcohol. People make a lot of fuss out of entertaining, but I think the buildup is worse than it really is. It doesn’t even matter what your stuff looks like! The devil’s in the details. You can literally just pour Coca-Cola in a glass but add a lime wedge, or you can order delivery and serve it on the nice china.
What was the best party you have ever been to, and what made it so wonderful? MS: Believe it or not, my favorite party included a DIY taco bar and margaritas. It was super casual and I loved it because it was a nice change from the norm. The host didn’t seem fussy about anything and the guests followed suit. That’s what I mean by the devil is in the details. Even though it was casual, the DIY taco bar still managed to be chic with colorful bowls, plates, and a chalkboard menu.
What drew you to become so involved with Population Service International's Five and Alive program, and Operation Smile? MS: It’s so important. Years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Peru with Operation Smile and there I found I had a real passion for helping children. Every child deserves love and comfort. I’ve also worked with another charity for children, Baby2Baby, for several years. Donations support both the babies and their mothers with everything from diapers and formula to Christmas presents under the tree. I take the kids every Christmas to deliver our presents and it’s been such a rewarding experience for everyone involved. I truly believe that giving back is beneficial for everyone.
As a busy mom of three who has a thriving career, so you have any advice for how to handle it all? MS: For me, it’s all about picking a lane. It helps with time management. If I’m at work, I work as efficiently as possible. When I’m with my family, it’s all about them. When I do feel like I need a little space to recharge, I take it without guilt. A little me time helps you come back a better mother, a better wife, and a better you. I think it’s also about embracing the imperfection. As a mom, life can be pretty unexpected. I plan and prepare as much as I can but when it gets real? You just have to channel your inner supermomma and roll with it.
The holidays are fast approaching, can you give readers a sneak peek of the book and share any entertaining tips of yours? MS: The holidays tend to be the biggest entertaining season for everyone and also the most stressful. The biggest tip I have for entertaining around this time is to prepare ahead of time. The day or week before a party, I prep as much as possible so I’m not running around the day of. My do-ahead list normally consists of setting the table and adding any décor pieces like a vase of flowers, make any dishes that can be prepared ahead of time, and cutting up garnishes for the cocktails. I like to make a beautiful seasonal table scape, as well. It sounds complicated but it’s not. In my book, I share an example for every season that’s completely foolproof.
When you first started out as a model, did you ever see yourself where you are today? MS: When I left school, I was pursuing my degree in pre-law at Vanderbilt. When I decided to pursue modeling, it was a huge risk. I’d always dreamed and hoped for a certain level of success but at times, it was hard. There’s a lot of rejection in the industry. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times that I wanted to give up but I kept going and learned some great lessons along the way—in my career and in life.
What's next? MS: Trying to survive being a mother of three. Just kidding! But I won’t lie, it’s a game changer! Since I love to entertain, I’m looking forward to the holiday season. We have a lot of family coming into town so I’ll be working on some new hosting ideas and more tips that I’ll be showing on my website and YouTube channel.
To order Molly's new book, Everyday Chic, click here.