Author Spotlight: Everyday Chic by Molly Sims

Everyday Chic

We recently chatted with supermodel and #1 New York Times bestselling author Molly Sims. Check out her new book Everyday Chic, available wherever books are sold.

What inspired you to write Everyday Chic?

My inspiration for Everyday Chic was to show people that it’s not about having a perfect life. It’s about embracing the imperfect happy mess and adding in those chic little touches every way you can. Get take out and put it on your best dishes. Serve sparkling water in a wine glass. 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. This book is a way for me to share their effortless tips and tricks to live each day with style and grace.

As busy moms, how can we prepare family-friendly meals while saving time in the kitchen?

It’s all about being prepared. For easy, everyday lunches and dinners, I don’t waste time planning a whole bunch of different menus. Keep it simple and healthy.  Instead, before the start of each week, I follow what I call my 2/2/2 +1 strategy. 2 proteins, 2 veggies/grains, 2 greens, 2 salads, and 1 one-pot meal that you are able to stick in the oven when you are ready to eat. This allows me to cook all my dishes for the week ahead of time, and I store my entrees, sides, and salads in large glass storage containers, tightly sealed with a few slices of lemon inside to keep the food fresh. I’ll normally prepare on a Sunday and my week is a lot less stressful.

When planning a party, what are your secrets for making it a success?

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. The more I prepare, the better I feel when my guests walk in the door.

It’s also important to remember that everyone is just there to have a good time. We put the most pressure on ourselves! According to my husband, you only need good food, good people, good drinks, and good music to throw a great party. But, adding in those extra touches like stylish flatware or a printed menu makes it that much better.

What are some easy tricks for decorating a new apartment or home without spending a lot of money?

A great way to save money is to use what you already have. New is not always better. I’ve recovered couches and chairs. I’ve reinstalled lighting from my old house, which I’d been able to take along. With some easy updates, my old stuff looked great in the new space.

Also, Invest the majority of your budget in installations—cabinets, countertops, and flooring. Save money on the trendier pieces or on items you can always change out easily and upgrade later.

What’s your best advice for working moms when it comes to juggling a career and family?

For me, it’s all about picking a lane. It helps with time management. If I’m at work, I work as efficient as possible. When I’m with my family, it’s all about them. When I do feel like I need a little space to re-charge, 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 sh*t gets real? You just have to channel your inner supermomma and roll with it.

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  • dholcomb1

    great interview!