Molly Sims spills lifestyle advice in new book Everyday Chic: 'Perfection is a unicorn'

By Sarah Trumbley

From supermodel to supermomma, Molly Sims – best known for her covers on Sports Illustrated and her TV series Las Vegas, in which she starred alongside Josh Duhamel – has become quite the lifestyle guru. As if having her own YouTube channel, a blog, and a New York Times best selling book The Everyday Supermodel weren’t enough, the gorgeous mother is now dishing out some fabulous lifestyle advice in her new book Everyday Chic.

Being a wife and mom of three, Molly knows a thing or two about the ups and downs of motherhood, so she’s sharing her best tips and tricks on how to stay on track and keep organized, all the while making it look as effortless as possible. Here, the 44-year-old gets candid about her adorable children and opens up about her own life mantra: the importance of embracing imperfection.

First things first: let’s talk about your new book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you! You know what, books are a labour of love – they’re always hard, but you feel such an accomplishment once it’s done. I’m so happy we did it; it’s such a reflection of my life, so I love it in that way.

What was your inspiration behind the book?

I think it’s [important] to show people it’s not about having a perfect life. It’s just about sharing those effortless tips and tricks that I live by every day and doing it with style and grace. Perfection is a unicorn – it’s not real. I have a neon sign in my house in L.A. that says “happy mess.” The perfection is in the mess; the happiness is in the mess. And I think sometimes we try to make it look so perfect and polished and that’s great, but also, just embrace the imperfection. I think that’s the best advice.

In the introduction to your book, you write, “Nothing could have prepared me for the 24-7 marathon/roller coaster ride known as motherhood.” Who helped you along the way?

Oh my God, my village! My mom, first of all, has been amazing ... and my girlfriends have been so good ... they’ve just given me a lot of knowledge. They’ve all been really important to me.

Three kids is a lot! What have been some of your biggest hurdles as a mom?

I think just having three! Three schedules is [a lot]. I’ve definitely had to count to 10, learn a lot of patience, and I think honestly it’s just time. Someone asked me what I wish I had more of and I said, “Two things – time and sleep.”

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When you do have spare time, what do you enjoy doing with your family?

My staycations, as stressful as they are, are awesome. I love building forts, I love staying at home in my pyjamas – breakfast is my favourite meal so I’ll make breakfast for dinner. But also fun trips, whether it’s Disneyland or Legoland – we kind of go all out. But most of all, I love just being at home.

You obviously have a crazy busy lifestyle – do you and your husband ever have time for date nights?

We try to make an effort and that was our point of going away [a few weeks ago]. We went into the city for one night. It was the first time we had really been alone without the kids and, I have to say, it was nice. It’s worth it for him and I to keep doing those things because I do think that it’s ultimately really important.

From your Instagram feed, it looks like your daughter Scarlett is already a little star. Do you think that she’ll inherit your interest in fashion and beauty?

She’s so cute, she just got her first manicure the other day! She goes on and on about how she wants me to do her makeup and she tries on every pair of shoes known to man. I don’t even spend money on my clothes anymore, I spend money on their clothes. They’re so freaking cute!

Being a mom is a full-time job in itself, but you seem do it so effortlessly. What’s your secret?

I think you just have to get ahead of yourself. Get on a calendar and get organized: that’s the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given. Even with your wardrobe, having five great things that you can throw on at all times: a great pair of jeans, a great jacket, a great army jacket, a great sweater, a good looking pair of tennis shoes. You don’t have to put so much thought in it at the moment. I think that’s what happens with moms and [it makes you] crazy.

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You mention in the book that you were never a fan of cooking until you got married. What was the first meal you ever attempted to cook for your husband, and how did it turn out?

Oh God, I can’t even remember the first meal I cooked. It didn’t turn out well, I can tell you that! I probably blew up the kitchen. I think it was some type of chicken, and I just remember it being very dry. Yeah, cooking did not come easy, even though my parents are both Southern. My mom is amazing, like a little bit of this, a little bit of that – she’s so not a recipe cooker. I definitely have had to embrace it.

Tell us one recipe from your book you just can’t live without.

My Moroccan chicken that I do in the book, you cannot beat that. You also can­not beat the berry cobbler. And if you want to look good and feel good, try my egg-white omelet muffins.

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