Actress and model Molly Sims made us smile – at The Smile – making for one of the easiest TNP photo-shoots ever. A. Because Sims is gorgeous and B. Because her personality is just as appealing. Sims has successfully dipped her toes in a number of endeavors, including a lifestyle website that boasts musings on beauty, wellness and fashion. We couldn’t help but get her take on everything from clean eating to advice for new Moms all the way to Givenchy birkenstocks…
What would be your ideal food day from start to finish?
In general, I’m a very clean eater. I really believe that beauty comes from the inside out, which has a lot to do with what you put into your body. I like to start my day with scrambled egg whites or a smoothie. I usually have a quinoa salad with a lean protein (fish or chicken) for lunch and turkey meatballs with a bowl of soup for dinner. Throughout the day, I snack on raw almonds and green juice and I love to have a cup of hot cocoa with mini marshmallows for dessert!
What are your seventy-two hours like eating and drinking-wise prior to a photo shoot?
In my model days, I went to great lengths to get into Sports Illustrated shape. I’ve spent a week at an ashram, and worn a trash bag while working out to sweat more – you name it, I’ve done it! Nowadays, I really just try to do everything in moderation. I do really love and rely on these fiber crackers. They’re an acquired taste but they really do work wonders at helping me control my appetite and lose weight. I eat up to a few a day with a piece of low fat cheese. If I have a shoot, I won’t be eating sushi that week. Too much salt!
How do you always start your day on a good note?
I always try to work out or do something active in the morning. After an hour of sweating it out at Tracy Anderson or hiking in the canyon by my house, I feel like I can take on anything!
What are some of your healthy routines?
In addition to working out four or five times per week and eating clean, organic food, I also like to incorporate little tricks into my daily routine. I put cinnamon in my coffee (cinnamon is packed with nutrients) and I always start my day with lemon water. It’s amazing at aiding digestion! I also do Acupuncture once a week and drink herbal tea once a day.
What advice do you have to women getting up, looking in the mirror, and getting dressed in the morning?
I always tell my friends, “If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you look good.” So whether it’s putting on some makeup or getting out of those yoga pants, it’s important to make time for yourself and put a bit of effort into your appearance. I always find that the more confident I feel, the more positive and fun I am to be around.
Advice to new Moms…
It truly takes a village to raise a child! Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, or whoever for advice. At the end of the day, the way you raise your child is completely up to you, but I find that hearing other mothers’ perspectives helps me be more confident in my own decisions.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
This really depends on my skin in the moment. I used to really struggle with acne, so I took Spiractin and relied on this great hyperpigmentation cream. My skin is pretty clear now, so I try to keep my makeup routine pretty minimal. If I use foundation, I mix it in with Natura Bisse moisturizer to keep the effect light and luminous. When my eyes look tired, I line the inside of my eye with white eyeliner. It really brightens up the eye. I also love trying natural products. Coconut oil really is the miracle ingredient of our time. I use it on my skin, face, nails – everywhere! I love fresh pads from Christie Kidd and I just did my first peel!
What are foods/drinks you find make you ‘glow’?
I know that it’s a bit of a craze, but I’ve really fallen in love with cold pressed juices. Chasing after a toddler often means I don’t get to enjoy a nice meal the way I used to. I always have a juice on me because I know it will give my body all of the vitamins and minerals I need really quickly. I find that drinking green juice with cucumber, kale and spirulina really makes my skin glow. I also love adding chia seeds to everything!
Words you say to yourself upon facing the mirror every morning…
You can do it!
How would you describe your ‘entertaining’ style?
Very relaxed. I love to have people over all day every day – sometimes my house feels like Grand Central Station because there are so many people coming in and out. I always want my guests to feel well-fed and comfortable when they come to my house. I love art and design but firmly believe that furniture is meant to be sat in! It’s really important that any event I host, whether it be a big party or casual dinner, feels warm and inviting.
The ultimate dinner party faux pas…
Making someone feel uncomfortable. If someone brings an extra friend, I never stress it. There will always be enough food!
A go-to recipe when eating in…
Salmon! It’s easy, it’s healthy and almost everyone loves it.
You never believed in X, until you tried it at Y…
I never believed in how truly magical motherhood is until I became one!
What are your splurges?
I recently bought a pair of Givenchy Birkenstocks. I don’t care if you think they’re ugly – I love them and they’re the most comfortable pair of shoes I will ever own!
What won’t you travel without?
My son Brooks. He goes everywhere with me.
What’s always in your bag?
A bottle of water and a baggie of almonds. You never know when you’re going to want a snack..
What’s always in your fridge?
Gluten-free cookie dough! A mom told me recently that her child said I was the house with the cookies. It’s the best claim to fame I’ve gotten in a long time.
Five things you’re loving right now…
1. Dry Brushing. It’s so good for getting my skin ready for summer.
2. Summer BBQ’s.
3. Theodora and Callum caftans (I live in these in the summer).
5. Traveling. It just opens your eyes.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
In Los Angeles, Gjelina, Spago, Alma and Crossroads. In New York City, The Waverly Inn, Barbuto, Marea and Tutto Il Giorno. In San Francisco, Bar Tartine (from the owners of Tartine Bakery), Gitane and Maven. In London, Salt Yard, Zuma and San Lorenzo for Italian. In Paris, Hotel Costes.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people, living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
I would invite my husband (Scott), Oprah, Andy Warhol, Sarah Jessica Parker and President Obama. And I’d serve Italian, because everyone loves Italian!
*Molly Sims, photographed at The Smile in New York City by Danielle Kosann. Molly wears a Carven sweatshirt, J.Crew pants, Coach sandals and Anita Ko jewelry.