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We caught up with Molly Sims at the jcpenney + Joe Fresh Kids event and chatted about everything from her new maternity line to favorite back-to-school memories. See what The Carrie Diaries star is up to below!

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OK!: Fall is right around the corner and jcpenney’s is asking patrons to round up at the register to benefit Adopt-A-Classroom. How great is that?

Molly Sims: I’m a big fan of jcpenney’s. I’m even more of a fan about their initiative of Adopt-A-Classroom. I grew up in public schools and come September well year round [schools] need supplies, supplies, supplies and I wanted to come out and support it. Having a son made it that much more real. He’s not going to school, but in one year he will be and I want him to have as much as another child will. [Adopt-A-Classroom] has given millions. They do a really, really good thing.

OK!: Now that summer is coming to a close, do you have any fun back-to-school memories?

MS: Going shopping with my mom! I love when you go back and get the new backpack and #2 pencils, it’s so fun. I was [also] a big plaid girl.

OK!: Speaking of fashion, the new jcpenney + Joe Fresh Kids collaboration just hit stores. Did you spot some must-have items for fall?

MS: The collection today is really, really cute and it’s got a really good mix. The one great thing is just because you’re not spending a lot of money, you’re not losing style!

OK!: Your son Brooks is still young, but has he developed his own style yet?

MS: He’s got a little style! He loves the French blue and white sailor [and] little plaid. I bought him a scarf the other day, but my husband me take it off! I actually bought him a little orangey pink shirt with little gold kisses on it. I thought it was cute. He wears some color [and] pairs it with some orange cargo pants. It’s very cute!

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OK!: Congrats on your new maternity line coming out! Can you tell us a little bit about the collection?

MS: It’s called Molly by Stork and Babe and it’s with a company called Thyme Maternity. I partnered with them because when I was pregnant and I had a really difficult time finding things that I loved and made me feel pretty. I would end up buying the same designers that I wore just seven sizes bigger. There’s definitely a gap in market and [it's hard] not having control over your body, but you [can] have control over what you wear. Anything that can make you feel great whether it be hair color, blowout, manicure, pedicure or a great skirt, trust me, it is so worth it when you are 72 pounds heavier than your normal weight.

OK!: Which piece do you think will be the top-seller? We want to snatch them up before they sell out!

MS: I’ve got some great dresses that have braided detail and they’re really comfortable. You can kind of live in them!

OK!: Any styling advice for new expecting moms?

MS: It’s interesting, you think the bigger the clothes [the better]. It’s not, the tighter they should be—they actually make you look thinner!

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OK!: You’re always traveling, so what are some great tips for moms on the go?

MS: When you travel instead of doing a swaddle or blanket to change your child, do a pad from a dog! You can take it and throw it away and it’s so hygienic. Constantly keep wipes on you and hand sanitizer is always a must.

OK!: What items in your diaper bag you can’t live without?

MS: I’m not going to lie, I love my butt cream [laughs]. I love my diapers, Born Free glass bottles, pacifiers, toys, bibs and spoons. I think Ziplocs have become my best friends because I have a bag of toys, the bag of diapers. I can see everything, so those are really great.

OK!: We have to know. What brand is your diaper bag?

MS: I love my bag! It’s a Louis Vuitton that my husband gave me because I had [Brooks] right before my birthday.

OK!: Where can fans see you next? Any big projects coming up?

MS: I’m doing a recurring role on The Carrie Diaries and that’s fun! I also have a book coming out [in April] with HarperCollins called “The Everyday Supermodel” [and] my lifestyle blog on MollySims.com.

Have you checked out jcpenney + Joe Fresh’s new collaboration yet? Tweet us @OKMagazine and let us know in the comments below.

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