Welcome to the SPPR Give Thanks Series part deux. This week we’re excited to introduce the talented sister duo behind Wylie West Creative and La Femme Epicure, Rebecca and Sarah Simms! These twin sisters not only seem to complement each other perfectly in life, but in their business ventures as well. We have so much respect for creatives who make a living doing what they love to do and are so very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Sarah and Rebecca on a recent event for our client QUIN (see the event recap here!).
Rebecca runs a full-service creative studio offering everything from art direction, event decor, styling, photography and more. With accolades from Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Chicks and The Kitchn, her work speaks for itself.
Sarah is a successful private chef here in Los Angeles. She has a strong belief in sourcing seasonal and locally grown foods, and makes ridiculously tasty dishes. She received her culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu and is also a certified sommelier. You’ll definitely want to check her out on Instagram too as Marie Claire and Harpers Bazaar recently dubbed her one of the ten “chicest food-obsessed instagrammers to follow”.
1. Name one item you use on a daily basis that you appreciate most. How does it contribute to your quality of life?
Rebecca: Shout Wipes. Hands down most appreciated thing in my arsenal. I keep them in my purse, desk, glove box, you name it…I use them to stay presentable and I hand them out to total strangers in need – Shout Wipes give me the chance to be a hero on a daily basis.
Sarah: My bed sheets. For real though. Just this past year I invested in some better-than average sheets and it was a serious game changer. When I considered just how precious my sleep time was each day, I wanted to invest in it! I now have a space that evokes peace, comfort and clarity and it’s the absolute best environment to be in when I am starting and ending each day.
2. What local restaurants are you most grateful for?
Rebecca: Bay Cities Italian Deli….Sandwich game is so strong.
Sarah: My family’s restaurant, The Kettle, in Manhattan Beach. It has been family run and operated for over 40 years (we like to call it “The Mothership”). We have several other newer and trendier restaurants but The Kettle is a thing of beauty. Located just a couple blocks from the ocean, it’s the true definition of a neighborhood restaurant. The sense of place and the authenticity imparted when you are there is almost overwhelming. I’m grateful to be a part of something so special in the local community.
3. Can you share a piece of advice that you are grateful to have received?
Rebecca: Above everything, make your word good.
Sarah: My Dad always insisted on humility, eye contact, and firm handshakes. In one word, he told us kids to be “Solid”. It meant consistently making a contribution and following through. Basically, just being a SOLID human being. It’s some of the simplest and absolute best advice I have ever received.
4. What is one thing you can’t live without on your Thanksgiving table?
Rebecca: Monkey Bread!!!! If you don’t know what I’m talking about…get a pen out:
- Rhodes frozen bread loaf 5-pack > you will need about 1 1/2-2 for a batch
- Thaw 2 loaves in fridge over night > in the morning, pull out and grab a bundt cake pan
- Melt 3 sticks of butter + Cut dough in 1” cubes + dip the cubes in the butter (trust me)
- Then start stacking them in the bundt cake pan- until it is ¾ full
- Cover pan with dish towel + set in dark quite area (like a closet) + let rise 5-6 hrs
- Once risen gently put in pre-heated oven + bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes
Sarah: CHAMPAGNE & Homemade Cranberry Sauce
5. Who would you like to give thanks to this year?
Rebecca: I would like to thank my treasure (and twin sister) Sarah for believing in me the most…and for incessantly reminding me to stay hungry and run wildly in the direction of my dreams.
Sarah: My kind husband who puts up with all my crazy ideas and my twin sister, who fuels them.
Follow along with Sarah and Rebecca’s adventures!
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