Aimee Angelos of Barrington Hills met her husband while working in downtown Chicago. She put her career on hold to start and raise a family, eventually leaving the city to settle down in her husband’s hometown of Barrington. Today, she volunteers in her children’s classrooms (they are ages 2, 4, and 6), doing everything from reading to organizing fundraising events.
“I want to show my children that I’m involved in the community that we live in,” she says. “Barrington Children’s Charities also holds a special place in my heart. we have attended a few of its events so far, including The Carousel of Possible Dreams and Holly Ball.”
This trend-setting mom considers herself a “household CEO with a masters and PhD in patience.” She’s also a Melaleuca wellness company director, where she teaches people how to have a healthy chemical-free lifestyle. Here are some of her favorites in country and around town.
Mantra? Pray more. Fear less. Live better.
Best grooming tip? KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, keep eyebrows clean. Visit Tiffany, the eyebrow queen and waxer at Sanctuary Salon Spa in the Ice House Mall.
Guilty pleasure? Watching terrible reality TV like Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules with an ice cream sandwich
Favorite foods? My mother’s Spanish authentic food from Puerto Rico, and of course, Sushi
Music you love? Jazz, 70s classic rock, Salsa, Christian radio
Best advice ever given to you? Hug your children often because there will be a point it won’t be so easy.
Best advice you’ve given? Do not blindly take everybody else’s advice.
Earliest memory? Watching my grandfather play the classical guitar over the holidays
When you wake up, you? Dash to start breakfast, pack lunches, and get the kids to school.
Before bed, you? I can’t go to sleep without checking on my kids one last time and tucking them in
What’s on your bookshelf? Any book my daughter has to read from school but we are into all the Dr. Seuss books; they always make us laugh.
You can’t live without? That one phone call my husband gives everyday from work to check in on us and my cup of joe in the morning Love to escape to? 80-degree weather with nothing to do and a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Advice you would give to your younger self? Do not put things off that you want to do because when you are older, other things take priority.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Jeans and a t-shirt with durable boots; the mud is crazy out here.
Can’t leave the house without? A can of Starbucks refresher, NARS soft Matte Complete Concealer, Laura Macia tinted moisturizer, mascara, and my phone
Transportation? Mommy truck with a TV in the back, playing cartoons
Driving music? Pop
Place to eat? Shakou; I can’t leave without eating the Ocean Drive roll and my husband loves the Ame sashimi.
Shop? The Arboretum of South Barrington and Heinen’s Grocery store in town
Best thing about country? The people’s country charm and the open space
Worst thing about country? Well water
The perfect day is? Wake up past 7:30 a.m. to a sunny day, preferably with no snow, the children playing nicely, and ordering take out for dinner with a glass of wine
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Definitely a heel; I’ve been really into a good jumpsuit or trouser pant.
Can’t leave the house without? My ID, I get carded everywhere.
Transportation? Uber Black
Driving music? Caliente on Sirius radio or Despacito on repeat
Place to eat? Smoque BBQ for lunch and dinner at Mastro’s; love the seafood tower and the butter cake for dessert
Shop? Nordstrom or Akira
Best thing about town? Restaurants, nightlife, and the beautiful museums, but most importantly my friends and family
Worst thing about town? Parking
The perfect day is? Hanging out with friends and going to a street festival or Chicago Air & Water Whow with the kids; ending at an outdoor patio dinner at Carmine’s