Molly Eckols Archibald grew up in Bloomington and went to University of Illinois to earn her bachelor and law degrees before traveling to Europe where she lived for 8 years. Soaking up the Spanish culture forever changed her outlook on life. She currently calls the Village of barrington home, with son Robbie. As a business leader for Rodan+Fields, Archibald is passionate about the brand, which enables her to help empower women through entrepreneurship while maintaining flexibility to be present and devote time to raising her son. She is active with Barrington Junior Women’s Club, co-chairing the annual HOPE dinner last year; volunteers with Grove Avenue School PTO; and is an Advisory Board member with Selah Freedom. Archibald enjoys participating in the golf and tennis leagues at Biltmore Country Club and fishing on Honey Lake with her son.
Mantra? It’s never too late to be who you might have been. I started my business a few months later.
Best grooming tip? Get a simple, effective skin care routine and stick with it—every day.
Guilty pleasure? Food! A great, multiple-course tasting menu and pairing. The more courses the better.
Favorite foods? Authentic Spanish cuisine and sushi.
Music you love? Country mixed with some throwback 90s hip hop for fun. First song I learned all the words to at age 4 was by Johnny Cash.
Best advice ever given to you? Be your own boss and make your own money; it lets you choose how you live your life instead of settling.
Best advice you’ve given? Let painful and difficult times give you perspective on who you want to be and how you want to live, not make you jaded.
Earliest memory? Crying on my 5th birthday. I wanted to stay 4 forever.
When you wake up, you? Jot down an outline for my day, prioritize what I want to get done, then turn on the Keurig for two cups of coffee.
Before bed, you? Say prayers with my son and share what we’re each thankful for that day. And wash my face!
What’s on your bookshelf? GRIT by Angela Duckworth, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Bringing Up BOYS by James C. Hobson, Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser.
You can’t live without? Looking forward to my next meal. I often plan my day and my social outings around what we’re eating!
Love to escape to? North to Eagle River, Wisconsin, south to Marco Island, Florida. Both involve a boat and fishing.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Trust your gut. Don’t just listen, act on it.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Jeans, east comfy sweaters, maybe one of my favorite pairs of cowboy boots; or in the school drop off line, flannel pajama pants, Ugg boots, hat.
Can’t leave the house without? My phone! I also keep a pair of Wellington Boots in the car so I can go anywhere the day may lead; mud or no mud.
Transportation? Lexus GX460, earned through my work with Rodan+Fields.
Driving music? Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Maren Morris.
Place to eat? Pine Food Company for breakfast/lunch. Love Region’s creative, seasonal cuisine. Glass of wine by the fire at The Saddle Room.
Shop? Love G and G Boutique; the owner Jamie and the staff get to know your style and are very helpful.
Best thing about country? Cruising down back roads—plenty of trees, fields, and green. And the people! I am so very grateful for this supportive, friendly and fun community.
Worst thing about country? Trying to go north or south during rush hour.
The perfect day is? Biltmore Country Club in the summer. Quick nine holes of golf in the morning, lunch and a day outside at the beach club with my son. Wrap up the day fishing on Honey Lake.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Living in Europe for eight years drastically impacted my style—very eclectic and love to mix materials and layering, play with different textures when wearing all one color.
Can’t leave the house without? ParkChicago App on my phone.
Transportation? Train is convenient but 90 percent of the time I prefer to drive.
Driving music? 104.3 Jams Chicago; Sirius Z100.
Place to eat? En Hakkore on Damen Avenue for my favorite bibimbap in the city; the Paratha Tacos are to die for and worth the detour for carry out.
Shop? Lori’s Shoes on Armitage. Perusing Nordstrom Rack on State Street for great finds.
Best thing about town? The never-ending selection of fun restaurants to try.
Worst thing about town? Traffic.
The perfect day is? Wishbone for breakfast, a walk along the lakefront and perhaps through Lincoln Park Zoo, a great outdoor rooftop in the late afternoon, and dinner at Alinea.