Jamie Irvin is a bubbly and driven woman with a passion for fashion. As a youngster, she would stage her bedroom as a boutique for her family to shop. Her real fashion career started after college in Chicago. After meeting her husband, they moved to California where she transitioned into pharmaceutical sales and management. Eventually, her career brought her back to the Chicago area where she and her husband started a family. Years later she translated her experience and passion into becoming the owner of G&G Women’s Boutique in Barrington. Irvin loves spending any free time she has with her husband, 18-year-old twins, and her furry babies.
Mantra? I fill my life with only good vibes and positivity Best grooming tip? Preparation H Cream—for under-eye bags Guilty pleasure? Wine Favorite foods? Pizza and salad. I love the combination and any kind, as long as I don’t have to make it Music you love? Music is a passion of mine. It’s hard to narrow it down to one genre. Recently, I have been listening to a lot of old school—Prince, Blind Melon, and Depeche Mode Best advice ever given to you? Avoid having too many credit cards. “If you don’t have the cash to pay for it, don’t buy it,” says my dad, James Reynolds, who is a retired banker Best advice you’ve given? Look at every challenge as an opportunity Earliest memory? Living in Charleston when I was 3 years old playing with my imaginary twin friends. And today, I have twins! When you wake up, you? Hit snooze on my alarm Before bed, you? Say my prayers What’s on your bookshelf? A lot of photo albums You can’t live without? My family, dogs, and ChapStick Love to escape to? My back patio Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t overthink anything
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Comfortable and classic. Basically, anything from G&G Women’s Boutique Can’t leave the house without? Phone, coffee, water, and ChapStick Transportation? Since I have a long commute, my Land Rover Sport Driving music? A good podcast, like Boutique Hub or Dateline Place to eat? Ciao Baby! Shop? If not G&G Women’s Boutique, I love Angelina’s Best thing about the country? The people Worst thing about the country? For me, the commute The perfect day is? Spending it with the people I am surrounded by every day. The women I work with, my customers, and then coming home to my family, to do nothing
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? A monochromatic look Can’t leave the house without? A good mindset Transportation? The Metra Driving music? ‘70s Greatest Hits Radio Place to eat? Kai Zan Shop? The Merchandise Mart—that is the only place I seem to shop these days Best thing about town? The ideas I collect and the people I encounter Worst thing about town? Traffic and parking The perfect day is? Shopping for the next season at the Merchandise Mart, then spending the evening with my friends in the West Loop