Today we’re getting up close and personal with two of the most amazing girls inside and out that I know here in Chicago! Meet Heather Mowatt and Mary Graves! I originally met them both through work, but we quickly all became much closer friends and realized we shared a passion for photography and have been able to bond over hilarious outtakes and style snapping sessions.
This blog wouldn’t be the same without them and I know I’m very thankful to have them both in my life. We’ve had such a blast learning more about photography together, but I wanted everyone to know more about them! Mary and Heather dished on where they’re from, their favorite spots in Chicago and their personal go-to’s for photography and style.
M A R Y
Originally from // Tuscon, AZ
Favorite hometown shop // W Boutique. Tucson doesn’t even have Nordstrom, little boutiques are the place to shop!
Best hometown restaurant // Vivace, hands down best Italian. Family favorite and tradition for every visit home.
Most recent getaway & where you stayed // San Diego to ring in 2014. Stayed with my bestie from home and her fiancé at their cute apartment in Cardiff, CA.
Favorite Photography Tip // Don’t hesitate! Hesitating can mean the difference between catching or missing the perfect emotion, lighting or background. On that same note: After learning the hard way, I always keep my camera on Continuous Shooting.
O N C H I C A G O
Moved to Chicago // A little over 9 years ago! (Holy Smokes!)
Lives In // Wicker Park
Describe Chicago in 3 words // Exciting, deep rooted, thriving
Favorite restaurant // Hot Chocolate, my local brunch and weeknight dinner spot. Sometimes pop in for their hot chocolate to go.
Favorite bar // The Charleston. Three words: Cozy, Whiskey, Photo Booth
Your best kept secret about the city // Zebra Piano Bar
O N S T Y L E
Define your style in a few words // Classically feminine with a punch of boho or sport at times.
Personal best color combination // Black or Grey with Black skinny jeans.
Item you can’t live without // My Prada Saffiano tote. Black, durable and versatile, I take it everywhere
Best beauty product // YSL‘s blue mascara. Makes your eyes pop!
If you could have lunch with a designer who would it be? // The Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura. One of my besties from home works for them in LA. I have been following them for years & love everything they create. It’s inspiring to see two young, passionate women move up so quickly in the fashion world.
H E A T H E R
Originally From // Zionsville, IN
Favorite hometown shop // Pitaya! All the girls shopped there in high school.
Favorite hometown restaurant // This restaurant called Big Dave’s had the most amazing cinnamon rolls and cinnamon/sugar bagels that we used to eat all the time before school. Also, if you’re ever visiting Indianapolis you have to go to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse– a classic.
Most recent getaway & where you stayed // Colorado- we travelled all over the state but my favorite spot by far was Vail, CO. We stayed at The Sebastian, which was amazing. I would highly recommend Vail in the winter and the summer, it’s beautiful.
Favorite Photography Tip // Aperture, aperture, aperture! I personally think aperture can change the way a picture looks more than anything. The aperture changes the depth of field in the photo. Typically for portrait photography using a low f stop gives the photo a really cool appearance and makes it look professional. I usually shoot f/1.8 – f/3.0 when I take Christine’s pictures.
O N C H I C A G O
Moved to Chicago // 4.5 years ago
Lives In // Lakeview
Describe Chicago in 3 words // Fabulous, festive, fun
Favorite restaurant // There are so many good restaurants in Chicago that it’s hard to pick! I love Quartino, GT Fish and Oyster, and Girl and the Goat. But, there’s this Thai restaurant on Halsted called Noodles in the Pot and it might be my favorite- their food is so ridiculously good that I could eat it everyday. It’s a hidden gem.
Your best kept secret about the city // A few good spots for photos are the North Avenue Bridge, Lower Wacker on the Chicago River, Diversey Harbor, and the top of any parking garage with a skyline view (such a clear view of the city). They make for great landscape/ architecture photos and great backdrops for portraits.
O N S T Y L E
Define your style in a few words // Feminine, simple, comfortable, fun, classic
Your style icon // Olivia Palermo– she can pull anything off! I’m super jealous of how good she always looks. She could walk outside in a brown paper bag and look put together.
Item you can’t live without // The Urban Outfitters Aztec Sweater I’m wearing in this post- you can wear it to make any outfit look stylish, and I always get a ton of compliments when I have it on
Best beauty product // Urban Decay Naked Palette – I’ve heard two and three are also amazing but the original is my personal fave
If you could have lunch with a designer who would it be // Tory Burch. Not only does she have so many beautiful pieces, but she has risen to success so quickly and carries herself with class. But most importantly, I want to lunch with her because she is technically my sister- we were both members of the (best) sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, in college.