Top drawer

Designer finds on a thrift-shop budget

Maria Blakeman

• Who she is: Maria Blakeman

• What she’s wearing: Turquoise and black skirt from Street Fair; black leather Sak tote she received as a Christmas gift; onyx and silver pendant, also a gift; blue scarf in her hair she tells us is “a Vera [Neumann]. They’re from the 1950s and they’re collectible.” Maria hunts for them at thrift shops.

• Why we love it: Maria pairs wintery black with a summery skirt and flip-flops for a great seasonal crossover outfit. And, while matching outfits can sometimes seem rather Garanimals, Maria’s not-too-strict pairing of bright blue shades and black accessories lends a pulled-together feel to her getup.

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On Saturday, March 18, Women Working for the Cure sponsors the 2nd annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Grove Park Inn. The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Fashions from SteinMart are modeled by cancer survivors. Tickets are $20. Call Marlene at 259-5967 or Tanja at 252-3541 for info.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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