Glimpsed at Work: Melissa Mauro

Ask Melissa Mauro, 32, to describe her style. "If it's black, I'll wear it," says the Reisterstown resident. That includes what she wears to work as a visitor services associate at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCUL000035" title="American Visionary Art Museum" href="/topic/arts-culture/american-visionary-art-museum-ORCUL000035.topic">American Visionary Art Museum</a> -- a black cotton jersey Bell de Jour dress with a banded hem from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000017399" title="Macy's, Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/consumer-goods-industries/clothing-textiles-industry/macys-inc.-ORCRP000017399.topic">Macy's</a> clearance rack. Almost all her accessories were also black: a black and white cameo pendant from In The Details in Hampden; black beaded chandelier earrings she's had for years; black snakeskin peep toe pumps from Payless; a black crystal and wife wire cuff bracelet from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP008740" title="Kohl's Illinois, Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/consumer-goods-industries/kohls-illinois-inc.-ORCRP008740.topic">Kohl's</a>; a black evil eye bead bracelet from Aruba; and a David Yurman knockoff bracelet that her mom bought from a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100804000000" title="New York City" href="/topic/us/new-york/new-york-city-PLGEO100100804000000.topic">New York City</a> street vendor. Her black and white striped leggings from Kohl's are key to giving her look a little zing. "I try to [add something] with color. White is the presence of all color." And her <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003925" title="Andy Warhol" href="/topic/entertainment/andy-warhol-PECLB003925.topic">Andy Warhol</a> canvas tote? A gift from her sister, who got it at Marshalls. "The only reason I know it was from Marshalls was that it still had the tag on it -- with the price."

( COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN / June 29, 2011 )

Ask Melissa Mauro, 32, to describe her style. "If it's black, I'll wear it," says the Reisterstown resident. That includes what she wears to work as a visitor services associate at the American Visionary Art Museum -- a black cotton jersey Bell de Jour dress with a banded hem from the Macy's clearance rack. Almost all her accessories were also black: a black and white cameo pendant from In The Details in Hampden; black beaded chandelier earrings she's had for years; black snakeskin peep toe pumps from Payless; a black crystal and wife wire cuff bracelet from Kohl's; a black evil eye bead bracelet from Aruba; and a David Yurman knockoff bracelet that her mom bought from a New York City street vendor. Her black and white striped leggings from Kohl's are key to giving her look a little zing. "I try to [add something] with color. White is the presence of all color." And her Andy Warhol canvas tote? A gift from her sister, who got it at Marshalls. "The only reason I know it was from Marshalls was that it still had the tag on it -- with the price."

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