Gray hair before & after with custom color palette. Joy Overstreet, Portland’s personal color analyst, custom color palettes,

Can gray hair make you look younger?

Gray hair is a natural aspect of being 50+. We should celebrate because we’re at least twice as wise and twice as interesting as we were at 25. Is this not something to be proud of? Did you also know that 20% of American women of caucasian background were blonde as children? And yet by the age […]

Looking good in black. Joy Overstreet, Portland’s personal color consultant, custom color palettes,

Understanding BLACK in your wardrobe

Should you wear black? The color black is beloved by Parisian and New York women. That doesn’t mean it’s a great color for them, and it doesn’t mean it’s a great color for you, either. In fact, of all the personal color palettes I’ve done for clients, only about 15% include any black. Interestingly, even […]

Clothing waste is a global polluter. Fast fashion. Joy Overstreet, Personal Color Analyst,, Portland OR.

Are you a Clothing Polluter?

How “fast fashion” hurts everyone. Did you know: On average an American buys 64 garments a year? He/she throws away and/or donates 82 pounds of clothing a year? 85% of what we toss ends up in landfill because thrift shops can’t keep up? Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year? 98% of the clothes we buy […]

A Sandy Spring, personal color analysis, Joy Overstreet, color consultant, Portland OR

Before-After Photoshoot at Nordstrom: Megan

Megan: A Sandy Spring Megan is the seventh client we (personal stylist Margo Passadore and I) took to Nordstrom in downtown Portland for a “Before and After” photo shoot. Megan is a sporty gal who bikes across town to work at the Nature Conservancy, which suits her environmentally-conscious lifestyle. She is a Sandy Spring, which means she looks best […]

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Can’t find the color you want? RIT to the rescue!

My colleague Margo Passadore recently went shopping for a jacket in one of her more dramatic dark neutral colors, forest green. She found a jacket that had a flattering fit and feel, but it was only available in light gray. Gray is too dull a color for someone with Margo’s bright Spring coloring, and wouldn’t coordinate well with […]

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Before-After Photo Shoot at Nordstrom: Pat

Pat, a Rose-Tone Summer Pat is the seventh client we (personal stylist Margo Passadore and I) took for a photo shoot at Nordstrom in April. Every client (like every person who has ever gone clothes shopping!) has some sort of “issue” that makes finding the right style, fit or color so challenging. Pat’s issue was a significant change in her shape after […]

Karla annotated analysis

Before-After Photo Shoot at Nordstrom: Karla

Karla: a “Dusk Summer” Karla is the sixth client we (personal stylist Margo Passadore and I) took to Nordstrom in downtown Portland for a “Before and After” photo shoot. She is a marketing manager at a large hospital system in Portland, and also a gardener, runner and cook. She’ll do her 10th Hood-to-Coast race this year. As a professional woman […]