Welcome ! I'm Isaiah Johnson and this is my personal style/lifestyle blog. My aim is to show you that having a creative and collected style is possible without breaking the bank. Enjoy.
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A Collected Giveaway:
East Dane $100 Giftcard 
I’m teaming up with East Dane to give one lucky reader a $100 giftcard to use towards their purchase on the site. East Dane has over 125 brands to choose from including Public School, Mark McNairy, and Gant Rugged just to name a few. East Dane carries a wide range of Mens Jeans including brands like Levis, A.P.C., J.Brand, and  3x1. For all the men who love Sneakers, East Dane offers  brands like Puma, Raf Simons, and Converse.  And If you’re ready to stack up on Men’s Blazers for the summer, East Dane offers Shipley & Halmos, Jack Spade and Band of Outsiders to name a few.  The winner of the $100 giftcard will need to check out their 50% off mens sale and use that to your advantage. 
Use the widget below to enter.  The more points you gain the higher your chances of winning.  The winner will be announced next Saturday 4/26/14. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Collected Giveaway:


East Dane $100 Giftcard 

I’m teaming up with East Dane to give one lucky reader a $100 giftcard to use towards their purchase on the site. East Dane has over 125 brands to choose from including Public School, Mark McNairy, and Gant Rugged just to name a few. East Dane carries a wide range of Mens Jeans including brands like Levis, A.P.C., J.Brand, and  3x1. For all the men who love Sneakers, East Dane offers  brands like Puma, Raf Simons, and Converse.  And If you’re ready to stack up on Men’s Blazers for the summer, East Dane offers Shipley & Halmos, Jack Spade and Band of Outsiders to name a few.  The winner of the $100 giftcard will need to check out their 50% off mens sale and use that to your advantage. 

Use the widget below to enter.  The more points you gain the higher your chances of winning.  The winner will be announced next Saturday 4/26/14. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Collected Interview:
Jason Schneidman of The Men’s Groomer 

I’m excited to be bringing back the A Collected Interview and Feature series I’m honored to have Jason Schneidman of The Men’s Groomer kicking it off. Jason is hair stylist and groomer from Southern California who’s made a name for himself though hard work and dedication. His clientele are some of the most influential actors, athletes, artists of this generation. It meant a lot to interview him and I really learned a lot from his story. .
ACG: What inspired you to become a hair stylist?
JS: I just had an eye for creating shapes and art. While I was in high school I would style and groom my friend’s hair. I was inspired by my parents to really pursue it after I graduated, they knew I truly loved to do it and their green light was all I needed.
ACG: What do you enjoy the most about doing your work?
JS: I love the way I make people feel about themselves. I receive positive feedback from clients telling me how the hairstyle I gave them helped them get the job or girl. The fact that I make people feel confident and goof about themselves through my work is what I enjoy the most. 
ACG:  What are some trending hairstyles for 2014?
JS: More and more men are having their hair longer on top and shave/tapered on the sides. Since we have more hair these days, it’s more important to use great hair products to keep it strong and looking good. That’s why I’m connected to Dove Men+Care, because what they offer really takes great care of your hair.  So I would say keep your hair length between Harry Styles and Jared Leto.
ACG: What advice would you give someone looking to be apart of the industry?
JS: What I did to gain experience was put myself in a high volume situations. Whether it was a Great Clips or Supercuts, I worked day and night on my craft. Even though I was just starting out I took as many clients as I could , because the more I cut the more I learned about myself.  I suggest doing what you love and just putting the 10,000 hours in. Work on growing and becoming better. 
ACG: What are your top hair and grooming products for men?
JS: Dove’s Aqua Impact Hair Shampoo is amazing. What I love about Dove’s products is they’re easy to use and made for men. Aqua Impact is all about moisture and making your hair stronger. I would also recommend the Expert Shave Range by Dove, which is a great way to help men get better at shaving and taking care of their skin. 
ACG: You have had the privilege of working with a lot of celebrities, who was your favorite to work with?
JS: Hugh Jackson is a pretty nice guy, along with Bruno mars who couldn’t be any cooler. He’s my homie, we hang out, joke around and have fun. Both of those guys are inspirations to me and I inspire to be just as great and humble as them
ACG: Who were some of your idols growing up and how did they shape you into the person you are today?
JS: James Dean and Steve McQueen inspired me growing up.  As a kid I loved their style, They made me realize that taking care of your appearance was essential to looking and feeling good. As I got older I started looking up to Johnny deep and Brad Pitt because of the way they carried themselves.
ACG: What keeps you motivated?
JS: My family.  I have two beautiful children and a wife. My family motivates me and I love knowing that I can provide from them.
ACG: Tell us about your personal style?
JS: A great pair of vintage boots and vintage Levis jeans is all I need.  My style is all about staying young and current.  I really love the shorts by Band of Outsiders. Also I’m a hat guy, if you don’t see my hair in a bun I’m wearing a hat.  I’m a big fan of Gunner Foxx, he’s the guy who makes the hats Pharrell’s been wearing lately.
ACG: How’s 2014 shaping up for you?  
JS: You know, I’m so grateful that my business is constantly growing.  I just had Robert Patterson come to my house to get his hair a few weeks ago.  I will be working Jonah Hill as he does press for 22 Jump Street as well as Hugh Jackson for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  I love what I’m doing and I’m excited to see what this year has in store for me.
ACG: Have you ever had a bad hair experience with a client?
JS: I wouldn’t say I’ve had a bad hair experience, but I did grow from hitting rock bottom with drugs and alcohol. I was bankrupt mentally and spiritually from it, but I turned my life and I’ve been clean for 10 years now. I put those negative things aside, focused on what I love,  and now I feel incredible.
ACG: What words of wisdom would you have for someone reading this who’s looking to find his or her purpose?
JS: I would say, life is short and that we need to take care of ourselves. Realize you have so much to offer to this world. What ever you love to do make you show up for it and work hard at it. Also love yourself and others.
Connect With Jason: Website || Facebook || Twitter  || Instagram 

A Collected Interview:

Jason Schneidman of The Men’s Groomer 

I’m excited to be bringing back the A Collected Interview and Feature series I’m honored to have Jason Schneidman of The Men’s Groomer kicking it off. Jason is hair stylist and groomer from Southern California who’s made a name for himself though hard work and dedication. His clientele are some of the most influential actors, athletes, artists of this generation. It meant a lot to interview him and I really learned a lot from his story. .

ACG: What inspired you to become a hair stylist?

JS: I just had an eye for creating shapes and art. While I was in high school I would style and groom my friend’s hair. I was inspired by my parents to really pursue it after I graduated, they knew I truly loved to do it and their green light was all I needed.

ACG: What do you enjoy the most about doing your work?

JS: I love the way I make people feel about themselves. I receive positive feedback from clients telling me how the hairstyle I gave them helped them get the job or girl. The fact that I make people feel confident and goof about themselves through my work is what I enjoy the most. 

ACG:  What are some trending hairstyles for 2014?

JS: More and more men are having their hair longer on top and shave/tapered on the sides. Since we have more hair these days, it’s more important to use great hair products to keep it strong and looking good. That’s why I’m connected to Dove Men+Care, because what they offer really takes great care of your hair.  So I would say keep your hair length between Harry Styles and Jared Leto.

ACG: What advice would you give someone looking to be apart of the industry?

JS: What I did to gain experience was put myself in a high volume situations. Whether it was a Great Clips or Supercuts, I worked day and night on my craft. Even though I was just starting out I took as many clients as I could , because the more I cut the more I learned about myself.  I suggest doing what you love and just putting the 10,000 hours in. Work on growing and becoming better. 

ACG: What are your top hair and grooming products for men?

JS: Dove’s Aqua Impact Hair Shampoo is amazing. What I love about Dove’s products is they’re easy to use and made for men. Aqua Impact is all about moisture and making your hair stronger. I would also recommend the Expert Shave Range by Dove, which is a great way to help men get better at shaving and taking care of their skin. 

ACG: You have had the privilege of working with a lot of celebrities, who was your favorite to work with?

JS: Hugh Jackson is a pretty nice guy, along with Bruno mars who couldn’t be any cooler. He’s my homie, we hang out, joke around and have fun. Both of those guys are inspirations to me and I inspire to be just as great and humble as them

ACG: Who were some of your idols growing up and how did they shape you into the person you are today?

JS: James Dean and Steve McQueen inspired me growing up.  As a kid I loved their style, They made me realize that taking care of your appearance was essential to looking and feeling good. As I got older I started looking up to Johnny deep and Brad Pitt because of the way they carried themselves.

ACG: What keeps you motivated?

JS: My family.  I have two beautiful children and a wife. My family motivates me and I love knowing that I can provide from them.

ACG: Tell us about your personal style?

JS: A great pair of vintage boots and vintage Levis jeans is all I need.  My style is all about staying young and current.  I really love the shorts by Band of Outsiders. Also I’m a hat guy, if you don’t see my hair in a bun I’m wearing a hat.  I’m a big fan of Gunner Foxx, he’s the guy who makes the hats Pharrell’s been wearing lately.

ACG: How’s 2014 shaping up for you?  

JS: You know, I’m so grateful that my business is constantly growing.  I just had Robert Patterson come to my house to get his hair a few weeks ago.  I will be working Jonah Hill as he does press for 22 Jump Street as well as Hugh Jackson for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  I love what I’m doing and I’m excited to see what this year has in store for me.

ACG: Have you ever had a bad hair experience with a client?

JS: I wouldn’t say I’ve had a bad hair experience, but I did grow from hitting rock bottom with drugs and alcohol. I was bankrupt mentally and spiritually from it, but I turned my life and I’ve been clean for 10 years now. I put those negative things aside, focused on what I love,  and now I feel incredible.

ACG: What words of wisdom would you have for someone reading this who’s looking to find his or her purpose?

JS: I would say, life is short and that we need to take care of ourselves. Realize you have so much to offer to this world. What ever you love to do make you show up for it and work hard at it. Also love yourself and others.

Connect With Jason: Website || Facebook || Twitter  || Instagram 

Edgar Boot by @catfootwear

Edgar Boot by @catfootwear

A Collected Style:


Eternal Sunshine

It’s always great to add a pop of color to your outfit. Wearing yellow always seems to brighten up my day. This is a super casual, laid-back look, with a touch of color for the springtime. What do you think of today’s style post? What’s your favorite color to wear?

Outfit Details: Killshot 2 Sneakers by Nike for J.Crew $70 ||  Sun-Faded Chinos in 484 Fit by J.Crew $40 || Button Down by Tommy Hilfiger , Good Will $5 ||  Bracelet, Courtesy of Lucid Rebellion ||  Herringbone Crew Pullover by Gap $40

Connect With Me On: Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Pinterest || Photography
Be Wise. Be Free. Be Great. Be Forgiving. Be Ambitious. Be YOU.

Good Morning || Beautiful People 
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Good Morning || Beautiful People 

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talent without hard work means nothing. 

| Good Friday |

| Good Friday |

never stop improving upon your craft

A Collected Review:


Dove Men+Care Expert Shave Range and Hair Care

Dove Men+Care has just released it’s new shave line titled Expert Shave Range, which consists of a three-step system that will have your skin looking and feeling smooth and healthy. The Expert Shave Range collection is broken down into three-steps; Pre-Shave, Shave, and Post-Shave. I really love the design and aesthetic of each product. Also, Dove introduced a new shampoo called Aqua Impact Shampoo, which smells really great. I had the honor of trying out these products and I must say I am amazed with the results. I try to take good care of my skin as much as possible.  When it comes to shaving I’m always hesitant because of past experiences I have had with razor bumps. I could never find a shaving kit that catered specifically to my skin, which is very sensitive, but Dove Men+Care delivered well. I really enjoyed using the Expert Shave Range collection from Dove Men+Care, after a week of using everything my skin feels great and is ready for the upcoming summer season. 

The Expert Shave Range Steps:

Step 1 Pre-Shave: Products help set men’s skin an beard to be optimally prepared fro shave ahead.

  1.   Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub
  2.   Softening Pre-Shave Oil

Step 2 Shave: Formulated to help give men’s skin the protection it needs during shaving with lubrication  for a better blade glide

  1. Smoothing Shaving Cream
  2. Total Comfort Shave Cream 

Step 3 Post-Repair: Products that help soothe and rehydrate skin to help repair after shaving 

  1. Intense Post-Shave Repair Balm
Good Morning 
Beautiful People 
http://www.isaiahjohnsonphotography.com

Good Morning 

Beautiful People 

http://www.isaiahjohnsonphotography.com

First of all I really enjoy your blog! I recently started up a blog and I'm currently looking to get some exposure and get my name and blog out there any advice!?

Happy to know you enjoy my blog ! My advice to you would be to stay humble and to develop a voice. The exposure will come , just focus on inspiring people and putting out great work that you believe in. Appreciate your journey and how you’re starting off. When I first created this blog I didn’t have a computer or camera. I used the webcam from my classroom to take pictures of my outfits for my style posts. Those moments define who you are as a person, so cherish them.  I think your blog is great so far. Stay true to yourself and blog because you love to do it. Don’t necessary look for exposure, look for a purpose and goal. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Use social media to let people know who you are. You’ve already made the first step by creating your blog. You have my support, so feel free to message me anytime. 

Bro if I wanna upgrade my wardrobe and dress casual / upscale what's some affordable pieces that I should own?

If you’re on a budget I suggest you check out some thrift and consignment stores in your area first . Even though it can be a hit or miss, It can help you with your personal style without breaking the bank. I found some great essentials like a navy blue blazer, wingtips etc through thrifting. But stores like J.Crew, H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Uniqlo are all great places to start for a budget. This will be good for you until you can afford the higher end brands. But to each his own. Just do your research and visit  different stores and try on things to see how they fit and make you feel. It’s all about self-discovery and what you like. Let me know how it goes. hit me up anytime

My top ten essentials: A lot of these pieces I found at the thrift store when I first started my blog 

  • Navy Blue or Gray Blazer
  • White or Light Blue Button Down.
  • A pair of levi jeans to start you off ,
  • Brown Wingtips or Bucks,  
  • Sneakers(New Balance or Nike)
  • Navy Blue Knit Tie 
  • Chinos 
  • Belt
  • Watch
  • Jacket  

A Collected Style:


Who’s Hue

I’m never afraid to mix colors even when the weather isn’t on my side.  Don’t let the elements rain on your parade. Even though this isn’t a super bold look, it has enough color to stay true to my personal style. I always think it’s uplifting to add color to your outfit on those dreary days. What are your favorite colors? What do you think of today’s style post 

I had the privilege to style a few pieces from PeterFieldCustom out of Chicago. The tie I’m wearing is called “The Watlington” and it’s pretty dope and well constructed. I loved the design and colors and thought it would go great with this outfit. Also the ties they design are super customizable , so they will fit your preference.  Stay tuned they’re working on some new products for the spring. 

Connect With PeterFieldCustom: Shop || Twitter || Facebook

Outfit Details: The Watlington Tie , Courtesy of PeterFieldCustom ||  Alpha Khakis by Dockers $40 || Chambray Button Down,Salvation Army $3 || Oxford Hills Field Coat  , Courtesy of L.L.Bean Signature || Wingtips by Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom Rack $60

Connect With Me On: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Photography
Be Wise. Be Free. Be Great. Be Forgiving. Be Ambitious. Be YOU.

Good Morning
Beautiful People
http://www.isaiahjohnsonphotography.com

Good Morning

Beautiful People

http://www.isaiahjohnsonphotography.com

meestahhhh asked:
Hey man, I'm a novice photographer and id like to know what settings do you use to capture every color and background so perfectly without any distortion to the focal point of the image. Also your style is amazing. I'm also currently building my wardrobe into the fashion forward lifestyle. Thanks for keeping up with this blog for so long and inspiring others like myself with your fashion sense.

Thanks man, honored to have you as a reader.  The process towards building your wardrobe is a great one, you honestly learn a lot about who you are as person. I’m still learning so much about my camera, I’ve only had it for almost a year and a half now.  But I’ve learned so many tips and tricks through some influential photographers. Here’s a link to the camera settings I learned from . Nikon D600/610 Settings Hope this helps you 

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