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Welcome ! I'm Isaiah Johnson 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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Floral

Spring Essentials  


Accessorize Your Outfit

It’s time to start racking up on ties,pocket-squares and even shoelaces. Floral and Polka Dot print is two of my favorite prints when it comes to ties, pocket squares, and  even shirts. To me those two prints are perfect for the spring . J.Crew is offering some nice spring ready ties,and pocket squares and If you’re in college you get a discount which is a plus.

As far as laces go, I think it’s cool to add different color laces to your oxfords, wingtips or even boots. It takes me back to my younger days when I would switch up my laces on my Nikes or shell toe Adidas. I think when it’s done right it takes your outfit to another level.  But it’s ultimately up to you and your personal style. Right now you can get 7 pairs of laces for only $15.

J.Crew -Ties,Pocket Squares

Johnston & Murphy  -Laces

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Wool Navy Blue Blazer by Andhurst(Consignment Store $10.00)

Light Blue Chambray Shirt(Salvation Army $1.00)

Light Tan Alpha Khakis by Dockers(TJ Maxx $16.99)

Floral Tie(Salvation Army $1.00)

Bordeaux/Grey Suede Saddle Shoes by 14th & Union(Nordstrom Rack $70.00)

Brown Leather Tote Bag by Fossil (Fossil Outlet $40.00)

Grey Scarf by Clavin Klein(Ross $5.00)


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A Collected Style Interview: Ellison DePriest

 My name is Ellison DePriest. I’m a student at NC State, majoring in Fashion Brand management and Marketing. Born and raised in Asheville, NC. I work as a personal and editorial stylist. I work with students, teens, adults, magazines, companies etc. My blog? It’s not so much a blog, as much as it is a website. It’s where I post pictures of my inspirations, my work, my life, etc. It’s basically my diary slash scrapbook that happens to be online.

 

ACG-What’s your definition of Style?

ED-The sartorialistic ability to portray and provoke.

 

ACG-What inspired you to become a Stylist?

ED-I used to want to be a designer, and I was good at it. I could design collections and create a story but there were too many limitations in terms of the job itself. What I created needed to be wearable, and sellable, but being a stylist… I’m allowed to create a story and make it as dramatic as I want. I have no limitations I just have purpose. At the same time, I feel that there are way too many people trying to have a fashion line, and not enough people actually executing fashion.

 

ACG-The do’s and don’ts of Style/Fashion?

ED-Try everything, fear nothing, and wear black often. 

 

ACG-What’s your thought process when you’re styling a client? 

ED-I approach styling like a pop quiz. Each client poses a series of questions and I just have to answer them. Who is this client? What do they need? What do they want? How do they want to be perceived? Is there a budget? Is there an underlying message? Once I’ve answered all of the questions, I just sit around waiting for more.

 

ACG-What’s one thing you would take out of the Fashion World and one thing you would add?

ED-I’d take out all the posers and add back all the dreamers.

 

ACG-Tips for up and coming Stylist?

ED-Try hard, work hard, and remember your manners.   

 

 

ACG-What’s going to be big this Fall/Winter  season trend wise ?

ED-Animals! Animal prints, animal skins, animal furs, prints with animals on them and more. They are a very huge trend right now and I think they will be for a while. Also whimsicality in total. Crazy prints that don’t really makes sense, random pops of colors, the fashion world is screaming for an outlet and all the king’s men are struggling to break free.

 

ACG-What’s your dream job?

ED-Honestly? I’m doing it.

 

All time favorite item of clothing or shoe?

My clothes are like my children, I would never hurt their feelings by naming a favorite.

 

ACG-Who’s your style icon and why?

ED-Anna Dello Russo. She is fashion, in every sense of the word. I aim to be as fearless and fashion conscious as she is.


Explain what inspired your model (Jazsalyn’s) look 

Jazsalyn’s wearing a monochromatic print look, with grey heels, a grey beanie, and chunky silver accessories. Basically, I just wanted to show what style really is. You take something, like this pretty printed pants with matching top, add the necessary ornaments- the shoes- and then you make it into something that it’s not. Make it more; take something away and then you’re done. 

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Denim Jacket by Marc Jacobs(Consignment Store $56.00)

Floral Button Down By Ralph Lauren (Consignment Store $13.00)

Safari Red Alpha Khakis(T.J. Maxx $16.99)

Brown Wingtips by Allen Edmonds(Salvation Army $7.00)

Po Boy-Oatmeal Colored Socks(richer-poorer.com $15.00)

Navy Blue Knit Tie as Pocket Square( Salvation Army $1.00)

White Raw Jersey Scarf(Onassis $18.00)



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Dear Summer



Jean Jacket by Marc Jacobs(Consignment Store $56.00)

Yellow Floral Tie as Pocket Square(Vintage Boutique $10.00)

Orange  Alpha Khakis by Dockers(T.J. Maxx $16.99)

Green Pin Striped Button Down by Saddlebred(Consignment Store $5.00)

Brockton Denim Blue Shoes by Bass(SRI Show Warehouse $50.00)


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A Collected Style Recap:8/6-8/10

Style Comes From Within

Flower Power



Navy Blue Floral Print Button Down(Old Navy $7.00)

Cream Seersucker Sports Coat by J.Crew(Consignment Store $10.00)

Red Bow-Tie by Brooks Brothers(Consignment Store $5.00)

Floral Tie as Pocket Square(Salvation Army $1.00)

Olive Green Alpha Khakis by Dockers(T.J. Maxx $16.99)

Gray Desert Boots by Robert Blake(DSW $15.00)



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Cherry Wine



Floral Button Up by Ralph Lauren -(Consignment Store $13.00)

Wine Colored Penny Loafers by G.H. Bass(Consignment Store $5.00)

Cream Linen Sports Coat by Carl Michaels (Good Will $5.00)

Safari Red Slim Tapered Chinos by Dockers(T.J. Maxx $16.99)



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Life is Good



Floral Tie(Salvation Army $1.00)

Striped Button Down by Brooks Brothers(Salvation Army $1.00)

Green Blazer(Salvation Army $1.00)

Levi’s 501 Shorts(Levi’s Outlet $20.00)

White Shepard Bucs by Bass(Bass Outlet $40.00)



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Tealing Me Softly



Black Slim Pants(H&M $30.00)

Teal Double Breasted Blazer(Salvation Army $3.50)

Barret Wingtip Oxfords by Bass (Piperlime.com  $50.00)

Floral Tie by Gant(Salvation Army  $1.00)

White Button Down(Salvation Army  $1.00)



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R.E.D.(Reach Every Dream)



Cream Seersucker Sports Coat by J. Crew(Consignment Store $10.00)

Light Blue Chambray Button Down by Ralph Lauren(Salvation Army $2.00)

Floral Tie(Salvation Army $1.00)

Olive Green Chinos by Dockers(TJ. Maxx $16.99)

Brown Wingtips by Allen Edmonds(Salvation Army $7.00)

Red Shoe Laces(Allen Edmonds Outlet $6.00)



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Ace Ventura


Floral Button Up by Ralph Lauren -(Consignment Store $13.00)

Navy Blue Pants(H&M $30.00)

White Shepard Bucs by Bass(Bass Outlet $40.00)



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