A Lesson from the Style Professor…

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Senores,

By day I am a maestro de la ciencias politicas (political science professor). 

Shocking, I know. I’m more than just some fly dude, lol.

And I think that kind of reality fits us all. We are more that what meets the eye. Being pegged in una caja (a box)  is an injustice as it doesn’t fully allow us to showcase how uber talented we truly are.

As such, I’d like to challenge you to show off your real identity. You know, that person you were meant to be. Gente (people) deserve to know the essence of you.

We are all put on this mundo for a reason and to achieve a specific purpose. If we aren’t being who we were meant to be, then the world won’t get to experience the measure of greatness that was given to you.

Step 1: Be Okay with YOU!

Idris Elba asked a group of adults what they wanted to be when they grew up and the responses were amazing. Actually, some made me tear up. Many had forgotten their dreams. Life took over and, like all of us, they adjusted. Now, adjusting is great. The vida that we live can throw curve balls to us and we need to be pliable…BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR DREAMS.

So, gaze into the world with intention and join me in showing the world who you really are!!!!!!

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Me?

I’m a dope college professor, with a dope political radio show,  who is a dope style maven that has a dope style blog (which I use for inspiration) and I try to change the world one dope; stylish, and learned person at a time! Oh, and a dope clothing line is soon to come!!!

To be more succinct, I’m Kalan Laws, The Style Professor. It’s nice to meet you!

Y usted es? (And you are…)

Now that we’ve met, let’s go to the next step.

Step 2: Cover and Show

Show the world your talentos. Give them….us a piece of your gift. UNAPOLOGETICALLY! For too long you’ve hidden behind the veil, stayed in a cave – cloaking your greatness in the shadows.

But when you show who you really are,  do so strategically.The masses may associate your face (metaphor for you) with one thing, so let your talent go before you. Produce your art, create your product, cement your brand…then reemerge as the new and autentico you!

Cubre (cover) your face (what folks know as the old you) and show your product (the new you). Caballeros (gentlemen) if you decide to literally cover your face, make sure you use some dope headgear.

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Jacket:Forver 21

Walk away from where and how you used to move and let the new you lead. Keep working toward building the foundation, walls, and roof of the you that people need to see.

Step 3: Take a Step Back

After some time, lay back and gauge the reaction to see if you are getting any bites. Sit still and watch as personas begin to marvel at such dopeness. The idea here is to let what you’re construiendo (building) work for you. Movement is great…necessary but there are times when sitting still is best.

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Boots:  Bar III (@bar3)

Step 4: Focus on the Details

As you, in all of your new dopeness, continue to enlighten all as to the real you – take a minute to focus on what makes this you different than the other you. Focus on the detallas that make the redefined you so special.

I guarantee that there is something you have or that you are doing that may be seemingly insignificant…maybe even considered a flaw or undesirable, pero is extremely poderoso (powerful).This characteristic is what your new audience NEEDS to experience. OWN IT. SHOW IT. BE IT! Give them a close up look so they can know that you are for real!

Step 5: Move with Confidence

Now that you’ve announced who you really are, walk proudly in your new truth! Pop your collar porque you have done what so many cannot or are afraid to do. Research is clear that confidence matters just as much as ability. People are drawn to the person whose moxie is fuerte (strong).

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Photos: @flawson_

And keep going. Keep pushing. Keep heading toward your finish line!! Once you’re done, stand on your proverbial podium…proud of what you’ve done and who you have become.

For now the world has seen the true you, and in pursuing your truth, you’ve realized purpose. Those who have experienced the transformation and/or finished product will have been impacted, inspired, and ignited.

-SG

 

 

 

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Señores!
Today is la dia that we celebrate PADRES!!!

Dads get corbatas (neckties) or a camiseta (tshirt) that says “Best Dad”

Dads are taken out for dinner or to their favorite sporting event.

It’s daddy’s day so whatever he wants, he gets!

Well, what yo quiero is to share with you is three things that fatherhood has taught me about style!

1. I REPRESENT MORE THAN MYSELF

I’m elder of my family. I’m the figurehead that the world looks to to protect and provide for them. While more than important, provision goes beyond money and tangible things that have an associated value.

To my daughter (and future children), I provide an ejemplo of what a man should look like. When she gets ready to go on her 1st date (at 30 years old, lol), she’s going to choose someone that reflects me.

As well dressed man, we are though to have:

  • Power
  • Intelligence
  • Success
  • Cultured

These, among others, are qualities that I would want my daughter to look for in a man. Also, a well dressed man consistently:

  • Exhibits attention to detail
  • Exudes confidence
  • Exemplifies leadership

These are also the qualities that I want my niños and esposa to see in me.

My wife Kira and daughter Eden

As a fashionable black man, I am a walking billboard for black culture as well. The creativity that it takes to piece together such a dapper demonstration of dignity is admirable. It speaks to the innovation that resides in me ( and all other fashionable black fathers and men) in its totality.

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Speaking of reflection, it will be seen in the mirror of the world. As such, the segundo thing style has taught me about fatherhood is…

2. I’M IN AN ELITE CLASS

I’m a dad and that means I’m in an exclusive fraternity!

I’m an African American dad and that means I’m a superhero! 

Tshirt – @TheUrbanDads


In a tiempo when black dads are not as present in the family as in yester-year, I take huge pride in this responsibilidad and privilege. 

  • My personal style helps to change the narrative in how the black male and the black father are perceived in media!
  • A well groomed and astonishingly put together black man all but eradicates the notion that all black men are ghetto thugs and hoodlums (which is how mainstream media and Hollywood often portray us).

All about business!

 

3. I AM FEARLESS

Tradición and cultura has boxed in style for men for years and it can be suffocating. It has been said that only certain colors are masculine. The old consensus was that being well manicured and paying atención to your appearance wasn’t manly. I scoff at that sentiment!

I jump at the chance to look nice!

Men of style and culture know that it can be a daunting task trying to live up to such standards that are, honestamente, not grounded in reality. Being a man of style has started to change the conversation about the perseption of masculinity.

Gents, be confident in this:

  • Dressing well doesn’t mean you’re soft and weak.
  • Smelling nice doesn’t mean that you’re not a man.
  • Polishing your shoes has no bearing on toughness.
  • Getting manicures and pedicures doesn’t make you any less of a man’s man.

Strength in style…

Style conscious gents have endured ridicule and castigation for daring to strive for excelencia in our appearance. We’ve been fearless in this pursuit regardless of the level of criticizing!

Hermanos, I applaud you for being courageous in this endeavor. You deserve a standing ovation for enduring the name calling, being cast away, and having your manhood challenged.

Call upon that gallantry in life when times get hard. Know that you can and will conquer difícil circumstances when they present themselves!


Bro, you’re a man…100%!

~SG

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5 Reasons to Buy Bespoke 

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¡Señores!

Me espero todo bien (I hope all is well).

Una pregunta…

Are you taller than 6’4″; or maybe you’re shorter than 5’5″. Whether you’re a gigante or a microgent, one thing you share is that it’s hard to find clothes with el correcto fit.

The same is true for mis grandes amigos y atleticos!! When you’re sizes are beyond the norm shopping can be difícil.

So what do you do when your measurements just aren’t found in the stores?

Photo |www.dangerouslee.biz

The obvious answer is get your clothes tailored, to which I wholeheartedly agree. Regardless of your size, your tailor should be as much a part of your wardrobe as your favorite pair of jeans!
Pero, let me offer another opción: Bespoke!

Bespoke is just a fancy word for custom and I want to give you 5 reasons you should treat yourself to bespoke clothing!

1. Stellar Experience 

When you go bespoke you are met with customer service beyond belief. They wine and dine you.

I recently had my first bespoke experience with Knot Standard

and Sons of Savile

Boy was it amazing!!!

Imediamente both companies took an interest in me. They were getting a feel for who I was as we were about to embark on the journey of selecting fabric, getting every inch of me measured, and customizations.

Sons of Savile was particularly interesting because they are an exclusive digital community that caters to your bespoke needs. They have a dope concept that’s really worth checking out. You don’t have to leave su casa to get a dope custom camisa (shirt)! Simply send your measurements in and your shirt will be mailed out to you! 

Bespoke shirt by Sons Of Savile


2. One Of A Kind Piece

Custom means just that…CUSTOM. You can design a tailor made piece that reflects your specific estilo. You don’t have to worry about having a piece that looks like any other garment out. The details are what matter. Every unc is hand picked by you! You chose the following:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Button holes
  • Types of pockets
  • Lining
  • Collars
  • Lapels
  • Waist bands
  • Pleats or flat front
  • Sleeve cuffs
  • Cuff or no cuff in pants
  • Number of buttons
  • Fun personalized details

Hashtag personalizations and impeccable stitching



3. Hand Stitched 

The quality of hand stitched is unsurpassed. There’s a level of care for each detail and each specification that’s put into the garment’s construction. A tailor can see any imperfections or mistakes before the item is finished and correct them immediately.

Jacket by Knot Standard

4. Premium Fabric

Style is about fit and fabric! Cuando going to a bespoke tailor the offerings of fabric are endless. They are rich in

  • Texture
  • Weight
  • Breathability
  • Color
  • Durability
  • Patterns/design

Most times the mills that produce the fabrics are European and have been in business for decades or longer. They know the tricks of the trade to produce el mejor (the best) fabric available.

El nuemero uno benefit of such quality fabrics is that it will last. You won’t have to worry about pilling.

Shirt by Knot Standard


5. Perfect Fit
I say again, style is about fabric and FIT! When you compra (buy) a bespoke item, it is crafted specifically for you.

A series of intricate measurements are taken to ensure that the fit is perfecto. Movement and comfort are taken into consideration, but an impeccable fit is the ultimate objectivo!

Bespoke shirt by Sons of Savile


Regardless of the type of movement, bespoke items are made to move with you! Wherever su vida takes you will be prepared in the most dapper of ways when dressed in bespoke.
So go ahead and invest in yourself. You won’t be disappointed! The experience will make you jump for joy!

K A N Y E  x  A D I D A S

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Señores, 

 Let’s keep in short and sweet this go around. Yo soy a fan of Kanye West. His música, his estilo, and his vida…it’s enviable. He debuted his first full collection in collaboration with Adidas at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in February of 2015. I must admit…I LOVED it. 

 The event was more of a presentación than a show. Now he’s released the full lookbook shot by the incomparable and iconic Jackie Nickerson. Below are highlights from the lookbook pero you can find the complete publication on http://www.seasonzine.com. 

¡Disfruta! (Enjoy)









Gracias Kanye…gracias!!!

Stay fly my friends!

S T U D I O | S T R E E T W E A R

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!Señores!

I love to try nueva things! As I’ve evolved in my personal estilo, I’ve become more comfortable venturing out. Not only is being sartorially savvy a must pero being stylishly street is more than necesario tambien. Nothing says style like being adorned in a timelessly tailored traje (suit) with a perfectly patterned shirt and tie combinación or rocking a simple…

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street look with…

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admirably arranged accessories and…

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fabulously fixed footwear!

Recuerdo, it’s importante to remain versatile!

Stay fly mis amigos!

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C R É D I T O S:
• Skully – Urban Outfitters
• Jacket – Damaged Goods by Sons of Heroes
• Extended Tee – Dividend for H&M
• Harem Pants – Zara Man
• Sneakers – H&M
• Scarf – Nordstrom
• Timepiece – Diesel
• Bracelets : ALDO
• Ring: Custom by Kira

Images: Brett White (@brett.white)

S A R T O R I A L • S U N R I S E

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!Señores!

Springtime is around the corner and that facto tickles the sartorialist in me! Me encanta sprucing up my ensembles with colores brillante! Springtime is when natures most vibrant palette is showcased. The petals, the warm sunrises, la fruta…all of it shouts life. As such I wanted to give a spring preview.

Technically, we’re still in winter. In fact we’re in the middle of winter for some parts of the country. But here is a way to insert irreverently insert some color into your winter wardrobe. When you do it, make it…

BOLD • A U D A Z

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D E T A I L E D • D E T A L L A D O

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I M P R E S S I V E • I M P R E S I O N A N T E

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So tenga fun this winter while preparando for spring!!

Stay fly mis amigos!

• Blazer – H&M
• Trousers – Zara
• Sweater – St. John’s Bay
• Oxford Shirt – Nordstrom
• Socks – Polo Ralph Lauren
• Oxford Shoes – Rockport
• Timepiece – Diesel
• Pocket Square – Polo Ralph Lauren
• Driving Cap – Gorrin Brothers
• Scarf – Geoffrey Beene

Images by Kira Laws (@themoderndaycindi)

S E Ñ O R • J A M E S • B O N D

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Señores!

I enjoy a suit just like the next hombre! Suits have long been a símbolo garnering repeat, having power, and being distinguished. This is no secreto. I don’t know about you pero when I wear a suit I power up like Popeyes did when he ate his spinach!

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Suits generally have a seriousness to them. Being distinguished usualmente has is akin to being stoic and stuff. I disagree totalmente. I encounter this aburrido (boring) sentiment at my 9-5. So I wanted to have a little fun in two of my favorite business suits.

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•Suit: Kenneth Cole
•Poplin: Tommy Hilfiger
•Tie: Isaac Mizrahi
•Hoisery: Tommy Hilfiger
•Timepiece: Diesel
•Weekender: Zara
•Scarf:/Eyewear Forever 21
•Pocket Square: Penguin

I also wanted to pay homage to the gran caballero James Bond! I wanted to make sure that all understand that señores can be he best dressed caballero at the fiesta in a suit…

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Class and elegance can be deadly!

•Suit: Calvin Klein
•Poplin: Nordstrom
•Tie: Tallia Orange
•Tie Pin: Kenneth Cole Reaction
•Cufflinks: Kenneth Cole Reaction
•Pocket Square: Penguin
•Timepiece: Diesel
•Lapel Pin: Linea Uomo
•Gloves: Geoffrey Beene
•Scarf: Ralph Lauren
•Shoes: Zota Classic
•Peacoat: American Rag

 

So as you see señores, suits are mas de boring. They are mas de stuff and lifeless.

~SG

Images by Daniel Anderson (@studio45foto)

S E Ñ O R & S Δ M O │ ft. D a v e e d

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Señores,

I love collaborating con otro movers and shakers. I truly believe in “we can all eat”! There is sufficiente space for all of us to shine. As such I wanted to collaborate with Samuel (Samo) Thompson (@samodinero) and David R. (@_fromnytotx) as well as the incomparable blogger and photographerJosh Aaron (@theurbanesavant).

Be on the lookout for theses caballeros! Samo is a budding designer who has seen moderate success and garnered a strong reputación for design and style. Daveed is making strong waves in estilo and blogging and the incomparable Josh Aaron is a silent assassin! He’s working everywhere and on everything. Stay tuned to todos of these señores.

The theme was to highlight our everyday wear. All of us adore a good suit…tailored to perfcción, pero we wanted to just by comfortably fly. You know, show how we look cuando estamos chilling! This was fun!

Check out our work después the cut…

Daveed (left): Leather jacket- thrift store Shirt- urban outfitters Jeans- Gap Boots- urban outfitters Hat- thrift store SG (middle) Jacket: Damaged Goods by Superheroes Joggers: Zara Man Tank: Academiks Gloves: Urban Outtfitters Socks: Happy Socks Boots: Guess Sneakers: Adidas Samo:  Coat- thrift store Jacket- Urban Outfitters Shirt- Urban Outfitters Pants- Urban Outfitters  Shoes- thrift store (Stan Smith Adidas) Sunglasses- Cole Haan

Daveed – Left SG – Middle Samo – Right

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Samo (@samodinero)

Samo (@samodinero)

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Details by @_fromnytotx

Details by @_fromnytotx

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Details by @senorguapo713

Detials by @samodinero

Detials by @samodinero

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Senor Guapo (left)

  • Jacket: Damaged Goods by Suns of Heroes
  • Tank: Academiks
  • Joggers: Zara Man
  • Socks: Happy Socks
  • Boots: Guess
  • Sneakers: Adidas
  • Snapback: Shaw Park
  • Skully: ???

Samo (middle)

  • Coat: thrift store
  • Jacket: Urban Outfitters
  • Shirt: Urban Outfitters
  • Pants: Urban Outfitters
  • Shoes: thrift store (Stan Smith Adidas)
  • Sunglasses: Cole Haan

Daveed (right)

  • Leather jacket- thrift store
  • Shirt- Urban Outfitters
  • Jeans- Gap
  • Boots- Urban Outfitters
  • Hat- thrift store

PHOTOS: Josh Aaron (@theurbanesavant)

Boots; to wear or not to wear…that is the question!

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Seňores,

When I was a child, I spoke as a child…I thought as un niňo, pero now I am un adulto, I put away childish things!!!

As a kid, I didn’t like boots. See, I’m from Texas and this is what I knew about boots:

Phto cred: esquire.com

Photo cred: esquire.com

Now there is nothing wrong with a good pair of cowboy boots (like I said, I am from Texas), but they – as all footwear – have a place…una casa where they would feel comfortable being showcased!! And as a kid, that house wasn’t mine. Now I’m still not a huge fan of cowboy boots, but I have learned a bit about its cousins…

Vamos!

Chukka Boot
It is thought that this boot is derived from the sport of Polo. The name Chukka, as reported by our amigos at The Gentlemen’s Gazette, is actually the name of a period during the game of Polo. No wonder this boot is so classic!! This timeless boot is best worn with a heavier pant or jeans! It’s the boot that can be dressed up, or casually displayed! The boot comes in suede and leather, and the toe box can vary in width.
Suggested wear – Khakis, denim or chinos.

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Combat Boot
The evolution of this specialized specimen of of footwear has been fun to watch. As the name suggests, it was originally (and still is) used for the brave men and women that serve their country in the military. Nowadays, however, the combat boot has a more glamourous reputation. The combat boot has become a favorite in urban and streetwear. It’s a versatile boot that can be worn casually and slightly dressy. The boot, however, always adds a rugged touch to all outfits.
Suggested wear – denim, chinos, cotton sweats pants, pant leg slightly tucked in.

Photo cred: followpic.net

Photo cred: followpic.net

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Photo cred: fashionenthusiast.com

Photo cred: fashionenthusiast.com

Chelsea Boot (dress boot)
To many this boot is known as the dress boot. It became popular in the 60’s and it’s demand hasn’t waned since. Generally, they have a high, close fit ankle to avoid the ever-irritating flopping! Though it’s known as the dress boot, it can still be casually worn.
Suggested wear – with slacks, a suit or jeans and a blazer.

Photo cred: gentlemensgazett.com

Photo cred: gentlemensgazett.com

Rain Boots
I used to think that the toe of a rain boot looked like a ducks bill!!! (Don’t judge me, lol) – I was still growing in style. Ohhhh but now…now I understand all that is the rain boot! As the name implies it’s boot made for wet weather. However this is not it’s only use. They have now morphed into a very fashionable option for footwear.
Suggested wear – jeans and winter/raincoat.

Photo cred - kikirooz.com

Photo cred – kikirooz.com


Photocred: huffingtonpost.com

Photocred: huffingtonpost.com

Motorcycle Boots
You know these…the ones that bikers made famous. The ones Erik Estrada diefied along with aviator sunglasses!!! Motorcycle boots are a fav among rockers and…you guessed it, motorcyclists!!! Movies in the 80’s always portrayed the hot, bad boy with the stoned washed jeans, leather motorcycle jacket with the wide belt and crisp white tee. That was the symbol of sexiness then…and guess what, many women still find it just as sexy.
Suggested wear – see previous sentence, lol!

Photo cred: denimhunters.com

Photo cred: denimhunters.com

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Topsider/Brockton Boots
This boot is a favorite among teens. With varying ankle height, una hombre joven o adolescente can get different looks from them. The most popular brands, and very good quality, are Polo and Sperry. This type of boot is a casual in nature but can be a great juxtaposition and used to “prep” up an urban, street look.

Photo cred: drjays.com

Photo cred: drjays.com


Photo cred: jumpinstyle.com

Photo cred: jumpinstyle.com

Do note that these are just categories and there are many…MUCHO variations of each. Some with higher ankles, slimmer toe boxes, thicker heels, wing tips, etc. The details are simply a personal preference. Find the style you like and run with it!

~SG

Couture Couples

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Señores,

Buenos Dias/Tardes/Noches!

Im my humlbe opinion, when in relationships, each person is una representación of each other. En las areas importante, each individual should “match” the other. Match in goals…match in family values…match in belief systems…and in my opinion match in style.

 

How many times have you seen a couple and thought to yourself “how’d he get her” or “she doesn’t even match him.” My wife and I are firm believers in “Don’t you embarrass me!” Not in actions, words, or appearance. As a result, we make a fuerte effort to represent each other aesthetically as best as we can. Now we don’t go overboard – I don’t wear a tux to Walmart and she doesn’t put on 4 inch stilettos to pump gasolina  – but we always try to look nice. You never know who’s watchin.

This piece is a celebration of those couples that have the same modus operandi.

 

 

We try to represent each other at all times! #couturecouple

We try to represent each other at all times! #couturecouple

Mr. and Mrs. Beats are beating the game with their streetwear

Mr. and Mrs. Beats are beating the game with their streetwear

Scott and Kourtney never...and I mean NEVER dissapoint

Scott and Kourtney never…and I mean NEVER dissapoint

I just love them!!!!

I just love them!!!!

The Odoms are underrated in their style!

The Odoms are underrated in their style!

Airport fly is the best. Justin and Jessica travel in style.

Airport fly is the best. Justin and Jessica travel in style.

Dwayne and Gabby representing MIA!

Dwayne and Gabby representing MIA!

Chris and Adrienne Bosh bring the Heat everytime.

Chris and Adrienne Bosh bring the Heat everytime.

I love these two...their passion for each other is real. #teamsocandyoli

I love these two…their passion for each other is real. #teamsocandyoli

Amare and Alexis

Amare and Alexis

POWER COUPLE!

POWER COUPLE!

Such a handsome couple!

Such a handsome couple!

The Carters...nothing else needs to be said!

The Carters…nothing else needs to be said!

At the end of the day, be unified…immovable and madly in love!!!!

~SG