Lawrence girls

 

Tell us about some things your learn about yourself when you became a father

One of biggest things I learned as a father is that my dad’s way of raising me was not necessarily the way I would be able to raise my girls.

What do you love most about being a dad?

The unconditional love my daughters show me on a daily basis. No matter how good or bad my day is my girls have a way of putting a smile on my face.

What are some encouraging words that you would give to a first time dad?

Love unconditionally.

What advice do you feel is necessary that you give to your kids as they grow and make their place in this world?

Design your own lifestyle and choose the vehicle that will allow you to achieve it. You will find your fastest growth when you go through problems.

Name:  Milton Lawrence Jr
Age: 37
MLOccupation: Entrepreneur
City & State: Baltimore, MD
Married to: Jaundice Lawrence
How many years have you been married? 10

At what age did you know you were ready to get married?

It was less about age and more about life experiences.

Why was marriage important to you?

Marriage was important because I wanted to disrupt the cycle of absent fathers in my family.

What encouraging words would you give to help another man understand the importance of marriage?  

Study her personality and love language. It will change over time as she becomes settled into the marriage. Never stop investing in learning about yourself and your marriage. I believe it is a lifelong task as are the mysteries of marriage.

What is something that you wish someone would have shared with you about marriage that you can share to enlighten others? 

Create your own rules and learn as much as you can about your ego.

What would you say is a key component to a successful marriage?

Create your own rules.

lawrencehusbandand wifeWhat advice would you give to a woman about preparing to be a wife?

Lead when you need to lead and submit when you need to submit. The nothing box is very real.

What are some things that you appreciate about your wife?

 My wife is a woman of strength, her mental toughness and willingness to complete me in the areas where I am weak is what I appreciate the most about her.

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India Arie wrote a song about a love in her life called Complicated Melody…she uses interesting analogies to describe a few of his characteristics. Use one of her examples to give an analogy of your wife or feel free to use one of your own.

If she were a fish, she would be a jellyfish. Beautiful on the inside and out, from the top of her head to the fertile wisdom in her belly.

Bonus question: Do you think that marriage is 50/50?

No – Marriage Is 100/100

 

Is there any other advice you would like to share about marriage?

  • Once a year take guys only and a girls only trip. It will allow you time to miss one another.
  • Get naked with one another about goals, dreams, fears, finances and shortcomings.
  • Allow your spouse to be who they are and don’t try to change them.

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Meet our style muse Milton Lawrence, photographer, storyteller, problem solver, philanthropist

Describe your personal style.

Grown-Man-ish with eclectic swag

T17_9077Who or what helped cultivate your overall style?

My father, love of travel and West Indian up bringing has played the biggest role in cultivating my style.

What’s a staple item that you can’t leave home without?

Time Piece

 

 

When wearing a tie, which style knot do you prefer?

It really depends on my mood that day, time of day and occasion. My two favorites are the double Windsor and Eldredge knot.

What’s one of your favorite places to shop?

I love the process of going to my favorite tailor and customizing suits and accessories.

Do you have a signature fragrance?

Chanel Blue 

What are 3 things you feel a man must have in his wardrobe?

1. Custom Suit 2. GrownManIsh Lapel Pin 3. Italian made dress shoes

What intrigues you most about a woman’s style?

She’s fly when she needs to be, she’s willing to get her hands dirty when the scenario calls for it and most of all she know how to lead her self, her family and others.

What makes a woman sexy?

A woman’s confidence, tenacity and tender is what makes a woman sexy to me.

If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?

Wolverine

What’s your preference cognac, vodka or bourbon?

Cognac (1738)

Favorite Bond (007): Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or Pierce Brosman?

Sean Connery

Scarface or The Godfather?

The Godfather

 

 

Kenji is a passionate educator, mentor and author. He shares his passion in the community as he travels the country inspiring the youth sharing his time and talents. You can always look to Kenji for words of encouragement and motivation, as well as thought provoking conversations. Never take for granted the opportunity to learn a little something from his genuine spirit. He supplies many lessons as he openly shares his journey as a dad.

Kenji we salute you as a father who is present and makes his kid proud.

Tell us about some things you learned about yourself when you became a father

I learned that you work much harder and make better choices when you have another life depending on you. I learned that I am a push over in some respects because my son has me wrapped around his finger.

What do you love most about being a dad

What I love most about being a dad is the responsibility that comes with the title. My son is in my hands. It’s up to me to provide for him, teach him, prepare him, love him and guide him and that in my eyes is a gift, a privilege.

What are some encouraging words that you would give to a first time dad

Do what you were chosen to do proudly and confidently. You were hand selected specifically to be a father to your child(ren) because you are the best person for the job.

What advice do you feel is necessary that you give to your son as he grows and makes his place in the world.

Be respectful and take proud in how you carry and present yourself. Don’t look for short cuts and try to learn something new every day. Smile often and never be afraid to show emotion or that you care. Pride yourself on excellence without excuses and never forget where you came from and how blessed you are.

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Meet our style muse Kenji Jackson, an educator, mentor, author and well dress man.

Describe your personal style.

For me less is more. I’m not into flashy apparel. I pride myself on being diverse from the board room, to the lounge to the ballgame. I like my clothes fitted and I have a large collection of sneakers.

Who or what helped cultivaKenjite your overall style?

My dad was always really cool so I took a little from him. Outside of that I cultivated my own style based on what I feel looks best on me.

What’s a staple item that you can’t leave home without?

My chapstick (lol)

When wearing a tie, which style knot do you prefer?

I prefer the Windsor and the Trinity Knot

What’s one of your favorite places to shop?

Macy’s and DTLR

Do you have a signature fragrance?

Gucci Guilty/YSL

 

What are 3 things you feel a man must have in his wardrobe?

A custom designer suit/Black wing tipped shoes/Pair of Retro Jordans

What intrigues you most about a woman’s style?

Her attention to detail and ability to wear a variety of different styles. Versatility.

What makes a woman sexy?

To me being sexy isn’t about how pretty a woman is. It’s her walk, her voice, the way she dresses, her confidence, the way her lips move when she talks, her scent and her vocabulary.

If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?

Spiderman! We are built similar and I study spiders. I’ve had them as pets.

What’s your preference cognac, vodka or bourbon?

Cognac… Grand Marnier

Favorite Bond (007): Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan?

Pierce Brosnan

Scarface or The Godfather?

Scarface!