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LA DESIGN COMMUNITY

LA Architect and UCLA Professor Abeer Sweis designs (and remodels) homes to better withstand fires. She also uses sustainable materials.

Changing seasons have increased fire hazards, so she uses the latest fire grade materials to better prepare homeowners. A home designed by Sweis in Ojai’s fire zone survived. When the Thomas Fire blazed through, it reached the property, but it didn’t burn it down. https://www.sweiskloss.com/fire Feel free to ask questions. Sweis is available on the phone and on location here in LA. About SweisKloss

Abeer Sweis | design partner

At heart, Abeer is both an architect and interior designer. While she also has intimate knowledge of construction and structural engineering, it is her innate ability to look at a potential project and see the myriad of design possibilities that has helped make her company a success.

Abeer knew at a young age that she wanted to be an architect. When she was 10, her family moved from her native Amman, Jordan to Los Angeles, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University. While working as a designer at a small architecture firm, she acquired the technical knowledge and business skills to build her own company. In 1998, she started her own design firm, and in 2006 she partnered with her husband Jeff Kloss to create the construction side of the company, fulfilling their design + construct vision.

Since 1995, Abeer has taught at UCLA Extension, Cal Poly Pomona, Pierce College, Woodbury University and other Los Angeles area design schools. A leader in her community, she is a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and an involved parent of two rapidly growing children.

Jeff Kloss | construction partner

A licensed general contractor and go-to guy for all things construction, Jeff has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University where he and Abeer met. While he was pursuing his degree, he worked for a local construction company and discovered his appreciation for building.

Jeff went on to manage the construction of exclusive restaurants, high-end retail projects and custom homes for the Marshall Group before leading institutional projects at CW Driver such as The Cerritos Public Library, Jewish Home for the Aging and the Torrance YMCA. He also oversaw multiple modernization projects for the La Crescenta Valley and El Segundo School Districts.

After learning all aspects of construction on a variety of large-scale jobs, Jeff started to miss collaborating with a team and working on projects that were more intimate and personal for the end user. Thus, the perfect opportunity presented itself to join forces with Abeer to create their full-service design + construct  firm. Jeff is an active parent, coach and mentor in Boy Scout Troop T2 and AYSO Soccer. From leading a hike or canoe trip, to refereeing soccer games, he enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.

BRAG Announces 48th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala

BRAG, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has announced the 2018 honorees for the 48th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala will include Bloomingdale’s Vice President of Integrated Marketing Kevin Harter, LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, and Balmain Managing Director Shawn Pean This year’s award ceremony will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018at The Edison Ballroom located at 240 West 47th Street, New York, NY at 6pm.

“We are so excited to celebrate these fashion industry leaders whose work history and efforts demonstrate visions that are aligned with our brand mission; to prepare and educate professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership roles in retail, fashion and related industries,” said BRAG co-presidents Nicole Cokley Dunlap and Shawn Outler.

Committed to attracting and cultivating a diverse bench of talent needed to drive innovation in the fashion industry, the 2018 48th Annual BRAG Scholarship & Awards Gala recognizes the achievements of exceptional individuals who are redefining the future of retail and fashion. Scholarships will also be awarded to college students who demonstrate an interest in fashion and have the aptitude to become future leaders.

Past BRAG Gala honorees have included fashion mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, supermodel Naomi Campbell, NFL superstar Victor Cruz, entrepreneur Magic Johnson, designer Zac Posen and Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundgren.

Since 1970, BRAG has provided professional development, mentorship, and job opportunities for thousands of alumni through internships, workshops, panel discussions, and networking events.  The annual gala is the organization’s marquee event that includes a three-course dinner, cocktails, music and entertainment, attracting the who’s who in fashion, art, entertainment, business and philanthropy, which, to date, has helped BRAG award over $1 million in scholarships to students who have achieved academic success and demonstrated a need for financial aid.

For more information on BRAG and/or the 2018 BRAG honorees please visit www.bragusa.org.  On social media, please follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

OTR II

By Vaughn Lowery

Last night concluded the Los Angeles leg of OTRII tour, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

DJ Khaled opened up for the Carters alongside of special guests – Tyga, Tank, YG and Ella Mai. With thousands of screaming fans, Bey and her husband transformed the Rose Bowl into an iconic night to commemorate. Massive LED screens, scores of dancers coupled with pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system commanded one of the most powerful performances of our lifetime. No wonder the show (earlier this year) has been decorated by both Michelle and Barack Obama’s presence as well as the Kardashians and Oprah. ‘Apeshit‘ off of their latest collaboration Everything is Love was a crowd favorite as Bey spits some serious bars with her epic flow which rivals some of today’s top lyricists.

With less than 8 shows left, you may want to consider making arrangements to see this landmark presentation at on of its last stops.

If anything to witness the bright smiles of 11 high school students who will receive one $100,000 scholarships (per city) from both the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations.

Remaining OTR II tour dates.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta

SmartBuyGlasses

Different personalities suit different sunglasses. That’s why, this Friendship Day, SmartBuyGlasses has listed some of the best selling frames that will be perfect for your best friends.

Can’t live with them, wouldn’t dream of living without them. No matter if you’ve known them from birth or picked them up along the way; friendships are what really make the world go round. The support systems you develop with these precious few human beings are what sustain you throughout your life. They pick you up when you fall, laugh at you when you deserve it, and laugh with you every day. So, what better way to celebrate them than dedicating a whole day in their honor?

Because there isn’t just one type of ‘friend’, there can’t just be one type of eyewear to match them. That’s why we’ve gone to special lengths to find the perfect pair of sunnies for the friends that we just know you have.

The sports freak $82

Gym maniac, road runner, or just all round athletic champion; everyone has that special friend who motives them to better themselves. As well as making you feel like a massive failure on those odd days when all you want to do is eat ice cream on the sofa.

For these friends, it’s important to get them frames that can be used during strenuous physical activity, that are both lightweight and durable, and are of flawless aerodynamic design. For this friend we recommend a pair of Under Armour Menace sunglasses. Made from the highest quality materials, they provide long wear comfort and full UV protection.

The party animal $170

These sexy little Lolita frames are for the friend who knows how to have a wild night every night. The one who drags you out of your pyjamas into the light, and whose number is on speed dial when you’re looking to have a night to remember.

Hot red cat eye frames coupled with silver lenses are right on trend and will make sure she stands out in a crowded room. She’ll love you forever for this nifty little gift.

Literary genius $163

Some people are the educators, others are the educatees. Everyone has that one friend who always make you feel like the latter. They sharp, they’re witty, they’re unbelievably learned, and they always have something new to tell you every time you meet. Embrace the education and be proud of your clever friend! Show them you love them by getting them these bookish, intellectual sunnies from Ray Ban. Made from high quality acetate, with crystal lenses, they are perfect for everyday wear.

Total diva $29

You know who I’m talking about. You love them, you’re loyal to them, but you’ve never rolled your eyes quite so much around someone else. It’s either the on again off again boyfriend, the obligatory billion selfies every time she draws breath, or the constant drama on every social media platform going. Annoying as they can be though, you know you couldn’t be without them and their amazing ability to hold the spotlight, or their charismatic confidence that rubs off on you every time they’re around.

Love them for who they are and let them thrive in these stunning LMNT polarized shades that were clearly designed for the divas. The oversized pale pink cat eye lenses coupled with the golden bridge provide that sultry seductive air that all divas crave.

Future president $153

And finally, we have the overachievers; the ones who always outshine you no matter what. Whether it be in sports, academics, or charitable works; they’re always leading the pack. They’re a formidable force and you’re glad you’re on their good side. They’re 100% strong willed enough to be able to lead the country one day, and you know they’d do a wicked good job at it.

These no nonsense Aviators are perfect for this type of bestie. Worn by presidents throughout the ages, they’re short hand for power and ice cool composure. The wooden detail on the double brow bar providing that extra detail that lifts them above your standard aviator frames.

If none of these frames catch you eye, then there are plenty more to choose from at SmartBuyGlasses. Get your friend the perfect pair this Friendship day!