Evening at the Bonaventure

The Bonaventure hotel is one of LA’s most iconic buildings.  Its been used as a location for dozens of movies many of which are proudly mentioned on plaques placed around the hotel. When it was built in 1976 it was the tallest building in downtown Los Angeles, but now it’s dwarfed by a number of skyscrapers.  Over thirty years later the futuristic architecture is still very cool, and the elevators are as fast as an amusement ride, only with a better view.

No, I’m not the view.  My husband took these photos as we made our way to the famous rotating bar on the top floor.  Over my shoulder you can see the lights of the city.  The glass elevators start in the lobby and then shoot up past the ceiling to fly along the exterior of the building.

Wait, did I just say ROTATING rooftop bar? Why yes I did. If you didn’t see enough from the elevator head to the top floor, order yourself a drink, and take in a 360 degree view of the City of Angels.  When I was young my parents would take me to the Bonaventure to ride the elevators. Later I’d order a Shirley Temple and watch as the world slowly spun around me. Now I order a Cosmopolitan instead.

The Bonaventure simply oozes 70’s glamour.  At the time it must have been the hight of modern cool.  Now it’s slightly faded and rather dated but it’s still a lot of fun. I couldn’t help but want to dress up in 1970’s inspired evening apparel including a swirl print strapless maxi dress, short fur coat and mile-high orange platforms.


  • Maxi dress – Veronica M
  • Short fur coat – Gallery purchased at Nordstrom
  • Snake bracelet – Gilt.com
  • Platform sandals – Charles Jordan

Are you familiar with the Bonaventure hotel?  Any stories you’d like to tell?  What do you think of the glam 70’s look? Would you wear it yourself?

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22 Responses to Evening at the Bonaventure

  1. mary jo
    February 16, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Love your glam 70s inspired look! We used to stay at the Bonaventure as kids when my dad came down for meetings and I remember tearing up and down the halls with my brother–I’m sure they were thrilled with us.

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      It must have been fun to stay there! There were plenty of kids tearing around when Hugo and I were there and the staff was very cool about it.

  2. Patricia Streeter
    February 16, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I love your platform sandals and that snake bracelet is awsome. Thanks for the information on where you got these pieces. Your post are always a joy to read!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks Patricia. I usually shop at the same places, though recently I’ve been experimenting with other shops as well.

  3. anne the SpyGirl
    February 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I have a fond memory of the Bonaventure: 15 years ago, for our first Valentine’s, Severo booked us a suite. He filled the room with heart shaped balloons! Such a romantic guy, I was hooked!

    You look fantastic. The swirly print is so appropriate for a rotating bar!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Love your story about the Bonaventure! I bet the view was great too. I remember going to some big Mattel party there once too. That was fun.

  4. Rich February 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Wow you look gorgeous!

    I love the throw back to the 70s, but you can definitely tell that this has a sense of new style with a great tribute to the past!!!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you Rich. By the way I’ve checked out your site and it’s really great! I would leave a comment but there doesn’t seem to be a comment form.

    February 18, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    All of your photoshoots are super unique and fresh! You inspire me, truly. 🙂 I need to go here!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks so much! I’m glad this blog is an inspiration, yours is certainly an inspiration to me too!

  6. Dress Code: High Fashion
    February 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    OMG, how totally Cavalli-tastic is that! A retro-maxi-dress, fur, a snake cuff and killer platforms – superfab!

    The location is ultra-cool too. The picture of you laying on the couch is my favourite – it could be from a David Lynch movie.


    Nice to see you`re spening your weekend in style.

    Love, Jen
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      So glad you like it Jenny! We’ve been going out a lot more trying to find places to shoot at night. The Bonaventure was nice because they’re used to people taking photos, it’s a hotel and a landmark after all. So no one gave us any trouble.

  7. SACRAMENTO February 19, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    You are a beauty, and your husband such a master photographer. I love how he uses the light.
    Loving your dress, and everything about you, my dear Heather.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
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  8. Sylvia
    February 19, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    What a fun look Heather. Perfect for such a place. Yes, I would wear it myself if I was going to a place like that, but probably only once as I tire very quickly of prints. And OMG those heels. How do you walk in them? They are gorgeous though….
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    • Heather Fonseca February 19, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      I have to be careful with prints only to buy those I really love. Something about this swirl did it for me, and the cut of the dress is very flattering on my figure for some reason. The heels are really best for sitting! I can’t walk very far or very fast in them, but they’re fun for evenings like this one where I’m not going far.

  9. TheFashionistachic February 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I love the leisure look!! I have been in the LA area for years never had the pleasure of visiting the Bonaventure. I will have to put that on my list of things to do. Maybe I will try it out when I am entertaining. BTW your husband is great photog!

    • Heather Fonseca February 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I do hope you have some time to visit the Bonaventure in the near future. It is fun and the views are amazing.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I must go to this place, it looks magnificent! I love (the colours and) the silhouette of your printed dress. The photo before the final one looks like a still image from a film.

    • Heather Fonseca February 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks so much! If you live nearby you should really visit. It’s pretty much free except for the parking and the drinks weren’t expensive.

  11. Jeannie
    February 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Stunning photos! I love the one with you lying on the red sofa…looks like something out of a magazine. Your hubby is very talented!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Thank you Jeannie. It was a fun photo shoot.