While I am not a celebrity by any means, I love having a good meal with a good view. Throwing a little live music, in this case a melodious pianist, doesn't hurt either. These are all the things that the Sky Room has to offer its patrons, which might make you feel a little bit like a celebrity for a moment.
I wore my new Kate Spade Matty dress (another great find from Marshalls), which features fans that form a somewhat art deco pattern in my opinion. Actually the fan design was created by Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Her creation was the perfect complement for the art deco ambiance of the Sky Room.
On your way to the elevator, which whisks you to the top of the building, you will find a hall lined with display cases, strewn with a random hodgepodge of memorabilia associated with either the restaurant or the decades in which the building was in its heyday. Here you will see some jazz records and blues records circa 1940s.
Once you get to the top of the restaurant, it's time to take in the views. We were seated by the window (all tables have good views), which was perfect for observing the sunset. While the downtown Long Beach coast is pretty, it's not the most breathtaking view I've seen, yet it still provides a great deal of ambiance. You'll see a smattering of cranes, shipping containers and other industrial "stuff". Regardless, the ocean, lights and Shoreline Village, part of which is an homage to the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, are all enjoyable to see.
If you want to get even higher, there is a truly "open" bar at the very top of the building. You need to take the stairs to get there, so if you have vertigo, beware! We went after dinner just to get a better view of Long Beach at night and it was quite fun to gaze down the winding staircase on our way up.
At the end of the evening you can relax and wait for the valet to bring your car around while you stand on the red carpet, perhaps feeling a little bit like Elizabeth Taylor.
Outfit: Dress: Kate Spade, Shoes: J. Crew "Lillian", Bag: LV Alma in Citron, Belt: J. Crew, Necklace: J. Crew "Water Droplet", Watch: Breguet Reine de Naples