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29 Jun

#JMonTheRUN: Pasadena City Tour

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Happy almost Friday babes!! I’m still in awe from my engagement and all your sweet comments on my Instagram and blog post, I seriously felt the love from every single one of you! Can’t thank you enough and so happy I was able to share the special day ♥ Just in time for the holiday weekend, I wanted to share my next city tour..and this time we explored Pasadena! I spent most of my teenage years living in Glendale, and with Pasadena just 10 minutes away, we would always spend our weekends here…from family dinners, shopping, and strolling around Old Town, I always had such good memories here! Pasadena is one of the only areas of LA that has so much character and charm with it’s historic side, Old Town along Colorado Street, and the Paseo which is a newer outdoor mall stretching through 3 city blocks. Whenever I’m in the mood for more of a one-stop location, I visit the Paseo for all the shopping, dining and entertainment and head to Old Town for a nice evening stroll. And as you guys may know, I love to eat (lol no surprise) so I’m always looking to try new restaurants and Pasadena happens to have some of the best dining in the city! Everything from upscale restaurants on Colorado Boulevard to neighborhood go-to’s and Old Pasadena’s charming historic restaurants. Keep scrolling to see our adventure from photo-worthy sites, ice cream floats and the best Italian food I’ve EVER tried..yes..it’s really that good!!


Float Pasadena CA

First stop of the day..the cutest retro cafe famous for their FLOATS!! I love the retro decor here..it reminded me of a vintage ice cream soda shop and is located in a pretty mini-plaza called The Burlington Arcade! Float also offers tasty sandwiches on French rolls, baked goods and coffee..but before you try anything else off the menu, you have to promise me you will try their floats!! They have both classic and seasonal floats with flavors like Creamsicle, Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Sice Latte, and Cold Brew…so delicious!!
Float Pasadena CA

We ordered the push-pop float and the hula hula. So yummy! I ordered the push-pop which was made with sparkling lemonade, fresh peach ice cream, topped with whipped cream. But my favorite was Gabriel’s Float..the Hula Hula which had the tastiest Macadamia Nut Ice Cream, so I ended up stealing his lol!!

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

How cute is the arcade inspired hallway?! Love the candy-colors on the ceiling!

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Float Pasadena CA

Love the lace-up back detailing on this eyelet crop top by J.O.A (now on sale for under $50!!) I’ll definitely be wearing this top on repeat for summer! It’s conservative and feminine in the front, but sexy in the back! Perfect for pair with high waisted pants, shorts or skirts for the summer :)


Pasadena City Hall

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Next up, we visited Pasadena’s City Hall which is one of the towns most historic and beautiful landmarks! I love exploring the grounds here and seeing all the Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences in these buildings..red tile roofs, the big ornate fountain and garden courtyard, all so beautiful!!

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

I paired the top with these high-waisted satin pants by Blessed Are The Meek (similar here and here). Love how sleek and breezy these are for summer too! I finished off the look with my new baby..the mini Antigona by Givenchy! I’m obsessed!! I’ve always wanted a mini Antigona..I love the classic shape of this bag and when I saw it in this color I knew I had to have it! The light camel leather is so neutral and versatile for all year round making it the perfect wardrobe staple!

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Jessi Malay Pasadena CA

Union Restaurant

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

Our last stop was dinner at Union Restaurant, a small Italian restaurant in the heart of Old Pasadena. And you guys..this place is without a doubt some of the best Italian food I’ve ever tried!! I’ve never been to an Italian restaurant where all the dishes were so innovative and delicious..at first I wasn’t sure about some of the flavors and sauces on the menu, but there wasn’t one dish that I didn’t love!! The chef turned a simple and basic pasta dish like Spagetti and Gnocchi into something unique..bursting with flavorful and quality ingredients that gave each dish it’s own flare.

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

We started with a few appetizers recommended by the chef. Our favorite was the Housemade Stracciatella Cheese served with just the right amount of roasted garlic, olive oil and balsamic topped over a crisp crostini. The cheese was SO incredibly fresh and creamy..I couldn’t get enough!!

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

Next we had the Pork Meatballs paired with San Marzano tomato, caper berries, lardo, and chile. The spices were just right and didn’t overpower the dish.

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

Another must is their Porchetta! The meat was cooked perfectly tender and served with Weiser Farms potatoes and a homemade salsa verde sauce for some extra flavor ;) You can taste the fennel and garlic in every bite. And the salsa verda added the perfect kick of flavor to the dish!

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

Braised Octopus was another great choice! Paired with chickpeas, lemon yogurt and and dukkah. At this point we were getting pretty full..but every dish was too good to leave anything behind!

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

For the main course, we were so excited to try the restaurant’s homemade pastas! We ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi and Spaghetti which was pushed and cut through a guitar string board. (how cool?!) My favorite was the Ricotta Gnocchi..cooked with morel mushrooms, roasted onion, all in a brown butter sauce..insanely good!!

Union Restaurant Pasadena CA

A big thank you to Union for hosting us for one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had! If you are looking for an amazing Italian restaurant then I highly recommend trying Union

As always, thanks for stopping by! Which area do you guys want to see next on my city guide?! Comment below!

Xxo, Jessi

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Yasss to another wonderful city guide … such a fun little exploring around such a beautiful town. The food looks deliciously good, beautiful day, looking fabulous … anything for the Gorgeous Bride to be! :)

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    June 29, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply

    You have the best time exploring the best cities! The Pasadena City Hall is very vintage and beautiful!! I really enjoyed reading this, it almost felt like I was on that trip too! Congrats once again on your engagement babe xx


    June 29, 2017 at 11:51 pm Reply
  • Hadasah Love | Style To Love

    This is so nice! I love it
    xoxo, Hadasah

    June 30, 2017 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Ellie

    Such a wonderful Post!<3

    June 30, 2017 at 3:05 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    Such a beautiful look!


    June 30, 2017 at 4:59 am Reply
  • Cindy Elena @iamcindyelena

    Omg the food looks so yummy, and that float gave me the biggest sugar craving! Also can we talk about how stunning you look? Gorgeous!

    xo | Cindy Elena

    June 30, 2017 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Angie Diaz-Cervo

    My daughter Gabrielle Diaz-Cervo at http://www.fiercelybeautifulblog.com loves your blog. She talked about you and how you are her mentor. Congratulations on your engagement, I know Gabriel since he was very young. His family is nice and you are joining a good family.

    June 30, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Miki

    Love your outfit. I love high waisted pants! These fit like a dream. Those spots look so beautiful. I went to Pasadena quite a bit and don’t think I tried those floats in the Burlinton arcade. Always something to return to when I come back to LA again. :)


    June 30, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Christine Kong

    I love old town Pasadena and that Float looks so cute and yummy. We used to live by there and would go to all the little shops and now you make me want to go again! Union looks incredible too and I love all these little city tours you are doing. It would be amazing to have you visit the OC sometime! xoxo, Christine

    June 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Docdivatraveller

    The pictures are breathtaking!

    June 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    I love this look so much! I love the high waisted pants and cropped top. The back detail is perfect! So lovely!

    xo Kristen

    June 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Prakash

    wow looking so glamourous in this outfits kissessssss


    June 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • rae

    you’re stunning! and very beautiful photos :)

    xoxo, rae

    July 1, 2017 at 2:48 am Reply
  • Holly

    Fabulous post and pictures! I need one of those floats!! Great post….as always! x


    July 1, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Meri Wild

    wow! Awesome place and photos <3 You look gorgeous!


    July 1, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Carrie Beale

    I fell in love with your top but I was terribly disappointed that when I went to buy it they wanted $35 for shipping and that was the 5+ day shipping! I know it’s not that much. It does look beautiful on you! ❤

    July 1, 2017 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Iris

    I really enjoy reading your city tour guide ;-)

    the cropped top looks beautiful babe. Have a great weekend!



    July 1, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Kangkan Rabha

    Stunning photos like always. love it. :)


    July 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Britt Correia x Gypsy Sunday

    You are too pretty, girl! These travel photos are to die for. Thank so much for sharing, love.

    I’d love for you to check out the latest on my blog

    July 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    You always look so incredibly chic! I love the cropped eyelet top and it has a gorgeous back too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    July 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Cynthia

    That is the perfect little top, I love it! I definitely want to check out Pasadena when I’m in the area, it looks like such a cute little place! Congrats on your engagement too! That’s so exciting!



    July 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply


    July 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Corina

    You look gorgeous! I will definitely visit Pasadena next time I am in LA.

    xo Corina

    July 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Maria | Short Girl Long Jacket

    Pasadena looks like it has so many beautiful spots! And I love your outfit x

    July 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Camila

    This outfit is so stunning, you look super gorgeous and the places you visited are amazing mostly that food!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    July 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Erin

    First of all, I’m hungry now hahah. Everything looks amazing. Second, you are SO beautiful and the details on your top are amazing! Loveee xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

    July 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Monica . Mes Voyages à Paris

    Amazing outfit and pictures!! So cool!!
    Mónica Sors

    July 3, 2017 at 2:50 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Love the whole look and the details are perfect!


    July 3, 2017 at 3:31 am Reply
  • sam collin

    you are looking so pretty in this outfit

    July 3, 2017 at 4:59 am Reply
  • Adelina

    I love Pasadena! I used to live there for a little and it’s SO MUCH FUN! You look absolutely beautiful babe and that octopus dish looks too yummy! Also, I’m beyonnnnddd excited about your engagement!! Have a fabulous week darling!

    xx Adelina

    July 3, 2017 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Amy Arnold

    Such gorgeous photos! I love the lace up back and the flow of your wide leg pants.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    July 3, 2017 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Ashley

    What a fun day, lady- and your photos are gorgeous, as usual!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    July 3, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
  • marta

    Beautiful photos! Great post! kisses


    July 3, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply

    Love the pictures and the cute top!


    July 4, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Lisa Linh

    Ah I have yet to go to the plaza and you just reminded me about it. Gorgeous shots babe and you were just 15 mins from me :)

    July 5, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Millie | Queenmillie

    Oh wow, Union restaurant looks and sounds amazing!! I hope you had an amazing weekend girl!! Your outfits are stunning and loving the sound of the float drinks!! Amazing post and thanks for sharing Jessi x

    Millie x

    July 6, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

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    July 12, 2017 at 5:50 am Reply
  • Taylor

    You seriously always find the best photo spots!
    Love this look, so cute and chic!

    July 19, 2017 at 1:00 am Reply
  • Emily

    Those floats look absolutely delicious! Love all of your pictures you posted on this blog. Your outfit was so chic, I loved it!
    Isn’t That Charming.

    August 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

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