Old Town Pasadena Shopping / by Stephanie Foster

Macarons from  'Lette Macarons, Pasadena . Flavors from Left: Citron (Lemon), Framboise (Raspberry), Thé Earl Grey (Earl Grey Tea), Caramel Salé (Salted Caramel), Violet Cassis, Rose. YUM!!!

Macarons from 'Lette Macarons, Pasadena. Flavors from Left: Citron (Lemon), Framboise (Raspberry), Thé Earl Grey (Earl Grey Tea), Caramel Salé (Salted Caramel), Violet Cassis, Rose. YUM!!!

I wanted to do a bit of thrifting here in California. I had been to the Goodwill Pasadena and The Salvation Army Pasadena and didn't find a single item. I decided to do a bit of research (#1 #2) before my next excursion and decided to go to Crossroads Trading Co. on Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena since it was close to me. I decided to go check it out and explore the area and pick up a few new items to put on the blog. 

Crossroads, Pasadena, CA.

Crossroads, Pasadena, CA.

Ok, so this website was right in saying Crossroads Trading Co. is a lot like Buffalo Exchange. There are a few new items there, but it's mostly gently used clothing. It is higher priced than a traditional thrift store, but not as expensive (in my opinion) as Buffalo Exchange. I got a few pieces here and even liked a few more in the dressing rooms I chose not to buy (but took photos for you all nonetheless).

One thing I really liked about this place is that right when you walk in, there is a 'Staff Picks' rack. So the staff, who has to look at all the clothes when they come in, basically does all the digging for you and takes out the best pieces! 

Check out my adventure below!

Starting out with a mirror outfit selfie at Crossroads. #LivingCliché.  Details: Tank - Heartbreaker, Uptown, Minneapolis Shorts with Skirt Overlay- Forever 21 Bag- Marc By Marc Jacobs, Barneys NY Outlet Sandals- Target Necklace and Aviator Sunglasses- Love21

Starting out with a mirror outfit selfie at Crossroads. #LivingCliché.

Details:
Tank - Heartbreaker, Uptown, Minneapolis
Shorts with Skirt Overlay- Forever 21
Bag- Marc By Marc Jacobs, Barneys NY Outlet
Sandals- Target
Necklace and Aviator Sunglasses- Love21

Ok, so I didn't buy either of these pieces but they are both super trendy and on-point which I think was a good representation of the selection in this shop. The top was still kind of pricey at $10.50 and the shorts were $10 as well which for some reason I consider more reasonable. #FlawedLogic  I probably would have bought the shorts but they were just a little TOO short for my liking. 

Ok, so I didn't buy either of these pieces but they are both super trendy and on-point which I think was a good representation of the selection in this shop. The top was still kind of pricey at $10.50 and the shorts were $10 as well which for some reason I consider more reasonable. #FlawedLogic  I probably would have bought the shorts but they were just a little TOO short for my liking. 

This is the same pair of shorts as pictured above with this cool hi-low tank. I probably would have gotten the tank as I thought the price was reasonable enough at $8, but I fell in love with the two other pieces instead. :)

This is the same pair of shorts as pictured above with this cool hi-low tank. I probably would have gotten the tank as I thought the price was reasonable enough at $8, but I fell in love with the two other pieces instead. :)

This is one of the items that I took home. They actually had quite a few of them but I liked this one best. It was not the best price for 'thrifting' at $8.50, but I felt like it was a good basic and I would wear it a lot this summer so it was worth the $2-$4 more than I might pay at a regular thrift store.

This is one of the items that I took home. They actually had quite a few of them but I liked this one best. It was not the best price for 'thrifting' at $8.50, but I felt like it was a good basic and I would wear it a lot this summer so it was worth the $2-$4 more than I might pay at a regular thrift store.

Styling of the Cropped Tie-Front Sleeveless Chambray Top from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena. $8.50.  Details: Tank Dress- H&M Basics Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Styling of the Cropped Tie-Front Sleeveless Chambray Top from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena. $8.50.

Details:
Tank Dress- H&M Basics
Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack

This little baby is the   Pièce de résistance  of my day. It was a bit of a 'splurge' at $13.50 but it's Guess, and it does something AMAZING when I put it on. Very Carrie Bradshaw. 

This little baby is the Pièce de résistance of my day. It was a bit of a 'splurge' at $13.50 but it's Guess, and it does something AMAZING when I put it on. Very Carrie Bradshaw. 

Styling of the Hi-Lo Guess Dress from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena, CA. $13.50  Details: Motorcycle Jacket- Target via Minneapolis Salvation Army Target Basement Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack Shoes- Nine West via Opitz Outlet, St. Louis Park, MN

Styling of the Hi-Lo Guess Dress from Crossroads Trading Co., Pasadena, CA. $13.50

Details:
Motorcycle Jacket- Target via Minneapolis Salvation Army Target Basement
Combat Boots- Nordstrom Rack
Shoes- Nine West via Opitz Outlet, St. Louis Park, MN

After purchasing the amazing dress and chambray, I went back out to Colorado Blvd. and went down to Sushi Stop. I'll admit, I was skeptical about this place, since the sign on it looks like it was changed from Game Stop, but when I saw that everything was $2.75, this budget conscious girl decided go get her sushi fix.

I had the salmon avocado roll which was DELICIOUS. spicy tuna roll - average, tuna sushi nigiri (a bit more 'Expensive' at $4 but worth it. And since I always ask for these cut in half so I can get a REASONABLE mouthful of rice and fish, I actually get 4 mini pieces instead of 2 huge ones),  and a $2.75 happy hour Sapporo. Total bill came to $13.40 which is not bad at all!

I then headed down Colorado to go to Urban Outfitters. I was glad I did, because I've been feeling homesick recently and walking into the store made me feel JUST like I was at home shopping in Uptown Minneapolis. I wasn't planning on buying anything at Urban, but they were having my favorite thing of all time- 50% off all sale. So, I basically HAD to, right? I cruised the clearance racks for a bit and found three pieces I had to leave with. And then, $35 later,  I decided I had to quit shopping!!! :) See the pieces below! 

This super cute shirt was marked $4.99 on clearance with an additional 50% off, making it just $2.50. TOTALLY worth it because while it looks like your usual Toile, check out the detail below.

This super cute shirt was marked $4.99 on clearance with an additional 50% off, making it just $2.50. TOTALLY worth it because while it looks like your usual Toile, check out the detail below.

Unicorns, Balloons, Rainbows, Cats on Swings, Dolphins, Dogs! HAPPY OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!

Unicorns, Balloons, Rainbows, Cats on Swings, Dolphins, Dogs! HAPPY OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!

These caged bralette/crop tops have been all the rage since Brandy Melville came out with one. Final price on this one was a mere $10, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

These caged bralette/crop tops have been all the rage since Brandy Melville came out with one. Final price on this one was a mere $10, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Awww. It's a match made in heaven. My new $10 caged top from Urban Outfitters with my old $7.50 'trippy' halter dress. I call it my 'trippy' dress because that is what the tag said when I bought it! Haha, Oh, Urban.  Details: Boots- Nordstrom Rack   

Awww. It's a match made in heaven. My new $10 caged top from Urban Outfitters with my old $7.50 'trippy' halter dress. I call it my 'trippy' dress because that is what the tag said when I bought it! Haha, Oh, Urban.

Details:
Boots- Nordstrom Rack

 

IN LOVE WITH THIS TOP. It is like Pocahontas and a comfy Urban Outfitters tee had a baby and made this. It was a BIG SPLURGE for me at $20, but I excitedly went home and wore it the very next night, so, worth it, right? Plus, the details are DIVINE. 

IN LOVE WITH THIS TOP. It is like Pocahontas and a comfy Urban Outfitters tee had a baby and made this. It was a BIG SPLURGE for me at $20, but I excitedly went home and wore it the very next night, so, worth it, right? Plus, the details are DIVINE. 

Here's a styling of the top. It is low cut in the back and the sides so I wear this bralette from F21 ($5.80) to make it a bit more modest.  Details: Shorts- Target Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Here's a styling of the top. It is low cut in the back and the sides so I wear this bralette from F21 ($5.80) to make it a bit more modest.

Details:
Shorts- Target
Boots- Nordstrom Rack

On the way back to the car from Urban, I got distracted by 'Lette, the most beautiful macaron shop. And, since I am a huge sucker for macarons, I promptly went inside to check it out. They have boxes of 2 or 6. And, of course I had to get 6 since i couldn't choose between their flavors. They were all delicious as you'd expect, but I think my favorites were the Earl Grey Tea and the Violet Cassis. At $11 for 6, it was definitely not in my budget, but I haven't had a real macaron since Laduree over a year ago so I felt like I deserved the treat!

Thanks for reading about my shopping experience in Old Town! If there's anything more you'd like to know please leave a comment below! :) Happy Shopping!