Summer

Summer for Him

San Diego Museum Month x Hilton Bayfront Trip!

I love taking trips as you guys know and one of my favorite spots is San Diego!! It's close and just so beautiful! I was so excited to come down to San Diego for a weekend trip because not only is it beautiful and a quick getaway, but February is San Diego's Museum Month! If you love visiting museums too, then it's perfect for you. There are over 40 museums that participate in Museum Month and it’s half-off admission for the participating museums. You can grab a museum month pass for free at any Hilton Hotel in the San Diego Area. And who doesn't love a Hilton Hotel! I mean, how gorgeous is this pool at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront? You know I love a good pool.

And my gorgeous view from my hotel room! This was the first time I have stayed at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and I am loving it! I love walking everywhere so it's perfect because it's close to everything you would want to go explore! Not to mention, every morning that breakfast buffet is sooo good and convenient.

We got in around 4pm and settled into the hotel and then went to such an amazing spot for dinner called CUCINA urbana! And I was having too much fun in the wine shop... haha.

I mean, how delicious is that?! Not to mention, they had AMAZING cocktails!!

I was so excited to hop on the Old Town Trolley's! Its an amazing way to see the city especially if it’s your first time to San Diego! It's so much fun and our guide was super funny with lots of interesting facts about the city!  I love that you can hop on and off all day depending on what you want to do.

And now for the museums! My first stop was San Diego's Natural History Museum!

We had so much fun learning from one of the paleontologists, Christopher Plouffe about all the fossils found and how they preserve everything! I love the museum because I love the animals and they even have a live animals exhibit. Also, obsessed with their collection of over 100 gems where you can learn about mineralogy and so much more. I had so much fun exploring here.

Look at this little babe! Can't wait to come back.

Oh yes, and after a delicious lunch at Panama 66 our next stop was- The San Diego Museum of Art!

I loved this museum because I could honestly look at art all day. I love the guided tours, but also just love exploring on my own and trying to see my interpretation too! I fell in love with the gorgeous Bouguereau exhibit, which will only be there until March 15th. So hurry and check it out!! It's totally worth it.

I'm obsessed with gardens so obviously had to make a stop at the Japanese Friendship Garden too!!!!!! Oh my gosh, so magical and lush! And loved all the baby bonsai trees!

Balboa Park is so gorgeous and I had no idea about it. I loved exploring around the park after I checked out all the museums. I mean I can't say how beautiful this spot is! Picture perfect too if you ask me!

Last stop of the day and probably my favorite was the USS Midway Museum! I mean, oh my gosh- how did I also not know this place existed? It was so amazing. We also went at the perfect time, sunset!!! So happy we were able to get guided by one of the Midway's Docents! This museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway and the hip houses a crazy collection of aircrafts!

And after a super fun day at the museums we had some Mexican food and margaritas at Puesto! So good and such a beautiful restaurant too!!

After a well rested night we headed to the Living Coast Discovery Center in the morning!

As I mentioned, I love animals!!! I loved this visit and isn't too far from Downtown San Diego! They are not only a non-profit organization, but help preserve nature and give back. We were able to learn about how important it is to help care for our environment and learn about these animals too. We did so much fun stuff like feed the sea turtles and string rays!! It took a minute for one of the sting rays to come to me though! Definitely somewhere you need to stop by!

Museum Month is the perfect way to make a fun trip down to a Hilton in San Diego and see a lot of the museums!! I can’t wait to go back before the end of the month to see some new ones that I didn’t get to see on this last trip. When are you heading there?!

XOXO,

Emily Men

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Wedding Season Ready with Papyrus!

Wedding season is upon us, and Papyrus has got me covered!  Whether you are a wedding guest or a bride/groom to be, you will find everything you need at Papyrus!  A wedding is one of the most special moments in someone’s life, and there is no better way to elevate and celebrate it than with the joy of a beyond beautiful Papyrus moment!

As everyone knows by now, I’m obsessed with Papyrus! I love how unique and innovative all their cards are, and amount of thought and love brought into the design and details of every single card and product they come out with really makes all the difference.  I am especially in love with their new product categories like entertaining and desk accessories – you’ll see later how I used the entertainment pieces to decorate my sister’s bachelorette party!

Everyone knows that Papyrus has the most luxurious and stylish cards and gift wrap products around, and it is the same when it comes to their wedding collection. They make cards and giftwrap that are just as beautifully detailed as the wedding itself! To me, a card is always the most important and special part of the gift because it is a visual expression of how you feel in your heart.

Shop the photo!:

  • Laser-Cut Cake on Lavender Glitter, buy here.
  • Vintage Lace Medium Gift Bag, buy here.
  • Graceful Bloom Small Bag, buy here.
  • Graceful Bloom Medium Gift Bag, buy here.
  • Forevermore Tissue Paper, buy here.
  • Graceful Bloom Tissue Paper, buy here.
  • Printed Foil Gold Heart Tissue Paper, buy here.

The wedding dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of a wedding, and I love that Papyrus highlights this special moment in their cards too. They really do think of everything!

Shop similar wedding gown cards!:

  • Vibrant Butterfly Wedding Dress Card, buy here.
  • Lace Wedding Gown Bridal Shower Card, buy here.

I always love the handmade feels of every single card – there really is a card for every type of bride! Loving this one for the more rustic bride!

Shop the photo!:

  • Bride & Groom Chalkboard, buy here.

For those who can’t wait to be called Mr. and Mrs.! There are so many gorgeous cards and entertaining pieces for this theme! How adorable!!

Shop the photo!:

  • Whimsy Bridal Outfits Card, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Party Picks, buy here.

This is probably my absolute favorite card from the collection. It is from the Judith Leiber Couture collection (which is the newest of Papyrus’ collaboration series), and I cannot believe how gorgeous this card is!! The entire collection of gem-encrusted wedding cards are modeled after some of Judith Leiber’s most iconic wedding handbag designs! I am so obsessed with this card!!! I’ve already chosen it as the one I will give to my sister for her special day coming up – it is so beautifully embellished and perfect for the super glamorous or over-the-top bride!!

Shop the photo!:

  • Pink Pearl Wedding Cake Card, buy here.

How fun are these beautiful top hats from the Judith Leiber Couture Collection??  Love this card for a more modern bride (or grooms)! Also, how cute are the heart gift toppers?

Shop the photo!:

  • Top Hats Wedding Card, buy here.
  • Gemmed Silver Heart Gift Topper, buy here.

Papyrus just has so many different designs and styles to choose from.  This card is another one of my favorites, it is just so delicate and beautiful! This is a great example of a card that is simple in concept but stunning in execution – the colors and glitter and ribbon details are just enough to make everything pop!

Shop the photo!:

  • Lavender Wedding Blossoms Card, buy here.

I recently attended a friend’s wedding and opted for this gift bag to match the card from above! It was the perfect set and really complemented the wedding theme!

Shop the photo!:

  • Forevermore Medium Gift Bag, buy here.
  • Forevermore Tissue Paper, buy here.

Papyrus has what you need for every occasion! I recently planned my sister’s bachelorette party in Palm Springs, and incorporated several pieces from Papyrus’ event decoration collection for the occasion! How adorable is the set up!? I love the “celebrate” banner because it really brightens up the whole room in a stylish way, without being too theme-y or cheesy! It’s the perfect way to celebrate!

Shop the photo!:

  • Jardin Banner, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Dinner Plates, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Lunch Napkins, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Party Picks, buy here.

I love cupcakes and dessert, so of course I had to incorporate some sweets into the celebration!  The Papyrus plates and napkins were the perfect complement!

Shop the photo!:

  • Happily Ever After Dinner Plates, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Lunch Napkins, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Party Picks, buy here.

I added even more color and fun to the cupcakes with the party picks!

Shop the photo:

  • Happily Ever After Party Picks, buy here.

I made goodie bags for all the girls, and had to include my favorite Papyrus card for the occasion! This card was especially perfect for the weekend because all of the girls celebrated with rosé!  I also added the puffy silver heart gift topper to decorate and elevate every gift bag!

Shop the photo!:

  • Gemmed Silver Heart Gift Topper, buy here.
  • Cheers Watercolor Champagne Card, buy here.

Don’t you think the gift toppers add a great “something special” to each bag?? Shop more Bridal Party themed here!

Weddings are one of the most special occasions of your or your loved one’s life, and I think that attention to detail really makes it more memorable.  The Papyrus wedding collection is the perfect one-stop shop to get everything you need to make the occasion perfect. And if you need more inspiration for the big day, you can get it here and all things wedding here!

Shop more of my favorites from the wedding collection below! Celebrate with Papyrus! Xoxo.

Cards:

  • Couture Love Wedding Lace Card, buy here.
    • The Couture line has the most elevated and exquisitely designed cards in the whole wedding line! It takes the art of the card to a whole new level- I just love them!
  • Beach Wedding Scene Card, buy here.
  • Cake on Floral Wedding Card, buy here.
  • Two Grooms Silhouette Card, buy here.
  • Mrs. & Mrs. Bridal Veils Card, buy here.
  • Wedding Vintage Lace Correspondence Cards, buy here.
  • Handmade Wedding Dress Thank You Boxed Notes, buy here.

Giftwrap:

  • Elegant Floral & Scroll Roll Wrap, buy here.
  • Chevron Text Roll Wrap, buy here.
  • Forever Love Medium Gift Bag, buy here.
  • Rainbow Reflections Tissue Paper, buy here.
  • Silver Fiber Tissue Paper, buy here.

Décor, Tableware, and Serving:

  • Happily Ever After Banner, buy here.
  • Happily Ever After Dessert Plates, buy here.
  • Vintage Lace Beverage Napkins, buy here.

In partnership with Papyrus!

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Leather Pant: J Brand, buy here

Espadrilles: Christian Louboutin, buy similar here

Bracelets: Double High Five BK, buy here

Watch: Rolex

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Vacation in Paris

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Polo: Missoni, buy similar here

Pant: Maison Martin Margiela, buy similar here

Sneaker: Lanvin, buy here

Sunglasses: Tom Ford, buy here

Watch: Rolex

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Pinky

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Top: Kinfolk, buy here

Pant: Express, buy similar here

Sandals: Cinzia Araia

Ring: Cartier Love Ring

Watch: Rolex

Braceletes: David Yurman, buy here and here

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Top: Our Legacy, buy similar here

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Sneakers: Adidas, buy here

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