Museum of Ice Cream

 After trying for months, I was finally able to snag some tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream! Your tickets arrive a few days before your visit, and although I was really worried about parking downtown, I noticed at the bottom of the email that they recommend to use a website called ParkWhiz. ParkWhiz is a website/app where you can put in your location and they will find parking in the area for you. Parking in any big metropolitan area is a nightmare, and San Francisco is no different. ParkWhiz was somehow able to give me a parking space in a hotel just blocks from the museum. I live about 1 hour away, so I made sure to give myself enough time just in case there was traffic on the way there. After arriving at the parking spot, we walked over to the museum.

When you first enter, you are put in a group of around 10. They inform you that this is the group you will be exploring the museum with. At first, I was confused, because I was under the impression that it was completely self guided, but it turned out that you were able to go at your own pace through the museum.

Each room has a different (but still ice cream) theme, with some offering tasty treats and others offering souvenirs. The entire museum is beautifully put together, with a vintage ice cream parlor, many art installations, and even a sprinkle pool. I can really see why this is the most popular of the interactive, walk-through art installations, because the vibe is so well curated. I’ve visited both Happy Place (LA) and Color Factory (SF), and I think in terms of content, MOIC is the most interactive. However, I think I had the most fun at Happy Place. I felt like in LA, people who attend this sort of thing are more open to taking your time and enjoying, or waiting patiently until you get the perfect shot.

One of my favorite parts was the unicorn (milk) ice cream. It was so creamy and smooth, really reminded me of my favorite place in LA. And isn’t that what ice cream’s all about? Nostalgia?

 

Other pictures from MOIC!

 

 

 

 

Loved this room! It is themed like a diner and it even has a vintage jukebox, filled with ice cream music puns. They were serving this cherry sorbet that was actually really good. I loved the vibe and the cute pink phone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying some freshly spun cherry cotton candy under some clouds and cherries! This room was really fun to take pictures in. They had a big cherry sculpture that everyone likes to take pictures with, and cherries and clouds hanging all over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This room really brought me back to elementary school. It’s a rock climbing room, in which each wall is filled with climbing rocks. You’re able to climb all over the room! Although it was just for taking pictures, I felt like I got a pretty good workout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sprinkle pool was super cute and fun to play in. One downside of this place is that they let about 10 people in the pool at once. It’s really not big enough to fit that many people. You’re struggling to find a way to take pictures and when you finally find enough space, you have to leave to make room for the next group. It’s shocking to me how many people are able to post pictures of themselves in here – We actually really struggled getting a shot with just me! I guess your mileage may vary.

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Generation Beauty San Francisco

 

This year was my first time attending Generation Beauty. If you don’t know what Generation Beauty is, it is an event held by Ipsy where a lot of different brands have stalls where people are able to visit and learn about their products and purchase at a discounted price. The Ipsy teams decides which locations Gen Beauty is held, so it may be different each year.

It was such an amazing experience being able to attend the event. Not only do brands come out, but they also set up Meet & Greets for YouTubers! I am lucky to be a content creator for IpsyOS, so I was also invited to attend the cocktail party the night before. It was my first cocktail party ever and this is a social event for bloggers to get to know each other. Definitely a great way to mingle with each other since there were bloggers from all over! Not to mention you could potentially meet Michelle Phan (the creator) or one of the invited YouTubers.

Some tips for attending Gen Beauty in the future:

  • Going from vendor to vendor can be very stressful especially since the lines are long! I found that it can be extremely overwhelming, so make sure you take breaks! DON’T FORGET TO EAT!
  • You don’t have to visit every vendor on the first day! The brands are also there the second day!
  • Early Access is WORTH IT! If you have the option to add Early Access, DO IT! I purchased early access, and on the first day of the event, the line was CRAZY just to get in! Early access is when you get to go in 1 hour before everyone else and get to meet the brands first!
  • If you can register the day before, you should do that. The day of the event, the registration had an extremely long line, and people would go in to register and have to come back out because they didn’t have early access.
  • Bring snacks and water! You’ll be walking around a lot and may not have time or even want to go out to get food and water. I remember wanting to go to every brand, but I had to pull myself away because I was extremely hungry.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be walking around and standing in line a lot!

These are just some tips that I thought would be useful! If you have any more, please comment below and share them with me! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Michelle

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