The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

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Happy Thanksgiving Friends!  If you need a break from the fam or from eating to do a little shopping, then I have you covered!  I have rounded up as much as I can for you between family time and cooking in this complete Christmas gift guide!  I will continue to add and update as I come across great deals!  Happy shopping!

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Old Navy

40% off your entire purchase.  Here are a few pieces I have and a few that I have my eye on.  They have super cute slippers right now for kiddos to!

Target

Currently lots of door buster deals, and I’m sharing a few here!  They are also offering free shipping through the end of the year.

Nordstrom

Up to 60% now through CYBER MONDAY!  This is a great time to stock up on the things you’ve had your eye on that might be more than you normally want to spend.  I’ve rounded up some of the items I own from here, as well as pieces that I don’t have but would make great gifts or for you!

 

Nordstrom Rack

Up to 60% off and FREE SHIPPING all weekend long.

Madewell

Get 25% off your purchase with code DEALWITHIT!  It includes some of their amazing denim too!

 

Ever Skin

If you haven’t tried Ever Skin yet, now is your chance!  SO many great deals this weekend.  All of these would make great options for the beauty lover on your list!  Ever is a relatively new skin care and make up line that uses good for you ingredients with PROVEN results! I’m new to using their products but there are already several that I’m loving, all linked for you below!

20% off $200 or more (code:  CHEERS20)

15% off $150 or more (code:  CHEERS15)

%10 off $100 or more (code:  CHEERS10)

Guys, this one is a no brainer!  Grab it for your mom, wife, or sister and you’re already done with the shopping!  It comes with a staple pair of Stella and Dot earrings!

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her top Black Friday 2018 picks from Ever Skin. |  | The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide featured by top Missouri life and style blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: shine on gift set

Shine on giftset

 

Ever’s Lavish Body Butter had a 2,000 person waitlist when it came out a couple of years ago.  Your dry winter skin will thank you if you put this on after your shower!  It’s thick, but not greasy and the scent is fresh and subtle!  This little set is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her fave finds from Ever Skin a Stella and Dot brand. | The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide featured by top Missouri life and style blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Ever mini polish set

Mini Polish / Mini Lavish Set

If you’re looking for a great facial oil that isn’t greasy and works wonders, you MUST try the Overnight Facial by Ever.

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her favorite Ever Skin products including the Overnight Facial. |  | The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide featured by top Missouri life and style blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Ever mini polish set: Ever Overnight Facial

Overnight Facial

A great neutral plumping lip gloss for all skin tones!  This would make a great stocking stuffer!

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her favorite finds from Ever Skin. |  | The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide featured by top Missouri life and style blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Ever mini polish set: Flash lip gloss

Flash Lip Gloss

JCrew

JCrew is currently running 50% off your entire purchase with code TGIF!  I have really been loving their stuff lately.  I snagged a couple of things recently that I think you will love too – all linked for you below!

JCrew Factory

JCrew Factory is currently . 40-50% off now thru 11/26!  So many great pieces for the ENTIRE fam.  Use code:  ADD2CART

Forever 21

Save an extra 50% off sale items right now!

ASOS

Currently 25% off EVERYTHING with code EPIC!

 

H&M

20% off + Free shipping! Use code: 3240 . This is your holiday outfit HQ for your littles (and you too)!  So many great inexpensive coordinating and matching pieces for your littles!

Anthropologie

Get 30% off your ENTIRE purchase this weekend!  This is a great place to look for unique gifts for the coworkers, teachers, and friends on your list!

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A Gift Guide For Him

When I decided to do this blog post, I thought what better way to write it than to go right to the source!  If you have followed me on IG for awhile now, you know my hubs occasionally makes an appearance on my stories with his #dadstyles so he was more than willing to give me his two cents on his fave gadgets and gizmos.  This guy researches things for endless amounts of time before making a decision, so you can trust that a lot of thought went into these purchases before he ever made them!  I hope they alleviate some stress and give you more time back in your life while shopping for all the men in your lives!

A gift guide for all of the men on your shopping list!

Cast Iron Skillet

Why I love it – “It will never wear out. Dry it and put some oil on it when you’re done using it and it will last forever. Super versatile – cooktop, oven, put it on the grill. Favorite things to do with it – cast iron chicken legs, sear and bake steaks, and make jumbo chocolate chip cookies.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares popular gifts for the guys in your life with this cast iron skillet.

Cast Iron Skilet

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Why I love it – “You literally cannot overcook a steak. Uses a water bath to bring your food to the exact right temperature and then it stays there. Can sit in the bath for hours before you eat.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares a gift guide for guys featuring the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Sous Vide

 

Pelican Elite Soft Cooler

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares a gift guide for guys which includes the Pelican Elite Soft Cooler.

Cooler

Why I love – “It’s basically a yeti with a better color scheme- black. Fits a case of cans and plenty of ice (or ice packs) easily.”

Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag 23 inch

Why it’s awesome – “It’s super strong nylon, like having a leather bag that’ll last your lifetime at a fraction of the cost. Roomy enough to pack everything I needed for a three day weekend. Can carry it on.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her gift guide for the guy in your life featuring this Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag

Carhartt Bag

OGIO Renegade RSS Day Pack

Why I love it – “Super comfortable on the shoulders. This was our day bag in Europe. Has a compartment where your laptop can go that’s totally safe.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her gift ideas for guys including this OGIO Renegade Backpack

Backpack

 

Arctic Ice Chillin Brew Series

Why I love it – “It’s way different than ice. Add to your cooler with ice and the ice will last waaaaaay longer.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her holiday gift guide for guys featuring the chillin brew for his cooler.

Artic Ice 

iPhone Charger, Anker PowerLine

Why I love it:  “We’ve had every type of fake Apple charge cable under the sun. This one is the best.”


Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares unique gift ideas for guys including this phone charging cable by Anker.

Charging Cable

All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

Why I love it:  “We play music on this thing every morning. And the kids love telling it to tell jokes.”

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her gift guide for guys which includes the Amazon Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo Dot

AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves

Why I love it:  “I’m a gadget guy. This is like potholders on steroids. But I can also use when handling raw meats etc. Then you just wash your hands with the gloves on like you’d wash your actual hands.”

 

 

 

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her gift guide for guys which includes these AYL oven gloves.

Oven Gloves

9 Things to see and do in Rome

When to go

I’m sure there are busier times than others, but for us we were able to be there the first week in October for two days in Rome.  The temps were in the low to mid 70’s for the high and we didn’t experience any rain.  The evenings did get a little chillier, so be sure to have a light jacket with you when you head out for dinner.  Dressing in layers while traveling is always a good idea!

Where to stay

I can’t say enough good things about our Air BnB which was located in the historical heart of downtown Rome.  When we walked outside and looked to the right we were literally steps away from the Castel Sant’Angelo.  We were only a 1o minute walk from the Vatican, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.  Sadly I didn’t take any pics of the actual room, but I am linking it here.  Our host, Alessandro, was so accommodating and everything was incredibly clean!  It was the perfect space for our short stay in Rome! I highly recommend if you are looking for a place in Rome.

Air BnB near the bridge to Castel Sant'Angelo

Denim Jacket // Bodysuit // Olive Green Joggers // Sneakers

What to see and do

With two days in Rome, I feel we were able to make the most of it and see the top things on our list.  I do wish we would’ve had just one more day to take a more leisurely time roaming the city…I suppose this just means we will have to come back and visit again one day!

Tour the Vatican

You must buy tickets BEFORE your trip!  I repeat, buy tickets BEFORE your trip.  We used a company called City Wonders for our tour of the Vatican and The Colosseum and they were great!  The tours were organized and the guides were very knowledgeable.  The Vatican is HUGE, and even on the tour that we did, we didn’t get to see all of it.  But I honestly can’t imagine touring it without a guide. I’m sure it’s possible, but the crowds in early October were BIG (not as big as they are in July apparently) but I’m talking shoulder to shoulder people through most of the galleries.  By having a guide, they can navigate things a little better and keep you organized by pointing out the main attractions throughout Vatican City. The tour itself was approximately 3 hours, we started promptly at 9 and ended shortly after noon.

The Gallery of Maps at the Vatican in Rome

This was my fave part of the Vatican…so beautiful!

Climb to the top of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Upon the completion of your tour within Saint Peter’s Basilica, you will have the option to climb to the top of the cloister.  The cost is $8 to walk (500+ steps) or $10 to take the elevator (which will only get you part of the way to the top).  We chose to walk and I’m so glad we did!  What an experience!  There are definitely several very narrow spots the closer you get to the top, but the view alone at the end is worth it!  Be sure to have a bottle of water handy when you start your trek though, I promise even the fittest of people will get thirsty.

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles poses next to the bell tower at St. Peter's Basilica

A picture from the top of St. Peter's Basilica - Emmy Lou Styles Life and Style Blog

Tour the Colosseum

We were able to tour the Colosseum as a package deal with The Vatican through City Wonders.  This was awesome because we were able to see the Vatican in the morning, grab a quick bite to eat and cab it over to the Colosseum for a tour in the afternoon.  The tour lasted 3 hours. It takes you through the inside of the Colosseum, plus parts of the Roman Forum too.  Be sure to snap your IG worthy photos outside the entrance at the top of the ramp that goes down.  There is also a bridge near the Colosseum where you can take some great photos too, however beware of people selling trinkets on the bridge.  This was the only spot in all of Rome where I felt a little unsafe at one point.  We had a pretty aggressive vendor follow us off the bridge harassing us to take one of his bracelets.

A picture of the Colosseum from the bridge outside

The bridge outside of the Colosseum is a great spot to take pictures

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles poses in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Throw a coin in Trevi Fountain

Prepare for massive crowds when visiting Trevi Fountain!  Be patient and make your way towards the lower left side (when facing the fountain) to take your pics.  Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will most certainly return to Rome in the future. I threw ALL of my coins in there!

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles sitting in front of Trevi Fountain in Rome Italy

Similar Scarf // Black Tee // Jeans

Climb the Spanish Steps

Again, another tourist haven for massive crowds but still worth seeing!  There is an open square at the bottom of the steps where there were people playing music and beautiful flower stands… it truly felt like what I pictured Rome to be like!

Beautiful flower stands near the Spanish Steps in Rome

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles poses in front of the Spanish Steps in Rome

Roam around Plaza Navona at night

We saw Navona during the day and at night, but I have to say at night was my fave!  It’s lit up and people are enjoying dinner right inside the plaza (amazing by the way).  Again there is tons of music being played and you will feel like you are straight out of a movie.  Ciao bella!

A photo of the Piazza Navona at night.

Buy a REAL leather bag

Oh man, if I only I could transmit the smells of the leather through these pics!  Rome has tons of options for buying a nice leather piece, but in my opinion, there is only one shop that matters.  I stumbled upon Laboratorio Pelletteria via Yelp and the hundreds of reviews were accurate.  Aldo the owner has been in biz since 1970.  He handcrafts every single piece you see in the shop, and he will even hand stamp your initials on to whatever piece you buy.  His sweet personality is as awesome as the pieces he creates.  The pride in his work shows, and I feel so lucky to have purchased a bag from him that I will have for years to come! There are tons of options for things to buy for yourself, as well as nice little gifts for your loved ones back home (i.e. these little leather initial keychains were only $5).

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles purchases leather bag from Laboratorio Pelletteria in Rome, Italy

 

Aldo from Laboratorio Pelletteria hard at work in his leather shop

 

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles shares her leather crossbody bag purchased in Rome.

I basically haven’t taken this crossbody bag off my body since buying it from Aldo’s shop!

Spanx Leggings // Sweater

Explore the Pantheon

This was one thing on the list that we ALMOST didn’t make it to, but luckily we stumbled upon it before leaving town that morning.  It opens bright and early (9am) and it’s free to roam around the inside!

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles visits the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles visits the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Eat all the things!

I could probably do an entire post on just the food that you come across in Rome.  Cacio de Pepe was my go to and I absolutely loved pistachio gelato!

 

Emily from Emmy Lou Styles eating gelato in Rome, Italy

so. much. gelato.

Be sure to check out my post on the top things to do in Barcelona too!

MY TOP 20 LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL

It’s no lie that I love a pop of leopard print in my wardrobe.  I mean let’s face it, leopard print fashion is a neutral!  It kind of implies a sense of power too when you’re wearing it, and it can easily pull an entire outfit together.

I have rounded up my top 20 leopard print fashion picks for fall!  Enjoy!

Madewell | Forever 21 | Nordstrom | LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL featured by top Missouri fashion blogger Emmy Lou Styles

Bershka | Madewell | Forever 21 | Nordstrom | LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL featured by top Missouri fashion blogger Emmy Lou Styles

Dress

Dress fits true to size!

TOP 20 LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS:

LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS: TOPS & SWEATERS

Leopard print doesn’t have to look the same either.  There are so many different colors and textures of it.  I’m OBSESSED with this little velvet rose colored button up below (2nd image).  Scroll through to see my other top and sweater picks!

 

LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS: DRESSES & SKIRTS

Besides the leopard print dress I’m wearing in these pics, I found a few other gems for you too!

Madewell | Forever 21 | Nordstrom | LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL featured by top Missouri fashion blogger Emmy Lou Styles

LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS: SHOES

One of my favorite pieces I grabbed last season was this pair of leopard booties and I’m so excited to be wearing them again this year!  I love mixing leopard with other patterns.  Scroll on to see some other leopard shoe options for the season!

Leopard print block heeled boot with dark denim and a plaid blazer | Madewell | Forever 21 | Nordstrom | LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL featured by top Missouri fashion blogger Emmy Lou Styles

Boots (similar) // Jeans // Blazer // Bag (similar)

Leopard print block heeled booties with a plaid blazer and jeans | Madewell | Forever 21 | Nordstrom | LEOPARD PRINT FASHION PICKS FOR FALL featured by top Missouri fashion blogger Emmy Lou Styles

Shop my fave leopard print shoes below!

Loving this leopard print fashion feature? Be sure to check out my post on how to style a leopard coat here!

Also, thank you to fellow blogger Miss Mary Powers for taking these pics for me!  Be sure to check out her blog too!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA

In the words of Ed Sheeran, “let’s pretend we are dancing in the street in Barcelona“!  I totally get why he wrote a song about this amazing city now that I’ve had the chance to visit!  There are SO many things to do, but I have rounded up my top ten things to do in Barcelona.  We spent a total of three nights here, and we were able to easily check off each of these things.  Enjoy!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Postcards from Barcelona

Shoes // Dress

When to go to Barcelona

Whenever you get the chance!  For us, that happened to be the last weekend of September.  The weather was beautiful.  Temps were in the mid 70’s and we never experienced rain.  Do keep in mind that most apartments and homes in Barcelona don’t have air conditioning so during the day it can get a little warm.  The evenings seemed to cool off a bit, and I was happy to have a light leather jacket with me for venturing out.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Airbnb all the way!  Sadly I wouldn’t recommend our actual Air BnB that we stayed in due to some issues with the host responsiveness upon arrival.  However, all of our other experiences with Airbnb on this trip were great! Our stay in Barcelona ultimately turned out fine, but it took a few tries with our host in making it right.  The actual location we stayed was right off La Rambla.  It was definitely a noisy part of town in the evenings, but we liked being within walking distance of several things we wanted to see and do.

Buses to and from the airport are easy to locate and cost about 6 Euros to get you to Placa Catalunya.  The ride will take about 30 minutes.  The city overall is very walkable at all times of the day.  We arrived after 10PM on a Friday night and there were still plenty of people everywhere and restaurants and bars were still open and busy.

Top 10 things to do in Barcelona

Have a beer at Olgod Craft Beer Bar

Talk about random, chance happenings, Olgod Craft Beer Bar was that for us. We were in a cab sitting in a TON of traffic on a Sunday afternoon after having toured the Sagrada Familia heading back to our place when we saw Olgod out the window.  We kept watching the meter on the cab tick upward when we decided to just get out and start walking the rest of the way home.  We popped into the bar for one beer, and ended up staying for 5 hours!  We met 4 other Americans visiting Barcelona and had the best time drinking and chatting with them!  By far, one of the most memorable parts of our trip! So when things aren’t going your way while traveling, embrace it because you never know who or what you might experience that will stick with you forever.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles:: Olgod gastropub has over 30 beers on tap

 

Visit the Beach and dip your toe in the Mediterranean

A Saturday at the end of September in Barcelona, the beaches were still jam packed with visitors!  There are plenty of public areas to layout if that is your preference, along with several beach bars where you can sit and people watch while sipping some rose!  The beach right along the water is mostly rocky, but higher up you will find softer sand.  One thing to keep in mind, you will see locals along the beach selling cheap little souvenirs and services – including massages.  I had a woman come up to me while we were sitting along the beach and just start rubbing my feet haha!  I politely told her no thanks several times but she kept doing it!  She finally did stop, but beware, they can be a little pushy at times.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit the public beach in Barcelona and have a beer

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit the public beach and sit at a beachfront bar

Hat // T-Shirt // Sandals

Visit Mercat de la Boqueria

This open air market was right down the street from where we stayed!  There are aisles upon aisles of fresh squeezed juices and all sorts of other fresh food to nibble on!  Not to mention the colors everywhere are so fun to see!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit the Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona to find fresh juices, fruit, desserts and more.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Explore La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona and try a dragonfruit smoothie.

{Dragonfruit Smoothie = DELISH}

Buy yourself a pair of espadrilles

Spain is known for these cute little shoes with the jute wrapped bottoms.  You will literally see them EVERYWHERE — in store windows and on the feet of local women (and men too)!  I purchased my pair from La Manual Alpargatera.  They have been in business since the Civil War era!  The staff was super helpful in bringing out several styles and sizes for me to try and I’m so happy with the pair that I picked!  I know I will wear them for many years to come!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit La Manual Alpargatera to buy a pair of espadrilles

Climb to the top of Turo de les tres creus

This is the highest part of Park Guell.  When you reach the top, you can see some pretty spectacular views of most of Barcelona!  If you’re afraid of heights, beware!  But I promise the views are worth it!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Climb to the top of Turó de les tres creus in Park Guell

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: View from the top of Turó de les tres creus in Park Guell

Have a picnic in Park Guell

Remember how I talked about embracing when things don’t go your way while traveling?  Here’s another example for you.  As we roamed around the free parts of Park Guell, I became hangry.  Google maps had already failed us once on finding something near the park to eat, but then it redeemed itself by bringing us to Guelly Sandwich Shop!  The shop is located right outside of the park on a hill top (right as you come up the steps from the Guell train stop).  This little family run shop was the cutest, and their sandwiches were delish (along with the churros dipped in chocolate)!  We grabbed ours to go and walked back into the free part of the park and found a spot to enjoy!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit Guelly Sandwich Shop and have a picnic in Park Guell

Dine at Brunch and Cake

If you have a love for the beautiful and creative content that you see on the gram, then a meal at Brunch and Cake is an absolute MUST while in Barcelona!  I found out about this place while searching hashtags before our trip and I’m so glad I put this on our list to visit!  The food was SOOO good, and the presentation was out of this world!  Be sure to arrive as early as possible (especially on a weekend) because there will most definitely be a line.  We waited for about 20 min for a table, but once we were seated the service was quick.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Have breakfast at the beautiful Brunch and Cake Restaurant in Barcelona

Sunnies // Skirt // Purse

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Order matcha pancakes from Brunch and Cake in Barcelona

Get the matcha pancakes!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Order a latte from Brunch and Cake when visiting Barcelona

Get lost in the Gothic Quarter

The charming Gothic Quarter is full of narrow streets filled with bars, restaurants, and shops.  As we strolled through on a Saturday afternoon, the streets were busy with people enjoying a beautiful day!  I loved stumbling upon a musician playing on a street corner and taking it in for a moment!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: barcelona gothic quarter

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Stroll the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and take in the sights and sounds - 10 Things to do in Barcelona

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is a must see.

Visit the Arc de Triomf

This was a fun spot on a Saturday.  The Arc de Triomf was the main access gate to the 1888 World’s Fair in Barcelona.  While we were there on a busy Saturday afternoon we encountered locals and tourists alike!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona is a lovely spot for taking pictures.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Visit the Arc de Triomf

Tour Sagrada Familia

If you’re not familiar with Sagrada Familia, it is a large unfinished Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona.  The church design was done by Antoni Gaudi starting in 1892!  Yes, you read that right, 1892!  The expected completion date is 2026.  If you plan to tour the church like we did (which I highly recommend), be sure to purchase your tickets in advance of your trip!  It is an absolutely breathtaking structure! When you exit Sagrada Familia, be sure to browse the paintings outside from local artists.  There are tons of different sizes and they make for a great souvenir to take home.  We purchased one to hang on our gallery wall.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: A selfie in front of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Tour the Sagrada Famila when visiting Barcelona

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: The inside of the Nativity Facade looking down

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: The stained glass colors inside of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA featured by top Missouri travel blogger, Emmy Lou Styles: Breathtaking colors inside of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Barcelona was a beauty!  We had so much fun and made memories that will last forever!  Be sure to check out my capsule packing wardrobe post here!  And stay tuned for a recap of our visit to Rome and Sorrento too!