The Old Mission Santa Barbara is a historic landmark in Santa Barbara, California. It contains the original mission building and the Santa Barbara Mission rose garden. The main building on the grounds is open for paid tours. I’m keenly aware of the criticism of the Spanish Mission system and its negative effects on Native Americans who were forced to endure it. I’m glad the mission remains as an educational site, though I do wish the history presented was a little more critical about what living and working in a mission entailed.
The area around the Mission is open to the public. People have picnics and just enjoy the outdoors there, since the weather is so beautiful most of the year. I was delighted to see the Rose Garden area in full bloom, so we took some photos.
There were so many different types of roses in a variety of colors. I’m sure this is a popular spot for photo shoots (but surprisingly, we were the only ones taking pictures that day).
Close up of yellow roses in the Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden
Here I am sitting on the steps of the main chapel. It was around sunset on a Sunday, so the area was quiet. We were able to take a bunch of photos without any disturbances. The pink accent color of the chapel really stood out to me; I don’t think the pink is originally part of the building.
I don’t normally wear maxi dresses, but this one was on sale at ModCloth about two years ago and I snagged it at a deep discount. It’s very comfortable and I love the lavender and mint colors. I’m wearing it with a pair of pink Birkenstocks. Never in my life did I think I would ever wear Birkenstocks but this pair has very thin straps so it looks a bit more feminine and not as bulky as their usual wide-strapped sandals. I wore these for 4 days in a row at Disney World last summer, got no blisters and my feet were pretty comfortable! I am now a convert to Birkenstocks.
Dress: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, Birkenstock Daloa in Rosa via ModCloth (still available here)
Rainbows at the beach!
Clearly, rainbows are a recurring theme in my clothes, even my swimwear. I bought this rainbow one-piece bathing suit from ASOS a few months ago during a Memorial Day sale. I rarely wore one piece swimsuits in the past; bikinis always felt less restrictive and more comfortable to me. But there have been a lot of really cute one pieces lately!
Last weekend in Los Angeles was so freaking hot and our apartment doesn’t have air conditioning. Heat is not a problem most of the year, as LA tends to be pretty mild. But every once in a while there’s a heat wave. After suffering through the heat on Saturday, we drove to Santa Barbara on Sunday to stay cool by the beach. Santa Barbara is about a 90 minute drive from here. It was definitely cooler, but still warm enough to go to the beach. So I brought my pastel rainbow ombre swimsuit!
What’s nice is that the beach in Santa Barbara is also not that crowded. I’m sure beaches in Santa Monica, Venice and etc. were packed. We got to relax and enjoy the ocean waves a little, and took some photos.
I bought this Lolli Swim towel last year on sale at ModCloth, and I love it! It’s a giant circular towel instead of the usual rectangular shape. But the color and heart motif were just irresistible to me.
Note: I’ve had that little purple star necklace since 7th grade. Yep, I have kept it for over 15 years. And now chokers are coming back in style. Haha. Good thing I held onto almost all of my crappy mall jewelry I bought from Claire’s! Seriously, I loved going into that store with my friends and getting all sorts of cheap rainbow or glittery trinkets when I was in elementary and middle school. I can’t believe those tween accessory stores are still around (but from what I’ve read in the news, they’re not doing so well). I don’t know if today’s kids will ever understand what it was like to just wander around the mall for a few hours with your friends, get a slice of pizza at Sbarro’s (I’ve got enough taste now to know that Sbarro’s does not have good pizza) and browse Claire’s to get the perfect glittery headband or hairclip.
The one irritating thing about taking beach photos is the wind! My hair was flying all over the place, and looking all weird because I’m growing out my layers. Next time I’ll wear a cute beach hat or bring some really strong hairspray.
Towel: old, Lolliswim via Modcloth
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear