The Old Mission Santa Barbara┬áis 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.

hanhgry.com | standing among rose bushes in modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbarahanhgry.com | standing in modcloth dress at rose garden at old mission santa barbara

hanhgry.com | standing among rose bushes in modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

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).

hanhgry.com | yellow roses in Santa Barbara Mission Rose GardenClose up of yellow roses in the Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden

hanhgry.com | far distance shot of modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

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.

hanhgry.com | modcloth dress at Old Mission Santa Barbara hanhgry.com | modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

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.

Outfit details:
Dress: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, Birkenstock Daloa in Rosa via ModCloth (still available here)

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