Sunday, June 5, 2016

Santa Barbara Bombshell

"Queen of the Missions" is what Mission Santa Barbara is known for, mainly for her graceful beauty. Established in 1786 as the tenth of the California missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans, this beauty stands strong today, beaming with Old California nostalgia, picturesque in pink, surrounded by cactus and palms. Between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, I had to make a pit stop from a coastal road trip to see this Santa Barbara beauty, and the heavenly heritage that is represents, extolling the virtues of past and present!

Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Mission is a monument to the cultural diversity of California's heritage. Indian tribes of Mexico, as well as Spaniards, are all integral parts of ancestry and history of California's early settlers. The original purpose of the Mission was the "christianazation" of the Chumash Indians, which was considered accomplished by the 1930's.

The Mission in 1955
Located on Laguna Street, the view is a mix of majestic mountains, palms, and the sparkling California Coast, as it is nestled on 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

The outside building is mainly of neo-classical style, representing the greatest engineering achievement and the combined efforts of the Indian, Spanish and Mexican artisans here in Santa Barbara. Since this church is dedicated to St. Barbara, the designers utilized these "female" architectural attributes, which would probably explain the use of bold and beautiful salmon pink. A Pink Collar Gal of the 3rd century, i'm sure! A martyred church figure of the time, Saint Barabara was supposedly beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith.

The building in all its glory seen behind. The towers were considerably damaged in a detrimental earthquake that hit, June 29, 1925, but were slowly rebuilt in 1927.

The beautiful fountain in front of the Mission was built in 1808. The large basin next to the fountain is a lavanderia that was used by Indian women to wash clothes.

A beautiful view, and a true representation of California's wide range of terrain
Six bells hang within the two church towers.

Today, was pink meets pueblo, with one of my favorite vintage themes. With cowboys and Indians on my mind, I wore a 1950s vintage western skirt with arrow embroidery detail, in a sand and chocolate color combo. I added a 1950s ric-rac belt, featuring pink and gold embroidery, to bring out my pink gingham bustier top - a classic from Wheels & Dollbaby. If i'm doing lots of walking, I usually always go for my trusted 1950s gold wedges. My pink 1950s raffia purse was just the handbag for a Santa Barbara stroll <3

<3 Ashlyn

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