Santa Barbara is a place of simplistic beauty, especially the Santa Barbara Mission.
The Spanish colonial motifs of white clay-work accented with burnt pink stair rails and gorgeously crafted wood doors display the artistry and hard work of the Chumash Indian tribe that inhabited the region in the seventeenth century. Within the walls they had built, existed a holy presence and an intriguing legend—the one of Saint Barbara.
A noblewoman born of a wealthy, secular family, Saint Barbara accepted Christ into her heart against her father’s will. When she refused to denounce her faith, her father locked her in a tower, refusing to let her go until she let go of her relationship with God. But Barbara did not relent, and as a result she paid the price of her life and was venerated as a saint.
Wearing a V-neck Polo sweater I matched the color scheme of the white clay mission. I complemented the sweater with a tan Calvin Klein sweater skirt in the vein of the brown clay bricks that surrounded the mission’s gorgeous gardens. An assortment of cacti were arranged in an English garden style, as the mission pamphlets pointed out, but there was a non-western, other-worldly beauty about the architecture and the gardens that did not need to emulate western ways. I was humbled by the entire environment’s humble beauty and calming quiet. The presence of the Prince of Peace was there as I walked around in my over-the-knee chestnut boots with a matching belt.
In previous blog posts, I have declared myself a maximalist. That I am: because I love detailed designs and the monarchical emulation that resides in runway fashion. But, I am also a fan of subtle beauty, and neutrals in the wardrobe. I believe that what is beautiful or fashionable doesn’t always have to be what demands your attention immediately. Sometimes, simplicity that lacks noise leaves room for hidden messages to be discovered in the silence. This is the truth of the holiness of the Santa Barbara mission, but also the inner beauty of the wearer of neutrals. The inner beauty of a person is sacred. It shouldn’t always be covered up by complicated ornamentation, but accentuated by what is worn.
What piece in your closet makes your inner beauty shine?
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