Color Outside The Lines

20 Jul

Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers
Color Outside The Lines: Salvation Mountain, Desert Fashion, Straw Hat, Flowey Dress, Strappy Romper, Jeweled Slippers

Another glimpse at the desert exploration Liz and I took, and our visit to to Salvation Mountain. After miles on a dirt road driving through vast flatlands, which I can only describe as pure nothingness (with an abandoned town or two along the way), the last thing one would expect to see is this technicolored castle, standing strong, bright and all alone.

This special place was built and nurtured by one amazing man, Leonard Knight, who passed away last year after devoting 25 years of his life to a creative work inspired by pure love for his God. It is an artistic expression of his belief that God’s love is universal and excludes no one.

Love is a simple “word” with a strength that was so powerful to Mr. Knight that he chose to dedicate well over two decades constructing something tangible that would represent what he felt, in his heart, to be true. He lived in seclusion (aside from the occasional passerby who came to see Leonard’s place of worship), and slept in a small pickup truck. He said these were the best years of his life.

I have said it before, but I am a person who has faith yet I don’t fully identify with any particular organized religion. In my mind, generally speaking, I feel everyone should be entitled to have their own beliefs (religious, cultural, political, etc.) without being chastised, so long as they are not chastising or physically hurtful to others, and sand on a foundation that includes kindness and respect for the human race.

Leonard’s mission had nothing to do with the many outside influences society has a tendency to push. It wasn’t about one church being “better than” another church, or whose beliefs are right whose are wrong. It all goes back to LOVE, and a passion for it’s infinite and non-discriminatory nature.

So if you ever find yourself driving through the California desert, I highly suggest you make the trek to Salvation Mountain. Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, whatever you want to call yourself – it is a national treasure, an unconventional work of art, and an inspiring landmark created by a quirky guy who thought for himself, constructed with admirable purpose, and never thought twice when it came to coloring outside the lines.

*head to toe: Worth & Worth bolero,  Go Freely High-Low Top from Threadsense, ACEVOG v-neck romper (very affordable and comes in many colors!), LMN Luxe Me Now Versailles slippers

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5 Lovely Comments on “Color Outside The Lines”

  1. Cécile 22. Jul, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    I love this outfitt ! I was looking for a dress/shirt like this for SO long.
    xxx

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  2. Esther 21. Jul, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Love love! Especially the slippers ;)

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  3. Natali 20. Jul, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh wow! What an inspiring, unique and “edgy” place?! I hope to visit it someday, it must be mindblowing to see it from up close, with your own eyes.

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  4. Liv 20. Jul, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    Your outfit really pops against the colorful wall.

    Liv

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  5. Liz 20. Jul, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go there! Your outfit is so cute

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