Monday, January 09, 2017

Sunday #31: Back in California

Arcadia Mall, Los Angeles
First Girls Night of 2017!

Hello, lovelies!  I hope you've all had a good first week in the new year!  I've only been back in Los Angeles for about four days so I'm getting myself back into the swing of things after holiday.  This weekend has been fairly relaxed: we had some family in town, watched Apocalypto (too violent for my tastes), and rang in the first Girls Night of 2017 at Din Tai Fung.  See that photo of us?  Our bellies were full to the brim with delicious dumplings!


I am coming into 2017 with a determination to better my attitude because words and thoughts become manifest.  I can attribute some of my mindset last year to burn out; I'm surprised at how refreshed I feel after the holidays which means I'm more pleasant.  Since returning to Los Angeles, I've made a conscious effort to interact more kindly with people, regardless of my sentiments towards them.  Putting positive vibes out there has definitely been better for my overall mental and physical state!


Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA. Lumière & Lens
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA. Lumière & Lens

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.

I saw my friend Chris (we go way back to undergrad) when I was in Philadelphia and we decided to visit Eastern State Penitentiary.  The prison is a famous U.S. historical landmark and was known for its principles of reform as well as the solitary confinement of all prisoners.  The inside of the prison is designed to resemble a church so that prisoners might be reminded of God at all times.  It was cold and raining when we visited -- perfect weather for touring a dark and haunted (supposedly) prison.  Believe it or not, it was colder inside the prison!  If you're in Philadelphia, I'd highly recommend visiting.  It's a great cultural and learning experience about the American prison system.  Take a shot for every time I used "prison" in a sentence, including this one.


I've given my blog some minor tweaks for the new year which may not be immediately noticeable.  I'm always looking to streamline Lumière & Lens further so I've gone with a more simple, minimalist header and an update of the fonts.  If you have suggestions on how you think this blog's design or content could be improved, don't hesitate to let me know! 


• Nicole Marie shares 20 Myths About People With OCD that is a must read.  We need to stop dismissing mental health disorders and regard them seriously, just as we do with illnesses like cancer.

The Summit: a documentary about the deadliest day of K2 mountaineering in 2008.  


  1. Those prison photos look so good, I'm fascinated by old, disused or abandoned buildings. And girls night! So fun! I definitely need to schedule a few of those in (:

  2. I'm glad you feel refreshed! That always helps, doesn't it? The blog tweaks are lovely. Your photos are shining even more!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  3. A holiday / break always does wonders! Ding Tai Fung is so delicious! There are quite a few stores here in Sydney and their dumplings are always so delicious. Craving them now!

    nat // dignifiable

  4. The Penitentiary looks so interesting! Loving how your blog looks :)

    Meg |

  5. the penitentiary is such a to-go place in every ghost hunter shows i worked in! i'm almost know what they would encounter there at this point lmao but your photos are awesome, alyse! it looks really different in daytime.

    i found apocalyptico is rather boring. it tries to be violent but so dull e_e and i think you did so well with current layout! still feels so autumn-y :D

  6. I've never heard of this penitentiary before actually, but it looks like an interesting place to explore. Love that it's supposedly haunted too, haha. Sounds like you've had a fun start to 2017!

  7. I noticed how your blog design is slowing changing. I didn't know about that penitentiary but it honestly looks like an outlast game. It is beautiful and creepy at the same time. I really need a night out, I've been hanging out with myself too long haha! wanna hang? :D

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts

  8. Eastern State Penitentiary looks so cool - if I ever visit Philadelphia, it's definitely on my to-do list!