Afternoon Tea at Lady Camellia

My friend Yasmin and I had afternoon tea this morning at Lady Camellia in Georgetown. Not only was the food delicious, but it’s adorable inside.

It was a bit of a mad dash to take pictures. Lady Camellia is tiny, and I had to snap pictures before the rest of the tables filled.

Unlike most places, where you order a set menu, Lady Camellia lets you choose exactly what’s on your plate. For my sandwiches, I ordered the egg salad and the brie and apple sandwiches (no cucumber for me, thank you). My bread choice was less inspired. I had a chocolate cranberry scone (yum) and a croissant (that one was a panic order).

I was so full by the time we reached the dessert course that I just ate two and gave the rest to Ben. He assured me that the fruit tartlet and the macaroon were excellent.

Because the tea room is so small, reservations need to be made in advance. I believe that ours were made two or three weeks ahead of time. It was worth the wait!


Yves Saint Laurent

Ben and I went to Richmond this weekend to see his parents, who were visiting from South Carolina. Before we headed back home today, we saw the Yves Saint Lauren exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

I prefer this exhibit to the Balenciaga one we saw in London, where most of the objects were behind glass and were difficult to photograph.


From the Library Of Amy Kirst

For my birthday, my sister-in-law gave me an embosser for my books. I’ve labeled nearly all of my books and some of Ben’s, which I labeled for practice (I asked first). I found that the trick is to put the embosser on the floor, so I can press down as hard as I can.

Now that I’ve gone through my library, I’m tempted to label my notebooks (and more of Ben’s books – just kidding, Ben!).

My mother-in-law sent me the book above; it’s a fictional book about Mount Vernon that she found at a library sale in Dunkirk. The book is based on the true story of Oney Judge, a Washington slave who ran for freedom when she was living with the president and first lady in Philadelphia. There’s a new biography of Ona’s life called Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.  Both books are quick reads and really interesting.

Random Thoughts

  • I finally started working on the Clemence skirt, which has been on my list since December. I sewed a test garment today (called a muslin in sewing terms) and was relieved to see that it fits. I was skeptical when I saw how huge the pattern was, but all the excess gathers into the waistband and it actually ends up resembling a skirt, not a garbage bag (whew). Now it’s time to cut out my real fabric.
  • I just learned that the iPhone comes with a built-in pedometer. Determined to hit 10,000 steps, I walked four miles today (two there and back) to exchange a shirt in Old Town. It may have helped my motivation that I was exchanging the shirt for a larger size (apparently a size small is made for a child).
  • This week, I finished an online class called Excel for Marketers. It was four one-hour sessions and was enormously helpful. I learned how to accurately calculate averages in a pivot table and how to use the filters in Excel. It was a lot of fun (I never thought I’d say that about Excel).