Monthly Archives: October 2010

Anson Restaurant – Charleston, South Carolina

Anson Restaurant
12 Anson Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(phone) 843-577-0551 | (fax) 843-720-1955

Anson Restaurant

If you’re looking for upscale, authentic, great-tasting food in Charleston, look no further than Anson Restaurant. Located in Charleston’s Old City Market, Anson’s offers great service and superb low-country fare replete with culinary expertise.
Try the Shrimp & Grits to start.  The multiple layers of flavor are a total delight. The Pan Roasted Halibut or the Cashew Crusted Grouper will not disappoint.  Each dish is unique and flavorful, so anything you try will be an experience.
Choose from other dishes like Seven Layers of Heaven Pork Belly, Seared Scallops or Braised Beef Short Ribs.
© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.



Shoe Shock Reaches 77!

Now up to 77!  Check out SHOE SHOCK!

66. Colin Stuart for VS
67. Off-White Franco Sarto


68. White Nine West
69. Navy Tommy Hilfiger


71. Luichiny Butterflies


72. Logo BCBG Girls
73. Jessica Simpson Black Zippers
74. Guess “Glass Slippers”


75. Two Lips
76. Franco Sarto Black Patent & Gold
77. ZINC Blue Suede Shoes

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.


My Week In Review

Bored out of my mind from being home on a Saturday night, I’m watching “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead” for the 100th time.  I’m listening to my husband snore because he can’t muster enough energy to entertain me tonight – shocking.  My incredible cleavage doesn’t even seem to get a rise out of him.  No pun intended.

My cat Peaches is ignoring me, sleeping on a pouf at the other end of the family room.  She’s pissed because I brought another cat home.

Bailey, my boy cat, is surely up to no good.  He’s probably lying in wait to ambush Thursday (the new kitty) or pissing on John’s clothes that he left rolled up on the floor.

Thursday’s upstairs rolling in catnip, always on the lookout for a possible cat attack, probably getting it all over the carpet and my bed.

Anyway, back to ME.  I had the windows open all day so it’s a little brisk in here but I refuse to put on the heat – damn utility companies!  So I’m sitting here reflecting on my week and I’ve come up with the following:

  1. I can still calm the savage beast – even creepy Russian ones.
  2. I bring out the animal in everyone including my cat – the bastard bit me and gave me a bad infection.  Needless to say he punctured my vein and I bled in projectile format.
  3. After 14 years of teaching, I still love it!
  4. I need to hang out with my friends more – we always have such a great time together.
  5. It doesn’t matter how thin I get, I always look like a heifer in pictures.
  6. I am going through shopping withdrawal.  I didn’t think I was that bad.  It’s torture.
  7. I HATE football season!  I’m ignored 7 days a week instead of 5.
  8. I could vacuum my house 5 times a day (instead of two) and I will still find tumbleweeds of cat hair floating around.
  9. 10:00 am is too early for cleavage.
  10. I only have adult conversation 20 minutes per day Monday thru Friday – the rest of my life is spent with teenagers and my feline babies.

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Shoe Shock – Only Up To 65?

I can’t believe that I’ve only reached 65!  Check out my SHOE SHOCK page and take my poll!
54. Marc By Marc Jacobs
55. L.A.M.B. Gorgeous
56. Cole Haan
57. Steve Madden Basket Weave Gold
58. Steve Madden Sneaker Like Heel
59. Pink Madden Girl
61. Bronze Steven
62. Dollhouse
63. Jeweled Steven’s
64. ZINC Straw Tie Ups
65. Nine West Suede
© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

More ROOTS than Alex Haley?

When my husband tells me that I have more ROOTS than Alex Haley, I know it’s time to have my hair done.  Yes, it’s true, I’m long overdue, but sitting in the salon for hours and hours is not my idea of fun.

Losing a few hours in the chair is only part of it.  It will cost me +$200 + tip to get a cut, color and highlights and then have to wait a week for my hair to recover from hair-shock before I actually start liking it.  And the color?  The color is NEVER the same.  It’s either too blonde or too red or too ashy or too “not what I wanted”.

My hairdresser is great with color so it must be me.  I never seem to be satisfied with my “do”.  Maybe that’s why I wait so long to go back.  After 3 weeks my roots grow in but I tend to wait months.  Don’t forget about the cost of shampoo, conditioner, Keratin Mist, hair shine, silk infusion, root lift and hairspray.

As women we also have to worry about our nails.  I need to get them done at least once a month (not bad) and that’s not including warm-weather pedicures.  Our eyebrows, among other things,  need to be waxed.  We have to take care of our “stache” and buy a load of face creams, serums, collagen, $24 face wash, tightening lotions and makeup.  Don’t forget about teeth-whitening products and $45 body lotions.  All so we can look good and feel good.

What do men do?  Maybe some moisturizer?  Gel for their hair?  Men are usually not even concerned with changing their skid-marked underwear for a pair of new ones.  Most could care less if they wear brown, blue, black and beige all at the same time.  Yet even though the studies say, women dress for women and not men, we still want to look good for our spouses whether we’re 200 pounds or 100.

If I go out in sweats and no makeup, my husband says, “You’re going out like that?”  Make me feel good why don’t you.  So why don’t they think the same way?  Duh!  Because they’re men.  So ladies, raise your hands if you agree.  Try not to fault them no matter how much they piss you off.   Just love them for who they are…  farting, burping, loving husbands.

Image: Graeme Weatherston /

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Boo! It’s Almost Halloween… Great Costume Ideas

I used to love Halloween.  I loved having parties.  I loved going to parties.  I loved dressing up… and then something changed.

So my bubble was burst until I started teaching middle school – a scary prospect in itself.  Every year both students and teachers are encouraged to celebrate this fun, not just for kids, holiday!

My costume usually depends on my mood.  I’ve been Cruella DeVille, Static Cling, Road Kill, J-Lo and The Bride of Frankenstein – that’s all I can think of now.  I have no idea what will slap me in the face this year but Halloween is quickly approaching and I need to get my butt in gear.

Here are some of my faves for this Halloween season:




Hot, sexy feathers!




I’m a sucker for food!




Chucky?  The Bride of Chucky?  Not a bad costume.


The Mona Lisa


For the art lover.


Big Bird


A new twist on Big Bird.


Marge Simpson


Classic Marge.  I love the hair!


Marie Antoinette


Being a French teacher I would love to wear this – though I don’t think it would work too well at school!


Playboy's Cop


I love Playboy’s Sexy Cop.  I have the Sexy Witch!


Tin Woman


I think this is such a cute costume!


Hippy A Go-Go


A stylish Go-Go Girl flashback – love the boots!




I Dream of Jeannie will always be near and dear to me.  I was Jeannie in 2nd grade!

The above costumes can be found at:
Playboy, Halloween and Costumes, Halloween Costumes and Costume Super Center.

Happy shopping!

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

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It’s The Weekend…

It’s the weekend, so check out some of my posts or pages that you haven’t seen!

Cooking In Stilettos; The Page, Not The Blog

Dinner At The Bar

Journal of A Dieting Diva

Shake It Like A Polaroid

Shoe Shock

Enjoy your weekend!

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Stylin’ In The 1960’s & 1970’s

My passion for fashion (excuse the cliché) started at a young age.  I hated wearing pants – the DRESS was where it was at for me.

Inhibited by my mom, who dressed me the way she wanted, in clothes she wanted, from Sears like she wanted – but I was not totally without input.


The Late 1960's


Cute outfit for a baby but what was she thinking with that bow?  It’s the helicopter bow.  I’m ready to take off!


A Little While Later - Still the 60's


Ok Ma.  What was it with these jumpers?????  Ooooo – I’m wearing pants!

The fashions of the 1970’s were cool, fun and yes, a little scary.




Yes, I had the pinafore dress or jumper (no clue) with the crisp, white shirt – but check out those white, patent leather, knee-high, lace up boots!  I was stylin’.


A Couple of Years Later


Great print!  Palazzos or bell bottoms?  I can’t tell – but I can tell you that this is when I started to explore the bare midrift!  BUT what the hell am I wearing on my feet?  They look like boats and now I’m only a size 8!

Anyhoo… I won’t bother rehashing the 80’s – I’ll save that for another post.  Plus I don’t think I’ll have enough room for my hair!

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Welcome To Miami… Bienvenidos A Miami

I dream of living in a loft in Miami Beach.  When I visit I feel a kinship to the city with a wonderful array of cultures with whom I identify.  Its Cuban influence.  Its Haitian influence.  Both walk hand in hand to make Miami, an ethnically rich mecca, who constantly pulls us in her direction.

If you haven’t been to Miami, go there.

Enjoy its Art-Deco, atmosphere, excitement and much more.

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

A Couple More Splurges

The shopaholic strikes again!  It’s always such a treat when I forget that I ordered something online and FedEx or UPS come knocking at my door.  The rush is incredible and I never pay full price when I order from my wonderful sample sales.

Here are my latest – retail price listed:


BCBG Max Azria $148



Jessica Simpson $118



Jax $168



Tom Ford $525



Vintage 66 Alex & Ani $68



Nicole Miller $420



Mafia $no clue



B. Smith $125



Marc by Marc Jacobs $350



Until my next shopping breakdown….  I still need a coat!

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.