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Clifford Pugh

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After a long journalism career at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, Clifford Pugh has discovered the joys of the web in creating a unique news and information site that covers Houston in real time. His claim to journalism fame came at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, when screenwriter Alexander Payne asked him to hold his Oscar while he went to the bathroom.

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Party Watch

Everyone's a winner at H-E-B party for finalists in Primo Picks contest for best Texas-made product

By Clifford Pugh

What: H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best BBQ reception. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: The night before H-E-B announced the winners of its first-ever search for the best ...

Houston's New Park

Houston's newest neighborhood park looks like a million dollars, but it was a long time coming

By Clifford Pugh

It's been a long time coming, but neighborhood persistence and the help of some Houstonians with deep pockets has resulted in the creation of the city's newest park ...

SJP's Wild Houston Adventure

Sarah Jessica Parker's wild Houston adventure: Tex-Mex feast, Ice Bucket Challenge and shoes galore

By Clifford Pugh

We all know that Houston's hot. So during a whirlwind trip to the Bayou City for a personal appearance at Nordstrom, Sarah Jessica Parker decided her hotel room at ...

Houston's Boyhood Connection

Scenes of Boyhood: How Houston played a key role in the best movie of the year

By Clifford Pugh

Acclaimed indie director Richard Linklater spent part of his boyhood in Houston, so it makes sense that he sets many of the pivotal scenes of his remarkable movie, Boyhood, in ...

Designing Woman

Miracle worker: Rollerblading designer succeeds in making women look taller and thinner

By Clifford Pugh

Designer Laurel Berman has a great motto: "Two inches taller and five pounds thinner." "When you put a dress on, if you look frumpy or dumpy I haven't done ...

New Twist in Closet Caper

New twist in closet caper: Alleged burglar attempts to sell items back to Theresa Roemer

By Clifford Pugh

The nationally publicized case of the burglary of Theresa Roemer's three-story closet took another "stranger than fiction" twist Friday when the alleged thief sent several items to the Houston ...

KHOU CultureMap Moment

Houston's own Sharknado defies imagination: You won't believe these terrifying sights (and sharks)

By Clifford Pugh

In this week's KHOU CultureMap Moment, Channel 11 Morning News anchor Lily Jang and CultureMap's resident expert-about-everything Joel Luks visit the Downtown Aquarium, where Shark Weekend is in ...

Style File

Fashion blogger steps out with "love it or hate it" rocker glam style

By Clifford Pugh

Among Houston's social set, Beth Muecke is known for a distinctive look that always draws a reaction — onlookers either love it or hate it. "People have described my style ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Fearless fashion: Bloggers discover "warrior princess" side in Nicole Miller fall collection

By Clifford Pugh

For fall, Nicole Miller has a thing for the warrior princess. Her collection, arriving in stores any day now, exudes a tough girl vibe with leather jackets, studded boots and ...

Wedding Gown Trends

Not so blushing brides: Highland Village wedding gown guru discovers Houston brides are bold risk takers

By Clifford Pugh

After  more than two decades as one of Atlanta's premier bridal salon owners, Joan Pillow wasn't looking to expand her business. But an opportunity in Houston "kind of ...

Suited For Summer

Sexy slim suits draw a dressy crowd to a Houston store's preview night

By Clifford Pugh

The Houston weather right now might be more conducive to swimsuits than business suits, but Rudy and Debbie Festari are so excited about a new lower-priced collection that they hosted ...

Good Job, JC!

After wild ride, Montrose Rollerblader glides out of America's Got Talent competition

By Clifford Pugh

Juan Carlos' wild ride on America's Got Talent ended Wednesday night. The Montrose Rollerblader, who regularly entertains Houston motorists along Montrose Boulevard and Allen Parkway with his spins and ...

The Trials of Theresa

The trials of Theresa: Thief remains on the loose as Roemer copes with closet mania

By Clifford Pugh

"I've always been told that in life, God never places more on your shoulders than you can carry," Theresa Roemer says. "That must be why I have really broad ...

Party Watch

Houston debut of African-American art treasures is a cause for celebrations

By Clifford Pugh

There was lots of excitement at the Houston Museum of African American Culture over the weekend as the renowned Kinsey Collection debuted in the Bayou City. The national touring exhibit ...

Cowgirl Couture

Cowgirl couture: Chanel Paris - Dallas collection is inspired by Houston jetsetter

By Clifford Pugh

It's not exactly like walking into Cavender's. But the temporary Chanel boutique in the Galleria — a teepee-sized location behind the store, which is undergoing a massive renovation — has ...

Equal Rights Fight

Petitions declared invalid, but voters deserve the right to weigh in on Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

By Clifford Pugh

It's always dicey to put civil rights to a popular vote. But if you really believe in human rights and the decency of people to treat others fairly when ...

Table Talk

Reality TV star chef wows socialites and a financial heavy hitter in a special business lunch

By Clifford Pugh

It was almost all-business as a group of Houston's social swans, along with a few gents, gathered at Corner Table for a mid-week luncheon hosted by the restaurant's ...

Socialite's Wonder Closet Robbed

Burglar hauls away $1 million in handbags, watches and jewelry from socialite's much-talked-about closet

By Clifford Pugh

A three-story fantasy "she-cave" closet that has gained worldwide attention has caught the eye of burglars, too. Friday night, a thief broke into the Woodlands home of Theresa Roemer and ...

Celeb Spotting

Steve Martin welcomes a legendary surprise guest at Houston concert: Me and Paul down by the schoolyard

By Clifford Pugh

Concerts around Texas featuring Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, along with folk-rock soloist Edie Brickell, have been marked by a surprise A-list musical guest. At stops in Austin ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Rag & Bone fall collection salutes Cosby and the working-class hipster

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are mixing it up for fall with a lot of different looks for the cool girl who doesn't want ...

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