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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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Top Stories

CultureMap's Most Popular Stories of the Year: Food fights and Linsanity rule

By Clifford Pugh

Sports and food: Those are two things that CultureMap readers can't get enough of. Thanks to Google, we can easily determine the most popular stories on CM every year ...


Great Getaway

Christmas at the casino: Inside the new Golden Nugget the good times roll with holiday spirits

By Clifford Pugh

Christmas in Lake Charles.  It doesn't have quite the same ring as New York or London, but with only a couple of days off from work and no family ...


Appreciation

Crowdfunding site launched for Lisa Benitez, a fierce advocate for human rights — and stylish, too

By Clifford Pugh

Friends have established a crowdfunding account on behalf of Houston special events manager Lisa Benitez, who unexpectedly died Saturday after a brief illness. She was 46. A native Houstonian, Benitez ...


Handbag Queen

Nancy Gonzalez's colorful world: Amid chaos, handbag queen stays calm while creating whimsical designs

By Clifford Pugh

With cutthroat competition and the demand for new styles all the time, the handbag business is so chaotic that you don't often find a designer in a quiet place ...


Shop The World

Luxury stores flock to Mexico: Prada just the latest designer brand to embrace the move

By Clifford Pugh

For years, wealthy Mexicans have traveled to Houston to shop in The Galleria's tony boutiques. That is likely to continue, although there's growing evidence that the most exclusive ...


Bye Mayor Bob

Mayor Bob gets a big sendoff: Tears and laughter at poignant Lanier funeral officiated by celebrity preacher

By Clifford Pugh

Bob Lanier always knew how to attract a crowd. Who else could get such disparate political personalities as Sheila Jackson Lee and Tom DeLay in the same room, along with ...


Fab Finds

Ultimate recycling: Cesar Galindo transforms classic furs into edgy fashion accessories

By Clifford Pugh

Houston native Cesar Galindo creates couture designs with his namesake label and kicky contemporary clothes under his Czar line. But he never thought after designing a fur collection until a ...


Fashion News

Lela Rose creates stylish and colorful collection for plus-size women at Lane Bryant

By Clifford Pugh

Like most designers at New York fashion week, Lela Rose features wafer-thin models in her stylish clothes. But now the designer, who was born and raised in Dallas, is expanding ...


Partiers Chase Blues Away

Fashion-forward crowd chases away the holiday blues at stylish party with exclusive live auction

By Clifford Pugh

What: Beat the Blues benefiting Crisis Intervention of Houston. Where: House of Blues. The 411: One of the hippest and most fashionable group of Houstonians turned out for the inaugural ...


Breaking News

Houstonians mourn the death of former Mayor Bob Lanier, political kingmaker who transformed city

By Clifford Pugh

Houstonians are mourning the death of Bob Lanier, who made a lasting impact on Houston as the city's mayor from 1992-1998 and as a powerful political kingmaker. Lanier died ...


Elaine Turner Hits Double Digits

BLVD buzz: Designer's hot new boutique draws a big opening crowd and major expansion talk

By Clifford Pugh

Elaine Turner had a lot to celebrate Wednesday night as a big crowd turned out for the opening of her new boutique in BLVD Place. "I feel so blessed to ...


New Dome Plan

National urban planners dare Houstonians to implement bold proposal to save the Astrodome

By Clifford Pugh

Before a room full of Houston movers and shakers, including representatives from RodeoHouston and the Texans, the prestigious Urban Land Institute presented an ambitious plan to renovate and repurpose the ...


Party Watch

Chloe Dao runway show and appeal to empower women highlight Pratham holiday luncheon

By Clifford Pugh

What: Pratham Houston Holiday Luncheon. Where: Junior League of Houston. The 411: More than 270 guests filled the ballroom as Houston designer Chloe Dao showcased her fall ready-to-wear collection as ...


Inside New Lucchese Store

Inside the new Lucchese store: Boots, bourbon and a fashionable lifestyle experience

By Clifford Pugh

From the outside, the new Lucchese store in Highland Village looks a bit like a Ralph Lauren boutique, with blue awnings over big windows and a large wooden door with ...


Fashion News

Clear vision: Hip online eyeglass favorite Warby Parker plans a real Houston store

By Clifford Pugh

Warby Parker, the online eyeglass retailer that has become the go-to place for the fashionable and hip, has decided to build real brick and mortar stores — and one of them ...


Travel News

Southwest aims to add international flights to Belize and four Mexico destinations: Battle with United?

By Clifford Pugh

With its new $156 million international terminal under construction at Hobby Airport, Southwest Airlines has announced ambitious plans to expand service to Belize and four Mexico destinations. The airline filled ...


New Chanel Boutique

Coco's world: Dazzling new Chanel boutique showcases style of legendary designer, adds big shoe salon

By Clifford Pugh

Santa has been very good to Chanel fans. Just in time for Christmas, the famed French fashion house has opened its revamped Houston boutique — and shoppers used to the old ...


Style File

Real style: This high-powered oil executive knows how to keep it "feminine" while maintaining an edge

By Clifford Pugh

For the Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection runway show and cocktail party at Elizabeth Anthony, Hallie Vanderhider chose a black lambskin dress with black and sable lurel panels created by ...


Taylor Swift is H-Town Bound

Taylor Swift doesn't shake off Houston: Superstar singer adds special stop to concert tour

By Clifford Pugh

When CultureMap interviewed legendary concert promoter Louis Messina last week, he promised that Taylor Swift was working hard to add a Houston date to her new concert tour. "Houston presently ...


In The News

After Twitter blowup over "strange fruit," Texas PR firm chooses new (bland) name

By Clifford Pugh

An Austin public relations firm under fire for using a racially insensitive name has released its new identity. On Tuesday morning the founders of what was formerly known as Strange ...


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