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Shelby Hodge

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After 18 years as society columnist at the Houston Chronicle, Shelby Hodge jumped ship in October 2009 to join CultureMap as Editor-at-Large.

While at the Chronicle, she covered a variety of subjects from Presidential inaugurations in Washington D.C. to travels of the British Royal family in the U.S. Her main area of expertise was and continues to be Texas society — the black tie galas, the fancy weddings, the swell parties. But since joining CultureMap she has expanded her writing repertoire to include a variety of subjects of interest to Houstonians — business, design, a bit of politics and breaking news when she gets the scoop on a hot happening.

Shelby is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and a journalism graduate from LSU. 

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Over The Rainbow

A Yellow Brick Road to serious cash: Oz gala sets fundraising record, delights with whirlwind whimsy

By Shelby Hodge

All it took was a yellow brick road, the wizardry of Willie Chiang and the fairy godmother generosity of Occidental Petroleum to take the Society for the Performing Arts gala ...


Out of this world

This $650,000-plus gala transports partygoers to an alternate reality: Wild performance art, metal dress wow

By Shelby Hodge

It rained and stormed in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on Friday night. But by the time the black-tie gala crowd was about to send home for rain gear, things ...


Healthy habits

Whole Foods CEO touts his secrets of healthy living and earns a standing ovation

By Shelby Hodge

Nutrient density, healthy fats and plant-based diets were the buzzwords that riveted the 300 guests attending the Blue Cure Foundation dinner at the Omni Houston Hotel on Thursday. Delivering the ...


Party Watch

New young professionals group wild about Memorial Park launches at popular wine bar

By Shelby Hodge

What: Urban Wild of Memorial Park Conservancy launch party. Where: Camerata Wine Bar at Paulie's. The 411: Joshua Ibarra and Alex Webb have stepped up to the plate as ...


Think Green

Fueled by mojitos and Cuban babalu, Root Ball hits it out of the park with Havana-themed bash

By Shelby Hodge

Ricky Ricardo would have loved Trees for Houston's Root Ball. With David Caceres' musicians sporting colorful babalu costumes, flowing mojitos and Cuba libres and the hand-rolled cigar station, "A ...


Party Watch

With nurses as models, runway show has special flair at River Oaks fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: Friends of Nursing luncheon and fashion show. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: With Carol Linn, Christie Sullivan and Donna Vallone in the lead as chairs, the 26th ...


Best Dressed & Jason Wu

Houston's Best Dressed and Jason Wu rule the runway in a record-breaking fashion frenzy

By Shelby Hodge

H-Town's whacky, unpredictable weather rained on the Best Dressed luncheon Thursday morning. Bad news for the 10 honorees who were hoping for a good hair day. Good news for ...


Beautiful music

A who's who of beautiful people at the Opera: See the scenes from one of Houston's most exclusive parties

By Shelby Hodge

The arbor of crystal chandeliers overhead shed a sparkling light across the stage of Wortham Center's Brown Theater as Houston Grand Opera patrons celebrated the company's 60th anniversary.


Huge Donation

Lynn Wyatt steps up in a big way for Houston Ballet: Major money gift to power lavish world premiere

By Shelby Hodge

When Houston Ballet announced its 2015-16 season last month, there was one intriguing tidbit that wasn't publicly revealed until Monday. Houston Ballet trustee and long-time ballet supporter Lynn Wyatt ...


A little night music

The ultimate diamond anniversary: A blinged out diva returns home to Houston for stunning gala

By Shelby Hodge

Following a stunning display of her coloratura talents in formal concert in Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, world acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato let it rip ragtime style on stage in ...


Luxurious Style

Houston designer gains international attention for bold wedding gowns & more: Bollywood glamour goes West

By Shelby Hodge

Renowned nationally and with a growing international audience for her extraordinary wedding gowns for South Asian brides, Houston-based designer Sameera Faridi is poised for an even greater profile. In early ...


Hot Air, Cool Biz

Salon queen blows into Houston to open latest addition to $50 million business

By Shelby Hodge

Drybar founder Alli Webb did a bit more than just welcome clients as she opened the doors on Wednesday to her 41st salon in the nation and her second in ...


Celeb Sighting

Creators of new Sweet Potato Queens musical land at Reef for late-night seafood feast

By Shelby Hodge

Stars in town for the first staged reading of the new musical Sweet Potato Queens took a break from rehearsals Thursday for a late-night seafood run at Reef. Grammy Award-winning ...


Style File

Purple power: Stylish gent takes cues from party invitation in determing what to wear

By Shelby Hodge

Of all the fashionable gents and ladies gathered for afternoon tea at the home of Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend, none better captured the spirit of the genteel gathering than ...


Party Watch

Up-and-coming civic leaders spearhead program to aid Third Ward community center

By Shelby Hodge

What: Leadership Houston, Class XXXIII, fundraising event. Where: One Park Place. The 411: The current leadership class gathered for cocktails and conversation at this fundraiser for S.H.A.P ...


Party Watch

With Jay Leno on the way, gala patrons do some serious shopping for bling at launch party

By Shelby Hodge

What: Alley Theatre Ball patron's bash. Where: Zadok Jewelers. The 411: Alley Ball chairs Mady and Ken Kades revealed details of the May 9 gala to be held on ...


Cooking up a storm

Not old enough to vote or drink, but kids sure can cook: Young chefs display talent in culinary competition

By Shelby Hodge

It was no mere pizza pie for the very young chefs that gathered at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel to showcase their cooking skills. Think polenta ravioli with braised ...


Party Watch

Best dressed kids rule the runway at funtastic River Oaks fashion show fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Symphony Children's Fashion Show and Luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: From toddlers to pre-teens, the fashion show runway overflowed with "cute" as kiddos in ...


Celeb Sighting

Lady Gaga gets cozy with Houston doctor at celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge

By Shelby Hodge

Following their record-breaking Houston Symphony wine dinner on Friday, gala chairs Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia winged it to Park City, Utah, the next morning for Operation Smile's fourth ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The best damn gala dinner ever: Wolfgang Puck has symphony patrons swooning

By Shelby Hodge

For two weeks prior to the Houston Symphony's Wine Dinner & Collector's Auction, famed chef Wolfgang Puck had a team of six chefs in and out of Houston, all ...


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