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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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Party Watch

UTHealth president toasts major supporters at Tony's for stellar fundraising efforts

By Shelby Hodge

What: UTHealth winter reception for development board members. Where: Tony's restaurant. The 411: UTHealth president Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo hosted and toasted major University of Texas Health Science Center at ...


Houston Billionaires Unite

Two Houston billionaires spearhead $330 million museum push — right before the oil bust

By Shelby Hodge

Move over Texas Medical Center and Rice University. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has successfully tapped into some of the city's deepest pockets for the Fayez S. Sarofim ...


High-Flyin' Fashion

High-flyin' fashion: Aerial dancers soar while leather looks heat up the runway at steamy benefit

By Shelby Hodge

The intriguing mash-up of aerial dance and a steamy fashion presentation brought a Cirque du Soleil vibe to Vault headquarters in the Spring Street warehouse district Saturday night. The sellout ...


Truffle love

With $17,000 worth of black truffles, top chefs create a feast for 200 lucky guests and one charity

By Shelby Hodge

Long associated with the French champagne house, the name Roederer (as in Louis Roederer bubbly) has a whole new meaning for Houstonians who attended Monday night's inaugural "Truffle Chef ...


Dramatic Museum Expansion

Museum of Fine Arts unveils $450 million expansion plan with new buildings, roof garden, top-tier restaurant

By Shelby Hodge

When the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's $450 million master plan expansion is completed in 2019, the city as well as the museum will be poised for an enviable ...


Style File

No mere mannequin: Texas A&M polo player shows off her sizzling fashion style

By Shelby Hodge

When Ralph Lauren in the Galleria invited the founders of Dec My Room to hold a benefit shopping night in the sleek boutique, Susan Plank and daughter Kendall Plank were ...


Beauty at Your Fingertips

The Uber of beauty hits Houston: Hair stylists come right to your door thanks to entrepreneurs' vision

By Shelby Hodge

The on-demand, app-based beauty service that our Dallas neighbors have been enjoying since October is now available in Houston with the local launch of beGlammed, the biz that provides professional ...


Buzzy New Store

New Houston antiques shop draws A-Listers to vintage bungalow: New York transplant behind eclectic store

By Shelby Hodge

When New York transplant Christopher Gardner opened the doors on his whimsical antiques shop in December, the opening day reception was something of an unexpected success as A-Listers poured in ...


So last year, so much fun

Beautiful young professionals party hard — with Great Gatsby flair — at a hot River Oaks bar

By Shelby Hodge

We take one last look back a the last day of 2014 when Local Pour rang in 2015 with a Great Gatsby themed bash and the sellout crowd of more ...


Baby & Bubbly

Expecting TV news anchor and friends rock trendy River Oaks bistro at baby shower brunch

By Shelby Hodge

Not long before she took a temporary break (maternity leave) from her post as KHOU Channel 11 weekend news anchor, the charming Rekha Muddaraj whooped it up with BFFs at ...


The Sphinx says "I do"

Houston billionaire weds son's mother-in-law at his Hawaii retreat with lavish New Year luau

By Shelby Hodge

True love was officially sanctioned on the shores of Hawaii's glam Oahu island during the holidays when Houston billionaire Fayez Sarofim, 85, after batching it for 15 years, tied ...


Celeb Spotting

Champagne Johnny Manziel parties with friends at trendy River Oaks bistro and TexMex hot spot

By Shelby Hodge

Give me liberty or give me champagne! That could be the rallying cry for the much-maligned Johnny Manziel, who can't throw a bender without being labeled an alcoholic. That ...


Party Watch

Alley Theatre holiday party for major patrons and board is an unscripted delight

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Alley Theatre board's annual holiday party. Where: The River Oaks home of Kristi and John Schiller. The 411: 'Twas several nights before Christmas and all through their ...


Sheer Poetry

Shelby's naming names — again — in New Year's rhyming game featuring Houston notables

By Shelby Hodge

T'was the night before New Year's, when all through the town The populace celebrated, t'was nary a frown. With oil prices sinking, we keep spirits high As ...


That Was The Year That Was

With oil topping out at $112 a barrel, million dollar galas rocked Houston's charity scene in 2014

By Shelby Hodge

With oil prices tanking, only the bravest soothsayer would try to predict the fortunes of H-Town's non-profits in 2015. But with the hindsight of the Monday morning quarterback, we ...


Houston's Top Fashion

Houston's top fashion looks for 2014: Plunging necklines, power couples, glamorous evening gowns

By Shelby Hodge

We've surveyed our party photos from the past years and pinpointed a few fashion looks that we felt were worth revisiting. The ladies and gents know how to dress.


Legendary Anchor Retires

Legendary TV anchor retires from the 10 o'clock news and an epic party at iconic Houston restaurant follows

By Shelby Hodge

Veteran KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Dave Ward signed off on the 10 p.m. newscast for the final time earlier this week and for the milestone adios after 48 ...


The greatest gift

Christmas for the homeless: Santa, Elves and a winter wonderland in Houston surprise shelter moms and kids

By Shelby Hodge

Houston's chilly Christmas morning turned into a snowy delight in one small corner of the city when the 150 mothers and children at the modest Mission of Yahweh homeless ...


Style File

One hot nurse: Glamorous mom rocks a stunning blue dress, but this former polo star has charity on her mind

By Shelby Hodge

When Tootsies hosted an intimate ladies luncheon recently, featuring the spring designs of Elie Saab, one guest was a particular standout in one of the designer's daytime frocks. Elizabeth ...


Holiday Truths

Celebrity Christmas: George Clooney & Scarlett Johansson make the perfect holiday kiss, but lose the eggnog

By Shelby Hodge

Before you pour that pricey bourbon into the eggnog or pick up a tin of fruitcake, you might want to take a look at a recent holiday survey which found ...


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