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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

Social Scene

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

Kool & the Gang trigger a wild disco party in Houston with local TV news stars in on the action

By Shelby Hodge

What: Children at Risk "Standing Up for Our Youth" gala. Where: Bayou Music Center. The 411: The non-profit's eighth annual gala drew a ready-to-rock crowd of more than 550 ...


Style File

Poolside eye candy: This fetching lady knows how to impress men with an eye for fashion

By Shelby Hodge

While there are numerous looks in Sheridan Williams' closet — ranging from yachting attire to chic grandmother duty togs — she stepped out as elegant lady for the River Oaks tennis tournament ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Three Houston Rockets, 1,600 guests and $2.5 million in the bank — this gala scores big

By Shelby Hodge

Thousands and thousands of red roses set the colorful tone for the Memorial Hermann Foundation "Red and Wild" gala while Wayne Foster Entertainment provided the musical antics that ignited the ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A top Houston restaurant turns into a fantasy land with more than 30 celebrity waiters

By Shelby Hodge

Those who attended ESCAPE Family Resource Center's "Emerald City . . . There's No Place Like Home" dinner at Tony's on Sunday night will probably never again think of the ...


Party Watch

Men of style, stunning ladies in hats and fab spring dresses make this polo match a best dressed affair

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Health Museum sixth annual Triple Crown Polo Match. Where: Houston Polo Club. The 411: More than 200 polo fans donned their best spring looks for the annual fundraiser ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Sexy movie star gowns, James Franco's tux and Gladys Knight rocking add up to a $1 million Houston night

By Shelby Hodge

With the dashing duo of Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes at the helm, the Alley Theatre Ball was destined for theatrical elegance, thanks in part to the sophisticated involvement of ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Near naked boy toys, a pole dancer and a cupcake babe make this birthday bash wildly unforgettable

By Shelby Hodge

Putting together an over-the-top party in 72 hours is no mean fete, but when party planner Christine Hoffer joined forces with Rosemarie Johnson, it was party or die. Johnson's ...


Party Watch

Houston park milestone and Port of Houston anniversary celebrated in triple threat luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Heritage Society's annual "Houston Heritage Luncheon." Where: In an open-sided party tent at Sam Houston Park, the Heritage Society's home. The 411: On a beautiful spring ...


Luncheon Raises $1 Million

One-hour charity luncheon scores big, raises more than $1 million

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Brookwood Community benefit luncheon. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: It's not often that a charity luncheon in H-Town hits the seven-figure mark but that was exactly the ...


Texas Children's Celebration

800 moms, dads and kids celebrate Texas Children's 60th anniversary at Arboretum

By Shelby Hodge

What: Texas Children's Hospital Ambassadors' annual Family Fun Day. Where: The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The 411: More than 800 Ambassadors and family members cavorted, climbed and galloped ...


Party Watch

Historic oil building transforms into a happening music spot — all to honor Da Camera pioneer

By Shelby Hodge

What: Da Camera Gala. Where: The historic Gulf Oil Building, now the formal lobby of JPMorgan Chase at 712 Main. The 411: Elaine and Marvy Finger chaired the black-tie evening ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Poolside luncheon brings fetching ladies, music, tennis and animal mayhem to River Oaks

By Shelby Hodge

When JoLynn Falgout signed on to chair the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon, she decided that on the 80th anniversary of the tournament and the 30th anniversary of the popular ...


Obama's River Oaks Night

What really happened at President Obama's Houston dinner: Inside details on exclusive River Oaks fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

When trial lawyer and tobacco buster John Eddie Williams and his glamorous wife Sheridan built their second expansive home in River Oaks, they made sure that there was ample room ...


Party watch

Patrick Swayze's widow opens up on her struggle to care for him with Friends of Nursing

By Shelby Hodge

What: St. Luke's Foundation 25th anniversary Friends of Nursing luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Actress and author Lisa Niemi Swayze spoke about her book, Worth Fighting ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A chilly garden party raises $700,000 for a major Bayou Bend boost

By Shelby Hodge

That whimsical Mother Nature. Some years, she smiles on the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Other years, she presents a chilly, drizzly challenge. The latter was the case Sunday night when ...


Shelby Hodge's Social Diary

Matt Schaub's going away party is a gift to Houston charity that brings out major sports celebs

By Shelby Hodge

What: The GR8 Hope Foundation "Hope Can Heal" gala. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: GR8 founders Laurie and Matt Schaub along with guest performer Clay Walker entertained supporters at ...


Houston's Best Dressed

Who wore it best: Great gowns from the Houston Grand Opera Ball

By Shelby Hodge

With the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center filled with 550 glam guys and dolls, the Houston Grand Opera Ball tableau was a fashionista paradise. Look who wore what.


Shelby's Social Diary

Cool clothes — and a wolf — rule the Jonathan Blake runway, but tiger is a no-show

By Shelby Hodge

It's somewhat incongruous that Houston-based designer Jonathan Tinkle could be so painfully shy while his designs are bold and forward-thinking. Case in point, his recent fall fashion extravaganza at ...


Party Watch

SIRE benefits when Robin Williams impersonator keeps guests laughing at fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: SIRE "Under the Stars" benefit. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Mary Elizabeth Sand chaired and Valerie Cook co-chaired the benefit dinner for the non-profit organization that highlights ...


Party Watch

High-powered leaders celebrate Center for Houston's Future and honoree John Nau

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Center for Houston's Future's 2014 Future Leadership luncheon. Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown. The 411: Philanthropists, community leaders, social heavyweights and business leaders turned out 700 strong ...


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