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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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History On Hold

"Super" $80 million visitors' center halted; plans for prime downtown property up in air

By Shelby Hodge

Four months after the mayor and city officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, the historic Cohn House on the property is a sad ...


Party Watch

Legal eagles see red at black tie gala that rakes in a lot of green for UH Law Center

By Shelby Hodge

What: University of Houston Law Center's 39th annual gala. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: With school spirit at the forefront of her fashion decision, attorney Susan L ...


Record-Breaking Tiger Ball

Golden dragons and glamorous gowns reflect Asian pride at record-breaking Tiger Ball

By Shelby Hodge

The understated yet noble architecture of Yoshio Taniguchi's Asia Society Texas Center provided a serene backdrop for the vivid tableau of cultural fashions and manners that defined Thursday night ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's most fashionable, hot models, student design standouts & a TV news star enjoy River Oaks' Passion

By Shelby Hodge

The relevance of the fusion between fashion and philanthropy packed the River Oaks Country Club ballroom with a stylish coterie of ladies and gents who gathered to celebrate Houston Community ...


Most Powerful School

Houston's most powerful private school: Bush and Ralph Lauren family connections fuel its special event

By Shelby Hodge

How lucky for Kinkaid School supporters that one of its best-known alumna, Lauren Bush Lauren, had enough Kinkaid and Houston loyalties to agree to be guest speaker at the inaugural ...


Party Watch

Hot models, bottomless champagne and hair pampering: New Blow Dry bar opens with dramatic style

By Shelby Hodge

What: Uptown Blow Dry grand opening party. Where: Vintage Park Shopping Village in northwest Houston. The 411: Owner Bianca Huma and husband Valentin Huma welcomed a merry throng to their ...


Party Watch

Who needs Batman? Real-life Houston superheroes help kids thrive — 25 years of saving the day

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center  25th annual Children's Scholarship Ball. Where: The Westin Galleria Hotel. The 411: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in comic book style signage ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Prince of Parties pulls off an afternoon tea that is straight out of the movies

By Shelby Hodge

Perfection. How else could one describe the beautiful afternoon tea hosted by Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend in honor of Houston Grand Opera patron Terrylin Neale? Even the drizzly day ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Record day in River Oaks: Multiple Sclerosis fighting superwoman hangs it up after an unprecedented run

By Shelby Hodge

"This is my last swan song," Franelle Rogers told the gathering of 450 in the River Oaks Country Club Ballroom. Indeed, after six years at the helm of the National ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Paris comes to Houston: A Tony star, a UH piano and a glittering Eiffel Tower give this gala real French power

By Shelby Hodge

Both upstairs and downstairs — in the Grand Foyer and in the Brown Theater — music filled Wortham Theater Center during the University of Houston Moores School of Music Society annual concert ...


Party Watch

Fit kids takes on new meaning: Obesity epidemic elbowed aside by serious wallet worry

By Shelby Hodge

What: Children's Museum of Houston Friends & Families Luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Valeria Burguières and Emily Dalicandro chaired the annual fundraiser attended by close to ...


Party Watch

Stroke survivor fighting a speech disorder wows a River Oaks Country Club crowd with his courage

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) fifth annual "Let's Talk" luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 500 guests packed the River Oaks Country Club ballroom ...


Party Watch

Biker bash: Motorcycle deacons shake up a trendy Houston hotel, roar away with a big award

By Shelby Hodge

What: Devereux's sixth annual Savor the Hope Gala. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: Eija and Geoff Seaman chaired the "Revel in the Roaring Twenties" themed benefit that honored the ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's wildest Million Dollar Party: A plane, a python and an arresting theme bring in big bucks for HMNS

By Shelby Hodge

Beyond clever — that biplane spinning over the dance floor as more than 800 partygoers boogied to the beat of the Houston Museum of Natural Science's "Out of Africa" gala ...


Party Watch

The world's top moms come together in Houston to celebrate — and get ready for a hot fashion show

By Shelby Hodge

What: International Mothers' Day Soirée kickoff. Where: Elizabeth Anthony in Uptown Park. The 411: Honorees, representing countries from around the globe, came together to help launch the third annual ...


Fancy footwear

Houstonian's wildly sexy stilettos — some with tiny pistol and holster — shake up the shoe world

By Shelby Hodge

The miles-long dining room table in the art-filled home of John and Becca Cason Thrash was laden with the most tempting collection of shoe and handbag accessories that this writer ...


Shelby's Dubai Dairy

'Shop 'til you drop' only begins to tell the story of world's largest malls: Skiing anyone?

By Shelby Hodge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Leave the stilettos at home. A shopping trip to either of this Emirate's mega malls means two things — credit card frenzy and, rather than shop ...


Woman Power

Top corporate leader links global networking organization with Houston women executives

By Shelby Hodge

At last, Houston women in business have breathed a sigh of happiness as Sallie Krawcheck has introduced her power-generating women's executive organization, Ellevate, to Houston.  Considered one of the ...


VIP Salon Facelift

Temporary transformation of exclusive VIP salon offers hint of permanent redo

By Shelby Hodge

Beyond the glories of Houston Ballet's new production of Romeo and Juliet, top-ranking Houston Ballet patrons have been savoring an added dose of glamour with the temporary makeover of ...


River Oaks Horseplay

Serious horseplay & fashion mingling at River Oaks Country Club raises big bucks for non-profit

By Shelby Hodge

What: SIRE's Under the Stars gala. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: While there were no trotting horses in the country club ballroom, the 27 therapy horses that ...


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