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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

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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

Big guns are hot: Shooting and shopping for good adds up to major money for MFAH

By Shelby Hodge

What: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 21st annual "Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational." Where: The Greater Houston Gun Club. The 411: Baby, it was cold outside but ...


Shelby's Dubai Diary

Million dollar deals in the sky: Swanky onboard lounge of this Middle Eastern airline is a power player's dream

By Shelby Hodge

Granted, the ruddy-faced Scotsman had been nipping at the whiskey for the better half of the Dubai-Houston flight aboard Emirates Airline. But when he commented that there had been several ...


Tale of two cities

Houston and Miami city rivalry erupts: But a hot Bachleor knows it's fueled by love

By Shelby Hodge

When civic and business leaders of two of the nation's hottest cities come together to create a catalyst for business between the two, a little friendly competition is sure ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's grocery store king, a TV news star and Mayor Annise Parker give virgin fundraiser a push

By Shelby Hodge

Three powerful women and one worthy cause — that was the ticket to success when the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter celebrated a century of providing services throughout the Texas ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mayor steals the show in umbrella-size hat, but others come close with wild designs at luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What a fabulous day in Hermann Park and what a fabulous day for Hermann Park. The annual Hats in the Park luncheon earned a record $360,000 for park coffers ...


Shelby's Dubai Diary

Robot jockeys and sprinting SUVs bring camel racing, the sport of sheikhs, into the 21st century

By Shelby Hodge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Put it on your bucket list. Time honored and often referred to as "the sport of sheikhs," camel racing in Dubai is one of the wackiest ...


Slow down for the low down

Football stars, socialites and media celebs jam new Italian restaurant for pre-opening feast

By Shelby Hodge

H-Town is feeling so hip these days. Just take a look at BLVD Place where the destination grocery Whole Foods and the spanking new North Italia is changing the social ...


Party Watch

Afternoon tea at Neiman Marcus brings out socialite heavy hitters: Earl Grey and high style?

By Shelby Hodge

What: Salvation Army Auxiliary annual spring tea. Where: Couture salon at Neiman Marcus. The 411: In advance of the ever-popular Reflections on Style luncheon (April 14 at River Oaks Country ...


Shelby's Dubai Diary

Dubai's shopping secrets: Labyrinth of dazzling gold jewelry and "genuine fakes" make haggling a sport

By Shelby Hodge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dazzling hardly begins to describe the window displays that fill the Gold Souk with the most tempting arrays of every form of body ornamentation imaginable. Even ...


Thinking green

West U parks get major boost from power players, including a Texans star: Houston's green paradise?

By Shelby Hodge

The vibe was civic pride in the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel when West University neighbors and friends came together in support of that community's green spaces at ...


Party Watch

Latin Women Power: Swanky Houston store hosts a high-energy preview

By Shelby Hodge

What: Latin Women's Initiative luncheon kickoff. Where: Tootsies. The 411: LWI president Cyndy Garza Roberts and honorary luncheon chair Carmina Zamorano welcomed the high-energy gathering of more than 100 ...


Shelby's Dubai Diary

A tourist in Dubai: Land where money is no object stuns with skyscrapers, shopping and surprises

By Shelby Hodge

Editor's note: This is the first in a daily series of reports by Shelby Hodge, CultureMap editor at large, from her week-long trip to Dubai. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ...


Party Watch

Houston's Men of Distinction: Smart, distinguished hunks are changing the city

By Shelby Hodge

What: Men of Distinction announcement party. Where: At the home of Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, chair of the 2015 Men of Distinction luncheon. The 411: More than 100 guests were ...


Party Watch

Celebrity photographer shares his Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Roberts stories: Doing good through pictures

By Shelby Hodge

What: The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts ninth annual Encore for Excellence luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: HSPVA's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus photographer Mark ...


Party Watch

Honored leader: Mayor Annise Parker gets a swanky Houston party for her national award

By Shelby Hodge

What: Reception honoring Mayor Annise Parker. Where: The art-filled home of Marc Melcher, Houston Arts Alliance board chair. The 411: Arts community leaders and Parker fans gathered to salute the ...


Party Watch

Steaming hot young professionals face off in the ultimate food fight: Local TV news star helps judge

By Shelby Hodge

What: Casa de Esperanza's fifth annual Young Professionals Chili Cook-Off. Where: Cottonwood. The 411: Thirty-three teams put their best efforts into their steaming pots of chili as more than ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Hollywood star surprises and nearly everyone wears black to celebrate director's 25th anniversary

By Shelby Hodge

Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd's signature black became the celebratory color of the evening when more than 150 Alley board members, patrons and their guests took over the ...


Patriotic evening

Two ex-presidents, a media blackout and a sellout crowd add up to $1.2 million for major hospital

By Shelby Hodge

Despite the media not being allowed to cover President George W. Bush's conversation with venerable newsman Bob Schieffer, Texas Children's Cancer Center was able to shout from the ...


Smokin' Hot Rodeo Barbecue

Smokin' hot: Sexy babes, pimp costumes, decolletage galore & Young Guns beat the chill at Rodeo barbecue

By Shelby Hodge

What a fashion predicament Thursday night's opener of the three-day World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest presented. With temps in the windy 40s, handwarmers, heavy-duty dusters and furs were not unexpected ...


Amazing Backyard Weddings

Amazing backyard weddings: Couples learn that the best fairytale settings are sometimes found right at home

By Shelby Hodge

Some brides would say there is no place like home for their wedding. A Fare Extraordinaire obliges by transforming backyards into elegant wedding venues. Here we look at two.


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