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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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Shelby's Social Diary

Hot new restaurant unveils Spanish delicacies and astounding artwork for a good cause

By Shelby Hodge

After a sneak peek for foodies the night before, BCN Taste & Tradition owners Isabella and Ignacio Torras invited friends of Texas Children's Hospital for an early look-see at the ...


Party Watch

Designer Josie Natori gets up-close and personal at intimate charity luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: Foundation for Teen Health designer luncheon. Where: Tootsies. The 411: With designer Josie Natori in town for a trunk show, what better time to have an intimate benefit luncheon ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The most influential crowd ever? Community Champions take a preview bow at River Oaks manse

By Shelby Hodge

"A phenomenal list of philanthropic boldfaces" — what better way to describe the honorees who will walk the runway as Community Champions at the "Celebration of Champions" luncheon on Oct. 10 ...


Party Watch

A swanky River Oaks pool provides the perfect setting for a performance artist's VIP moment

By Shelby Hodge

What: A post-lecture dinner honoring experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson. Where: The River Oaks home of Marita and J.B. Fairbanks. The 411: After her sold-out presentation at the second ...


Party Watch

A powerful 40 under 40: Major apartment players are recognized — in true party style

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Houston Apartment Association's inaugural 40 Under 40 Gala. Where: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice. The 411: With the city's booming population and unprecedented growth in ...


Party Watch

Local TV news stars and medical heavyweights celebrate kid cancer patients' art work

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project Gold Star luncheon. Where: On the ice at The Galleria. The 411: The annual Gold Star luncheon recognized the youthful ...


Hot Bachelors Strip Down

Beefcake overload! Houston's hottest bachelors strip down for trend-setting TV show at a swanky pool

By Shelby Hodge

Just when we thought that H-Town couldn't possibly get any hotter, Inside Edition arrives and turns up the sizzle factor with its quest for "Houston's Hottest Bachelors." Endowed ...


Shelby's Social Diary

This sold-out dinner goes late into the night: When charity is a hot ticket

By Shelby Hodge

A seat at the table for the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation dinner is a precious commodity that each year is limited to 200 quick starters who are first with reservations ...


Party Watch

Rebranded antiques and design show gets a glitzy launch at Houston's modern furniture store

By Shelby Hodge

What: The newly-branded Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show launch party. Where: At mrspk&oz. The 411: More than 100 design-savvy guests poured in to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ...


Party Watch

Backpack Buddy kids program gets a shot in the arm from gun-toting supporters: It's shooting for charity

By Shelby Hodge

What: Inaugural sporting clays tournament, dinner and auction benefiting Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddy program. Where: Greater Houston Gun Club. The 411: Texas guys and their guns — they go ...


Sexy Univision Star Wows

Sexy Univision weather anchor turns heads in Houston in a form-fitting sheath dress

By Shelby Hodge

While Univision viewers will recognize Laura Sierra as the weather anchor for the network's Houston morning news show, we first met the glamorous native of Medellin, Colombia, at Hotel ...


Party Watch

Dogs invade a fancy Houston store — and it's just a preview of the canine frenzy to come

By Shelby Hodge

What: Citizens for Animal Protection gala kickoff. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue. The 411: As chairs of the Nov. 22 Celebrity Paws gala, Wezy and Bobby Dees, Saks Fifth Avenue GM ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Standing ovations galore: Houston Symphony's new maestro charms a red carpet crowd on opening night

By Shelby Hodge

As if the rounds of standing ovations in Jones Hall were not enough to convince Andrés Orozco-Estrada that the welcome mat was out for the Houston Symphony's new ...


New Lamborghini Unveiled

New Lamborghini is center of attention at high-octane black-tie dinner

By Shelby Hodge

We dare say that Rienzi, the stately museum home in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston stable of riches, has never before witnessed a more high-powered gathering than the other ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Fab gowns and fine art collide in high-style collaboration at Neiman Marcus

By Shelby Hodge

When the planets align, why not have a joint party? That timing would be the inspiration behind the "Fine Art of Fashion" bash that found Neiman Marcus and the Houston ...


Anticipation

A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala — six months early — at glam kick-off party

By Shelby Hodge

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group ...


Blue Dog Artist Remembered

Fans of iconic Louisiana artist chow down for charity at steakhouse's Blue Dog Room

By Shelby Hodge

The memory of iconic Louisiana artist George Rodrigue resonated through the Blue Dog Room at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Wednesday night when more than 100 collectors and fans gathered for ...


Party Watch

A Houston museum morphs into a night club as sexy young professionals pour in after-hours

By Shelby Hodge

What: MFAH Art Crowd happening. Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The 411: More than 150 members of the young professionals leg of museum supporters poured in for an ...


Houston's Most Stylish

Houston's Most Stylish: These gorgeous women and dapper gents stand out in a CultureMap fashion look back

By Shelby Hodge

During our first five years, CultureMap photographed close to 300 men and women for our regular Style File feature. Here, we present some of our favorites.


Where's Rudolph?

Say hello to Houston's shopping paradise? Nutcracker Market goes coconuts over the Pacific in new surprise

By Shelby Hodge

Think coconuts not mistletoe and leave those Christmas sweaters at home! This year's Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market cruises in an entirely unexpected direction — "Nutcracker Market in Paradise." We're ...


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