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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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En pointe

Houston Ballet young professionals gear up for fall season with burlesque fun

By Shelby Hodge

Little more than a week before the curtain rises on Houston Ballet's fall season, young professional balletomanes put in a playful night at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar for a sneak ...


Style File

Stylish librarian breaks the bookworm stereotype with chic fashion panache

By Shelby Hodge

No Marion the Librarian Miss Fifi Phi! When this stylish librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library steps out of the stacks, she dons her stylista persona as a blogging ...


Wild & Crazy Party

Construction subcontractors get wild and crazy at party that brings back the '70s

By Shelby Hodge

What: American Subcontractors Association-Houston chapter 40th anniversary celebration. Where: The Marque at CityCentre. The 411: The folks that keep Houston building kicked up their heels in 1970s style while celebrating ...


School Days

Sports biggies return to the classroom with Neil Bush and hit the books to promote literacy

By Shelby Hodge

With classes now in session and National Literacy Month starting Sept. 1, what better time than now for literacy advocates to ring the school bell in promotion of reading? The ...


Party Watch

VIPs celebrate upcoming Houston Fine Art Fair at intimate cocktail party

By Shelby Hodge

With only weeks to go before the curtain rises on the Houston Fine Art Fair with the opening night preview on Sept. 18, organizers and supporters are ramping up the ...


Sports Stars Mix It Up

Sports stars mix it up for charity while UH's Shasta and TSU tiger compete in dance-off

By Shelby Hodge

What: AIDS Foundation Houston's Sport4Life 2014 fundraiser. Where: BBVA Compass Stadium's West Club. The 411: Former City Councilwoman and track star Jolanda Jones and Olympic gold medal winner ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A luxury school bus ride, a lavish dinner and champagne fun: This road trip Alley opener is anything but ordinary

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that well-heeled patrons of the arts climb aboard a school bus, albeit a fancy air-conditioned bus, for an evening out but that's exactly what a ...


Party Watch

Throwing open the doors of Houston's trendiest closets, this sale sets a new record — and draws a reality TV star

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Women's Home Renew & Redux fashion show and shopping event. Where: The Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. The 411: A sellout crowd of 600 fashion-minded gals and ...


Party Watch

Houston shopper's paradise: Trendy pop-up stores and hot models create a scene, help the March of Dimes

By Shelby Hodge

What: Woman's Hospital of Texas 11th annual Labor Day Luncheon and Style Show. Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: It was a shopper's paradise when 28 boutiques ...


Party Watch

Italian doctors honored in a sold-out casino night that leaves everyone feeling lucky

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Italian Cultural and Community Center (ICCC) "Reaching Our Vision" gala and casino night. Where: The Westin Houston, Memorial City. The 411: The spotlight was on Italian and Italian-American ...


Wild BFF Power

True best friends forever: Wild Houston birthday duo ups the ante with another over-the-top bash

By Shelby Hodge

Call them the girls of summer — Lara Bell and Roseann Rogers, best friends who've been celebrating their birthdays together for 15 years. Although their birthdays are earlier in the ...


Party Watch

Young professionals come together for a sexy pedal boat party with plenty of chill

By Shelby Hodge

What: Hermann Park's Urban Green and the Texas Contemporary's ACCESS Contemporary gathering. Where: In Hermann Park. The 411: The two young professional groups joined forces to celebrate the ...


Building blocks

Massive concrete pour for new skyscraper set to create a mindboggling parade of cement trucks downtown

By Shelby Hodge

Even a girly girl like me has been wowed at the industrial performance of a concrete pour for the foundation of a serious skyscraper — zillions of concrete trucks lumbering through ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Fashion designer who found major success in London returns home to Houston for a new launch party

By Shelby Hodge

For the United States launch of her fledgling line, AG Phillips, Andrea Phillips returned to hometown Houston to introduce her ladylike designs to an appreciative crowd at Tootsies, where owner ...


Party Watch

Young professionals celebrate H-Town's historic treasures while partying in modern skyscraper

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Heritage Society's Young Houstonians for Old Houston happy hour. Where: One Allen Center. The 411: YPs with a taste for H-Town's history swarmed over the second ...


One helluva party

Surprise 50th birthday bash is one for the record books as swank restaurant transformed

By Shelby Hodge

You simply would not have recognized Tony's on Saturday night. In a 17-hour transformation, the already-swank restaurant blossomed into a sophisticated dinner club for a 50th birthday bash that ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Celeb's impromptu musical number brings down the house at Ensemble Theatre gala

By Shelby Hodge

It was one of those moments that a gala chair just has to love — when a national celebrity jumps on stage to join the entertainment in a rousing musical duo ...


Houses Beautiful

Famed interior designers offer tips as showrooms open doors to bargain hunters with good taste

By Shelby Hodge

It's happy days for interior design hounds this weekend when the Houston Design Center throws open the doors of its typically to-the-trade-only showrooms for the annual designer sample sale ...


School Daze

Billionaire entrepreneur takes helm of the University of Houston board of regents

By Shelby Hodge

With classes at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management under his belt, Tilman Fertitta charged forth to make a fortune in the hospitality ...


Party Watch

Kids in designer togs rule the runway in back-to-school fashion show

By Shelby Hodge

What: Back-to-school fashion show benefiting Crime Stoppers of Houston. Where: Josephine's Day Spa and Salon. The 411: Lights Camera Action and Josephine's hosted the youthful hipster fashion event ...


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