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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 Dairy

Top women chefs prepare feast and female vets are honored at Dress For Success gala

By Shelby Hodge

It was all about women —  and a few men behind the scenes — when Dress for Success held its 16th annual fundraiser at the nonprofit's home on Eastside. A coterie ...

Pedal To The Metal

Unveiling of sporty new Cadillac ATS Coupe fuels a rockin' party scene

By Shelby Hodge

The sleek showroom of Sewell Cadillac on the Katy Freeway became party central Tuesday night when the car manufacturer unveiled its ATS Coupe for a sporty crowd that wined, dined ...

Party Watch

Top chefs wow at Cirque du Cuisine fundraiser amid high-flying entertainers

By Shelby Hodge

What: March of Dimes Signature Chefs "Cirque du Cuisine" benefit. Where: Silver Street Studios. The 411: Chefs from Max's Wine Dive, Nara, Ouisie's, Shade and Tiny Boxwood's ...

Party Watch

Dracula puts away his fangs for the night as Alley young professionals party

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Alley Theatre's young professional group, SCENE, post-performance cocktail party. Where: The Wortham Theatre Scene Shop at the University of Houston, where the Alley Theatre is bunking until ...

Don't step on my train

Marie Antoinette inspires evening of wicked fun with big wigs, fancy dress and real royalty

By Shelby Hodge

Marie Antoinette's champagne — Piper-Heidsieck —flowed. The royals (real ones) showed up. Wigs were a fashion must. Yep, Stages Repertory Theatre knows how to party and party they did in ...

Magical Museum Ball

Enchanted Grand Gala Ball soars to magical heights with shimmering trees; raises $1.6 million

By Shelby Hodge

To completely mesmerize more than 300 of the city's most sophisticated philanthropists is no easy task. But the kinetic energy and graceful beauty of Jennifer Steinkamp's flowering trees ...

Garden Party

Donors get first look at new $31 million Hermann Park wonderland — and they like it!

By Shelby Hodge

Like entranced children entering a flourishing wonderland, leading patrons of the John C. and Kathrine G. McGovern Centennial Gardens enjoyed a first look Thursday night at the splendid $31 million ...

French Quarter Fun

French Quarter fun is just the ticket for rockin' Children's Museum gala, raising close to $1 million

By Shelby Hodge

The Children's Museum of Houston gala was rocking even before the Hustlers Brass Band descended the stairs of the Corinthian, horns blasting, umbrellas swaying above the dancer's heads ...

Grownups at play

Bean bag toss party in the great outdoors scores a big hit for Texas Children's

By Shelby Hodge

Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson know first-hand the value of Texas Children's Hospital, both couples having had a child whose life was saved there through ...

Party Watch

Tommy Hilfiger swoops into The Galleria to kick off a cancer shopping weekend

By Shelby Hodge

What: Kickoff to Saks Fith Avenue's 16th annual Key to the Cure shopping weekend.  Where: Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria. The 411: Saks sponsors the fundraiser for cancer ...

A noble cause

Ebola angels: Nurses benefit with ties to Houston billionaire could not come at a better time

By Shelby Hodge

Although the Holiday Style Fashion Show & Luncheon benefiting the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been a year in the planning, the time could not have been better ...

Party Watch

World's leading builders, investors & thinkers headed to Houston and the preview's already bringing buzz

By Shelby Hodge

What: Urban Land Institute Mixer. Where: Brennan's of Houston. The 411: This VIP kickoff for the ULI's global spring meeting honored internationally renowned developer Gerald Hines. H-Town's ...

Play Ball!

More than $5 million and counting: Black-tie dinner tradition continues to raise big bucks for Rice athletics

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception in 1984, "An Evening in Rice's Honour" has raised more than $5 million for scholarships and athletic programs at Rice University. That number was bumped up ...

Party Watch

Stunning Buffalo Bayou mansion proves to be the perfect setting for waterways protecting gala

By Shelby Hodge

What: Bayou Preservation Association's 15th annual gala, "Bayoutopia." Where: An outdoor setting at the home of Natasha and Michael Bleyzer on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The 411:  Laurie ...

Style File

One sexy cocktail dress: Ukraine native and CEO shows Houston style in CityCentre benefit

By Shelby Hodge

Winter Ball underwriting chair Jacquie Baly welcomed a flock of fashionistas to Kendra Scott in CityCentre for her annual salute to the benefit for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and ...


Dancing in the moonlight: This unique party has guests seeing stars — and hand-rolled Cuban cigars

By Shelby Hodge

Three short nights after the official full moon, Rothko Chapel supporters gathered under the stars on Saturday for the second annual "Moonrise Party on the Plaza," an inspired evening of ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Houston real estate legend shares her tips for success in a stunning skyline setting

By Shelby Hodge

Dec My Room founder Susan Plank decided to shake things up with the annual fall luncheon benefiting the non-profit that decorates the hospital rooms of long-term pediatric and young adult ...

Artful intelligence

Houston artist takes on Dallas and draws an international crowd to a new national center

By Shelby Hodge

Accomplished painter and philanthropist Barbara Hines drew an international crowd of more than 450 for the opening of the exhibition, “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines,” at ...

World AIDS Day Helpers

UH cheerleaders and that party animal Shasta bring homecoming to 50th floor of an office tower

By Shelby Hodge

What:  AIDS Foundation Houston's World AIDS Day Luncheon, presented by Chevron, kickoff. Where: The 50th floor of Chevron Tower. The 411: With homecoming as the theme of the gathering ...

Worlds colliding

Battling Ebola amid the Houston glamour prompts mega billionaire Paul Allen to issue a $3.2 million challenge

By Shelby Hodge

On the very night that the World Health Organization announced that the Ebola outbreak could escalate to 10,000 new cases per week by December, a well-heeled group gathered in ...

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