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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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Four-legged celebrities

How good looking is your pet? SPCA on the prowl for cuties for its 2016 calendar

By Shelby Hodge

Got a photogenic pooch, kitty or other four-legged pet? Your Lassie, Sylvester or Flicka could be the stars of the Houston SPCA 2016 calendar. The animal protection agency is scouting ...


Nominate a Stylemaker Now

CultureMap is on the prowl for H-Town's most stylish women and men — and you can help

By Shelby Hodge

You know who they are — the fashionistas who stop traffic with their sense of style, the guys who are known for their sartorial splendor. Now we want you to help ...


CultureMap Social

A Trailblazers good time: Salute to young professionals with a mission rocks House of Dereon

By Shelby Hodge

Even though fall isn't in the air, there was a certain back-to-school fervor at the House of Dereon Media Center when CultureMap and Lexus hosted the launch of the ...


Style File

From hospital scrubs to high style, nurse specialist has a flair beyond the operating room

By Shelby Hodge

From scrubs to a sassy Trina Turk shorts suit, Bria Warren easily made the transition from her residency position at St. Joseph's Hospital to the fashion playground of Tootsies ...


Fall Foodie Events

10 fall foodie events to tempt your tastebuds: Houston's top chefs cook like crazy for charities

By Shelby Hodge

The fall social calendar is choc-a-block with charitable fundraisers focused on food, events in which the city's top toques join forces, compete or simply try to outshine one another ...


Bubbly and book sacks

Baccarat and backpacks make for unusual bedfellows at back-to-school soireé in the Galleria

By Shelby Hodge

No one who knows the deliciously flamboyant Alex Martinez was surprised when he tapped the glitzy Baccarat boutique in the Galleria for his second annual "Back-to-School Supply Drive." What was ...


Cabana Chic Rules

Rowdy spirits of Havana's heyday light up the night with Cuban cigars, burlesque girls and PYTs

By Shelby Hodge

The timing could not have been more perfect for the seventh annual "Night in Havana" fundraiser celebrating all things Cuban. Little more than a week before Saturday's bash at ...


Irreplaceable Homes

Get an inside look at three remarkable Houston homes with a history, including the mayor's

By Shelby Hodge

H-Town's developer-crazed growth has yet to consume all of our architectural gems from previous centuries and The Heritage Society is quick to salute historic buildings with great stories to ...


Party Watch

Young professionals party while collecting supplies at "Back to School' happy hour

By Shelby Hodge

What: Friends of DePelchin Children's Center/KHOU Channel 11 "Back to School" happy hour. Where: Sambuca. The 411: Friends of DePelchin brought in backpacks, notebooks, crayons, binders and more ...


Party Watch

Wortham Center rocks with vintage designer fashions, Houston celebs and great bargains

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Women's Home sixth annual reDo Fashion Event. Where: Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. The 411: Mandy Kao and Sneha Merchant chaired the event that featured celebrity ...


Dress for Success

High-style crowd of young professionals gets ready for fall social season at Sizzling Summer Soireé

By Shelby Hodge

Fashionistas more than 300 strong sailed into Tootsies on a wave of energy and enthusiasm as Women of Wardrobe, the young professional arm of Dress for Success, once again proved ...


Heart of Fashion

Champagne laced with gold flakes, friends in the same dress: Heart of Fashion kickoff is a wild affair

By Shelby Hodge

Pink hair glowing, false eyelashes fluttering, Vivian Wise was in her element — the spotlight —Tuesday night as she hosted a colorful mix of hipster friends, bloggers and editors to the ...


Party Watch

Dressing for success is focus of night out for global professional women's networking group

By Shelby Hodge

What: Ellevate networking night focusing on dressing for business success. Where: Tootsies. The 411: Ellevate board member, president of the Yale Club and stylist Jessica Zachary Nicolayevsky orchestrated a fashion ...


Staged for Fun

Five stages, 500 partygoers and an "Empire" vibe rock Ensemble Theatre gala

By Shelby Hodge

There was plenty of bang for the buck at the Ensemble Theatre's "Follow the Dream: Celebrating the Empire" gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston on Saturday. Song, dance, awards and ...


Champagne Will Flow

10 don't-miss galas of the fall social season: See where H-Town's richest will be schmoozing

By Shelby Hodge

Oil prices might be tanking but the parties must go on and go on they will. The fall social calendar is chock-a-block with tempting opportunities to trip the night fantastic ...


Party Watch

St. Luke's Foundation supporters have a cool time at Aspen social in Houston couple's home

By Shelby Hodge

What: Fifth annual St. Luke's Foundation Summer Speaker Series. Where: In the Aspen summer retreat of Sylvie and Gary Crum. The 411: Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives ...


Pix of the Day

Kids party in several of America's favorite cities without leaving Houston

By Shelby Hodge

Fun and games reached a new level for underprivileged youngsters getting a leg up on learning at Youth Development Center's summer enrichment program. At session's end, the kids ...


Party Time at L'Olivier

Milestone birthday celebration doubles as campaign party for City Controller candidate

By Shelby Hodge

L'Olivier was packed with a who's who cross-section of Houston notables when Chris Brown took over for an early evening 40th birthday celebration that doubled as a campaign ...


Steamy Night in Houston

Hotties and hunks take over Club Cle after premiere of action film with Houston connection

By Shelby Hodge

Houston plaintiffs attorney/newcomer film actor Jason Gibson beamed in the spotlight at Sundance Theaters with the local premiere of his action film Blunt Force Trauma. The party began with ...


Oh How We Love a Sale!

You won't believe the great finds at Houston Design Center sample sale, prices slashed

By Shelby Hodge

Even though my home is fully furnished and I don't often think of interiors shopping, I love the Houston Design Center's annual Designer Sample Sale. So much to ...


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