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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

Absolut puts some spark in the night at rockin' warehouse party — and everyone glows

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Absolut Spark Unmasquerade. Where: Silver Street Studios on Edwards Street. The 411: Last year, Absolut introduced four mega parties, Absolut Nights, in four major cities — New York, Berlin ...


Hero on Four Legs

Houston search and rescue dog of 9/11 fame set to receive special salute at fall fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

Of all the nationally-recognized celebrities taking the spotlight here in the coming social season, it is doubtful that any will stir the heart more than Bretagne, the last-surviving search and ...


Two Birds in the Hand

Houston Zoo receives surprise gift of two colorful birds in honor of outgoing CEO

By Shelby Hodge

Two Andean cock-of-the-rock birds are winging their way to the Houston Zoo, compliments of the Dallas World Aquarium. The colorful duo is a surprise gift in honor of the zoo ...


Baubles, Bangles and Beads

Charming Charlie makes a move internationally, adds sparkle to Middle East shopping meccas

By Shelby Hodge

Dazzling Dubai just received another jolt of glitz as Houston-based Charming Charlie has opened boutiques in two of that emirate's mega malls. This marks the contemporary jewelry and accessories ...


Can't Believe Our Eyes

The fabulous 80th summer of Lynn Wyatt, dining with Prince Charles, birthdaying with Elton John

By Shelby Hodge

Summer for Lynn Wyatt has always been a glorious time — jaunts through Europe, sublime birthday parties at her summer home on the French Riviera, bunking with Elton John, etc. But ...


Another Win for Astros

George Springer leads his team in raising funds at bowling bash benefiting his charity

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Astro George Springer stepped up to the plate in a big way Monday night, hosting a bowling party at Lucky Strike to officially launch the George Springer Kids Fund ...


Party Watch

Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels join the "Barks & Bubbles" party benefiting homeless animals

By Shelby Hodge

What: "Barks & Bubbles" afternoon social. Where: Memorial Antiques & Interiors. The 411: Interior designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors organized the midday Saturday happening benefiting Lola's Lucky Day, a non-profit ...


Party Watch

Campy crowd raises funds and tons of fun with mint julep-themed party and drag show

By Shelby Hodge

What: Legacy Community Health Services 13th annual Mint Julep fundraiser. Where: South Beach nightclub. The 411: A very busty "Shy Anne," "Wanda June Smathers" in her red wig glory and ...


Where To See And Be Seen

Where to see and be seen: 10 hot spots to play it cool when Houston temps are soaring

By Shelby Hodge

While it might seem that everyone worth his or her Ferrari has ditched Houston heat for cooler climes, the truth is that plenty of H-Town's cognoscenti are still here ...


Party Watch

Bar celebrates first anniversary with carnival games and colorful mural as iconic artist joins in

By Shelby Hodge

What: Revelry on Richmond first anniversary bash. Where: At the upscale craft beer and sports bar in Montrose. The 411: Puppies Behind Bars was beneficiary of the celebratory afternoon that ...


High on Aspen

Pink flamingos take the prize as Houston Methodist scores big in Aspen

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Methodist honchos rounded up a cadre of golf-happy supporters for its annual sojourn to Aspen that included a round on the links, a cooking class and an early evening ...


Party Watch

Big Believers in Big Brothers Big Sisters host art exhibition emphasizing power of creativity

By Shelby Hodge

What: Big Brothers Big Sisters' Big Believers fundraiser. Where: Vine Street Gallery. The 411: Big Believers Reginald Adams and Corbett Parker hosted an art exhibition featuring works that celebrate the ...


Party Watch

Young professionals rally (and party) at Houston Food Bank in volunteer effort sponsored by big beer

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Food Bank volunteer happy hour for young professionals. Where: At Houston Food Bank's main warehouse. The 411: Bud Light and Houston-based Silver Eagle Distributors joined forces with ...


Save the Date!

House of Cards' Kevin Spacey headed to H-Town for black-tie dinner benefit

By Shelby Hodge

We would assume that the conniving President Frank Underwood persona will be left in D.C. when the dashing Kevin Spacey lands in H-Town this fall for a Best Buddies ...


Cuba Connections

Airline brings Cuba closer with direct weekly flights from Houston to Havana

By Shelby Hodge

Beginning in August, Cuba gets a bit closer to Houston when HavanaAir begins direct service between Houston Intercontinental Airport and Havana. Weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays. In a ...


Oxygen, please

M.D. Anderson treks to the Rockies for science and society in Aspen friendraising sojourn

By Shelby Hodge

What better place to take the pulse of philanthropy in summer than in the hallowed hills of Aspen? With a good portion of Houston's most generous citizens perched in ...


Style File

Addicted to fancy footwear, stylish Houstonian turns to breezy dress to beat the summer heat

By Shelby Hodge

When the heat and humidity are soaring as they are now, tasteful options for dressing cool, calm and collected can be a challenge. Rachel Regan has found the answer in ...


Party Watch

All-female young professional group celebrates new members at fashion-themed fiesta

By Shelby Hodge

What: Women of Wardrobe 12th annual membership drive. Where: Dress for Success Houston headquarters. The 411: As one of, if not the, largest all-female young professionals group in the city ...


In Search Of A Perch

High-rise to mid-rise living for under $500,000 inside the Loop? H-Town's condo scene brims with possibilities

By Shelby Hodge

Trying to find a place to buy inside the Loop is a high-stakes game in which the deeper your pockets, the better your chances. While million dollar mansions get all ...


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Sirens, flashing lights and fire trucks cause excitement in River Oaks as condo trash pile goes up in smoke

By Shelby Hodge

Call us ambulance chasers, if you must. But with most of River Oaks standing on its ear with the roar of sirens and a blast of flashing red lights Wednesday ...


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