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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

International hostess shares secrets of the best dinner party ever: Royalty, moguls & those sexy gowns

By Shelby Hodge

Black-tie optional mid-week, in the middle of summer? What hostess would make such an audacious request of dinner guests, including advising the ladies to wear "gowns, jewels, bring out the ...


Shake it up baby

Cocktail fight! Star mixologists battle at Mr. Peeples in a wild night with an apple pie drink — and disco music

By Shelby Hodge

When CultureMap put six mixologists up to the challenge of creating H-Town's best vodka concoction, the friendly competition brimmed with herbs, spices and apple pie. Yes, even a riff ...


Style File

This serious doctor transforms into a sexy fashionista at night, bringing lavish looks to the grown-up playground

By Shelby Hodge

Oral cancer specialist and assistant professor of dentistry at the University of Texas School of Dentistry Yasmine Haddad looks anything but the serious-minded doc when she steps out on the ...


Party Watch

New upscale Houston nightclub aims for sophistication and a VIP clientele, but membership is surprisingly easy

By Shelby Hodge

What: VIP grand opening of the luxe lounge Crimson. Where: In the lounge's swank digs, next door to Lumen Lounge. And while some might call the location the Upper ...


Major Restaurant Expansion Plan

Powerhouse Houston restaurant team to take on Starbucks with a coffee truck, expand to The Woodlands

By Shelby Hodge

In the 13 years since they opened Ibiza in Midtown, restaurateur Charles Clark and businessman Grant Cooper have seldom rested on their culinary laurels. Now with five successful eateries in ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Hotties and hunks shake their booties at Hotel ZaZa's sexy pool party

By Shelby Hodge

It was 50 shades of pink and all that that might suggest at Hotel ZaZa Thursday night when a sellout crowd of 500 joined the annual "Party in Pink," benefiting ...


Pix of the day

Oxygen masks for pets catch on after dog rescue: Houston pet store steps up to help fire departments

By Shelby Hodge

Seeing this photo of the Westfield Fire Department helping save the life of a smoke-ravaged pooch, the folks at Natural Pawz decided to come to the rescue. It seems that ...


What calories!

Exercise studio entertains summer hotties with cool cocktails and healthy taste sensations

By Shelby Hodge

Happy hour never looked so glam nor felt so healthy as it did recently at the DEFINE body & mind studio in West University when founder Henry Richardson and his in-house ...


Shelby's Social Diary

"Cabana chic" revelers rock Night in Havana bash — with 9-foot tall Castro, Cuban cigars & mojitos

By Shelby Hodge

The mojitos and margaritas flowed like rivers at flood stage as close to 600 revelers took over Hudson Lounge for the annual rocking charity bash known as "A Night in ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Summer party scene heats up with cool young professionals at CultureMap Social

By Shelby Hodge

Forget the withering heat outside, the partying was trés cool inside at quirky 1919 Wine & Mixology on Wednesday when CultureMappers, 250 strong, proved that even the dog days of ...


Pix of the day

Fun photo: Yes to the Dress star steps into life-sized wedding gown cake at bridal extravaganza

By Shelby Hodge

When cake baker extraordinaire Nadine Moon of Who Made the Cake constructed her life-sized wedding gown cake for the Bridal Extravaganza Show, she never dreamed that so many men would ...


Rocky Mountain High

Pink flamingos and green monkeys add spice to lively M.D. Anderson fundraiser in Aspen

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception 16 years ago, M.D. Anderson's "Making Cancer History" seminar in Aspen has been one of the intellectual highlights of the season that is chockablock with ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Special 50th birthday celebration and engagement party draws mayor and politicos

By Shelby Hodge

Love was certainly in the air when Alex Martinez celebrated his 50th birthday amid a sea of political activists, professional fundraisers and friends at the Hilton Americas-Houston Skyline Room. Not ...


Party Watch

Sneak peek at new downtown restaurant draws friends and fans of South African cuisine

By Shelby Hodge

What: Opening party for the new Springbok gastropub. Where: 711 Main St., ground floor of the building that houses Capitol Lofts. The 411: With its official opening on Monday, Springbok ...


Fly me to the moon

Legendary singer chosen to headline inaugural evening of H-Town's private music club

By Shelby Hodge

It's going to be a special evening for a select group on Nov. 3 when venerable songman Tony Bennett sweeps into town for an intimate concert in the Hobby ...


Friend raising

Houston Methodist supporters experience a different kind of Rocky Mountain high at Aspen outing

By Shelby Hodge

Culling the rarified Aspen landscape in summer for charitable support has become a ritual that Houston medical institutions and cultural groups consider a fundraising must, though no hands are actually ...


Toga Party

Toga time: Young Professionals revive Animal House at rockin' party

By Shelby Hodge

What: Bering Omega Community Services Young Professionals' "Animal House Toga Party." Where: Audi Central Houston. The 411: The Bering Omega Community Services Young Professionals board hosted the blowout that took ...


Artful evening

Magnificent seven artists contribute works to first-ever Bayou City Art Festival gallery exhibition

By Shelby Hodge

Artist Nicola Parente and Kelly Kindred had their work cut out for them: Select a handful of works from a field of willing artists for the Seven Selected Artists exhibition ...


Blonde Ambition

Two H-Town bombshells with charity cred get a lot of national media love

By Shelby Hodge

Two of H-Town's glamorous buxom blondes are making national news this week — one for a mega-closet, the other for a canine focus — and both for their charitable bent.  Kristi ...


Restaurant Facelift

Gathering spot for Houston's rich and famous gets a summer facelift

By Shelby Hodge

In restaurant life, 10 years is a long time in terms of wear and tear, particularly when the eatery is as popular as Tony Vallone's namesake fine dining establishment ...


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