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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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Billionaire Diva In Houston

Billionaire lifestyle diva hits Houston, takes on every aspect of beautiful living: Move over Ralph Lauren!

By Shelby Hodge

As style and image director for Estée Lauder and more recently founder and creator of the luxury lifestyle brand Aerin, Aerin Lauder is one busy woman. Witness her recent ...


Stellar evening

Private limos, a red carpet and stunning Rolex watches: New jewelry store treats its VIPs like gold

By Shelby Hodge

When Thomas Markle opened his namesake jewelry emporium at Gateway Memorial City last week, he made sure that the celebration was one that would be talked about for weeks ...


Smoke gets in your eyes

This ultimate "gentlemen's party" all about fine cigars, rare whiskey and female personal shoppers

By Shelby Hodge

One of our favorite New Orleans transplants Franco Valobra knows as much about lavish entertaining as he does about the jewelry business. That party expertise is put into play each ...


Party Watch

Sexiest holiday party ever? Towering models & Cute Young Things give restaurant bash eye candy overload

By Shelby Hodge

What: Page Parkes/Ruggles Black holiday party. Where: Ruggles Black in Upper Kirby. The 411: More than 150 guests, including the agency's stable of willowy models and glam actors ...


Party Watch

Bidders go crazy for gingerbread dog houses: A frenzy erupts for unique creations

By Shelby Hodge

What: Gingerbread Doghouse Contest and Auction benefiting Operation Pets Alive. Where: Hyatt Market Street in The Woodlands. The 411: Restaurants and bakeries in The Woodlands put their best baking talents ...


Party Watch

Historic homes holiday bash makes time travel a reality — and a top chef goes along for the fun

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Heritage Society's first-ever "An Evening of Heritage" holiday celebration. Where: In a party tent located in Connally Plaza, adjacent to the historic homes of Sam Houston Park ...


Shelby's Social Diary

This Halloween/Christmas mashup turns Houston witches into elves and everyone leaves with a present

By Shelby Hodge

What: Holiday party for Texas Children’s cancer and hematology patients. Where: In the festooned lobby of Texas Children's Cancer Center. The 411: Playing friendly witches each Halloween, besties ...


'Tis The Season

Brass quintet charms crowds with annual Yuletide Concert in gardens of Bayou Bend

By Shelby Hodge

What: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra annual Yuletide Concert. Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The 411: The orchestra's brass quintet presented two holiday-themed concerts, one in the morning and ...


A Most Worthy Cause

Angels in the house, record-breaking raffle and dreamy designer fashions make for a heavenly luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

Carolina Herrera's dreamy spring fashions were icing on the cake of the annual Friends of Child Advocates' Angels of Hope luncheon that filled the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom with some ...


Party Watch

Cosmetic surgeon takes a Glitter & Glow approach to holiday partying with a cause

By Shelby Hodge

What: Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery & Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique's "Glitter & Glow" holiday party with a cause. Where: Vitenas' new location on Richmond. The 411: Dr. Paul Vitenas welcomed more than ...


Fashionable Lunching

Peek-a-boo lace gowns have social crowd swooning at top designer's H-Town trunk show

By Shelby Hodge

What: Tootsies fashion luncheon. Where: Tootsies in West Ave. The 411: It was the first-ever Elie Saab trunk show in Houston and the ladies turned out in style not only ...


Holiday schmooze

Ridiculous traffic jam can't keep revelers from holiday party at River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Even the ridiculous traffic jam at Shepherd and Inwood could not thwart the enthusiasm of partygoers headed for the ever-popular, annual Holiday Schmooze benefitting Legacy Community Health Services. For the ...


Sheer genius

Certified Houston genius celebrated by the city's most elite movers and shakers

By Shelby Hodge

Yes, the story is true. Houston artist and social innovator Rick Lowe didn't initially answer the phone call that would change his life. Not until the persistence of the ...


Party watch

A sexy special guest: Miss Texas turns heads at Festari for Men holiday bash

By Shelby Hodge

What: Festari for Men annual holiday bash. Where: The posh boutique on Post Oak Boulevard. The 411: More than 150 stylish gents and ladies poured in for the fashion-themed party ...


Party Watch

Mall Dreams: The Galleria turns into Santa's wonderland for leading cancer center's youngest supporters

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital's Little Galleria Breakfast with Santa. Where: The Galleria. The 411: Carolers sang holiday favorites and Santa accepted Christmas wishes when the ...


25 years of giving

Santa's last push? Oodles of toys and cash stack up as an impactful Houston charity ends its 25-year run

By Shelby Hodge

The Carmen and David Bridges Joyful Toyful has had a great run since its founding 25 years ago, having gifted more than $1 million in cash grants and nearly that ...


A treasure trove

The influential dozen: Houston's social difference makers pick up sparkly honors

By Shelby Hodge

H-Town stars — recipients of the Social Book's Treasure Award — sparkled across a "Rhapsody in Royal Blue" tableau Sunday night that transformed the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel into ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Jewelry stunner: Ultra pricey one-of-a-kind diamond bracelet makes the ladies swoon at a hot holiday bash

By Shelby Hodge

Activities surrounding the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in March, are already beginning, the most recent being a holiday party at Valobra Jewelry where Franco ...


A Houston Ballet Doubleheader

Dancers off duty & fun: Late night benefit dinner on the stage of the Wortham is unforgettable

By Shelby Hodge

A few cocktails after the curtain went down on Houston Ballet's exuberant Jubilee of Dance, the curtain rose again in the Brown Theater of Wortham Theater Center. But this ...


Party Watch

River Oaks billionaire's mansion becomes a magical setting for ultimate Christmas party — and kids benefit

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital ninth annual Santa's Elves party. Where: The River Oaks estate of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. The 411: Some 375 "Santa's ...


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