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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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Party Watch

Young professionals celebrate fundraising success for Texas School Ready! early education program

By Shelby Hodge

What: UTHealth Luminaries' Summer Social. Where: The Briargrove home of Kitty and Lex Hochner. The 411: UTHealth's young professionals organization gathered to celebrate their fundraising success with monies earmarked ...

High Style In River Oaks

Most beautiful mansion in River Oaks? Veranda magazine thinks so, Houston designer applauded

By Shelby Hodge

Copies of the July-August issue of Veranda magazine began arriving in Houston mailboxes and no one was more thrilled with the issue than J. Randall Powers. The decorator landed the ...

Rock on!

Video fun: Midtown night spot gets the CultureMap Social treatment — and everyone comes out a winner

By Shelby Hodge

It was be there — at the CultureMap Social —or be square when 250 revelers took over the Continental Club for a night of rambunctious fun in the hopping Midtown area ...

Remembering Bum

Luv Ya Blue days revisited when famed Houston Oiler salutes legacy of head coach Bum Phillips

By Shelby Hodge

Famed Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini rounded up a passel of his former teammates for a special evening at the new B&B Butchers & Restaurant saluting the memory of legendary ...

Party Time!

Continental Club rocks as CultureMap Social takes over with dance fever, games & neon hula hoop action

By Shelby Hodge

So much entertainment, so little time! The 250 hipsters that poured into the Continental Club for the CultureMap Social Music Edition could've danced all night and it seemed that ...

On the Market

Fresh Montrose bungalow with two-car garage preserves neighborhood character

By Shelby Hodge

Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond are loaded with must-have houses and properties for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap ...

A Garden Grows

Colorful yarn bomb explodes at Buffalo Bayou Park, heralding return after storm

By Shelby Hodge

If you've been driving down Allen Parkway since the weekend, you've probably noticed a bright addition to the Buffalo Bayou Park scenery — a yarn bomb declaring "Buffalo Bayou ...

Four-Legged Fun

Speedy art impresses bidders and four-legged pals at CAP's Paint Jam bash

By Shelby Hodge

Speed painter Dan Dunn whipped up images of John Lennon, Ray Charles and the Statue of Liberty in a night of record-painting and record giving to Citizens for Animal Protection ...

Secrets To A Beautiful Tan

Ray of light: Fashion-forward Houstonians reveal secrets to a beautiful tan without the sun damage

By Shelby Hodge

Most of us view the summer sun as the enemy of a lifetime of beautiful skin. Yet at the same time, we're longing for a beautiful tan. A handful ...

A Special Father's Day

Morehouse College celebrates distinguished dads at Father's Day awards brunch

By Shelby Hodge

Five distinguished dads took bows at the Hess Club as honorees at the Houston Morehouse Alumni Association's annual Father's Day Brunch fundraiser while mayoral candidate State Rep. Sylvester ...

Party Watch

Maserati fever is epidemic at grand opening of new dealership; turnout as sexy as the cars

By Shelby Hodge

What: Grand opening of Helfman Maserati. Where: Helfman Imports on the Katy Freeway. The 411: A proud Alan Helfman celebrated the addition of the sexy Italian motorcars to his already ...

Party in the Park

They wept when Teas Nursery closed; now Evelyn's Park Conservancy celebrates groundbreaking

By Shelby Hodge

While it actually became a public green space in 2011, groundbreaking for the new design of Evelyn's Park in Bellaire took place Thursday and the turnout was jubilant. Hundreds ...

Really hot wheels

BMW speeds into future with celebration of sparkling new $20 million west Houston showroom

By Shelby Hodge

Honey, car dealerships ain't what they used to be. Just check out the new BMW of West Houston, which despite the threat of Tropical Storm Bill, unveiled its lavish ...

Living High

Two $10 million penthouses top out conversion of River Oaks tower into luxury high-rise

By Shelby Hodge

New York developer Richard Leibovitch plans to bring "a certain Manhattan flair" to Houston when The River Oaks is completed in early 2017. In the meantime, the managing partner of ...

How To Sell Your House

Pros offer tips on making your home more attractive to potential buyers — ditch the clutter; less is best

By Shelby Hodge

We are all familiar with the adage that baking cookies or bread in your home just before a showing to potential buyers can enhance the feeling of warmth and help ...

Outrageous Wedding Cakes

Houston chef's 12-tier wedding cake, dusted in 22-karat lustrous gold, shakes up The Food Network

By Shelby Hodge

When The Food Network originally reached out to Who Made the Cake!'s Nadine Moon, they asked her to reproduce her 10-foot tall "Cinderella's Carriage" cake that she had ...

Party Watch

Legal eagles of Italian descent play their cards right at black-tie casino bash

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Italian Cultural & Community Center annual Flame Awards gala. Where: The Westin Memorial City Hotel. The 411: Eighteen Italian-Americans and Italians who have distinguished themselves in the legal field ...

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Top chefs add special kick to kick-off for fall food extravaganza, with margaritas and Tex Mex galore

By Shelby Hodge

With all the buzz surrounding Chef Michael Pellegrino's positioning as head honcho at the relatively new Anjeo restaurant, the March of Dimes couldn't have picked a more interesting ...

Geaux Tigers!

Houston energy titans put LSU mark on new Petroleum Club digs with Bayou Bengal Bar

By Shelby Hodge

Eat your hearts out, Longhorns and Aggies! The LSU tigers have made their mark at the Petroleum Club of Houston and dubbed the sleek watering hole in the new digs ...

Party Watch

Habsburg riches dazzle Museum of Fine Arts patrons at sparkling exhibit preview and grand dinner

By Shelby Hodge

What: Inauguration of the exhibition Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections. Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Cullinan Hall. The 411: Close to 170 guests toured ...

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