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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 Hearty

Houston Symphony gets down with classic rock 'n' roll band at gala and wine dinner with top LA celeb chef

By Shelby Hodge

The Houston Symphony kicks its fundraising efforts up a notch in the new year with a number of special events but none more special than the annual "Wine Dinner and ...


Party Watch

Besties join forces with Downton Abbey-themed party and raise big bucks for non-profit

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Women's Home annual gala themed "An Evening at Downtown Abbey," a Houston riff on the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. Where: The Corinthian. The 411: Dressed in ...


Party Watch

Red roses, rosé champagne and Rose Ribbon Foundation make a winning combo at Crimson party

By Shelby Hodge

What: Rosé Thursday at Crimson benefiting the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. Where: Crimson on Kirby. The 411: Club owner Joe Arbeely's nifty idea of "Rosé Thursdays Ladies Night" took ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Glittering holiday bash with "dripping jewels" tree raises close to $1 million for the homeless

By Shelby Hodge

River Oaks Country Club was shimmering in Christmas trees and holiday decorations Friday night as Trees of Hope hosted the 25th annual benefit for children's programs at the Star ...


Legendary Duke Honored

Star-studded gala honoring a legendary Duke brings in nearly $2 million for UTHealth

By Shelby Hodge

For its first dip into the waters of gala fundraising, UTHealth scored an amazing success, bringing in $1.85 million for student scholarships and faculty endowments at the dinner evening ...


Party Watch

Guys in boxers and Santa hats rock holiday fashion show with an island theme

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Macy's fashion show and holiday brunch with an island theme. Where: NRG Center. The 411: While the credit card machines whirled at warp speed ...


Men in Black-tie

Men in black-tie: Museum's boys' night out raises almost $1.3 million

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception several decades ago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's "One Great Night in November" has been a financial windfall year over year, proving that when it ...


Party Watch

Texas Children's transforms hospital room into party central while docs take the stage and rock

By Shelby Hodge

What: Texas Children's Hospital "What's Up Doc?" fundraiser. Where: The fourth floor conference room at the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. The 411: More than 400 guests ...


Party Watch

Art and conversation mingle: Nonstop chatter is a welcome thing at City ArtWorks luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: City ArtWorks' "The Art of Conversation." Where: The Junior League of Houston. The 411: More than 300 guests filled the ballroom for the fundraiser chaired by realtor Beth Wolff ...


Beauty World Shocker

Beauty world shocker: Vanity Lounge sold to energy mogul with big plans and new director

By Shelby Hodge

Only six months after the departure of makeup artist Edward Sanchez from Vanity Lounge, owners Diane and Michael Caplan have sold the makeup and beauty bar to entrepreneur Jimmy Montgomery ...


Beef cake

H-Town billionaire shakes up steakhouse scene in Manhattan with a star-studded grand opening

By Shelby Hodge

Tilman Fertitta just doesn't do anything in a small way. Consider his most recent landmark event — opening of Mastro's Steakhouse in New York City. More than 1,000 ...


Only at DiverseWorks

Fashion and art mash-up puts a wild, new spin on colorful, animated catwalk presentations

By Shelby Hodge

DiverseWorks is known and well-appreciated for its twist on traditional fundraising and the non-profit raised the bar once again with its second annual "Fashion Fete," a dance-, art- and fashion-filled ...


Party Watch

Legendary football coach/best-selling author wows crowd with tales from his glowing career

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Baptist University annual "Spirit of Excellence" dinner. Where: The Hilton Post Oak. The 411: In addition to honoring several outstanding Houstonian's, the dinner event featured legendary football ...


Cheap Seats

Houston air travel about to get a whole lot cheaper as Spirit Airlines announces 10 new routes

By Shelby Hodge

Tray tables up, seat belts securely fastened — Spirit Airlines is expanding its cheap seats routes out of Bush Intercontinental Airport putting 10 new destinations within easy reach. The low-cost carrier ...


Party Watch

Arrested Development star opens up on the disease he's fighting and the stigma that goes with it

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Council on Alcoholism and Drugs Houston's Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ annual fall luncheon. Where: The Hilton-Americas Houston. The 411: Veteran character actor and Arrested Development favorite Jeffrey ...


Party Watch

This lavish fairy tale gala makes Pink Wishes come true for strong Houston women

By Shelby Hodge

What: Pink Door's seventh "A Fairytale Ending" gala. Where: The Omni Houston Hotel. The 411: The non-profit that aids women dealing with breast cancer or its after-effects raised $255 ...


Bling, bling, bling

Houston's Fashion Icon headlines a swank Manhattan dinner: It's black leather, Bulgari & maybe a little S&M

By Shelby Hodge

When looking for a modern day fashion icon to headline its 130th anniversary dinner in New York, Bulgari turned to none other than Houston's International Hall of Fame honoree ...


Swag Bag Envy

Hot young professionals heat up cold night by partying hard at a shopping dream CultureMap Social

By Shelby Hodge

Mother Nature played a trick on Houstonians this week with this unseasonable chilling blast. But it didn't stop CultureMappers from kicking up their heels at the final CultureMap Social ...


A Night To Remember

Revered Texas novelist and Oscar winner thrill gala crowd with Houston insights

By Shelby Hodge

There could not have been a more appreciative audience than the one gathered at River Oaks Country Club for the Center for Houston's Future's "Dinner and Conversation" fundraiser ...


Party Watch

Buffalo Bayou shimmers as big donors wine and dine on Sabine Street Bridge

By Shelby Hodge

What: Buffalo Bayou Partnership's "Buffalo Bayou Ball: Works of Wortham." Where: Cocktails on the Sabine Promenade along the bayou and dinner on the Sabine Street Bridge. The 411: On ...


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