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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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Felicitaciones!

Mayor honors community leaders at Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony

By Shelby Hodge

Rice University professor Richard Tapia, recognized nationally and internationally for his work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage ...


Memorial Park Makeover

Memorial Park makeover gets a boost with sparkling new $2.4 million running center

By Shelby Hodge

While elected officials and community leaders gathered in their professional best, it was the joggers and cyclists who added color to the ribbon cutting at the Memorial Park Running Trails ...


Party Watch

Amid fab cars, Sugar Land partygoers break $1 million mark to Champion the Cure

By Shelby Hodge

What: Tenth Annual Taylor Sears Champion the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, presented by Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. Where: Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. The 411: More than 275 guests helped raise ...


Party Watch

Legendary country singers and a Redneck Mother rock sellout boot scootin' fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: TIRR Foundation's "Two Steppin' With TIRR" fundraiser. Where: Warehouse Live. The 411: Country icon Jerry Jeff Walker and platinum country artist Clay Walker kept the dance floor packed ...


Party Watch

Powerful Latin Women make a difference, hand out checks in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

What: Latin Women's Initiative community grant presentation luncheon. Where: The Junior League of Houston. The 411: LWI president Cyndy Garza Roberts presided over the luncheon and Saks Fifth Avenue ...


Party Watch

Record breaker? This River Oaks gala's already brought in nearly $1 million and it's still months away

By Shelby Hodge

What: American Heart Association Heart Ball kickoff. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Not only were the 2015 gala honorees announced to the cocktail party crowd but gala chairs ...


Breast Cancer Battles

Three remarkable women recount breast cancer battle at razzle dazzle luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

There could not have been a more heartwarming luncheon than Memorial Hermann's recent Razzle Dazzle Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser at the Westin Houston Memorial City where three remarkable women ...


Fast Food Transformation

Celebrity chefs transform McDonald's fast food into elaborate crowd-pleasing dinner

By Shelby Hodge

It was no ordinary foodie competition when three intrepid chefs went head to head in a test of who could make the most compelling dinner using ingredients from McDonald's ...


Party Watch

Steakhouse sommelier wins top honors, beating out a dozen others in wine-tasting competition

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Periwinkle Foundation Iron Sommelier competition and wine tasting. Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. The 411: While sampling wines from across the globe, more than 500 guests helped ...


Style File

Celebrity Bachelor contestant goes casual glam at boutique anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

For her personal appearance at a KB Kasuals party to celebrate its second anniversary, The Bachelor's AshLee Frazier selected her wardrobe from the River Oaks Shopping Center boutique and ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Chic Houstonian earns glowing tribute for more than two decades of record-setting charity work

By Shelby Hodge

Few stand out more in the Houston community as an icon of philanthropy and community service than Linda McReynolds. Her decades of volunteerism at the highest levels earned her top ...


Party Watch

Hip Austin designer dazzles successful young professionals with jewelry that really wows

By Shelby Hodge

What: Dress for Success' Women of Wardrobe event. Where: Kendra Scott boutique in Rice Village. The 411: High-energy, Austin-based jewelry designer Kendra Scott swept through H-Town on Thursday first as ...


Party Watch

Young professionals who are also football fans rally for Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards event

By Shelby Hodge

What: The American Heart Association's Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards launch of H-Town's newest young professional group. Where: 8th Wonder Brewery. The 411: The American Heart Association tapped into ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Nature Conservancy heats up the party scene with boot-scootin' night in the great outdoors

By Shelby Hodge

When Ann and Don Short signed on to chair the Nature Conservancy of Texas gala celebrating 50 years in Texas, they felt sure that they could reach the fundraising goal ...


High style

Uptown Park boutique celebrates expansion with rocking fashion parade/cocktail party

By Shelby Hodge

The stunning Elizabeth Anthony boutique in Uptown Park was packed to the rafters with high-style men and women for the official unveiling of the store's expansion and facelift. No ...


High honors

Quality of life champions: Houston Tomorrow honors the power players who are making the city better

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Awards dinner. Where: CenterPoint Energy Plaza. The 411: Ana Hargrove and Filo Castore chaired the evening that recognized individuals whose ideas and actions improve the quality ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The ultimate do-good birthday: Fashionable duo rocks a Galleria boutique, lures hot bloggers for fab benefit

By Shelby Hodge

When Mandy Kao and Nihala Zakaria began celebrating their birthdays together in 2012, they launched a tradition of fashion, frolic and philanthropy that continued earlier this week in BCBGMaxAzria in ...


Digging deep

Energy giant gives $18 million to three Texas Medical Center institutions

By Shelby Hodge

As ExxonMobil charges ahead with development of its massive new campus near The Woodlands, the nation's largest energy producer Thursday upped the ante for corporate philanthropy with the announcement ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's special India connection draws praise from a powerful senator at heavy-hitter gala

By Shelby Hodge

Fifteen years of building relationships between Houston's business community and India were celebrated in high style at the Hilton Americas-Houston during the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Women of Distinction revealed to a roar that rattles the roof of a swanky department store

By Shelby Hodge

Shoppers in Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night might have wondered what all the noise was coming from the designer salon and what all those glamorous women arriving at the ...


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