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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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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 ...


HGO Parties in NYC

Glamorous parties surround Houston Grand Opera's New York production of The Passenger

By Shelby Hodge

When Houston Grand Opera took its acclaimed production of The Passenger to the Park Avenue Armory for its New York premiere, patrons and fans followed for a weekend that included ...


Shelby's Social Diary

No summer doldrums here: Houston's top restaurants are packed with local celebrities

By Shelby Hodge

While one might think that well-heeled foodies all depart for the summer, a recent perusal of the local restaurant scene has proven otherwise. Brasserie 19 continues to boom night and ...


Think Tank Salon

Arts and civic leaders chew over best ways to encourage innovation at breakfast salon

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Center for Houston's Future second summer breakfast salon series focusing on "How Cities Innovate." Where: The Junior League of Houston. The 411: With Texas Southern University administrator ...


Houston's Power Couple

Houston's new power couple: Billionaire is engaged to his son's wealthy mother-in-law

By Shelby Hodge

If bank accounts are all that matters in the world of matrimonial bliss, one might say that 85-year-old Fayez Sarofim, No. 273 on Forbes' list of richest Americans, is Houston ...


Pitchin' in the kitchen

Country superstar showcases cooking skills at pre-game feast for Clemens Celebrity Slam

By Shelby Hodge

The kitchen at Kory Clemens' Katch 22 will never be the same, not after country superstar Toby Keith took over Monday night and cooked up a batch of his chicken ...


Party Watch

Record-setting Barrier Breaker luncheon celebrates success stories

By Shelby Hodge

What: Career and Recovery Resources 18th annual Barrier Breaker Luncheon. Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown. The 411: More than 425 supporters helped raise a record $225,000 for programs that ...


Socialite's Three-Story Closet

Glam socialite shows off her three-story closet that's bigger than a townhouse: It's a female man cave

By Shelby Hodge

There is nothing shy about glam former body builder Theresa Roemer. So when Neiman Marcus' The Blog approached her about opening up her vast three-story closet, the former beauty queen ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A hot time at a trendy new Houston restaurant sets the stage for an exclusive Rose Ribbon dinner

By Shelby Hodge

The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation reached beyond its traditional culinary boundaries by landing in Seasons 52 for the kickoff party for its Shades of Roses dinner, held annually at Fleming ...


Juried and Jubilant

The art world version of America's Got Talent rocks Houston with Lawndale style

By Shelby Hodge

Exposure, exposure, exposure —if that is in fact the key to success for aspiring artists, then 106 Houston area talents could be on their way to stardom thanks to Lawndale ...


Party Watch

NFL stars, Olympic Gold medalist and local TV news stars party together in Houston with a mission

By Shelby Hodge

What: The eighth annual Moran Norris Foundation gala. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: Founders Tamara and Moran Norris welcomed 250 guests for the evening that featured a number of sports ...


Party Watch

Fire water and art: High-priced tequila fuels a Marfa party in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

What: Ballroom Marfa summer cocktail party. Where: The Houston home of Jeff Fort, who divides his time between the big city and his ranch near Marfa. The 411: Some 100 ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Gilded sledgehammers and champagne toasts mark launch of Alley's $46.5 million facelift

By Shelby Hodge

With the strike of a gilded sledge hammer, the $46.5 million renovation of the Alley Theatre ceremoniously began at midday on the Hubbard Stage. Wearing a commemorative hard hat ...


Fab Summer Sweaters

Top Ten coolest summer sweaters guaranteed to beat the chill in your over-air-conditioned office

By Shelby Hodge

There is nowhere cooler in the country during the summer months than Houston offices where the AC spews out the chill with teeth-chattering force. Bring on the sweaters!


Bastille Day ooh-la-la

The ultimate French dinner: Star Houston restaurant chefs to team up on a $78 feast

By Shelby Hodge

Now that we've had our fill of Fourth of July barbecue and burgers, two French chefs are sharpening their knives for a Bastille Day feast that raises the French ...


Shelby's Social Diary

No ordinary summer escape: Houston influentials play it cool in U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris

By Shelby Hodge

Not everyone from Houston is summering in Aspen, Pebble Beach and Nantucket — though the rest of us wish we were. A handful of H-town philanthropists have been champagne toasting in ...


Party Watch

TV news stars turn out in force to see Houston's Gucci-wearing Gayby Boom baby

By Shelby Hodge

What: Sip & See with 6-month old Winston Charles Burrus-Pearce. Where: A Hunter's Creek swankienda. The 411: Schlumberger corporate attorney Michael Pearce and Houston Association of Realtors communications chief Matt ...


Iconic Skyscraper Goes Green

Iconic Houston skyscraper earns coveted Green status after uber modern makeover

By Shelby Hodge

International real estate firm Hines is on a high, literally and figuratively, after the redesign of its Galleria-area office has earned a coveted platinum certification under the U.S. Green ...


One Small Step

Houston businessman to run across Texas: 850-mile sprint tackles human trafficking

By Shelby Hodge

Rounding up support for his cross-Texas marathon aimed at drawing attention to human trafficking, Houston businessman Jason Arcemont and friends took over Sewell Cadillac on the Katy Freeway and offered ...


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