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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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Shelby's Social Diary

Celeb's impromptu musical number brings down the house at Ensemble Theatre gala

By Shelby Hodge

It was one of those moments that a gala chair just has to love — when a national celebrity jumps on stage to join the entertainment in a rousing musical duo ...


Houses Beautiful

Famed interior designers offer tips as showrooms open doors to bargain hunters with good taste

By Shelby Hodge

It's happy days for interior design hounds this weekend when the Houston Design Center throws open the doors of its typically to-the-trade-only showrooms for the annual designer sample sale ...


School Daze

Billionaire entrepreneur takes helm of the University of Houston board of regents

By Shelby Hodge

With classes at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management under his belt, Tilman Fertitta charged forth to make a fortune in the hospitality ...


Party Watch

Kids in designer togs rule the runway in back-to-school fashion show

By Shelby Hodge

What: Back-to-school fashion show benefiting Crime Stoppers of Houston. Where: Josephine's Day Spa and Salon. The 411: Lights Camera Action and Josephine's hosted the youthful hipster fashion event ...


Think tank

Movers and shakers brainstorm ideas for Houston's arts future at thought-provoking breakfast

By Shelby Hodge

Bring together a group of arts leaders and community powerhouses to brainstorm on creating a dynamic environment for arts growth in Houston and the buzz of ingenuity becomes palpable. Such ...


Party Watch

A new downtown restaurant's preview feast leaves diners impressed — and high-profile chefs pleased

By Shelby Hodge

What: Prohibition SupperClub & Bar test kitchen dinner benefiting Recipe for Success. Where: Kraftsman Baking. The 411: Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack, executive and sous chefs, respectively, of the upcoming eatery ...


Shelby About Town

Houston car collectors take over the 18th hole of Pebble Beach and wow a Cristal-chugging crowd

By Shelby Hodge

While well-dressed patricians from across the country strolled the grounds of the Pebble Beach Lodge on Sunday, a troupe of Houstonians made very merry during the Concours d'Elegance, the ...


Party Watch

Kid cancer patients strut the catwalk in a heartwarming back-to-school fashion show

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital fourth annual back-to-school fashion blast. Where: Galleria IV in the Nordstrom Wing. The 411: M.D. Anderson pediatric patients were the stars ...


Party Watch

Young professionals swing with style in a trendy art gallery: This party's classical

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Symphony Young Associates Council season launch. Where: Gremillion & Co. Fine Art. The 411: It was an artful, tasteful beginning for the 2014-2105 symphony season for more than 120 ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon & Patrick Beverley party with doctors at an Aspen mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Gotta love those towering NBA stars who signed on with Memorial Hermann for a jaunt to Aspen aimed at spotlighting the hospital's orthopedic and sports medicine programs. Houston Rockets ...


Party Watch

International jewels cause a commotion in Houston, catch even the restaurant king's discerning eye

By Shelby Hodge

What: Cocktail reception introducing TUUM jewelry. Where: Tony's. The 411: Having secured the U.S. distribution rights to the Italian jewelry house, Terrie Hogan Turner threw a jewel-infused reception ...


True Party Animals

Getting high above Hermann Park a new approach to partying for wild Young Professionals

By Shelby Hodge

Nothing like a panoramic view to inspire a party mood. Just ask members of Flock, Houston Zoo's young professional group, who sailed up the elevator to Hotel ZaZa's ...


Art Party

Houston's most famous graffiti artist shows off in rocking Red Bull party: When art & champagne's wild

By Shelby Hodge

Twenty hopeful artists, 20 wildly embellished Red Bull coolers and flowing Red Bull/champagne cocktails — those were key elements of the scene that greeted more than 1,200 revelers at ...


Celeb Spotting

Dolce & Gabbana designer rides the Texas range for cowboy inspiration, hits H-town restaurants

By Shelby Hodge

When world-class fashion designers go looking for inspiration, they typically prowl the souks of Morocco, rummage through Paris flea markets or search the vaults of old world Russia. But Central ...


Shelby's Social Diary

It's a sizzling scene as hotties dress in all-white attire for summer social at cool restaurant

By Shelby Hodge

The temps could've been below freezing outside and it still would have been a sizzling scene inside Eddie V's in West Ave when more than 100 ready-to-party guys ...


Pix of the Day

Houston songman gets the royal treatment from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

By Shelby Hodge

Home-grown musical talent Steve Tyrell sends CultureMap this swell photo with Prince Charles from a recent command performance he gave at Buckingham Palace in a benefit concert for the Prince ...


Young Professionals Fashion

Fashionable young professionals showcase smart styles at sizzling summer soiree

By Shelby Hodge

There could not have been a more colorful summer social than the packed scene at Tootsies for Women of Wardrobe's 11th annual Sizzling Summer Soirée. More than 300 ...


More Than A Pretty Face

Houston's most glamorous TV anchor reveals beauty secrets on new YouTube channel

By Shelby Hodge

She's the most glamorous news anchor in the state, a striking redhead with just enough pout in her full lips and curves in her fit physique to register vavavoom ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Celebrity hairstylist's 50th birthday party is a rocking hot night, with Houston power players galore

By Shelby Hodge

Who would have guessed that in the first week of August (miserably hot and way too steamy) enough of the social swells would be in town to dress up a ...


Model Vision

Neuroscientist drummer hunk chooses Houston for his CD launch, reveals secret reality TV plans

By Shelby Hodge

Don Vaughn is talking 90 miles an hour, exceptionally revved on this early evening just hours before the launch party for his first CD gets underway at The De Gaulle ...


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