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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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Style File

One hot nurse: Glamorous mom rocks a stunning blue dress, but this former polo star has charity on her mind

By Shelby Hodge

When Tootsies hosted an intimate ladies luncheon recently, featuring the spring designs of Elie Saab, one guest was a particular standout in one of the designer's daytime frocks. Elizabeth ...


Holiday Truths

Celebrity Christmas: George Clooney & Scarlett Johansson make the perfect holiday kiss, but lose the eggnog

By Shelby Hodge

Before you pour that pricey bourbon into the eggnog or pick up a tin of fruitcake, you might want to take a look at a recent holiday survey which found ...


Symphony Santa

Instrument petting zoo makes for a magical day in swanky River Oaks club — and the kids agree

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Symphony Magical Musical Morning. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 400 guests, most of them festively-dressed youngsters, joined the Houston Symphony League and the Houston ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

Sexy Houston twins throw a "wish list" birthday party at swanky jewelry store, but it's not what you think

By Shelby Hodge

It was bling, bling and more bling when twins Hannah McNair and Joanna Marks celebrated their birthday at  IW Marks Jewelers (as in Joanna and Brad Marks) with their annual ...


Building Blocks

Docs take top spot in gingerbread build-off, architects weep: Grand Budapest Hotel and bento box provide inspiration

By Shelby Hodge

More than two dozen teams competed in the Architecture Center Houston/AIA annual gingerbread competition. And you'll never guess who won. It's in the photos.


Party Watch

Hispanic powerhouses celebrate positions of influence at Mayor's annual Latino holiday bash

By Shelby Hodge

What: Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board Holiday Reception. Where: Café Adobe on the Katy Freeway. The 411: More than 350 Hispanic leaders and fans turned out for the annual bash ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Medical moguls meet in a swanky River Oaks manse for powerful partying thanks to Scotty Arnoldy

By Shelby Hodge

Top rung philanthropists and medical moguls rang in the holiday cheer at a swank cocktail party hosted by Jana and Scotty Arnoldy in a night that was filled with thank ...


Billionaire Diva In Houston

Billionaire lifestyle diva hits Houston, takes on every aspect of beautiful living: Move over Ralph Lauren!

By Shelby Hodge

As style and image director for Estée Lauder and more recently founder and creator of the luxury lifestyle brand Aerin, Aerin Lauder is one busy woman. Witness her recent ...


Stellar evening

Private limos, a red carpet and stunning Rolex watches: New jewelry store treats its VIPs like gold

By Shelby Hodge

When Thomas Markle opened his namesake jewelry emporium at Gateway Memorial City last week, he made sure that the celebration was one that would be talked about for weeks ...


Smoke gets in your eyes

This ultimate "gentlemen's party" all about fine cigars, rare whiskey and female personal shoppers

By Shelby Hodge

One of our favorite New Orleans transplants Franco Valobra knows as much about lavish entertaining as he does about the jewelry business. That party expertise is put into play each ...


Party Watch

Sexiest holiday party ever? Towering models & Cute Young Things give restaurant bash eye candy overload

By Shelby Hodge

What: Page Parkes/Ruggles Black holiday party. Where: Ruggles Black in Upper Kirby. The 411: More than 150 guests, including the agency's stable of willowy models and glam actors ...


Party Watch

Bidders go crazy for gingerbread dog houses: A frenzy erupts for unique creations

By Shelby Hodge

What: Gingerbread Doghouse Contest and Auction benefiting Operation Pets Alive. Where: Hyatt Market Street in The Woodlands. The 411: Restaurants and bakeries in The Woodlands put their best baking talents ...


Party Watch

Historic homes holiday bash makes time travel a reality — and a top chef goes along for the fun

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Heritage Society's first-ever "An Evening of Heritage" holiday celebration. Where: In a party tent located in Connally Plaza, adjacent to the historic homes of Sam Houston Park ...


Shelby's Social Diary

This Halloween/Christmas mashup turns Houston witches into elves and everyone leaves with a present

By Shelby Hodge

What: Holiday party for Texas Children’s cancer and hematology patients. Where: In the festooned lobby of Texas Children's Cancer Center. The 411: Playing friendly witches each Halloween, besties ...


'Tis The Season

Brass quintet charms crowds with annual Yuletide Concert in gardens of Bayou Bend

By Shelby Hodge

What: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra annual Yuletide Concert. Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The 411: The orchestra's brass quintet presented two holiday-themed concerts, one in the morning and ...


A Most Worthy Cause

Angels in the house, record-breaking raffle and dreamy designer fashions make for a heavenly luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

Carolina Herrera's dreamy spring fashions were icing on the cake of the annual Friends of Child Advocates' Angels of Hope luncheon that filled the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom with some ...


Party Watch

Cosmetic surgeon takes a Glitter & Glow approach to holiday partying with a cause

By Shelby Hodge

What: Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery & Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique's "Glitter & Glow" holiday party with a cause. Where: Vitenas' new location on Richmond. The 411: Dr. Paul Vitenas welcomed more than ...


Fashionable Lunching

Peek-a-boo lace gowns have social crowd swooning at top designer's H-Town trunk show

By Shelby Hodge

What: Tootsies fashion luncheon. Where: Tootsies in West Ave. The 411: It was the first-ever Elie Saab trunk show in Houston and the ladies turned out in style not only ...


Holiday schmooze

Ridiculous traffic jam can't keep revelers from holiday party at River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Even the ridiculous traffic jam at Shepherd and Inwood could not thwart the enthusiasm of partygoers headed for the ever-popular, annual Holiday Schmooze benefitting Legacy Community Health Services. For the ...


Sheer genius

Certified Houston genius celebrated by the city's most elite movers and shakers

By Shelby Hodge

Yes, the story is true. Houston artist and social innovator Rick Lowe didn't initially answer the phone call that would change his life. Not until the persistence of the ...


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