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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 Watch

River Oaks billionaire's mansion becomes a magical setting for ultimate Christmas party — and kids benefit

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital ninth annual Santa's Elves party. Where: The River Oaks estate of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. The 411: Some 375 "Santa's ...


Lady luck on a roll

Houston billionaire launches fifth Golden Nugget and bubbly flows at $700 million gem in Lake Charles

By Shelby Hodge

LAKE CHARLES, La. — With gilded scissors wielded high, champagne corks popping and golden streamer confetti flying, billionaire Tilman Fertitta on Monday officially launched his fifth Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, a ...


CultureMap Video

Credit cards fly as shoppers party hearty at first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop

By Shelby Hodge

Show Goat Creamery's Jamie Glover had planned on a hefty interest in her triple cream brie at CultureMap's inaugural Holiday Pop Up Shop. But so overwhelmed was the ...


Stand up and cheer

Nation's largest Women's Chamber of Commerce honors a dozen Houston leaders

By Shelby Hodge

It was a standing ovation in the ballroom of the Westin Galleria Hotel when a dozen Houston leaders were inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall ...


Say thank you

Hospital supporters wrap up the holidays with a $1.45 million gift at glamorous party

By Shelby Hodge

Texas Children's Hospital Ambassadors are experts at elegant entertaining and tops in generous giving as witnessed at the annual holiday party, a glamorous affair held at the River Oaks ...


Elbows Off The Table

How to host the perfect dinner party: Expert navigates those tricky rules of etiquette

By Shelby Hodge

While Christofle brand manager Justin Trabert says that the most important element of any dinner party is the guest list, he suggests that "building" the table is one of four ...


Rock the Night

Houston's best holiday lights? It's hard to beat this winding, magical trail

By Shelby Hodge

If the "holly jolly Christmas"spirit hasn't landed on your doorstep yet, we suggest a quick trip to the Houston Zoo where the nightly enchanted forest extravaganza — Zoo Lights ...


Holiday glamour

Holiday home tour of lavish River Oaks and Memorial manses will be a showstopper: Talk about decked halls

By Shelby Hodge

Aluminum trees, flocked trees, pink trees and blue trees — we've seen them all. But a Christmas tree covered in fresh orchids? That's just one of several decorative spins ...


Party Watch

Dazzling jewels floor would-be Santas: This party takes holiday bling to another level

By Shelby Hodge

What: Zadok Jewelers Holiday Party. Where: The jewelry boutique on Post Oak Boulevard. The 411: Helene and Dror Zadok, along with their three sons and daughters-in-law, threw open the doors ...


Rich Husband Hunting

Houston bar named one of best places in America to meet a rich husband: Sugar daddy central?

By Shelby Hodge

Ladies, you can stop looking for love in all the wrong places. Town & Country magazine has named the ridiculously successful Brasserie 19 as one of the top watering holes in ...


Party Watch

Former Astros manager Bo Porter lures a baseball legend to Houston, showing his undying love for the city

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation second annual "Legacy Gala." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: He might no longer work in Houston but former Astros manager Bo ...


AIDS Fight Hits Home

AIDS Warrior honored in Houston: Will you be part of the generation that eradicates the disease?

By Shelby Hodge

The United Nations mantra "Getting to Zero" resonated through the ballroom of the Westin Galleria Hotel on Monday, when AIDS Foundation Houston gathered to commemorate World AIDS Day. As AIDSFH ...


Party Watch

Designer showcases California cool collection on snowy catwalk at benefit luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Spring Branch Education Foundation fourth annual "A Legacy of Fashion" luncheon. Where: Hilton Post Oak. The 411: In from her home base in California, designer Trina Turk lit ...


Painting power

Instant paintings plus fab art auction raise a bundle for popular charity

By Shelby Hodge

Not too long before the Thanksgiving turkeys began roasting, supporters of the Children's Assessment Center gathered at Winter Street Studios for the second annual "Advocate Through Art Party," where ...


Beloved Priest Dies

Beloved city-changing, cowboy-boot-loving priest dies at age 44, sending Houston into mourning

By Shelby Hodge

Hearts are aching across the city with news of the passing today of the much-beloved Father T.J. Martinez, 44, founder of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School. With all ...


Party Watch

One hot party: Young professionals get down with feathers, fangs and fins in a private evening

By Shelby Hodge

What: An artful happening for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's young professionals group Art Crowd. Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The 411: Focus of the gathering ...


Grooving at The Grove

Houston park's otherworldly lights show draws a crowd of movers and shakers — with a British twist

By Shelby Hodge

Movers and shakers turned out in force over the weekend for the grand opening, or should we say grand lighting, of artist Bruno Munro's fantastical Field of Light at ...


Army Doing The Most Good

Black Hawk Down hero helps highlight homefront epidemic: More animal shelters than women's shelters

By Shelby Hodge

The Salvation Army's bright red donation kettles provided visual notes of the season as the Harbor Light Choir filled the lobby of the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom with songs of ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Celebrity pets take over a Houston hotel ballroom — and cowboy up: This party's gone to the dogs

By Shelby Hodge

Citizens for Animal Protection's 28th annual Celebrity Paws Gala took a western spin around the Royal Sonesta Hotel ballroom with its "Paws Across Texas" theme. So-called Western Cuties (a ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Chocolate fever! High-profile Galleria area boutique lures football stars and fashionistas

By Shelby Hodge

Since opening her new sweets shop in the Centre at Post Oak, chocolatier Annie Rupani has done a bit of entertaining in her Cacao & Cardamom boutique, most recently hosting a ...


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