#LadyLikeFavs for the Holidays!

Along with my personal twitter account (@ChelseaLynR) I have a supplemental account called @LadyLikeLessons. @LadyLikeLessons focuses on social graces in the modern world, the finer things in life, how to’s, ladylike advice, etc. I use a hashtag called #ladylikefavs periodically to call attention to items that are particularly useful within a refined, ladylike lifestyle. So since Christmas and several other traditional gift giving holidays are coming up (or in our midst, Chanuka Sameach, to my Jewish readers). I thought I would take the opportunity to put together a more festive, gift worthy list. I have broken the list down into several categories, primarily based upon price point.

Fabulous and Under $50

Chevron Folio For New IPAD or IPAD 2-Available at Target

This is adorable and truly a great price. It’s the only IPAD case that I have seen for under $150 that I genuinely like.


Proenza Schouler

NM + Target Abstract-Print Sweatshirt



I ordered this sweatshirt at 3 a.m the night that the Target/Neiman Marcus items went on sale. (I know, I really need to stop shopping in bed.) This is really a cute, yet sophisticated top that goes from Yoga to a quick nip for coffee afterward. I especially like the asymmetrical shape. Longer in back than in front. I would get to this one quickly if you like it, however quantities don’t appear to be as limited as previous Target collaborations.

A trip to DryBar!




“DryBar, love at first sight”

I really don’t have a problem admitting that I am addicted to this place. It has taken 10+ years in NYC for me to figure out how to consistently get my hair to look the way that I want and DryBar is a major part of the equation. Big shout out to Lisa at the Flatiron location.

This is kinda of a part one, two, or three if you are lucky, part experience. After the appointment it would be nice to have somewhere to show off that new blow out. Dinner or drinks anyone?

Kenneth Jay Lane

Golden Initial Pin


The perfect way to individualize a favorite sweater or top.

Tory Birch Tech Accesories

$50 and under

Smart, sophisticated yet girly.


So, you really like me…? (< $300)

Hint/Tip- This is the first category of items, that it would be appropriate for a boyfriend, with any type of job, to select a gift from. Just saying…

Spa /Salon Services – I’m leaving this one a bit open ended. If you want info on a specific location please contact me directly. I should clarify that a Spa and Salon are two separate facilities. Most businesses purporting to be both are usually just glorified salons with a room in the back for massages. Also, just select a gift amount and let the receiver select their own service. With that in mind here are some suggestions.

The Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas, NV

As far as I am concerned both of these facilities are two of the nicest in the country. This is coming from someone who has been known to use the word “spa” as a verb.



Before you think I have had a lapse in creativity… this is actually a different gift.

6 blow outs for $225



the ‘Regular’: For $75 per month you receive: (must inquire in store)

  • 2 Blowouts + 1 free Floater (head/neck massage)
  • 10% off all products.
  • Saves you $15 a month.

Jose Eber Flat Iron

$100 -$300

I can say without hesitation that this thing has changed my life. It is essential for women with textured hair. ESSENTIAL. I know. A flat iron for over $100. Seems pricey. Worth every red penny. This tool leaves your hair in better condition than it was found. You get shiny, well curled hair with body. And it stays, without hair spray. I have been singing it’s praises since I got mine in October.

While we are pampering ourselves let’s talk about linens. Exactly what type of thread count are you working with? As my neighbor from my freshman year dorm once said, “Sheets are not the place to cut your budget.”


Lauren Ralph Lauren

“Huntley” Sheets


450 Thread Count

I know it is super southern of me, but I have to recommend the monogramming. It’s just nice for things to have a personal touch. When given as a gift it shows that you went the extra mile.

So, one of the best home wear stores does not have an online outlet as far as I can find. Wynn Home Store- 702-770-3470. Call there and they will sort you out. The robes ($150) and sheets are absolutely worth every cent.




From $85.


This packaging is great for travel. A wonderful anytime fragrance, day/night, winter/summer.

I’ll Teach Her… (The Non-Gift)

One of my closest friends likes to teach people lessons every once in a while by purchasing gifts that operate as a subtle (and I do mean subtle) dig. I hesitate to give examples here, but oh, it’s fun.

Know someone who wouldn’t know how to send a thank you note if it jumped out and bit them. How about this kind reminder from Papyrus. (various prices)

Let’s say you know someone who is having a baby. And for whatever reason, you are not happy about it. Now before you start, it’s not the baby’s fault, you wish the baby well. It’s the parent (s) that you are not all that thrilled for. How about a romper that is just this side of hideous?

Oh How Thoughtful (Altruism Speaks Volumes)

Hint/Tip-Boyfriends don’t attempt to just give this and walk away. Any non-physical or service gift must accompany a nice evening out.

Sponsor a child through World Vision.

Sponsoring a child is really one of the most humbling and meaningful experiences.  I recommend World Vision highly as a charity. They truly walk their talk.

Heifer International

“Light Up a Life With a Llama” does it get any better than that? So, obviously the traditional gift through Heifer, is a cow, but I love Llamas. I have always wanted to figure out how I could possibly keep one as a pet (stop laughing). There are many animals and projects that can be sponsored. Such a worthy organization.

PBS- Specifically in NYC, WNET Channel 13

Disclaimer: I am on WNET’s Community Advisory Board. But I feel like my first hand knowledge gives me the ability to recommend this organization without reservation. I grew up on public television and in today’s world I think it is more important than ever. I love my brainless reality programing as much as anyone but I also look forward to Sunday nights with Masterpiece. (Downton Abbey, Season 3 premier January 6th!)

Santa Baby! (Sky’s the Limit)

A Great Trip!


Everyone knows that I like the most for the least. With that in mind, a friend of mine, and fellow Costco devotee, recently returned from a trip to Barcelona that she purchased through Costco. I have looked at the website and there are a lot of great options. I am anxious to try one out for myself. HINT, HINT, HINT

Mac Book Pro with Retina Display


Every lady needs a good computer. It’s an important everyday tool for life. While you are at it, might as well get the best.

IPAD with Retina Display


Well, she’s got to put something in that holder that I mentioned above. Realistically though, it is seriously an excellent tool.

A New Puppy


I’ll admit it. This is totally personal. My precious dog Beamer died earlier in the year. I still miss him but I think I am starting to feel ready to meet a new doggy companion. Christmas is really a good time of year to get a new pet. Everyone is around the house. You’ve got more time. Well sort of. Whatever, if the time is right and you have the love in your heart, then get a dog. Obviously I can’t provide any links here. I have heard that it is best to contact local breeders. Those “cute, puppy, palaces” often sell the dogs that breeders could not sell directly to their clients.


Need I say more? If so, then scroll back up the page. You are not ready for all of this…

DateJust Special Edition Rolex, In Rose Gold

In the past I have had issues with Rolex as far as their ladies selection is concerned. They often appear too masculine. But this hot little number ticks all of the boxes. With or without the diamonds, you pick.

So, that’s the list. Something considerate, thoughtful and with the feel of luxury at several price points. Feel free to contact me with suggestions or questions.


About chelsealynr

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder is a contributor to The Grio, the Huffington Post and the Downtown Express, the local paper for Lower Manhattan. She holds a master’s of science degree in International Relations from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She was appointed Executive Director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus in 2005. A position that she maintained until the summer of 2010. Miss Rudder is a member of WNET channel 13′s Community Advisory Board and of Community Board One, the local governing body of Lower Manhattan. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Communications and Political Science in 2005. Chelsea-Lyn resides in New York City and is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Chelsea-Lyn is a former Miss Teen USA delegate representing the state of Michigan. Miss Rudder has served as a spokesperson and fundraiser for The American Heart/Stroke Association, Michigan Special Olympics, SADD and Detroit’s Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Association. Follow Miss Rudder on Twitter @ChelseaLynR . Please direct media and speaking engagement requests to RequestCLR@gmail.com .
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