Ask Helen: Comfy Chic Travel Outfit Idea

 Q: I’m going to Beijing this October, how can I stay comfy and warm while still looking chic? I’m pretty petite and not fit, carrying some weight around midsection as well as upper thighs. It would be great if you could also provide some fashionable gift ideas for my colleagues there!

A: Hi there! How exciting about your coming trip! October is a very pleasant month in Beijing with an average temperature of 22°C (71.6 °F). Considering the varying temperature between takeoff and landing, the key is layering. Below I put together an outfit for you (I included two types of shoes that both work, choose one you like!) as well as some gift inspiration, I hope it helps! Wish you a safe and comfortable journey!

Comfy Chic Travel Outfit Idea

Clockwise from top left:

Gift ideas: 

fashionable gift ideas for him and her


 For her: 
Yurbuds ‘Inspire for Women’ Earbuds
Archipelago Botanicals Signature Soy Wax Candle
Sunny Life Beach Radio

For him: 
Das Horn Drinking Horn
 Braun Square Alarm Clock (Although it’s been said that Chinese might not appreciate a clock, I personally think it depends, and this one is too chic to pass!)
Hand Pen Holder


Ask Helen: What Should I Wear?

Q: I have a Bermuda Cruise vacation coming next month. What should I wear in order to stay comfy and chic? With two kids and a busy work schedule, I like low maintenance pieces that I can throw on and go. I have a petite frame and slightly pear-shaped body, and my budget is around $500.
A: For a relaxing cruise vacation, the last thing you want is to think about what to wear. Below I picked six pieces as a mini capsule wardrobe, which can create 11 outfits for you to enjoy a worry-free vacation and save precious luggage space for souvenirs. More over, you will find that you can’t stop wearing them after the vacation: Many are classic enough to accompany you season after season. Hope you enjoy them as I do. Wishes you a safe, relaxed vacation with your loved ones!

 what to wear on vacation

Lemlem Bara striped cotton-blend top (only one left!)

J Brand 818 Mid Rise Slim Boot Leg Jeans3

J Brand 818 mid rise slim boot leg jeans (two petite friendly options here & here!)

rag & bone 'Arianna' Pointelle slip back Sweater

Rag & Bone ‘Arianna’ pointelle sweater (also like this color!)

J.Crew 7 chino short

J.Crew 7″ chino short

Rebecca Taylor Silk & Cotton Sheer-Striped Floral-Print Blouse

Rebecca Taylor silk & cotton sheer-striped floral-print blouse

Madewell pleated shirtstripe skirt

Madewell pleated shirtstripe skirt  (40% off with ‘HIGHSUMMER’)

Below I put all the pieces together, so you can see how each top work perfectly with each bottom.

what to wear on vacation