On style, she rules
Would you know where to get foldable shoes/flats in Hong Kong? Heels are a must for my work but I hate walking in them on the way home or to the MTR. They're fairly common in the United States but I haven't found any affordable options here. Do you know anywhere that sells them at a reasonable price? Please don't suggest carrying a bulky FitFlop in my small purse.
Flat Hunting, Mid-Levels
The Dictator rules: Just act like a fashion editor and take a taxi everywhere! Kidding, of course. Did you read the mid-July issue of The Lancet? Apparently, one in 10 deaths worldwide is caused by inactivity. Walking to work suddenly seems like a spectacular idea. We're consistently impressed by the simple, chic design solutions proffered by Muji, including the Muji To Go travel accessories, and its nifty folding flats in white, ecru or black, ballet or loafer style (HK$300; Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3971 3120). For more colourful options, EQ:IQ does the lovely folding, grosgrain-trimmed, round-toed Pocket Shoe in red, pink, teal, mint, black or beige (HK$990; Central/Central, Central Building, Central, tel: 2140 6398). Or add a bit of branding with Burberry's Bridle House Check ballerinas which fold over, too (HK$2,800; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 3511). Do read the fine print, though; one gorgeous pair labelled 'foldable' only bended at the back to be converted into a lazy mule. You could go sportier in the black or bright blue mesh and satin adidas by Stella McCartney Thallo ballerina made with an Agion sock liner that, 'helps keep feet fresh', according to the brand (HK$850; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388). However, we've spotted a few pretty young things on the escalator commute trying to resurrect the Working Girl trainer with suit look. That will never be OK.
I keep hearing about that trendy Moroccan Oil stuff that celebs use for their shiny hair, and someone said it's good to beat the heat and humidity of Hong Kong. I just can't find it in the stores! Does it work and where can I get some in this town?
Marrakesh Express, Central
The Dictator: Hair trends? Dangerous. If you're as gullible as you sound, then I've got to wonder how many times you've wanted to dye your hair pink in the past decade. Send photos. Luckily, this is the kind of product that will nourish hair damaged by other flights of, um, fancy 'dos. The original Moroccanoil Treatment (HK$400 for 100ml) was discovered by Carmen Tal, the company's co-founder, on a trip to Israel. What we have found is that the product nourishes the hair with proteins, fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins, but doesn't leave residue or a greasy finish. It's best to apply a small amount to towel-dried hair, regardless of whether you use a blow dryer or not. You will find it at salons including: the Mandarin Salon (Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2825 4800); Hipp.Fish (1/F, 32 Staunton Street, Central, tel: 2815 3638); Philip George Salon (23/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2524 3143); Hair Craft (61 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2868 6985); O4 (17/F, M88, 2 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2810 4808); Red Cat (Basement, 47 Staunton Street, tel: 3102 9301); and Right Hand Workshop (13/F, 60 Wellington Street, tel: 2526 3635). Warning: the product has rapidly increased in popularity, so you should call to check stock before you rush over to get your fix.