On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 12:00am

After the excesses of the holidays, I'm suffering that annual bout of guilt and am feeling unhealthy. I believe bowel cleansing is popular these days. Where can I go to try it out?

Bottoms Up, Shek Kip Mei

The Dictator rules: Try a gym first, you lush. You must be sipping leftover egg nog to believe emptying your bowels of already processed food could ever erase traces of your gluttony. I'll never understand why anyone would choose to go through colon hydrotherapy, but here are a few places that do it. The Mind-Body Colon Cleansing Centre (1/F, Alliance Building, 133 Connaught Road Central, tel: 2805 7535) will perform the procedure for $460 a session, or less if you buy a programme of six, 12 or 24 sessions. Expect the first to take 30 to 45 minutes. The Hong Kong Colon Hydrotherapy Centre (7/F, Coin Organise Centre, 13 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 6800; www.naturalhealing.com.hk), is reassuringly hygiene- conscious and you can expect to pay about $450 an hour. Or you could try Hydrohealth Colon Hydrotherapy (3/F, Lin Fook House, 1 Jardine's Crescent, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 5533), where staff are certified by the International Association for Colon Therapy. Check with your doctor first if you have health concerns.

Where can I buy Cartier So Pretty perfume? I've looked everywhere, but it seems all the shops are out of stock. Help please.

Scents-less, Tin Hau

The Dictator: What is it about perfume that turns people into bungling fools? Here is an insight into my advanced research methods: I called 1081 for the telephone number of Cartier (Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2522 2963). Miraculously they had a similarly named fragrance, So Pretty, which has citrus, jasmine and rose notes, with hints of vetiver, vanilla and musk. Could they possibly be one and the same? If yes, expect to pay $370 for 50ml or $610 for 100ml of the eau de toilette. And don't go scrounging around branches of SaSa for a discounted bottle - it doesn't carry any Cartier fragrances.

I have seen many designer-label wrist chains for mobile phones but few neck chains. Can you advise which designer labels carry them? (I often lose my phone.)

Higher Calling, Pokfulam

The Dictator: Tell the truth: in the 80s, you bought one of those ridiculous key chains you find by clapping, didn't you? You'll probably love Dior's thin black leather lanyard with brass-coloured, D-shaped metal fittings ($880; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2522 7938). Chanel has what looks like necklaces from the 80s in faux gold with coloured enamel logo pendants ($1,600; tel: 2918 1108). Similarly, Gucci has them in the signature green and red stripe from the pre-Ford days ($840; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2524 4492). For something more subtle, Louis Vuitton has an unstained leather strap with gold fittings and a small logo ($850; The Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, tel: 2736 6100). Anteprima is less well known but demands attention, with the brand name in diamantes on a black suede lanyard and a mesh mini handbag-shaped attachment ($1,000; W9, The Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2368 6893).