On style, she rules
I tried on some knee-high, black leather boots from Jimmy Choos. I loved them. But the problem is, my calves are a little wider than normal and they didn't quite fit. What
can I do?
Booti-less, Big Wave Bay
The Dictator rules: Hitting the mince pies a little hard this year? First, it's Jimmy Choo. Use the plural only when talking about the shoes, as in Manolos. Get it? Although few admit it, many women have their boots stretched by a cobbler. If you want to risk it, take your calves and your boots to the Groom (shop F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2524 0356) and the staff will tell you if anything can be done and for how much (from $50). Before buying the boots, ask about the shop's return policy so you can bring them back if the cobbler laughs at your legs. If that doesn't work, look for elasticated boots. At Lane Crawford (Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3668), try Pancaldi's simple stretchy faux suede boots in black or brown ($2,700) or Sergio Rossi's kitten-heeled version in black or green charmeuse ($6,200). There are many boots made in black microfibre: Stuart Weitzman with chunky heels ($3,290), Casadei with metallic stiletto heels ($3,300) and Martinez Valero, made with soft fabric ($2,200). At the lower end, Le Saunda carries various styles including stretchy faux suede boots for only $980 (shop 40, Manning House, 38 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2869 6921).
I'd like to buy a cute Chinese jacket for my friend's kid. Where should I go?
China Doll, Chai Wan
The Dictator: Age? Size? 'Kid' is only slightly more helpful than saying 'human'. I can't tell you where to get a clue, but I can tell you where to buy the jacket. There's a little place that has quite a few, called Shanghai Tang (12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2525 7333; www.shanghaitang.com). Ever think of that? It has many Chinese jackets for children aged two to 10 in silk, velvet and cotton ($1,200 to $2,500), as well as some 'cute' items for babies. Yue Hwa (301 Nathan Road, Jordan, tel: 2384 0084) sells less trendy but much more affordable jackets in sizes two to 20 ($210 to $350). Made in the traditional padded way, they come in peacock blue, dark blue, burgundy, beige and brown. Forget the cheap souvenir stalls in the Lanes. My favourites come from Hoi Yuen Emporium (64 Stanley Main Street, Stanley Market, tel: 2813 0470). Choose from silk, velvet, quilted and even peony-print jackets ($95 to $185).
I can't find those extra-large emory boards. I thought I'd found one, but it turned out to be a buffer not a file.
On File, Jordan
The Dictator: Why not change my name to The Dictionary? Unless you're talking about the university in the United States, it's emery board. That obscure beauty mega-chain called Sasa (call 2505 5023 or see www.sasa.com for locations) sells big files individually ($48) or as part of the Nail Control System by Alessandro ($112), which includes a cleaner, a builder and a sealer board. If you want something cute to use while chewing gum at your desk, check out the files by Triton in designs that include butterflies and dancing crickets ($8). Strangely enough, Jeeves of Belgravia, the drycleaners (shop 108A, 1/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2973 0101), sells some emblazoned in colourful patterns ($45).