On style, she rules
I bought some stunning enamel accessories in Europe recently. Can I also get them in Hong Kong? I want handmade ones of high quality. Please help.
AWO, Yuen Long
The Dictator rules: If I could permit myself to be as vague as you, my answer would be: 'Yeah, I sort of know what you mean. Go to a, like, jewellery store, or something.' Any chance you could enlighten us with design details, what kind of jewellery it is or possibly a brand name?
AWO: The brand is Frey Wille. I bought the matching bracelet and pendant in Austria. It's similar to the Hermes enamel bracelets but of better quality. Gold and silver are used for the mountings. Cheers.
The Dictator: Cheers indeed. Have another drink. Nothing says style like enamel jewellery reproductions of famous artworks by Monet, Klimt, Hundertwasser and others. If you could see straight you might have noticed there is a freestanding Frey Wille store in Hong Kong, at Pacific Place (shop 140, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2545 4549; www.frey-wille.com). The Austrian brand is due to open a second store this month at Chek Lap Kok (Passenger Terminal 2, Sky Plaza, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, tel: 3559 1499). If you don't know where either of those places are, I can't help you.
This is so embarrassing and personal. I'd like to get one of those full bikini waxes for my boyfriend - Brazilian, I think. Can you tell me the best place and least painful way to do this?
Busha Nova, Lantau
The Dictator: If you're embarrassed about sending an anonymous e-mail, you are going to be mortified by this extreme bikini waxing. The squeamish should turn the page right now. Everyone else should know all sense of privacy and modesty is lost when you spread for a Brazilian (removing most) or a Hollywood waxing (removing more, sometimes all off). Think of it as a visit to the gynaecologist, plus wax. Be sure to ask what each treatment means as it differs from therapist to therapist. One of the most popular hair removal specialists is Betty at the Mandarin Salon (Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2825 4800), which charges HK$440 (front only) to HK$550 (back and front). Her quick, doctorly approach can make it easier for first-timers and the shy. In contrast, Helena at the Beautiful Skin Centre is the Mother Teresa of waxing (shop 344, Pacific Place, tel: 2877 8911; www.beautifulskincentre.com.hk). She gives you breathing time and uses soothing, moisturising coconut wax, charging HK$540 for a Brazilian and HK$600 for a Hollywood. She has about eight clients a week seeking this kind of hair removal - some fall asleep! Sense of Touch (LG/F, The Ovolo, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central; 1/F, block C, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay;
tel: 2869 0939; www.senseoftouch.com.hk) is another recommended spa - and with reasonable pricing. It offers Brazilian waxing (HK$400) and the Semi-Brazilian (HK$300, full upper part not including the back area). Staff use a special 'secret' wax and insist it's not as painful as most women expect. With a pre-treatment paracetamol and minimum movement afterwards, it's not that bad. Nonetheless, Lamaze breathing techniques might come in handy (www.lamaze.org). Oh, and don't even think about having it done just before menstruation, when your skin is much more sensitive.