on style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am

I'd just like to ask where you can buy a plain black waistcoat at an affordable price? I saw one during the summer but I don't think they have it any more.

Gotta Get Waisted, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: And I'd just like to tell you: EVERYWHERE! The cheapest we saw was at Giordano, in black cotton for only HK$220 (if you can't find one of the shops, check out locations at www.giordano.com.hk). If you'll pay a little more, many brands have them for less than HK$1,000. Armani Exchange (shop 101, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2537 3118) does a sexy little one open at the back for HK$650. Mi-Tu (shop K-2A, 1/F, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 3518 9751) goes long and glam with a sequined version, also available in silver for HK$645. Zara (shop 121, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1099) has several options, including wool (HK$499) and cropped and collarless (HK$319). Covered in bronze-coloured studs, JDC's offering has a heavy-metal twist (HK$658; G/F, 10 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2526 6816). For a different and versatile take on the look, check out Initial's black waistcoat with a detachable tailcoat (HK$3,890; G1, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2442 1373).

I'm about to go on a long-haul flight and since I'll be up there with nothing to do for so long, I thought I'd give my skin a mini spa treatment, using an extra moisturising face mask to avoid getting dried out. What do you recommend?

Masked Wonder, Central

The Dictator: Um, first of all, what are you talking about? There are lots of things to do on a long flight. Sleeping is a good start (and it's great for the skin too). And don't forget, whatever cosmetics containers you take onboard must have a capacity of no more than 100ml - even if they're partially empty.

With that in mind, one of the best is the 60ml Sisley's Express Flower Gel (discounted at Sasa to only HK$495; shop 1, G/F, Manley House, 86 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 6768; see www.sasa.com for more locations), which goes on for 10 minutes and can be rinsed off or simply wiped off at your seat should turbulence strike.

At the other end of the price scale, Lancome's Hydra-Intense Masque (HK$240; Seibu, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3800) is another fresh gel mask with moisturisers. Kiehl's Algae Masque (HK$250; G204, The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2319 2018) has nutrient-rich algae.

Trilogy, the brand based on rosehip oil, does a lovely ultra-hydrating masque (HK$250) and Dr Hauschka goes natural with a moisturising mask made with hydrating quince-seed extract (HK$470; both at Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3333). At a nearby counter, we loved the subtle scent of the rose face mask by Fresh (HK$580), but you'll have to transfer some from this big tub to a travel container (available at shops such as Watsons and Sasa).

Alternatively, go for an old favourite: Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (HK$620; Seibu), which is also available in a travel set that includes a 30ml Advanced Night Repair plus Future Perfect Eyes and Future Perfect Cream. One final note: don't stroll down the aisle while your mask is on, you'll frighten the passengers.

My belly-button ring fell out while I was out dancing recently and I need to replace it. However, I had it done a long time ago in another country and wouldn't have the foggiest idea where to buy a new one.

The Ring, Wan Chai

The Dictator: Is anyone else wincing? How could it fall out? Ew. Never mind. There are quite a few places to find piercing jewellery, but we advise extreme caution on what you choose or else you'll be doing more than wincing at the awful infection or allergic reaction you develop. There are specific guidelines on the appropriate types of metals and gauge sizes, so you should seek expert advice. Ask professional piercers such

as Joanne from Blue Tongue Designs (tel: 9230 9147; www.bluetonguedesigns.com). She sells a decent range priced from HK$85 but is taking a sabbatical until next year. In her absence, she recommends Star Crossed Tattoo (2/F, 57 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 6256 0217; www.starcrossedtattoo.com). Not only are the staff there meticulous about hygiene and ensuring the piercing doesn't 'reject', they have a wide stock of navel bars (HK$150 to HK$500), in various sizes in surgical steel and titanium, imported from Britain. Jewellers Saturn Essentials has a nice, if limited, range of belly-button pieces (HK$70 to HK$150; G/F, 36 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2537 9335).