On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am

My grandma has a lot of designer pieces from the 1970s and 80s (and trust me, they're not tacky, she has a classic dress sense that is vastly superior to mine) and she wants to get rid of some of them. Can you recommend shops that would be willing to pay for, or at least take, some of them? She has a lot of Leonard, Hermes and Sonia Rykiel, plus a couple of miscellaneous Italian names as well. Sizes range from UK 40-44 but most of it has been tailored because she's very short.

Timeless Chic, Wong Chuk Hang

The Dictator rules: Sounds perfect for ... me. Inspired by your altruism, I'll follow your example and take them off your hands. Relax. That was a joke. Hong Kong's fashion addicts have many remorse-easing resources. We suggest you contact the following and see who will give you the best deal. Pedder Building has a few consignment stores, such as The 3rd Avenue (shop 304B, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2537 9168; www.3rd-ave.com.hk). Or try the nearby hidden gem, Ladyplace (Unit A, 1/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2854 2321; www. ladyplace.com). On Kowloon side, check out the straightforward Second Hand Shop (shop 17, 1/F, Prudential Centre, 216 Nathan Road, Jordan, tel: 2368 7990; 24-hour hotline - presumably for fashion emergencies: 2427 1111). If they are truly spectacular specimens from the annals of fashion history, you could make a private appointment at Mies (2/F, Fu Wing House, 20 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2549 6664; www.mieshk.com). Each vendor will basically agree on pricing, commission and sometimes a limited timeframe for sale beforehand. Make sure all this is clearly stipulated to avoid confusion or disappointment. You might even find some buyers on eBay, if you have the time, the interest or the hunger. Gosh, doesn't it all sound incredibly complicated and time-consuming? Better just drop them off at my office.

I've been shaving for years but it doesn't seem to have done me any favours, so I've switched to waxing, which seems to be the thing to do. Now, though, I'm plagued by red bumps and ingrowing hairs. What to do?

Bump in the Runway, Central

The Dictator: Isn't it obvious? Stop waxing! We're only partly kidding. Even therapists who make their living from pulling hair advise that you take a break when times (and skin) get rough. Now, we're not skin experts but here are a few tips we've collected over the years. First, make sure you aren't just seeing anybody with a pot of hot wax and a penchant for pain. A talented waxer will definitely minimise post-removal trauma. Next, don't exercise immediately afterwards. It's all about soothing at this stage. Finally, ensure you keep the area clean and gently exfoliate regularly. Here are a few highly rated products to help: Guinot Epil Confort soothing gel (HK$298; www.strawberrynet .com), which is favoured by the famous Betty at the Mandarin Oriental and contains calming chamomile and Bulbaine (a patented complex that supposedly retards future hair growth). Our only objection is the strong rose scent but others seem to like it. Bliss makes some of the best post-hair removal treatments, including the long-time favourite, Ingrown Hair Eliminating Peeling Pads (HK$330; Bliss Spa, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, tel: 3717 2797), which exfoliate and soothe at the same time; and the newer 3-in-1 Get Out of Hair (HK$300), which exfoliates, soothes and delays hair regrowth. For spot relief, you could try Tweezerman After Tweeze Soothing Cream with honey, rice bran and moisturisers to reduce inflammation and redness (HK$86.50; www.strawberrynet.com). Or try the excellent men's treatments on the market, such as Ingrown Hair Night Cream by the Art of Shaving (HK$321.50; www.strawberrynet.com). One last thought: if you had it all lasered off, this wouldn't be a recurring problem.