On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 March, 2010, 12:00am

I love the longer blazers by Chlo?, but I can't afford them. Where can I get something similar but less cher?

Blazing A Long, South Side

The Dictator rules: I love how some people think saying a word in French somehow makes it sound more sophisticated. The uncommonly beautiful blazers at Chloe (3/F, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1686), run from about HK$9,580 to HK$15,280. Cheap long-line blazer recommendations coming right up, then: first stop, Massimo Dutti, where the blazers are long and available in different colours and materials (HK$690 to HK$1,690; 3/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0050). You could get one for even less at H&M (HK$499; 68 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2110 9546). It's worth spending a little more at Club Monaco, which has brought back the 'boyfriend' style (HK$2,250; 5/F, Times Square, tel: 2118 3515). We also think the black blazer from Vanessa Bruno's Athe line is worth the HK$4,000 asking price (Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). While there, also check out Theory's latest collection (HK$3,900). Just remember that 'long' is a relative term, depending on height and body type. It's essential to not only try everything on, but also to wear or bring an item you would pair it with. (We recommend a short, girly dress as a counterpoint to the masculine tailoring of the jacket.)

I met a woman the other day with the shiniest nails, who doesn't even use nail polish. How can I do this for my own nails?

Taken A Shine To, Central

The Dictator: We, the normal people of the world, welcome you out of your cave. At least, we assume that's where you've been if you've never heard of nail buffing. All you need is a buffing block. At Beau Nail, you'll find a range of them, including O.P.I's Brilliance Four Sided Buffing Block (HK$145; 1/F, IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7328; www.beau-nail.com). At the other end of the price spectrum, Sasa (88 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2521 2928; www.sasa.com) sells a variety of buffing nail files for as little as HK$9 to HK$25. We really like the Nail Care Collection kit by Seacret, the Dead Sea mineral cosmetics line, which includes a buffing block, nail file, cuticle oil and lotion (HK$350; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388). You can even find a good nail buffer by the unassuming but great Elite brand at Watsons (HK$36.90; 74 Queen's Road Central, customer hotline: 2606 8383). Go and get buffed, but be warned: overdoing it can weaken your nails.

My toes need the freedom of Haviaiansa and there are none to be found: I checked the website: Delay No Mall has closed, Lane Crawford has none, Pedder Red has one style and will not have more until the end of the month. Indigo has a few pairs left from last season and the only ones in my size - 37 - are orange ... not top of my list of colour choices. Any suggestions please?

Havaianas-less, Central

The Dictator: Wow. All that passion about a brand you can't even spell. Stop agonising and just buy them through www.havaianashk.com. You will also find a wide selection of Havaianas for women, men, children and babies at DNA Galleria (3/F, 61 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2732 2122). But you might also want to wait for an accessories store rumoured to launch in SoHo at the end of the month, with an entire floor dedicated to Havaianas. We'll keep you posted. We have one parting thought: there are other brands of flip-flop in the world. Think about it.