I am taking a 28-day yoga teacher training course and need to bring a white head covering. I can’t believe I cannot find a white scarf of sufficient length and wondered if you knew of any place to try other than Li Yuen Streets East and West.
Yoga Yearning, Aberdeen
The Dictator rules: Uh, is it too obvious to tell you to ask the very course instructors who told you to bring one in the first place? Asking me is a bit like asking a vegan for tips on grilling steak. So, I contacted a few yoga studios. On the rare occasion that they even knew what I meant, they didn’t sell them. Online, I learned that white head coverings are associated with Kundalini yoga. The head is considered extremely sensitive, so it’s covered with a turban or scarf in a natural fibre, which is said to help you focus. It also keeps hair up, which is supposed to regulate hormones and electromagnetic fields, and the white helps your radiance grow. They lost me after that. They’re sold on websites such as www.spiritvoyage.com (HK$54 and up, but shipping costs HK$140 or more). Free-spirited crafters at Etsy have made Kundalini head wraps, too, also prescribed for “the Aquarian Age”, “White Tantric Wear” and summer festivals (HK$96 and up; www.etsy.com). But seriously, white cotton is easily procured from fabric stores in Western Market (HK$25 and up per yard at Three Geniuses, 1/F, Western Market, 323 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2815 3971), or exactly where you were, Li Yuen Streets East and West.
I love those Hawaiian suntan oils when I go away on holiday and would love a perfume that makes me smell like that year round. I’ve seen “summer” scents but none are quite right. (Full disclosure: I even tried using the oil as a body moisturiser but it was a disaster when I put on my suit!)
Endless Summer, Happy Valley
The Dictator: You don’t need a new perfume, you need a new life. Move to Hawaii and be done with it. Or maybe not. I’m no psychiatrist, but I’m pretty sure we love summer because it is limited to a few months of the year. Let’s put it to the test. Try any of the following delicious fragrances and let me know if you tire of them. It’s true, many summer scents smell more like a fruit salad than a beach holiday, so here’s all you need to know: the key ingredient is coconut. Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut from the Gourmande Collection (Lane Crawford, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2157 0729) is an excellent choice. Made with almond, coconut milk, jasmine, rosewood, ylangylang, vanilla, tonka and musk, it comes in a full range including an eau de toilette (HK$495), hand cream (HK$145) and body cream (HK$495). Love Coco by Honoré des Prés is an organic blend of coconut milk, white cedar, vanilla and coriander (HK$790; Joyce Beauty, 108 Hysan Place, Causeway Bay, tel: 2762 0130). For more floral interpretations, Beach by Bobbi Brown is a summery mix of jasmine, mandarin and marine notes (HK$500; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8474).
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