I’m going to a garden party soon and wondering what shoes to wear. I’d rather have a bit of a heel but have not mastered the art of walking on my toes and would hate to sink in and scrape my shoes. Have other women found a way around this problem?
Solid Ground, The Peak

The Dictator rules: The cheesy answer is Solemates High Heelers. Have you never heard of them? They’re plastic doodads that fit over the end of the heel to protect them. They come in clear, black, silver and gold (HK$77 a pair; www.thesoulmates.com) and are available in classic, narrow or wide sizes. The company also offers packs with various combinations of colours and sizes (HK$194 and up). The sensible choice, however, would be wedges. Go for not-toohigh heels, about 2.7 inches, to avoid toppling over on uneven grass. Snakeskin with cork wedges, such as those by Jimmy Choo (HK$3,990), are chic and match almost everything. Robert Clergerie has stylish ones in metallic gold or all-black (HK$4,710 to HK$5,130; Lane Crawford). Lanvin’s pretty ballerina wedges (HK$4,900), with gold on the upper and wood below, are divine and won’t need to be packed away at the end of the season. But back to sensible shoes, you strike me as a comfortshoe person. (No offence.) Geox has an extensive selection of wedges in peep-toe snakeskin or beige with a Chanel-style black cap toe (HK$1,590 to HK$1,680). Looking for the glam, metallic and bedazzled variety? Then Shu Talk is the place for you (HK$890 per pair; 118 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2815 8339).


I haven’t asked you anything for ages. Do you remember the green lipstick that turns lips a nice shade of pink? I’d love to try that!
Luscious Lips, Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator: You think that’s going to bump up your question to the top of my silly list? Sorry, but no. Lurid green lipstick that stains a different pink for each individual is experiencing a bit of a comeback. New York blogger Man Repeller (www.manrepeller.com), aka Leandra Medine, posted before and after photos with Hare Magic Moroccan Lipstick. To buy it, she directed us to an eBay store, where it is now sold out, but scroll down to see others who have it (HK$33 to HK$36 each). As Medine points out, it eliminates the horror of lipstick on your teeth or rubbedoff stains elsewhere, and you don’t need to reapply it like you do normal lipstick. Barry M’s Genie Lip Paint in green is available at www.barrym.com for HK$59.20. Have you tried Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm (HK$260; Harvey Nichols)? It starts out sheer and light, then morphs into your own shade of pink. Oh, and it has mango butter and SPF 10, to prevent lips from drying out. Is it just me or do other people also worry about what chemicals we’re putting into our bodies? Check www.ewg.org/skindeep, the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database by the Environmental Working Group, where you can do searches on products and their ingredients.



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