I promised my three-year-old niece a pink baseball cap while I was in the US and now I'm having trouble finding one. Should I have just bought it there? Think Pink, Central The Dictator rules: Let's see, should you have bought it in the US, the home of baseball and casual wear, or should you have waited to buy it in Asia? That's like asking, 'Should I practise my backstroke in the pool or in the bathtub?' What were you thinking? We wandered into a little girl's all-pink dream of a shop, The Palace, Prince and Princess (shop 918, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3001). It only had visors in pink (HK$80 to HK$280), but if your niece is in Hong Kong the trip alone would satiate her. Fables, nearby, carries baseball caps in pink (HK$159 each; shop 903A, Times Square, Causeway Bay), tel: 2506 3619), with colourful motifs on the front for three-year-olds or older children. If you're up for a bit of digging through bargain bins, the Ladies Market in Mong Kok is a great place. Then, of course, you must know about the children's clothing hotspots dotted around town, from Stanley Market to the upmarket third floor of Prince's Building. Now, if your niece is in the US, why not just order the cap online and have it delivered directly to her? We saw a simple pink baseball cap for little ones at, for example, www.gap.com for about HK$75. Where do I buy one of those maxi dresses that are so in style these days? I've just returned from Britain thinking I'd have no problem finding them in Hong Kong, but I can't find them anywhere. Maxed Out, Pok Fu Lam The Dictator: I don't know what planet you live on, but back on Earth this supposed 'maxi' dress hasn't really hit the headlines. If you mean a longer-length dress, we've found you a few. If you're talking about the flouncy kind, Kookai does them in a few understated prints and muted colours that we can still accept (HK$1,780 to HK$1,980; shop 122, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2921 2082). If you're going for that style, you must see the lovely ones by Pocket Venus, including a full-length summer sun dress in printed silk cotton voile with a fabulous three-strap detail at the back (on sale for HK$1,175; tel: 2548 8086; www.pocketvenus.co.uk ), as well as new additions from the autumn/winter collection. Leave it to Zara to do it for less. It has a black and white graphic print dress that looks like it was made from two giant scarves, with spaghetti straps to hold it up (HK$779; shop GW2210-3A, The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2629 1858). Or go stark with Agnes b's all-black dresses in sleeveless crepe jersey or a nubbly winter version with long sleeves, if you can even think about warm clothes in this weather (HK$1,890 to HK$2,990; shop 110, Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0318). You'll be styling on Planet Pok Fu Lam. Can you help me? Are Elizabeth Arden cosmetics sold in Hong Kong and if so where? Ardently Devoted, Shek O The Dictator: No, I don't think I can. If you actually read my column, that would be a start. We mentioned a limited selection of Elizabeth Arden at Sasa not too long ago. Don't be alarmed if you don't see the brand listed on the Sasa website; we saw them in the store (G/F, 25 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2366 9383 or see www.sasa.com for more locations). Did you know Elizabeth Arden was founded by a woman named Florence Nightingale Graham in 1910? Given her name, it was ironic she tried nursing but was too squeamish for it. However, she was inspired by her work with burns victims to start a skin-care line. Wait a minute, you don't really care, do you? There are some other sources of the brand, albeit in less-than-obvious places. Try the counter at Wing On (211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2851 3218). You could also try the ground floor of DFS Galleria (28 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2302 6600; or Chinachem Plaza, 77 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, tel: 2732 5229).