Despite the cooler temperatures, my husband wants to know where he can go for laser hair removal? Is there a great salon for men? Fuzzy and Warm, South Side The Dictator rules: That makes no sense. What does make sense is to choose a reputable expert for such a treatment. It's best if you read up on all the different types of laser hair removal first. On average, he will need six to eight sessions but this varies according to body part, skin colour, hair colour, hormones and, ahem, use of performance-enhancing agents. Annual follow-up sessions may also be necessary. A good salon will recommend a preliminary consultation, which is usually free. Ask for consultations at a few salons to help you decide. You didn't tell us which body part so let's take your husband's back as an example. At the Beautiful Skin Centre (Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2877 8911; www.beautifulskincentre.com.hk ), talk to specialist Justine Grier, who uses medical-grade technology called Eliteplus. The system is based on intense pulsed light (IPL) technology and costs about HK$6,070 per session. Or try Mence (13/F, Asia Pacific Centre, 8 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2117 8068; for more locations visit www.mencebeauty .com.hk), which uses IPL and offers a package of six sessions for HK$24,000. Similarly, the Men's Skin Centre by Bella (room 1005, Soundwill Plaza, 38 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2568 0098; for more locations got to www.bellaskin .com) uses the Lumenis Diode Lightsheer laser system. Packages come with discounts but the published prices are HK$4,000 to HK$8,000 per session. Now for the question every macho man asks: will it hurt? Well, it'll feel like you are being flicked by rubber bands and you'll need to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for up to four weeks before and after the treatment. I suppose that's one way to start the new year. A beautiful gold Hermes diary went for auction at Christie's recently. I have searched on Google but I can't find anything like it. Is it because it's custom-made or because it is exclusive? I bid for it but lost. Is there anywhere or anyone who sells it? If not, would it be possible for you to call Christie's and ask for the buyer and seller details so I can offer a higher price and ask how it came into the seller's possession? Birkin Trouble (again), Happy Valley The Dictator: You must be joking. Do you honestly believe I would play secretary for you, or more ridiculously, do you really think Christie's hands out private client information like that? The woven gold diary with gold pen and black suede case (total 106.6 grams, with French assay mark) you mentioned was sold by Hermes in the 1960s but is no longer made and has never been available by special order. The piece went to auction on November 20 and sold for HK$33,821, which was well above its estimated price of HK$6,500 to HK$12,950. Since you are obsessed with the brand and refuse all others, we won't even bother to recommend an alternative. You might, however, consider an Hermes luxury agenda cover in alligator skin (HK$17,300 to $19,700; The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2525 5900; www.hermes.com ). Since I couldn't be doing with wait- ing in line with all those people for the Comme des Garcons designer stuff at H&M, can you tell me where can I get one of the black and white polka dot cardigans? Dotty for Spots, Deep Water Bay The Dictator: You can't have your cake and eat it too. If you want cheap designer fashion, you have to put some work into it. If you can't buy it directly from H&M, your next stop for the Rei Kawakubo collection is online. Although re-sellers have been dissuaded by the two-item per customer policy, you can still find some pieces on sites such as eBay. The brand doesn't have the monopoly on polka dots, however, and there are several other outlets offering similar items. We spotted (sorry) some woollen lookalikes at Benetton in black, pink or aubergine all with white dots (HK$399; shop 279, Citygate Mall, Tung Chung, Lantau, tel: 2109 2383). You can also try the Sexybull black and white cardigan, which features dots and little bulldogs, at Azona (HK$258; G/F, Pearl City, 22 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2808 0606). Or go casual with the polka hoodies and other dotted items at b + ab (HK$599; 53 Paterson Street, tel: 2881 1090).