I've looked in all the shops near my office in Pacific Place for appropriate work shoes that don't cost a million dollars. Everything I've found is either too high or too flat. Why doesn't anyone make sensible shoes? Greater Heights, Admiralty The Dictator rules: 'Sensible' and 'appropriate' shoes tend to be dowdy and unattractive, too. Let's not get into the old feminist debate about how women should dress in the workplace, but let's just say: you can look hot and still be a successful professional. Before you start writing us hate mail, we'll give you what you want. Start at the ever-practical Aerosoles (HK$699 to HK$899; Queensway Plaza, Admiralty, tel: 2528 6299), or better still, go to a department store such as Wing On for a one-stop shop (7/F, Wing On Centre, 211 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2852 1855). You'll love its Florsheim's women's shoes, which come in a variety of traditional styles with 1.5- to 2.5-inch heels and cost about HK$790. Wing On also carries Jonathan & Jennifer (HK$795), Roberta Faro (HK$595), Gadea (HK$1,395) and many more. Among the vast array of brands at Sogo (555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 8338), you might fancy the mid-heels of Guy Laroche (HK$780 to HK$1,290), Clarks (HK$1,099) and Viva Circus (HK$1,290), to name a few. When you're ready for the big leagues of style, if not in height, treat yourself to a pair of Manolo Blahniks (HK$5,995 to HK$6,995; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2845 1575) and get into the fashion's current kitten-heel revival. I keep hearing about 'military chic', but what is it? Can you define it? Potential Pacifist, Stanley The Dictator: I could define it, but what's the point? These days, throw in some uniform details, camouflage, stick on a badge, add a few extra pockets, or wear head-to-toe army green and khaki, and it's suddenly thrown into the 'military' milieu. Whether it's chic or not depends entirely on you. Pieces we like, but which might be hard to find so late in the season, include Stella McCartney's camouflage jumpsuit (HK$15,000; The Landmark, tel: 2801 6793). Instead of baggy cargo pants, fight for the last pairs of slim-cut designer cargos by Emilio Pucci (HK$12,940; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777) and Givenchy (HK$11,320; Lane Crawford). If you prefer shorts for the hot summer months, take a look at Diane von Furstenberg's army-green shorts (HK$1,900; The Landmark, tel: 2522 8782). You'll also find some fabulously fashionable jackets with military details such as epaulettes and badges by Balmain (HK$108,995; The Swank, The Landmark, tel: 2868 6990). If you're looking for a more affordable way to get the look, don't worry, because the high-street brands have caught on. But whatever you do, don't get kitted out head-to-toe at an army surplus store. You'll just scare people. Where can I get travel-size perfume atomisers? I know Muji sells them, but I would like something a bit smaller and different from the usual thin aluminium casing. Eau, Eau Everywhere, Central The Dictator: As with most Hong Kong shopping expeditions, don't take the first 'No' for an answer. At Town House, for example, they looked doubtful, but a ferret around one of those magical hidden drawers brought out forgotten stock: pretty little bottles with simple patterns in various portable sizes (HK$480 up; Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2845 0633), and pen-like spritzer (HK$1,230), all in sterling silver. We love plain silver handbag and desktop accessories and, although a bit obvious, Links of London never fails to come through (HK$995; Prince's Building, tel: 2525 1598). Be warned, though, it was low on stock when we last checked, so call ahead. Now, you said you didn't want an aluminium atomiser, but you never said anything about plastic. If you are looking for an affordable selection, head to Sasa, where we saw a rather, um, elaborate plastic one made to look like cut glass (HK$40; tel: 2505 5023; www.sasa.com ). Here's another hot tip: The next time you buy a fragrance, look for the handbag-sized version because transferring containers can be a hassle.