I love those cotton scarves the cool kids are wearing, especially the skinny versions. Where can I find one for not too much money? Keep in mind I'm not talking about pashminas for old ladies. Slashed Pash without Cash, Happy Valley The Dictator rules: As if. We weren't exactly about to direct you to the nearest cashmere store for a shawl. Because this is a trend followed by teenagers (hint), you'll find the items you want at casual brand stores such as Esprit and its lower-priced outlets (about HK$120 and up; Citygate Mall, Tung Chung MTR station, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, tel: 2109 3221). Pull & Bear has tons of printed and plain ones to choose from (HK$129; Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3033). At Bershka, they cost only about HK$49 and up (Times Square, tel: 2506 0666). Uniqlo has them, too, although it calls them 'stoles' (HK$99; Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 5811). For a touch of luxe, take a look at the cotton and cashmere versions at Calvin Klein Jeans (HK$1,290; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2530 3632). Easy. Next? We have a friend who could do with some regular eyebrow plucking. Since her birthday's coming up, we thought it would be a good time to give her a hint by giving her an eyebrow grooming kit thing. Where can we get one? Plucking Up Courage, Stanley The Dictator: What a good friend you are. So will you be asking where to buy Spanx when your chubby friend's birthday rolls around? If you think your friend's life would be improved by a makeover, then be straight about it. If you insist on the passive-aggressive gift idea, then order online from Anastasia Beverly Hills ( www.anastasia.net ), probably the world's most famous brow specialist. It sells kits with various tools such as stencils, tweezers, brushes, etc, and also brow make-up (US$45 and up). Locally, you could buy the La Tweez kit, which includes tweezers with LED lights and an eyebrow brush (HK$280; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, tel: 3695 3388). If your friend's still speaking to you and asks for guidance, then take her to an expert such as Browhaus (1/F, 17 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2845 0886). These brow specialists will do everything from shaping and grooming untamed brows to shading for the less, uh, well-endowed arches (about HK$130 to HK$310). Beauty counters have been offering in-store brow services for years, including the Benefit Brow Bar (New Town Plaza Phase 3, Sha Tin, tel: 2604 3603; visit www.benefitcosmetics.hk for more locations). They do a brow arch service for HK$150, or HK$750 for a package of five with an extra one free. While you're there, you might want to pick up a Smokin' Eyes eye and brow makeover kit (HK$360). I've noticed a lot of lace in the latest magazines. Don't think I could do a whole dress but where can I get a little singlet or shirt in lace? Feeling Lacey, Central The Dictator: Ooh, this could go very wrong. Let us lay the ground rules first. Always balance a lace top with something beautifully tailored and elegant. Never show too much skin or cleavage (or, heaven forbid, nipples). Forget about it altogether if you are old enough to be considered a cougar. It should be about a sneak peek and the suggestion of something underneath, so don't give it all away. Got it? Luxury hosiery brand, Fogal, has a small selection of pretty lace tops and bodysuits (HK$1,720 to HK$2,200; The Landmark, tel: 2526 1751). At the other end of the price range, shops in The Lanes such as Maple have cute lace tanks for the young and trendy at only HK$69 (9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, tel: 6133 4022). We also like Velvet's mix of casual cotton with lace, including a tank with cotton on the front and lace on the back (HK$790 to HK$1,490; Tiare, 53 Staunton Street, Central, tel: 2540 3380; or order online at www.tiareboutique.com ). Other lace-loving brands? Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino.