Internets, I have no idea what's happening in your area, but it's been rather warm around here lately. Or maybe it just feels that way after so much cool weather for so long. It's possible, but seeing as the temperature has been hanging around the mid-80s and low-90s for the past few days and HH Central lacks A/C, I'm thinking it's just flippin' hot.
Needless to say, this has lead to me pulling every trick I've learned to keep cool: lots of water (with the occasional sweet tea,) flip-flops, shorts, you know the drill. But when I had to run an errand that meant walking to the store, these things didn't really help that much. As the sweat beaded up on my forehead, I found myself wishing I had a folding fan that I could keep in my purse or something.
Hey--it beats getting one of those little battery-operated doojobbers. Besides, they look a lot less dorky than a miniature electric fan. Just ask Karl Lagerfeld.
First up, there's this yellow and gold fan from Paloma Sia Designs, which is just one of a selection of original fans. I would heartily recommend checking it out, if you're looking something different from the norm.
Of course, if you prefer something a little more along the lines of traditional, you really can't go wrong with a vintage Japanese fan like this from The Shop at Kevin O'Shea Designs.
Since there's always someone out there who likes things a bit more along the lines of understated and simple, there's fans like this wooden Spanish one from the appropriately-named Souvenirs of Spain.
Just because a fan is hand-painted doesn't mean that it has to have the usual sparrow/cherry blossom/something vaguely Asiatic painted on it. You can choose one with a funky abstract design from Gilbea.
And just because I never knew there was a niche market for this sort of thing, here's a left-handed fan from Olelé:
Because left-handed people need hand-held fans, too.
So keep cool, Internets, and see you Friday!