In the scorching summer months in New York City, going down to the subway can make you feel like a modern-day Dante, descending into the fiery and humid depths of hell. Sure, trains are now air conditioned, but who knows how long you'll be pacing back and forth on that platform. Every summer I notice a few very smart women who extract fans from their bags, while I'm stupidly using my hand to flap at my face. This summer, though, I plan on being one of those smart women, and you should be too.
I've stumbled across these pretty Japanese versions on Amazon.com. Even if you don't live in New York and/or don't take the subway, fans can be used anytime that you're feeling a little (or a lot) overheated. The great thing about fans is they're useful, attractive, and portable. And these come in at the very reasonable price of $10.95. Need we say more? --AMANDA JEAN BOYLE