FAN-TASTIQUE

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Fans

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Wow. It’s the first day of August already people!

Time to get out your fans of all descriptions.

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Boldini Lady with Fan

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Lady with Fan John Singer Sargent

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I’ve been traveling a lot and I’m here to report that more than a few spots around the globe are sweltering!

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Are you quite comfortable swishing a fan or do you find it too much of an affectation?

I brought a couple of mine to Greece.

Just, you know, because.

I’m a 19th century gal after all.

We were in the company of a lovely Spanish couple.

After watching both of them using their fans…well, let’s just say, I’ve never felt more ungainly.

It’s all in the wrist apparently…

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How about the parasol?

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Are you cool with it, or do you feel like an elderly Asian woman?!

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Parasols, Amanwella, Sri Lanka

Our parasols on the drive at The Amanwella, Sri Lanka

I’m torn, but no doubt about it, they were a requirement here.

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.Duvelleroy fan

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watermelon

My fan at breakfast in Greece

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The King & I

A still from “The King & I”.

 Can you imagine wearing those dresses in the suffocating heat of summer in Siam?!

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Fan by Duvelleroy

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The language of fans

(where’s  “Are you going to eat that last french fry??”)

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Gustav Klimt

Diego Docini

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Louis Vuitton Eventail chinoiserie fan $2,515

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Lulu Guinness Fan clutch

THE place to find both beautiful and fun fans- DUVELLEROY

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Gone With the Wind

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Cab Calloway; The Lady with the Fan video 

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I’ll be home very soon.

Until then, stay cool!

xox

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43 thoughts on “FAN-TASTIQUE

  1. I am TOTALLY a FAN of YOURS!!! Really needed this with the heat index “yet again” over 100. franki

  2. Slim, you always have the most original posts. I started using fans in my fifties when I developed my own personal summer. An affectation, perhaps, but it looked better than perpetually wiping my brow. Interestingly enough, my small pocket fan was given to me by an executive of my company who bought hers by the case. Enjoy your trip.
    Best…Victoria

  3. It’s cold here but loved the fans and parasols and those shoes. Wished you’d seen the gorgeous parasols in Myanmar. At the Govenors Mansion in Yangon , they put huge ones on the lawn at night and back light them with lamps.I bought home a smaller one made of pink oiled cloth.

  4. Miss Slim, your attention to detail is amazing! Do you keep copious files at your fingertips? Or does an idea or image pique your interest first, and then you find just the right things? The sleeve on Scarlet O’Hara’s dress is genius.

    • Thank you Patti.
      I keep files of ideas on my desktop but I’m often also inspired by what I see as I go about my day.
      Probably should have worked this hard in class :)

  5. Love this post! In response to my awful hot flashes a friend bought me a fan that I carry around in my purse all the time. I feel very chic as I schvitz!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful time! xx

  6. A visual feast as always. Thank you so much for your efforts. (The Gustav pic was missing on my viewing). Enjoy your lovely self. Can’t wait to see pictures. Shalagh

  7. What Patti said…the honeymoon jacket in GWTW, genius. When I lived in NYC I never left home without a fan in the summer. Yes, the subway cars are air conditioned but the streets, the platform and God-should-forbid a broken down train are not. An essential. And a conversation starter…usually, “aren’t you smart…” Miss you and the mister. Godspeed.

  8. You astonish me, time after time. Didn’t know that particular Klimt and loved it! You somehow always go right to images that just delight me–love the parasols, there’s just such CHARM in both the fans and parasols. Thanks.

  9. I own a fan, it was a gift from a dear friend, she gave it to me when I was hot flashing 24/7!
    Seriously gorgeous images.

    Slim you truly are a remarkable woman and I love that you share so much of your experiences.

  10. I’ve been using a fan since college. I have no shame when it comes to being hot. I’ve been known to stick my head in friends’ freezers, or jump in their pool fully clothed, to cool off. I LOVE the shot of your parasols in Sri Lanka. Another great post.

  11. This is one of your most beautiful posts.

    I totally agree with Patti and Meaux…to utilize that incredible photo from GWTW!
    Brilliant!!

    I’ll be cooling myself with that Louis Vuitton fan in my dreams :-)
    xoxo

  12. “The Lady with the Fan”!! Brilliant touch! Do you know of these treasures or just google “fan” and see what comes up?!?

    I gave a “tea” today to welcome back a friend on the lake who just arrived from Australia. Required dress was hats, lace gloves, crooked pinkies…..and I supplied the fans……a great time was had by all. Now I’m finishing up the cucumber and salmon sandwiches (sans crusts)….ymmmm!
    Will you be on Santorini? Left my heart there….in a good way!

    • No Marsha, I don’t “Google” unless I’m specifically searching for something. I prefer to search and gather organically. I remembered hearing the song recently and realized it would be perfect for this particular post.

  13. Who are you trying to kid! We ALL know you too well…..you didn’t just eat those two small pieces of melon for breakfast :-) Will bet you flutter your fan elegantly though!! Looking forward to some fab SP pics when you return…..

  14. My earliest fan memories are from childhood, sitting in church with my grandmother in the hot sticky summers on the coast in Queensland, Australia. She always wore a hat and lace gloves and fanned herself gently throughout the service. My mother also loved fans and I’ve inherited her collection, many of which she bought on her travels. I guess as a third generation it was inevitable that I should love them too. En route home from recent holiday in Europe I bought a couple of small very pretty hand painted Chinese fans in Singapore for my grand-daughters and a lovely Spanish fan for their Mum, our DIL. Didn’t think about it at the time, but I guess it’s the fourth generation of fan lovers, as the three girls were thrilled with them.

    Loved your pictures of the fans and parasols. Best wishes, Pamela

  15. as always, many fabulous images….all so different…i enjoyed the Cab Calloway performance: how fun was that to see the allure of a full body sized fan! I’m afraid I would become addicted to collecting fans if I were to get even one. However, as I have become a member of the ability to “make my own summer” club, a fan would certainly be classier than grabbing the nearest magazine/paper to fan myself.

  16. Wow, John Singer Sargent, his paintings are so realistic, they never cease to amaze me. I love the functionality of fans, but I’ve never mastered the flirtations {thanks for the “language”}. We were travelling through China in the summer and I couldn’t have made it without my fan, it was SO hot. We may get up to 89 this wknd {a heat wave for Seattle} … where is that loyal companion??

  17. Another inspiring and gorgeous post! Had to read this twice I enjoyed it so much!
    I say bring back parasols and fans! Both practical and beautiful!

    Kim

  18. Another place for the fan is in your car. I use it while sitting in LA traffic when the sun is pouring in on my left side. The visor in the car does not cover it. Works well and might look better if I had one of the gorgeous fans you pictured. Must look into that today! Thanks for your dreamy blog!
    M

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