The 2017 Ford Super Duty: What the critics say
America’s leading heavy-duty pickup has just become nearly as powerful as an 18-wheeler, and “that’s staggering.” Already the dominant truck in its class, the Ford F-Series Super Duty has been overhauled for the first time in 18 years, and whatever other praise the soon-to-arrive 2017 will garner, “the torque is what everyone will talk about.” That’s because its optional turbo- diesel V-8 engine generates a classdominating 925 lb-ft of torque—enough in a properly equipped F-450 to tow 32,500 lbs.
New York Daily News
The Super Duty “has brains as well as brawn,” though, and “that balancing act is arguably” its “most impressive feature.” Its adaptive cruise control adjusts to tow loads, while an optional seven-camera system erases all blind spots and makes it easy to back up straight to a trailer hitch. And did we mention the revolutionarily clever four-drink cup holder in the cabin’s center console?
Car and Driver
Our first drive of a nearly $80,000 F-250 proved “surreal, so refined was the truck’s behavior.” But with a base model starting at $32,535, “there is a setup for just about every need”—if you’re don’t mind the line’s meager fuel mileage. Though rival heavyduty pickups may soon reach even greater heights, Ford’s aluminum-body Super Duty is, for now, “the ultimate workhorse.”
The best of…rehab for summer skin and hair
Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector
Sun exposure can bring out dark spots on fair skin. “Packed with powerful botanicals,” this serum gradually reduces discoloration by inhibiting the transfer of melanin to the skin’s surface. $43, korresusa.com Source:HarpersBazaar.com
Susanne Kaufmann Cooling Foot Cream
After months in sandals, your feet cry out for pampering. This salve contains marigold extract to reduce swelling, menthol for cooling, and the lavender scent “might just lull you into a deep sleep.”$64, theline.com Source:Vogue.com
Murad Clarifying Body Spray
This acne spray helps banish the breakouts on your back and chest that can crop up as a result of heavy sweating. Salicylic acid clears out pores while the menthol cools and comforts irritated skin. $40, sephora.com Source: Teen Vogue
Jurlique After Sun Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion
Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield
This “magic” product tames even the frizziest flyaways and adds volume like a texturizing spray. Plus, it lasts: “A few spritzes in the morning is all you need for the whole day.”$22, sephora.com Source:InStyle.com
Tip of the week...
How to thwart debit card skimmers
■Inspect the machine: Digital thievery is up at ATMs and similar machines because of the spread of skimmers—hard-to-spot devices that steal card data. If a machine’s card slot or keypad feels loose or looks suspicious, walk away. But also know that a trick slot or keypad overlay can be well disguised.
■Use your bank: ATMs in remote locations are extra vulnerable to tampering, so choose better-guarded machines, like the ones inside your bank branch. Because gas pumps are also favored targets for skimmers, consider paying cash when you refuel.
■Protect your PIN. A hidden camera can record the numbers you enter, so cover the keypad while you type. It’s the combination of the PIN and the data on a card’s magnetic strip that lets a thief drain your account.
■Opt for credit. Unless you use a chip card, choose the “credit” option when paying with a debit card. No PIN will be required. Source: Consumer Reports
And for those who have everything...
“After a long day of napping and ripping the squeaky thing out of every stuffed toy in the house, your dog needs to wind down, too.” While you enjoy your glass of chardonnay, pour your pooch some CharDOGnay—or ZinfanTail, if she prefers reds. Brewed by Apollo Peak, a Denver-based company that also makes feline-friendly catnip wines, the wines for canines are herbal blends that contain no grapes or alcohol. The peppermint in the ZinfanTail can help with digestive problems and travel sickness. The chamomile in the CharDOGnay is a mild relaxant. $18 per 12 oz. bottle, apollopeak.com Source:Thrillist.com
For buying used furniture
■Krrb.com is “all about being neighborly.” Pull up the site—the name is pronounced “curb”—to see what people nearby are trying to sell. Sales are often handled in cash and person to person, but the site also enables card transactions.
■Craigslist.org casts a wider net—starting with sellers in your ZIP code and extending out to all 60_million monthly users. You’ll have to sort through lots of junk, but “this is the place to land an epic deal.”
■Chairish.com is “geared toward design lovers.” It carries all styles of quality used furniture, often pieces that designers purchased but never used. Though you won’t turn up many bargains, you should find the midcentury swivel chair you’ve been hunting for.
■Etsy.com can be a great source of one-ofa-kind furnishings or decor accents. Think everything from a $35 handmade stool to a $5,000 refurbished antique hutch. Source: Real Simple