The Lotus Evora 400: What the critics say
It’s hard to describe this car’s performance “without sounding a bit like a teenage girl gushing over a pop star.” Capable of 400 hp and a 186 mph top speed, the first Lotus available in the U.S. market since 2013 “can hang with cars costing twice as much, both on and off track.” We drove this four-seat British import as hard as we could, and it’s “simply impossible to upset.” In every corner, it’s “a perfectly balanced ballerina.”
Road and Track
The agility of this car “inspires a sort of reckless confidence.” With its pitch-perfect steering and insane lateral grip, the Evora 400 will exhilarate, rather than intimidate, even a novice racetrack driver. For a mid-engine coupe, this Lotus is also “astoundingly easy to live with.” It won’t bottom out on potholes or steep driveway aprons during a daily commute. Somehow, the tiny automaker’s fastest street car ever doubles as “a fuss-free sweetheart.”
Car and Driver
It’s also “a tough sell.” Though it costs significantly more than a Corvette Grand Sport or a Porsche 718 Cayman S, it’s “only occasionally better” and doesn’t have a substantial dealer base to back it up. What it does deliver, besides pure driving pleasure, is unique personality. “For some buyers, that’s where the magic lies.”
The best of…transition season
AYR Silk Trench Dress
“Beautiful on its own as a summer dress,” this versatile garment can also be worn over shorts as a chic jacket. On an autumn evening, just throw it over your shoulders when the temperatures dip. $325, ayr.com Source: Elle
Knot Queen Quilts
“Is that heat wave coming back? Is it time to bring out the wool blankets?” During this uncertain time of year, _ nd comfort with a light cotton quilt like one of these hand-sewn spreads, each of which is “de_ nitely a statement piece.” $450, hawkinsnewyork.com Source:Curbed.com
CB2 Ember Fire Pit
Extend your outdoor season by spending fall evenings around a stylish fire pit. This sleek option, made of iron and _ nished with heatresistant black paint, “looks just as great under the stars as it does outside the condo.” $269, cb2.com Source: GQ
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link
Almost a decade after unveiling a stylish bladeless fan, the innovative engineers at Dyson have incorporated the concept into a device that’s part fan, part heater, and part air purifier. In short, “it’s a multitool for inhome comfort.” $600, dyson.com Source:Wired.com
A long-sleeved polo can be the “most valuable utility player” in a man’s wardrobe. “Good for work, play, or anything in between,” Sunspel’s breathable cotton polo can be worn over swim trunks one day and under a suit jacket the next. $195, sunspel.com Source: Wall Street Journal
Tip of the week...
Five surprising deodorizing tricks
■ For musty clothes: Spritz your winter woolens with vodka and hang to dry. The alcohol will kill bacteria and won’t leave a scent.
■ For food containers: Does your Tupperware still smell like the curry you ate last week? Soak it overnight in warm water and baking soda. For glass jars, mix 1 tsp powdered mustard with 1 qt water.
■ For the kitchen sink: Give your hardworking garbage disposal “something nicer to chew on,” like some orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit peels. Citric acid in the fragrant rinds helps kill bacteria.
■ For the fridge: Use a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar to wipe down refrigerator shelves, but swab the freezer using a cotton pad dampened with vanilla extract.
■ For the basement: Cut an onion in half and leave it in your dank basement overnight. “Once the initial salad-bar aroma dissipates, you’ll have fresh (non-oniony) air.” Source: Real Simple
And for those who have everything...
Here’s a wristwatch that’ll make a Rolex look unassuming. Crafted by Manhattan jeweler Jacob & Co., the Astronomia Sky is a timepiece planetarium that employs 395 moving parts to re-create the movements of the Earth, moon, and stars. The globe rotates atop a central axis, while a tourbillon, clock face, and glittering crystal moon orbit along slender spokes. Most impressive, though, is the one-of-a-kind sidereal star chart, which “rotates imperceptibly to account for the orbit of the Earth around the sun that differentiates a sidereal day (23_hours, 56 minutes, 4.1_seconds) from a solar day.” Did we mention that it tells_time? $680,000 (est.), jacobandco.com Source:RobbReport.com
For dog owners
■ MapMyDogWalk suggests the best dogwalking routes in your area. You can add your own favorites and track your progress as you go. Maps show nearby water fountains, waste-bag dispensers, and dog parks.
■ PetCoach “allows you to talk to real, licensed vets and trainers for free, 24/7,” and they’re ready to help whether you need emergency consultation or general nutrition advice. If you make a connection, use Pet Coach to schedule an appointment.
■ Rover has a roster of 50,000 backgroundchecked pet sitters and dog walkers. “You can chat with nearby caretakers, pay securely, and get photo updates.” Rover also offers a premium pet insurance policy.
■ Pet First Aid is a Red Cross app with tons of advice and videos on how to diagnose and treat common pet injuries and illnesses. “In a more serious situation, the app will locate the nearest emergency animal hospital.” Source:Mashable.com