The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: What the critics say
It’s hard to argue with the folks at Mercedes-Benz when they say they have just rolled out “the world’s smartest car.” The new E-Class midsize sedan possesses “soaring, silicon intelligence.” It knows bette r than you how to navigate multilane traffic and how to protect your body in a crash. But look past its world-of-tomorrow technology and you’ll detect a “quieter, deeper automotive poetry.” The newest version of Team Mercedes’ bread-and-butter car is “easily the best one they’ve ever baked.”
If you demand a car with real verve, wait a few months for the E43 performance edition. The E300 and 4MATIC come with a new, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and though it’s “anything but weak,” it doesn’t excite. Across all models, though, the cabin may be “best in class,” with “fabulous” open-grain wood trim and an impressive, wide touch screen. In the near future, the E300 will be able to come to its owner when summoned.
The technology can at times become “bewil dering.” Even the simple task of ad justing seat positions requires engaging with the touch screen. Still, the new E-Class easily upholds the brand’s reputation for comfort, quality, and serene performance. After learning to master its cabin controls, “loyal Mercedes buyers are likely to feel right at home.”
The best of...women’s fall coats
Wilfred Free Neelam Coat
“Let your lumberjack fantasies run wild” in this cocoon-shaped plaid jacket with a flattering high collar. Slightly oversize, and made of Italian felted wool, it’s available in five handsome color combinations. $250, aritzia.com Source:MarieClaire.com
H&M Pilot Jacket
As the fashion soothsayers are saying, “We will all own a bomber come November.” This affordable padded satin jacket stays true to the style’s classic shape but adds a twist with quilted sleeves. Also available in black or pink. $35, hm.com Source:Elle.com
Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Jacket
If you throw on this lightweight jacket for a workout, “you’ll never want to take it off.” It has a hood, zip pockets, an adjustable rear elastic, and a chic floral pattern that blends subtle violets and blues. $350, stellamccartney.com Source: Hamptons Magazine
Tusk Wool Coat
“This statement jacket, made from a handwoven blanket, is heavenly on those days when you want to stay curled up on the couch—or at least feel like you are.”$350, tuskchicago.com Source: MichiganAve Mag.com
Schott Café Leather Jacket
Thanks to its versatility, the leather jacket is “everyone’s favorite style shortcut.” This supple lambskin version boasts a sleeker silhouette than its biker cousins and pairs with almost anything. $350, schottnyc.com Source:Vogue.com
Tip of the week... When to choose ‘credit,’ not ‘debit’
■For online shopping: Many credit cards offer purchase protection, covering losses if you’re a victim of fraud or if an item you order is lost or stolen. When dealing with less established vendors—and especially when ordering by phone—it’s best to be cautious.
■For big-ticket items: Purchase protection also can be a boon if something goes wrong with the laptop or washing machine you purchased in store. Check whether your card offers warranty extensions—they might be cheaper than the manufacturer’s offer.
■For travel expenses: Some credit cards have built-in travel protection, and many offer rental-car insurance. If you use a debit card for a hotel or a car, the provider also might require a large deposit.
■For street purchases: Buying lunch from a food truck or a table lamp from an individual flea-market vendor? “Err on the side of caution and use credit.”Source:
And for those who have everything...
Take your smile’s sparkle to another level with Lush’s Bling! Toothy Tabs. A ritzy alternative to regular toothpaste, these all-natural herbal tablets are dusted with an edible golden luster that “adds an element of sophistication and glamour” to the brushing regimen. Frankincense and Brazilian orange oil give them a refreshing citrusy flavor, and a pinch of guarana seed powder in each tablet adds the extra pep you need in the morning. Don’t forget them the next time you go glamping: The solid tabs break down into a paste once they hit your tongue, making them ideal for brushing on the go.
Best apps... For bringing out your inner musician
■Yousician teaches the basics of musical technique with videos, spoken instructions, and interactive graphics. “A fabulous place to start learning piano, guitar, ukulele, or bass,” the app presents appropriate challenges one by one as it listens to you play.
■Uberchord focuses on aspiring guitar players. It, too, listens to your playing and tailors lessons accordingly. Its daily workout exercises help make your fingers nimble.
■Simply Piano offers a text-based approach, with courses like “Piano Basics” and “Pop Chords I.” The iOS-only app lacks videos and voice-over guidance, but it can listen as you play, and its onscreen keyboard makes it useful for people who don’t own a piano.
■SingTrue analyzes your singing, helping you strengthen your voice with a variety of vocal exercises and helpful visual fe edback. “You just have to get over the embarrassment of singing to your iPhone.”
Source: The New York Times