On The Morning Show: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Extravagant Holiday Gifts from the Neiman Marcus Catalog
Each year, Neiman Marcus unveils a handful of over-the-top fantasy holiday gifts:
Customized Cupcake Car
This cheery confection is like a delicious-looking go-kart. Coast down the road in style at a top speed of 7 m.p.h. in a Cupcake Car that comes in different-colored “flavors,” as well as your choice of decorations like sprinkles and icing. And yes, it comes with a matching hat
ICON A5 Sports Aircraft and Pilot Training for Two
Forget the his and hers towel set. Instead, how about a luxury aircraft built for two? The Icon A5, designed by the same team who created the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, is made of lightweight carbon fiber and features several James Bond-like touches including “spy-movie wings” that fold up, as well as the ability to touch down on land or water. But even 007 needed a license to kill — so included is a FAA-certified Sport Pilot License training for two.
Sustainable Design Art Chandelier
“Green design” may conjure images of solar panels and sustainable skyscrapers. But British artist Michelle Brand found her inspiration at the bottom of a plastic soda bottle. Brand’s artistic eye saw the shape of a flower at the base, so she collected 366 bottles from a landfill to create the Cascade Lancashire Chandelier. The resulting fixture is five feet of incandescence.
World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle
The Mission One is the fastest electric sport bike on the planet, which debuted at this year’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference to rave reviews. This motorcycle reaches 150 m.p.h. with 100 foot-pounds of instantaneous torque. And forget that tailpipe squeal and exhaust — the Mission One runs on a lithium ion battery pack with a 150-mile range, for zero carbon emissions.
The 2010 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Neiman Marcus
Yes, the famed luxury automaker created a car just for this catalog — and only 50 of this limited-edition Jaguar XJ flagship line will be built. This new third-generation, 5-liter V-8 features showy details like a media hub, a glass roof and illuminated tread plates, and it growls with 470 horsepower. Also included is a five-piece set of matching navy blue Jaguar luggage.
Insect Lab Specimen Artwork
Maine artist Mike Libby transforms insects in golden works of art in his Insect Lab. After collecting and posing specimens from around the globe, Libby adds antique pocket-watch parts like gears and springs to create a unique vignette. For this limited-edition series of nine, he chose to house the African Flower Beetle under glass.
8 Foods that Help you Fight Fat
Almond joy! Dieters who ate 3 ounces of these nuts every day reduced their weight and body-mass index by a solid 18 percent compared with an 11 percent drop in the no-nut group, a study in the International Journal of Obesity found. Almonds are high in alpha-linolenic acid,which can speed the metabolism of fats. Stick to 12 per serving.
Vitamin C–loaded fruit such as strawberries and raspberries can help you sizzle up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, suggests research from Arizona State University at Mesa. Blend a vinaigrette of 1 cup berries and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar.
This spice could make your waistline nice. Sprinkling ¼ teaspoon on your food may prevent a post-meal insulin spike—this increase normally occurs after you eat and “signals the body that it should store fat rather than burn it,” explains Lauren Slayton, R.D., of New York City. Add a dash to your oatmeal, yogurt or coffee
Hello, yellow. The spice that gives mustard its color, turmeric, may slow the growth of fat tissues, a study in the journal Endocrinology notes. Eighty-six mayo in favor of any mustard; sprinkle turmeric on cauliflower and roast for a tangy sid
Prevent pound creep with this citrus star: It contains fat-torching compounds called flavones. Women who ate the most flavones had a significantly lower increase in body fat over a 14-year period, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. Snack on slices or drink freshly squeezed OJ (with pulp!) for the biggest payback.
These green gems are rich in choline, a compound that blocks fat absorption and breaks down fatty deposits. Add ½ cup edamame to a salad.