— Valerie Lim

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I have been obsessed with all things black lately. Especially since Ines gave me this Sass and Bide maxi dress and picked out this pair of knee-high gladiator sandals, I cannot stop wearing them together.

These Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals also go with EVERYTHING.

Black

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I read about Bulletproof coffee on the Bulletproof Exec website some time ago. Some of my health-subscribing friends swear by the recipe and the article was circulating hard and fast between us coffee addicts. The idea is to feed your body with the right kind of fat so it ACTUALLY BURNS fat all day.

I decided to try it because research has found that it has a massive impact on cognitive function…. AND IT IS TRUE. I tried this recipe myself and found that I was more alert, could function better and was certainly less hungry in the morning. The best testimonial of how it was affecting me was to stop the additional high performing foods (the coconut oil and/or butter) and see what simply drinking coffee would do for me.

It was clear: simply drinking coffee just was not good enough any more.

According to the Bulletproof Exec website, this high energy, good fat recipe is part of the routine of many world athletes and recording artists before they go on stage.

In the recipe on the Bulletproof Exec, you have to use
– low toxin, highest performance grade coffee
– unsalted, grass-fed butter
– organic coconut oil

Unsalted, grass-fed butter seemed like a difficult thing to find here in Singapore, add to that the fact I am completely lazy about having to blend all of those ingredients together, I thus only add a tablespoon of coconut oil into my morning coffee.

Nespresso Coffee Bulletproof Coffee

Modified Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
1 shot of Nespresso coffee (Lungo 110ml)
1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
Optional: half a teaspoon of Manuka honey

And that’s it. Put everything into your coffee cup or tumbler and make sure you stir/shake the entire emulsion.

It must be noted that before I read about this Bulletproof coffee recipe, I usually drink my coffee with milk and no sugar. Now, I only have my coffee black with coconut oil… and from home.

Rationale behind adding coconut oil
Feeding your body the right kind of fat can actually help it lose weight. And coconut oil does just that. After years of being demonised for having high levels of saturated fats, research has now clarified that the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can actually increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. Having medium-chain triglycerides means that this oil is easily digested by the body.

I did some digging online and read that the human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria. Coconut oil does not just help you lose weight, it boosts your immunity. No wonder it has been hailed as the superfood of the 21st century.

If you are trying out this recipe for the first time and need a little sweetness in your coffee, I recommend using organic honey. I used organic Manuka Honey. In comparison to refined and processed sugars, honey is obviously a better alternative because it is natural. You just have to be sure that you buy one from a certified organic grocer.

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Thank you Digital Fashion Week and Nuffnang Singapore for having me as one of your esteemed #DFWInsiders! It is such an honor to be invited to be the one of the 25 social media influencers who will gain backstage access to the shows at the upcoming 2014 Digital Fashion Week Singapore and Bangkok!

I am really excited because there are a whole host of exciting designers that I am looking forward to seeing on the runway. As a #DFWInsider, we will also get access to interview and speak with the designers!

This year’s line up is a good mix of established local designers and some up and coming ones. I am looking forward to opening show Max Tan, Depression, Mash Up, Pauline Ning, Thomas Wee, Cristiano Burani and YouYou.

2014 Digital Fashion Week Singapore Designers

Last year, Digital Fashion Week invite supermodel Naomi Campbell to walk their show. Did you also know this year the WORLD’s OLDEST SUPER MODEL, Carmen Dell’Orefice, will be opening the Singapore arm of the 2014 Digital Fashion Week? She is 82 this year and will be walking for designer Max Tan.

First discovered at the age of 15, Dell’Orefice most recently rocked the runway at the New York Fashion Week and is the face of luxury watch brand, Rolex.

World Oldest Supermodel Carmen Dell’Orefice

Because it is the Digital Fashion Week, you can actually watch the shows via live streaming on the Digital Fashion Week 2014 website (www.digitalfashionweek.com), but you can also follow me and the other #DFWInsiders on our respective Instagram, Twitter or Facebook accounts for front row access and exclusive behind the scenes footage! Other #DFWInsiders include fellow Nuffnang bloggers Juli aka Bunbun, Peggy Chang, Jayne Tham and Jessica Tham (Tippy Tap).

Digital Fashion Week 2014 will be held from 31st November to 3rd November at the Singapore National Design Centre.

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Sundays always call for a laze by the pool unwinding and then indulging in a little grub to prep for the busy work week ahead. I feel extra summery after basking in the sunshine, hence the cheery summer colour and summer hat for dinner at PasarBella.

Outfit of the Day Summer Sunshine

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Pasarbella is one the few “Farmer’s Markets” here in Singapore. Unlike the real Farmer’s Markets all over the world, we don’t actually have “fresh” produce here in Singapore – sadly no organic kale, spinach or a wide variety of lovely seafood straight from the Pacific Ocean (heyyyyy Pike’s Place Market), PasarBella does a decent job of creating a warm community-based environment where you can find a seafood market, meat, dairy, fresh produce, wines and craft beers, global cuisines and personal services. Food items start from $12 up.

My mom loves the little knick-knack stalls, my brother the steak and meats and my dad the ample parking available and the fact that it is FREE.

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If you are a burger lover, you will appreciate Omakase Burger, which is located in Turf City itself (not within PasarBella). You will have to venture outside the woody and warm community based environment and brave the long queue to land yourself the highly raved about burgers from this burger joint. Despite being 2 years old, Omakase Burger still sees queues snake outside their door.

Omakase literally means “chef’s choice” in Japanese. But there is a twist at Omakase Burger: YOU get to be the chef and choose how you want your meal. Pick from their range of burgers, a side of either sweet potato fries or truffle fries (they are both so good) and a drink of your choice. We had 2 sets of the Ultimate Cheeseburger, one with sweet potato fries and the other with truffles fries. Washed down with the Omakase Burger home-made lemonade, the meal was as delicious as it looked. The Ultimate Cheeseburger ($17.50) is the original Omakase Cheeseburger ($13.90) complete with bacon as well as grilled onions and mushrooms.

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The burger was certainly very tasty (the BEST burger so says many reviews) and packed a lot of punch with the flavours. The only precautionary word of advice I would give to anyone trying the Ultimate Burger for the first time, is to eat the burger quick. Keep the burger sitting too long on the table and the juices of the patty and everything will be soaked up by the burger bun making it soft and mushy.

And that’s no way to enjoy a burger.

At Omakase Burger, prices start from a minimum of $20 per meal depending on your side and drink of choice.

PasarBella
200 Turf Club Rd, 287994
6887 0077
Singapore 287994

Omakase Burger
The Grandstand at Turf Club
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200 Turf Club Road
Singapore 287994

Omakase Burger Wisma Atria
#01-02/38
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877

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I love big, blue ocean and its mysterious wonders. This could be the reason why I have an affinity with Biotherm. This French brand is most well-known for having all its products contain thermal plankton, a micro-organism found in the hot springs of the Pyrenees Mountains by Biologist Jeannine Marissal. Thermal plankton has the capacity to stimulate the skin’s natural defenses. Biotherm reproduces thermal plankton via bio-fermentation.

Biotherm Life Plankton Skin Treatment

Biotherm Life Plankton Skin Treatment

Not only does the new Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment contain thermal plankton, it captures the unique plankton in its purest concentrate. With concentrated 5% of Life Plankton, this Skin Treatment stimulates new skin growth. They are calling it the “Essence of Youth”.

Usage
The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is a pre-serum, which means you use it BEFORE your subsequent skin care. Whether you choose an anti-aging moisturizer, hydrating moisturizer or whitening regime, the Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is designed to boost the efficacy of that product. I usually use it coupled with the Biotherm Aquasource High Density Hydrating Jelly.

Review
What I find truly unique and love is the exceptional texture of the Skin Treatment: a water-serum consistency that absorbs in seconds, leaving the face refreshed. It is neither sticky nor oily and in all seriousness, looks like water. It even applies just like water (tapping your skin all over like falling rain), but the benefits are 8-pronged.

Many other women who have used the product report that the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment helps to 1) improve radiance 2) reduce fine lines 3) even out skin tone 4) smoothen skin 5) improve resilience 6) hydrate skin 7) improve softness 8) soothe skin.

While using the Skin Treatment, it helped tackle one of the biggest skin problems I have: hydration. My skin is dehyrated no thanks to the long hours I spend indoors under the air-conditioning. On top of that, it over-compensates by producing sebum to giving me a shiny T-zone. But after days of using the Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment my skin is less oily and visibly more hydrated. Props to the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment!

Redeem your sample of Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment
From October 2-12, Biotherm is running a bottle exchange event. Simply like the Biotherm Facebook page and then, bring your old full-sized bottle of serum/moisturizer from any counter brand (make sure they are ones sold in major departmental stores) and exchange it for a 30-ml bottle of Life Plankton Essence.

The event will happen at TANGS Orchard and Robinsons Raffles City counters. Alternatively, you can REDEEM a free 8-day trial of Life Plankton Essence to experience the 8 effects of the Thermal Plankton on your skin.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is now retailing at all department stores and Biotherm counters.

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Got my bags packed and my Victoria’s Secret Jet Setter Travel kit (a present from the Nuffies from Nuffnang Singapore for my birthday) and I am ready for my flight tomorrow to Manila. It is gonna be a fun weekend!

Victoria's Secret Travel Jetsetter

See you in a bit Philippines! #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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