Thursday, 18 September 2014

Multipower Sportsfood Bars

A while ago the guys at Multipower sent me over some of their power bars to sample. It's taken me a while to get round to blogging my thoughts on them as, being perfectly honest, I'm feeling a bit... conflicted? I like them. They taste good, but they don't really fit into my "clean eating" philosophy. I realise that sounds ridiculous when I've been filling my face with cheesecake & chocolate the last few weeks! But to me, if you're eating these kinds of bars, it's because you're trying to be "good" and these particular bars just don't fit into that for me. I guess if you're 99% strict with your diet then you can get away with eating these but I much prefer the likes of Nakd bars which only have a handful of 100% natural ingredients listed.

I was given a selection of their "Nature's Power" and "Fruit Power" bars in various flavours - cranberry & strawberry, honey & seeds, salty cocoa, original & tropical. I'm not a huge fan of tropical flavours and the texture of the fruit power bars was a bit chewier and reminded me of rice crispies, so these were my least favourite. The natures power bars are more natural (the clue is in the name) and have more of a typical cereal bar texture. Multipower recommend eating them pre-workout for a bit of an energy boost. If you're someone who does a lot of cardio then you'll definitely feel the benefit - the Fruit Power bar is even the "official High Performance Bar" of the 2014 Giro d'Italia cycling race!

However, reading the ingredients - Oat Flakes* (31,3%), Glucose Syrup*, Invert Sugar Syrup*, Rice Crispies (Rice Flour*, Wheat Flour*, Sugar*, Wheat Malt*, Salt*, Flavour), Soya Crispies Soya Protein*, Low Fat Cocoa, Tapioca Starch), Cocoa Mass* (5,0 %), Soya Crispies (Soya Protein*, Rice Flour*, Barley Malt Extract*, Salt*), Rice Flour*, Humectant Glycerol*, Honey*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt*. May contain traces of Milk, Lactose, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts and other Nuts. *Natural ingredients - all 25 of them(!) is a little off-putting for me. 

I did enjoy the taste and the texture of the Nature's Power bars though. So, although not something I think I'll be eating every day and certainly not something I'd consider "clean", they're handy when you're on the go and need a little extra fuel to get you through your training! The salty cocoa was definitely the winner for me.

How do you feel about these kinds of bars? Have you ever tried any Multipower products?

Christy xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wedding Details

French Connection dress // Valentino Rockstuds // Mango clutch // Primark earrings // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

How smart does Gordon look in his kilt? I was super excited to be a part of Lewis & Ali's special day... almost as excited as I was to wear my Valentino rockstuds at last! My outfit had been planned for months. I'm not usually so organised but I fell in love with the French Connection dress ages ago & had to have it. My plan was to pair it with plain old black accessories. Until these neon pink babies found their way into my life! They're honestly the most beautiful shoes I've ever owned and I was surprised how comfy they actually are. Somehow I made it through the entire day in them! If only I could afford a pair in every colour...

The ceremony was held on a roof terrace with the sun beating down and was absolutely beautiful. A stunning bride, handsome groom, hilarious speeches, delicious food, men in kilts... Everything down to the tiniest detail was taken care of - I loved the "Perfect Blend" teabag favours & "love is sweet" cake boxes. One of my favourite things about weddings is seeing everyone dressed up. There was some gorgeous outfits on the go! The magician was a particular highlight along with the first dance, which was performed by the best men! We sipped cocktails and danced til the very last song. I do love a good wedding!

What's your favourite thing about weddings?

Christy xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Visiting Ayrshire

Brunch in Irvine
Warehouse jumper // Mango leather skirt // River Island boots // Alexander McQueen scarf
Sunset over the golf course at The Gailes Hotel
Breakfast at the Gailes

Things have been a bit busy for me lately - I haven't had a day off work this past week but in contrast have this whole week off with nothing in particular planned. I'm looking forward to having the time to read, keep on top of my housework, hit the gym, walk the dog, relax with a cup of tea, get this blog up to date... simple things! 

Last weekend Gordon and I headed to Ayrshire for a family wedding. We stayed at the Gailes Hotel just outside Irvine which is set in beautiful surroundings! There's a golf course, gym and spa as well as their own restaurant. In my opinion the food here was fairly average - not bad, but not great either - and there was a distinct lack of vegetables for my liking!

I met some more of Gordon's family for the first time and they were all so friendly and welcoming that I left feeling part of the clan. It was a weekend filled with cocktails, dancing, huge breakfasts, exploring Irvine, watching sunsets, wearing some of my favourite clothes (hello new Mango leather skirt!) and making new friends. One of the best weekends I've had in a while!

Have you ever visited Ayrshire?

Christy xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Map of Aberdeen

Introducing a brand new feature to Another Weekend Without Make-up - my map of Aberdeen! 

The other day a friend of mine posted on facebook asking for ideas of where to eat in Aberdeen other than "the usual TGIs and sh*t". He was practically bombarded with recommendations from The Tippling House, to Jamie's Italian, to Prime Cuts... but somehow he ended up at Wagamamas! He said he didn't know where to even start with any of the suggestions he'd been given. And so, this map was born! 

A collection of all my favourite bars and restaurants that the Granite City has to offer, all mapped out in one place, with a short description of each - hopefully making it easier to figure out where to find them too. I've included a link to any relevant blog posts for each place so you can read my wee reviews before making any important decisions! The link will be a permanent fixture in my sidebar and I'll be updating the map regularly so keep checking back for my latest foodie discoveries. I hope you find it useful!

Have I missed out any of your favourite Aberdonian haunts?

Christy xx
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