Sunday, 30 April 2017

CARVED - ACOUSTIC ACORN WOOD BLUETOOTH SPEAKER*

Hi guys,

this time I'm really excited about reviewing a product from one of my fav' US wooden accessoire brands as well as a young company from Elkhart/Indiana founded 2011 called Carved*. I already reviewed one of their individual hand-made wooden iphone 5s cases back in 2014 (see the post here). As time goes by, the guys at Carved expanded their product range and added some new items like:
 


The wireless Acoustic Acorn Wood Bluetooth Speaker* I received to test out and review here on my blog as well as on Instagram (nika_bittner) came in the light bamboo* wood version, which is also available in a darker wood shade - walnut*.


The Acoustic Acorn Wood Bluetooth Speaker* comes within a modern transparent plastic cube packaging, which allows to "represent" the speaker 100% (hanging/placed on shelves at the store) and it gives the whole package the kinda high-end feeling. 


The speaker* is made from real bamboo wood! That means, that each of Carved Acoustic Acorn Wood Bluetooth Speaker* is an unique product, as each wood piece has a different pattern. Very clear and clean (non-crispy) sound and beat comes out the front of the speaker, while connecting it via bluetooth 3.0 with your iphone/phone, laptop etc.. The packaging itself contains also a charge cable, as you'll need to re-fill the battery of the speaker after approx. 7 hours wireless playtime.


It's really simple to handle, as there's just one button to use (to connect it with another bluetooth device like your phone and to end up the usage). 


The finishing, which is as well hand-made, is non-toxic and protects your speaker to look great even after years. I've been also satisfied with my old iphone case, which looks after almost 3 years a bit worn off (some of the translucent wood finish has fade away) but it's clear, if you've a wooden phone case, which you have worn not just in the pocket of your fav' denim jeans but also loose in your backpack or elsewhere. I guess the speaker will look even after years new like now, as I won't wear or pack it with me everywhere, like my Iphone case:)


 The Warranty lasts for 1 year from the day you've purchased your product. Carved also offers each of their customer, who buy one of their products to replace or refund at no charge, if the product itself shows to be defective due to improper workmanship or material, under normal installation and use.

My own personal opinion about the Acoustic Acorn Wood Bluetooth Speaker* so far:

I really like the modern design, it's unique, I've really not seen any speaker in this size with the same sound quality: hand-made and with a sound like if you'd use a high-end big speaker! I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the quality of the sound! The price itself is also a bargain, when it comes to compare other speakers in the same price range, you often won't find such a quality of sound and product itself or it would take ages to find a hand-made wooden speaker, and it would be probably much more expensive!

This speaker works totally fine for listening to radio stations, youtube videos (even if the sound quality may change due to the quality of some videos there!) or your fav' songs via phone, tablet or laptop. It isn't the biggest speaker, therefore if you'd like to plan a party you'd need at least 2 of these to create a proper beat, but otherwise one speaker for private use is enough! - as you can adjust the volume by the device, which is connected to the speaker. That's maybe the only disadvantage, that you can't adjust it directly on the speaker but you'll need to go to the connected device.

Did you've made already experience with one of Carved Acoustic Acorn Wood Bluetooth Speakers* yet?

Yours,

I LOVE CHEESECAKE - CARROT CHEESECAKE*

Hi everyone,

recently I baked a very yummy carrot (cheese-)cake with cream cheese frosting from the "I Love Cheesecake"* book, which I got for trying and testing out recipes, few weeks ago.


I need to say, that this cake is super simple, healthier than chocolate cakes:) but you won't stay by just a slice as it's too tasty to eat just one portion!

 Carrot Cheesecake Recipe from the "I Love Cheesecake" book* - 16.95€

The recipe is very well written, so you can trust the amount of each ingredient and the result! Trust me, I've tried out a few recipes (online and from books), which weren't well written and the results doesn't turn out well even after I've tried them out twice. I baked this cake and tried the recipe for the first time and the result turned quite well I'd say. Well I've left the cream cheese frosting plain and didn't decorated it with chopped almonds or other nuts but it doesn't have to have the decoration each time or?!:) 

All in all I can just recommend this recipe to all of you as well as this gorgeous "I Love Cheesecake" book*, and if you're a cheesecake lover like me you definitely need this one in your baking book shelf!

Yours,

Thursday, 27 April 2017

PONA Juice - Austrian's finest organic sparkling juices*

Hi everyone,

you maybe know me already or if you read this post and my blog for the first time you should know about me, that I prefer glass bottles instead of plastic bottles as well as I would love, if each country on earth would have bottles, which you could return to the store and which could be re-used - simply said I love glass bottles and bottles, which are made recycle friendly and to re-use (in German we say: "Pfandflaschen").

 

 Therefore I've just one critic point, which I'm writing here at the beginning of my review - as I really found each juice tasty and especially Valencia Orange* and Apple Ginger* very very very very delicious I'm a bit disappointed that the gorgeous glass bottles aren't re-useable!:/

I mean of course I can use them privately again and again but you can't bring them back to the store, that the brand itself could re-use them. But I can understand, as the brand itself is quite new, that maybe one day they will start to think about to re-use them (but for that the "Pfand" system in Austria would need to change a bit more).

So it's not really a critic point more an idea for the future:)


PONA Juices* are Austrian's first organic sparkling juices, I would say they are even the finest of all Austrian sparkling Juices (without a joke! - did I mentioned, that Valencia Orange* and Apple Ginger* have won my heart?!:)) . They came in simple white glass bottles (a big plus!:)) and they already offer 6 different flavours! All juices are  a combination of 60% fruit juice (without added any sugar or sweetener!) and 40 % sparkling spring water. 


They really just use unfiltered and untreated organic juices directly from the fruit and the natural spring water, which is coming from the Millst├Ątter Alpe area. Each 330ml one-way glass bottle is full of tasty & sparkling organic juice, perfect as a non-alcoholic mocktail drink (you could mix the different citrus juices or apple juices to create your individual mocktail!:)).

You can buy PONA juices* online or in different cafes/restaurants and supermarkets/groceries around Austria.

Yours,

MUNICH'S ENGLISH GARDEN

Hi guys,

I've been last weekend in Munich and walked for the first time through their English Garden, which reminds me strongly on some corners in England, which is still my 2nd home in my heart!


The Garden is huge, as you might have noticed on the map a picture above:) I didn't walked through the whole park, mostly just around the corner, like you can see on the photos. Well it's a lovely place to walk through during sunny or even cloudy days, it's not too loud there and you can even take your bike with you!

Did you've ever been in Munich or walked through their English Garden too?

Yours,

Friday, 21 April 2017

NIVEA - CREME OIL PEARLS CHERRY-BLOSSOM SHOWER GEL*

Hi guys,

today I may show you a product, which I don't used on myself (I let it test out by my sister), as I'm against any kind of cherry scented, cherry containing products BUT the texture and the new oil pearl with creme shower gel combination is indeed a lovely innovation, which will let bloom up your soul and your skin during spring!:)


Nivea has created further 2 "Creme Oil Pearls" Shower Gels* beside the Cherry blossom & Argan oil shower gel* you will maybe try out: Lotus & Argan Oil* as well as Ylang-Ylang & Argan Oil* - I'll definitely have the feeling to try out soon the Ylang-Ylang out, as it's calming down your soul after a long stressful day and might help in combination with the high-end argan oil to create a smooth and flawless complexion on your beloved body:)

Did you've tried out one of Nivea's new "Creme Oil Pearls" shower gels yet?

Yours,

OOTD - 70s Paparazzi Shots

Hi everyone,

sun, summer - wait it's still spring, these days we had colder windy days, in some parts of Austria it was also snowing again (in April!) but 2 weeks ago we had warm sunny days with almost 22 degrees celsius! 


What I wear:

Oversized Bleached Light Blue Denim Jacket - ZARA (old)
Suede Leather Cowboy Boots - TKMaxx (old)
Sunglasses - Polaroid (old)
White Cotton/Linen Dress - Lily J. (old from the most gorgeous boutique in Camden/London)


Yours,

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

MAX FACTOR'S VINTAGE RED LIPS*

Hi everyone,

who wouldn't like to get the perfect vintage red lips, which we all know well from old classic hollywood movies, but suddently we found out, that most of the time they are darker or too shiny or too vibrant, which we can't wear at school or at work much often or feel too uncomfortable to show up our beautiful lips so bold each time....


....I have quite often the feeling, that good old juicy red bold lips aren't the right choice for each life situations, therefore I've been searching for the right shade and suddenly I ended up again with a further lipstick from Max Factor's Lipfinity range* as they last a pretty damn long time on your lips, no matter whether you drink some sparkling water/wine or coke or whether you eat an ice cream - they last even if you give someone a kiss!


To finish up the whole makeup, to make it flawless and classic chic - I've used my longterm fav' foundation, which has now been re-named and re-packed - it's the touch-proof "Lasting Performance" foundation*, which reminds me strong on the "Soft Resistant Make Up".


What you think? Would that be a makeup, which you'd wear for work or your date?

Yours,