Showing posts with label headphones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label headphones. Show all posts

Saturday, August 3, 2013

@BestBuyMobile is more than just cellular check out my new @wearefrends #headphones #twitterpartyDJ #wearefriends

As an independent Fashion and Beauty Blogger who also has a great deal of Music Experience and Expertise, finding inspiration in an un-likely place is a rare pleasure. It's no surprise that with an online persona as "The Official #TwitterPartyDJ" that a lot of Audio Accessories are sent my way for a stamp of approval. Plainly, some of them hit the mark and get written about, others don't. I'm the first to tell you, I am not gentle on my Headphones, it's a good thing they are being built tougher!

I don't know if it's Mercury Retrograde Madness, but I'm experiencing weird behavior from a ton of tech products and appliances. I'm actually in the market for replacements for a few things right now, and while looking for one thing, I found another. I guess that is how life tends to work. It really is the journey my friends, sometimes actually making the destination as planned is the easiest way to miss things...

I had a gap between events last week and I got the chance to check out a Best Buy Mobile (I'm in the market for a new Cell Phone. My current one is super old and never plays nice with WiFi at most venues, so it's time to upgrade), and I also went to pick up an online order for a pair for Frends Headphones figuring I'd play with a few phones while I was there. As an Audiophile, it's great to know that Best Buy Mobile is more than just cellphones.

I will tell you when you go to pick up an online order at a Best Buy Mobile location they are definitely thorough, they want to make sure the person picking them up is the one who placed the order, in addition to ID they also asked for the last four digits of the credit card method of payment. The store was a bit crowded when I went so I didn't get as much of a chance as I would have liked to play with the phones, but now that I know how close that store is to some of the event venues I often find myself I will head over on another day to spend more time narrowing down what phone and plan will work best for me.

Before they bagged my order they opened the box in front of me so I could take a peek at my new headphones, and as I left the store I wanted to rip into them but I had to refrain myself as I was off to another event!

Frends headphones are actually designed specifically for women, an ultimate accessory to compliment her style while delivering premium sound. What you will notice first is the Jewelry Craftmanship. They are much like jewels for your ears! Real metals, luxury materials like sumptious, soft white leather and a collapsible design means they will fit in any clutch or even in your pocket.

Please Note: iPod is NOT included! In the box are the carrying case and headphones only

ABOUT FRENDS: (Why you'll want to make FRENDS your Friend!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Collapsible Design - These are lightweight and truly collapsible making them a dream to travel with!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - MIC & Volume Control - Listen to music or talk on the phone using the built in 3 button mic control

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Premium Acoustics - The collection has been developed and tuned by the same expert manufacturers that are responsible for Beats by Dre and Monster! They have been finely tuned for a women's ear, focusing on clarity, warmth and range rather than over-powering base. (They probably couldn't use the name 'Lady Beats' but that's a good way to think of them). There is a 40 mm driver under that 'pretty hood'

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lifetime Warranty - I can tell you I will probably be the first one to take them up on this, stay tuned! I'm pretty tough on headphones so I'm glad they come with a Lifetime Warranty, I'll probably need it!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Eliminates Hair Snags - Unlike traditional headphones, the sealed internal headband adjustment eliminates hair snags. (Love that!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Comfortable with Earrings - In addition to not applying extra pressure for when you are wearing earrings, I have the double whammy of earrings and eyeglasses so I appreciate how well the padding molds and doesn't cause extra pressure on the side of my head.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Travel in Style - Frends Taylor Headphones are lightweight and pair metal hardware with sleek white leather

This reads: The Beauty of Sound Straight from the Runway!

My Take:

What first me threw me for a loop about these is probably what I now love the most, they are super lightweight, which is what I love about earbuds and normally favor earbuds for my daily commute, I honestly worried at first that they might be too dainty for my heavy use, but they have held up well and I haven't 'babied them'. I figure the only way I could evaluate them is to use them the way I'd use any standard pair. They get tossed in my bag carelessly when I reach my subway stop and my handbags are usually heavy and loaded because I'd rather shove everything into one big bag than carry a million little ones. So sometimes a good yank is required to get at anything that falls to the bottom, and these have held up well to the abuses I put headphones through. I do however recommend using their carrying case since they are white leather!

These are designed with iPod in mind, The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod classic (120GB and 160GB), iPod Touch (2nd generation and later), iPhone 3Gs or later and of course iPad. As the mic and remote is designed for apple products it may not be compatible with Android devices. FYI, I tested them on my Pantech Tablet which is an Android device using iTunes for Android and the sound was fine but the remote does not work with my Android device, just apple, it does say this on the box. I tend to like to 'skin' my devices, but these pair just brilliantly with my newer generation apple iPod Touch that is NOT skinned, these really are my iPod's best friend, you should definitely consider making them YOURS.

These are for true Fashionistas, totally feminine but not for the wallflower, these attract attention! Perfect music and fashion accessory but with a great deal of power under that pretty hood! I can tell you these will be on the Christmas list of Fashion Forward, Music Loving teenage girls everywhere! (They are an expensive price point, so keep the maturity level of the recipient in mind, if they are careless and lose these they would be devasted, so keep that in mind before you buy!). For all our male readers who write in asking what to get their ladies, get them THESE, trust me, they will love them! I know I do!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Best Buy on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like FRENDS on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BestBuyMobile on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @wearefrends on Twitter be sure to use the hashtag #wearefriends
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And for our Pin friends in the house, don't forget to follow FRENDS via Pinterest too!

10% off all FRENDS headphones using THIS COUPON (must print coupon, 1 per household), this offer is only valid at Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores, you can find one nearest you by using the locator at

I will definitely have to reach out to the folks at FRENDS and invite them to show some love to our readers, but in the meantime, don't forget to hit their social pages and tell them you saw them featured on Ascending Butterfly first! The Taylor headphones by FRENDS get the butterfly and "TwitterPartyDJ" stamp of approval.

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FTC: Disclosure: The products/services referenced have been provided at a reduced price or for free. I am a member of Best Buy's Wolf Blogger Blogging Program. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New & HOT in #Audio: Headphones that FLIP to powerful SPEAKERS - FlipsAudio™ #solo2social reviewed by the #TwitterPartyDJ

FlipsAudio, FlipsAudioUSA, Flips, Flip Headphones, #solo2social

What is the soundtrack of your life?

I normally save my question and my call to action and reserve it for the end of my post, but this time it just seemed so fitting for it to go first! I'll bet there is a song that represents major moments of your life, your first dance, prom, wedding and more. 

or maybe you are like me and there is always a running soundtrack in your head.

Have you ever wished you could share that soundtrack in real time? Now, with a simple flip you can! 

How Flips Works:

Just thought I'd share this video produced by Flips so you can see how easy it is to go from 'solo' listening, to 'social' sharing of your music (I'll try to do a Vine or quick video of my own when I get more caught up!):

It's literally that easy!

You can use them like regular headphones for solo listening, or you can charge them (they have a Lithium Ion Battery that is USB recharge-able) and then flip them and use them as you would any portable speaker!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Portable Speakers and Headphones all-in-one! They are lightweight, portable and convenient to use!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Memory Foam Padded Earpiece that is comfortable and if you wear glasses or earrings they don't press them into your head!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They are compatible with any 3.5 millimeter audio jack which is the standard size on most portable devices including tablets, smart phones, iPods etc.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Comes with Protective Carrying Case

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you buy them directly from FlipsAudio, you get free shipping if you buy multiple units in the same order! (So if you have a pal that was looking into these, maybe you can guys can put the order in together and save on the shipping!)


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Of course Lithium Ion has it's Pros as well as Cons, if it's not fully charged you aren't going to get a lot of time when you are in Share mode, on a full charge it will give you 3 hours.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I did notice that it has a bit higher treble than most people are probably used to with standard headphones (probably because it's a Speaker as well as headphones, so you may have to adjust your device's treble settings to get a more 'even' sound.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For now, the color choices are a bit narrow, All White with Red Accents (which is the color I selected) or All Black with Lime Accents (my fellow Alienware Computer Enthusiasts are going to love that color scheme! But since most of my headphones and earbuds are actually Black like the typical New Yorker I am, I went with white this time around.)

FlipsAudio, FlipsAudioUSA, Flips, Flip Headphones, #solo2social, White and Red

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - "Like' FlipsAudioUSA on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @FlipsAudio on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Subscribe to the FlipsAudio YouTube Channel

My Take:

Butterflies you all know that I went into headphones kicking and screaming because I have always preferred earbuds. I am an eyeglass wearer and I also wear pierced earrings which makes headphones a pain for me, I can tell you after extended hours of use with these they do NOT hurt my ears or push my eyeglasses or sunglasses or earrings into the side of my head. No Marks, means happy butterfly! I am very happy with the sound as a speaker and as headphones as well. I do have a 'good ear' when it comes to audio so it was hard at first getting used the higher treble capture with these, but I've adjusted my settings and once I did that I found that these really do deliver a quality audio experience across various Musical Genres. I have a very eclectic collection of music (but then again what 'DJ' doesn't?), and despite their bigger profile in my handbag, I have found myself reaching for them all the time (BTW, I love the protective case that comes with these!). They are delivering big price sound that allows you to easily share the beat at a price that won't break the bank. One of the highest ratings I can give with me having a background in music and studios and being a blogger is this 'Would you re-buy them if something went wrong?' and the answer is definitely a re-sounding yes! I of course hope they last a long time (and a long time for me is relative and is WAY different than the average mainstream user) but if I lost them I would re-buy them!

My apologies dear butterflies I was not able to arrange for a giveaway with these this time around, but please visit FlipsAudio on their Social Channels and let them know you saw them reviewed here and would love a giveaway, I'm sure your enthusiasm would help sway 'The-Powers-That-Be' over at FlipsAudio! J

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FTC Disclosure: We were provided with the FlipsAudio #solo2social headphones to facilitate our review, no monetary compensation has been received in exchange for our review. All opinions are 100% my own. See our full disclosure policy for any questions.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

We have a Winner! Find out who won the @Yurbuds #Giveaway on @Ascending1

We had just under 1,400 entries for the Yurbuds giveaway, sounds like a lot of butterflies have running and fitness at the forefront of their minds for this New Year! After eliminating entries that did not qualify we closed with 1,032 entries and entry #106 was the lucky winner! So please join me in congratulating Paula M., the lucky winner of the Yurbuds 'Inspire' Sport Earphones for Women in Pink! I truly hope these help keep you stay motivated during your workouts this year Paula!

I thought this would be a great time to check in with you all and see how your New Year's Resolutions are coming along. This is the time where resolve tends to dissolve, so if you need an accountability partner, feel free to post here! Let's help keep each other motivated and inspired!

Our current giveaway comes to a close soon, I hope you got in your entries for the Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Powder Finishing Powder Giveaway, just like a lot of you are mixing up your fitness routines, I'm sure many of you are eager to try something new in your beauty routines as well!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post!