Thursday, 2 July 2015

Win A Custom Blog Design (giveaway)

It's been a while since I last shared something blog designs related on the blog. My design studio, Noor's Blog Designs, got a new makeover. It had been a while since I refreshed everything over there. From color theme to fonts, it's a lot more minimal and easy to navigate now. I brought back the pink and gold duo. It's been my most favorite combo ever.

While redesigning, I had a lot of things in my mind. Which color to go for, which font would be precise enough to be added, with a lot of what-not, the mood board output overwhelmed me with a surge of happiness. I'm using some new, pro fonts , that have made a great impact on the designs turnout. Nothing makes me more happy than a beautiful layout. Wink.

Mood board!

It calls for a little celebration. I am giving away a custom Blogger design to a lucky reader of my blog. It includes everything from header to favicon , along with installation (valued $50) from my designs site.
Whether you're in for a little change for your blog layout or a totally new blog design, this giveaway is for you. So, enter away. May the odds be in your favor!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules : It's only for Blogger platform. Giveaway will run for two weeks and winner will be chosen randomly. No fake entries, please.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tech Love: Brainwavz s0 Earphones

I am so excited to write this post because I have something rad to review. The fabulous Brainwavz audio company sent me their s0 in-ear monitors to review. I am fond of trying new gadgets, especially everything music related.

They come in an admirable packaging. A hard box with product specification written inside and at the back. 
The box includes :
Brainwavz s0 in-ear plugs
Hard case 
Shirt clip
Comply foam tips
Extra silicone tips
Cable Tie

I have been using them with my iPod. The sound quality is great, actually I would use word fabulous (since it's the only word that shows my real exciting for anything pleasing). They're a real noise blocking product. Music in, noises out. I play music at a very loud volume and basic earphones fail to stop the sound leaking. But they impressed me when I was listening to a feasibly loud volume and it didn't leak ; aka didn't bother others who were in the same room with me. So 10 points to non-sound-leaking. You better read this in Professor McGonagall's voice.

These are the extra silicon tips, so many to choose from. You can choose your best fit. I am fine with the basic tip so far, but the sound is even more crisp in tri-flange. I will switch to it soon.

The fact that they're non-tangling due to the flat wire feature, I am completely relieved. I've lost multiple earpods as their delicate wires got all tangled up and broke. Ugh!

I've been using them for few days now. I totally love these earphones. They are for all those music junkies who love different music genres and want a single product for the same music quality for each. I've listened rock & roll , blues , indie , teen pop and others to test the bass and sound quality and they perfectly delivered each one.
Also, compatible with my girly sort of shots.
{ I have been using soundcloud for tuning in new music, follow along if you would like to freshen up your playlists a bit }

To sum it up, Brainwavz products really did justice with music. With clear and balanced sounds, I am their fan. If you're looking for a new pair, head to their site or check them out on Amazon.

Do you have any favorite music related gadget?

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Oh the beautiful skies! - iGraphy

For today's iGraphy post, I have so many photos of beautiful skies piled up. There's an exceptional beauty up there, floating clouds and pure blue views, that makes sky photography an absolutely favorite thing for me.
One of my vivid childhood memories includes finding different clouds that were unique in shape. They appeared like different things, like a duck or a house or so on (very figuratively!). Good old memories, they don't appear the same anymore, all regards to be a grown up. But I still chase clouds, not to find shapes anymore but to capture the view. There will be dark blue skies, light blue and some with pink clouds. Despite all the differences, the only common thing will be their beauty.

I think it's safe to say that I am obsessed with sky photos. There's a thing about sunsets and sun rises that I can never explain. It's a lot about rising again after going down. It's sort of a philosophy. A sunset reminds me how everything and everyone will get down eventually, no matter how glorious they are. Similarly, the sun rise is the sign of revival, anything that suffers a loss returns to shine back. It is a lot like a life lesson, I discovered it.

What are you capturing this week?

L I N K   U P   T I M E
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Draw A Song - Robot By Miley Cyrus

Putting my sketch book in the best use, drawing a song was my main idea to kick off some creativity. I tossed it in my Weekly to-do list so it wouldn't get delayed. The basic idea of drawing a song is to exhibit what it made you think. Some songs are too metaphorical that you can't draw them by their lyrics but with what you feel when you listen them. While some of them are pretty much easy to be drawn, anywhere.
Can't Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus, a big hit of 2010, it's been my favorite album over the years. If I recall, I still remember all the lyrics from EACH song. I had bought a deluxe edition when it came out and it's still in my drawer. It's impossible to give away stuff that's too nostalgic in every way.

I chose to draw song Robot. It has intense music + lyrics. It's about someone who wants to get away from a certain situation because she feels so pressurized and bounded without her consent.

My initial idea was to draw a girl with a mask that kept her real self hidden. Or something robotic so it would match the title of the song. I tried  few designs but the output wasn't exactly what I needed. Time to switch.
After some brainstorming and listening the song all over again to get a more accurate idea, I realized it could have been about someone who knew who she was yet she couldn't be it. The world might see another person but deep inside, she knows who she actually is.

"I would scream 
But I'm just this hollow shell 
Waiting here, begging please, 
Set me free so I can feel."
"All this time I've been misled.
 There was nothing but cross-wires in my head, 
I've been taught to think that what I feel doesn't matter at all,
So you say it's real."

The silver robotic mask, it's only the half of her face. She has another side. The real full-of-life girl who's rebellious, has dyed hair tips in her favorite color and her body language screams what she feels.
"Stop trying to live my life for me,
I need to breathe I'm not your robot,
 Stop telling me I'm part of the big machine,
 I'm breaking free,
 Can't you see.
 I can love, I can speak ,
Without somebody else operating me.
 You gave me eyes and now I see
I'm not your robot, I'm just me"
It didn't take long to have it all done. 2 hours approximately. It includes jolting down all the ideas, arranging art supplies and photography.

This is the final product. I loved drawing this song. I will draw more. But this one has got to be the most special one since it's the first. All the first things in life are important.

If you could draw a song, which one would you choose to draw?

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

To-Do for this week

This week has been hectic with all Ramadan fasting and executing my small tasks, which was a whole lot difficult because I am sleepy half of the time. Or most. I won't brag at all.
There are a few important things I am looking forward to complete by the end of this week.

1- Complete Diary of Anne Frank
I started it a while ago but I am only halfway through the book so far. I SO want to finish it already. I was busy finishing The Lake House by James Patterson earlier and it disappointed me so badly. I regret reading it over but it's quite hard to stop reading a book when you've started it. Diary of Anne Frank has been an interesting read so leaving it in a middle is kind of hard.

2- Draw a song
This is the start of my creative game, yeah!!! Drawing a song is so rad that I have got to try this. This idea sparked in my head when I was listening Robot by Miley Cyrus. This is the song I would love to draw. With its intense lyrics and amazing music, I could not find a better song for this purpose. Actually, I  love whole Can't Be Tamed album. It was one of the best music from 2010 charts.

3- Complete a poem
Surprisingly, I wrote two poems in past months *yay!* but I haven't published them anywhere. I've been thinking to release each month's edition of poems, which will keep me accountable to work on them. Poetry is the best way to express everything on my mind. Sometimes, way more than that. But  it can get pretty frustrating when I can't come up with what I want to write about. Writers block, argh!

4- Practice more calligraphy
Calligraphy calligraphy calligraphy, I have been filling pages in practice and I can't wait to pick some certain style and make it my signature one. It's really fun. I need a lot of motivation to ignite the fire but it's going to be worth it. Totally.

5- Work on my inspiration wall
Inspiration walls are my new favorite things. I am desperately in need of one, so I can keep adding pretty stuff to it and most importantly, take selfies with it. Well, I already do this with Areeba's creative wall but my own would be a lot nicer.
Quotes, reminders, sketches and goals will go to my inspiration wall, since these are my most favorite things.

6- Finish Gossip Girl season 2
I successfully finished GG season 1. I absolutely love this show and I am sorta hooked. With each episode, I am intrigued to see what happens next in Upper East Side. If you are / have been a Gossip Girl fan then you surely know the struggle and all liking and disliking the characters in this show. Duh.

What are you up to this week?
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