life updates

*inserts greeting in a foreign language here*
from the start of 2017 till this date, everything has been happening way too fast. I couldn't complain, though. 2016 was full of challenges that helped me understand things happening this year. A lot of great things are yet to come. The most important project of my life so far is about to be released. I cannot wait to show you guys what it is.
I have been focusing on a skincare routine. Not following a fancy regime at the moment but what I have been doing is to use products that would help my skin breathe with freedom and leave my skin glowing. In past few months, I had been going crazy with deadlines and finishing up a lot of things. Now that I am putting my life together, self-care has been my priority. It made me realize how important it is to take some time out and sort things for my self too.
This journal entry has been my favorite for this month. I got a lot of fancy magazines (errr vogues) and BAM! their layouts were so fun to make journals with. This particular one went with something I wrote for difficult days and they just fit together - perfectly.

to life — my revenge is that 
i will live
 and live fearlessly

it's been raining on and off these days, which is an unusual and heavy amount of rain for our part of the world. I took this photo on the way to my twin sister's art show when we got stuck in a traffic jam (I was already late for the show and the rain sort of help in making me wayyyy too late with a phone containing 245672 missed calls from an angry twin)
please do not be annoyed if you have seen this news alllll over my social media already but I am just too happy about it. When I first started blogging, this magazine was one of my favorite things in this world of blogs. Now years later, I have my face/work/words in it. OH MY GOD
if you have a copy of their 13th Issue (with Louise Pentland on the cover yass) you can find on page # 114
I receive a lot of fan art, recreations of my work and many other artists' entries who use my poetry in their pieces. Some of them are just so beautiful. I have shared some before and wanted to share some again. This one is from @vanna.smiles.2 <3 I loved the beautiful strokes and how this whole piece went well with this poetry.
harry styles' new song sign of the times is so perfect. I have had it on repeat for days. It has some hauntingly catchy tunes. But guys the chorus is the real deal here.

it's almost 4 am as i finish this post. i haven't written a blog post like this in ages when it's just me and this white screen talking and giggling with each other. i have missed blogging. this is exactly why am going to do more of it in the most casual way possible. thank you for sticking around.
ps: have you watched the latest tutorial on my youtube channel? it's a scrapbooking + poetry entry.

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blippo surprise kawaii bag (review + giveaway)

hello hello hello

I am writing a blog post after ages but it feels like coming home after a long journey. I am back and will be posting more *inserts hurrahs here*

Today, I have something ~kawaii~ to share with y'all. PLUS there is a giveaway at the end of the post so yassss for that
I was sent this Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag from Blippo. These bags contain up to 15 stationery products chosen randomly and packed in a bag. It's not a subscription based one - just buy one and be ready to get a cute surprise.
What I got:
My bag contained a lot of stickers (when I say a lot, we are talking straight 4-5 sticker sheets here) and reading-related items. They probably knew I am running low on my goodreads challenge these days. Other than that, I got a pencils' set & erasers & washi tapes & moreeeee.
 My most favorite item is this set of erasers. They are way too cute IRL.

Since I am a stationery junkie, this bag was a beautiful treat for me. I always need a lot of new products for my journaling so getting them in a surprise goody bag is my idea of heavenly investment.
The approx. value of the items in the bag is around $50 but in this bag, they would cost $16.90 combined. Hashtag one hella deal.

I will be getting some of them for my stationery-obsessed cousins who  l o v e  surprises and kawaii goodies. If you want to get one for you / for a friend, head to Blippo's website or enter the giveaway below to win this.

*Open worldwide.

Noor's Place Blippo Giveaway
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the angry art days

like people, I have come to accept the fact that art too gets angry and mad and out of control. It cannot be about the beautiful things of life all the time and sometimes when I pick up pens and papers to make something, everything but the satisfaction of a well-crafted piece stares me back.

welcome to the angry art days

angry art days is just a term floating in my mind that justifies my lack of inspiration. These days, where I cannot make things exactly how I want or string words to compose poetry that reflects everything precisely, are hard to endure. I feel like there is someone else roaming around in my body that even my mirror fails to recognize. On angry art days, I cannot recognize myself anymore.

I am unsure what is the real cause but more or less, it's the lack of concentration for me. I am guilty of doing things because they are supposed to be done. Perhaps art minds that to an extent where it just stops happening at all.

there is no cure that works all the time. But just trying making/writing/sketching things in spite of their flaws keeps me going, making me optimistic that at the end of the day, maybe art will not be angry anymore and will come back home.

here is my favorite writing piece on art from my poetry notebook
you asked me
how i made art 
i used all
long, shiny, pretentious, 

but the truth
is different 
i never made art 
i brought the hurricanes 
sobs, revenge, stories
on the stark white sheet

and it looked
something like
art — it was art

here I am, typing this post away amidst the peak of my angry art days. I don't know how long it would take for the inspiration and willpower to return to me; seconds, minutes, days or weeks. But it will because I am taking up the only cure I know: fixing it with making whatever remains of art I am left with.

in the chaos, I got th beautiful beautiful news of my blog being shortlisted for Blogosphere Magazine awards' category of arts & craft. Just being nominated among allthe creative and amazing people has been a wonderful feeling, but if you could take a minute or two out to vote for my blog, I would be so grateful.
You can vote for Noor's Place here

*throws confetti everywhere*
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