Thursday, July 26, 2018

Unboxing: Duality Box - Why I Dream

Hello ♡ I am back with another unboxing of Duality Box! This box was shipped to customers two weeks ago, but due to several circumstances, I only managed to receive it recently. It upsets me a lot that I might be the last one to receive the box, but the moment I opened it, I couldn't care less anymore. I got my box, and I am more than happy! Being happy is an understatement, I actually wanted to throw open my window and scream to the whole world about the greatness of Duality Box.

"This box is specially curated with a message to reach out to people who are in need of uplifting support and encouragement in reaching their goals and dreams. Whatever we do, we can always achieve it. This is why we dream." — Duality Box, 2018.

The theme for July box is Why I Dream. I think that this is a very beautiful theme, because all of us have our own dreams, and there will always be our own reasons behind those dreams. In my opinion, dreams can be as small as possible, and as big as you want to. There is no such thing as a dream being too big. Dream all you want, because with effort, nothing is impossible. The theme art above is illustrated by @parvaillust, and as usual, her artwork is stunning. I believe that the stars portray the dreams, and the biggest one is placed on the girl's heart. To me, it means that your dreams come from your heart. Do what your heart wants to, and leave no regrets.

Here comes the deets!

1. Exclusive 2oz Candle (The Sun is Also a Star)

What do you call someone who loves candles and makes weak attempt to collect different scented candles, yet never actually light them on because s/he is scared of fire? A rather foolish candle lover. Or also known as me

I love love love candles. Especially sweet scented ones; my favourite would be vanilla. Plain and simple. But the downside of loving candles and attempting to collect them is that I'm scared to light them up. Basically, I'm scared of anything that involves fire. When I unboxed July's Duality Box in front of my mum and sister, mum started complaining when she saw me holding this candle. She claimed I haven't even lit up any of the candles I've bought before. In my defense, I said that I never guessed a candle would be inside this month's box.

Putting aside my foolishness, I am actually happy to be receiving this candle! It totally smells like orange, as it claimed, and inspired by The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I've actually heard of the book, but never knew what it is actually about. This means another book added to my looooooong list of TBR books. I love the quote "Having dreams never killed anybody". I believe that this is very true, it's definitely okay to dream whatever you want. Nothing is impossible, if you work hard for it. So dream big!

Will you just look at those beautiful glitters? I think my eyes have turned into hearts right now! It is said that the design of this candle is inspired by the cover of The Sun is Also a Star, and I think I'm seeing the resemblance. The cover has an orange-purple-red-pink coloured explosion, and I'm positive that the candle maker wanted to show it through these glitters. I think it's a brilliant idea, I'm just so in love with this candle.

Pray that I'll be able to light it up soon!

— Candle made and designed by Amira (@thealphadusk)

2. Exclusive Avatar Artprint (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Avatar: The Last Airbender has been one of my favourite childhood cartoon shows, my sisters and I were obsessed with it. The moment Duality Box teased about their July Box, I actually shrieked in excitement when I found out that Avatar: The Last Airbender inspired merchandise is being included in this box. I hesitated no more, this box is a must buy!

I admit that I was a bit sad that no artwork of any of the characters were included (I probably should binge-watch the show again, I really miss Aang, Katara, Sokka and definitely Appa), but the more I look at the quotes in this one, the more I like it. The design is uniquely befitting for the concept of the show itself, and of course, anything galaxy-themed should be loved!

— Designed by Ainee from The Literary Lifestyle Company (@litlifeco)

3. Exclusive Totebag (Throne of Glass: Empire of Storm)

Totebags are pretty much the best bag in the entire world. In a rush? Grab a totebag. Too lazy to organise your handbag? Grab a totebag. Want to carry your current read? Grab a totebag. There will never be "too much" totebags!

Duality Box kept mentioning about something wearable, and honestly, I'm so glad it ended up being an adorable totebag. I am in need of a new totebag already. 

Peek a closer look at the design! I think it's absolutely gorgeous, the colours and fonts and quote are  all very beautiful. The small world, flowers and stars are said to represent the "dreamers", which is very sweet. I can't believe that this is the second time Throne of Glass inspired Duality Box's merchandises, yet I still have not read the series. I should step up my game real soon!

— Totebag designed by Catarina (@catarinabookdesigns)

4. Exclusive Button Badge (The Hate U Give)

God bless the founders of Duality Box; first they gave me a candle, and then a totebag, and now a button badge! Even though I only collect enamel pins now, I used to hoard a lot of button badges. My bags and pencil cases are never complete without pins on them. Pins and button badges are just so fun!

This little one was designed by one of the founders herself, Iffah, and inspired by The Hate U Give. The book is currently on my TBR list, and I should start reading it soon if I want to make it in time before the adapted movie is released. Thank you for such great words, watch me pin this button on one of my bags soon!

— Button badge designed by Iffah (@nerdiffah)

5. Stars Fairy Lights (The Greatest Showman)

This is definitely the part where I got the most excited. I have immense love for any kind of lights, fairy lights especially! I even recently splurged a lot buying new light decors for my room. During the unboxing, I almost shrieked aloud when I found this sweet star fairy lights. Art print by one of Duality Box's founder, Su, and it quotes The Greatest Showman. I love the film so much, the songs are all more than just amazing, the storyline and characters beautiful too. Rewrite the Stars. Just like Phillip and Anne, if people say you're not meant to be for something you dreamed for, prove them wrong. Rewrite your stars. Hang your dreams on the sky, and strive hard to reach for them.

The lights looked more warm in real life, but somehow it appeared rather white in this picture. I can't wait to hang it on the wall of my room, as a symbol of my own dreams on the stars.

— Art print by Su (@sufina_)

6. Exclusive Two Sided Bookmark (Warcross)

Here's a bookmark inspired by Warcross - Marie Lu. The artwork is gorgeous, I love Emika's rainbow hair a lot! And the quote is very inspiring too. "Every locked door has a key, every problem has a solution." There is always a way to achieve your dreams, giving up is not the answer.

Even though I love this bookmark, I'm not sure if I'm interested to read Warcross or not. It didn't sound like my cup of tea. There's nothing wrong with the book, of course, but I'm not really of a fan of sci-fi and gaming things. I think I'm going to read either The Young Elites trilogy or Legend trilogy first, and if I end up loving Marie Lu's words, I will have a try on Warcross.

— Bookmark designed by

7. Exclusive Collectible Keychain

They're back at it again with their spectacular exclusive collectibles! We got a metal bookmark in the previous box, and this time, it's a keychain! I think it's cute that the pendant is shaped as a key, symbolising the key to the dreams! Whenever I'm using this keychain, it will be a constant reminder that I will always have the key to my dreams, and all I have to do is find the right way and the right door.

Even the back of the key is neat, I'm so in love with its intricate design!

8. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Finally, the highlight of the box: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews! Here's a synopsis of what's going on in the book:

"An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope. 

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. 

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

It's going to be a story full of dreams and hope, something that I always love to read. I love reading about people struggling just to reach for their dreams, because they inspire me to do my best to reach for my own stars. I'm positive that I will fall in love with A Thousand Perfect Notes. I mean, just look at that beautiful art on the cover! And a girl full of positiveness in her? I'm definitely hooked.

Along with the book comes a signed bookplate (which I forgot to include in the picture) and a special artwork, drawn by the talented @parvaillust + behind this artwork is the Author's Letter. I didn't include it in this post, because I feel like it's just too special! It really is the first time getting a letter from an author, and even though it was not exactly specially written just for me alone, I still think it's precious. She mentioned about her own dreams and for her readers to always remember why we dream in the first place. I think her message is the sweetest 

9. Extra: Duality Box Zine!

Duality Box Zine is a new thing, and I really hope that they'll continue with this for the upcoming boxes! The zine includes the biography of the founders, a short introduction to C.G. Drews and Q&A with CatarinaBookDesigns. It also mentioned several hints for September box, which I AM ABSOLUTELY BUYING BECAUSE IT WILL INCLUDE AN ADVENTURE FANTASY BOOK! I'm a sucker for anything fantasy, so I can already feel the sweet vibe coming this September.


Well, we have reached the end. The Why I Dream box contained the most precious things, and again, I am so proud of Duality Box for curating these beautiful boxes. You girls are truly angels for book lovers 

If you haven't gotten your own box, here's a good news! The July box is still available, you can get your own set of all of this glory by heading to Duality Box's official website. You can also order just the book itself, or purchase some of the extra merchandises. But hurry up, there are only two boxes left and the stock for other merchandises are limited too.

And did I mention that they're having a sale right now? So, what are you waiting for?

Go and treat yourself with your own beautiful Duality Box!

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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