July Favorites 2018

Hey Ponderer,

How’s it going? Today I’m sharing my July favorites with you. Lets get right to it!

Starbucks Tea:

The first thing would have to be my summer favourite Starbucks drink, which is the Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion. I don’t get it with the lemonade  (which a lot of people seem to love), as it’s too sour for my liking.

peach iced tea


I recently started doing my own shellac nails at home! I was tired to having to go to various places to get them done, wasting a good few hours at a nail salon, not being satisfied with the nail shapes I was getting, and also being afraid of the nail salon not being sanitary enough. I have been using the Coscleia gel polishes and have really been liking them so far. They are long lasting and do not leave a sticky residue once the top coat is cured. You can see pictures of my nails on my Instagram whenever I change the colours.


I have been loving my first ever pair of Birkenstock. They are so comfy and I’ve been seeing so many people wearing them this summer. They are so easy to wear and go with almost everything! I got mine at SoftMoc.


TV Show:

I watched the entire series of The Vampire Diaries in about two weeks! I tend to binge watch Tv shows because I can’t wait to know what happens next, and then I have nothing to watch after it’s over! Vampire Diaries was a show I used to watch a few years ago, but never finished watching because of how long it took for the seasons to air.

I enjoyed watching it this time round because I could watch it all in one go. So much happens in every episode and season that it’s hard to keep up with what happened if you watch the show over time. I recommend binge watching this show if you really want to enjoy it. You also need to be open to the idea of the existence of the supernatural for entertainment purposes.


I’ve been loving this sleeveless v-neck dress from Dynamite this summer. It’s airy and comfortable. I think there could have been some lining put in place underneath the skirt of the dress as it is quite sheer. I recommend wearing a slip with this dress to avoid accidentally flashing anyone 😛

dynamite sleeveless v neck dress


My airpods have been a game changer. I have been making great use of my airpods this year. I get to move around my apartment whilst listening to musing/  tv shows. The two issues I’ve been having with them is that sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle trying to get them to connect to the bluetooth on my laptop. They also tend to slip out of my ears every now and then, which is really annoying. The only explanation I have for this is that they are designed for the average male user (as most technology is), and therefore they’re too big for smaller ears. *sigh*

That’s it for the month of July. Be sure to check out my June favorites to see what I had on the list then. Also let me know what you’ve been loving this summer in the comments section below!

Talk to you soon,

-Shazia xx


100% Hotter Review

Today I came across 100% Hotter on Netflix as I was searching for something new to watch. The description of the show made it sound interesting, like Queer Eye where people are given makeovers. I like watching such shows as you can see how happy it makes the individual. You can see how makeover’s in Queer Eye positively impact the individual. It boosts their level of confidence and allows them to envision a brighter future for themselves. Unfortunately this show is far from Queer Eye. I have only watched two episodes of 100% Hotter and can see how problematic it is.

The concept of 100% Hotter is to tone down creative people’s looks. The show begins with random people on the streets seeing pictures of the individual they are about to make “under” and rate their appearance. This itself is problematic on so many levels. Everyone’s opinion on what is “hot” or “beautiful” is different, as it should be. Nobody should have the right to rate someone and bring down their level of confidence. It could be considered bullying.

I noticed that one of the judges pulled off one of the women being made over’s hair extensions even though she repeatedly said “no, stop.” No means no, no matter what the situation is. The judges on this show are rude, judgemental and conceited. They have no respect for anyone coming on the show. They make women who are confident and comfortable in their skin feel like trash, portraying their own insecurities on them.

I give this show a “scary two out of 10,” and do not recommend watching it. I give it a two because I do think that it is entertaining, however I do not agree with the concept of the show. It is a disgrace that such tv shows are being aired on Netflix in 2018. It is not okay to put people down for the way they choose to dress and look. 100% Hotter is designed to turn creative individuals into cookie cutter people.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this show if you’ve watched it. What are your thoughts about the concept of the show? I’m really interested in what you think of it.

– Shazia xx