July Favorites + Recap

This is my first ‘favorites’ post and I’m not really sure how to start this which as been putting me off of writing this but at the same time I really wanted to share what I’ve been loving and that’s what made me hit the publish button.

The Favorites

July’s Playlist |

Humph! – Pentagon

Give Me More – VAV

Somebody You Loved – Lewis Capaldi (Warning: may bring tears)

K-Dramas, C-Dramas, and Movies |

Go Go Squid |

I thought the title of this drama was a little weird but cute but it bugged me as it didn’t really give off what the drama was about – if that makes sense? But moving on, this is a Chinese drama that is about Han Shang Yan, one of the world’s top professional gamers until he retired and is now a coach/CEO of his own team; he’s cold, blunt and doesn’t get close to anyone, especially woman.

This all changes when he meets Tong Nian, a 19-year-old IT programming student who is famous online for her singing. Can she capture this cold-hearted gamers heart?

Hotel Del Luna |

Deep in the heart of Seoul is a hotel only certain people can see and enter – Hotel Del Luna. Run by Jang Man Wol, a greedy and suspicious soul whose’s been the CEO of Del Luna for over a thousand years.

Deep in the heart of Seoul is a hotel only certain people can see and enter – Hotel Del Luna. Run by Jang Man Wol (as punishment), a greedy and suspicious soul for over a thousand of years. Her only chance of being released and being sent to the afterlife is possibly with the help of Goo Chan Sung, who is forced to manage the hotel as a punishment from when his father made a deal with Man Wol years ago.

iPhone 8 Plus |

I recently had to get a new phone and honestly, I love it (obvi). The camera quality is amazing, the graphics over all are amazing and aaaa, I am enjoying it so much!


July had a lot of up and downs if I’m to be honest…more downs than ups. That’s alright though, I am reflecting and making changes so that hopefully in the near future I can fix the downs. For this recap, I’ll be summarizing in bullet points:

  • I got my new phone; yaaaas bish!
  • I had to take Harley (my fur-baby) back to the vet; she previously had surgery a month prior and her scar started looking hecka gross! Turns out she was allergic to the dissolvable stitches and a lot of them didn’t dissolve.
  • Had a lot of break downs but also a lot of thinking and reflection.

What was a huge highlight of your July?

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What’s on my iPhone 8 Plus?

I’ve recently gotten a new phone which I’m so happy! Unfortunately, what brought me to the decision to get a new phone earlier than planned was the fact one of my fur-monsters decided to take a nibble of my phone and that whole situation was a bit of a mess.

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But, let’s find out what is on my iPhone 8 Plus… 

The reason for getting an 8 Plus was because I don’t like the look of the other models without the home button. 


I simply adore my lock screen; it’s simple but still eye-pleasing and the quote inspires and motivates me every day. 


First Screen |

The basic apps that I have on this screen are Messages, Calendar, Google Calendar (I know this isn’t basic) Camera, Photos, Clock, Notes, App Store, and Podcasts. After Podcast, I have my first folder which is labeled Utilities, which are apps that I use but not always. This folder contains the following apps:

  •  Contacts
  • Calculator 
  • LastPass | This app is where you can store all your login information, your credit card info and more. I’m new to using it but so far I have no complaints! 

|| Do you guys use LastPass? What do you think of it? 

  • Pocket | This app is basically a bookmarker and I love using it and can organize my bookmarks by tagging them
  • Flo | To track my period. I usually use my google calendar and still do but figured I’d also try out an app!
  • Voice Memos
  • Music
  • iTunes Store
  • Weather
  • Find iPhone
  • Files
  • Spotify 

After this file, I have the following apps that aren’t in a folder, the reason for this is because I use them constantly and want to have easy access to them at all times. These apps are:

  • Wunderlist | I use this for my daily to-do’s, weekly to-dos, grocery lists, wishlist, and a lot more! It’s a life savior. 
  • Facebook messenger 
  • Discord 

After Discord, we get back into the folders. The first folder is labeled Social and this stores all of my social media apps such as the following:

The next folder is labeled business, which contains:

  • Toggl 
  • Dropbox
  • Drive
  • Bloglovin’
  • Bitly
  • Asana
  • Sheets
  • Docs

Then we have the folder, Entertainment which consists of:

My next folder isn’t really that exciting, it’s my finance folder which consists of:

  • BBT which is my banking app
  • Paypal
  • Credit Karma | as I am currently trying to build my credit and it’s nice to check it -for free- whenever I want.
  • Fingerhut
  • Opensky | which is one of my credit cards
  • My Verizon
  • Westlake | which is to pay for my car. 
  • Rakuten Ebates* | If you use my link, you’ll receive $10 after you make your first purchase through them!
  • My Account | which is for my cable which is Xfinity/Comcast
  • Ibotta| Feel free to use my referral code, gfvplqm 
  • Receipt Hog
  • Geico Mobile

Next is my Photo & Video app and this is -obviously- where and how I edit my photos, inside this folder are the following apps:

  • Lightroom
  • Unfold
  • Facetune 2
  • CameraConnect 
  • Mini Print 
  • InstaClean
  • Fonts
  • Snapseed
  • VSCO
  • Beauty Plus
  • Planoly 

Next folder is Games, though I only have three and they are:

  • Ludo Star which is a Pakistani/Desi version of the US game Sorry.
  • PUBG Mobile 
  • LoL Friends

The next folder, which I don’t really use often shockingly is my Shopping folder which consists of: 

  • Aliexpress
  • Domino’s 
  • Amazon
  • Etsy

Next folder is my Declutter folder which consists of apps that I sell things on which are:

  • Letgo
  • Poshmark
  • Offerup
  • Depop

Then not in a folder is the app, Holy Quran.

Second Screen |

This page usually consists of apps that I have yet to organize into their correct places, testing the apps, or I just don’t use them. The following apps are:

  • Health
  • Wallet
  • Lifesum
  • Walmart

I also have one folder on this page which is labeled Jaani, which is my boyfriend and there are only two apps at the moment; I have lovedays which tells how long you’ve been together, reminds you of anniversary and Skyscanner to find cheap flights as I’ll be visiting soon, mashallah. 

Now, below on my docket (?) I have the call app/button, mail, safair and settings.

What are some apps you love and always use?

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10 Facts About Me

It’s time – for the post all about me, the girl behind the blog. I figured I should make this but was going back and forth about if I should post it or not; if you’re reading this then I have made the choice of posting it – Enjoy! I’m also thinking in 6 months or a year, I will write another one and make it twenty.  

  • I’m left-handed but there are certain things I can do only with my right.
  • I’ve not had a dog and as of right now, I have 3 beautiful Weimaraner (bonus)?!
  • I say sorry a lot, despite this I never say it without meaning it.
  • I love collecting pens, I have since I was a little girl!
  • I scar very easily; I have so many -I’ve lost count.
  • Before I even started school, I’d have to go and get speech therapy; although I am much, much better…there are words I still have difficulty with and when it comes to foreign languages well…it just makes it even more of a challenge but that’s okay!
  • I’ve never liked an artist’s FULL album. 
  • Other than a dog, my favorite animal is a bunny – I’m obsessed! 
  • I’m a revert of Islam. 
  • I LOVE reading! I’ve been reading before I could actually read.

What’s one interesting fact about you?

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Series | July Goals

I wanted to get this post out a lot sooner than it actually was published but due to my blog getting hacked while I was setting it up, everything was set back. Next month’s post will also have a monthly review before the goals!


Get a custom logo for the blog | I have an idea in mind but I’m so scared of ordering, hoping I can get the courage to order very soon.

Hit 200 followers on Twitter | Right now I have 123 so I think 200 is a pretty realistic goal to start out with.

Publish 5 blog posts.

Start using Pinterest | I’m still setting things up with my blog and learning and the one thing I’ve learned is that Pinterest can help a lot so I really want to set it up and start using it!


Get back into working out again | I was doing pretty good with working out but I’ve sorta gotten sidetracked; I want to start working out again and stick with it!

Work on C project | There is a project -that I wish to keep the details a secret- on and right now I’m only in the researching stage; I hope to branch out and move onto the next step by the end of July.

Put at least $40 into two of my savings accounts | My income is very, very limited but I have a few important things that I’m saving up for so I try to put whatever I can into them; I hope I can put $40 into at least 2 of them!

Get my computer fixed | About two weeks ago, my computer stopped allowing my headphones and keyboard to not work (drivers won’t download) and I also found out the Windows update won’t update either so, I have to send my computer out to the company for them to try and fix.

What are some goals you hope to accomplish this month?

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A Fresh Start

Custom artwork by Demialien


The Beginning 

I started this blog previously before but due to some circumstances, I stopped and removed it but, as of recent, I’ve decided to start anew. I have so many ideas and visions for my blog and every day I’m working hard to accomplish them. 

I started this blog as an outlet, a place I could come to share my thoughts, my feelings, and opinions. I also love writing and thought it would be helpful and fun! And, last but not least, I wanted to make friends and I thought this might be a good way to meet new people.

What is ZaaraCatherine.com?

ZaaraCatherine.com is a lifestyle blog that launched in June of 2019. On the blog, you’ll find a variety of content such as true crime, planning, books, and more! I hope to expand to more as I get into blogging more and as I learn.

Who is Zaara Catherine?

Even though it’s basically plastered everywhere, I want to start by saying hi, I’m Zaara Catherine! I’m 24-years-old and my domain is the United States. I’m currently in school to get my degree in Medical billing and coding and spend my free time playing games, chatting, writing, planning, and a lot of other things; I’m also a very sleepy girl who loves napping!

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