Before the internet took over, I would read at least two books a week.  Now, every time I open up a book I just wonder if I have a new email or if someone tweeted at me....or I start to think about my Netflix queue.  It's pitiful, really.  So I'm gonna get back on it.  I'm currently reading Kafka on the Shore and next in line is Stephen King book that Skye's mom sent me.  

Tell me:  What are your book recommendations?  I'll add them to my "stop being stupid" queue.

(Photo from False Arms)


Celebrating steps in the right direction.

Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics.


Oh!  Major goody bag scores!  Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, some fuschia Kate Spade lipstick and two tubes of Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara.  I'm really excited about the Tarte mascara as I've been paying close attention to the things that I put on/in my body.  If it has chemicals that sound ominous, I stay away.  I'm not too sure about how the Fresh cleanser fares...it's marketed so that it seems all-natural, but some of the ingredients seem sketchy.  And as for the the Kate Spade lipstick, I'm pretty sure it's not the greenest product, but it does get some points for coming in a really cool tube...and it's a pretty color....   :/

For some educated natural beauty tips, you should check out Annie's All-Natural blog!

Bird party

Last night my coworkers and I attended the Prospect Park Junior Committee's Summer Soiree.  Electric boat rides, Thai rum, and dancing!  Oh, and Bill Cunningham took my picture.  Of course, in typical Natasha fashion, I had just stuffed my face with some pesto pasta salad and my cheeks were completely full of food while he snapped my photo.  Oh god.  I mean, I have been daydreaming about this moment for so long and it finally comes and I have a face full of pasta!  I can't complain though...I am so incredibly honored that he even took my photo!  He was the sweetest man--just like in his movie.  I doubt it'll get published, but that's ok!


Twin Peaks interiors

I know the internet has been seeing a lot of Twin Peaks lately, thanks to Netflix adding it to Instant Watch, but I can't help myself.  I took a lot of screenshots while I watched the series.  One of the things I really loved about the show were the sets--specifically the homes of the main characters.  Laura's room is just perfect.  


Things that brighten your day.

Coming home to a postcard sent from Skye while he was in Portugal really made me smile...especially after an 11 hour work day.
What brightens up your day and makes you smile?

PS--Check out some funny pictures of me wearing some of the adorable new Isabel Marant Etoile.  (Those first black fringe boots are not my style, but hats off to those than can pull them off!)


Fourth of July photos

Someone's missing a hat.

Fourth of July! We packed up our snacks, blankets, and fruit soaked in vodka (shh!) and headed out to the Rockaways. We laid out in the sun, swam against the waves, ate Rockaway Tacos, and....ate our fruit. It was the perfect 4th of July. After a whole day in the sun, we headed home, washed the sand off, cooked "BBQ" food on our kitchen stove and enjoyed our 360 view of illegal fireworks in Bushwick. (We saw the big show in the city from our roof too!).


Tossed salad and scrambled eggs

It's been a long time since I opened up Photobooth, but I couldn't help myself.  I got a package from my favorite person yesterday.  That Frasier t-shirt and some real sunglasses!  I've been wearing glasses that look just like those, but I got them for $1 at the Goodwill in Seattle and the lenses are all scratched up.  I'm pretty sure they were actually doing my eyes harm rather than protecting them.  Also in the package was a book and some sweet treats from Skye's mom!  :)

I really wish Ray-Bans and Frasier t-shirts were proper work attire because that's all I really feel like wearing today.  Oh well...


Girls just wanna have fun...

Here are some stills from yet another wonderfully bad 80s movie.  I don't know why, but lately I'm really addicted to the COMMAND SHIFT 3 keys.  I can't watch anything without taking a few screenshots...so, I feel like it's all (sort of) worth it if I 
post them on here.  
So, all in all, this movie is pretty corny and unbelievable.  The only believable thing in this movie is SJP's character.  She's so endearingly awkward and shy, yet sarcastic/smartass-like.  I love that in a girl.  Oh, I guess the fact that SJP can dance irl is pretty unbelievable---you'll notice that most dance shots were taken from like, 100 feet away.  
Sidenote: Helen Hunt and a very young Shannon Doherty are also in this movie. 90s tv stars all over the place.


Independence Day

Independence Day, originally uploaded by naaatasha.
A funny little video I made just now because I'm bored. I'm going to develop my film photos from the fourth soon!

PS, I often wonder why I do this blog and I've come to the conclusion that it is purely for my benefit.  I'm glad some people read this thing, but honestly, blogging for pure public benefit sort of weirds me out.  I'm not really into over-sharing my personal life to complete strangers---it seems narcissistic to me.  But, I don't do this because I think that people out there must want to read about my life and the things I like.  I do it as a journal of sorts.  Mementos of life, I guess.  Anyways, if you do happen look at this every once in awhile, thank you! Don't be afraid to comment.  I do miss the interactive days of Livejournal. And I hope I don't bore you too much.


I finally got around to uploading these photos I took on a very spectacular day that I spent with Skye last month. We started off with breakfast at Cafe Gitane (baked eggs with tomato and basil, watermelon juice, fresh fruit with yogurt and granola, and of course, the avocado toast).  After our big "feast", we F trained it out to the New York Aquarium on Coney Island.  Boy, do I love aquariums, I always have.  As a kid, I used to spend hours at the beach collecting wildlife in a bucket --- I would put all these creatures in there; crabs (hermit and regular), snails, eels, etc. and I would watch them interact with each other for a while before eventually letting them back into the wild.  Anyways, we checked out the sea life....Skye tested out his new macro lens and then we took a very quick stroll around the boardwalk,  ate some elementary-school-grade cheese pizza and a soft serve cone and headed back into the city.

Somehow, we still had the energy to see Bridesmaids (because sitting in an air conditioned theatre, eating popcorn and laughing takes tons of energy). After all this eating popcorn and laughing, we were in need of some dinner, so we walked around the East Village in search of good Japanese food.  If you know New York at all, then you know that good Japanese in plentiful in the E.Village.  And, if you know Skye and I at all, then you know that we're bad at choosing restaurants.*  So indecisive. We finally just said "*#@* it, lets eat here"  when we spotted a tiny little restaurant on 1st or 2nd Ave  where Skye ended up being the only non-Japanese dude in the place.  Needless to say, we were not disappointed---but we were exhausted.

*Also, if you know me at all, then you know that if I'm hungry and on the search for food, you better get me something to eat quick....or else. 
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