A creamy piece of milk chocolate.
A steamy cup of coffee.
A well-worn pair of leather boots.
A raw American black walnut table.
All Brown. All Beautiful.
(Ofcourse, there are are something which are brown and not so beautiful…but I HATE toilet humour so I am not going to go there….)
Coming from an Indian background, I was born with chocolate coloured skin.
Born and bought up in Australia, my friends have always been predominantly of caucasian decent.
Growing up as the Indian gal in my group of friends…
There were the pro’s: I never had dilemmas of streaky fake tan. I could always pull off white dresses, no matter what the season. I always won games of ‘murder in the dark’.
Then there were the con’s: I was a lot hairier than the other girls. I was always stuck being ‘Scary Spice’ (I was never allowed to be ‘Baby Spice’). I could never borrow brown their ‘brown’ bobby pins.
Yes, all first world problems.
Beyonce has Sasha Fierce.
Christine Aguilera has Xtina.
And I have…BROWN SUGAR (Click the link below…to witness some of my moves)
Alter egos are quite commonplace.
For some reason, on a night out at the end of last year, I was approached my a gentleman on the dance floor…”Hey gurl, what’s your name?”
Without thinking, I replied “They call me Browwwnnn Shugga”.
The poor guy looked confused – “No, seriously what is your name?”
I did not relent…I just looked him straight in the eyes; “I told you, they call me Brown Sugar”
I have no idea where ‘Brown Sugar’ came from.
It must have lay dormant deep within sub-conscious. God only knows for how long….
Over the last 6 months it has gradually become my alter ego. I love it. As ‘Brown Sugar’,…I feel empowered and VERY gangsta.
Admittedly growing up there were times where I felt a little misplaced and questioned my cocoa skin.
But now, I can honestly say, I am truly proud of my cultural background. I love being Indian. I love the food. I love the traditions. I love the values my parents have instilled in me,
And…I have grown to truly love and accept my brown skin.
IBrown invokes the feeling warmth. From earthy toned walls and furniture to leather accessories. Brown is the perfect base for many interior spaces. In celebration of all things brown, here is a round up of some gorgeous and inspiring brown spaces. Enjoy!