Friday Food and Favorites: Brownies and Bronze

Friday, July 26, 2013

As we go deeper into the summer, we've all achieved and are enjoying that shimmering, summery bronze-y glow. Or are we? Gone are the days of endless guilt free suntanning. Not only are the rays of the sun dangerous, they are also a sure way to cause all of you young ones lots of pain and regret when you get to be my age. I know. You really don't want to hear it. And neither do I...after all, those magical rays have lots of vitamin D and are actually addictive, stimulating the pleasure sensors in your brain. Just like drugs. Yes, the sun is a drug
Trust me, I myself am an addict trying to get off the sun. But, now, even after 5 minutes in the sun, without protection, my melasma rears its ugly head, and I have a subtle moustache that makes me mad!! Yes young girls, this is what happens after years of unprotected sun worshipping. The tan becomes blotchy and ugly and aging. Getting rid of discoloration from sun damage is multi-million dollar business. So think before you indulge. Sorry to be your kill-joy but at least there are spray tans and self tanning lotions and powders. (Shop my choices below at the bottom of the blog.)

Anyhow, after all is said and done, have no fear, I will show you how you can still get your bronze-y glow on in so many other ways. But first I want to share a funky sounding recipe for healthy brownies which I did not try yet but am dying to. Of lately I've been craving thick rich brownies but my desire to not turn into a blimp holds me back from indulging in that addiction. Even Mr. Duncan Hines knows I can't stop at just one bar pan!! Ouch! 

Ok. Avocados and black beans are really weird ingredients for brownies, but hey, they're super healthy foods and they're..well, brown! (Um, well, avocados turn brown when baked.) So let me know if you try them and what you think!

picture does NOT depict actual brownie..(sorry!)

Try this UNIQUE and HEALTHY recipe HERE

Now, as promised, here are some ways to get your bronze glow on without the damage of the sun's harmful rays. And the great part is, this metallic hue will take you right into autumn!

Sequins have been on trend for several seasons now...change up the look of this trend for autumn by going with a rich bronze color. 

For a unique version of the smoky eye, take a departure from black and go for shades of bronze:
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Embellish an evening gown with bronze touches inspired by this Temperley London runway look. Combine beads, metallics and fur for an ultimately luxurious look:
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Need a new jacket for fall? Go for unique. Go for bronze.
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For those seeking just a touch of bronze apply it to your nails.
And if you must bronze your face, check out the collection of some the best bronzing liquids and powders I've found for you below...
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Click on each item to shop:

Wishing you a shimmering weekend!

PS Anyone with secrets for avoiding melasma in the summer, besides for completely staying out of the sun, please do tell. Even broad spectrum sunscreen or sunblock hasn't seemed to help! If you have a magic product..let me know and I'd be happy to try it and promote it!

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  1. Hi Sharon I am loving bronze in fashion and makeup and lush upholstery as well!!

    Great picks!

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  2. I have to admit, I love the sun, love the way it makes me feel and look. Who doesnt' look better a little sunkissed! That said, i am much smarter now and know to stay out of it (my face) but I always say how can something that feels soooo good be bad!! Not the bronzes and healthy brownies? I am intrigued!!

  3. Sharon,

    This is an interesting web and article on melasma - not to mention the other healthy living tips.

  4. Really gorgeous images and great tips Sharon. Love that eyeshadow image.

  5. I don't sit out ever, I wear a daily SPF and i fake-tan with the help of St. Tropez Mousse and a pair of rubber gloves!

    <3 abby klein

  6. Hi,dear Sharon!:)*

    You Friday post looks truly beautiful!!!
    I like all these bronze shadows....
    And a little advice about ''smoky eye''is just perfect!!!

    You are always so kind t me:)*
    Thank you for you visit and you lovely comment!

    Have a wonderful Sunday,beautiful woman!!!


  7. I love your wonderful bronze inspirations. Esp. the nail polish and the gorgeous jacket. I don't tan in the sun because I can't stand the heat. I walked in the sun yesterday didn't wear a hat and now I have an awful headache :D


  8. I am really happy to glance at this post which includes plenty of helpful facts, thanks for providing these information.

  9. Above pictures looks awesome. I'm really impressed especially about first image. I like its lipstick color.

    Nrown color nail polish looks also great.

  10. Love the bronze colour, I wear it a lot as it goes with my skin tone. Mmmm...brownies, I do love brownies. I love sunshine, but even though I come with a tan, I slap on sun block every time as I don't want wrinkles or worse. It's been that way since a child when I fell asleep in the sun and got sun poisoning, I was sick for days. I hope you find some tips and take good care. Have a sweet week xx

  11. You are the BEST Sharon, it is so true...melasma can be ugly and protection especially in mountains like us in Calgary is vital! WE are 1200m above sea level and that sun is strong! Hate it!!!!!
    I like to stay white as white can be and I can't achieve it here no matter what I try...Sun all year round is strong here. The sun spots are quite scary ...not to mention....

    ON the beauty side, love the chocolate nail polish photo you posted((:
    hugs Z

  12. look at all this bronze godness..OMG!
    It is SO true...I decided about 4 years ago to get serious about my skincare and have never looked back. My skin really looks better than ever and I save it in the summer with SPF 50, yes 50! I wear it EVERYDAY at the pool.

    Hope you are well...just saw those beautiful shots on instagram on that look GORG! C

  13. hello bronze, I've been so good about protecting my skin from the sun, I'm just so fair.

    Xo, Megan,

  14. Loving your very lovely blog


  15. LOVE the first image...absolutely stunning!
    Great advice, thank you ;-)

  16. The eye makeup inspiration you chose is really beautiful, gorgeous photo! :)


  17. I am also a bronze lover. These images are really gorgeous. I love that nail polish.

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  19. Hi Sharon! :) I love this post. I am always so excited to find bronze colored items. They work so well with my skintone. The sequined top is just gorgeous love. Hmmm...maybe I will add a bronze shade to my hair. That would definately cover up my greys. Yuck! Have a lovely weekend!