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Jun. 01.

Three Years

birthday-cakeThree years. That’s 36 months. Or 156 weeks. Or 1,095 days. 26,280 hours. 1,576,800 minutes. You get the idea. It is a long time. And there is a point in all my three year references. It is the length of time I have been blogging.

That’s right. Robyn Rants and Raves is three TODAY (well tomorrow, as I spent the first day tinkering with design, instead of posting)!


The baby picture, captured courtesy of the Internet Archive

A little corner of cyberspace where I started posting nonsense on June 2nd 2012 (it all started with this post by the way) for nobody to see, and now, after three years, people actually see it. People respect my opinion. People sometimes even talk to me (and I do love talking to people).

Robyn Rants and Raves is my baby, and I’m glad to see it growing up. Yes, I have made mistakes here. I will continue to make mistakes. I have learned a lot, and I will continue to learn a lot. What is important is that I am glad you are along for the journey with me.


Cake, because it’s a birthday and birthdays need cake.

In lieu of a long winded speech, or post, on this most auspicious of days, I will say two things. I would love for you to tell me what you want to see more of this year, as long as it does not require eating copious amounts of hospital food. I am so done with that! What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? What just shouldn’t see the light of day?

Secondly, although it is my blog birthday, I really need to give you a present. Unfortunately, I have nothing adequately prepared at the moment (I am so disorganised, though I am working on it) so expect a giveaway of some sort, shape or description in the near future!

And so, as three is far too young to be drinking, I can’t ask you to raise your glasses to year four of Robyn Rants and Raves. Instead, do whatever any little madam would do. Get into a makeup bag and play with lipstick!


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Jun. 01.

Something Else Sunday: Happy Birthday

birthday cake-thHello all! I kind of decided to delay Something Else Saturday by a day this week, as I have something important to say today. Today is of course June 1st, and it was on this day, 2 years ago, that my favourite little part of the internet came into existence. In other words, Happy Birthday to Robyn Rants and Raves,  which turns 2 today!

Originally started as a means of teaching myself how to use WordPress, I’m glad to see my little baby beauty blog, grow up, take on a life of its own and now become a toddler. I know there are many more grown up beauty blogs out there, and eventually I hope to actually be one of them, but y’know walk before you can run.

My confidence has also taken a massive boost from blogging. I’ve learned so much about beauty, techniques, and while before I started blogging I wouldn’t have thought about putting up a picture of my face, or a tutorial or thoughts on a product, it’s now all I do.

I must thank each and every one of my readers for reading, commenting, enjoying, believing in and sticking with me. I know there have been some huge, gaping silences at times, but it has been my love of sharing my opinions and my adoring, special, completely truly wonderful readers who have kept me coming back to do more.

Now, I really should have organised something to celebrate this happy day, a cake or a giveaway or something, but I am kind of disorganised at times. I’ll get to work on that though.

So, once again, a very happy birthday to Robyn Rants and Raves, I hope you enjoy everything I have to bring you in year 3, and I love you all!


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May. 12.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Birthday Box

thumbIt’s week 3, and the halfway point of the Lets Talk Blog Challenge, run by At The Beauty Desk’s Sarah. We’ve had a Day in my Life, and Summer Essentials. For week 3, we’re talking about the items that would be in our ideal Birthday box.

There are a handful of things that would have to be included in a birthday box for me. In no particular order, they include:



Image Credit: Me

It’s no secret that I love my nails, so a voucher for a mani/pedi would definitely be loved. It also gives such choice as to what to do with them. Go crazy, or go understated and chic? If you have seen my Mani Monday posts, you’ll know what I mean.



Image Credit: Shiseido

I don’t have that big a collection of perfume. Currently 5 bottles, but a couple are dupes. One I do want to add to my collection though is this stunner from Shiseido called Zen Sun. It is a delicate sweet fragrance, without being in any way overpowering. It’s a grown up, understated, chic sweet scent.



Image Credit: TK Maxx

My birthday falls in the depths of December. I was actually meant to be born on Christmas day, but arrived a week early. Maybe that’s why I love winter (except the rain). I also have a number of winter coats, but would love a really special one, like this number from TK Maxx. It’s from See by Chloe and looks absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t be wearing it all the time, but I would love and adore it and it would last forever!



Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Finally, I wouldn’t be able to get proper use out of my understated chic gifts without somewhere understated and chic to show them off. And where is more understated, chic and Scandinavian cool than Copenhagen. I’ve actually been twice already before. Once in 2003 with a youth group, and again in 2009, where I went by myself for a weekend in early November, just because I wanted to and was getting a good deal from the SAS sales manager I used to deal with (Good enough excuse)

There is just something about the city I’ve fallen in love with. I can’t say what exactly, but it makes me so happy to be there. From arriving in Kastrup, getting on the metro, and 12 minutes later emerging into one of the handful of squares in the centre of the city, where last time I was there, you walked into the middle of an outdoor photography exhibition, the city just has a vibe about it that makes you feel at ease.


Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A couple of things I thoroughly recommend you do include a stroll along Strøget, the longest pedestrianised street in Europe, with one end starting at the department store Magazin du Nord on Kongens Nytorv, next to one of the most recognisable streets in Copenhagen, Nyhavn, the New Harbour.


Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

During Summer, Nyhavn is a riot of colour in the sunshine, with people sitting outside bars and hotels having a drink, the boats, and people sitting along the harbour wall, enjoying the weather, having a hotdog (Danes love hotdogs, and you can’t go anywhere without falling over a hotdog cart) or a few drinks bought from a shop. In late November the tables and chairs are still outside the bars, this time with added blankets, and they are joined by huts for the Christmas markets, which open up at this time both in Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens. From Nyhavn, be sure to join in one of the canal tours, which allows you an impressive view of the city from water level, including the parliament buildings, stock exchange and the library, known as the Black Diamond (top).

Okay, enough of me spilling about my love for Copenhagen, except to say, I still need to see the Little Mermaid up close (I didn’t get there in 2009, and in 2003 when I was there, it wasn’t – IIRC someone had blown it up fairly recently and it was off for repairs) and if I was given the chance, I would certainly want to live there for a while.

Oh, and don’t tell me I’m asking for too much. I spent my last birthday in hospital. I’m making up for it. If you want to help though, anything would be very welcome 😉

What would be in your ideal birthday box? What do you think of my choices? Please do let me know.



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