It is the time for giving

December is the time for giving, not only to friends and family, but also to charity.
There are numerous good causes out there, and I am sure everyone has something that is very dear to his heart.
I wanted to take he opportunity to share with you the two that our family is going to support this year:

In the UK there is one day in december called „Christmas Jumper Day“, where millions of people go out wearing their hand-knitted Christmas Jumpers to show their support for a (pre-defined) good cause.
This year, the organization „Save the Children“, teaming up with the magazine „Brigitte“, decided to take this event to Germany.
As Christmas Jumpers aren´t a thing here, they decided to go for a scarf, called „Ein Schal fürs Leben“ („A scarf for life“).
It was designed by Lala Berlin, well- known for elegant, feminine clothes with a twist, and the wool and instructions are available in store and online.
The good cause this is aimed at are the Syrian refugees, especially the children. „Save the children“ works in the famine shelters, trying to establish some kind of stability and giving the children the opportunity to learn, play and talk about the things they had to experience.
Read more here (article in german)

The wool and the finished product (Source: www.brigitte.de)

My mother, who is an excellent knitters, bought right away and I am hoping to receive one of the finished pieces as christmas gift!
Today is the awareness day, so share the love and support by tweeting #schalfuersleben and if you haven’t found a charity to donate to yet, consider „Save the children“ .
Below a picture of my mother, featuring said scarf.
She asked me to add that this picture was just taken for blog purpose, as she would never ride her bike without wearing a helmet!

My mother, wearing the finished scarf. Photo credit: my father.

If you are more into beauty products than fashion pieces, the next one might spark your interest.
One of the founders is a family friend who decided after visiting Mali to support an organization making formal education possible for girls by selling organic karité-butter produced there.
The Body Butter is 100% organic, produced by Annemarie Börlind – Natural Beauty and called „Malibelle“.
So if you are still looking for a stocking filler, just click here.

Malibelle Karité-Körperbutter (Source: www.store.haeuser-der-hoffnung.org)

I hope you haven an awesome day.


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Where Linda Libra Loca comes from

Before I
start reviewing products, raving about colours or sharing my seemingly never-ending
hair problems, I thought it would help to tell you the challenges I face every
day.
And by
challenges I mean petty problems, magnified by my bathroom mirror.
Obvious
things first:
Being a
german girl, I am fair skinned and blonde (spending hours at my hairdresser to
keep it this way), with a lot of very fine hair, stubbornly refusing to hold a
curl or even a little teeny-tiny wave.
As I suffered
from acne all through my teens, I am left with hyperpigmentation and a
blemish-prone skin. Now, aged 35 (beauty blog granny!), I am also facing not so
fine lines and other signs of passing time. To call it early signs of aging
would be understated.
Here´s a
picture of me, wearing no makeup, to show you what I am talking about:
Putting on a brave smile, facing the web without makeup

And now one
wearing my everyday-face:
 

Looking happier for sure
I am
obsessed with make-up, hoarding more than I most likely will be able to use up
before the expiration date is met.
Also, I am
always on the hunt for an addition to my spa-esk skincare regime, trying to
cram yet another mask into my bathroom cabinet.
As the
amount of products I use seems to grow with every passing year, there are lots
of beauty-related posts to come.
Quite
surprisingly, as this is meant to be a beauty blog…
Also, this
is where the Linda in “Linda Libra Loca” comes from.
But there
is a life beyond make-up (who would have thought!), and it is a good one.
In
February, our little girl was born, turning our life upside down and leaving me
going through my concealer stash quicker than I ever thought possible. And with
an addition to the family, there comes yet another way to spend time and tears,
laughter and love. And money. Lots of money, if you don´t watch out.
Be prepared
for rambling about life as a new mother and the ever burning question: Do I
really need this? (If it is a dress, the answer is always yes. Is there
anything cuter than baby girl clothing?)
That is the
Loca part, obviously. I´m sure, fellow moms will agree.
Leaves me
to explain the Libra.
Before the
little bean was born, my husband (whom I will call Mr. Loca from now on, just
because it makes me chuckle) and I used to travel a lot. Going to foreign
countries, tasting new food and meeting strange people made me feel alive and
free and was a welcome escape from my well-loved but quite stressful job.
With the
little one, we had to step back for some time, but we plan to start traveling
again early next year, this time as a family. And while I am thrilled to do so,
I am more than a little nervous about our upcoming adventure. When things get
serious, I will take you with me through preparation and travel (fingers
crossed!).

But in the
meantime, I will keep you entertained with stories of long-gone times. Well,
maybe not that long-gone, but sometimes it feels like a lifetime away.

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