when edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, who i’ve posted about a couple of times, released their album up from below this year, they held a release party to raise money to help the gulu widows group of uganda so that they could start a farm to sustain their community. this group of incredible women have been widowed, abducted and abused as a result of the continuing warfare in northern uganda, southern sudan and eastern congo.

to thank the band, the women sang part of their song “home” after the first harvest on the farm…watch:

“home” in gulu from Voice Project on Vimeo.

the song is particularly meaningful, as most of these women have lost husbands and children who had to fight in the war.

i posted the band’s version not too long ago, here.

Read more about the voice project, which supports these amazing women in their efforts to reunite families in northern Uganda and live in peace, here.

pass it on.

Monte -Dec 11, 2009, 8:48AM
I fell in love with the song "Home" when you posted a while back. This group is so talented and now I see that they are also caring, compassionate people.

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whenever the images are ready for an upcoming catalog, our team lines them up in the hallway for everyone to look at. we pick our favorite and mark it with a post it note, and this helps them decide which images to use and which one goes on the cover. it’s really fun…these photos are for our march catalog, and they look great!

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good morning…hope everyone’s day is off to a great start!
for last week’s thursday poll i asked about our touched converse. there were several to choose from, and the most votes went to the hand drawn floral converse!
we’re loving tunics right now and we have quite a few different styles, so this week i thought i’d ask, which tunic is your fave?

the burbank tunic:

the davenport beach tunic:
davenport beach tunic

the pacific surf tunic:
pacific surf tunic

or the sunshine coast tunic:
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now vote!!

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i grew up in the 80s and 90s so doc martens are definitely a flashback to my childhood years…but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still awesome…

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doc martens erin
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floral docs w muse

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sienna miller

check out some of the doc marten styles we love…the sienna lace up boot, the vintage hikers, or the classic vintage doc martens.

Shelby -Dec 15, 2009, 2:06PM
i wear my docs evvvvvveryday!

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hope everyone’s holiday shopping is going well…i thought i’d share some of our top sellers and top rated items to inspire some gift ideas!

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check out all of our customer favorites here!

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i’m not sure why, but i really love feathers…

images 1, 3, 5: prismatic-effect; 2: cosmic dust; 4: sun in scorpio; 6: summer teeth; 7: amalia chimera

Jaime -Dec 10, 2009, 7:55PM
...are flocking outside!
-Dec 09, 2009, 6:35PM
the second one is the girl from cosmic-dust.tumblr.com :)

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another download for you today! to match the card and desktop wallpaper, here is a lovely image for your iphone, by kris chau.

click on the image to go to our flickr page and download!

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who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them.  plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want.  i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…

these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet.  you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors.  find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.

next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.

fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.

screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!

the top two images are from anthropologie.

casino -Jan 12, 2010, 5:16PM
Great idea, thanks for this tip!
Christina -Dec 10, 2009, 1:00AM
Love this! Apartment Therapy just put up the instructions on how to do the Anthropologie ones too with the products at the top! Yay!

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if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:

forex robot -Dec 21, 2009, 3:52AM
Thank you for the very interesting post !

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“you may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one…”
-john lennon

me2 -Dec 08, 2009, 10:05PM
agreed :)
-Dec 08, 2009, 3:18PM
great quote...amazing man

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with today being “tunesday” and all, i thought it was a good time to ask everyone out there…what were your favorite songs and albums of the year? it’s been an awesome year in music, in my opinion, so there’s lots of great stuff to choose from. animal collective, black joe lewis & the honeybears, edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros and grizzly bear released four of my favorite albums this year.

send me your choices for the best songs and albums…i’ll compile a list and reveal the top ten at the end of the year!

you can leave them in the comments section or email me, jkeim@freepeople.com.

olivia -Dec 09, 2009, 10:09PM
WOLFGANG AMADEUS PHOENIX!
jane -Dec 09, 2009, 8:53AM
The Decemberists - Hazards of Love The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You. produced by Rick Rubin, this album is nothing short of amazing.

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today’s tunesday album is a new compilation of old songs, but good songs… the kind that you can still listen to today and enjoy as if they’re brand new. dreamin’ man live ’92 is a collection of songs that make up neil young’s harvest moon album, taken from various acoustic performances in 1992 (the year the album was released). it’s hard to believe harvest moon came out twenty years after the amazing harvest album, and to listen to him sing these songs you wouldn’t think he’d aged a day, if it weren’t for the lyrics, which take on the tone of someone older and wiser. regardless, songs like “dreamin’ man” “harvest moon” “unknown legend” and “you and me” are as beautiful and poignant as ever, especially in this stripped down acoustic form.

take a listen to the song “unknown legend,” one of my faves…


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unidentified -Dec 08, 2009, 4:55PM
Really cool - I can't wait to listen to the album

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