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As much as we love our favorite tried-and-true spots for finding can't-live-without-'em goodies, the arrival of a new shop on the block is definitely something to celebrate. And in 2011, we did a lot of partying (and purchasing) inside fancy new retail digs — from British brands putting down roots in Georgetown to impossibly-cute stationery outposts launching in Old Town, we've gotten more than our fair share of awesome shopping opps this year. To recap a year of wondrous retail rendezvous, we've highlighted some of the best boutiques that set up shop in D.C. in 2011 — if you're not acquainted already, we suggest you get friendly with these fabulous picks.
By now, your big gifts are probably wrapped and underneath the tree. (If not, stop reading this and GO GO GO!) Now all that's left are the tiny treasures to round out your gift-giving game. But, rather than copping out with another Starbucks gift card or scratch-off lotto ticket, get creative and keep it personal.
In 2014, Kanye West went from rapper to adjective. He's been A-list for quite some time, but this year we saw a sharp transition in the way people talk about him. Comments went from "Look what Kanye said" to "How Kanye is that?" Now, Kanye is a lifestyle. He's the tortured artist to a point of self-parody. He is larger read