5 Things To Know This AM — Dec 28 2011

Local DJ-by-night/reporter-by-day Sami Yenigun delves into the etymology of "swag" — hip-hop's word of the year — for All Things Considered. (NPR)
Sustainable fashion boutique Carbon is closing its Woodley Park doors this week, though their online shop will stay up and running until current inventory is sold. (Carbon)
Do your NYE plans include whipping up some fancy drinks? These five sparkling cocktail recipes sound delish. (Metrocurean)
Love these red tights. So festive! (Reasons to Celebrate)
See archival photographs of D.C. buildings compared with images of the same spots today — it's a fascinating visual display of the city's history. (The Ruined Capitol)

Photo: Via Reasons to Celebrate

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