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As the final days of 2012 trickle by, we're taking a look through our archives to determine the top ten stories of the year. We've weeded out all of our massive sample sale lists, and the result is an eclectic mix of topics: from hipster weddings to hottest trainers to the 38 best beauty salons and spas. Note that the stories listed below were the most read, and not necessarily made of the most breaking news, which is why you probably won't be too surprised when you see what number 1 was.
10. Jason Wu x Target Drops Sunday. Here's Where to Get It.
Designer collabs may have lost some of their steam toward the end of the year, but the hysteria was still high when Jason Wu x Target dropped.
9. NYC's Hottest Trainer Round 2: Will Lanier vs. Joey Gonzalez
Over the summer, we embarked on a quest to determine what fitness trainer in New York City is the absolute hottest. The second round, where Will Lainer of CrossFit went up against Joey Gonzalez of Barry's Bootcamp, received a total of 9,223 votes.
8. The Ultimate Guide to the Hipster Wedding
In June, we spoke with Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride on what requirements are needed for the ultimate hipster wedding. She gave recommendations on everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the caterer.
7. New York's 38 Best Beauty Stores, Spas, and Salons
As a part of our regular Racked 38 maps, we listed the city's best spots for beauty products and treatments. Included in the list were no brainers like Bergdorf Goodman, and under-the-radar spots like Nolita salon Fox & Boy.
6. NYC's Hottest Trainer: The Final Round
In the final round of our competition, Kara Liotta went up against Joey Gonzalez. Kara took the win, despite the fact that a picture of Joey in just a towel was included in his photo gallery.
5. Ten Consignment Shops Every Sample Sale Junkie Should Know
For those of you who spent a good portion of this year buying things at sample sales that you'd later regret, we give you a place to get rid of them: the city's ten best consignment shops.
4. NYC's Hottest Trainer Round 2: Natalie Raitano vs. Kara Liotta
Things got heated when we pitted Natalie Raitano from Barry's Bootcamp against FlyBarre's Kara Liotta. In total, that poll got 10,819 votes.
3. NYC's Hottest Trainer Round 1: The First Group of Women
What we've learned so far in this top ten list is that you guys really like looking at women in minimal clothing.
2. Eleven Great Bridal Shops Beyond Kleinfeld and Bergdorf
During our second-annual Weddings Week, we compiled a list of bridal boutiques beyond the old standbys. Since it was our second top story of the year, congratulations seem to be in order for all of our newlywed readers.
1. A Brief Conversation With a Topless New Yorker About Her Outfit
Remember Moira Johnston, the woman who spent most of the summer walking around the East Village topless? Roving photographer Atisha Paulson just so happened to bump into her, and spoke with her—briefly, of course—about her outfit. Interestingly enough, she didn't feel comfortable revealing where she bought her shoes.