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    Essence: From Mass To Luxury

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    on page 60

    Before Erica Young had her intricately detailed hosiery land in the hands of Beyoncé, she spent nearly eight years designing shoes for the licensing company that owned Baby Phat, Phat Farm, and Pastry. But the long hours and frequent international trips to factories wore on her. “It was really grueling,” says Young. “It got to the point where I didn’t even unpack my suitcase when I came home.” On her many trips abroad, she began collecting funky tights from places like Hong Kong and Tokyo. “I always knew I wanted to start my own company—I just needed to settle on the right product that I could be happy designing every single day.”

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    BackPacker: Tasty Planet

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    These global street favorites are cheap and quick to make—and always delicious. Recipes brought to you by Chef Jennifer Bowen. Make these delightful treats at home or on the go. Here’s how…

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    People: Love Wins!

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    Gay Couples across the country rush to wed on June 26th after the U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriages are constitutional right. Read more about their stories and how “American Lights Up in Support”

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    HGTV: Real Estate Spy

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    on page 91

    Love homes but aren’t sure what they cost? Which neighborhood or style is more suitable to your budget? Guess which house in each of these pairs has the higher price tag and learn how quality sometimes can out do quantity.