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Tastemaker Feed: Galentine’s Day, Every Day

For the ladies in your life, that Hallmark holiday we know as V-Day is now secondary to the treat yourself, lady-power celebration known as Galentine’s Day. Even better? Galentine’s Day isn’t just one day – you and your BFFs can celebrate any time by indulging in a little self care.

Across social media, our tastemakers shared their tips for little ways to take care of yourself and your friends, and we’re passing them along to you! Check out these posts and start prepping for your next treat day — you deserve it.

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Our top tip for effectively caring for yourself? Schedule time! Write in reminders or jot down set dates to do things that make you happy and/or give you energy. Blogger Stephanie of The Vintage Modern Wife blocks out time for herself to go to the gym, but also to grab a mimosa with a friend!

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Members Weigh In on Black History Month

Every year, the month of February celebrates the achievements and progress of black Americans during Black History Month, from entertainment to politics, sports to science, and beyond.

While there’s plenty of discussion about the singular nature of a commemorative month, we wanted to find out how different people immersed themselves in the cultural moment that Black History Month provides. Here are the results!

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Tastemaker Feed: Keepin’ It Natural

If you’ve ever found yourself knee-deep in an intense Google search at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday trying to find the most effective eye cream or scanning reviews for face mask after face mask, you are not alone.

When you get sucked into that cycle of searching for the perfect beauty product, it’s really difficult to escape its clutches! There are hundreds and hundreds of companies to choose from, products to comb through, reviews to read, and before-and-after photos to click through. It becomes pretty overwhelming pretty fast.

That’s why here at Crowdtap we’re true believers in taking a deep breath, taking a step back, and going back to the basics from time to time, We think it’s important not only to focus on what you’re putting on your body, but also on what you’re putting IN your body! Seriously – how lucky are we to have a vessel that protects us, nourishes us, gets us where we need to go, and is all around awesome. Sometimes it’s best to reward our bodies in more natural ways.

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 4.42.03 PMTake one of our Tastemakers, Kendall Rae, who has been on quite the smoothie kick. In her video (below), Kendall breaks down how to make three of her favorite smoothies. As a bonus, they’re all green, and they’re all delicious! Read More

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Members Weigh In on Valentines Day

Oh boy – it’s that February holiday we all love to hate, or hate to love, or perhaps just enjoy ignoring?

However you personally happen to feel about Valentines day, anyone can point out the qualities of the holiday that make it divisive. For instance – if you’re in a relationship, how long you’ve been in a relationship, whether or not you’re deathly allergic to chocolate, your financial situation. These are all
factors that can affect how joyously (or not) you celebrate the holiday of love.

Fascinating, right? That’s why we wanted to get the scoop not only on what your plans are for tomorrow evening, but your thoughts, feelings, and histories concerning the holiday! Here’s a bit of what we uncovered:

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A whopping 61% of you are celebrating Valentines Day this year, and make it a point to celebrate every year! 9% of you admitted that you don’t usually partake, but this year you are totally planning on doing something special. (That makes us smile!) As for the rest? A combined 29% of you feel rather “meh” about the whole ordeal. Read More

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Tastemaker Feed: Settling Cozily Into Winter

Groundhog’s Day brought it’s prediction last week: 6 more weeks of winter. That means it’s time to hunker down and learn to enjoy winter life. Instead of lamenting this chilly season’s resolve to stick around, try embracing what a cold, snowy day outside can mean for a cuddly-warm day inside.

For a little inspiration, let’s see how our VIP members are keeping things bright, warm, and cozy this winter.

Winter Tea

“One thing that is a must for me in the winter months, and is especially comforting, is a hot cup of tea There’s something so relaxing about cozying up on the cough or in bed with a good book and a nice, hot cup of tea.”
– Jennifer

We second Jennifer’s love of tea in the winter — nothing like holding a steamy mug, sipping on an herbal blend with a little lemon and honey, while the snow falls outside the window! See more of her winter wellness tips at Belle de Couture. Read More

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Members Weigh In on Super Bowl Ads

How was your Super Bowl Sunday? Ours was mostly full of food with just a side dish of football.

Another major component of our reasons for watching? The ads! The big game happens to be the biggest entertainment and advertising opportunity of the year, making it one of the only times we LOVE watching commercials. Whether they’re wacky and fun or bold and poignant, you can always count on them to be incredibly creative.

We wanted your take on the how much the ads mattered to you, and what kind you typically like to see. Here’s what you told us!


First things first – we asked whether you were watching the game for the game, or for the commercials:

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50% said commercials, while 30% said the game, and 20% aren’t watching at all. Most people watching for the football aren’t rooting for one side or the other — though the Atlanta Falcons had a few more people pulling for them (34%) than the New England Patriots (24%). Read More

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Tastemaker Feed: Strengthening Your Resolve …a Little

We feel it too — 2017 is hitting hard. But let’s look forward and celebrate the fact that we’ve made it to February and, to some degree, have still managed to keep resolutions top of mind. Okay, so maybe we wavered a bit from certain lofty goals. Or maybe we wavered a lot. But instead of focusing on what mountains we haven’t yet climbed, let’s not discount the power of the revised resolutions that allow us to make some kind of change. In short, we’re not beating ourselves up over one or two tiny blips, and neither should you!

It’s important to remember that self-care includes time spent with friends, quiet moments of solitude, and remembering to enjoy the little things in life. Treat yourself, in whatever way you can. This is how our VIP members have been doing so in the past few weeks.

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These little Pot de Cremes or little pots of cream are very quick and easy to make, as they take about 15-20 minutes to put together. The hardest part of this recipe is actually waiting for them to set.
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Members Weigh In on Men’s NYFW

The fourth iteration of New York Fashion Week: Men’s edition kicked off yesterday. The event, which is comprised of over 70 runway shows and presentations, is housed in New York and likely to inspire some of the coming season’s hottest trends. While there’s no better way to wait out the last few dregs of winter than layering up in chic cashmere or woven layers, we’re all hoping the groundhog gives the thumbs up signaling that spring is right around the corner and we can start indulging in some of the looks being premiered at Men’s NYFW soon.

Whether you wear or just like to shop for menswear, we asked you to share which designers, looks, and aspects of the week you were most excited about. Here are your answers.

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Tastemaker Feed: Keeping the Spirit of Your Resolutions Alive

You know the “New Year, New Me!” guy? The one who’s chomping on a salad for lunch the day after New Years and giving you a huge thumbs up? Yeah, he’s all of us. At least for a week or two, right?

Over the years, we’ve all realized that the excitement we get from feeling like life’s given us a do-over in the form of a brand new year fades pretty quickly once all the celebrations come to a close and the encouraging online listicles subside from our Facebook newsfeeds.

So how do we keep hope alive? Is it through constant vigilance? Therapy? Writing to-do lists on our hands? Well yes, maybe, but we can also always look to lifestyle professionals for some advice! In fact, Crowdtap has quite a few close friends whose words and tips we totally stand by. Check out what they’re posting on their blogs and social networks this week.

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Members Weigh In on Sundance 2017

Here’s the thing about Sundance: While you may think that 10 days of glitzy celebs and filmmakers and artists traipsing around Park City, Utah – screening films and clinking glasses and things – has nothing to do with you, you’re wrong. Particularly if you’ve been known to enjoy a really great film or two.

The Sundance Film Festival occurs at the beginning of each year and is a jumping off point for independent (or indie) films – those made outside of big league production studios. In the past, this meant that these films had teeny tiny budgets and often featured relatively unknown actors. Nowadays, although anticipated films at Sundance still have a unifying thread – wistful tones and themes that often hit close to home – they’re full of grade A talent, both behind the camera and in front of it.

 

And seriously…lucky us! If not for the exposure from Sundance, who knows what would have been the fate for iconic films like Reservoir Dogs, American Psycho, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and (500) Days of Summer, just to name a select few. Thanks to Sundance, the right producers were able to get eyes on the right films and distribute them to nationwide audiences, helping cement them as classics.

So, even if we’re not at Sundance, us movie buffs (or simply fans) should keep an eye on the goings on over at the festival. After all, some of the best films of 2017 are being premiered there as we speak! Let’s check the polls to see how you guys are feelin’ about films.

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