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Tastemaker Feed: To The Beach!

Yes, it’s June 8. Yes, it was 53 degrees in New York this morning when we left for work. Yes, we’re confused. We’re all so very confused. Still, life goes on—forecasts for next week are showing normal temperatures and (gasp) sunny days, so we’re hoping summer will be back on schedule for the rest of June. (AND July AND August! You hear that, weather?)

While most of us have already feasted on our first ice cream cone of the season, we haven’t yet made it to the beach. However, we’re definitely counting down the days. Plus, all these beach-ready posts from our Tastemakers are getting us even more excited! We loved reading tips from these lovely ladies on how they keep their looks fresh, even in the heat. Let’s take a look at some of them together.

“While I tend to go a bit more natural for a day on the beach, I still like to do a bit of primping for a day on the sand – what can I say, I was raised in the South and primping is a way of life. Rather than applying my everyday makeup routine, I prefer a few simple products to make myself look put-together, while providing the right amount of protection for a day in the sun.

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MWI on the Best of the Big Apple

Inspired by the infinite wisdom our members dish out in these columns, we decided to see what would happen if we actually put your advice to the test. Every day, as we make our way into our Noho office, we see thousands of tourists streaming by the doors —cameras pointing upward, hands grasping the newest dessert craze— and we wanted to get in on the fun! We decided to put these two desires together and turned to you guys for advice on walking, noshing, and generally having a ball here in the Big Apple. Here’s the kind of day we had.

Our afternoon started with a jaunt to Times Square, which 52% of you voted as the classic NYC tourist attraction you enjoyed most. Considering we usually spend most of our time downtown, it was actually pretty cool to throw ourselves in the middle of this bright, busy, and loud strip of space—a true paradise for people (and character) watching.

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Tastemaker Feed: Caffeinating for Creativity

With the days getting longer and the sun shining a little brighter, our collective creative mentality is *so* ready to get down to business. You can practically feel the shift at Crowdtap HQ, whether we’re brainstorming big ideas or getting crafty with a passion project. Just walking around you’ll notice that the creative energy is at an all time high.

But #realtalk, we tend to supplement that natural joie de vivre with a routine jolt of caffeine. You can practically set your watch by the folks who break for coffee right at 3pm when that afternoon slump hits. If we could inject caffeine directly into our veins… Okay, okay — we probably wouldn’t because why miss out on all the best parts of a good ol’ cup of joe? And judging by some of the content from our fave influencers, we’re not alone (make sure to press Play on the video!).

You get what we’re saying — whether you’re staging flat-lays of a few of your favorite things or snagging portraits in local hotspots, coffee and creativity go hand in hand. So grab your fave mug, then sip and scroll on to get inspired with us.


I feel like I've rediscovered my mornings thanks to my NEW NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®. It's like I magically have extra time given back to me—pop in a @dolcegustous pod, click a button, take a breath and drink coffee! You see it's like I have my own personal café in my house with a variety of coffees to choose from—oh, I'm so obsessed. Day # 1 I drank three different kinds of ☕️☕️☕️ just because I didn't have to move away from my desk and I wanted to know which was my fave. FYI I'm going to have to do that again cause they were all so good! — I’m sharing #MyDolceGusto moments as part of NESCAFÉ® X Socialstars™ #ad — ☕️🚨: visit dolce-gusto.us and use the code CoffeeChamps for 40% off your very own machine! (valid until 6/14/2017)

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Members Weigh In with their Views on News

Whether you love or hate our current administration, the highly-contentious state of our nation makes keeping up with the news a must. In the days before the proliferation of internet publications and cable news networks, this often meant picking up a local paper or tuning in to the news at 10. However, now that there are endless sources that claim credibility cluttering up your newsfeed, it can be hard to know which ones to trust.

In an effort to help you cut through the confusion, we polled your fellow Crowdtap members on their go-to news sources and news acquisition habits. Read on for the results. Read More

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Tastemaker Feed: Looking Summertime Fly

We know the summer months aren’t exactly popular with anyone over the age of 18. They bring sweltering temps, hard-to-breathe-in humidity, and swarms of insect species that seem to only exist 3 months out of the year.
Even so, summer is our all-time favorite when it comes to fashion.

The trees and flowers are in bloom, turning every street corner into a runway full of complementary floral accents. The bulky outerwear is relocated to the deep end of the closet, no longer blocking the view of careful sartorial choices. People of all colors, shapes, and ages flash glistening glimpses of flesh: a big, bustling Benetton ad of inclusivity and bodily-affirmation in every direction.

Plus gingham. Have we mentioned how much we love gingham? That’s one classy af pattern right there.

This week’s batch of influential member’s posts seemed to have their thoughts swirling around warm weather fashion as well. Read on as they drop knowledge about surviving high temps with style and grace.

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Members Weigh In on Smartphone Habits and Needs

Here in the Crowdtap office, most of us think of our smartphones as an extension of our bodies. They help us keep up with our emails, stay on top of our daily schedules, and send our BFFs frowny-face selfies during frustrating moments. As for land lines? Well, most people we casually queried around the office seemed confused about where to go to even get one hooked up.

We were curious if these traits were universal among our members. Think the stats will stack up similarly? Read on to find out.


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Tastemaker Feed: Making It Through Mornings

Perhaps—like us—you’ve learned that a Monday morning feeling can last you until Wednesday. Thursday, even, in some cases. It’s not like you don’t look forward to your week, but that morning drowsiness is hard to shake on a daily basis. After all, what’s better than disappearing into cozy pillows and soft sheets for just another few minutes?

All of us have probably employed various tactics to help us pretend we are, in fact, morning people. Maybe it was putting your alarm on the opposite side of your room so you had to fully emerge from bed to turn it off. Perhaps you’ve stocked the fridge with delicious food galore, so that you had breakfast smoothies and beautiful omelets to look forward to.

What we’re saying is, all of our many morning attempts are just as unique as we are. So, in this edition of Tastemaker Feed, we took a peek at how some of our trusted Influencers customize their mornings. Here’s what we found.


Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.29.45 PM“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times, I am not a morning person. Never was and honestly don’t think I will ever be. But mornings are not without hope. I am not a natural morning lover but I have created patterns and habits that awaken the love for the new day in me… and also just awake me. Read More

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Members Weigh In on Summer Sports

Whether you’re playing ’em or watching ’em, sports in the spring and summertime are unbeatable.

We polled nearly 5,000 members to ask about your favorite sports to watch and play over the next few months. (Spoiler alert: baseball remains America’s pastime!)

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Baseball is the top sport to watch over the summer – sure, it has the longest season (April – October, for the lucky ones, with 162 games played), but the MLB All Star Game and MLB World Series grabbed the viewership of a combined 51% of you!

As for playing it?
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Tastemaker Feed: That Spring and Summer Clean Feeling

Quiet, peaceful evenings in the spring and summer are one of a kind. You know the type—when it’s warm enough to have the windows and screen doors flung open, and all the sounds of the night (crickets, faraway cars) gently cohabiting with you as you relax with your family in the living room. Nights that aren’t so unbearably humid and hot that you feel the need to park it in front of the air conditioner all night.

The only thing that makes evenings like that even better is knowing you’re relaxing in a clean home. It’s easy to clean your house in the winter—there’s always snow and muck and who knows what else being dragged into the house and you want none of it! In the summer, when you’re generally in a more relaxed state, it’s harder to stay on top of household chores, but that doesn’t mean the messes go away, however. Here’s what some of our influencers have to say about keeping a clean home, especially when kids are involved!

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“If you think kids and kitchens do not mix, then you are depriving yourself and your little ones a wonderful experience that mixes the wonder of discovery and the unique joy of creating stuff with their hands. Cooking with kids can be fun – a great way to bond and experiment safely. If the thought of dealing with the mess is stopping you, learn how to keep your kitchen clean when cooking with kids using these easy tips.

Prepare Everything.
From the tools to the ingredients to a copy (or two) of the recipe, have everything ready and within easy reach. Make sure the kids understand what your game plan is and what the expected results are. Designate small cleanup tasks to each child so each one knows what he/she is expected to do. Make sure the tasks are age-appropriate and that they can safely handle them with your supervision.

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Members Weigh In on Mother’s Day Gifts

Yea, yea, we know it’s supposed to just be the thought that counts, but our moms do so much for us that we want to make sure we’re having the right thought. The thought that shows them we’re listening, flatters their complexion, exceeds their expectations without overwhelming them, makes for perfect bragging-fodder when they call their sister, and is vaguely reminiscent of that one beautiful moment you shared during a 1998 road trip to …. well, you get it.

Some of us have it pretty easy. My mom, for example, starts leaving strings of voicemails that go “Red bathing suit. Something with support.” [click] “Day spa in Coney Island. None of those hot stone things.” [click] sometime in early April. However, we know not everyone is blessed with such transparency, and so, in the interest of making your last minute shopping as on-point as possible, we surveyed Crowdtap moms on what they’re hoping for this May 14th. Ready for the results?

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The big winner was “dinner out”, which scored a quarter of the vote. Look like you need to start making some reservations! Handmade gifts were Read More

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