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Portrait Photography Made Easy – Tips by New York Photographer Maxwell Alexander

Mobile phones have evolved into a well-loved technological gadget that you could bring anywhere you want. You could capture moments with a simple click on your camera unlike when you have to bring along your professional or digital camera, which could really be very inconvenient. If you will browse through the various network sites you will find millions and millions of photos taken with a mobile phone camera and yet producing very distinct and appealing portraits of people. Truly, portrait photography has evolved and gone a long way! Mobile Phone Portrait Photography Made Easy – Photography Tips by Maxwell Alexander […]

Just Moved to a New Home? Decorate Like a Pro with These Easy Steps – by Designer Maxwell L. Alexander, MA, BFA

Just Moved to a New Home? Decorate Like a Pro with These Easy Steps

You’ve moved into your new home, unpacked the boxes, arranged and rearranged the furniture, hung a few things on the walls. Hmmm. You know, or think you know how you want your rooms to feel but can’t get from the builder white walls and your old stuff to that wonderful comfy inviting look you got when you were in the model of the home you purchased? Just Moved to a New Home? Decorate Like a Pro with These Easy Steps – by Designer Maxwell L. Alexander, MA, BFA Before you panic and true anxiety sets in know there are more […]

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Skin Aging – Are You Speeding Up The Process?

It’s no secret that our society is obsessed with looking young. As baby boomers are aging, statistics show the U.S. market for anti-aging products and services is growing by the day. While science has made advancements in both topical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep loss and sun exposure, can unknowingly sabotage your personal aesthetic goals. Although natural aging is a given, inherited by our genes – we do have control over extrinsic aging. Known as premature aging, it is caused by poor lifestyle habits that actually accelerate skin aging, including wrinkles, rough texture […]

4 Tips on Choosing the Right Spring Perfume for You

4 Tips on Choosing the Right Perfume for You this Spring

With the thousands of fragrances on the market, it can sometimes be tricky to choose the one that is perfect for your taste, personality, the occasion, and other factors. 4 Tips on Choosing the Right Spring Perfume for You – by Designer Maxwell Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Kelly + Jones Perfumes for Ladies and Gents – Vineyards and Beyond – Product Photography by Maxwell Alexander – Duncan Avenue Studios – New York Spring is here, so check out the following basic tips that you may find useful when choosing and even wearing the perfect perfume for you. […]

Should You Sell Your Hudson Valley Rental Property in This Market? – Real Estate 101 with Dino Alexander

Should You Sell Your Hudson Valley Rental Property in This Market? – Real Estate 101 with Dino Alexander

If you have a rental property in the Hudson Valley, you may start to consider whether to continue renting it out or to sell it. Maybe you inherited the house from another family member or you decided to invest in several rental properties. Whatever the case may be, here are three items to consider when deciding if you should sell your rental property. 1. Cash Intake If your rental property is creating a profit, keeping it might make sense to you. Aside from irregular costs such as minor repairs and when the property sits vacant, your property should be bringing […]

Flea-ing back to your roots – a music festival in the Catskills celebrating local artists and businesses

Flea-ing back to your roots – a music festival in the Catskills celebrating local artists and businesses

The Flea Valley Festival is a one day event with live music, a variety of craft and food vendors taking place in the idyllic Catskill town of Roscoe, NY at the Roscoe-Rockland Fireman’s Field on August 14th, 2021. Tickets go on sale March 31st on eventbrite for $20. This music and arts festival is the ideal escape from the summer heat, flee the boroughs and spend the day listening to live music surrounded by the rolling Catskill mountains. Flea Valley Festival’s inaugural lineup will feature a mix of artists across multiple facets of indie rock and folk with sounds inspired […]

Do You Have Too Much Stuff? A Checklist for Your New Minimalist Lifestyle

Do You Have Too Much Stuff? A Checklist for Your New Minimalist Lifestyle

Having too much stuff might sound like an oxymoron to some people but the reality is that too much of anything can be a bad thing. In fact, this is pretty much the central maxim of minimalism! What you learn as a minimalist, is that the more you cut back on unnecessary ‘stuff’ and clutter, the less stress you have, the more free you become and the more you can appreciate the few items that really matter to you. But what is ‘too much’? Take a look at this checklist and let’s find out together if you fall into this […]

Brighten Your Kitchen Decor With The Flair of a Professional Home Decorator

Brighten Your Kitchen Decor With The Flair of a Professional Home Decorator

Eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul. While being able to read the people around you is important, properly accenting your real windows is a lot easier to accomplish. A beautifully decorated home is a real joy, and one of the key elements to properly decorating your home is to put a good face on your windows. Window treatments are one of the quickest and easiest ways to dress up any house. A room that is generally overlooked in window decorations is the kitchen. We spend a good deal of our lives in our kitchens. The necessity […]

Bodybuilding Supplements Review – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander

Bodybuilding Supplements Review – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander

When you are involved in the sport of bodybuilding, taking supplements can help you hone your body to new levels. There are literally hundreds of bodybuilding supplements on the market you can choose from. The choices can be confusing. A bodybuilding supplement review can help you make the choice about which one is right for you. Bodybuilding Supplements Review – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, Certified Elite Fitness Trainer, Certified Bodybuilding Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist There are lots of different supplements you can use depending on your bodybuilding goals. Which one you choose to take makes a difference […]

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Perfumes for Men: Know Your Own Scent

It may sound funny to you, but it is really essential to understand your own scent (or “smell”), it is really good to realize and recognize how your body smells as it will affect the type of perfume you choose and be prepared for ordering perfume samples online. Perfumes for Men: Know Your Own Scent – by Maxwell Alexander, Editor-in-chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine The body and skin of each person has a peculiar smell – similar to a fingerprint, voice check or a model of your chromosome. It is scientifically proven that our doubts, hopes, requirements, our nutritional preferences, […]

Kei Kullberg – Cover Story – Work and Play in Hudson Valley – Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Kei Kullberg – March 2021 Cover Story – Work and Play in the Hudson Valley

Maxwell: Hello, Kei, and congrats on the awesome cover photoshoot – turned out you are a natural fashion model on top of all other talents under your sleeve, great job! So you’ve already appeared in a few of our articles in the past, but please, tell our readers a bit more about you. What’s Your Story? Kei Kullberg – March 2021 Cover Story – Work and Play in the Hudson Valley – Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander Kei: Thanks for having me, Maxwell! I’m Kei, The Mortgage Guy, and I live in the amazing Hudson Valley just like yourself. […]

Working at Home? Time is of the Essence! New Book and Tips by Maxwell Alexander

Working at Home? Time is of the Essence! New Book by Maxwell L. Alexander

I’ve heard people say that the main reason that they want to work at home is because they can work only when they want to work. It IS true that you can set your own work hours when you work at home but it does NOT mean that you don’t have to have set work hours. A ‘hit or miss’ work schedule…or rather, the lack of any work schedule at all, simply will not work. Time is of the Essence! YOUR time! Working at Home? Time is of the Essence! + New Book Announcement by Maxwell L. Alexander, CEO, Duncan […]

The future of gardening: Information and inspiration

The future of gardening: Information and inspiration

(BPT) – Gardening saw record growth in 2020 and experts expect many more people will be digging in the dirt again this spring. From “Victory” vegetable gardens to balcony containers, outdoor gathering spaces and mood-lifting landscapes, gardening is providing an outlet during the pandemic. Research conducted late last year found that 86% of homeowners plan to continue gardening in 2021. Nearly half of respondents say they’ll be planting more and expanding their garden spaces this spring. With all that expansion and enthusiasm comes the need for inspiration and advice. Help for beginners One source provides both inspiration and advice, with […]

Follow These Beauty Tips For a Wonderful New Look

Follow These Beauty Tips For a Wonderful New Look

With our lives as busy as they are these days, one can only imagine how you can even manage to find the time to brush your hair in the morning. Between the kids, your job, and everything in-between, you may feel like taking time out of your busy day for a beauty routine is out of the question. This article will give you some easy beauty tips that won’t drag down your schedule and will leave you looking your best. Beauty is in the details, so you may have to spend a little bit of time on the small things […]

Fitness and Bodybuilding Lifestyle Photography by Maxwell Alexander, New York, NYC, Hudson Valley

Bodybuilding Equipment – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander

Generally, people think of bodybuilding equipment as weight machines. While weight machines are some of the best ways to work specific muscle groups, there is still a lot of other bodybuilding equipment you can use to help tone and work your muscles to their fullest potential. Of course, you will want to have some type of weights to help you with your bodybuilding goals. A stable weight bench and some barbells as well as dumbbells will help you workout at home. If you’re not able to get to a gym, having these types of weights at home will contribute to […]

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Helpful Home Decorating Tips for Your New York City Apartment

When making plans for a home decorating project, it is important to sit down and write down your ideas and goals. Without a plan the experience may become confusing and frustrating. There are many details to work out when planning to decorate your home such as theme, materials and intentions for the space being decorated. It is pointless to get up one morning thinking I’ll decorate my dining room today. It would be a nice thought but without previous planning, doubtfully the project would amount too much. Home decorating tips such as this are helpful. After jotting down ideas and […]

Venus Reimagined as the New Divine Feminine – Art Exhibit at Shakespeare's Fulcrum

Venus Reimagined as the New Divine Feminine – Art Exhibit at Shakespeare’s Fulcrum

Who is Venus? She is a symbol that holds great power, from ancient antiquity to the postmodern world. Reigning as the goddess of love in Roman mythology, Venus also represents sex, beauty, fertility, along with victory and even prostitution.  Perhaps the most famous image of Venus that we are all familiar with is one depicted in Boticelli’s Birth of Venus, with the goddess gracefully emerging from the sea naked with locks flowing, on a clam shell. The image of this goddess of love and beauty has been celebrated and depicted in various forms over the centuries in literature, paintings, and […]

Contemporary Colonial Luxury Home in Poughkeepsie, New York by Toni Anne Perry, Licensed RE Salesperson, Alexander Maxwell Realty Photography by Maxwell Alexander, Duncan Avenue Group

Forbearance, Foreclosure and Home Selling in 2021 – Real Estate 101 with Toni Ann Perry

First and foremost, before forbearance or foreclosure – talk to your lending institution!  An open dialog with your lender may quell many problems before they happen; they are not there to scold or judge, just to help. What is mortgage forbearance?  The simplified answer, according to consumerfinance.gov: forbearance is when your mortgage servicer or lender allows you to temporarily pay your mortgage at a lower payment or pause paying your mortgage. You will have to pay the payment reduction or the paused payments back later. Forbearance is an option if you have a temporary situation that will be resolved over […]

Decorating on a Budget – Make it Fun and Enjoyable

Decorating on a Budget – Make it Fun and Enjoyable

For anybody, decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but it also can be very rewarding. It will also teach you how to showcase your home. In this book, we will provide great ideas and tips for decorating various rooms within your home without going over budget. Just by adding a few small, but creative and decorative details, you can make any home look like a million dollars. As long as you approach your decorating on a budget creatively, it should not only save you money, but will be fun also. If you want to create the perfect look […]

Bodybuilding Exercises – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, ISSA Certified Elite Fitness Trainer, Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition Coach, Fitness Photographer (Duncan Avenue Studios, New York)

Bodybuilding Exercises – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander

In a bodybuilding program, the exercises that you do can make all the difference between an effective program and one that won’t do much good. The good thing is that there are many, many bodybuilding exercises you can incorporate into your workout that will help grow your muscles and keep you fit and trim. Bodybuilding Exercises – Bodybuilding 101 with Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, ISSA Certified Elite Fitness Trainer, Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition Coach, Fitness Photographer (Duncan Avenue Studios, New York) For big legs, you’ll want to do a lot of barbell squats and dead lifts. The resistance you are […]