Spring Skincare Tips for Beautiful Healthy Glowing Skin – Presented by Nessfeli Natural Skincare – Product Photography by Duncan Avenue Studios

Spring Skincare Tips for Beautiful, Healthy, and Glowing Skin

Posted Posted in Beacon, Beauty Products, Beauty Tips, Beauty Treatment, Health & Wellness, Hudson Valley Skincare, Hudson Valley Spa, Natural Beauty, Skincare, Sponsored Content, Wellness

You’ve tried every anti-aging product out there, but why are you still looking tired and aging? It’s time to rethink your skincare routine. With these six spring skincare tips from Nessfeli Natural Skincare, you’ll see clearer, brighter skin in just 3 weeks! Spring Skincare Tips for Beautiful Healthy Glowing Skin – Presented by Nessfeli Natural Skincare Try a new cleanser If you’re looking to mix up your routine, consider incorporating a cleansing oil into your morning or evening routine. Deep Cleansing Oil with Jojoba and Almond Oil works in tandem with Mango Butter Hydration Mask—which also contains Jojoba and Almond […]

5 Ways Photographers Can Protect Their Eyes As They Age

5 Ways Photographers Can Protect Their Eyes As They Age

Posted Posted in Health, Health & Wellness, Photography, Wellness, Working from Home, Yoga

Unfortunately, visual impairments are fairly common. A 2021 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that over 7 million Americans live with visual acuity loss — or, in other words, don’t have 20/20 vision. And though it’s normal to experience less-than-perfect vision as you age due to wear and tear, so to speak, the process of visual acuity loss can also be accelerated by factors like eye fatigue. As a photographer, you use your eyes fairly often while working. The process of taking and processing photos alone can have you staring at screens for hours at a time, straining your eyes while causing […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Use Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellents

10 Reasons Why You Should Use Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellents

Posted Posted in Environment, Environmental Justice, Essentials, Fitness, Gift Guide, Gift Ideas, Health, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley Living, MIllennials, Natural Beauty, Natural Bug Repellents, Natural Pet Care, Natural Skincare, Natural Tick Repellent, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Wellness

Natural tick and mosquito repellents can be just as effective as chemical-based products, but they have numerous benefits that the latter do not. Here are 10 reasons why you should use natural tick and mosquito repellents over the chemical options available today. 10 Reasons Why You Should Use Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellents – Presented by DA Aromatherapy Natural Bug Repellents 1) They are effective Organic essential oils are renowned for their insect-repelling properties, while DA Aromatherapy Natural Bug Repellents are also designed to smell amazing and give you an aromatherapy boost for your hiking adventures. In fact, several studies […]

Discover the newest flavor of Senegal brought to you by Café Touba Coffee Roasters – Interview with Khadija Beye by Dino Alexander – Photography by Maxwell Alexander, Duncan Avenue Studios

Discover the newest flavor of Senegal brought to you by Café Touba Coffee Roasters

Posted Posted in Dino Alexander, Fashion Photography, Health, Health & Wellness, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Lifestyle, Hudson Valley Living, Hudson Valley Photographer, Hudson Valley Photography, Hudson Valley Realtor, Maxwell Alexander Photography, Photography, Portrait Photography, Sponsored Content, Wellness

Today I am enjoying some phenomenal coffee with Khadija Beye, the founder of the specialty coffee brand Café Touba, also known as the liquid magic! She has such an interesting story and I can’t wait to share it with you. Discover the newest flavor of Senegal brought to you by Café Touba Coffee Roasters – Interview with Khadija Beye by Dino Alexander – Photography by Maxwell Alexander, Duncan Avenue Studios Dino: What exactly is Café Touba? I am assuming it’s not just regular coffee. Khadija: Café Touba is Senegal’s best-kept secret. “It’s not just coffee” for sure. The coffee tells […]

Three Lakes Trail, Fahnestock State Park – Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander

Three Lakes Trail, Fahnestock State Park – Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander

Posted Posted in Environment, Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Lifestyle, Hudson Valley Trails, Maxwell Alexander, Maxwell Alexander Fitness, Natural Beauty, Outdoor Living, Travel, Upstate NY, Vacation

One of the more popular hikes in Hudson Valley, NY is the Three Lakes Trail at Fahnestock State Park. Touted as one of the most scenic trails around, it’s one of the best ways to spend a weekend warrior trip. Before you go through, there are some things you need to know about hiking in the Hudson Valley, so read on to get yourself prepared. Why do it? For your spring NYC escape and the first hike of 2022? Maybe a weekend warrior looking for inspiration to explore new trails in New York State? If you’re interested in hiking in […]

Top Ways to Get the Most out of Your Food and Exercise

Top Ways to Get the Most out of Your Food and Exercise

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Top ways to get the most out of your food and exercise (BPT) – Eating well and exercising regularly are key components of a healthy lifestyle. Rather than thinking of these two efforts independently, it’s important to understand the connection between eating and exercise so you can maximize your workouts and feel your best. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dalina Soto shares tips on how to prioritize your wellness, with a focus on maintaining a well-balanced diet with plenty of water and wholesome foods that support your exercise routine: Stay properly hydrated Proper hydration fuels the body and mind while curbing […]

How to break old habits and create new ones with meditation

How to Break Old Habits and Create New Ones with Meditation

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How to break old habits and create new ones with meditation (BPT) – Trying to lose weight, exercise more or start on a difficult project? As Lao Tzu says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Sometimes that first step doesn’t even require standing up. Studies show that even 11 minutes a day of Kundalini meditation can boost mental health, promote mindfulness and increase gratitude. MRI imaging has demonstrated that meditation changes your brain; specifically, the regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing and perspective-taking. This simple daily practice, when repeated for […]

Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Beacon for Breathtaking Hudson River Views – Exploring Hudson Valley with Photographer Maxwell Alexander

Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Beacon for Breathtaking Hudson River Views

Posted Posted in Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley Living, Hudson Valley Photography, Hudson Valley Style Magazine, Maxwell Alexander, Nature Photography, New York Photographer, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Travel, Upstate NY, Vacation

In the Hudson Valley, few hikes compare to the exhilaration of Mt. Beacon Hiking Trail in Beacon, NY. The spectacular hike takes you to the highest point in Dutchess County and offers you amazing views of Newburgh, NY, and all the way to the Catskill Mountains on the horizon. Starting from a parking lot on Route 9D in Beacon, NY, this medium intensity hiking trail goes all the way up to 1,611 feet above sea level. Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Beacon for Breathtaking Hudson River Views – Exploring Hudson Valley with Photographer Maxwell Alexander What to Know Before […]

Save the Salamanders by avoiding tick and mosquito repellents with picaridin and DEET. Use natural bug repellents instead!

Save the Salamanders by choosing a natural tick and mosquito repellent without Picaridin or DEET

Posted Posted in 2019, Advertising, Environment, Essentials, Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Homes and Gardens, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Style, Organic Living, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Wellness

Turned out, Picaridin (chemical pesticide found in many insect repellents) not only repells mosquitos, temporarily comforting consumers but also kills predators like salamanders that control the populations of mosquitos, hence permanently increasing the number of mosquitos in the habitat. What a clever idea! Spray Picaridin bug spray to get rid of bugs, then go back to the store and buy more since the number of mosquitos will increase. By harming mosquito predators, picaridin may help mosquitoes survive “Insect repellents containing picaridin can be lethal to salamanders. So reports a new study published in Biology Letters that investigated how exposure to two common […]

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Spring is here! Hiking Adventures Await! Hiking tips and more…

Posted Posted in Advertising, Environment, Essentials, Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Style Magazine, Hudson Valley Trails, Natural Beauty, Organic Living, Sponsored Content, Sustainability, Travel, Vacation

Strap on your boots and hit the trails Before you head out on your next big hike, be sure to check out these Hudson Valley hiking tips. We’ve got everything from expert advice to personal stories of local trails, so you’ll be prepared with the knowledge you need to have an amazing time on your hike! If you’re ready to start planning your Hudson Valley hiking adventure, read on! How to prepare your body It might sound cliché, but you have to make sure you’re mentally ready for a hike. The most important thing to remember is that hiking is […]

How to Choose The Best Hiking Trail in the Hudson Valley

How to Choose The Best Hiking Trail in the Hudson Valley

Posted Posted in Fitness, Fitness Photography, Fitness Trainer, Health, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley Fitness Coach, Hudson Valley Lifestyle, Hudson Valley Living, Hudson Valley Photographer, Hudson Valley Photography, Hudson Valley Trails, Sponsored Content

Is hiking on your list of things to do? No matter if you want to spend one day hiking in the Hudson Valley, or five days, you will need to find a hiking park to visit and a hiking trail to hike. While you can choose to go on any Hudson Valley hiking trail you want, you may want to take the time to find the best one. People who examine a variety of hiking trails and choose their favorites are more likely to have a great time. My all-time favorite hiking trail in the Hudson Valley is on Mt. […]

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

Posted Posted in Health, Health & Wellness, Home, Home Decor Ideas, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Art, Maxwell Alexander, New York, Sponsored Content, Wall Art, Wall Art Ideas, Wellness

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 freer 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 category… […]

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander: Why You Should Hike for Health

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander: Why You Should Hike for Health

Posted Posted in Bodybuilding, Catskills, Environment, Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley Fitness, Hudson Valley Fitness Coach, Hudson Valley Living, Hudson Valley Photographer, Life Coaching, Maxwell Alexander, Maxwell Alexander Fitness, Maxwell Alexander Photography, Natural Beauty, Nature Photography, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Wellness

Hiking can be extremely beneficial to your health in many ways, from reducing your stress levels to improving your cardiovascular health to helping you manage your weight by burning off extra calories. As an avid hiker, explorer, and certified elite fitness trainer and bodybuilding coach, I’ve personally experienced how hiking can change your life, so I’m excited to tell you all about my favorite pastime and some of the great things it can do for you! And if you are looking to get peace of mind and a piece of my hiking adventures, check out the Hudson Valley Style Shop […]

The real Dangers of Picaridin - Fire Salamander

The Real Dangers of Picaridin – Yet again, Big Pharma Tricks Consumers into Destroying Ecosystems

Posted Posted in Environment, Exploring Hudson Valley, Health & Wellness, Homes and Gardens, Hudson Valley, Modern Rustic, Natural Beauty, Organic Living, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Wellness

We’ve been there before: tobacco, lead, DEET, and now Picaridin! Big Box stores along with Big Pharma are selling lethal poison to consumers wrapped in sweet and shiny marketing. In recent years awareness of the health and environmental dangers caused by the chemical pesticide DEET has increased dramatically and it has led to a dramatic decline in sales of insect repellents containing the poisonous pollutant. The chemical industry had to synthesize something fresh, new, and cheap, so they did: marketed as a “safer alternative to DEET” pesticide Picaridin has become a staple in chemical insect repellents. Turned out, Picaridin not […]

Coach Maxwell Alexander shares his favorite Spring hikes in the Hudson Valley

Coach Maxwell Alexander shares his favorite Spring hikes in the Hudson Valley

Posted Posted in Best Fitness Coach in Hudson Valley, Bodybuilding, Bodybuilding for Men, Bodybuilding Photography, Health, Health & Wellness, Hiking Adventures, Hiking Trails, Hudson Valley Fitness Coach, Hudson Valley Fitness Trainer, Hudson Valley Lifestyle, Hudson Valley Living, Outdoor Living, Sponsored Content, Wellness

Coach Maxwell Alexander, personal trainer and author of the book “The Secrets of Natural Bodybuilding” on Amazon Kindle, shares his favorite Spring hikes in the Hudson Valley. Check out these hike descriptions below to find an activity that will bring you closer to nature while getting you one step closer to achieving your fitness goals! And don’t forget to let us know your favorite Spring hike by commenting on our Instagram pics! Bodybuilding Coach/Fitness Model Maxwell Alexander You can hike practically anywhere with Coach Maxwell Alexander on your side. A professional fitness coach, outdoors enthusiast, and wellness blogger, Max will […]

Exclusive Interview with Hudson Valley Boudoir Photographer Leyla Cadabal – by Dino Alexander, Contributing Editor – Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Studios)

Exclusive Interview with Hudson Valley Photographer Leyla Cadabal

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Exclusive Interview with Hudson Valley Boudoir Photographer Leyla Cadabal – by Dino Alexander, Contributing Editor – Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Studios) Dino Alexander: Wow! Thank you for the opportunity to shed the light on you and your amazing work, Leyla! Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.  Leyla Cadabal: I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. I attended SUNY New Paltz, earned a teaching degree, and taught elementary school for a few years after I graduated. My husband and I met right out of high school, we were married in 2002 and now live […]

The Future of the Electric Car is Not a Car – Meet ZOOX

The Future of the Electric Car is Not a Car – Meet ZOOX

Posted Posted in Community, Energy Efficiency, Environment, Environmental Justice, Health & Wellness, Public Health, Racial Justice, Responsibility, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Technology, Transportation

The future of the electric car is not a car, it’s an app. The fact that electric cars are expensive to manufacture and maintain, and still have a limited range, has slowed their adoption by consumers who are accustomed to internal combustion engines. The Future of the Electric Car is Not a Car – Meet ZOOX – by Maxwell L. Alexander, EIC, Hudson Valley Style Magazine But ZOOX Technologies has been able to design an electric car that eliminates all of these disadvantages while making transportation safer, more accessible, and more convenient than ever before. It’s time to rethink the […]

5 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Organic Green Tea

5 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Organic Green Tea

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If you’re looking to get the most health benefits out of your green tea, look no further than organic green tea. Not only does it have all the health benefits of regular green tea, but it also contains antioxidants and other nutrients that make it even healthier than its non-organic counterparts. Check out these 5 surprising benefits of drinking organic green tea! 1) Use for Weight Loss Organic green tea has been shown to boost metabolism, increase energy and improve focus. A study from 2010 in Nutrition Journal found that people who consumed green tea had a higher amount of […]

Coach Maxwell Alexander's Daily Ritual for Successful Bodybuilding

Coach Maxwell Alexander’s Daily Ritual for Successful Bodybuilding

Posted Posted in Best Bodybuilding Photographer, Best Fitness Photographer, Bodybuilding, Bodybuilding for Men, Bodybuilding Photography, Duncan Avenue Studios, Fitness, Fitness Photography, Health, Health & Wellness, Home Workouts, Maxwell Alexander Fitness, Mental Health, Natural Bodybuilding, Weightlifting, Wellness

Bodybuilding can be a tough way to make a living, both physically and mentally. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to maintain my own personal mental and physical wellness on and off the stage, through things like daily yoga and meditation. If you want to stay fit and competitive while enjoying life, check out my daily routine below! Yoga every morning While I don’t personally practice yoga every day, I can tell you from first-hand experience that a daily stretching routine is a great way to start your day and get your body moving. It wakes you up, makes […]

Eating Healthy When Eating Out – Practical Advice by Coach Maxwell Alexander

Eating Healthy When Eating Out – Practical Advice by Coach Maxwell Alexander

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If you go out to a restaurant to eat, you probably watch your calories very closely. To assist you with your calorie watching when dining out, these tips will help you make the most of it. Eating Healthy When Eating Out – Practical Advice by Coach Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Bodybuilding Coach, Certified Sports Nutrition Coach – Always order salad dressings or sauces on the side, as this way you have control over how much you add to your meal. – When you order grilled fish or vegetables, you should ask that the food be grilled […]

How to Choose the Best Protein Powder on Amazon – Bodybuilding 101 with Coach / Fitness Model Maxwell Alexander – Fitness Photography by Duncan Avenue Studios

How to Choose the Best Protein Powder on Amazon

Posted Posted in Bodybuilding, Bodybuilding for Men, Bodybuilding for Women, Bodybuilding Photography, Bodybuilding Supplements Review, Fitness, Fitness Photography, Fitness Trainer, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Hudson Valley Fitness, Maxwell Alexander Fitness, Mens Health, Wellness

If you’re trying to build muscle and bulk up your body, then you may want to start using protein powder as part of your diet and fitness routine. However, there are plenty of products on the market, so it can be hard to know which one is the best choice for you without doing your research first. Luckily, the reviews below will give you insight into some of the different protein powders available on Amazon so that you can make an informed decision about which one to buy. How to Choose the Best Protein Powder on Amazon – Bodybuilding 101 […]