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Just some bits & pieces from hiking around Boulder yesterday. Ended up getting way up there and exploring around Flagstaff, too. Something about being that far up and just hearing the wind roar like mad made me so happy. It was 60 in Denver, but in those mountains, closer to 30 (the sun most certainly kept some warmth). My dad lived in Colorado for years, and continues to warn me how drastic those mountains are. That wind had me whipping around, but I packed a winter jacket which most certainly came in handy. And those cabins? Wow, what a dream to live in one so far up with such stunning views. No trespassing signs were marked every mile or so (sneaky me, I still caught a couple shots). I’m sure folks up there live quite secluded lives, but hey, to each their own. Nature through the good and bad is a pretty spectacular beast.

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Lyons, CO

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Silver Plume

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I set off on Saturday to explore Silver Plume (population roughly 170) with eager intentions of seeing Dram Apothecary. Silly me, I didn’t even check their hours (they were closed), but this little town still held my imagination and curiosity tightly. I’m just a plain old sucker for small town charm. Add in a place enclosed by the mountains? Gone, bye, just write me off. It’s a love hate relationship when I’m so visually overloaded I can’t stand it. Took a break inside Silver Plume Tea House with a cup of hot tea by a window seat and watched how the waitresses interacted with locals in the softest way. But my attention was continuously jerked to the mountains as the weather changed so rapidly in the most fascinating way. It didn’t faze anyone but me. Just a typical day in Colorado.

This was the first Saturday in months that I had no travel obligations or plans, and this town completely rejuvenated me. It felt like a little slice of home.

Colorado, you’ve already captured my mind in the best way possible.

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Boulder

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Hello, everyone! Phew, this is the first Saturday in awhile I’ve had a moment to touch base with you. In other words, hi from Colorado! This summer has been layered mayhem with travel and starting my new job, but I’m finally starting to feel settled in my new home state.

Boulder, Boulder, Boulder. I can’t say enough about how great this city is. I’ve only visited a couple times so far, but have quickly learned that this small powerhouse of a city is leading the natural food movement. It’s also decked out with intriguing specialty shops, museums, and of course, the University of Colorado Boulder. As well, the Rockies are situated right in the heart of the city + offer plenty of hiking trails.

This is just a very small glimpse of what I was able to capture during an afternoon stroll in the city. My favorite places so far have been Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Zeal Optics, LON Little Shop, Oak, Dushanbe Tea House, Cedar & Hyde Mercantile, and the Colorado Chautauqua.

Much more to come. But in the meantime, if you’re on Instagram, feel free to follow along as I capture even more snaps of this beautiful state and my travels.

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A glimpse of some of the beauties and musicians I photographed at Pitchfork and Lollapalooza for Refinery29. Farewell, summer 2014, you were pretty spectacular.

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Farewell Nashville

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As I sit here trying to type out a comprehensive post, I’m set back with a bundle of emotions. After living, loving, and breathing Nashville for the past five years, I’m bitter sweetly saying goodbye to TN. I’ve accepted a marketing position within an agency I tremendously admire in Denver, CO and will be based there in August.

Nashville will forever be an incredible force I’ll look back on with the utmost respect. It was this cities inspiring new growth that led me to create Under the Guise. A life path and endeavors I would of never imagined taking apart of flourished here. It was Nashville I learned the meaning of nitty-gritty hard work and relentless passion towards your craft when it comes to being self-employed. All the blood, sweat, and tears that led me to where and what I’ve accomplished thus far, I owe so much credit to Nashville’s community that gave me an honest chance to grow with it. I’ve never taken that for granted, and will forever look back fondly on.

You’ve all faithfully followed along these past few years, and I hope you continue to do so as I explore Colorado right here. I’m excited for all the new adventures ahead, and hope you’ll stay connected with me as there’s so much more I want to share.

Here’s to Colorado and new beginnings! Much love and I hope to see you on the west side.

– HJ

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Noble Denim

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On Thursday morning, I set off to Milledgeville, TN where Noble Denim (a small-batch jean company I’ve admired from afar), happily calls home along with a location in Cincinnati.

Tucked away off a windy dirt road lies a large and unassuming building within a charming town consisting of roughly 330 in population. Inside the facility, lines of classic sewing machines, thread, and denim fill out every nook and cranny of this factory that’s been in business for 25 years. I arrived around 12pm, and after a few minutes talking with Chris Sutton (original jean maker and Noble founder), a vintage bell went off in a flurry that instantly reminded me of middle school and that classic ring I grew up abiding to — it was time to gather for a family-style lunch. Needless to say, this little factory and its kind employees already had me smitten within the first few minutes I was there.

What impresses me the most about Noble, is their commitment to crafting beautiful jeans and other small-batch products that are assembled in the US and constructed with American products. The denim comes from North Carolina, their organic cotton is grown in California, and the brass hardware and leather is sourced from Kentucky.

Despite the “fast fashion” times we’ve grown accustomed to, Chris has injected life back into this TN factory that has seen its fair share of flux due to the recession. He’s trumped the fast fashion standard by partnering with a talented crew of sewers who have stayed with the factory through all the ups and downs every step of the way. They’re passionate and skilled at what they do, and aren’t taking any short cuts. From the supplies to the handcrafted care, Noble is determined to keep quality at the forefront, and cheap labor practices aren’t an option.

Relentless curiosity, drive, and sheer creativity may have spearheaded Chris’ independent design journey from that start, but with the help of his skilled and passionate partners that boast the same vision, Sutton’s dream has become a collaborative-reality backed by the truest intentions poised with longevity.

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