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Scout & Catalogue’s Denim Short DIY

Scout & Catalogue’s Breanna Musgrove claims there are some fabrics that are just begging to be dyed. While silk is at the top of her list, denim isn’t too far behind. She’s agreed to show us her pro skills, transforming humdrum jeans into cool-as-hell cutoffs. —jackie varriano Materials: + Pair of jeans+ A box of drugstore dye in the color of your choice+ Scissors+ Elastic bands+ Big pot+ Table salt+ Rubber gloves+ Mixing spoon that you can part with+ Washing machine Instructions: Step 1: “I like to shop at local thrift stores to find great, cheap, jeans to transform into shorts. The lighter the denim is to begin with, the more noticeable your tie-dye pattern will be. I’m preferential to Levi’s and find the men’s rack has the best selection.” Step 2: “Use a sharp pair of scissors cut your jeans to the length you desire.” Step 3: “Crumple your shorts in an organic fashion, wrapping your elastic bands to hold the bunching in place. Make them as tight as possible. When you think you’ve used enough, add a few more—you won’t be sorry.” Step 4: “Bring the water and salt to a boil, wet the shorts, and place them into the pot. Follow the dye instructions for quantities and time required. Keep in mind that your garment should appear a shade or two darker in your pot than you want—the color lightens when it dries.  If you plan on dyeing often, consider buying a pot just for this process—most dyes have a toxic element to them, which doesn’t lend well to using your dye pots to also cook food. After you mix a dye vat with your spoon, don’t ever use it to cook.” Step 5: “Once the shorts are ready, pull them out of the dye bath with your spoon and—wearing gloves—take off the elastics. Put the shorts into your washing machine and wash separately in cold water. This will remove any excess dye and give you a great frayed edge. Pop them in the dryer, and you’re ready to hit the beach.” Breanna is *all about* dyeing—just wait ‘til you see her edition tomorrow. Get on our email list for first dibs.
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Scout & Catalogue Delivers the Ultimate Puerto Vallarta Tour

Puerto Vallarta has gone from sleepy fishing town to one of Mexico’s hotspots, and while most guides will tell you to take a walk on the Malecon (you really should) or wander the streets of the picturesque Zona Romantica, Scout & Catalogue’s Breanna Musgrove made PV her home for long enough to learn its secrets. Here, she spills them, along with pics from her time in the country. —jackie varriano Bonus: Breanna’s edition—a hand-dyed clutch—is perfect for any vacation you might be planning. Complimentary tequila and a little R&R on the rooftop patio of Hotel Hafa in Sayulita. SLEEPING  Hacienda San Angel: “This boutique hotel is situated right behind the main church. Get ready for a fantastic dinner on a rooftop terrace with views of the mountains and the sun setting into the Bay of Banderas.” A Mexican folk art shop in the beautiful colonial town of San Sebastian. SHOPPING  Fabric Stores: “If you are interested in anything DIY, you will be in heaven in Mexico. Check out Parisina, Moda Telas, and Super Telas, as well as the amazing notion stores that sell every type of ribbon, glitter, or button your heart desires.” Querubines: “One of my favorite stores! They carry a beautiful selection of folk craft, antiques, and other quirky finds from all over Mexico.” Tlaquepaque: “My other favorite shop in the city is Tlaquepaque. The shop is filled with pottery, wooden toys, and glassware from the Tlaquepaque region of Guadalajara.” A typical Mexican market, similar to the one located across the street from the local cemetery. EATING  Café Oro Verde: “The best coffee in the city comes from Café Oro Verde—the proprietors have been making coffee for the last 19 years from beans harvested in the Sierra Madre.” Tortillerias: “I always make sure to drop into a tortilleria and grab a half kilo of fresh tortillas to have in the hotel room. A half kilo will set you back about 5 pesos and should be more than enough. If you don’t speak Spanish, just repeat after me, ‘Medio kilo, porfa.” A beautiful quiet beach found along the road south of PV heading towards Mismaloya. SUNNING  Hidden (Public!) Beaches: “A little known fact about Mexico is that no one can lay claim to the beach. Some of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta lay just south of the city. Check out Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, or take a water taxi to Yelapa. In order to dissuade the common man from sharing their beautiful beaches, most property owners try to hide the trails down to the water. How do you find them? Just keep an eye out for large collections of cars parked inconveniently along the side of the road. Where there are cars, there is a beach.”
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