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Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a sustainable lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Slow Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

Foraged Wreath DIY

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

On our way back from Southern California, we stopped on the side of the road for lunch and I took this opportunity to get the supplies I needed for a project I had in mind.

Inspired by Max Turk's creations, I had been meaning to give wreath making a try.

So while Octave was preparing lunch, I grabbed a knife and a bag and went for a stroll to forage. I had no idea about how much greenery I would need and pretty much eyeballed it. My advice: take more than what you think you'll need. A wreath can never be too crowded, and, worst case scenario, you'll have enough supplies to make a second one and give it to a friend or neighbor!

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Back home, I unwrapped my bounty and tried a couple designs on the floor of the living room.

Some people create the wreath by making a circle of branches. Others like to use wire to secure the strands around the wreath. I chose the easy route and found frames for 75 cents each at SCRAP, my local second-hand artist's supplies store and decided to just use some cotton thread to wrap the straw around the frame.

The end result looks nothing like what I had in mind, but I'm happy about where trial and error took me.

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé


FORAGED WREATH DIY

Wreaths are a great way to decorate your home on a budget at any given season. They're common for the end of the year celebrations but can be created at any time of the year to bring the look and smell of nature into your home!

Active time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours

Supplies

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Forage seasonal greens.
  2. Arrange your greens on a flat surface and test various patterns.
  3. Tie a knot around the frame.
  4. Roll the thread around the greens all around the frame to create a base.
  5. Slip bits and pieces to cover the thread and create a pattern.
  6. Hang your wreath and take a step back.
  7. Add more greenery to create balance.
  8. Enjoy the view and the smell of your creation as long as you deem necessary.

Notes

For this wreath, I foraged crested wheatgrass, sagebrush, and rabbitbrush in Southern Oregon. But any kind of greenery will do. Go for a hike and work with what nature offers you. The secret is to have some thicker material for the base (to cover the frame) and tons of little bits (dried berries, pine cones) to use as ornaments). After you take your wreath down at the end of the season, compost the greenery, reuse the thread, and store the frame for the next season.

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Foraged Wreath DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Have you ever made your own wreath? What did you use? I want to see pictures (tag me on social media so I can see them)!

Worn #7 / A Last Taste of Summer

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

Last Friday, I woke up early, packed my suitcase (I always do this at the last minute) and headed to the airport.

A couple weeks before, I had decided to meet Octave in LA at the end of his road trip and drive back to PDX with him.

I figured it would be a great way to get a last glimpse of the sun before the rain finally set in in the PNW. And after 2 weeks down with a cold, this was more than welcome!

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

I was planning on spending the afternoon in Venice after landing at LAX around noon. But, for some reason, I gave the Uber driver the wrong address. I did not notice it right away as it was an Uber Pool so we had 2 people to drop off before my final destination. Also, the conversation between these two was fascinating. They did not know each other, but he mentioned Sundance while on the phone and she started a conversation once he hung up, since she worked in the film industry. LA, film industry, parties, I was in another world! Long story short, he was a rabbi and she was a producer.

I ended up at the Standard in West Hollywood, realized that it would take me an hour to go to Venice to meet Octave, so I decided to make the most of it, have lunch at the hotel and ask Octave to pick me up there. One more occasion to study the Hollywood microcosm with a group of people sharing gossip about a celebrity at the hotel restaurant.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

Then Octave picked me up, we went for a walk in a canyon close by, visited Domaine LA, our favorite wine shop, and waited until after rush hour at a juice bar to head to Long Beach and meet our friends Alyssa and Arnaud at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their Night Dive.

On Saturday, Alyssa and I went shopping in LB where I got the cutest pair of earrings at Anneise. We then met the guys at home and darted to LA to attend the launch of the new Glou Glou Magazine.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

On Sunday, Octave and I had planned to start our journey North to head back home. But we had one last SoCal stop ta make: Costa Mesa. We wanted to do a little pilgrimage to our old stomping grounds. We had breakfast at OutPost Kitchen, which had opened right before we left 2 years ago, we visited Day Dream, the new local surf shop, and said hi to Jim, our former neighbor, whom we were not sure would be at the shop on a Sunday (he refurbishes old cars). Sure enough, there he was, watering his plants. He gave us some updates about the new tenants of our old unit and about the other neighbors.

After that, we hit the road and stopped for lunch on the side of the road, where we shot today's look.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn #7 / Romper: OZMA (made in CA), Bag: DIY (coming soon on the blog), Shoes: TOMS (One for One® promise), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR) and Fetch (100% of profits to animal rescue).


Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second-hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!

Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Lessons I Learned from Getting my First Cold of the Season

Messy Bed by Luis Felipe for Conscious by Chloé

I've been alone at home for the past 2 weeks. And I usually love having the house all to myself to work on messy projects, have my girlfriends over and, most probably, redecorate the whole house.

But this time, a couple days after Octave left, I got sick.

What started out as the usual symptoms of a migraine turned into a full-blown cold. I'll spare you the details but you know the drill: congested nose, sore throat, cough, headache.

I got sick last winter too, for a little more than 2 weeks, so this time I did my best to take action as soon as possible and prevent that.

And failed miserably.

I had assumed that I got contaminated last winter because I had been hired to work on a project at an agency. Public transportation, a non-dedicated workstation at work (I hate typing on a keyboard that's not mine) and snow days were probably a lot to process for the immune system of a person who had recently moved from Southern California, usually works from home and drives her own car.

Since then, I've become a little germaphobic. I have this thing with pets. Whenever someone who shows any sign of an illness leaves my house I open all the windows, wipe all surfaces they've been in contact with and burn some palo santo. And I wash my hands 100 times a day.

But this hasn't prevented me from catching a cold this year again.

From my research, I learned that there is not much to do to cure a cold besides treating the symptoms and waiting for it to pass.

I felt an urge to stock up on vitamins but the first article I read on the subject debunked that myth and many others.

Instead, here what I should have done:

  • Sleep

  • Rest

  • Stay at home

Other things that couldn't hurt:

  • Take long Epsom salt baths or hot showers

  • Drink warm liquids all day (herbal teas, soups, broths)

I did some of that, but not consistently. I craved human connection, attended events, ate at restaurants and binge-watched TV shows until late at night.

And I worked, because, you know, freelance life.

I felt like staying at home all day was enough and I could reward myself with an outing in the evening.

Nope.

As I'm writing this I'm feeling much better, although I still wake up in the morning feeling groggy.

Hopefully, by the end of the week, I'll be feeling much better as I'm flying to LA to meet Octave. We're gonna visit friends, say hi to our former neighbors and drive up North back to Portland.

This misadventure is a good reminder to take care of myself. It made me realize that I sometimes take my health for granted. So here's what I'm gonna do and/or continue doing when I'm back from that next trip.

  • Nourish my body with healthy food (I must have taken that resolution 1000 times)

  • Balance a little better between yoga and cardio sessions at the gym

  • Schedule regular visit to the sauna

  • Listen to my body and know when to say no

Or maybe I should take a dog? I was recently told that they're good to build up your immune system. Haha!

I made the following Cold & Flu Surviving Kit for those of you who wonder what I chose to use after my web research.

On a more serious note, I hope the colder weather hasn't taken its toll on you yet. And I'd love to know how you deal with a cold. Is there a magic recipe I should know about?


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Pictures by Luis Felipe for Conscious by Chloé.