Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Follow Chloé’s journey to a simpler, greener and happier life.

Have a blissful week-end

Sourdough Boule by Aran Goyoaga for Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend? I'm going to a friend's birthday and plan on finally making my own sourdough starter and bake boules as beautiful as the one above by Aran Goyoaga. I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

Wide Crop Leg Pants by Everlane for Conscious by Chloé

These pants are on my wishlist and I may or may not order them in 2 different colors.

Flower Ice Cube DIY by Elsie Larson for Conscious by Chloé

My friend Coleman just gave me some seeds and I can't wait to grow my own edible flowers and make this DIY.

Vintage Army Cot by Erin Boyle for Conscious by Chloé

I've been on the lookout for a vintage army cot ever since I've read Erin Boyle's Simple Matters and finally found one in my neighborhood through an Instagram sale!

Skin Cleanse Mix and Match by Adina Grigore for Conscious by Chloé

After having borrowed it from the library, I finally decided to get my own copy of Adina Grigore's Skin Cleanse in order to be able to dive back into it to make my own beauty products.

5 Ways to Kickstart your Journey to Less Waste

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First, I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to fill out the Reader Survey. I'm taking good note of your comments and will hopefully move in the direction that you expect me to.

Unsurprisingly, zero waste is one of the main reasons why you come over here every week. I have to admit that I assumed the blogging world was already filled with talented bloggers who primarily focus on this subject (I'll share my favorites here soon) but I guess that we each have our own voice and that you want to hear mine too, so I'll try to post a little more about the nitty gritty of the zero waste lifestyle.

It seems like you just can't get enough zero waste tips and I'm really happy about it!

As the people who've met me for coffee after connecting with me on Instagram or had dinner with me and my friends know, I'm always eager to share my perspective on the implications of waste production and curious to know what other people have to say on the subject.

I'm usually not the one who introduces the subject. It usually comes up in the conversation when someone will mention that they read my blog, or when I make a specific demand with my order at the restaurant (no paper napkin, no straw). It's fascinating to me how universal the theme of protecting our environment is. Even the people you least expect to be interested in zero waste end up having very insightful opinions about it. Conversations have ranged from compostable plates, to meat consumption, to advocating for the destruction of dams, to living off the grid or starting a small ethical business.

To me, aiming for zero waste means more than not owning a trash can. It's about knowing what you put in your body and on your body, and measuring the impact that our actions have on our environment, and the environment. It can be both selfish (avoiding carcinogenic chemicals to live a better and longer life) and unselfish (taking care of the planet for future generations).

I actually don't love the term "zero waste" as it's pretty much an unrealistic goal but it's such a convenient way to summarize a certain lifestyle. Some might call it green living, others conscious living. I try to always specify that I tend to zero waste or that I am on a journey to zero waste. I mean, aiming for an ultimate goal makes one fell pretty good, right?

All in all, I'm very excited to dive into the process of starting a journey to zero waste again and share my insights, after having been working towards that goal for the past 3 years.

I'd love it if we took it from the beginning all together and share with each other the reasons why we're embarking on that adventure, the progress we make, and the obstacles we face along the way.

1. Take a moment to reflect on your motivations

To me, every single reason to start a journey to zero waste is as important as the next one. Whether you want to make a change for economic, health, environmental or aesthetic reasons (aren't this bulk pantries insanely beautiful?!), the only fact that you're taking a step back and reflecting on your lifestyle is already an accomplishment. Any reason to be more thoughtful about our consumption patterns is a valid one.

I personally started my journey for health reasons, wanting to make sure that I knew what I was putting in my body after moving to a country where I knew regulations might be different to Europe's.

2. Know where to start

The second important step to take is to identity where to start. My advice? Go dumpster diving. I'm only half kidding. Our trashcans are an unforgiving reflection of our consumption habits.

Seeing how much stuff I was putting in the trash within seconds after being back from the supermarket was bothering me the most. So I started by looking for bulk options in my neighborhood and slowly started my own containers to refill at the store. It instantly reduced the amount of trash we were producing weekly.

For those of you who did not take the Zero Waste Switch Challenge last year, here are 5 ways to kickstart your journey to zero waste:
1. Bring a reusable mug to your favorite coffee shop
2. Stop junk mail from invading your mailbox
3. Always have a tote bag with you
4. Try buying in bulk one item you usually buy package
5. Refuse the swag bag at the next event you attend

3. Take it slow

Lauren Singer, of Trash is for Tossers was recently interviewed on Garance Doré's podcast, and I totally agree with her approach. Start with one change, see if you can stick to it for 2 to 3 weeks and then add another one if you will, and so on.

Having recently moved and having minimal material possessions (shipping stuff across and ocean and a continent is pricey) made the lifestyle change easier as we had to set up new routines and form new buying habits in our new hometown/country).

But you can do it too, it might be a little harder in the beginning to forge a new habit, but the secret is to take small steps.

To me, the secret is to always be prepared. I have a zero waste kit in my car at all times. It contains a mug for coffee stops, a mason jar (to buy something in bulk, to pour wine in at a party where only plastic glasses are provided, to stuff leftover food in and avoid the only-commercially compostable to go box), a cloth napkin (to wipe my face, blow my nose, wrap a croissant - not all at the same time! I wash it fairly regularly).


Feel free to share your accomplishments, pitfalls or interrogations in the comments section. We all know that the journey to zero waste is paved with obstacles (and plastic wrapped temptations) but that it's also a very rewarding and learning experience.

Reader Survey 2017

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Hi there!

I thought I would check in with you as I feel like I'm in a little bit of a rut and wonder if you are too. I've never done a reader survey before so I thought I'd give it a try and ask you what you think about the blog.

I know it's not the most fun thing to do but I would really, really appreciate if you could take a couple minutes to fill out this short survey.

Hopefully, to thank you, I will be able to provide you with more useful and exciting content.

I have now been blogging for a year and a half. Some of you have been following me since the very beginning (thank you!), others might just have discovered the blog (welcome!), both of your opinions matter to me. I'd love to know whether you want to see more DIYs, recipes, collaborations with local movers & shakers, interviews, studio visits, city guides, zero waste-related content or totally new themes like... more personal subjects, freelance life, raising chickens, a book club, a podcast, VIDEOS!

I want to hear all about what makes you want to come back here weekly!

The survey is embedded below, you can also find it here.

My Daily Meditation Ritual

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As you know, my word for 2017 is ROUTINE, so I've been looking into creating daily rituals.

In her book The Creative Habit, dancer & choreographer Twyla Tharp stresses the importance of morning routines, so I thought I'd start here.

Meditation has been recommended to me an infinite number of times though I've never quite managed to incorporate it to my life on a regular basis.

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But lately, I've unconciously and gradually carved out room for this practice in my life. While reorganizing the living room, I created myself a little reading nook, with a cozy chair, a pillow and a little table on which rest a candle, palo santo, and the copy of my current reading.

One day, I figured that it would also be the perfect place to meditate (I like to meditate sitting in a chair, rather than cross-legged on the floor).

Now, whenever I can, in the morning, before Octave gets up, I take advantage of the stillness of the house and practice meditation.

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Since I'm a beginner, my mind tends to wander (How long has it been since I started the session? What should I do now? Is it OK to be thinking about my to-do list?) so I'm using the following tools to help me focus.

My favorite Guided Meditation Apps

Headspace (free) - I started using this app many years ago when it was first launched. I remember being very dissatisfied with my job and trying to meditate on a park bench during lunch time. It was an epic fail but I knew it was just because I had too much on my plate. Short after, I quit my job and moved to another country.

The first level of the Foundation Course, Take10, is free. It consists of 10 10 minute meditation exercises designed for beginners. You can then purchase packs and one-off sessions on a range of topics such as stress relief, happiness, mental health and appreciation. I never got to purchase any. I prefer to go back to the beginning of Take10 and start over on a regular basis.

Simply Being ($1.99) - This one was recommended to me by my acupuncturist when I was trying to find a cure for my migraines.

It's a great meditation app that offers a wide range of options. You can chose a meditation length of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes and let the voice guide you step by step. You can also listen to the meditation with or without music/nature sounds or decide to listen to the music or nature sounds alone.

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My Meditation Playlist

Having a meditation playlist is also a great option in order to be able to meditate in different locations and for various durations.

The first part of the playlist is by Shalom Mayberg. I attended one of his Crystal Bowl Sound Baths last month and had a great colorful meditation experience there, so I thought I'd extend the experience by listening to his playlist.

The second part of the playlist is by Moby who over the last couple of years has been making really quiet music to listen to when he does yoga or sleeps or meditates or panics. He ended up with 4 hours of music and decided to give it away.

A couple extras

My most successful meditations happened early in the morning. I prepare a cup of tea, burn some palo santo or some incense, light a candle, grab my favorite throw and sit comfortably in my chair.

There's no need for all these props but I've come to like the ceremonial aspect of opening a meditation session by a ritual.

I even go as far as drawing a card from the beautifully Minimalist Oracle Deck that my friend Rachel designed here in Portland and use it as a thread to guide my meditation for the day.

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How to meditate

  • Set time aside
  • Find a calm location
  • Make yourself comfortable
  • Pay attention to your breath OR initiate a body scan (from the top of your head to the tip of your toes) and pay attention to your sensations
  • Don't judge your sensations, just acknowledge them
  • Don't worry if your mind wanders, it's natural
  • Pay attention to the present moment

This article by the New Work Times is a great source of information to start your own practice.


What about you, what are your meditation rituals? Do you have any music or apps to recommend?