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Podcasts I've been listening to lately

Current favorite podcasts 2016 by Conscious by Chloé

Last month, I traveled to Europe. Besides the usual plane tickets buying, housing booking and packing, I decided this time to take some extra time preparing for the long hours I would be spending on the plane and in airports.

Long flights used to be an exception, and thus an adventure. But they keep getting more frequent, and less fun. So I'm starting to get more serious in anticipating them, especially on the flight entertainment side.

First, I already have a full reading list sent directly to my tablet as soon as items get available at my local library (both e- and audio-books).

Then, I downloaded a couple TV shows & movies (I have stopped trusting airlines and relying on their watchlist/screens).

Also, my favorite and most recently downloaded music is always automatically synced on my phone.

Lastly, as you now know I'm a podcasts fan, so I've added them to the equation.

I continue listening to my old favorites, added a couple new ones I discovered recently and subscribed to a few that have been recommended to me.

Here are the podcasts that I have been listening to on the plane, between Portland, New-York and Geneva.

1. #girlboss radio by Sophia Amoruso
This was the podcast I was waiting for impatiently when I published my first article about podcasts. Besides being my star twin (we were born on the same day of the same year), Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of #Girlboss (and soon Nastygalaxy) launched #girlboss radio where she interviews world-class Girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way.
I love discovering awesome entrepreneurs, what their first job was and how they started their professional career. The candid introductive discussion between Sophia and her friend Liz Carey is priceless & the #girlbossmoment of the listeners are a great source of inspiration!
Favorite episode: Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder & CEO Ellevest, Former CEO Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Category: Society & Culture

2. Modern Love
In the podcast based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essay, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones go deep, sharing some of the best stories about love today, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.
I shed tears on various occasions, be prepared!
Favorite episode: One Last Swirl
Category: Society & Culture

3. Women of the hour by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham hosts this podcast miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more.
This is a pretty short series, and it left me wanting more. After reading Not That Kind of Girl, subscribing to the Lenny newsletter and waiting patiently for the final season of Girls, I can't wait to see what Dunham's got for us next.
Favorite episode: Lena & Lola Pellegrino
Category: Personal Journals

4. Serial
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her.
I've already talked about the first season earlier. Season 2 focuses on the story of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban for five years (Homeland, anyone?). The interviews with the protagonist, phone calls to the Talibans and latest episodes where Koenig reports from court for updates on the first season kept me on the edge of my (car) seat.
Category: News & Politics

5. Pardon my French by Garance Doré
Pardon My French is a podcast hosted by Garance Doré, founder of the eponymous website, illustrator and photographer. Grounded in her love for fashion, creativity and self-expression, she shares stories and her point-of-view on everyday subjects with her friends and guests, in a relaxed and open conversation.
I was pretty disappointed by the sound quality and structure of the first episodes, but Doré and her team now seem to have gotten into their stride. As a long term reader of the blog and a fellow Frenchy, I am fascinated to discover another facet of Doré's personality and eager to find in another media the sense of humor and authenticity that has made her known around the world.
Favorite episode: La Parisienne - Isabel Marant & Caroline de Maigret
Category: Society & Culture

6. The Portland Sustainability Podcast & The Portland Cool Podcast by Sean Barron & Tony Hair
I just discovered these two local podcasts and cannot wait to listen to more episodes about what makes Portland cool & green. It already inspired be to do some more volunteering and sign up for a Master Recycler program, so there's that!
Favorite episode: Leave no Trace While Camping with Ruby
Category: Natural Sciences

7. Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
My friend Rachel recommended me this podcast and Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is also of my 2016 reading list. I need to dive more into the podcast but can so far say that Elizabeth's laugh is contagious and that I am utterly jealous of all the talented & famous friends she can rely on for advice.
Favorite episode: Sexy, Dirty, Nasty, Wicked
Category: Literature

8. Dear Sugar Radio by Cheryl Strayed
Another friend told me that this podcast will be live from PDX on Friday 8th July. I guess that's enough of a good reason to start listening to it, besides the fact that I am still obsessed by Strayed's Wild and keep crossing paths with the Pacific Coast Trail (see what I did here?). Get your tickets!
Favorite episode: TBD
Category: News & Politics

Finally, there is one thing I still need to do to make this whole music and podcast-listening experience the most enjoyable possible for my next trip. It is to find a sustainable replacement for my distressed mobile phone cover and the best possible earphones now that I've decided that noise-canceling properties are more important than sound quality. Your recommendations are welcome. I'll probably share my selection in the shop as soon as I've finished my research.

What about you? How do you plane long plane rides more bearable? I'd love to hear your tips!

The Zero Waste Switch Challenge Recap

The Zero Waste Switch Challenge Recap by Conscious by Chloé

Last April, I launched the Zero Waste Switch Challenge.

Every week, for 10 weeks, I published a newsletter to help you conscious readers kickstart your journey to a greener life. The emails either contained recipes, DIYs, tips or products recommendations touching various aspects of our daily lives.

Close to 200 of you took part in it and some even shared their accomplishments on Instagram using the #ZWswitchallenge. I'm so proud of you all!

In case you did not get a chance to participate, I thought I'd compile a recap of the 10 challenges so you can catch up.

  1. Switch to a reusable bag

  2. Make your own toothpaste

  3. Bring a cloth napkin everywhere

  4. Make your own non-toxic cleaning products

  5. Bring a mug/canteen everywhere

  6. Switch to a menstrual cup/safety razor

  7. Make your own nut milk

  8. Prepare a to-go bag

  9. Make your own reusable food wrap

  10. Find a bulk shop in your area

This was a fun little project for me. I hope it was (or will be) for you as well. Don't hesitate to send recommendations or comments my way, I'm always open to (constructive) criticism.

Have you ever taken part in such challenges? Would you like me to organize more of these on the blog? In what areas (I'm thinking simplifying, decluttering, capsule wardrobes, etc)? What else would you like to see on the blog? I'd love to hear what you think!

10 little things #4

Bare back girl by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé

  1. Getting perfectly tailored clothes after bringing them to my seamstress right in time for a trip
  2. Eating cheese & drinking wine at the market with my friends on a Thursday night after work
  3. Walking, walking, walking in the streets of Geneva
  4. Having my mom cut my hair
  5. Spending time with my grandfather
  6. Having the chance to attend a conference by this man
  7. Getting Snapchat updates of my growing veggie garden while I'm away
  8. Knowing this guy is having fun while I'm away
  9. Eating my weight in croissants
  10. Making friends with the baker because she loves that I bring my own cloth bag

Please share in the comments section below what little things have been making you happy lately.

Grow your own avocado tree

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

My goal in the new house was to have more plants.

In our former live/work space, we had a gigantic banana tree named Gustave (or was it Auguste?) that the landlord had planted right before we moved in. We took good care of it and it flourished, but I'd say it was rather due to the nutrients already contained in the hole it was planted in (our warehouse used to be a pot-growing factory) than to our green thumbs.

But, as I was saying, when we moved into our new house last summer, I wanted lots of plants. But plants can be expensive. So if, like me, you want to make things yourself, and experiment, why not start from the start, and grow your own tree from a seed?

As always, I browsed through Pinterest and ended up with a solution, the avocado tree. It looked simple enough a project for me. Let's see how I went about it.

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

Here's How to grow an avocado tree:

What you'll need:

  • An avocado pit.

  • 3 toothpicks

  • A cup

  • Water

  • Patience (the only ingredient I might be lacking, but I'm working on it)

1. Differentiate the top and bottom of the pit

Cut your avocado in half and study the pit. Differentiate the top and bottom. This is important for the next steps. The top is usually pointier and the bottom flatter.

2. Remove and clean the pit

Remove the pit without cutting it, clean it with water only and try not to remove the brown skin.

3. Install the toothpicks

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

Looking at the pit from above, with the bottom facing you and the top facing opposite from you, install three toothpicks horizontally with a slight downward angle (they will rest on the top of the cup).

4. Immerge half of the pit in water

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

You want to keep the top part dry so it will sprout.

5. Put it on a windowsill and water it

Don't forget to add water as needed and eventually change it once a week to avoid mold and bacteria.

6. Be very patient and watch it sprout

It took quite a few weeks for my first avocado pit to sprout. It was winter, it was dark. I think it took way more than 8 weeks for the pit to crack and the roots and sprout to peek through.

7. Once the sprout is as long as your hand, pot it in soil

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

Chose a big enough pot and leave the top half of the pit exposed.

8. Water it and watch it grow

Keep the soil moist at all times (water weekly). As you can see on the pictures, mine is still a baby so I haven't had to trim it yet, but I read that the top two leaves should be pinched out each time the plant grows another 6 inches.

How to grow an avocado tree tutorial by Conscious by Chloé

I've seen some of my neighbors constantly have new pits immersed in water on their window sill, so I think I'm gonna renew the experiment every time I eat an avocado (I might run out of glasses soon). What about you, do you have indoor gardening tips to share? What do you grow) What's your favorite plant? Monstera, anyone?

Worn #3 / Fashion Revolution

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

A month ago, in honor of Fashion Revolution Week, I had planned on posting a quick vintage/ethical/sustainable look. But time flew, I had to prepare my month long trip to Switzerland and took longer than expected to select and edit the pictures of this session. But better late than never, right?

I usually work from home, so I tend to value comfort over... anything else. And layering is a part of it.

When I'm not working on my laptop on the couch in the living room, I sit/stand at my desk, and get cold pretty easily, so I have a cool collection of ponchos and cardigans or even a blanket, a look Octave rightfully nicknamed my Game of Thrones look.

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

But on that day I felt like showing you a couple of my latest acquisitions.

I got this pair of (mom) jeans on sale at American Apparel. They were made in the USA, the brand's motto is "sweatshop free".

I had been looking for a pair of Swedish clogs for some time, but did not want Swedish Hasbeens. I had been following Johan on Instagram for some time and finally showed up in Portland's cutest secret shop one day after a ceramics session. I met Laura there, tried on many items and came back home with a complete summer wardrobe, all vintage, except for the clogs which are individually made by fifth generation shoe makers in Sweden!

Finally, I got this top on sale too as a treat for my birthday at my friend Kara's shop, Field Trip. It's handmade by Aubrey Vandals in Encinitas, California.

I'm feeling pretty good about the impact of the production of these items, the brands and people that create them and, last but not least, how they all work together.

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

Side note: My resolutions are going strong, I haven't dyed my hair for the last 6 months #willpower

Also, I'd love to hear about your favorite artists, ethical & green brands and, of course your favorite shops featuring local goods, wherever you live. Please share them in the comments!

Worn #3 / Top: Aubrey Vanvels, Jeans: American Apparel (similar), Clogs: Nina Z


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! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.