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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Pieces by Conscious by Chloé

Last autumn, I participated in my very first 10x10 challenge and it seems like I enjoyed the process so much that I've decided to give it another try this season.

So are you ready for 2 weeks of outfit posts? I know I am!

What's the 10×10 Challenge

For those of you who are new around here, let me give you a quick intro.

The 10x10 challenge was initiated by sustainable style blogger Lee a couple seasons ago and has since been taken by style adventurers all around the world.

The rules are simple:

  • Pick any 10 items from your current closet
  • Style those items into 10 different looks
  • Use 10 days to do it
  • Have fun and don’t take it too seriously!

This includes outerwear, tops, bottoms, and shoes. Accessories don't count (yay!).

You can choose to do 10 days in a row, or, like most people seem to be doing lately, do 5 work days, take a break during the weekend, and start again the following Monday for 5 more work days.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Pieces by Conscious by Chloé

My 10 Pieces

This is my first winter challenge, and the weather has been very inconsistent here in Portland for the past couple weeks (snow for Christmas, spring during the first week of January, and some rain lately) so choosing weather appropriate pieces has been a challenge.

But I've decided to choose visually interesting pieces (not too bulky) and to just go to town with accessories.

Also, considering that I spend most of my day at home and that I do not commute, I did not want to focus too much on shoes and outerwear that suit the weather. I mean, the whole point is to have fun, document outfits and, hopefully, inspire some of you to just do the same (who wants to see me in rain boots and a bulky coat? I sure don't).

Here are the pieces I chose for this season:

  • 1 Tee-shirt
  • 1 Sweater
  • 2 Cardigans
  • 1 Pair of Leggings
  • 1 Jumpsuit
  • 1 Dress
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2 Pairs of shoes

I'll post outfits from Monday to Friday for the next 2 weeks.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Pieces by Conscious by Chloé

And in details:

  • Tee-shirt - The Bee and The Fox - Made in Mexico
  • Sweater - Everlane - Made in China
  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Cardigan (DIY) - Made in France (by my mother-in-law) - Similar
  • Leggings (old) - American Apparel - Made in the USA (Los Angeles, CA) - Similar
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Dress (vintage) - The Yo Store, Portland, OR - Similar
  • Jacket (sample) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden
  • Sneakers (old) - Similar

So there you have my #winter10x10 picks and all the details on this round of the challenge. Are you joining in? What’s the weather like in your area?
What items are you most excited to style?

Have a Blissfull Weekend #18

A snowboarder overlooking a cloudy and snow covered hill for Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend?

We're contemplating on going snowboarding tomorrow. We've been very busy with work lately but really feel that we need to take time off and get some exercise and fresh air.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:


This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Modern Macrame

Macrame Wall Hanging by Conscious by Chloé

Exactly two years ago, I attended Shop Talk, a full day of workshops led by and made for artists and makers to help build their businesses, share experiences, and connect with their creative community.

Amongst the speakers was Emily Katz of Modern Macrame. The theme of her talk was "No such thing as failure" and she talked us through the ups and downs of creative life and how to love what you do. She shared her experiences as a self made fashion designer turned macrame maven and Instagram phenomenon.

Macrame Plant Holder by Conscious by Chloé

Besides being inspired by her moving story, I found myself entangled in the macrame madness, which I never thought I would as I am not the craftiest person and as macrame reminded me of the old and dusty 70s pieces that populate my aunt's beach house.

Still, as soon as I left the conference, I googled Emily's work and ended up signing up on an art and craft platform to be able to watch her tutorials right away.

Macrame Wall Hanging by Conscious by Chloé

I ordered some rope online and started with a simple plant hanger. Then I continued with a couple wall hangings to finish this rope roll I didn't love (I kinda ordered the wrong kind because a. I couldn't tell the difference between cord and rope and b. I still have trouble with imperial units).

Macrame Plant Holder by Conscious by Chloé

I'm lucky enough to have someone at home who loves to spend time by rivers and doesn't mind me asking him to bring me driftwood back from his fishing trips!

After that, I contacted Emily to get some rope from her studio (a perfect excuse to meet her again) as I contemplated working on a much thicker piece.

It's been more than a year now and I still haven't finished it (I realized that I cut the strands too long and need more rope to have enough strands). For a long time it just sat on a clothes rack behind my desk and I eventually rearranged the rope on its spool.

But lately, I've been inspired to work on it again and even add a little twist to the piece by naturally dyeing certain strands.

Macrame Wall Hanging by Conscious by Chloé

Emily just released a book and regularly teaches workshops all around the world, check out her workshop schedule. Sign up for a class now, you won't be sorry!

For inspiration check out my Fiber Art Board on Pinterest.

Also, I highly recommend this other book to learn more about knots and patterns.

Macrame plant holder by Conscious by Chloé


Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Have a blissful weekend #17

Oregon for Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend?

We just signed up for Jukely so there might be a concert in our near future. Also, I want to cross one more waterfall off my list so we might hit the road and go for a hike.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:


This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

A Complete List of the World's Best Zero Waste Bloggers

A Complete List of the World's Best Zero Waste Bloggers by Conscious by Chloé

I don't know about you, but I love to follow bloggers from my own city. I like being able to identify familiar places and be informed of what's happening around me.

But I'm also curious to know how people live on other corners of the planet and I'm always on the hunt for entertaining ways to practice my second and third languages.

And of course, since I'm a member of the zero waste community, I want to showcase the work that my fellow bloggers, YouZubers and Instagramers put into the world.

That's why I've compiled the following list and created the following map of the world's best zero waste content creators around the world.

I hope you'll find new or familiar sources of inspiration for your journey to sustainability.

Africa

Dubai

South Africa

America (North)

Canada

In English

In French

USA

America (South)

Brazil

Asia

China

India

Indonesia

Europe

Austria

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

The Netherlands

Switzerland

Ukraine

UK

Oceania

Australia

New Zealand


Don't hesitate to share your favorite zero waste blogs in the comments and I'll update the map regularly. Thank you!

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