Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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

My Fake Commute

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

Working from home can be a bit of a challenge.

Yes, there’s the freedom to sleep in, work in your PJs, take a shower at 1pm if you feel like it, and take some time off kinda whenever but how much freedom is too much freedom?

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

Pompom Hat (similar) Vintage coat (similar) - Leggings (similar) - Clogs (Sandgrens) - DIY Tote (Klumhouse)

I’ve worked in offices, had part-time jobs, been a consultant and I am now my own boss, so I can safely say that I know what I’m talking about. But even more so considering that I’m spending this month of March in Geneva, working at one of my clients' office for a one month long 40-hours a week contract.

I do this every year, and, besides it being a great opportunity to connect with fellow translators, it’s a perfect way to take inventory of my work habits.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

It’s going to be 4 years since I quit my job at a creative agency to fly across the world and become my own boss. 4 years of testing the waters, making decisions, changing my mind, and trying again.

I can now look back on these experiments and figure out what I would totally do again, and what I would avoid at all cost.

And amongst those revelations, the freelance hack I’m the most proud of to this day is… my fake commute.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

On some days, I get up, get dressed and walk to my neighborhood coffee shop for a warm cup of chai, to-go and sip it on my way back home, sometimes making a little detour through the park (and even listening to the latest episode of my current favorite podcast). It’s the perfect way to transition from home life to work life. The fresh air chases away the last drops of sleepiness and the exercise energizes and motivates me to get started.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

What makes it even better is the fact that I now have a commute buddy.

It wasn’t too hard to convince Octave to get up a little earlier if it meant getting coffee and his favorite financier.

When he comes with me, we usually seat down and take some time to catch up. It's actually really interesting to see how those conversations can be so much different from the ones we have at home (you might remember that we also meet at the coffee shop do do our accounting).

I actually received a text from him one afternoon (it was Wednesday morning in PDX) last week in which he said he missed me and wanted to meet me for coffee!

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé


Do you work from home? Is there a secret hack you want to share with us?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 10

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 10 by Conscious by Chloé

TGIF! I'm not gonna lie, this challenge has been slightly more tedious than the previous one and I'm ready to dive back into my closet.

Still, I'm pretty happy with this last look and hope you'll enjoy it too!

My Day 10 Outfit

Comfortable meets playful, wait until the next picture and you'll know what I mean.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 10 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Sneakers (old) - Similar

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 10 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

Working with a capsule wardrobe becomes harder and harder when you approach the last couple days, but it's a great challenge to get creative.

I was very proud the first time I thought about wearing my cardigan with the opening in the back. I may or may not have been inspired by a drawing from a French artist that's hanging in my bedroom. Anyway, I'm a sucker for sexy backs. They might not be the most winter-appropriate pieces of clothing, but working from home does have its perks, no commute, no jacket and slippers instead of shoes (except for pictures).


Have you ever worn a piece of clothing in a different way than the one it was designed to be (i.e. a shirt as a skirt)?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 9

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

Guys, is it spring yet? Yesterday, as we were walking on Division St, I saw people wearing shorts. Shorts, in Portland, in February. I haven't even gone snowboarding yet!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 9 Outfit

Well, to be honest, I'm not complaining at all about yesterday's sunny weather (though I'm very concerned about it) as I prefer to wear sneakers with bare ankles.

My second to last outfit of this winter 10x10 looks way too easy, but you cannot honestly expect miracles at the end of such a challenge.

Denim, sweater, leggings, sneakers. I'm pretty much up for anything. Going for a walk, moving more furniture into my studio or running errands around town with my favorite market bag.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Sweater - Everlane - Made in China
  • Leggings (old) - American Apparel - Made in the USA (Los Angeles, CA) - Similar
  • Jacket (sample) - Similar
  • Sneakers (old) - Similar

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 9 by Conscious by Chloé


Do you have any radical opinions on wearing shoes without socks? Just kidding, I'd rather know whether there's snow where you live, please send pictures!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 8

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 8 by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Humpday!

As expected, I woke up very, very early in Portland this morning in full jet-lag mode. This means, an early blog post, so I suppose it's a good thing.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 8 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 8 Outfit

When I was living in Southern California, I attended the very first events of Connecting Things, an event series for creatives and doers. There, I got to meet Kohl Crecelius, the founder of Krochet Kids. I have a keen interest for businesses that give back and decided this year to sign up for a Causebox membership to discover more socially conscious companies. In the last box, I got this cute pompom beanie, which has been my favorite one ever since.

Amy & Jen, the co-founders of Odds and Sods were also members of Connecting Things and would sometimes come and work with us in our coworking studio. I'm wearing 2 of their pins on my jacket as a reminder of the power of sisterhood, wanderlust and magic!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 8 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

I am not 100% sure about this outfit. While I like the playfulness of the pompom hat, I can't ignore the fact that the jacket is totally hiding my waist and ends up drawing a very rectangular figure.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 8 by Conscious by Chloé


What's our favorite socially conscious brand and why?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 7

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 7 by Conscious by Chloé

As you're reading this, I'm flying across the Atlantic back to Portland, OR. The past couple days days have been pretty emotional and though I felt it necessary and soothing to be with my family in this difficult time I'm also looking forward to jumping back into my daily routine. And I'll be back in Europe in a couple weeks so goodbyes weren't too weepy this time around!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 7 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 7 Outfit

This look is definitely an indoor one as my forearms are pretty bare but, if I might say so, it might be my favorite so far.

  • Tee-shirt - The Bee and The Fox - Made in Mexico
  • Cardigan (DIY) - Made in France (by my mother-in-law) - Similar
  • Leggings (old) - American Apparel - Made in the USA (Los Angeles, CA) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 7 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

I am totally in love with this cardigan and wear it pretty much daily on top of whatever I'm wearing underneath on that day.

I rarely wear contacts as the bulk of my work is done staring at screens. But as my statement earrings collection is growing bigger each season I've been wearing contacts a little more often lately (not the most sustainable choice, I'm well aware).

To be honest, I usually wear slippers at home, but for the sake of the picture, I did put on my favorite (and only) pair of heel-boots.


Do you also wear glasses? What's your sentiment on glasses and statement pieces of jewelry?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.