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

Have a Blissful Weekend #26

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What are you up to this weekend?

I'm hoping to go camping along the Oregon Coast to breathe some fresh and disconnect after a technology full week.

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

  • Tillak, a brand that allocates 25% of its benefits to conservation efforts launches the world's most versatile waterproof backpack!

  • Tampax is launching its own menstrual cup. Thoughts?

  • Got too much stuff? Try these 7 tips to help pare down

  • My friend Christine of Snapshots of Simplicity published a wonderful book to help you make your home more sustainable.

  • I e-met Hawnuh Lee of Closed-Loop Cooking and cannot wait to meet her IRL and work together with her and explore sustainable food systems to help reduce food waste and single use items in the kitchen!

  • I found the most perfect tote bag, which is just the right size for grocery shopping, package-free style.

  • I have yet to write about the Zero Waste Conference I co-organized 2 weeks ago, but in the meantime, check out Jenica of Zero Waste Wisdom's article about it.

  • I loved reading this article by Alden of Ecocult about the Swiss brand QWSTION who designed a fair trade, sustainable, zero-waste backpack made from banana fiber.

  • I attended an Portland Textile Month event where Oregon-based Renewal Workshop presented their zero waste system which takes discarded apparel and textiles and turns them into Renewed Apparel, upcycled materials or recycling feedstock.

  • I learnt in this article that some of the biggest recycling operations are owned by landfill companies whose profits improve when recycling doesn’t work well.


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!

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2018) - Day 1-5

The 10x10 challenge is always such an exciting time for me!

I spend more time than I care to admit coming up with new outfit combinations and scrolling through the #fall10x10 and #10x10friends hashtags on Instagram (PS: did you know you can follow a hashtag on Instagram?)

It's so much fun to make new friends, get inspiration from you all and reflect on my relationship with style, community and society in general.

In this regard, the hashtag #10x10representationmatters caught my attention and made my heart explode. There's so much truth and wisdom in the posts published by people who are generally underrepresented in the fashion industry in general and on the little piece of the Internet that the 10x10 challenge occupies.

You know what else made my week? This twinning look!

Fall 10x10 Jewelry Capsule with Seaworthy, Passage and Via Raiz

Before I show you all the wonferful combination I came up with, I'd like to share with you the little jewelry capsule collection I borrowed from friends and local business owners for this 10x10. It features pieces made by/sold by:

  • Passage Jewerly, designs inspired by natural and spiritual elements, handmade in Portland, OR: use code "Chloe20" for 20% off

  • Seaworthy, jewelry and home accessories, handmade in Portland, OR: use code "CHLOE" for 20% off on full price items.

  • Via Raiz, a place where Mexican craftsmanship meets modern design.

Fall 10x10 Day 1 Look - Everlane Utility Pants in Golden Brown by Conscious by Chloé

Day 1

Fall is such an unpredictable season. You might have the chance to have a "late summer" or suddenly get caught in a rain storm.

Confession: we still have not turned the heater on a home, and just put on one more layer underneath or on top of others.

To me, this is the perfect transition look. Closed toe shoes, pants, and a basket, the ultimate summer accessory, to make belive that summer is not over yet. Of course, I kept my jacket close by, for the crisper evenings.

Fall 10x10 Day 2 Look - Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Day 2

You see me laughing in the picture because I'm happily surprised about the fact that I can sit somewhat comfortably on a stool while wearing a pair of high-waisted jeans.⠀

Side note: I've fallen in love again with them after I cut the hem raw (you might have caught a glimpse of the process a while ago in my stories).⠀

Fall 10x10 Day 3 Look - Everlane Cashemere Crew Sweater & Wide Leg Crop Pants in Black by Conscious by Chloé

Day 3

This combination is way too easy and obvious and I could have kept it for later in the challenge, when it's getting harder to come up with creative options, but sometimes, it's OK to chose the easy route.

I usually follow the rule according to which black does not pair well with navy, but decided to go agaisnt it and absolutely love the result.

Message for Octave: Please note that this bag is on my wishlist, wink wink!

Fall 10x10 Day 4 Look - Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Day 4

This is my favorite look so far. I love the proportions, the sweater tucked into the high waisted pants, the cropped jeans, the makes ankles, the heeled clogs that elongate the silhouette.

About wooden clogs: As you can tell from the color of the wood I've had these clogs for 3 years now and are my go-to pair when I want to feel dressed up while keeping a casual vibe. I've sanded the soles this summer to give them a fresh look but it did not last long because I always walk in the dirt. That's fine by me.⠀

A French commercial for kids clothing once said: "À quoi ça sert d'imaginer des vêtements si on peut rien faire dedans ?" which translates into "What's the point of designing clothes if we can't do anything in them?"⠀

That's my philosophy. Wear the fancy clothes, use the good China. Just don't forget to give them a little TLC from time to time.⠀

Fall 10x10 Day 5 Look - Everlane Utility Pants in Golden Brown & Cashmere Crew Sweater in Heather Greyby Conscious by Chloé

Day 5

I was really not sure about this color combo, but you convinced me on Instagram that it was a classic, so I'll take it.

A word about Everlane's cashmere crews: The grey sweater really has a different feel compared to the black one (shown in the Day 3 look) even though they are the same size. It translates in the way it falls. The black one seems thicker and with a tighter fit whereas the grey one feels lighter and loser. I love them both, but thought it was worth mentioning...


Pictures by Alba Betancourt shot at Tendue.

Are your participating in the 10x10 challenge? Put a link to your profile or website in the comments? I'd love to follow along!

When was the Last Time you Bought Plastic?

Everlane Renew Fleece Sweatshirt in Oat by Conscious by Chloé

For me, it was 2 days ago when something I purchased at my neighborhood market was wrapped in plastic-lined butcher paper.

While I'm happy about the fact that I've made great efforts to reduce the mount of plastic from my life - especially after reading Beth Terry's Plastic-Free Life - it still is very much part of our consumer society, whether it's a plastic waster bottle we buy at the gas station because we forgot our reusable water bottle, or a yogurt container because the glass one is too pricey for our current budget.

One solution companies can have an impact on the plastic industry and the environment is either to stop using plastic or start by eliminating the use of new plastic in their process.

That's what's Everlane has started doing. The brand is committed to eliminate all newly created plastic from their supply chain by 2021.

With this mindset, they launched ReNew, their outerwear and sweatshirt collection made entirely from discarded plastic water bottles.

Everlane Renew Fleece Sweatshirt in Oat by Conscious by Chloé

Renew Fleece Sweatshirt in Oat c/o Everlane

While I'm not a fan of plastic-made clothing (except for technical apparel), I applaud Everlane's shift towards ditching new plastic.

They sent me this fluffy fleece sweater a couple days ago and it's the perfect addition to my gym outfit.⠀

As my acupuncturist once said: "Never exit the gym in your sweaty t-shirt, cover up and stay warm!" So that's what I'm doing now.

But then I also saw this look by Stephanie and might also give it a try.

Now I'll just make sure to put it in my Guppyfriend bag when I wash it to keep all the microfibers out of our waterways.⠀

Everlane Renew Collection by Conscious by Chloé

The package I received also containted a reusable pouch, a bamboo toothbrush and a stainless steel water bottle!

After my Zero Waste Kit was stolen (more on that subject soon), this was a very welcome surprise.

I love the minimalistic design and straight to the point message.

Everlane Renew Collection by Conscious by Chloé


Have you checked out the ReNew collection yet? What do you think?

My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Fall Edition (2018)

2018 Fall 10x10 Challenge and capsule Closet by Conscious by Chloé

Pictures by Alba Betancourt shot at Tendue.

If you've been reading the blog for some time, you know I love the 10x10 challenge. I've participated twice - once last fall and once in the spring of 2017.

I did not get to participate last spring and summer, as I've been traveling a lot this year and haven't gotten a chance to properly create capsule wardrobes for these seasons (though I could have posted about what I packed for my trips now that I think about it...).

This fall, I'm very excited to give it another try!

I did a major closet clearing a couple months ago and downsized it a lot! I sold many pieces via a consignment store and made some more money by exchanging the remaining ones for trade at resell stores. And now, I'm in love with my closet again and cannot wait to experiment with old and new pieces.

But let's start with a little reminder:

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.

2018 Fall 10x10 Challenge and capsule Closet by Conscious by Chloé

My 10 Pieces

As you'll see, I am not taking any risk this time. I'm sticking to a neutral fall palette and focusing on accessories. I have a not so secret love for high waisted pants, so this is all you'll see in this challenge. No jumpsuits, no dresses. I wanted all my tops, bottoms and shoes to be interchangeable so I would not have to rack my brains in the morning to find the right combination.

4 Tops

Jungmaven Hemp Tee by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Cashmere Crew Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Cashmere Crew Heather Grey by Conscious by Chloé

Vintage Blue Kimono Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

3 Bottoms

Everlane Wide Crop Pant True Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Wideleg Crop Utility Pant Golden Brown by Conscious by Chloé

American Apparel Mom Jeans DIY Raw Hem by Conscious by Chloé

3 Pairs of Shoes

Nisolo Paloma Mule Brandy by Conscious by Chloé

Nina Z Niko Clogs Black by Conscious by Chloé

Everlane Day Heel Natural Suede by Conscious by Chloé

Join the #10x10friends community!

It's never too late to take part in the challenge. Today, I've presented you the pieces I chose for this season but I will only post my looks this Friday and the following one. So chose your picks, have fun and make sure you come back here at the end of the week to see how I styled my 10 items for the first half of the challenge!


Are you in? What’s the weather like in your area? Which items are you the most excited to style this season?

A Fall Afternoon Walk around Portland in my Nisolos

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Working from home and moving from city to city over the past couple years, I've quickly realized that Internet and Instagram would play a major part in the way I'd meet new friends.

But little did I know that I would find not one but four amazing ethical fashion bloggers in my new hometown!

I've had the chance to collaborate with Ellie last year and was honored to be on a panel with Allison, Andrea and Ellie last spring during the Sustainable Fashion Forum.

This time, we're reunited for a special collaboration with a brand I've had on my radar for a few years now: Nisolo.

Nisolo is an ethically-sourced leather shoe brand that supports craftsmen in Peru. The leather they use is a by-product of the meat industry and the brand follows eco-friendly waste disposal practices.

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Top (linked to similar) | Pants (linked to similar)| Bag (linked to similar) | Shoes c/o Nisolo

The Paloma Mules

For my first pair of Nisolos, I decided to play it safe and chose a tried-and-true style: mules! So that's how I added the Paloma Mules in brandy to my fall closet.

Style

I like to wear mules and clogs with crop pants, or to just roll up the bottom of my jeans and leggings (who else thinks showing one's ankles is sexy?).

I haven't been very adventurous for this first try and opted for a monochromatic outfit to pair them with, but I got more accustomed to them over the next couple days and have been playing around quite a bit with my fall capsule wardrobe (to be continued...).

The brandy color is a classic and pairs really well with blues and browns alike.

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Size

I usually have a hard time ordering the right size for shoes so I figured chosing a mule would be a safe bet.

I ordered my actual size (8) and it was the right choice. They fit perfectly!

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Comfort

My feet were pretty sensitive after I came back from a long hiking trip and the Palomas were the first pair of "closed" dress shoes I was wearing after the summer. So I did get a blister on my toes the first time I wore them.

I then decided to wear them at home with a pair of socks for a little while and now they fit like a glove!

If you have sensitive feet like me, you can try this solution or use an anti-chafe balm.

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Care

The leather seems prone to scratching. This is not my first pair of leather shoes, so I'm not mad about it. Just like a leather jacket, they will gain more character over time. And I've got my true-and-tested (Portland made) shoe care kit to give them some TLC when the time comes.

I did add a sole protector to the naked leather to protect it from the elements and make sure my Nisolos would last a lifetime.

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

If you're considering getting a pair for yourself, I honestly highly recommend them. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

And, last but not least, make sure you follow me on Instagram because the ladies and I have a special surprise TOMORROW for you and your best friend!

Nisolo Paloma Mules Review by Conscious by Chloé

Now head over to the girls' blogs to read about their own experience. From left to right:

This article is part of a collaboration with Nisolo, who gifted me a pair of shoes. This post is NOT sponsored, but when you shop via some of the links I will make a small commission. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Kiara Rose Photo.