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 coming to you from Central Oregon.

Make Your Own - Rope Bowls

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

On a Saturday in the end of May, I came out of the bedroom at 7 pm with full-on make up when Octave asked what happened and I just said: "I'm bored!". It made him laugh so much!

I raked my brain to see what else I could do to keep myself busy and finally decided to use that rope I had ordered ages ago in the wrong diameter (I'll just never learn the imperial system).

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

I had a rope basket video tutorial in my "Watch Later" playlist on Youtube just waiting to be watched, so I gathered my supplies and got to work.

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

It has been a process. I am impatient, so I decided to skip the part where it's recommended to switch the needle of your sewing machine for a denim needle and broke it.

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Then the tension of the thread (or the width of my stitch or its length) made it jam. Or maybe it was the bobbin. Anyhow, I did get frustrated quite a few times before it finally started going smoothly... and it was time for bed.

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Sunday mornings are sacred in my household, so I didn't mess up with our routine and waited until the late morning to get back on the saddle. I got really confident, went a little faster than I should have and missed a couple spots, but was overall satisfied with my first try.

I then decided to give it another try and document my "I've learned from my mistakes" process, expecting that everything would go smoothly.

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

There have been a couple more hiccups. I still did not have white thread, I still skipped a couple spots, my machine still jammed a couple times, but you know what, I've enjoyed it overall!

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé

I'm proud of having tried something new, used what I had on hand and not giving up when things first got messy.

Here's to small victories!

Oh and for a great video tutorial, I highly recommend Crafty Patti's. Let me know if you gave it a try (please send pictures :)

An Easy to Follow Rope Bowl Tutorial DIY by Conscious by Chloé


What's a project you've been working on these days? I'd love to know!


Make the Switch - Natural & Zero Waste Skincare

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

The stress of moving, the lack of sleep, and a new (to me) sunny and windy climate have taken their toll on my skin.

So when Blendily offered to send me products to test, I jumped on the opportunity to start a new skincare routine in my new home.

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

I've known Blendily owner Ivy Chuang's work for a couple years now - first reaching out to her by slipping a note through the door of the tiny shop she used to have on Alberta.

We eventually met up at her new light-filled shop and she also generously hosted one of my Zero Waste PDX gatherings.

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

Blendily's philosophy is simple: fresh, locally grown & gathered herbs & flowers blended with exotic botanicals and stored in reusable and recyclable containers.

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

I chose the Hello Sunshine Daytime Moisturizer to nourish and protect my skin from the sun (in conjunction with sunblock) and the Lip Lemonade as I constantly suffer from dry lips (I try really hard to drink more water too).

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

I was surprised by the aerated (almost foam-like) texture of the face moisturizer. It makes it super easy to blend on your skin.

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé

As for the lip balm, what can I say, except that the container is now almost empty ;)

Check out Blendily's products to support a woman-owned small business and hop on the #plasticfreejuly bandwagon.

Blendily Botanical Wellness Hello Sunshine & Lip Lemonade Natural and Zero Waste Skin Care Routine by Conscious by Chloé


What's your favorite skincare brand?


Self Care - Newsletters that Feed my Soul

Newsletters Worth Reading by Conscious by Chloé

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If you're anything like me, you like getting to Inbox 0 on the regular. I personally feel a little anxious when I open my email in the morning only to find it bursting with (promotional) messages.

But lately, I've been looking for ways to read more (since, for some reason I cannot focus on reading a book for more than 5 minutes) and more intentionally (i.e. not by scrolling on social media).

So I've bended my own rules and subscribed to a couple newsletters to inspire, entertain and inform myself:

1. Poetry Daily

Thanks to this one, I've read one poem a day for the past couple weeks and that's already more than I've read in the past... year? I make a point to read it as soon as I open my email, no matter how long it is, no matter whether I like it or not. I like the variety of the voices featured in it. Highly recommended!

2. Minimum Viable Planet

I've mentioned Sarah's work many times here on the blog already. You might be familiar by her Buyerarchy of Needs, but she also writes a super well-reasearched and easy to read "undepressing newsletter about how to fight climate change" (with illustrations). It's like you're in her head. For someone like me, it's very reassuring to read that someone feels the same about the state of the world and what we can/should do about it.

3. Garance Doré

I feel you either love or hate Garance, the ultimate French style blogger. Like old friends, we have our ups and down, and lately, I've been meaning to catch up with her, so I've subscribed to her new newsletter - which is different from Atelier Doré's newsletter. It's very personal, and reminds me of the time I first started reading her, back when she still lived in France... 12-ish years ago?

And now for my French readers...

4. Slate x Titiou

Je lis Titiou depuis des lustres sur son blog (délaissé) girls & geeks. Comme Garance, j'ai l'impression qu'on est très proche. Après tout, j'ai quand-même vu une photo de son placenta, ça créé des liens. Depuis quelques années, elle est en charge de la newsletter de Slate et une auteure féministe de talent. Sa sélection est parfaite, de la politique à la culture en passant par, bien sûr, le meilleur des internets. Non vraiment, si je pouvais vous y inscrire de force je le ferais.

5. Géraldine Dormoy

Ancienne responsable éditoriale L'Express Styles, et autrice de Café Mode, la journaliste Géraldine Dormoy a traversé une épreuve difficile et a lancé depuis peu une newsletter. J'aimais déjà sa plume à L'Express, mais je me réjouis de la lire sur des sujets bien plus personnels.

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Newsletters Worth Reading by Conscious by Chloé


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The Conscious List

Drive-in Cinema by DesignClass for Conscious by Chloé

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this (long) weekend? Octave & I are on our way to visit a house for rent in Central Oregon today (we packed lunches, snacks and our masks so as to minimize our contacts). Fingers crossed!

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

Note: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I recommend only products I genuinely like. Thank you so much for supporting my work.


Who else can't wait to host dinner parties?


Make Your Own - Oat Milk Latte

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Over the past couple years, Octave has gotten really into coffee and it has made my gift giving really easy.

It all started with a Home Barista Class, which was followed by a Milk Steaming and Latte Art Class and ended with a Home Coffee Roasting workshop. The next step would be moving to a warmer climate and starting our own coffee plantation but I don't see this happening... ever!

Did I mention I don't drink coffee?

With new skills comes new material. Octave, like me, is a crazy researcher and came up with the following setup.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Equipment

Find the whole list here.

As for ingredients, find what works for you, according to your diet and location.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Ingredients

  • Coffee
    Octave roast his own coffee from local Mr. Green Beans' but he also recommends the one from our neighborhood coffee shop and roaster: Carnelian Coffee.
  • Oat milk
    He tried to reverse engineer Oatly with amylase but without success. The Minimalist Baker has a great oil-free alternative.

And now, here's how Octave makes the best oat latte (according to himself and our closest friends).

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Brew the Espresso

(following instructions by Flair)

  • Heat up the steamer.
  • Weight 14 g of coffee beans.
  • Grind the beans with a burr grinder or a blade grinder dialed to the appropriate settings.
  • Affix the funnel to the portafilter and fill it with grounds, tamp lightly.
  • Remove the funnel and place the portafilter on the post and add the screen.
  • Preheat the cylinder by inverting it and placing it in a bowl filled with boiling water for 30 seconds or do like Octave and place it straight into the kettle until the water boils.
  • Pour some boiling water in a coffee cup to warm it up.
  • Retrieve the cylinder and add it to the portafilter (a pair of tongs could be useful).
  • Add brew water (198-208 ̊F, 92-97 ̊C) to the cylinder and fill it to the line.
  • Add the piston and the gauge to the top of the cylinder.
  • Lower the lever to brew. It should take between 35 to 45 seconds at 30 to 40 pounds force. If this is not the case, adjust your grind and dose.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Froth the Milk

(following instructions byJ.L.Hufford)

  • Fill your frothing pitcher just below the pour spout with cold milk.
  • Place the steam wand just below the surface of the milk.
  • Open the steam valve to full blast and begin frothing. During the frothing process, you need to keep the tip just below the surface of the milk so that you occasionally hear a ripping, sucking sound. You will need to have the tip off-center and at an angle to swirl the milk. Your milk will then create a vortex that incorporates larger air bubbles into the milk until a velvety smooth microfoam is achieved.
  • As you incorporate more air into the milk, you will notice its volume increase. Take note of the type of bubbles you see; if they are big and stay big, move the wand tip a little lower into the milk. Remember to keep that vortex whirling around as you go. Continue to stretch the milk until the sides of the pitcher start to get warm.
  • Lower the steam wand and emulsify. At this point, you can lower the wand tip below the surface of your milk. Make sure the angle and position of the wand stay the same to keep the milk rolling in a vortex. Heat the milk all the way up until the pitcher starts to become uncomfortable to touch but not scalding hot.
  • Close the steam valve and wipe down your steam wand with a damp cloth. Purge the wand one last time to ensure all milk residue is purged.
  • If you notice any larger bubbles in your milk, give it a tap on the countertop and swirl the milk around.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

Pour & Create Latte Art

(following instructions by Sophia Smith)

  • Latte art is easiest in a rounded bowl-shaped cup.
  • Pour your espresso into the bottom of the cup and then add a small amount of your steamed milk and swirl to incorporate it. The main aspects of the pouring technique are speed and height above the bowl. Pour slowly and evenly at a fairly high distance. This allows the milk and espresso to continue incorporating. You can pour in a circular motion to ensure it mixes well.
  • As you reach the second half of the cup, bring the pitcher closer to the surface. This layer will not incorporate, creating a distinction between the white foam and the body of the latte.
  • Starting on the side farthest from you, pour the foam into the cup and draw the pitcher towards you, creating a white circle.
  • Once you reach the other side of the cup, quickly drag the pitcher back across the cup, “cutting” the circle into a heart. A leaf can be made in the same way, except that instead of creating a circle, you move the pitcher in a zig-zag motion before “cutting” it with the stem of the leaf.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer

There you go. It's a lot of work, but it seems to be giving him so much joy! With physical distancing, he's been longing to make coffee for friends and neighbors and we considered opening a home coffee shop named "Coffee on the Floor" where people show up, put their cup on the floor in front of our house, back up, then Octave pours them a latte, back up and voilà! (we might have done that a couple times already). Our friend Sarah suggested we name it "Café par terre" because French always sounds better - we didn't say it, she did :)

Note: He also makes the best chai, matcha and turmeric lattes... Watch a little video I made of our Sunday routine here.

Make the Best Oat Milk Latte with a Flair Espresso Maker and a Stovetop Steamer


So, should Octave open a coffee shop?