Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

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Saint-Etienne Barrage de Grangent for Conscious by Chloé

Sorry sorry for the mishap earlier this morning, I'm currently jetlagged in France and messed up my schedule ≦(..)≧

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm going to see a "bête de scène" as we say in French.

Picture by Lilian Velet

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My January Reading List

An American in Provence by Jamie Beck by Conscious by Chloé

I've never been the best at writing book reports so this is not what this is. I've been keeping track of the books I read for a couple of years now and, after committing to reading more in my yearly lists, I feel like posting a monthly list of the books I read would encourage me to read even more.

So here's what I borrowed from the library in the month of January.

If you're interested to see what else is on my waiting list, check out my 2023 reading list.

And please share your recommendations in the comments (women, queer, POC authors are all I've been reading since 2017 and I'd like to keep this trend going!)

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain by Abby Norman by Conscious by Chloé

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain by Abby Norman

For quite a while I've been trying to understand what happens in my uterus, and in preparation for a series of medical appointments, I wanted to read stories of people who've had issues obtaining a diagnosis.

Beating Endo: How to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis by Iris Kerin Orbuch MD and Amy Stein DPT

Beating Endo: How to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis by Iris Kerin Orbuch, MD, and Amy Stein, DPT

In the same vein, this book, written by two doctors working hand in hand - one is a pelvis pain specialist, the other is a physical therapist - helped my put words on my symptoms and take a holistic approach. I ended up downloading a body graph and listing all the things that happen or have happened to my body in order to maybe draw connections between these events and symptoms.

Guantanamo Voices: An Anthology: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison by Sarah Mink by Conscious by Chloé

Guantanamo Voices: An Anthology: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison, edited by Sarah Mirk

I was shocked to realize that I did not know that Guantanamo still existed and that people were still unlawfully held there. I am incapable to explain the loopholes and made-up reasons that were imagined to come to this result. I really want to learn even more and see in what small way I could advocate for a change.

An American in Provence: Art, Life and Photography by Jamie Beck by Conscious by Chloé

An American in Provence: Art, Life and Photography by Jamie Beck

I've been admiring Jamie's work for close to a decade and even more closely since she moved to the South of France. From the time she and her partner created the cinemagraph to the time when Jamie created her now famous pandemic series #isolationcreation, I have admired both her technique and vision.

The Little Book of Cottagecore: Traditional Skills for a Simpler Life by Emily Kent by Conscious by Chloé

The Little Book of Cottagecore: Traditional Skills for a Simpler Life by Emily Kent

I can never get enough hygge inspo. Cottagecore could be my middle name. I want to keep this book for way longer than the library allows me and test all the DIYs and recipes!

What are you currently reading? I'd love to know, please share your recommendations in the comments below!

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AI generated art via Midjourney with the floral Scandinavian folk art white background --ar 3:2 prompt by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna pack for a trip!

AI generated art via Midjourney with the "floral Scandinavian folk art white background --ar 3:2" prompt

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An Oversized Quilted Market Tote DIY

Quilt Oversized Market Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

I made yet again another thing out of this old quilt I found in the free pile at the thrift store (did you know about my quilt obsession?)

It's a little bit much, but I knew I wanted to make a huge tote bag after I saw this one.

I used the canvas tote I go shopping with as a template and adapted its measurements to the design of the quilt.

Quilt Oversized Market Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

The result is a huge fluffy bag that I put to use right away as I went to the UPS store to ship a couple of parcels.

I picture myself using it next summer to go on a picnic, or throwing a bunch of clothes in it and leaving for a spontaneous road trip.

Quilt Oversized Market Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

I included a little pocket so I'm able to easily find my phone and cardholder in it (remind me to never upgrade to a bigger phone).

Sewing this tote proved to be a little tricky considering the thickness of the layers but my trusty sewing machine held up OK. I did also put my serger to good use and cleaned up all the seams, the result looks almost professional (to me).

Quilt Oversized Market Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

I still have fabric to spare and have a couple more items on my to-do list, probably another quilt bucket hat, and maybe a pair of mittens. I would have loved to copy a weekender bag I've been using for more than a decade but only thought about it after I had cut the pieces for the tote... That will be a project for the next quilt I thrift!

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Pink sky for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I have no plans and I'm OK with this!

Picture by Davies Designs Studio

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