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.

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this (long) weekend? I'm gonna soak up the last warm days and volunteer at the farmers market on Sunday!

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

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What are your plans for the weekend?


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


Do you have a favorite newsletter?


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?