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 - Zine

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

Yesterday, I was on my library's website minding my own business and downloading yet another e-book that I would not be able to read (I cannot focus, really) when I noticed in a corner of the homepage that the Multnomah County Library was hosting a virtual event with Malaka Gharib, the author of the graphic memoir I Was Their American Dream.

The title of the event was Make a Self-Care Zine with Malaka Gharib.

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

I discovered zines on the late, at the Alien She exhibition at the OCMA, back in 2015 and have since then fantasized on writing my own.

For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, a zine is usually a homemade, self-published/self-photocopied, DIY-ed "magazine" that is typically produced in small batches.

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

I'm not a drawer. I actually feel very vulnerable showing you these - I mean, look at what Malaka made! - but what I mean to say is: If I managed to do it, anyone can!

Malaka gave us prompts and we had between 1 and 3 minutes to create each page. I obviously focused on text - did I mention I'm not a drawer? - but eventually got inspired as she showed us her work in real time.

Now I want to make more, experiment with placement, focus on images rather than text and get creative with flourishes.

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

I am not the most regular journaler, but I really think that I'd be happy to look back on a little time capsule from this "far from ordinary" period we're going through.

Malaka's workshop was focused on self care but there are so many subjects you could write about!

I want to remember our daily routine, the shows we watched, the games we played, the music we listened to, the food we cooked, the people we connected with, how we connected with them (Zoom, anyone?).

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

So here you go, grab a piece of paper, or even better, a piece of junk mail that has only been printed on one side (as you will end up writing only on one side of your sheet of paper) and start folding!

How to make your own zine from a single piece of paper

Check out this tutorial.

You can also make a little homemade notebook if you feel crafty.

Prompts to write your pandemic self care zine

  • What does a bad day during the pandemic feel like?
  • How do you pull yourself out of that feeling?
  • Who do you reach out to when you need to connect?
  • Describe your best day during the pandemic
  • How do you care for people you love during the pandemic?
  • What do you do to forget your surroundings during the pandemic?
  • What have you been holding on to get through this?

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

Portland peeps: For zine inspiration, check out the IPRC for making them, and Palace for browsing and buying the best zine selection ever!

Pandemic Self Care Zine Making with Malaka Gharib by Conscious by Chloé

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Have you ever published a zine/ Would you publish a zine? What was it/would it be about?


Capsule Wardrobe - Cropped Jeans

Nisolo Reina High Top Sneakers Bone & Babba Cardigan 19 Mist by Conscious by Chloé

After a week of summer weather we are back to cold(er) rainy days and I'm not too mad about it because we don't have A/C and I am not ready to sweat all day.

Nisolo Reina High Top Sneakers Bone & Babba Cardigan 19 Mist by Conscious by Chloé

I stored my winter sweaters a little too soon but luckily they're still within reach in a box under my bed.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen how I've taken in the waist of these jeans I got second hand on Vinted while I was in France. The alteration is super easy, all you need is a pair of scissors, some elastic band, thread and a needle.

I ended up threading the elastic around most of the waistband (rather than only in the back as it is shown in most tutorials - see Method 3 here) and I'm really happy about the result.

Now I can properly tuck my tops into my jeans!

Nisolo Reina High Top Sneakers Bone & Babba Cardigan 19 Mist by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit Details:

Cardigan (OS) - Babaa
Tee (M) - Everlane (similar)
Pants - Zara, shopped second hand on Vinted (similar)
Sneakers (7 1/2) c/o Nisolo (get 15% off with promo code "NOT ALONE")

Everlane is currently having a Choose What You Pay sale!

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Nisolo Reina High Top Sneakers Bone & Babba Cardigan 19 Mist by Conscious by Chloé


Am I too old for cropped jeans?


The Conscious List

Barefoot in the Grass by Annie Spratt for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Annie Spratt

Happy Friday! How are you holding up? I've spent a lot of time taking care of my mind and body this week and am feeling very, very good! And one mindblowing thing might have played a big part in it, keep reading.

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.


When's the last time you walked barefeet in the grass?


Capsule Wardrobe - No Pants Week

Runaway Bicycle Blue Dress Portrait by Conscious by Chloé

Time for a little challenge.
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I've talked in a recent blog post about my love for challenges during the pandemic (mostly workouts & yoga). They give a rhythm to my day and make me feel like by the time they end, this nightmare might be over.
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I've had so much fun and inspiration following many challenges which I've seen pop up on Insta over the past weeks and since it's been quite a while since I last participated in one (it might have been a fall 10x10), I thought I would jump in!
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Thrifted Yellow Linen Wrap Dress by Conscious by Chloé

Day 1

The #slowfashionspiritweek theme for Day 1 was "FANCY" so I took my board out and ironed my beloved secondhand linen dress, put on my most fancy jewelry (gifted by friends and family members) and slipped into a pair of gold slides I got in France last summer.

Outfit Details:

Linen Dress - thrifted (similar) at Urbanite
Crossover Sandals - bought in France (similar)

Thrifted Green Dress and Brookes Boswell Hat by Conscious by Chloé

Day 2

The #slowfashionspiritweek theme for Day 1 was "VACAY DAY". I may not have been in Hawaii on that day (I had planned on going there for my birthday, which was last week), but this did not prevent me from wearing my best travel outfit: another thrifted dress, a straw hat made by local maker, and these LA-made slides I got on sale last winter.
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I may or may not have make myself a mocktail and sat in a lounge chair in the garden during a work break...

Outfit Details:

Hat - discontinued Brookes Boswell
Dress - thrifted (similar) at Button
Slides - discontinued Marais USA (similar) (7)

North of West Black Dress and Black Vans High Top by Conscious by Chloé

Day 3

I decided to go back to my childhood and rock this 90s look. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The velvet choker made with the ribbon hanging from one of my scrunchies was a little too much but I decided to go for it nonetheless.
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I should have captured my hairstyle with a half-updo and 2 loose streaks of hair framing my face but just imagine how Phoebe Buffay would have rocked it!
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Any F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan in the house? Which character are you?

Outfit Details:

Dress - discontinued North of West (similar)
Tee - discontinued The Bee & The Fox (similar)
Sneakers (7) - Vans

Elizabeth Suzann Harlow Silk Crepe Dress and Everlane Form Three Strap Sandals Black by Conscious by Chloé

Day 4

For Day 4 of the #anythingbutpantsathome week, I paid homage to the amazing work that Liz and her team at Elizabeth Suzann have done over the past couple years (For a little background, they're going through really hard times).
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I've had the chance to meet some of them during a journey they embarked on a couple years ago to gather knowledge and inspiration from other makers.
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This fact alone was mind-blowing to me, and a reflection of what leadership, team-building and business-doing should look like.
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But I'll also always remember that post Liz shared after she had BURIED FABRIC TO CHECK ITS COMPOSTABILITY!
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Then there was the cost breakdown post, and many, many more.
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The dress I was wearing today and a couple other pieces had been sent to me by ES. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I had been so inspired after meeting them that I remember how my mind was racing. I wrote a long email and pitched an article I wanted to write about natural dyeing (this one!)
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Experimenting with such precious pieces seemed sacrilegious, but I went for it and embraced the imperfections.
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Because that's what makes life interesting.
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Liz & ES team, my heart goes out to you and I wish you all the best for the next chapter of your lives!

Outfit Details:

Silk Crepe Dress (home dyed)- Elizabeth Suzann
Sandals - discontinued Everlane (similar) (8)

Day 5

Runaway Bicycle Blue Dress and Everlane Day Heel Natural Suede by Conscious by Chloé

For Day 5 of the #anythingbutpantsathome week, I'm wearing a @runawaybicycle dress gifted to me by my friend Firouzeh last year after we worked together on a photoshoot.
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Blue is a color I NEVER wear (except for denim, of course), but, for some reason, I like this shade and find myself reaching for this dress when I want to feel put together while still being comfortable. And look! It has POCKETS!
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So here's my take on #dressupfriday. I'll probably be barefoot for the rest of the day, but you get the idea.
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Now I'm off to compile this week's looks into a whole blog post. Come check it out on consciousbychloe.com later today.
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Happy Friday y'all!

Outfit Details:

Dress - sold out Runaway Bicycle via Loom & Rhythm (similar)
Shoes - Everlane (8)

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.

No Pants Week Challenge Yellow Linen Wrap Dress Nisolo Paloma Mules by Conscious by Chloé


Are you a dress person? Could you challenge yourself to spend a week without wearing pants?


The Conscious List

Chasing Tomorrow Zero Waste Documentary for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Chasing Tomorrow

Happy Friday! How are you holding up? I caved and baked my first banana bread of the pandemic, and it will probably not be the last because we bought a 25lb bag of flour this week. Does this mean I'm gonna start baking bread again? WHO AM I?

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

  • Two years ago, two Frenchies contacted me for their Zero Waste documentary, and now 3 of my Zero Waste pals and I are in it (don't forget to turn the subtitles on as some ITW are in English and others in French).

  • My social distancing survival kit.

  • We watch Killing Eve and I'm obsessed with Villanelle's style. I knew that someone else might be too and found this IG account!

  • I've spent a couple hours updating my list of Zero Waste Bloggers around the world (map included!). Find some local insipration and please let me know if you have a ZW blog or read one I've missed in the list.

  • I watched Planet of the Humans, the latest documentary produced by Michael Moore and it really reinforced my motivation to always dig deeper.

  • This Saturday at 4.30 pm (EDT), don't miss the Universe in Verse, an event that celebrates "science and the natural world — the splendor, the wonder, the mystery of it — through poetry, that lovely backdoor to consciousness, bypassing our habitual barricades of thought and feeling to reveal reality afresh".

  • I did a couple alterations which I shared in my Insta Stories this week and some of you had never heard of this trick so here it is: How to Take in the Waist on a Pair of Jeans.

  • Wednesday's Calligraphy Field Trip inspired me to practice again and actually combine this with my commitment to write more to friends this year. So I got these to make my own watercolor cards! I'll report on that later...

  • I'm gonna send a newsletter soon to give you a life update, don't miss it.

  • Octave got me a long board for my birthday and now I need to do a different kind of yoga.

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.


Now be honest? Have you baked sourdough or banana bread yet?