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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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

Have a Blissful Weekend #25

person in black hoodie holding basket in forest during daytime
Photo by Sebastian Pociecha

What are you up to this weekend?

I'm going mushroom hunting with friends and can't wait for them to show me their secret spots (wink wink)!

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

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!

Portland Flea Market Finds

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé
Photos by Octave Zangs

Sometimes the vintage stars align and you find the perfect outfit for a bargain in less than half an hour.

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé
Note to self: Stop shooting pictures on trash collection days.

Last Sunday, I had planned to go to the flea market early, wander, eat at a foot cart and visit the neighboring shops.

But something else kept me busy and only arrived at the Portland Flea Market 30 minutes before closing time.

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé

So I took a quick look at inspiring booths, and scored 3 new to me pieces.

One of the vendors had so many gems. I tried on a couple items but ultimately stuck to my color palette and bought this blue jacket and a skirt I'll wear in the spring.

The jacket is the perfect weight and color. I only wish it had pockets. Maybe one day I'll feel adventurous and open some. I prefer massive outside pockets but doubt I'll find the right fabric and don't want them to stand out if I don't.

An adrenaline rush even pushed me to bargain. And it worked!

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé

Then I tried on this dress on top of my clothes while the owner was already packing out and snuck into a neighboring booth to look at myself in one of their beautiful vintage mirrors.

It was exactly what I was looking for. I love the construction at the waist. The dress is 100% linen and was even made in the USA!

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé

I rarely get that lucky in such a short amount of time, and also rarely shop that impulsively. But sometimes, it's fun to go on a little shopping spree, and I never get buyer's remorse when I purchase second-hand pieces and support small vendors.

Portland Flea Market Finds by Conscious by Chloé
Dress, vintage from Wild Flower Vintage | Jacket, vintage | Clogs, Nina Z

What's the last vintage piece you added to your closet?

Have a Blissful Weekend #24

Fruit Market for Conscious by Chloé
Photo by Annie Spratt

What are you up to this weekend?

My program? Farmers market, party, flea market and head shots.

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

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!

Are You Good at Small Talk?

two person talking while standing near wall
Photo by Cristina Gottardi

I'm definitely not, partly because:

a/ I'm an introvert.

b/ I'm from Europe.

In my home country, we don't casually chat with business owners, unless we're regular customers.

It took me months to get to know my favorite barista and stop looking like a holier-than-thou French woman/being awkward and needing a minute to answer the innocent "What are you up to today?".

I never know how to answer the dreaded "What do you do for a living". And I tend to get annoyed when people ask me where my accent is from or how long I've been living in the city.

But over the past years, having moved from country to country and city to city, and having read many articles on the subject, I've learned a couple tricks to be more comfortable in small talk situations.

1. Practice

Don't like being asked a question? Craft the perfect answer or learn how to change the subject.

I'm still working on my elevator pitch and haven't found the best way to dodge the "Where are you from" question but I'm getting there. Some experiments have failed miserably, but I'm constantly learning.

There's an endless source of networking events around me so there's a chance I won't see the people I feel like I've made a bad impression on ever again. Or if I do, this will give me another chance to do better, try something else, or give up and switch to automatic mode and regurgitate my whole life's story.

The truth is, it's not their fault, it's mine. I just shouldn't attend that many events, and meet that many new people. But I can't help it. I go through "social butterfly" phases, and then stop completely and stay at home for weeks. Do you do that too?

What was I saying again? Oh yeah, practice. Or print a business card - it will force you to choose a title.

Current contenders: translator - sustainable lifestyle blogger - sustainability consultant

Do any of you have multiple jobs too? Also, when do you start calling yourself something? When that activity takes a big chunk of your time? When you start making money from it? Ah, so many questions!

Know Yourself Prompt Cards by The School of Life
Photo by The School of Life

2. Come Prepared

Why not write down a list of subjects before coming to an event?

This might sound totally unnatural to some people, but it can be a life-saver to others. From asking your interlocutor what's the latest podcast they've subscribed to to asking them what has been keeping them busy lately - the only diplomatic way to ask someone what they do for a living, as it does not alienate people who do not have a conventional job (i.e. job seekers, full-time parents, etc) - there are many candid ways to start meaningful conversations.

I've also had deep conversations with girlfriends using a deck of cards I received with a subscription box and also with the Know Yourself Prompt Cards by The School of Life. I'm actually thinking about bringing them to the next event I'll attend. It's gonna be weird, but might be very fun! Wanna join me?

Volcano by Satsuki Shibuya

Artowrk by Satsuki Shibuya

3. Embrace the Discomfort

I don't mind going to events unaccompanied. I've done that most of my adult life. I look pretty comfortable sitting by myself at a restaurant and feel at ease alone at the movies. Same thing goes for social events. But it requires a lot of energy from me, which is why I only do that over a short period of time - I once listented to a podcast episode where the guest, Satsuki Shibuya, explains how she uses a point system to work with her energy and avoid burnout.

Want a great ice-breaker tip? Come to someone who looks as uncomfortable as you (or just someone who's alone) and share your discomfort. Being vulnerable and asking for help is the best gift you could give a stranger (in a safe space, obsviously) and a wonderful way to make a meaningful connection.

Now, here are some articles that have taught me that I wasn't the only one:

And a couple tools that have definitely helped along the way:

I'm also curious about this deck of cards

And can't wait to get this one from a Kickstarter I backed up:

And finally, how perfect is this illustration?

Winter Conversation Starters by Mary Andrews
Illustration by Mary Andrews

What's your favorite question to ask a stranger at a party?

Announcing Portland's First Zero Waste Conference

Portland Zero Waste Conference 2018
Photo by Jilbert Ebrahimi

In exactly a month, Portland will welcome its first Zero Waste Conference.

And I'm very proud to be one of its 2 co-organizers.

Brion Hurley and I met on various occasions over the past couple years, notably through Recycling Advocates, the non-profit he's the President of. We also both attended the Master Recycler Program and the Agent of Change training of the Center for Earth Leadership.

Last June, he reached out to me and asked me whether I'd like to help him organize a Zero Waste Conference.

Hell yes!

We are very proud to announce that Recycling Advocates and Zero Waste PDX will be organizing Portland's first Zero Waste Conference on Sunday 14th October from 2 to 6 pm at Taborspace, in SouthEast Portland.

Portland Zero Waste Conference 2018


This event will be a “pay what you can” model, to give everyone the possibiliy to attend (our suggested donation price is $25 per person).

All the proceeds from this event will be donated to Recycling Advocates.