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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Oregon Coast by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I've been pushing plans to go to the Oregon coast and spend a couple of days in Portland. We'll see if I can make it happen, it's been way too long!

Picture by Katie Musial

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Peak and Valley Nourish My Brain Blend

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Since Octave got a fancy coffee machine, I've been looking for alternatives to coffee he could still have fun with to make me lattes in the morning.

My current faves: matcha, homemade chai, turmeric.

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I was recently sent the Nourish My Brain Blend by Seattle-based and black-owned brand Peak + Valley and added it to my rotation.

The Nourish My Brain Blend is a caramel-tasting herbal blend packed with potent adaptogenic herbs (Ashwagandha) and mushrooms (Lion's Mane, Snow Mushroom).

It was created to help "avoid distractions during long meetings, powering through an afternoon of creative time, or just helping you stay sharp..."

I usually add a teaspoon of the blend to my morning cup of oat milk and love the earthy taste! I've been slowly switching to sugar-free morning blends and this one does not disappoint.

Peak and Valley is available Whole Foods or online at peakandvalleyco. Use code “CONSCIOUSCHLOE5” for $5 off

*disclaimer: product was gifted with the expectation to post

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

Ever since I sewed my first quilt jacket, I knew that I would make another one. But this time, with a proper pattern.

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

I eventually found just the one I was looking for, with a cropped length and huge pockets: the Ayora Jacket pattern.

I've seen many hacks of this pattern by following the #ayorajacket on Instagram and knew I would find a way to use a thrifted quilt and this pattern.

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

I had initially planned on using another quilt until I stumbled upon this one on the free shelf of my local thrift store. I figured that since I really wanted to do it right, I would test out the pattern on this free quilt before using my favorite one.

After a couple of sessions of cutting the pattern and laying it out on the quilt, I quickly learned a couple of things about pattern matching and pocket cutting.

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

It's a fairly simple pattern, especially when you're not sewing your own quilt, but it took me weeks to complete.

In a matter of weeks, I sewed through my finger with my sewing machine, I broke a needle on the serger I got for free on my local Buy Nothing group, and ran out of bias tape after binding the 2 big pockets. I live in a small town, I don't drive to town often and the resources are scarce, so I ordered a proper serger foot, extra needles and more biais tape.

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

Making, thinking, learning: my favorite pastimes!

I also worked on other projects in parallel, which have pushed the date of completion of this jacket.

But I'm not mad about it. Winter lasted way longer than it should have and it's barely warm enough for me to wear this jacket this week. After shooting this pic, I ran back to the car and changed into a warm wool sweater and a puffer jacket!

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

Anyhow, I'm in love with my test run and can't wait to make another quilt jacket using my newly repaired and adjusted serger.

I did not pause to take proper process pics but you can check out the "Ayora jacket" highlight on my Instagram profile to follow the progress from start to completion...

Thrifted Quilt Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé

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Indigo Dyeing for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Wednesday! What have you been up to? It's been cold, I've been busy and I have had to overcome a bunch of delays in projects, but I'm seeing the end of the tunnel and will hopefully share new content soon!

In the meantime, here's what has inspired me lately:

Picture by Jelleke Vanooteghem

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Wooden Sled for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna enjoy the snow as much as possible!

Picture by Igor Cancarevic

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