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 Portland, OR.

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?


Self Care - Free Activities that Keep Me Sane during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Yoga with Adriene HOME by Conscious by Chloé

How are you holding up? So far, I'm doing OK, with only one major meltdown to this day. The spring weather and light are definitely playing a key role in keeping my mood up.

I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time reading. Maybe it's because the book I'm reading is more informative than entertaining, but I feel like my attention span is pretty short and I'm looking for a way to escape rather than learn.

So for now, you won't see me trying to learn a new language, skill or craft. I spend most of my time working, frantically organizing/cleaning our house and watching Youtube videos (TV shows are too long to watch, see the reference to my attention span above).

So here's a list of FREE activities that keep me sane during this pandemic:

Yoga with Adriene HOME by Conscious by Chloé

Workout with Chloe Ting

I was looking for a workout program to do at home and totally randomly found Chloe's videos on Youtube. I started a 25-day program almost immediately and I must admit that it is also the first time I manage to stick to it for so long! I finished the Slim Thigh Challenge (no judgement) last week and immediately started the (challenging) Hourglass Program. I feel strong and energized and haven't gotten tired of exercising yet (but I might have gotten tired of the backgroud music...).

Yoga with Adriene

I'm at day 29 of Adriene's HOME yoga series, which she initally launched at the beginning of the year. Having something to look foward to every day + an end date that might take me closer to the end of social distancing kept me going. I'm already looking for my next challeng, but it will probable be the April series, NURTURE. I usually do a session right after my workout to stretch and slow down. By the time I'm finished, Octave is up and we can have breakfast together.

Creative Morning Field Trip by Concious by Chloé

Creative Mornings' Field Trips

I usually attend Creative Mornings in person in my city (so far I've attended them in Geneva, LA and Portland) but now that this is out of the question, the CM community has decided to gather online. I attended the adequately named "WTF is SEO" session this past Monday and had so much fun listening to the amazing speaker and scrolling through the attendee list to see what everyone was up to (I loved that many had turned the video on). Since then, I've also attended a manifestation session, a sound bath, and learnt a little more about Human Design, which I talked about in this article.

Unrooted Podcast by Julie Hotz by Concious by Chloé

Long walks and podcasts

During work breaks, I put my beloved wireless ear buds on and head outside for a walk around my neighborhood while tracking my steps with my Fitbit.
If you don't have access to the outdoors, my talented friend Julie Hotz released 2 bonus episodes you don't want to miss on her UN/ROOTED podcast. One is A Walk in the Woods - Alpine Lake and the other one is A Walk in the Desert - Choose Your Own Adventure. I may or may not have cried multiple times during the first one. It felt really good!

The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen Crew Working from Home by Conscious by Chloé

Bon Appetit videos

Octave & I are obsessed with the chefs of BA's test kitchen. Our favorite episodes are Gourmet Makes with Claire Saffitz and It's Alive with Brad Leone. We are now especially excited to see them all cook from their own personal kitchens (or their parents') during this Stay at Home period.

Block Shop Textile Scarf as Home Decor by Conscious by Chloé

Home Decor videos

My current favorites are Canadian Youtubers Alexandra Gater and DIY Danie. Danie inspired me to work with what I have at home, so I used a Block Shop scarf and a blind wand to decorate the wall above my bed. What do you think?

Dance Church Go by Concious by Chloé

Dance Church

Close your blinds, put on your most comfortable outfit to move in, tune into the live stream and follow the guidelines, or don't, just dance your face off like no one is watching, because no one is watching. I attended twice and it released all the tensions and made me laugh, the feeling of freedom is quite contagious!

Dance Church Go by Concious by Chloé

Wow, I just realized that all these activities involved either screen time or some form of technology. I guess I just have to embrace the fact that this is what currently keeps me going. Screens are no necessarily evil and I really, really love the Internet.

Free Social Distancing Activities to do during the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic by Conscious by Chloé


Now tell me, what has been keeping you sane lately?

Capsule Wardrobe - That Yellow Hat

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

These pictures were taken a year ago, not too long before I moved back to France. And for some reason, I never got to post them in here. I suppose that life was pretty overwhelming... for very different reasons than it is right now.

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

So I suppose that now might ironically be a good time to post these, to escape our homes and worries for a minute, imagine this will be over soon and dream about lying on the grass under the sun, listening to the birds sing.

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit Details:

I think I remember getting that dress at the last flea market in the fall of 2018, knowing that I would wear it the next spring. I like the idea of buying presents for my future self, to have something to look forward to in another season, another year.

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

I stole this black t-shirt from Octave's closet, as we were decluterring and downsizing while preparing for our upcoming move. I had never seen him wear it, so I decided that it would be mine from now on.

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

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My sneakers were on their last legs, with a counter looking worse for wear and a hole in the sole. I had gotten them when I used to live in the Netherlands, so probably in 2012-2013. I remember realizing once I got home that one of the shoes was discolored, probably from having been displayed in the sunny window for too long. I eventually decided it looked cool and even laced both shoes using a different pattern!

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

It was overall a beautiful, romantic afternoon in the gorge. Octave & I shot a couple Polaroids, one of which is currently displayed on our fridge.

I'm grateful that we had the opportunity to escape the stress of moving and being separated for a couple months, not knowing what the future held for us.

I now look back at these pictures and dream about the next time we'll get to see this place again.

Soon enough, I hope.

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew Bone Sweater by Conscious by Chloé

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Well, that was some serious talking! Now tell me, do you steal items from your partner's closet?