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.

Rainy Day Essentials

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

It's no secret that Portland gets much more rain than the average American city. And after 4 winters here, I can finally say that my rainy day uniform is complete.

After a major rainstorm 2 years ago, I was very disappointed to realize that the so-called fisherman raincoat I owned (sold by a famous French brand/made in Madagascar) did not have waterproof seams!

I quickly sold it at a consignment store and invested in the one I'm wearing here during the last Black Friday sale. After a rainy season, I'm happy to report that no water made it through.

I've had a pair of tall rain boots for a couple years, but was definitely looking into an ankle height pair to wear on a daily basis, in Oregon weather, without compromising on style.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Raincoat: Stutterheim | Pants* (linked to similar)| Turtleneck: Everlane* | Hat: Tillak | Shoes* c/o Everlane

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

The Everlane Rain Boot

The Everlane rain boots are ankle height and have a Chelsea look, with a slightly more massive outsole.

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Style

I like the aggressive look of these boots. They're what I look for in a pair of sturdy harsh weather shoes. I want impermeability, comfort and traction since Portland streets and trails are muddy and slippery in the winter.

It was so hard to chose a color, but I opted for the Surplus model to contrast with my potato-colored raincoat.

Also, I may or may not use them a lot in the garden, so I chose the usual color for gardening shoes :)

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Size

I ordered my actual size (8) knowing that the boots are made to be worn in one's usual size with thick winter socks. Otherwise, I would have sized down!

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Comfort

This is the most comfortable pair of rain boots I've owned. The cushioned insole definitely a big part in it. They're easy to put on and take off, thanks to their and easy-to-grab pull tabs.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Care

The rubber is easy-to-clean. I've put them to the test working on the compost pile in my backyard and easily cleaned them by spraying them with the watering hose.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

If you're considering getting a pair for yourself, I honestly highly recommend them. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!


This article is part of a collaboration with Everlane, who gifted me a pair of shoes. This post is NOT sponsored, but when you shop via some of the links I will make a small commission. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Which color would you chose: black, surplus, stone, toffee or pink?

Podcast - A conversation with Stephanie Seferian of The Sustainable Minimalists

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

I was a guest on the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast.

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast is where sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering, parenting + conscious consumerism intersect. The host, Stephanie Seferian, offers eco-friendly tips + incremental strategies for cutting through clutter as a means to more fully enjoy life's sweetest moments.

In this episode, Steph & I chatted about 3 incremental tweaks we can all tackle to crank up our eco-friendly efforts.

Here's a link to the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast and the show notes. I hope you'll enjoy them!

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

And don't forget to sign up for the Zero Waste Switch Challenge!


What's one thing you would do to kickstart your journey to less waste?

Have a Blissful Weekend #29

Can't Touch This Card by Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend?

I'm attending a letterpress workshop tomorrow at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and will go mountain biking on Sunday.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week:

A BOOK - The Untethered Soul* by Michael A. Singer

which I've been falling asleep to for the past week (I borrowed the audiobook * from the library).

A SONG - It's You by Lou Doillon & Cat Power

I never thought that 2 of my favorite singers would ever collaborate. A perfect song for a rainy morning.

A PODCAST - The Word Witch by Claire Burgess

This Transgender Awareness episode with Aaron Caffee and Harvey James taught me so much and I simply want to share it with the whole wide world.

A VIDEO - It's Alive with Brad by Bon Appétit

I have a crush on Brad, not gonna deny it. I think Octave does too...

A DIY - Painting with Milk & Dyeing with Tea

Rebecca Desnos is a genius natural dyer. Her book * is my number one reference. This new technique she developped is changing the game. I cannot wait to give it a try!

A RECIPE - Roasted Beet Tart with Almond Crust by Andrea Bemis

Octave wants to switch up house chores a little, so I'm gonna cook a little more and he'll take care of the dishes. This recipe sounds like a great place to start.

And a couple links from around the web...

  • Have you heard of Loop, a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs?

  • This love letter.

  • Classic and cozy black textured cardigan*, anyone?

  • Human composting.

  • These Moss sneakers*.

  • Yes to inclusive sizing in the activewear industry. These leggings* made from recycled water bottles for the win!

  • My dream home.

  • I'm not super familiar with Eileen Fisher but keep seeing this brand at my favorite second hand store so this means: Good quality + Good resale value! I could see myself in these wide leg trousers*!

  • This quote made my heart skip a beat.

  • This music on repeat!


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Have you made, watched or listened to something worth sharing with us this past week?

Zero Waste Workshops in Portland

Do you live in Portland or are you planning a trip to the most Zero Waste friendly city in the world?

Come hang out with me!

I will open the doors of my own "Zero Waste" home to you, take you on bulk shopping trips and teach you how to make your own reusable food wrap!

Book a Zero Waste Home Tour in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Home Tour

I've been giving those tours for quite a long time now and really love it. I get to meet people from all around the world, or people who live down the street for me.

I think that this format (4 people max per tour) is the best introduction to Zero Waste living as it shows how easy it is to gradually implement zero waste swaps at home. And who doesn't love seeing what really happens on the other side of the camera?

Sign up now for a Zero Waste Home Tour!

Book a Zero Waste Shopping Trip in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Shopping Trips

Going shopping in bulk, whether it's at Whole Foods, Fred Meyer's, Winco or a small coop can be intimidating. I've been there, and had to take my husband with me because I was too scared to ask how I'm supposed to weight my containers. So why not have a friendly face show you how it's done? I'd be honored to be that person!

Zero Waste Shopping at the Alberta Coop

I'm a member of the Alberta Coop, so I know it like the back of my hand. It's small enough that I don't get lost but it has a wide selection nonetheless.

Schedule your next Zero Waste Shopping Trip at the Alberta Coop!

Zero Waste Shopping at People's Coop

Oh how I wish I lived closer to People's! To me, it simply is the best Zero Waste resource in town. So many bulk items to chose from, so many classes to attend, a farmers' market. It's Zero Waste Heaven.

Book your next Zero Waste Shopping Trip at People's Coop!

Book a Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop

Reusable food wrap is a super easy switch from disposables. And it's so easy to make. It is actually the first DIY I posted on the blog, and I'm still using the same pieces I made a couple years ago! Can you imagine how much money I've saved over that period of time?!

Reserve your spot for my next Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop!

Book a Zero Waste Workshop in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Do you have more Zero Waste workshop ideas for me?

Make Your Own - ​Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

My own version of the "A meal without wine is a day without sunshine" saying goes like this: "A meal without bread is a day without sunshine".

My grandpa was a baker, my first serious boyfriend was a baker, what can I say? Bread is the way to my heart.

If I had an endless supply (and the metabolism of an athlete), I would eat bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But since I don't, I save it for special occasions - for some reason, a perfectly ripe avocado seems to have become enough of a "special occasion".

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

I had already experimented with No Knead Bread, but was inspired to go one step further in my zero waste experiments (no more instant yeast packets!).

Some time after I watched the "Air" episode of Michael Pollan's "Cooked" Series on Netflix, I attended a food swap and came back home with my first sourdough starter. The time had finally come for me to make my own sourdough bread!

Octave and I used this sourdough recipe and worked with the equipment we had at home to bake our first loaves, though I wish we had proper proofing baskets* and a sharp scoring tool*.

Though the article links to instructions for how to make a sourdough starter, I would highly recommended getting a starter from a local source. Ask a friend, post a message on Nextdoor, ask your baker, sourdough starters grow way too fast so people are usually eager to share them to avoid waste.

Talking about waste, the Zero Waste Chef has an amazing sourdough crackers recipe, but that's a whole other story. For now, you need to focus on bread making before even thinking of repurposing your leftover sourdough starter.

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

The process was long, but the result was so worth it! The smell of warm bread, the tanginess of that first slice you've just cut from your homemade loaf, nothing beats that feeling.

My paternal grandpa passed away a couple days before I moved to the US - but I only got the news after I had landed in LA. We had been estranged for a couple years and I never got a chance to say goodbye, so this experiment brought me a little closer to this complex figure in my life.

But on a larger scale, all the recipes and DIYs I've tested during my journey to less waste - whether it's a lip balm, a loaf of bread or a jacket - make me appreciate so much the work of small makers.

I might not make bread at home forever, but I'm happy to now know how much work, science and dedication it actually takes to have bread on the table for every meal.

Bread Making Inspiration

  • Tartine* - I had this book on my radar when I was working at the shop, and regret not having used my employee discount to buy a copy.

  • Cooked - Michael Pollan's Netflix Series focused on the 4 elements.

  • Bread Making Essentials* - My ideal breadmaker kit.

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


What's the one thing you could eat all day, every day?