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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 coming to you from Central Oregon.

The Conscious by Chloé 2020 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Homebody

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody by Conscious by Chloé

This year, I decided to focus on small Portland shops, makers and lovers who - more than ever - need our support after a dreadful year.

Everything is shoppable online, so don't fret if you're not local ;)

For the homebody in your life who mastered the art of hygge.

First, consider:

Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Notary Ceramics Putty Grey Mug for Conscious by Chloé

  • A simple mug by Portland ceramist Notary Ceramics.

Golden Milk Blend Aesthete Tea Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Worry Medecine Zine The Far Woods Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Incense Holder Bowl by Shop DANO Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Gradient Puzzle Yo Store Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A meditative puzzle from Portland's Yo Store.

Diana Throw Blanket Seek & Swoon Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Camamu Soap Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • Soothing soap by local maker Camamu Soap.

Mud Cloth Pillow by Appetite Shop Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A fluffly pillow by Portland Appetite Shop.

Truly Kindred Muir Candle for Conscious by Chloé

You're OK Tincture Blend by Roots & Crowns Portland for Conscious by Chloé


And here's the complete 2020 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloé Shop.

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody by Conscious by Chloé

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!

The Conscious by Chloé 2020 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Adventurer

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Adventurer by Conscious by Chloé

This year, I decided to focus on small Portland shops, makers and lovers who - more than ever - need our support after a dreadful year.

Everything is shoppable online, so don't fret if you're not local ;)

For the wanderluster in your life who's always ready to go on an adventure - whether it's a thru-hike or a walk down the road to admire the sunset.

First, consider:

Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Granfors Bruk Small Forest Axe CORD Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A robust axe, from Portland's best adventure store, CORD.

Tillak Wallowa Granite Grey Hat by Tillak Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A quick drying camp hat by Portland B Corp Tillak.

Zero Waste Snacks Fernweh Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Kalastyle Save Water Soap Up North Surf Club Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A water-saving bar of soap sold by Portland surf shop Up North Surf Club.

Kupilka Cutlery Set Worn Path Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A zero waste cutlery set sold by Portland outdoor shop Worn Path

Shiracha-iro Bandana Kiriko Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A versatile bandana by Portland traditional Japanese textiles store Kiriko.

Thru the Looking Grass Print by Photographer Julie Hotz for Conscious by Chloé

  • A beautiful print by West Coast adventurer and photographer Julie Hotz.

Crew Neck Tee Merino Wool Heather Gray Wool & Prince Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Pledge Sew-on Patch by The Far Woods Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A meaningful sew-on patch by Portland creative duo The Far Woods.

Gale Straub She Explores Book for Conscious by Chloé

  • An inspiring book by badass adventurer (and podcaster) Gale Straub.

And here's the complete 2020 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloé Shop.

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Adventurer by Conscious by Chloé

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!

The Conscious by Chloé 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide by Conscious by Chloé

'Tis the season!

This year, I decided to focus on small Portland shops, makers and lovers who - more than ever - need our support after a dreadful year.

Everything is shoppable online, so don't fret if you're not local ;)

This 2020 Holiday Gift Guide has also been an opportunity to take the time to select meaningful gifts for the people I love, tailored to their needs and the things they care about, whether it's supporting a cause, learning a new skill or staying safe at home.

Here you'll find my thoughtful selection of presents that will serve a purpose without harming the planet or the people who made them (I even heard makers make a happy dance every time they get a sale).

I hope you'll enjoy seeing a couple familiar names and maybe discover new ones to support in this guide. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments below.

Over the next few days, I’ll update this post with links as I publish each one of the following holiday gift guides. You can sign up here to get them straight into your mailbox.

As always, you can visit the Conscious by Chloé Shop for more gifting inspiration.

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!

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide by Conscious by Chloé


I hope you'll find what you're looking for here but also highly recommend you to support your local small shops to find the perfect hand- and locally-made gifts for your loved ones. Order online, arrange curbside pick-up and ALWAYS wear a mask when out in public.

Capsule Wardrobe - All Weather Boots

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot Stone Review by Conscious by Chloé

I spent yesterday morning exploring a patch of National Forest and a nature preserve that a neighbor/friend had told us about.
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We had the place to ourselves and could not believe how lucky we are to live so close to the wilderness.
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I've been saving up money to upgrade my 11-year-old camera this Black Friday so I will soon be able to show you all the beautiful wildlife!

Get ready for more content any maybe even some experimentations with new media... Can you guess what I have in mind?

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot Stone Review by Conscious by Chloé

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot Review

Nisolo gifted me the Amalia All Weather Boots and as soon as I received them I took them on a test run in challenging conditions even though I had chosen the stone color!

Fit / Sizing

I chose my usual size (7.5) and they fit like a glove. They are on the narrower side in my opinion so I would size up if you're planning on wearing big wool socks.

Comfort

These took no time to break in. I've walked a couple miles in them on rugged terrain and have nothing to report besides how comfortable they felt. No need to switch shoes once I came back to the car.

The studded rubber soles also make them a great boot for walks on slippery terrain.

Waterproofing

I wasn't even scared to get the boots dirty because of their waterproof suede leather. I have yet to test them in the pouring rain (Central Oregon is definitely drier than Portland) but looking at how easy to clean they were (a rag and water), I could tell that they are definitely water-resistant.

Style

I played it safe with a black jeans / brown sweater combo but I can definitely picture all-cream outfits or styling the boots with a classic pair of jeans. I recently purchased a long flowy skirt from the thrift store that I can totally picture with laced-up boots! So many possibilities!

Final thoughts

If you've been looking for a pair of boots to invest in this Black Friday or to treat you for Christmas, I highly recommend the Amalia All Weather Boots. They also exist in leather for a more urban look.

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot Stone Review by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit details

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot Stone Review by Conscious by Chloé


What have you been saving up for in anticipation of Black Friday this year?

Make Your Own - Quilted Jacket

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

About a month ago, I found a quilt at a thrift store.

I am not a classic quilt person, but my thrifting radar beeped when it saw that piece of craft(wo)manship. And this is all because of someone I followed on Instagram.

A couple weeks before that, I had seen on Julie D. O'Rourke's Insta stories how she transforms quilts into jackets. Then I discovered Psychic Outlaw's shop and, from there, everything started snowballing.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

So back to the quilt. I bought it, went back home, and considered drafting a pattern from a quilted jacket I already owned.

It took me a couple week to cut the pattern. And then another couple weeks to make the first cut into the quilt.

And this brings us to 2 days ago.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Process

I take Mondays off to do nothing or work on creative projects. And little did I know that it would be the day I would tackle this project.

I moved the furniture, spread the quilt on the floor and tried to figure out how to cut my pieces.

And that's where I made my first mistake, not realizing that the back of the jacket is longer than the front and taking this into account so that the pattern would match between the front and the back...

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

But there was no going back (I had no extra fabric on hand), so I owned my mistake and powered through.

I won't go into too many details about the process as I mostly winged it. I seriously wish I had bought a pattern rather than tried to draft one from my Everlane Quilted Jacket, but I'm impatient and when motivation/inspiration calls, there's no waiting!

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Things went rather smoothly and I even went as far as making my own bias tape. Well it's not exactly bias, as I created it from a long piece of fabric and did not cut it into the bias of the fabric...

Did I lose some of you already? I'm not a sewing expert, but I just happen to have listened to a Love to Sew Podcast episode dedicated to bias and learned so much!

Side note: I considered getting a bias tape maker, but refer back to the previous paragraphs where I mention my lack of patience...

After a couple hours of cutting and sewing, I finally had a jacket with sleeves!

And then I stopped to go to bed before I started making too many mistakes.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

The following morning, I fixed a couple errors and cut pockets while waiting for the thrift store to open to buy the final touch: buttons!

I did a quick poll on Insta stories and you told me to go for the colorful buttons - which was the cheapest option :)

So there you have it, my first (and probably last) attempt at making a jacket from a thrifted quilt!

It cost me a whooping $21.10 ($20 for the quilt + $1.10 for 6 buttons).

You can find pictures of the whole process in the highlight on my Insta Stories.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Inspiration

I went down a rabbit hole and found these amazing makers:

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Patterns

After a little research I found that the following patterns would work great for a quilted jacket:

  • The Tamarack Quilted Jacket.

  • The Haori Japanese-inspired jacket.

  • McCall's [5162 Boxy Lined Jacket](McCall's 5162 Boxy Lined Jackets: jacket with patch pockets, bias trim, easy sewing pattern).

  • The Chandra Quilted Jacket.

I took advantage of the fact that Octave needed to borrow something from a friend/neighbor to tag along and shoot a couple pictures on the way back home.

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Quilt Jacket DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit details

How To Make A Quilt Jacket by Conscious by Chloé


Have you been working on a creative project lately?