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 Central Oregon.

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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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


The Conscious List

Bramble Workshop Shibori Face Mask Covid-19 Coronavirus for Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Bramble Workshop

Happy Friday!

How are you? This week has been pretty busy and time has flown by. I'm looking forward to sleeping and catching up on... nothing! Oh I might finally start my seedlings! Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

  • My artist friend Jessica makes the most beautiful shibori face masks (and totally needs support during these trying times).

  • I'm trying to convince Octave to let me cut his hair. He's been saying no for years, but recently sent me this.

  • I finally decided to journal.

  • Shred videos make be laugh so, so much. I recently listened to I'm A Believer by The Monkees, and thought it would be so, so good shredded, and the Internet had, of course, made it. Also, my ultimate fave!

  • How to get going: an all-comics edition.

  • God Bless the USPS!

  • For some reason, I currently have a hard time reading, but if I didn't, I'd join this book club.

  • I don't know anything about Italian music exept for 80s hits, but this song caught... my ear.

  • Hold your sub! This is so silly to think about how to look good in pictures right now, but this guy's energy is something! Remember the squinch?

  • I have to get the ingredients to try this Oatly Barista Milk alternative!

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Did you buy a mask? Did you make your own? Do you wear one?


Make the Switch - Reusable Silicone Bags

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

Before it all happened, Octave and I spent a day on the coast, foraging for food and resting on the beach for a moment to enjoy a low waste lunch I had packed in the morning.

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

The trip wasn't exactly planned, so I grabbed what I had on hand and put together an unfussy lunch to recharge our batteries in the middle of an intense beach day.

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

How wasteful was our lunch?

  • Peanuts in a jar - straight from the bulk aisle to our pantry and our picnic basket - zero waste

  • Bagels - sold packaged in recyclable plastic film - recyclable, not curbside

  • Hummus - homemade from ingredients sold in bulk - zero waste

  • Avocado, apples - compost (skins) + trash (sticker)

  • Greens - sold in bulk - zero waste

  • Not pictured: a beer in a can for him, a kombucha in a glass bottle for me - recyclable curbside

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

Stasher Bag review

I stored our bagels in 2 reusable and dishwasher safe silicone sandwich bags and did not think twice about a potential hummus leak in our picnic basket. Once we got home, I washed the Stashers with my usual diluted Dr. Bronner's dish soap (we don't have a dishwasher) and left them to dry on the counter.

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

Now that road trips and beach days are out of the question, I'm planning on giving my trusted and homemade bee's wax wraps a break and replacing them by Stashers of various colors and sizes. I'm especially excited to use them to conveniently stack meals and summer fruit flat in the freezer for quick dinners and smoothies.

Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé

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Stasher Zero Waste Reusable Silicone Bags for a Zero Waste Lunch by Conscious by Chloé


What do you use to pack your snacks?