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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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Happy Wednesday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna celebrate Octave's birthday!

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My March Styling Challenge - Week 1

Woman Holding a Pile of Colorful Sweaters by Conscious by Chloé

One gloomy day in February, I suddenly decided to participate in a monthlong styling challenge organized by Abbey Cerek. I haven't posted style content in a while online and was going through a wardrobe crisis.

I've spent most of the winter bundled up, wearing my trusted wool underlayers with my coziest quilted pants.

I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at tyling videos on Instagram and saving looks on Pinterest, convincing myself my closet is lacking key pieces. But I know that's not true and that: 1. I have more clothes than I need, and 2. I probably have enough fabric in my stash to sew a whole new wardrobe.

So here I am, one week into this March challenge, taking daily pictures in front of my kitchen window.

Day 1 - Winterize a summer dress

Picnic Yellow Gingham Dress with Fluffy Sweater and Cowboy Hatby Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

Funnily enough, I had just put this dress in storage under my bed last week because my winter closet was packed and I needed to free a few hangers.

It snowed again here last night, so we’re definitely still in winter mode. And I’m sick as a dog... but this is a good challenge for someone who’s stuck inside and needs to take it slow ⛄️

The last pic is how this dress I made from a thrifted tablecloth looks like in all of its summer glory 🌻

I took inspiration from Allison and Kristen - who are pros at winterizing summer dresses- and tried to channel my inner Jen who’s so good at posing and knows how to wear a cowgirl hat.

Day 2 - Outfit based on a song

Red Sweater Rudy Jude inspired Utility Jeans Black Velvet Bow by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

I initially chose “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake as my song for today, but quickly realized that my attempt to hem a pleated skirt last week was not a success...

Then, scrolling on Spotify this morning, I stumbled upon this cozy song “Red Sweater” by Caroline Bowling.

This cozy sweater is one of two knits I purchased this winter and I love it! For a long time, I thought that red wasn’t my color (as I tend to blush a little too easily), but I’m glad I stopped listening to the voices in my head and tried a new hue. Also, I took page from stylists such as Allison and Casey and layered my sweater with a white tee.

These jeans are my attempt at making a pair of Rudy Jude-inspired utility jeans from 2 thrifted pairs of $5 jeans.

Day 3 - Winter white

White Winter Oufit Quilted Jacket Blundstone by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

I used to wear a lot of white in the winter. Someone even remarked on it when I moved to town a couple of winters ago.

I like wearing white in the winter time. I like to blend in with my environment.

And I don’t mind the stains, though I should be better at dealing with them...

Day 4 - Print Mixing

An Arin St8ment Blanket Coat Pattern Mixed Pattern Clash Gingham Pants Striped Tee by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

Going all in with this pair of Persephone pants I made from gingham I found at the thrift store, this old stripped tee, and this #st8mentcoat by @an_erin I made with my mom from a vintage blanket we found in our family house

Drawing inspiration from the best: [Nic & Liv](Nic & Liv), Izzy, and many more I shared in my Insta Stories!

Day 5 - Let someone pick ur fit

Everlane Utility Jumpsuit Pauline Alice Ayora Jacket by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

This was a hard one for me, as I do not want to be told what to wear!

Nonetheless, I played the game and asked Octave to choose my outfit this morning. He’s not a morning person, so I simply decided to wear everything he touched in my closet...

He chose the sneakers, I made him choose between two beanies. I added the turtleneck and the socks to winterize this outfit, and voilà!

How did he do?

Also, check out my stories to see what made me look through the window 🥰

Day 6 - Food / drink inspo

Arc Style Bob Woven Pant Linen Lime Yellow Sweater by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

Does this make me look like a mojito? I hope so!

Styling my latest pair of Bob Pants with a bright and cozy loooooong sleeve sweater for this food/drink inspired outfit.

Check this fun Pinterest board for more food-inspired fashion!

Day 7 - Recreate a Pinterest fit

We Are Knitters La Casita de Wendy Rice Jumper Horseshoe Jeans by Conscious by Chloé
Outfit Details:

Here’s my attempt to recreate a fit by my ultimate style inspiration Chloe Hayward with the Rice Jumper I knitted a few winters ago.

Check out this side-by-side, how did I do?

Red Sweater Rudy Jude inspired Utility Jeans Black Velvet Bow by Conscious by Chloé

My thoughts after Week 1

  • So far, I'm really liking this challenge! I wake up every morning, choose an outfit, steam it, put on a little make up, and stand awkwardky in front of my kitchen window. I like the ritual, the rush to complete all these tasks before starting my day.

Woman Holding a Pile of Colorful Sweaters by Conscious by Chloé

Woman Holding a Pile of Colorful Sweaters by Conscious by Chloé

  • I'm surprised at how colorful my closet actually is! Look at all these fluffy sweaters! I never saw myself as a color girly, but looking at these pics, there's no denying it. I invest in one or 2 sweaters every winter, and I'm really liking the effect it has on my mood and comfort!

Woman Holding a Pile of Colorful Sweaters by Conscious by Chloé

Here's the calendar for the rest of the month, wanna join in?

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Thank you Abbey for a fun March styling challenge. Follow #wawmarchchallenge for more winter wardrobe inspo!

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The Conscious List

Backcountry Skiing Snowshoeing Splitboarding Snowboarding Foral Snowsuit for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Wednesday! What are you up to this weekend? I hope I'll be over my cold and able to go backcountry snowboarding!

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Singing Bird in Tree for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna sing with and in front of people!

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Repurposing an Old Tote Bag with a Punch Needle Patch

Personalized Punch Needle Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

YouTube made me do it!

I had never used a punch needle before, but I saw this video by Jenna Phipps and decided to get a punch needle starter kit to practice a little before diving into this major crafting project.

I'm not a designer, or good at drawing, so I looked for inspiration online and stumbled upon this cute children’s stool by PunchioArt.

Personalized Punch Needle Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

I couldn't believe how easy punch needling is, especially considering how much I struggle with my latest knitting project (a mohair cardigan)!

This piece only took my a couple of hours!

Personalized Punch Needle Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

Supplies

Techniques

The secret to punch needling is to stretch the fabric really well onto your hoop (so the fabric catches the yarn), to push the needle as far as it can go through the monk's cloth, and to make sure you don't lift the needle too high (so you get even loops).

Personalized Punch Needle Tote Bag by Conscious by Chloé

Once I finished it, I wondered what I could do with this round fluffy piece...

Then I remembered I'd had this tote bag for a few years. It had been gifted to me when I helped out a friend at a destination wedding.

Its design was not relevant to me, but I really like the shape and size of the bag, so I decided to give it a new life and slap my punch needled patch on it!

Now, I’m excited for more punch needle makes.

A pair of espadrilles inspired by The Urban Acres is 100% on my to do list (I may or may not already have the supplies 😜)

So stay tuned for more projects and more detailed step-by-step instructions!

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