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.


Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

Weather alert. It snowed in Portland!

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

The mountain kid in me laughs a little at how the whole city comes to a stop at the first sign of white flakes. Snow day, closed schools, stranded cars in the middle of the road.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

But I get it. It does not happen often, all cars are not equipped with the proper tires, and, mostly, drivers are not trained to deal with icy and slippery roads.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

We, freelancers, are lucky enough to work from home and not care about being stuck at home, since it's all we ever do. So Octave and I put on our hats and gloves and took a walk in our silent neighborhood on a snowy morning.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

My goal for this season was to find a pompom beanie. It was the one purchase I wanted to make for this winter, not a pair of snow boots, nor a rain jacket, a pompom hat. I found it, I'm now never not wearing it.

Now, about my pin collection. I've had a couple for quite a while, but never found the right jacket to put them on. So when I was gifted this sample piece, I knew it would be the perfect item to display the awesome pins from my friends Amy & Jen (PS: I may have also gotten an iron-on patch and added many more in the back of this jacket, Insta Stories followers, you know what I'm talking about).

Worn / Hat: Similar available via Lord & Taylor (made in the USA), Jacket: Similar available at Neiman Marcus (made in the USA), Sweater: Everlane (made responsibly in China), Leggings: American Apparel (made in the USA), Socks: Similar available via Need Supply Co., Shoes: Danner (made in the USA), Pins: Odds and Sods (made responsibly in China).

Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!

Shibori dyeing

Shibori dyed linen hanging from line by Conscious by Chloé

Last week was a craft-making week.

After having finished a big work project, I needed to step away from the computer for a bit and do things with my hands. Also, I had a pile of things to mend, some fabric that was waiting to be cut and sewn and, with the rain season coming, some leather goods that needed weather-proofing.

I'll spare you the boring details of socks and jumpers mending and jump to the fun stuff.

Last summer, as soon as I arrived in Portland, I searched for classes and workshops to sign up to for the new school year (I still call these my extra-curricular activities).

There was one thing I was looking for in particular: wheel-throwing. And other things that kinda showed up during my search, like shibori dyeing.

So on a Thursday night, a couple weeks ago, I rushed to my favorite fabric store (it was already closed, but Cameron was kind enough to reopen it for me) to get some cotton fabric to dye for my shibori class with Bramble Workshop at Field Trip, a cute shop in South East Portland.

The process of shibori dyeing is pretty simple, but it's typically the kind of thing I want to learn outside of home. For me, it's not as much about the process, which I could easily learn through an online tutorial, and more about discovering a new spot, meeting inspiring people... and drinking wine!

Ever since I took a fiber workshop with Kristin Morrison at Open House Creative in Southern California, I've wanted to do more dyeing. I had heard about shibori, but truth be told, I still sometimes want to call it kabuki (not even close) or limit it to tie & dye.

So, for those of you who don't already know, or who are not exactly sure of what shibori is, here's a short definition:

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique which involves binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing cloth while dyeing it in order to create different patterns.

Shibori dyed linen hanging from line by Conscious by Chloé

For this class, we used indigo. And I used 4 different techniques to create patterns. 1 on the napkin that was provided during the workshop, 2 on my fabric, which I had cut in 2 pieces and 1 on my white t-shirt, on which a girl in the class spilled indigo. I just figured that totally dyeing it would be a better option than trying to get rid of the stains. No, I didn't finish the class bare-chested, I did have a long sleeved t-shirt on as well!

Shibori patterns by Conscious by Chloé

Shibori is not really my style in terms of clothing, so I decided that the t-shirt would be part of my wheel-throwing uniform, with a pair of distressed jeans which I don't mind being covered in clay at the end of the studio session. I ended up making napkins and kitchen towels out of my dyed fabric.

Chloé sewing shibori dyed napkins by Conscious by Chloé

During the week, I also made myself an apron (which you may see in further recipe articles). I had no pattern and ended up making it a little too big. I might have unconsciously done this on purpose as I later figured that it fits Octave perfectly... I used regular canvas that I waterproofed with my current favorite Portland-made product: Otter wax!

I also used another kind of Otter wax to waterproof and nourish my new Danner boots and my old leather jacket (which owed me compliments from a girl at the market last week-end, wait for her to see how beautiful it looks now that it has almost found its original aspect).

And I started to make a few goodies for Christmas. Man, it looks like I didn't want to take my sewing machine (which is still on my desk as I type) out for nothing!

Anyways, that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed reading about my productive side-projects week. Let me know if you'd like more details about the process, I might start to show you some step-by-step DIYs and I'm dying to try natural dyeing again (I read a few interesting food-based recipes and Cameron recommended me classes in Portland).

Update: I spent an afternoon dyeing kitchen towels with my friend Kayleigh, check out her recap + tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.

What about you, what do like to do during your free time? Is there anything in particular you'd like to learn? Also, Portlanders, where do you take classes? DIY, dance, cooking? I'm always looking for more fun stuff to do/learn! Tell me everything here in the comment section, don't be shy!

Fall Coffee Run

This is my ideal coffee (or tea) run look: Cute high-waisted jeans, a white top, a cozy cape, my new favorite pair of men's boots (always check out the men's section), a statement bangle, a hat - just because - my trusted balm to protect my lips from the fall winds and a cup with its matching cozy for a zero waste coffee run!

Fall Coffee Run Look Photo Collage and Calligraphy by Conscious by Chloé

  1. Fedora hat,Yellow 108, made in the USA (Long Beach, CA)
  2. Alpaca cape, Cuyana, made responsibly in Peru
  3. Silk tee, Cuyana, made in the USA (New York, NY)
  4. Cup cozy, made in the USA (Portland, OR)
  5. Denim, imogene + willie, made in the USA (Nashville, TN)
  6. Brass bangle, AK Studio, made in the USA (Portland, OR)
  7. Lip balm, Ula, made in the USA (Portland, OR)
  8. Boots, Danner, made in the USA (Portland, OR)

The products I present in my looks and selections come from either local, sustainable, ethical brands, or from brands whose values I share. Feel free to send me other product ideas or recommend brands to me, especially ones using salvaged and/or organic products. The more info, the better. Thank you!