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.

What's in a Name?

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When I was a kid, a teacher would come to my school to teach us English once a week.

I have two memories from her class:

  1. She leaves the school crying because we forgot to do our homework (mean little 10 year olds!).

  2. She randomly picked British names for us. Mine was Barbara... I hated it.

Everlane Wide Leg Crop Utility Pant Golden Brown by Conscious by Chloé

Jacket, vintage | Tank, North of West | Pants, Everlane (click here for an invitation) | Bag, vintage - it was my mom's! (similar) | Clogs, Nina Z

About 5 years later, I decide that if I could choose, my name would be Sam, just Sam - probably short for Samantha, though I did not like that name either (oh teenagers!).

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Fast forward a couple more years, I'm living on the campus of the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. Two Chinese students share a room on my floor. We introduce ourselves, and I realize that they adopted Western names. I'm surprised, but quickly realize that it's a pretty common practice.

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It's 2008, I work in Beijing for the Olympics. We take Chinese classes. Some of my colleagues earn Chinese names, based on either physical characteristics or traits of personality. I discover a new common practice. Full circle - though I'm sad I did not stay long enough to be able to earn one.

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Last week of August 2018 - I'm thrift shopping while waiting for a friend before we get dinner. I try on a jacket and get an instant crush. I text my friend and tell her that because she's late I'm gonna get myself a jacket (oh the excuses I find to justify a purchase!). I leave the store, to come back 10 minutes later after my friend asks where the jacket is. I try it on a second time and finally take it home.

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You can now call me Brooklyn Welch...


Now tell me. Did a foreign language teacher ask you to choose a name? What was it?

Pompom

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!

Keep your chin up

Krochet Kids Beanie, Everlane Poplin Shirt and Everlane Wide Leg Pants Look by Conscious by Chloé

Krochet Kids Beanie, Everlane Poplin Shirt and Everlane Wide Leg Pants Look by Conscious by Chloé

Krochet Kids Beanie, Everlane Poplin Shirt and Everlane Wide Leg Pants Look by Conscious by Chloé

Krochet Kids Beanie, Everlane Poplin Shirt and Everlane Wide Leg Pants Look by Conscious by Chloé

Krochet Kids Beanie, Everlane Poplin Shirt and Everlane Wide Leg Pants Look by Conscious by Chloé

I have this thing with Portland murals and might end up shooting all of the future looks in front of one of them!

Mural: Keep Your Chin Up
Created: August, 2013
Location: NE 21st & Alberta Street
Artists: Blaine Fontana, Zach Yarrington & Jun Inoue.

Forest For The Trees is a non-profit project dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art. In the last two years, it has been behind the creation of 35 new murals in various neighborhoods around Portland, almost entirely created within two weeklong painting sessions.
These murals have become landmarks that are embraced by the local community and visitors alike, contributing to Portland’s reputation as a creative cultural destination.

The project brings together local and international artists in a collaborative setting and provides them with the creative freedom and resources to create lasting works in environments that are freely accessible in the Portland community. Furthermore, the organization educates the public on the artwork, intent and process through workshops, panel discussions and classes.

Worn #1 / Beanie: 5207.5 by Krochet Kids, Glasses: old, Shirt: Poplin Long-Sleeve by Everlane, Sweater: old, Pants: Slouchy Wide Leg Pant by Everlane, Watch: old (it's mechanical!), Bracelet: Family made, Sneakers: old.

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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! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

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!