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.

My Fake Commute

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

Working from home can be a bit of a challenge.

Yes, there’s the freedom to sleep in, work in your PJs, take a shower at 1pm if you feel like it, and take some time off kinda whenever but how much freedom is too much freedom?

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

Pompom Hat (similar) Vintage coat (similar) - Leggings (similar) - Clogs (Sandgrens) - DIY Tote (Klumhouse)

I’ve worked in offices, had part-time jobs, been a consultant and I am now my own boss, so I can safely say that I know what I’m talking about. But even more so considering that I’m spending this month of March in Geneva, working at one of my clients' office for a one month long 40-hours a week contract.

I do this every year, and, besides it being a great opportunity to connect with fellow translators, it’s a perfect way to take inventory of my work habits.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

It’s going to be 4 years since I quit my job at a creative agency to fly across the world and become my own boss. 4 years of testing the waters, making decisions, changing my mind, and trying again.

I can now look back on these experiments and figure out what I would totally do again, and what I would avoid at all cost.

And amongst those revelations, the freelance hack I’m the most proud of to this day is… my fake commute.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

On some days, I get up, get dressed and walk to my neighborhood coffee shop for a warm cup of chai, to-go and sip it on my way back home, sometimes making a little detour through the park (and even listening to the latest episode of my current favorite podcast). It’s the perfect way to transition from home life to work life. The fresh air chases away the last drops of sleepiness and the exercise energizes and motivates me to get started.

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé

What makes it even better is the fact that I now have a commute buddy.

It wasn’t too hard to convince Octave to get up a little earlier if it meant getting coffee and his favorite financier.

When he comes with me, we usually seat down and take some time to catch up. It's actually really interesting to see how those conversations can be so much different from the ones we have at home (you might remember that we also meet at the coffee shop do do our accounting).

I actually received a text from him one afternoon (it was Wednesday morning in PDX) last week in which he said he missed me and wanted to meet me for coffee!

Vintage Ethical Look Shot in Front of a Portland Mural by Conscious by Chloé


Do you work from home? Is there a secret hack you want to share with us?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Worn #7 / A Last Taste of Summer

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

Last Friday, I woke up early, packed my suitcase (I always do this at the last minute) and headed to the airport.

A couple weeks before, I had decided to meet Octave in LA at the end of his road trip and drive back to PDX with him.

I figured it would be a great way to get a last glimpse of the sun before the rain finally set in in the PNW. And after 2 weeks down with a cold, this was more than welcome!

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

I was planning on spending the afternoon in Venice after landing at LAX around noon. But, for some reason, I gave the Uber driver the wrong address. I did not notice it right away as it was an Uber Pool so we had 2 people to drop off before my final destination. Also, the conversation between these two was fascinating. They did not know each other, but he mentioned Sundance while on the phone and she started a conversation once he hung up, since she worked in the film industry. LA, film industry, parties, I was in another world! Long story short, he was a rabbi and she was a producer.

I ended up at the Standard in West Hollywood, realized that it would take me an hour to go to Venice to meet Octave, so I decided to make the most of it, have lunch at the hotel and ask Octave to pick me up there. One more occasion to study the Hollywood microcosm with a group of people sharing gossip about a celebrity at the hotel restaurant.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

Then Octave picked me up, we went for a walk in a canyon close by, visited Domaine LA, our favorite wine shop, and waited until after rush hour at a juice bar to head to Long Beach and meet our friends Alyssa and Arnaud at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their Night Dive.

On Saturday, Alyssa and I went shopping in LB where I got the cutest pair of earrings at Anneise. We then met the guys at home and darted to LA to attend the launch of the new Glou Glou Magazine.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé

On Sunday, Octave and I had planned to start our journey North to head back home. But we had one last SoCal stop ta make: Costa Mesa. We wanted to do a little pilgrimage to our old stomping grounds. We had breakfast at OutPost Kitchen, which had opened right before we left 2 years ago, we visited Day Dream, the new local surf shop, and said hi to Jim, our former neighbor, whom we were not sure would be at the shop on a Sunday (he refurbishes old cars). Sure enough, there he was, watering his plants. He gave us some updates about the new tenants of our old unit and about the other neighbors.

After that, we hit the road and stopped for lunch on the side of the road, where we shot today's look.

A Last Taste of Summer Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn #7 / Romper: OZMA (made in CA), Bag: DIY (coming soon on the blog), Shoes: TOMS (One for One® promise), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR) and Fetch (100% of profits to animal rescue).


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!

Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Worn #6 / Spring in my Step

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

April has been glorious here in PDX (I'm being a little optimistic, but we did see the sun a little more and it rained a little less). The other night, Octave and I took a stroll in our neighborhood to go refill our beer growler and stopped by this corner where the most beautiful shrub had bloomed.

What a perfect background to shoot a quick look!

I've been wearing this jumpsuit non-stop ever since I bought it from Shea, a talented Portland-based designer.

The cut is awfully comfortable, and the fabric quality is the best. Even though I spend my days sitting at the computer, it only gets very few wrinkles.

I've worn it with long sleeves in the winter and now pair it with my favorite second-hand crop top.

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé

Spring Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn #6 / Jumpsuit: Open Air Museum (made in Portland, OR), Top: second hand, similar at Make It Good (made in Portland, OR), Shoes: TOMS (made responsibly in China), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR), Bag: similar at Baggu (made in the USA) and Modern Weaving (made in the USA).


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!

Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Worn #5 / The Future is Female

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

Last Sunday, I attended a late brunch with the one and only Sara Britton of My New Roots. The first time I saw her was actually half and hour before the brunch, when I saw her at one of my favorite Portland shops, asking about a boob print shirt.

This may not seem relevant at this point of the article, but the title might have already given you a hint.

As soon as I got in for brunch, a guest walked up to me to compliment me on my t-shirt (I get that a lot, thanks!), inquire about where I got it (Field Trip) and ask me whether I had seen the SNL skit about it the night before (I had not).

Long story short, feminine and feminist t-shirts are all the rage now and a fantastic conversation starter. Discussions spark with a little anecdote and can then lead to more profound exchanges about the current social and political climate and the uncertain future of female reproductive rights.

I am happy to report that I have now watched the show and decided that, in celebration of International Women's Day tomorrow, I would post this outfit which includes my beloved "The Future is Female" t-shirt.

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

The Future is Female Look by Conscious by Chloé

For those of you who are curious about the meaning of this historic t-shirt, here is a reminder. And don't forget to take action!


Worn #5 / Raincoat: Similar available via Everlane (made responsibly in VietNam), Bandana: Kiriko (made in the USA, printed in Portland, OR), T-shirt: Otherwild (made in the USA + 25% of sweatshirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood), Pants: American Apparel (made in the USA), Sneakers: Similar available via NeedSupply (made responsibly in the Brazil).


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!

Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Worn #4 / 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 #4 / 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! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.