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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

You Can't Go Wrong with Neutrals

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

Last night was a good hair night, so I bribed Octave with the promise of dinner at our favorite taco joint in exchange for a quick photo session on the way there.

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé

I had thrown this outfit together before heading to an event at WM Goods.

Create + Connect is a monthly gathering where a small business owner shares her journey and opens the discussion on a subject of her choice. Last night's host was Stefani Padilla of La Tierra Sagrada (hence the good hair day, I had actually washed and blowdried it as I knew I would feel self conscious if I showed up with messy and dirty hair at an event hosted by a hair stylist).

We talked about self care, the full moon, and crazy people.

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé

I'm currently letting my bangs grow. Is this a good or a bad idea?

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn / Trench: Only Child (made in Oakland, CA), Top: second hand, Jeans: old American Apparel (made in Los Angeles, CA), Shoes: Everlane (made in Val D’Arno, Italy).


Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé

This trench was my paren'ts birthday gift to me. It took me hours to decide between the cotton canvas and the linen version and then to chose a color. Camel and rust were close contenders, but I ended up sticking with a neutral palette and ordered the oatmeal. You can't go wrong with neutrals, right?

The same had happened to me a couple weeks earlier with the shoes. I have not regretted that decision, but did feel a little stupid when Andrea - who's got them in cognac - mentioned that she would never buy light-colored suede shoes in rainy and muddy Portland.

I did inadvertenly pour a drink on these shoes the first night I wore them, so I suppose the universe just wanted me to realize quickly that they'll never stay perfect.

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé

This reminds me of something. When you were a younger, did kids at school also step on your brand new shoes to "baptize" them (aka make them dirty) or was this just a ridiculous custom/bullying tradition in my school?

Only Child Trench and Everlane Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé

You've already seen this top here, those jeans here and this necklace here.

I still have some weight to lose to be back to where I was when I felt great in my skin, but I'm on the right path and already feel comfortable in those high-waisted mom jeans (even while seating! Woop woop!).

I usually wear this top under a jumpsuit since it's a crop top, but can now also pair it with high waisted pants.

I stopped wearing this necklace for a while as I had taken it and worn it almost daily during a month-long trip to Europe last year. Now that I've missed it I'm happy to wear it again.

Only Child Trench and Everlane  Day Heels Look by Conscious by Chloé


Do you also stop wearing items altogether only to be happy to find them again after a while and enjoy them again?

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.

Perfectly imperfect

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

Urban Outfitters, Bridge & Burn, imogene + willie, Toms look by Conscious by Chloé

In between two rain showers, I dragged Octave out of our house to shoot yesterday's look, which I assembled for a project I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. Portland shops, I'm coming for you! Be prepared!

Pardon my French perfectly imperfect hair (this is a joke, look at what my t-shirt says), but I (once again) decided to stop highlighting my hair with chemicals. Let's see how long I can bear it this time (I bet on 2 more months). Truth is, I like myself better as a blonde rather than a strawberry blonde. Plus, grey hair is showing up, I'm getting old you guys. Anyways, if you have a solution for me, hit me up. I'm not super confident in the efficiency of spraying lemon juice and chamomile to highlight my hair naturally. Maybe I'll try something totally different with henna. Do you picture me as a redhead?

I'm pretty proud of this outfit, besides the fact that it looks good (I'm so humble, I know!): a vintage military surplus jacket, a San Francisco made t-shirt, jeans made in the USA, shoes made applying sustainable and responsible practices.

OK, now your turn to tell me something, what's your favorite piece of clothing, is it new, is it vintage? Mine is a pair of vintage Levi's 501 I got at the flea market 2 weeks ago. I've kinda been wearing it non stop ever since (gross!), except for today, but they're so, so comfortable!

Worn #2 / Jacket: Out of stock, similar by Urban Renewal, T-shirt: Perfectly imperfect by Bridge & Burn, Jeans: Elizabeth by imogene + willie, Shoes: Avalon by TOMS

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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.

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.