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

Podcast - A Conversation with Jillian Engel and Alison McClaran of We Tried Wellness

We Tried Wellness Podcast by Schmidts Naturals featuring Chloé Lepeltier of Conscious by Chloé

We Tried Wellness is an original podcast from Portland natural deodorant brand Schmidt’s editorial platform The Natural, which takes on the latest and greatest trends in wellness and discusses their merits.

The podcast is all about investigating practical tips and hacks the team come across on social media and in our communities, and seeing how they fit into our lifestyle.

In each episode, podcasters Jillian Engel and Alison McClaran try a wellness trend and talk to influencers and experts in the field.

I've been an avid listener of the podcast since its launch back in March 2018, binging on episodes featuring my favorite wellness experts such as movement and meditation coach Kait Hurley & vegan chef Tara Thomas and simply decided that I would reach out to the We Tried Wellness team to see whether they would be interested in chatting with me about wellness and sustainability, and they were!

In this episode, we chatted about the app that started it all for me, Europe vs the US, my number one wellness tip and the trash audit I challenged the girls to take during the week leading up to the podcast recording.

Here's a link to the We Tried Wellness podcast and article. I hope you'll enjoy them!

What's a wellness secret you swear by? It could be anything, from taking a hot bath to treating yourself to getting 8 hours of sleep for at least one night!

Podcast - A Conversation with Meghann Percy of Kiss That World

The Kiss That World Podcast Episode with Conscious by Chloé

Being a member of the Ethical Writers & Creatives gang is amongst the best things that have happened to me during my blogging journey. Having a community of like-minded professionals, being able to share our experiences and struggles on an online platform and collaborating on projects is pretty much a dream come true.

I got to do three of these things with fellow member Meghann Percy. She got in touch with me close to a year ago as she was planning a trip to Portland with friends and we met at my neighborhood café on a warm summer morning.

She mentioned that she was about to launch her own podcast and would love to record an interview. We ended up chatting and totally forgetting about the tape that was rolling.

Then life happened, I traveled, she launched the Kiss That World podcast.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, and we were chatting again, this time through Skype, for a legit podcast recording session.

Amongst many other topics, we talked about:

  • my journey to zero waste
  • Portland's Master Recycler program
  • the concept of a circular economy
  • dealing with finances with your significant other.

Here is the conversation we recorded a couple weeks ago.

PS: Make sure to listen to it until the very end, I promise it's worth it, Meghann is just so hilarious (you'll understand what I mean).

Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts & co, to leave a comment to support it and to give it 5 stars! Also, I'd love to know what your favorite eco-conscious podcast are? Give me your recommendations in the comments!

Podcast - A conversation with Sean Barron of The Portland Cool Podcast

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Guess what? Being an avid podcast listener can lead to surprising outcomes.

As you know, I love podcasts. They keep me grounded, teach my a lot and make me discover incredibly talented people.

I sometimes reach out to their hosts to share my enthusiasm and opinions. But what happened this time was pretty amazing because, one thing leading to another, I ended up being invited to participate in one of them.

And what better podcast could it be, than Portland's coolest podcast?

I was pretty sad to learn that the Portland Sustainability Podcast was going to broadcast its lasts episodes, and was really surprised to be invited to talk about sustainability on its sister podcast, the Portland Cool Podcast. But in the end, it makes perfect sense. Sean is a Master Recycler, Portland is the greenest city I've ever lived in, everything's cool!

Amongst many subjects, Sean & I talked about how I got interested in sustainability, what particular event led me to open Conscious by Chloé last September and how one can start shopping in the bulk aisle.

Here is the conversation we recorded a couple weeks ago (in my kitchen). I hope you'll enjoy it.

PS: I may have mixed the information about recycling in Switzerland. Don't believe the numbers I give. Just know that I'm pretty proud of countries and counties that have a strong recycling policy, but that I would like to see more efforts made into avoiding waste production ahead.

Do you listen to podcasts? I'd love to know what your favorite one is. Let me know in the comments!

Self Care - Podcasts I've Been Listening to Lately

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Last month, I traveled to Europe. Besides the usual plane tickets buying, housing booking and packing, I decided this time to take some extra time preparing for the long hours I would be spending on the plane and in airports.

Long flights used to be an exception, and thus an adventure. But they keep getting more frequent, and less fun. So I'm starting to get more serious in anticipating them, especially on the flight entertainment side.

First, I already have a full reading list sent directly to my tablet as soon as items get available at my local library (both e- and audio-books).

Then, I downloaded a couple TV shows & movies (I have stopped trusting airlines and relying on their watchlist/screens).

Also, my favorite and most recently downloaded music is always automatically synced on my phone.

Lastly, as you now know I'm a podcasts fan, so I've added them to the equation.

I continue listening to my old favorites, added a couple new ones I discovered recently and subscribed to a few that have been recommended to me.

Here are the podcasts that I have been listening to on the plane, between Portland, New-York and Geneva.

1. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This was the podcast I was waiting for impatiently when I published my first article about podcasts. Besides being my star twin (we were born on the same day of the same year), Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of #Girlboss (and soon Nastygalaxy) launched #girlboss radio where she interviews world-class Girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way.
I love discovering awesome entrepreneurs, what their first job was and how they started their professional career. The candid introductive discussion between Sophia and her friend Liz Carey is priceless & the #girlbossmoment of the listeners are a great source of inspiration!
Favorite episode: Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder & CEO Ellevest, Former CEO Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Category: Society & Culture

2. Modern Love
In the podcast based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essay, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones go deep, sharing some of the best stories about love today, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.
I shed tears on various occasions, be prepared!
Favorite episode: One Last Swirl
Category: Society & Culture

3. Women of the hour by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham hosts this podcast miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more.
This is a pretty short series, and it left me wanting more. After reading Not That Kind of Girl, subscribing to the Lenny newsletter and waiting patiently for the final season of Girls, I can't wait to see what Dunham's got for us next.
Favorite episode: Lena & Lola Pellegrino
Category: Personal Journals

4. Serial
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her.
I've already talked about the first season earlier. Season 2 focuses on the story of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban for five years (Homeland, anyone?). The interviews with the protagonist, phone calls to the Talibans and latest episodes where Koenig reports from court for updates on the first season kept me on the edge of my (car) seat.
Category: News & Politics

5. Pardon my French by Garance Doré
Pardon My French is a podcast hosted by Garance Doré, founder of the eponymous website, illustrator and photographer. Grounded in her love for fashion, creativity and self-expression, she shares stories and her point-of-view on everyday subjects with her friends and guests, in a relaxed and open conversation.
I was pretty disappointed by the sound quality and structure of the first episodes, but Doré and her team now seem to have gotten into their stride. As a long term reader of the blog and a fellow Frenchy, I am fascinated to discover another facet of Doré's personality and eager to find in another media the sense of humor and authenticity that has made her known around the world.
Favorite episode: La Parisienne - Isabel Marant & Caroline de Maigret
Category: Society & Culture

6. The Portland Sustainability Podcast & The Portland Cool Podcast by Sean Barron & Tony Hair
I just discovered these two local podcasts and cannot wait to listen to more episodes about what makes Portland cool & green. It already inspired be to do some more volunteering and sign up for a Master Recycler program, so there's that!
Favorite episode: Leave no Trace While Camping with Ruby
Category: Natural Sciences

7. Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
My friend Rachel recommended me this podcast and Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is also of my 2016 reading list. I need to dive more into the podcast but can so far say that Elizabeth's laugh is contagious and that I am utterly jealous of all the talented & famous friends she can rely on for advice.
Favorite episode: Sexy, Dirty, Nasty, Wicked
Category: Literature

8. Dear Sugar Radio by Cheryl Strayed
Another friend told me that this podcast will be live from PDX on Friday 8th July. I guess that's enough of a good reason to start listening to it, besides the fact that I am still obsessed by Strayed's Wild and keep crossing paths with the Pacific Coast Trail (see what I did here?). Get your tickets!
Favorite episode: TBD
Category: News & Politics

Finally, there is one thing I still need to do to make this whole music and podcast-listening experience the most enjoyable possible for my next trip. It is to find a sustainable replacement for my distressed mobile phone cover and the best possible earphones now that I've decided that noise-canceling properties are more important than sound quality. Your recommendations are welcome. I'll probably share my selection in the shop as soon as I've finished my research.

What about you? How do you make long plane rides more bearable? I'd love to hear your tips!

Podcast - A conversation with Matt Hanna of Thought Mixing Bowl

Thought Mixing Bowl Podcast with Matt Hannah by Conscious by Chloé

Last month, I got an email from Matt Hanna, Director of Curiosity at Thought Mixing Bowl, who had come across my profile on Creative Mornings, the breakfast lecture series for the creative community and asked me whether I'd be interested in having a conversation with him on his podcast.

Thought Mixing Bowl is a different kind of podcast, rather than a one-sided interview, it's meant to focus on real connection and conversation. Matt is particularly interested in exploring the idea of how to live a better life with other creative people.

The interview revolved mainly around the following questions:

  • What are a few mottos you live by to try to live a better life?
  • What are the important questions you find yourself tackling routinely?

and was followed by a couple questions I asked Matt in return.

Also, Matt composed a short instrumental piece of music inspired by our conversation (what he's calling "Conversation Pieces"). He based the piece around my motto of simpler, greener, and happier.

I was both flattered and scared to be asked to participate in my first recorded interview and I have to admit that it took me a long time to decide whether I would share it with you. But hey, it's the 21st century, and nothing can be kept secret for too long, so here it is. I hope you'll like it!

(Please pardon my accent and the 1'000 "basically", "definitely", "actually", "eventually", "you know", "I mean" and "realize" you'll be hearing in the next 30 minutes.)

Here are the books, articles and links I referred to in the interview:

What about you, what are a few mottos you live by to try to live a better life? What are the important questions you find yourself tackling routinely? Also, what did you think of this podcast? Would you like to hear me talk a little more? I have this slight obsession with podcasts and contemplate on starting my own. Do you think that would be a good idea?