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.

Make Your Own - Pendleton Maywood Totepack with Klum House

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé

You're not gonna believe it but, I made this bag in an afternoon!

Me, Chloé, famous for starting sewing projects and waiting for her mom to come visit to finish them!

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé
Sweater (Everlane) | Jeans (Vintage) | Boots (c/o Fortress of Inca) | Bag (Klum House - DIY)

A couple weeks ago, I attended a Pendleton Maywood Totepack Class at Klum House, a studio that offers sewing workshops and bag patterns that empower you to create handcrafted goods with “I made this!” bragging rights, owned by my friend Ellie.

Ellie and I have some kind of a work for trade agreement, so I have the opportunity to take sewing classes and spent time with the amazing Klum House community.

Actually, you might remember this tote I made last year.

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé

The Maywood is an amazing bag. As you see on my pictures, it's a backpack, but if you look closely, you'll notice a handle tucked into the front pocket.

Its clever design allows from the backpack to convert into a tote bag, and vice-versa!

I still feel so much pride even writing this. In only one afternoon, I made this with my own two hands - and the support of my fellow classmates. I should actually give a proper shout-out to Jessica, who was sitting next to me, and who allowed me to look over her shoulder (she's got her own line of bags, so she knew what she was doing).

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé

I should also probably say that I did not need to copy anyone's work, as Ellie's directions were very clear and she was available to give one-on-one tips if needed, but I did love the supportive atmosphere of the class, the "we're all in this together" feeling, the "community over competition" atmosphere. Everyone was raving about each others colors choices, from fabrics to hardware. It was so fun to see a mother and her adult son take the workshop together, a group of knitters challenging themselves to learn a new skill and coordination-challenged people like me, who simply need the structure of a class to complete a project.

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé

I wish I had taken a picture of the whole group with our bags, but this one might give you an idea of how eclectic our creations were.

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé

The next Maywood Totepack class in on January 12th.

As for me, I'm regularly checking Klum House's calendar, but I think that the Slabtown Rolltop Backpack is calling my name!

And for those of you who do not live in Portland, don't fret. Klum House sells Maker Sewing Kits & Patterns and will ship them straight to your house!

Klum House Pendleton Maywood Totepack DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Do you love to take classes as much as I do? What's the latest thing you've made? Or what's one think you wish you'd know how to make?

Travel - My favorite Vintage & Thrift Stores in Portland, OR (and online!)

One of my favorite vintage stores in Portland sells a graphic tee featuring a motto I'd love to apply to my own life: "No New Clothes".

When it comes to leading a sustainable lifestyle, shopping second-hand should come first, as the cost of growing or making new material is much higher for the planet and our wallets than the cost of giving a new home to something that already exists.

While thrift shopping might be overwhelming for some of us, Portlanders are lucky enough to have a multitude of seconhand, vintage and thrift stores to chose from. Many of them also have an online store or Instagram account, so you can even make your selection from the comfort of your home!

Here's a list of my favorite, second-hand, consignment, vintage & thrift stores for clothing, home goods & furniture in Portland,OR.

Westside

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Red Luck Online
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  • Red Luck Online
    Website | Instagram
    217 SW 1st Ave. Portland, OR 97204
    Art. Color. Sustainability.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - PDXPLUGD
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  • PDXPLUGD
    Website | Instagram
    Compound Gallery (Upstairs, 2nd floor)
    107 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Street fashion.

North/NorthEast

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -Give and Take Resale
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  • Give and Take Resale
    Website | Instagram
    Housewares and wardrobe consignment for the whole community!

  • Celandine Vintage
    Instagram
    911 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

  • Bristlecone
    Instagram
    4932 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
    Vintage Modern.

SouthEast

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Artifact

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  • Artifact
    Website | Instagram
    3630 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
    Eclectic clothing and design store.

  • Red Fox Vintage
    Instagram
    4528 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon
    Large selection of clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, records and other nostalgic oddities.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -Portland Flea Market

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  • Portland Flea
    Website | Instagram
    SE Salmon St & SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

  • Wildflower Vintage
    Instagram | also at Red Fox Vintage & the Portland Flea
    Vintage clothing + home.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Continuall

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  • Continuall
    Instagram | also at Red Fox Vintage & the Portland Flea
    For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

  • Lowland
    Website | Instagram | also at the Portland Flea
    A curated collection of vintage modern wearables for the everyday.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - House of Vintage

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  • House of Vintage
    Website | Instagram
    3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Over 60 vintage dealers together in 13,000 sq ft.

  • Red Light Clothing Exchange
    Website | Instagram
    3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Homegrown, buy-sell-trade, men’s and women’s fashion emporium

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - I am That

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  • I Am That
    Website | Instagram
    3623 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
    Minimalist elevated womenswear.

  • Lost & Found
    Instagram | Pick up in Portland or US shipping
    Lost goods found for you.

Home & Furniture

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé -The Good Mod

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  • The Good Mod
    Website | Instagram
    1313 West Burnside Street, 4th Floor, Portland, OR 97209
    Mid-century furniture house.

  • Urbanite PDX
    Website | Instagram
    1005 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Over 40 interior curators of modern, vintage, industrial, art and lighting environs!

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Adored Vintage

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  • Adored Vintage
    Website | Instagram | also at Urbanite
    French countryside meets modern day Jane Austen...

  • Red Snapper
    Instagram
    11049 SE Main St, Milwaukie, OR 97222
    Quality/authentic/restored Danish+American mid-century|modern furniture+design.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - Maven Collective

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  • Maven Collective
    Website | Instagram
    7819 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
    Vintage/Found, Handmade + Plants.

  • Midnight Sunlight Shop
    Instagram
    2857 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
    Stocking fine vintage furniture, clothing, records, art, lighting for persons & homes.

Best Thrift & Vintage Stores in Portland, Oregon by Conscious by Chloé - San Johnny

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  • San Johnny
    Website | Instagram
    5308 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
    Weekend mercado of mid century furniture and vintage Mexican art in Foster-Powell.

  • Hawthorne Wintage Modern
    Instagram
    4722 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
    Furniture, lighting, artwork.


Let me know in the comments below what your favorite vintage store is, wherever you live.

Community - Announcing Portland's First Zero Waste Conference

Portland Zero Waste Conference 2018
Photo by Jilbert Ebrahimi

In exactly a month, Portland will welcome its first Zero Waste Conference.

And I'm very proud to be one of its 2 co-organizers.

Brion Hurley and I met on various occasions over the past couple years, notably through Recycling Advocates, the non-profit he's the President of. We also both attended the Master Recycler Program and the Agent of Change training of the Center for Earth Leadership.

Last June, he reached out to me and asked me whether I'd like to help him organize a Zero Waste Conference.

Hell yes!

We are very proud to announce that Recycling Advocates and Zero Waste PDX will be organizing Portland's first Zero Waste Conference on Sunday 14th October from 2 to 6 pm at Taborspace, in SouthEast Portland.

Portland Zero Waste Conference 2018

GET YOUR TICKET NOW!!


This event will be a “pay what you can” model, to give everyone the possibiliy to attend (our suggested donation price is $25 per person).

All the proceeds from this event will be donated to Recycling Advocates.

Travel - My Favorite Small Shops in Portland, OR

Palace in Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Whether you need a last minute Valentine's gift or just want to treat yourself to a luxurious body oil, these Portland small shops got you covered.

It was very hard to narrow them down to 5, but you'll soon be able to discover all my favortie in the Conscious by Chloé City Guide I'm currently working on.

1. Palace

Palace has got the best zine selection. I'm always tempted to get one of the many funny and activist pins they sell. And, last but not least, they also offer a wode variety of zero-waste friendly accessories (furoshiki, wooden utensils). Also, the shop is accross the street from my favorite lunch spot, Luce.

Spartan in Portland for Conscious by Chloé

2. Spartan

I never miss an opportunity to stop by Spartan after looking for vintage treasures at the Portland Flea. I am a fan of their kitchenware. Their taste in ceramics is on point. It's now also very close to my new studio and within walking distance from Rejuvenation and its little cantine, Figlia Americana.

Field Trip in Portland for Conscious by Chloé

3. Field Trip

Field Trip can be summed up in 3 words: California meets Oregon. There's something so peaceful in Kara's shop. Her self-care selection is simply the best in Portland and I love her penchant for all things witchy (incences, crystals, tarot workshops).

Wild Poppy Goods in Portland for Conscious by Chloé

4. Wild Poppy Goods

Wild Poppy is the last small shop I discovered in Portland last November. Taylor's aesthetics got me hooked at the first Instagram post I saw. Funny story: I had forgotten my wallet, but still came back home with a jade roller and paid for it online once I got home. It's the little things that make you come back.

Beam & Anchor in Portland for Conscious by Chloé

5. Beam & Anchor

I save a visit to Beam & Anchor for special occasions, especially when I'm on the hunt for a host/hostess gift. Their home goods selection is so simple and elegant! Plus, they carry Roots & Crowns product, and I'm a total fan of Max's herbal apothecary.


Do you live in Portland or are you planning on visiting Bridge City any time soon? What's the one shop you('d) love to stop by?

Have a Blissful Weekend #13

Zero Waste Road Trip by Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend?

On Saturday, I'm teaching a workshop at my neighborhood farmer's market and on Sunday, we're leaving for a road trip across Washington State.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

Portland recommendations:


Photograph by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.