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.

Capsule Wardrobe - 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?

Make Your Own - A Budget-Friendly Ikea Placemat Straw Bag Hack

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Straw and raffia bags and basket are all the rage this season. I had fantasized about making my own, but it seemed like too much of a learning curve for me. Until one day, inspiration stroke at pretty unexpected place: Ikea.

I cannot remember what I was there for. Probably to feed my #homejungle fever (I still cannot get over the luxuriant monstera I got there). As I walked down the stairs, my eyes were drawn to the place mat selection, and especially the ones made with natural fiber, such as palm leaf and water hyacinth.

I looked at them, selected a couple, and as I was piling them up, I realized I could use them to make something creative and surprising. Giddy with excitement, I got three different models.

To add to my luck, I also found natural ribbon to tie my place mats together. We might all have string and twine at home, but I figured I'd make this a complete Ikea hack!

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Straw Bag DIY

Straw and raffia bags and basket are all the rage this season. While vintage ones are rare finds, new models can be pricey. So I came up with this $10 Ikea hack.

Active time: 20 min
Total time: 20 min

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Supplies

Tools

  • A pair of scissors

Instructions

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cut 80 to 90 inches of ribbon.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Align your place mats.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie them together with a first knot.

Tie the knot at the top right or left corner of your bag. Don't tie it too high or the opening of your bag will be too small for you to be able to put larger items in your bag.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Secure the knot by wrapping ribbon a couple times around it and tying another knot.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Continue sewing your place mats together until you've reached the opposite corner of your bag.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tighten your work.

You want to make sure that smaller items will not fall off your bag between the 2 place mats.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie a final knot at the opposite top corner and secure it.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cut six 12 inches long pieces of ribbon.

You will use these to create your bag's handles.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Braid 2 handles with three strands each.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie each handle at the top of each placemat.

Tie one handle per mat. Make sure they align and are the same length.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • (optional) Tighten the knots with an additional piece of ribbon and trim the ends.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Notes

I like to put little pouches in my bag, to make sure I do not loose little items.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Do you have Ikea hacks to recommend? I'm on a DIY high and would love to try them.


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Capsule Wardrobe - Spring in my Step

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

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.

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé

Open Air Museum Jumpsuit Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn / 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!

Capsule Wardrobe - Fashion Revolution

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

A month ago, in honor of Fashion Revolution Week, I had planned on posting a quick vintage/ethical/sustainable look. But time flew, I had to prepare my month long trip to Switzerland and took longer than expected to select and edit the pictures of this session. But better late than never, right?

I usually work from home, so I tend to value comfort over... anything else. And layering is a part of it.

When I'm not working on my laptop on the couch in the living room, I sit/stand at my desk, and get cold pretty easily, so I have a cool collection of ponchos and cardigans or even a blanket, a look Octave rightfully nicknamed my Game of Thrones look.

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

But on that day I felt like showing you a couple of my latest acquisitions.

I got this pair of (mom) jeans on sale at American Apparel. They were made in the USA, the brand's motto is "sweatshop free".

I had been looking for a pair of Swedish clogs for some time, but did not want Swedish Hasbeens. I had been following Johan on Instagram for some time and finally showed up in Portland's cutest secret shop one day after a ceramics session. I met Laura there, tried on many items and came back home with a complete summer wardrobe, all vintage, except for the clogs which are individually made by fifth generation shoe makers in Sweden!

Finally, I got this top on sale too as a treat for my birthday at my friend Kara's shop, Field Trip. It's handmade by Aubrey Vandals in Encinitas, California.

I'm feeling pretty good about the impact of the production of these items, the brands and people that create them and, last but not least, how they all work together.

Ethical look by Conscious by Chloé

Side note: My resolutions are going strong, I haven't dyed my hair for the last 6 months #willpower

Also, I'd love to hear about your favorite artists, ethical & green brands and, of course your favorite shops featuring local goods, wherever you live. Please share them in the comments!

Worn #3 / Top: Aubrey Vanvels, Jeans: American Apparel, Clogs: Nina Z

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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.

Capsule Wardrobe - 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.