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.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

I love supporting local makers, but I don't necessarily always have the budget to add their pieces to my closet.

And then, sometimes, the universe conspires in my favor.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

Worn / Jumpsuit: Lauren Winter (made in Portland, OR), Shoes: Rachel Sees Snail Shoes (made Portland, OR), Bag: DIY.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

I've been a fan of Lauren Winter for a couple years now. I wear her pants weekly, no matter the season - do you remember them in my fall capsule?

The quality of her linen is perfect, the cuts are very flattering and her aesthetics and mission align perfectly with mine.

I'd been eyeing her wraparound jumpsuit and waited for the right oppotunity (i.e. sale) to make a move.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

The jumpsuit is everything I expected. The linen is the softest, the color complements my skin tone and hair color just like I wanted it. The fit is great though I might have been able to size down (I chose a medium). I feel like it's a little bulky on the bust and shoulders.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

Now let's talk about my shoes!

I was following Rachel online, first met her IRL at the Sustainable Fashion Forum and again at an Airbnb Experience hosts meet-up here in Portland (she teaches shoemaking workshops, I host tours of my "Zero Waste" Home). She later organized an open studio event where I got these samples for a steal.

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

The rubber soles are very comfortable and the leather is buttery soft. They are now my go-to summer sandals.

If you're not able to come to Portland to take a shoe-making workshop, you can order a kit and make your own at home! How cool is that?!

A 100% Portland-made Outfit with Lauren Winter and Rachel Sees Snail Shoes by Conscious by Chloé

I consider myself very lucky to be able to get to know the people who made items I wear on a daily basis.


How do you shop for a somehow pricey piece? Or do you save your bucks for the right time and splurge? Do you wait for a sale and "risk missing out"?


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OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

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!

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag 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.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag 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.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag 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 to 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.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn / Romper: OZMA (made in CA), Bag: DIY, 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!