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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.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 6

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 6 by Conscious by Chloé

Hi friends!

After a short unexpected hiatus spent with loved ones back home in France, I am back over here to share with you the rest of my winter 10x10 outfits.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 6 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 6 Outfit

This outfit is highly inspired by my Day 3 Outfit only it's even cozier (cashmere worn directly on my skin) and more convenient (no need to take off my sweater to go to the restroom).

I have a three-decade-long love story with jumpsuits, overalls and their sister one-piece items of clothing. I'm still debating on getting denim overalls. If you find a cute vintage and not-too-boxy pair, hit me up!

  • Sweater - Everlane - Made in China
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 6 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

This sweater is the one big purchase I made this season. I had gotten the same one in black the previous winter and I wore it so much that I decided to add another one to my closet, but this time in a lighter tone. Most of the muted tones were sold out and I was too excited to wait for a restock, so I got this lavender number and have not regretted it. I like the contrast with the black jumpsuit and could still easily add accessories in another color without cluttering the look.

For accessories, I decided to err on the side of minimalism with a pair of earrings I got in Morocco many years ago and a thin necklace I won in a contest even longer ago (I named it the Bad, the Good and the Queen re. the colors of the tiny skulls).

I still am too lazy to try anything fancy in terms of hair styling. Using a wand to create those waves is as far as I will go. But I did steal a wooden hairpin from my mom last week so things might change in the coming weeks as my hair is starting to get long enough.

Talking about laziness. I hate bringing clothes to the dry cleaners because they're pricey and most of them are far from environment-friendly, so I hand-wash my cashmere sweaters at home, then roll them in a towel to absorb excess water and finally lay them flat on a dry towel until they're dry.


Do you also come up with creative hacks to avoid pricey or non-earth-friendly practices when it comes to taking care of your clothes? Do you have a secret stain-remover recipe? Please send it my way!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 5

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow I'm acting on my new year resolution and I'm taking a sewing class.

Do you have fun plans for the weekend?

My Day 5 Outfit

I'm not sure whether I've already said this. But this might be my favorite outfit of the entire challenge.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cardigan (DIY) - Made in France (by my mother-in-law) - Similar
  • Dress (vintage) - The Yo Store, Portland, OR - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

Before you ask. My mother-in-law knitted this cardigan. I had totally forgotten that I had chosen this design when she asked me what gift I wanted for Christmas. So, you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I opened our annual delivery from France! It's the warmest and the coziest ever and I earned a new nickname: "shepherdess".

I would never be able to knit such a beautiful piece, but I did choose LEARN as my one-word theme for 2018. I've already signed up for a couple workshops (letterpress, herbal medicine) and also made a work-for-trade deal with a sewing studio here in Portland. Making (or trying to make) things yourself is a great way to get a sense of the time involved in crafting pieces and of their value ($1 t-shirts should not exist).

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

Bracelet - I just wanted to give a special mention to this bracelet that makes wearing a hair tie on your wrist look so good!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

Like I said, this dress had to be complemented with heels to balance my silhouette a little better.

And the big chunky cardigan is a nice addition to contrast with the darkness of the outfit.

Once again, a 2 color outfit seems to be my favorite combination.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 5 by Conscious by Chloé


Do you knit or sew? What's one piece that you made and love? If you could master one skill, which one would that be?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 4

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 4 by Conscious by Chloé

I hope your day is off to a great start!

I had a great time meeting an Instagram friend IRL last night and we even agreed on a future collaboration for the blog! I'm so excited and can't wait to share it with you!

My Day 4 Outfit

I discovered that I had grey hair after I stopped dyeing my hair close to 2 years ago, I got this scar on my collarbones after a skin cancer was removed, and I gained quite some weight over the past year for a number of reasons.

But I'm trying to get a little less self-conscious about all this and either accept what cannot be changed (the scar), remember why I made certain decisions (avoid nasty hair-coloring chemicals), or do something about what bothers me (exercise and eat better).

Worst case scenario, I can always count on something else to attract the attention, like this necklace my godfather made for me when I was born.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 4 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Leggings (old) - American Apparel - Made in the USA (Los Angeles, CA) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 4 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

This outfit is my favorite so far. 2 colors, clean lines, no fuss.

I like rolling the bottom of my leggings to cut the line and create the illusion that my legs are longer and my thights thiner than they actually are.

But let's be honest, the center of attention is a little higher. If I were to don that outfit more often, I might use a thread and needle to secure that top button in place...

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 4 by Conscious by Chloé


Now tell me, do you often show some cleavage or is this a no-no for you?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 3

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Humpday!

Today is an exciting day. I'm moving in my studio (paint job: Done!) and tonight, I'm meeting someone I met on Instagram 1 week ago! I felt that we had things in common, I'm very interested in her work, so I asked, and she said yes! Sometimes things have a way of working out!

My Day 3 Outfit

I been wearing a version of this outfit ever since I got this jumpsuit (remember this one?).

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tee-shirt - The Bee and The Fox - Made in Mexico
  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Bag - DIY (I know I promised you a tutorial here, it's coming up!)

  • Earrings - Machete - Made in Canada

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

Every piece of this outfit is a conversation starter. A shop girl once asked me whether my tee was a reference to the Flynt Flossy song (answer: nope!). Every single person I meet asks me where I got my bag (answer: I made it myself). Same thing about my jumpsuit (answer: Shea, the talented owner of the Portland-based brand Open Air Studio, made it!).

I'm usually not a fan of message t-shirts but this one had been on my radar for long enough until I finally decided to order it. I should mention that I am not a mother (unless having raised 2 chickens counts!). I used to be an impulsive shopper but today, items can stay in my online cart for weeks before I click the purchase button.

I love this color combo and will wear this outfit over and over again.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé


What's your opinion on message tees? Do you have any in your wardrobe? What do they say?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge - Day 2

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

How's everyone doing today?

My arms are sore from painting the studio. One more coat to paint and I'll be done!

I cannot wait to show you my studio. I'm actually considering doing a before/after post. I love these so much!

My Day 2 Outfit

My second outfit is not gonna be of much interest for those of you who are looking for shopping recommendations, since my pieces are either old or vintage. But, I did add some exciting accessories. So stick around!

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

I don't know why I don't wear that dress more often. I love its fit, I love its texture, and don't get me started on the 3/4 arms! Plus I got it at a shop I love in Portland! I don't really like to shop in vintage stores (too overwhelming) so I prefer to go to smaller shops that only have one rack of vintage finds.

I only regret styling it with these shoes.It surely deserves heels. But let's be honest. If I'm gonna wear shoes inside (instead of slippers), sneakers are my go-to.

You might not see it on the pictures, but my sneakers are blush. Actually, when I got them 5 years ago, one shoe was lighter than the other (I suspect one was used in the display window). I decided to keep them anyways and embraced their difference by lacing them with 2 different styles (bar and cross).

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

I usually only wear statement earrings when I'm not wearing my glasses, so today was the perfect day to wear those beautiful hoops Octave got me for Christmas (he totally spoiled me this year!).

And this bracelet is pretty special. I got it in my Causebox, which is a seasonal delivery of hand-curated products that make the world better.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

This circle hair clip has been nothing but a huge disappointment. It just won't stay put! I tried making it adhere better by adding silicone in the back (I got this idea while re-sealing our bathtub). Huge fail! Now I just add hair pins underneath to keep it from sliding down.


Do you shop and wear vintage? What's your secret to find a gem? Do you usually go with something specific in mind or just get inspired as you go?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.