Salut! Long time no see… Hope y’all are well, it’s been a while!

I’m back after another hectic year of uni and music. I’m also bringing some overdue blog posts of cool experiences (I was on TV!!), concerts, fashion, and places that I’ve travelled to this year #staytuned!

Firstly, this is an inspired update post introducing sydneyandstreet as a sonic composer and producer! I have found my passion of music in sonic arts, electronic music composition and audio production. Consequently, I have been recently occupied by projects and compositions, including ‘Le Début’ (in progress) and ‘Wave’ which are published on Soundcloud. I would love for you to have a listen so click this link and enjoy!

“sydneyandstreet aka Isabella Loong is an emerging sound design composer and producer from Australia. With a diverse musical background, her eclectic taste inspires exploration of various sounds, production techniques, and genres including electronic, alternative, Classical instrumental, and cinematic music. Think Flume meets Philip Glass with a healthy dose of Classical chill to express a unique listening experience.”

From a lot of great opportunities, self-discovery, crystals, yoga, personal achievements, artistic direction, and creative inspiration from everywhere, I feel hopeful and motivated for what’s to come…

If you follow me online (mainly Instagram + Twitter), you might be aware of my recent experiences, thoughts, and activities, but this is a brief life update of my new sound and direction. Also, check out my music platforms Soundcloud and Spotify @sydneyandstreet for my playlists and music faves. I’ll feature some special playlists and tracks in future posts.

Ciao xx

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Photographs by © MCTL and IL

During Christmas and New Year, I relaxed in sunny Noosa, Queensland. Now, the time has arrived to joyfully represent my memories from one of my favourite places in the world.

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These photographs reflect a beautiful holiday in paradise. I can definitely say that Noosa feels like my home away from home in Australia. There is so much to love about Noosa and its surrounding areas in the Sunshine Coast. The lifestyle, the people, the weather, the beaches, the nature, the food, the style, the vibes. I would love others to adore this place as much as I do, thus I have compiled my favourite places and activities for anyone to explore.

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To eat: 10 Hastings Street, Cafe Le Monde, Berarado’s Bistro on the Beach, El Capitano, Betty’s Burgers, Blended Health BarNoosa Boathouse, Noosa Juicer, Miss Moneypenny’s

To shop: Alterior Motif, Goddess, Lamington, Askew Noosa, Chloe and Grace, Bow And Arrow, Eumundi Markets (every Wednesday + Saturday), Berkelouw Books, Noosa Marina Markets (every Sunday), George X Betty, Belmondos Organic Market, Noosa Farmers’ Markets (every Sunday)

To go: Noosa Main Beach, Little Cove Beach, Boiling Pot, Granite Bay, Noosa National Park, Noosaville River, Montville Village, Woodford Folk Festival, Noosa Festival of Surfing

To do: Breathe, Relax, Ocean swims, Soak the sunshine, Long walks by the beach, Enjoy

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Ciao xx

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Photographs by © MCTL and IL

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Asos white denim jacket, Asos turtle neck top (similar), Asos black jeans (similar), Nike roshe run black sneakers, Supre western belt, Quay Australia marble mirror sunglasses, Rimmel kate moss lipstick (shade 107).

Hello there and hello 2016! 2015 was a wonderful year for me; commencing my first year of university (so exciting!) which entailed making new friendships and memories, embracing change and lots of great opportunities.

Without getting too contemplative, here is an outfit post of a look I wore recently. Although we are in the Summer season, this outfit elucidates my attire for more cooler, rainy days. Of course, the colder weather calls for an essential turtle neck, skinny jeans and denim jacket. Channelling Warhol’s minimalist uniform and artistic philosophy – as detailed in his autobiography – this simple, yet classic and edgy monochrome ensemble is so easy to style. If you’re feeling a bit sporty, add some comfortable sneakers and mirror shades, and you’re good to go! I’m lucky enough to be featured on the Asos street style #AsSeenOnMe edit on their website (my favourite online store), so you can check out my look here + here for more inspiration!

Even though my Summer holidays have been tranquil and filled blue skies and lazy days at the beach, I must admit that I’m anticipating my new #ootd creations for uni days this year. And I’ll definitely have this campus-look on hand. Here’s to another incredible year with even more opportunities! Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Ciao + bonne chance/Happy 2016 xx

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One of the highlights of this incredible year, would have to be my trip to Uluru, Northern Territory in Spring. The magical landscape and culture of the Red Centre were inspirational. Imagine this: dry, barren, humid thick air, bright sun rays, and orange-coloured desert sand – not to mention the sparse foliage, gigantic rock formations, and Dreamtime myths.

Refined activities of bush-walking through national parks, sunset tours, camel riding, star-gazing, cultural activities, and sunset dining, generated beautiful memories shared with my loved ones, that I will never forget.

Undoubtedly, this is a spiritual travel destination; a sacred site to be protected, conserved, respected, and appreciated by all.

This ethereal place encapsulates the Australian identity: a deep affiliation to the land, nature, the past, and to each other.

Here is some chilled-out music in my Soundcloud playlist to inspire you to be wanderlust and to travel to the magical locations you desire to explore. Ciao!

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From left to right and up to down: Alexander McQueen fur coat, Alaïa leather gloves, Ray-Ban blue reflective round metal sunglasses, Inverni fox fur hat, Alexander Wang leather backpack, Calvin Klein one shock for her eau de toilette, Lacroix fleece-lined leather boots, Chanel rouge allure lipstick (94 extatique), Lacroix leather-panel ski pants.

In addition to my ideal ski gear, here is an edit of the perfect après-ski outfit essentials to make you the most stylish gal in the ski resort. Match these reflective sunnies with a monochrome fur coat, and leather accessories. Don’t forget to wear a bold lipstick shade and add sweet perfume. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the magical view from the chair lift! See you at the slopes x

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From left to right and up to down: Chanel skis, KTZ ski boots, Chanel ski goggles, Chanel metal helmet, Tom Ford lipstick matte (velvet violet), Lacroix ski jacket, Chanel ski poles, Lacroix ski pants, Lacroix leather gloves.

As I’m about to travel to the slopes, I’ve become preoccupied with what to wear whilst skiing. In this fine selection of ski essentials, I present you with the most luxurious, and of course stylish items and brands for this elite snow sport. The sight of fresh snow and the bright rays of winter sun excite me as I breakaway from rehearsals and study.

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Asos navy duster coatUniqlo black ankle cropped jeans (similar), Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange blue and white oxford shirt, New Look white backpack, River Island patent leather loafersH&M gold assorted ringsOttoman Hands gold sapphire stone ring set, Karen Walker black anytime sunglasses, Asos gold hoop earrings, Chanel rouge coco (23 rouge orage) lipstick (similar), Dior miss dior eau de toilette.

Salut! I know it’s been an exceedingly long time since I last posted, however, despite this disappointing inconsistency, a lot has happened recently. Most significantly, I commenced my studies at university in March. This major leap into tertiary education signified a clear shift but it has proved to be a very positive experience so far. New faces, new friends, new places, new tutors/lecturers, new classes, and a new routine.

Studying one’s passions more directly at university is invigorating and intellectually stimulating, especially whilst being surrounded by like-minded creative people. Meeting a diverse range of people is also amazing. I have never received so many compliments and greetings which always brighten my day.

I frequently get asked about my outfits which is very special for me considering my passion for fashion. I also enjoy the range of fashion styles at university. I have been meaning to share this post for what seems like an eternity, so here it finally is. I present to you my Uniform: consisting of affordable, stylish, chic, casual and comfortable versatile staples. I usually dress according to the weather, comfort, and personal choice. Jeans, pants or trousers are particularly easy to wear for travel and racing to classes. I also realised layering with blouses, coats and jackets is beneficial for changing temperatures and unpredictable Sydney weather. Simple make-up is essential with a thin cat-winged eyeliner and bold lipstick to enhance your features. Minimal jewellery accessories include studs or hooped earrings, paired with some gold rings. As for my hair, I opt for simple, no-fuss hairstyles which can slightly tame my frizz during high humidity levels. Recently I’ve been styling a half-up top-knot which looks a bit boho and casual whilst conveniently gathering some of my thick locks into a bun away from my shoulders and face. My favourite tutorials for this hairstyle and others can be found here, here, here, here, and here. Lastly, a light and sweet scent completes the outfit.

I hope I have inspired you to rock your own personal, street-style Uniform. Remember to keep it real and true to yourself. Back to the books!!

Have a listen to my new routine Spotify playlist which I have on repeat. Don’t forget to share it around. Bisous.

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Photographs by © AL and MCTL

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From left to right and up to down: T by Alexander Wang mesh-panel bikini topGivenchy backpack, Stella McCartney flatform sandalsDolce & Gabbana box shoulder bag, Christopher Kane lace-embroidered denim shortsSaint Laurent université leather medium cross-body bagValentino high-waisted wide-leg jeansAcne Studios leather biker jacketStella McCartney denim mini skirtGivenchy magnolia and butterfly-print medium pouchAcne Studios faux-suede pleated skirtProenza Schouler ps11 mini cross-body bagDolce & Gabbana embroidered macramé-lace dressT by Alexander Wang braletteMoschino t-shirt iPhone 5 caseStella McCartney boyfriend jeansCéline sunglassesCharlotte Olympia kitty flatsChristopher Kane lace-trim topStella McCartney culottesValentino couture dressAcne Studios pistol bootsChloé small leather shoulder bagChloé double cuffAlexa Chung for AG slogan sweatshirtDolce & Gabbana lace pencil skirtMarc by Marc Jacobs polka-dot pouchValentino shirtSaint Laurent round-framed sunglassesSaint Laurent leather ankle bootsProenza Schouler triangle-print leather pouchAlexander Wang barcode logo t-shirtAcne Studios silk camiDolce & Gabbana fan-print topGinvenchy chain leather sandalsSaint Laurent leather toteDolce & Gabbana gold-plated earringsStella McCartney lips iPhone 5 caseAlexa Chung for AG denim dressChloé square-framed sunglassesAlexa Chung for AG denim dungareesStella McCartney blossom-print bomber jacketGivenchy mini leather cross-body bag

Amongst the maddening sartorial rush of global fashion weeks, I present to you my ultimate Matches Fashion edit. With a carefully curated selection of recent designer collections from one of my favourite fashion websites, these beautiful items encapsulate both the signature and distinct pieces in accordance to their brands. It’s apparent to me that one’s style is forever evolving, inspired continually by numerous collections every season. Most of all, I follow my ultimate fashion mantra, “If I like it, I wear it”.

Spin some records and listen to my new Spotify playlist for some creative inspiration.

Bisous!

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Classic, tailored, and reminiscent of European tradition, I was immediately captivated by Ulyana Sergeenko’s beautiful haute couture collection in Spring 2015 Couture week. Presented in Paris last week, these fashion masterpieces by the Russian designer exuded le chic, nostalgia and timelessness.

With a vintage aesthetic, this collection features a strong sense of place and cultural affiliation with intricate embellishments, lace, velvet and silk materials, referring to Sergeenko’s Russian heritage. Scalloped edges, capes and various neckline designs are highlights. I absolutely adore the accompanying accessories including the bold boater top hats, simple velvet heels and ballet flats with gold decorations, cute fur tote bags and round embroidered purses.

Pointers from the show include incorporating a variety of traditional colours into your outfits, as well as tailored suits or matching sets, full-circle skirts, long dresses with cut-outs, subtle print details or embellishments, in addition to structured hats and trousers. You can even dress-up with a layering of flared pants and statement tops to achieve a tailored peplum, suit-like look.

Every aspect of this couture range is difficult to fault, especially due to the high level of craftsmanship expected of designer couture. I am thoroughly impressed by all of Sergeenko’s stunning designs that evoke the mediterranean glamour. I wish I was able to attend the amazing spectacle and witness up-close these stylish forms of Art.

Bisous

Photographs by © MCTL and Style.com

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From left to right and up to down: Nike pro classic sports bra, Nike tempo shorts (similar)Nike cross body bag (similar), Nike air max thea sneakers (similar)Frends taylor oil slick headphonesRay-Ban round metal sunglassesBobble filtered water bottle (550 ml)Apple iPhone 6

It’s time for a pep talk. As my routine is slowly re-shaping and adjusting to change, it is imperative that I regularly exercise in order to maintain my healthy lifestyle. Despite constant “new year, new you” phrases, and ‘fitspo’, ‘detoxes’ and ‘cleanses’ being heavily featured on the internet and social media, I believe that exercise is the key to feeling great. In particular, I am returning to my active workouts including yoga, walking, running, and targeted exercises. Get outside or stay indoors and get moving. No seriously, sweat it out! Also, stay hydrated.

So for the brave, the bold, the unique, I present to you bright and motivating workout-gear style. Don’t forget a tinted moisturiser with sunscreen for protection, dark shades, and even a bold lipstick colour for extra confidence. Most significantly, enjoy yourself.

Paired with my pumping Spotify playlist (and a well-balanced diet), you can get fit and feel healthy this summer. Ciao!

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