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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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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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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Asos black one-pice swimsuit (similar), Ralph Lauren oxford shirtAsos high waisted denim long mom shortsAsos leather flatform slidersKaren Walker anytime sunglasses (tan glitter) (similar), Ray-Ban original wayfarer classic sunglasses, Asos drawstring backpack, Vintage black visor hat, Asos gold ring (similar)Asos leather black belt (similar)Chanel rouge coco (56 téhéran) lipstick, Calvin Klein one shock for her

At last the humid breeze has arrived and my attire has adapted to accommodate sporadic outings to the beach. This is what happens when street meets the seaside. In Australia (especially in Sydney), there is always an underlying chilled summer heat beach vibe and culture which I witness in full operation during the summer months.

Trendy new bars and restaurants scatter the nicely-furbished public areas of Manly, while nearby you can wander along the exclusive walk to Shelly Beach to dive and snorkle. Don’t get me started on Bondi with its beautiful stroll to Bronte and superb gelato and boutiques. There is just something very special about the cool blue ocean that runs along our coastline. Don’t you wish you were eating fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset right now?

Put the car window down, feel the wind on your face and blast some tunes (cue Calvin Harris and my summer playlist). To avoid the crowds, head to a quieter area such as the ocean pool at North Steyne Beach near Manly. As for your outfit, impress others with some vintage denim bottoms, a collared cotton shirt, fancy shades, a pair of slider sandals, and a drawstring bag to finish. Ocean visits also call for minimal accessories, make-up and hairstyling, so keep it ‘au naturel’. Don’t forget to slip, slop and slap, and seriously consider trying a tinted moisturiser with spf sunscreen to help achieve a fresh, dewy glow. Oh and make sure to don a classic one-piece swimsuit or bikini. With a glass of iced tea in your hand, I say ‘Cheers’ to summertime with ‘sand in your shoes’ while ‘staring at the sun’!

For extra comfort, let my new Spotify playlist accompany your sunny times.

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Asos high neck sleeveless top (orange), New Look tailored culottes, Asos leather biker jacket (similar)Karen Walker anytime sunglasses (tan glitter) (similar), Zu Shoes patent leather heels (similar), Asos leather black belt (similar)Zandra Rhodes clutch (similar), Asos mini cross body bagBill Skinner emperor coin ring (similar), Asos gold rings (similar), Asos gold rings (similar)Vintage gold cuff bracelet (similar)Rimmel kate spring lipstick (20)Eyeko brow gelEyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (black)Eyeko fat brush mascaraChanel No. 5 eau de parfum

In times of uncertainty there are two things that remain constant: I adore French love ballads with 60s drum beats (refer to Spotify playlist), and street art. Alongside my ‘nouvelle liberté’, I have a new camera, a new outfit and haircut. My obsession with culottes and Karen Walker sunglasses has also reached a whole new level I never knew existed, and the energy of the city stimulates my imagination and desire for innovation. The colours, the textures, the lines. When combined together the unique creative expression of graffiti art aligns with my minimalist style. With graphic design and vibrant contours, fashion meets art in graffiti. This incredible contrast highlights my innate creativity and passion for aesthetics. Hidden in secret lanes in Sydney, street art inspires fashion. For me, street chic is smart, edgy and individualistic which complements the idiosyncratic, colourful nature of street culture. Grab your camera and wear a striking pair of sunglasses. You’re ready to embrace street smart. If you wish, hit play on my new Spotify playlist. Enjoy. Follow @sydneyandstreet on InstagramTwitterBloglovin’TumblrPinterest, and Spotify.

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Asos blouse, Asos high-waisted jeans (similar), Asos sunglasses, Asos silver stone ring, Asos gold ring (similar), Casio gold digital watch, Asos leather black belt, Asos silver hoop earrings, Asos black bag (similar)Eyeko brow gelEyeko me and my shadow (chocolate)Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (black)Eyeko fat brush mascaraChanel rouge coco (23 rouge orage) lipstickMarc Jacobs daisy eau de toilette

Other than a 2006 pop culture reference, the title above has significant meaning for me. It’s spring, and this blog is the start of something new. As a musician and Francophile, this blog celebrates fashion, culture and lifestyle.

Inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Anna Karina, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Jane Birkin, and Francoise Hardy, my eclectic style is diverse as my music taste (believe me). An amalgamation of vintage classics and boho meets street chic in the creative spaces of Sydney, I value la mode which is accessible, adaptable, affordable, and tailored for the everyday.

Listen to my spring playlist on Spotify for inspiration and delight.

Bisous!

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