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Hey! Please excuse the lack of posts this week. I’m trying out the minimal technology thing in order to be more present on our family vacation. I’ve just stopped by to share my typical everyday style whist working at home, running errands and making the daily trips back and forth to school. What’s your go-to style?

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Twinset: J Crew // Jeans: Topshop // Mules: Topshop  // Necklace: J Crew // Basket Bag: Le Papillon Vert

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Happy Wednesday! Today marks the start of a new series here on The Cole Collection. Each month I’ll share my favourite things from the previous month from a culture, lifestyle, fashion and beauty perspective, a visual diary of sorts. I hope you enjoy these posts and hopefully they inspire you in some way! So without further ado…

Ralph Lauren Candy Striped Oxford Shirt: I bought this piece from RL online during the sale and have struggled not to wear it every day! The fabric is that of a polo t-shirt but cut in a shirt style. It’s super soft and a must have staple for a preppy fashion lover. If you are looking for reasonably priced RL pieces all the time, head over to Bicester outlet village. They have this season RL pieces for under half the price of what you pay online. Be warned though, you have to get there early to avoid the long queues!

Fairtrade Ecuador Pamana Hat: I have a 62cm size head!!! Yes I know its huge, I think its mostly because of my hair though, and if I shaved it all off I would actually be a pin head!  Anyway, the point is finding cute hats in any style is quite difficult for me. Since moving to Oxford though, I am in hat heaven thanks to The Hat Box. Its this seriously cute box shaped shop in the Covered Market stuffed to the brim with hats in all shapes and sizes! If you need a hat for a wedding, Ascot or your next beach vacation, then look no further. If you are buying a Panama hat, opt for an authentic one that carries the fair trade label, to help protect the livelihoods of the artisan families who make them.

Fendi Kitten Heels: Okay so I don’t own the fabulous kitten heels pictured above, but I bought this pair  for everyday wear around a month ago and like them A LOT. Since my uni days, I have always enjoyed wearing stilettos, the higher the better I always said. Alas, I’m getting old and wearing heels all day is just not happening, the perfect alternative is a cute kitten heel, which still elongates the legs to a degree and adds a polished look to your outfit. 

How To Be Single Movie: I watched this movie alone one afternoon during a rare moment that I had the house to myself. I was crying with laughter. Rebel Wilson is extremely funny as usual. There is a really lovely message to the movie as well. A must see!

Sam Hunt ~ Montevallo Album: I found Sam Hunt whilst listening to the ‘Nearly Nashville” playlist on Spotify. Immediately, I went in search of the album. His voice is gravelly and smooth all at once and in some tracks he mixes singing with spoken parts, which has a devastating affect. “Breaking up in a small town” is my favourite track off the album and is still on repeat!

Tory Burch ~ In Color: I’ve had this coffee table book for over a year now. Lately, I’ve been dipping in and out of it for layout inspiration for my book project. Since then I’ve been going back time and time again for summer colour inspiration. It’s definitely worth the money and when not in use makes the perfect resting place for a chic table lamp. 

Clinique ~ Beyond Perfecting foundation: The Sensai fluid foundation was my go-to base for the whole 10 years I lived in South Africa. A couple of months ago, I decided to give the Clinique version a try after seeing a this Youtube review. BUT, do not use as much as the girl from the blog, literally one dab, two at the most is enough for your whole face! I’m so glad I did, the coverage is full and flawless and concealer is no longer necessary. I use the shade “nutty” which has the tiniest pink undertone and is the perfect match to my skin tone. 

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush: This brush makes distributing and blending product evenly a breeze. I also like the fact that barely any product remains on the brush after use, which means more bang for your buck!

MAC Lip Liner & Creme Glass GlossThese two work very well together to bring a bright pop of summer to your lips. The liner is in the shade Soar; the gloss is Double Dare. On average i’ll reapply once per day and the product is not sticky like some glosses can be. 

Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings: I had taken a hiatus from statement accessories in favour of delicate pieces for quite sometime.With the appearance of summer and an upcoming vacation, I decided to add a few bold and bright pieces to the jewelry box. I bought them in orange along with the matching necklace!

Limited Edition Bow Mules: These are my go-to flats for office days. They add a little avant garde flare to the most boring of outfits and they are super comfortable. I purchased an identical pair to those pictured from Topshop, which are now unfortunately sold out. The ones above are from Zara. I tried them on and recommend you size up. 

All White Summer StyleMy favourite look on the blog in June was the top to toe white outfit I wore,  featuring the always flattering shoulder baring top from M & S. p.s its on sale now too.

So that’s it my June favourites! What were yours, let me know below….x