Whizzing around country roads, past thatched cottages and the occasional cow until we come to the blue gray horizon of the Norman coast: the perfect city escape.
One of the best things I've gained from living and studying abroad is a network of friends that stretches across continents and countries. Spending time with a friend as they show you the place they call home is like no other tourist activity. You hear all the best anecdotes and local gossip plus hidden gems in the form of restaurants, shops and even whole towns. My weekend trip took me from the farmer's market of Bayeux to the famous film star cabanas of Deauville to the charming and bustling harbor terraces of Honfleur. As we dined over steak frites and seafood I remembered what a joy it is to be in the country, to relax with friends and chat long into the evening. Unwinding from the city, I went for a casual look- chic all American as my friend dubbed it. That is to say Comptoir des Cotonniers boyfriend jeans, Dune chelsea boots and a Banana Republic cream cardigan for perpetually breezy Normandy. To complete the outfit, I had my new love- The Arua Crossbody in cognac leather. It was the perfect choice from accessories e-boutique IlyMix: bohemian with stud detailing and tassel for summer but in a supple leather and warm color to make an easy transition into fall. The size was ideal as well: my wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses and lipstick snug inside. No more space for me to indulge in my bad habit of overpacking. I loved it so much that I've partnered with IlyMix to give 20% off any of their items with my code "cady20". The Arua Crossbody comes in 5 versatile colors, perfect for the final golden month of summer or the quickly approaching fall fashion season. There are so many exciting moments ahead, from August travels to getting back to university and making a home for myself in Paris, all with the trusty weight of the Arua on my hip.
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