Aēsop Maps of Light Gift Kits

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Just in time for the holidays Aēsop are back with their seasonal Gift Kits. Marking the tenth anniversary of the holiday releases, the 2015-16 range is made up of six different kits depicting one of the eighty-eight ‘modern’ constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union.

The Maps of Light celestial kits are based around six Greek myths; Auriga, Cepheus, Perseus, Andromeda, Delphinus and Cassiopeia, and contain varied face and body products carefully selected to represent the Greek myth the constellation is associated with. In true Aēsop style, each Gift Kit is handsomely packaged in a black re-usable tin and is completed with a graphically designed sleeve of information about the specific constellation/myth.

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The kits are made up of the following:

Auriga: A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (200ml), Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (75ml), Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol (60ml)

Cepheus: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (200ml), Geranium Leaf Body Balm (120ml), Geranium Leaf Body Scrub (170ml)

Perseus: Fabulous Face Cleanser (100ml), Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion (60ml), Geranium Leaf BodyCleanser (200ml)

Andromeda: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash (500ml), Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (75ml), A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (200ml), Rind Concentrate Body Balm (120ml)

Delphinus: Fabulous Face Cleanser (100ml), B & Tea Balancing Toner (100ml), Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream (60ml), Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque (60ml), Face Cloth

Cassiopeia: Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser (200ml), Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (100ml), Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum (15ml)

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The Maps of Light Gift Kits are available now ranging from £45 – £120 and would make a great gift for anyone this Holiday Season. Perseus (one of the most celebrated of the Greek heroes) is targeted towards a more male audience containing a trio of face, body and shaving products. Shop Aēsop

What are your favourite Aēsop products? What do you think of the latest Gift Kits? 

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Aēsop Tacit

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A contemporary interpretation of classical colognes.

Tacit is the latest fragrance from Australian brand Aēsop. Ten years since Marrekech was first released, Tacit is only the second fragrance from the brand. Taking it’s name from the type of knowledge that is not easily described or transferred to another person, Tacit is a discreet, fresh yet earthy fragrance suitable for both men and women.

Inspired by the fresh scent of traditional cologne, and the perfumed vegetation of the Mediterranean coast, Tacit is immediately recognisable due to it’s attention and care to it’s ingredients. While many fragrances reference the Mediterranean as a source of inspiration, Tacit swaps the traditional citrus tones of orange and lemon, for the more exotic tones of Zuzu, an exotic Japanese fruit. This is quickly followed by the aromatic tones of Basil Grand Vert which make up the distinct earthy body of the fragrance and is completed with the spicy undertones of Clove.

Bottled in the classic amber glass we have come to associate Aēsop with, the Eau de Parfum comes packaged in a thick cardboard outer featuring artwork designed by Australian artist Jonathan McCabe who created more than 60 unique patterns for the fragrance.

While Aēsop are not necessarily well known for their fragrance, Tacit is one not to be missed for the Autumn months.


Tacit by Aēsop is available now at Mankind where you can earn ‘Man Points’ to spend against future purchases. Don’t forget to use my Referral Code: MK22832326.


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Trends | Suede Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots are big news for Autumn/Winter 15. The Seventies favourite are back; worn by everyone from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, the typically black leather boot has become a classic over the years due to it’s versatility and simplicity. Whether worn with a suit or a pair ripped jeans, the Chelsea boot has always had a place in many men’s wardrobes and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, with the likes of Kanye West and David Beckham pictured wearing them recently.

For 2015, the Chelsea boot has been given a contemporary update with various takes appearing on the market, appealing to a whole new audience. The rise of luxury streetwear over the past few years has seen the line between ‘smart’ and ‘casual’  become harder to define combining influences from both genres. The suede Chelsea boot being one of the latest hybrids.  Below, I have picked out some of my favourite Chelsea boots on the market at the moment. Whilst the sleek design remains the same, the finish varies from the distressed ALLSAINTS Lance Boot to the streamlined Common Projects.

Which is your favourite style?

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ALLSAINTS Lance Boot – Black – £158

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Common Projects Chelsea Boot – Tan – £333
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Clarks Chart Zip Boot – Dark Brown – £75

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ALLSAINTS Carrillo Boot – Bitter – £178

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Trends | Joggers

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Whether you define your style as casual or smart, there are certain items which can infiltrate both looks. Whatever your style you will have noticed the presence of the cuffed jogger pant. Once a sportswear and loungewear staple, joggers have enjoyed a huge revival over the past couple of years, forming one of the key trends seen not only on the street but also on the runway too.

The arrival of the ‘Sports Luxe’ trend last year broke down the traditional boundaries which were once between sportswear and casual wear combining the comfort of sports with premium materials and new sillohettes.

In terms of joggers the use of premium materials and careful design has given the 90s favourite a new lease of life, boasting a new style of the classic; a slim fitting, cuffed ankle pant with a waistband that would look good whether worn with a shirt or a t-shirt, a pair of classic trainers or the latest Nike.

Furthermore, the skinny jogger has not only become acceptable for everyday wear, the trend is now becoming ever present in a more formal situation with the emergence of the skinny jogger suit, already widely available on the highstreet, turning what was once a very causal item of clothing into an acceptable smart alternative.

The demand from consumers for premium street wear has not only translated into the highstreet stores but to big names and premium brands all offering their take on luxury sports wear.

Here are a few that are worth checking out:

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Publish Legacy Jogger

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The Kooples Biker jogger with zip detail

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Publish Buck Jogger

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Fear of God Slim-Fit Drawstring Trousers

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Public School Asymmetric Sweatpants

 Do you think the skinny jogger is here to stay?

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Visiting N. California | CEREAL 10

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The latest Cereal arrived this morning. The biannual magazine has become one of my favourites over the last couple of years due to its careful design and content. Issue 10 in the series is as usual split into six different subjects, with the focus this month being; I. N. California, II. Antwerp, III. Panama City, IV. Agnes Martin, V. Vitsoe & VI. Timepieces. Having visited California a few times over the last couple of years I was eager to see what the focus of the section would be. The section is broken down in to a few different subject areas, including San Francisco, Yosemite and Big Sur. Having visited Big Sur I was keen to see what it would say.

I first visited California a couple of years ago as part of a road trip with the Big Sur coastline being one of the greatest things I have ever experienced.

After spending a few days in San Francisco we decided to take the ‘scenic route’ via route 1 along the coast with a final destination of Santa Monica. We started our journey early in San Francisco. We set off before sunrise, the early morning clouds and mist were still hugging the coastline; the sun finally breaking through a couple of hours in to the drive. We had given ourselves two days to drive down the coast to give us enough time to stop at some other places along the way.

In summary our journey went something like this..

Our first stop was the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. From there we headed down to Monterey, where we had booked a motel for the night. The following morning we did the 17-Mile Drive before setting off again. The next stop was San Jose, followed by Santa Cruz, and finally arriving in Santa Monica in the late evening.

There’s so many other places to stop off along the way, or to spend more time exploring but just the drive itself is worth doing. I can’t recommend Big Sur highly enough to anyone looking for an escape from the everyday.

CEREAL have summarised Big Sur perfectly in the latest issue:

Big Sur doesn’t exist in the way other places exist; no one knows precisely where it begins or ends. It’s 145km or so of coastline… There is no centre of town. No Main Street. Every minute one spends within its expanses has a soft, dreamlike quality… Big Sur is a reverie.

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Issue 10 of CEREAL is out now. Shop

Have you experienced Big Sur?