Inspiration

We are inspired by moments & experiences in our life. It is what keeps us feeling alive and living. We seek is as we crave it. Interesting people & interesting places, local or global, in thought, in print or for real. Our constant search for inspiration takes us to the most amazing places. And we want to share with you.

 

Men’s store

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Who doesn’t like a well dressed man? Well, we do!

After a long search, wait & some frustration…along with feelings of desire, passion & wanting to take on a new project….our dream of opening a men’s store is finally happening. And we are super-excited!

The style? Classic & contemporary looks from a good brand line-up of British, Scandinavian & other European brands, some more well-known than others.

Spread the word and  join our Fifty5a men’s store page on Facebook to keep up to date with news whilst we are putting together the Fifty5a men’s store experience.

https://www.facebook.com/fifty5a.mens.store/

Opening pre-christmas. Date tbc.

Scoop and the city 2016

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We had a fabulous day in London on Sunday!

Visited this season’s Scoop and the city tradeshow which this year was held at the Old Billingsgate Market. It was a sunny day, productive and inspirational!

Whilst Aron is chilling in the sun after a morning of hard (…!) work, India and Malin are doing a pose in front of the Shard.

India is wearing the new season faux-leather skirt by Great Plains and Malin is wearing a new Ottod’ame dress in  a gorgeous golden mustard shade.

The Attendant Cafe

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One everyday pleasure Aron & I share is coffee. We love trying out different cafes wherever we are in the world. And sometimes you find a place which has something special. The Attendant in Shoreditch seem to have that something special as we find ourselves going back whenever we are in the area.

It has become our breakfast hub and the place which we are drawn to for our afternoon caffeine-fix to get through a busy day. Right opposite Hoxton House Hotel on Great Eastern Street it is. The window seats are great for people-watching.  It’s kind of trendy. Industrial contemporary yet super-friendly with lots of homemade healthy & unhealthy treats. We love the wine-carafes filled with tap-water & stuffed with fresh mint for you to help yourself.

The Attendant cafe: http://the-attendant.com/locations/shoreditch/

Bologna, Italy

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Seems that we have been travelling a lot recently. And we have. It is our passion & love to experience the world as much as we can.

This trip was a family affair heading for Italy. It is hard to beat the Italians, both in style and taste and there is something special about the language and feel of anything Italian.

Our holiday was mostly spent in the stunning Tuscan hills just south of Florence at Norcenni-Girasole campsite which we can truly recommend to anyone fancying a bit of ‘camping’.

The last day we headed for Bologna in order to catch an early-am flight back to the UK and therefore got a few hours to indulge in some fab food & wine in what is the slow food capital of Italy and the world.

By all means, head to the little streets just east of Piazza Maggiore and sample some antipasti over a glass of wine but if you want to hang out with the locals then we really recommend the old food market, Mercato delle Erbe where you can either eat indoors at the Altro! restaurant or carry on through and join the cool locals for an  afterwork-beer in the square. Couldn’t have been a better ending to an amazing holiday.

 

 

New York City

Just back from a long weekend in this amazing city which we love! We are fortunate enough to have the lovliest of friends,  living right opposite the Flatiron on 5th Avenue, who kindly put us up for a few nights, tell us where to go, take us to amazing places and give us a bit of that ‘local’ feel which we totally relish when abroad.

Hanging out with true New Yorkers at Mad Square Eats https://www.madisonsquarepark.org/news/eats-spring-2016, a twice-annual, month long event gathering a selection of the best foodies in the city, was a high-light of our trip. So was Roberta’s in Brooklyn where we were indulging in the best of American IPA,  70 day old steak and woodburnt pizza whilst enjoying this ramshackled garage place which could only be found by people in the know. http://www.robertaspizza.com/

With the right connections we were fortunate enough to get a table reservation at The Dutch in Soho where head chef Andrew Carmellini offers an all American menu with New York oysters which we probably should have tried but resisted and went for bamboo and beef tartar instead. There is nothing Dutch about this place other than the name. It is a buzzy & busy true New York venue in the middle of Soho and high on our list of recommendations. http://www.thedutchnyc.com/

Below: Roberta’s in Brooklyn

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Glazebrook house

glazebrook glazebrook recGlazebrook House Hotel just outside Totnes is a very stylish & quirky place which we had the pleasure to visit this Saturday.

A boutique hotel with a restaurant & bar to transfer you in to Mad Hatters’ world of Alice in Wonderland which is perfectly & harmoniously clashed together with contemporary art & statues of Mr Churchill & The Queen.

The place is most definitely not what you might expect from this 200-year old building just on the edge of Dartmoor national park but lends a totally fabulous surprise once inside and a place we love visiting.

http://www.glazebrookhouse.com