Last week I was invited to meet the owner of new fashion boutique, Jak & Lisa, in Beaconsfield. I had a very relaxing hour exploring the brands, the first drop of their autumn range and chatting to Samantha. The boutique is bright and welcoming with an extensive selection of stylish womenswear and accessories from Anonyme Designers, YAYA, Nu Denmark, Cream and Rosemunde and many others.
The boutique currently has lots items on sale but what I loved about it was that it was still all beautifully presented, I do love a tidy, colour co-ordinated shop, one of the reasons I don't cope with many of the high street names like H&M and Primark is I can't stand the mess! I also loved that Jak & LIza stock a really broad price range. It's not a boutique where you worry about walking through the door in case you can't afford anything. Samantha explained that she chooses a wide range of options so that it can appeal to everyone, younger, older and all budgets. She looks for good quality, wardrobe staples as well as higher end designs for special occasions.
Sustainable brands and artisan makers
Samantha is an experienced buyer and retailer having worked for Benetton for many years and owned several of their franchises locally, including Beaconsfield. She knows her market and understands her customer and what they want. She obviously has a good eye for style and is a great example herself of impeccable taste.
Jak & Liza are keen to move towards more sustainable brands and supporting the smaller artisan. A range of handbags really grabbed my attention. Tea & Tequila are a Mexican inspired accessories brand, designed in London by two friends who met at uni and ethically made in Mexico by talented communities of women. Their designs are intricate and full of colour, they are beautifully made and are eye-catching, unique and fun.
Coated jeans and lace tops from 'Cream'
I had fun trying a few things on! I wasn't feeling my best as I am still trying to recover from a bad throat virus. I particularly loved the coated jeans from Cream. As you know I love a coated jean for Autumn/Winter and my black ones are a wardrobe staple for me. The Cream ones are a great leather lookalike, they have a wide waistband and a small zip at the back, keeping them flat over the tummy. Samantha suggested that the chocolate brown would make a good alternative to black and said she wore hers a lot last winter. I tried on two styles, the pair with the ankle zip were too long for me and can't be altered but the second pair I tried could be shortened. My photos don't do them justice unfortunately but I do recommend taking a closer look. I will do a proper try on next visit when we start looking at what to wear for autumn.
I had recently purchased four of the Cream lace camisole tops (in navy, cream, black and pink) to wear with summer skirts and to layer under blouses in the cooler months. I have also had several tops from Rosemunde in the past. Two different price points but both really fabulous options for your capsule wardrobe.
My love of red dresses continues ...
I was asked if I would like to choose an item from the shop as a thank you for visiting them and I chose the Iris dress from Anonyme Designers, this is a wrap around dress with 3/4 length feature sleeves. I have styled it with my Cara red wedges and red accessories (see below). I also tried it with white trainers for a more casual look (above). It looks stunning and feels amazing on. It is currently in the sale reduced to £54.50 (original price £100), available in store or online here. This makes a really versatile dress that will work hard in your wardrobe, for every day, lunch dates, work or dressed up for an event, it will also take you from spring, summer and into autumn.
I hope if you are local to Beaconsfield or find yourself in Beaconsfield soon then you will be able to pop into Jak & LIza and have a browse, they also have a selection of lovely items available to purchase online via their website here.
We need to be supporting our local independent boutiques and the personal service they offer is fantastic. I will often wander around my local towns like Marlow or Beaconsfield in preference to the big shopping centres and I love it if the staff get to know me and say hello.
Thank you to Samantha and Robyn from Mash PR for inviting me, it was lovely to meet you and thank you for the gift of my pretty dress.
Disclaimer: I was invited to visit Jak & LIza for their press day, and to choose a dress as a thank you for coming, I was under no obligation to write about it on my blog. All opinions are entirely my own.
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