We have been MIA from the blogging scene for a while and we are sorry. But here is a post just showing you what we have been up to in pictures. Hope you enjoy. Please do comment and share
Sorry it’s taken a while to get this post out but here it is. As you all know, Simply Kayo was an official partner and sponsor of Africa Fashion Week London that took place just over a week ago. The 3 day fashion show culminated in a fundraising Arts and Fashion Banquet at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel on Sunday 4th August.
The event was hosted by Nigerian business woman and socialite Princess Fifi Ejindu, and was in aid of the Georges Malaika Foundation.
It was a lovely night with a delicious 3 course dinner, great company and beautiful centrepieces by Simply Kayo. The ankara centrepieces were a nod to African print and the overall mission of AFWL. Check out the iPhone pictures below. What do you think of Ankara print flowers?
This week I’m focusing on stationery. Moodboard Monday is all about the different designs we’ve showcased on the blog in the past. Which one is your favourite?
Lish & Lou Bespoke Stationery
Brittany Wong via Pinterest
Southern Weddings Magazine via Pinterest
Another trawl of Pinterest inspired this week’s Moodboard Monday theme. I saw the blue and gold church and fell in love. It’s just stunning! Who wouldn’t want to get married here? As I was searching for images I came across various blue and gold table design ideas and thought I’d showcase the different things you could do with your table, using this colour scheme. Let me know which one you like best loves.
jacquelyn thompson via Pinterest
Mercede Kuykendall via Pinterest
7 Centrepieces via Pinterest
So last week was the launch of the highly anticipated Weddings by Harrods. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there myself but thankfully SK was well represented by the lovely Abena. It was a lovely evening; with great canapes, champagne and operatic style entertainment. The delightful Sonia Abrams, wedding planner for Harrods and organiser of the launch spoke about the gorgeous room in which the launch took place. It was a great opportunity to meet colleagues in the industry and by all accounts an enjoyable night all round. Here are the pictures, they’ll tell the story better than I can.
Today I wanted to inject more colour into Moodboard Monday and so my inspiration was not necessarily event led. I have a love for home interiors and today’s inspiration not so surprisingly came from there. This colourful living space made me think of an event where there was no one colour theme but many colours used on a white/off white base. What do you think?
Brittany Wong via Pinterest
Danni via Pinterest
Dora Yeun via Pinterest
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Gigi Hickman via Pinterest
Kathryn Ballew via Pinterest
Heather Martin via Pinterest
Today marks the beginning of our newly branded Event Supplier Profiles. We present to you Simply Kayo Profiles where we bring you event suppliers whose work we love and respect.
It seems a good day to meet the talented designer behind London based bespoke stationery company Lish & Lou. Having worked with them several times, Simply Kayo can vouch for their class, creativity and grace. The designer and fellow boss lady behind Lish & Lou is mompreneur Damilola Ladeinde. This lady is seriously talented! The pictures below are only a snapshot of the awe inspiring, varied and simply beautiful stationery she has created. From invites to programmes right through to menu cards, they do it. Even if you’re thinking embellishments, sequins or textured paper, they can do it. Lish & Lou definitely deserve pride of place as the very first Simply Kayo Profiles…So now, here’s what we found out about Lish & Lou
When and how did you come up with the idea to start your business?
I’d been toying with the idea of starting a design company for a while. Freelancing had taught me a lot and I wanted to move forward. It wasn’t until a friend of mine was getting married in 2011 and she asked me to design something for her that I knew which direction I was going to take. I had so much fun during that process and through that Lish and Lou was birthed.
What services do you offer?
We offer a complete bespoke design service from beginning to end and even post event. We help our clients to create a brand for their event that is a complete reflection of their style and personality. That’s on the paper side. For weddings, we also provide design and development of wedding websites if that’s what you’re after. I love the variety we’re able to offer to our clients.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere it’s about being open and receptive to see it when it comes. It could be as simple as browsing the Internet or as quirky as something catching your eye on the underground.
What do you enjoy most about designing stationery?
The greatest enjoyment about what I do is definitely the reaction from clients when they receive their goods. It’s my natural high! It makes me feel so good to know I’ve been able to help bring an idea to reality at a significant point in that person’s life.
Describe a typical day for you?
Tell me about your favourite item you’ve designed?
It’s hard to pick a favourite. They’re all different and I love them all. If I had to, I’d pick the first. It will always have a special place in my heart. A chequebook style invitation to house all the extra information the wedding required, presented in a white box tied with a ribbon. I’d also have to pick the set I designed for myself, which took months to tie down the design. Once that was done everything else fell into place. A vintage style foil printed on luxurious 540gsm board with the information and RSVP on 350gsm board.
What advice would you give to someone starting in your industry?
Learn your craft! That’s the best advice I could give to anyone. I heard once that time spent developing yourself is never wasted time. Words I try to live by. The design industry changes constantly so being up to date on current processes , techniques and trends are the best way to keep work fresh and inviting.
What are your plans for the future?
There are plans for a personalised range and also to develop the brand both on home soil and overseas. There are a few other exciting ideas in the pipeline which can’t be disclosed yet, but suffice to say the world is for the taking!
Where can our readers find you?