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I was lucky enough to be invited this past weekend to the inaugural Brisbane Fashion Weekend as one of the official bloggers.

The event was over 2 days – 22nd and 23rd of October at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills.

I choose to go on Saturday and hang out with the gorgeous Bev from Iris May Style and Rachael from Ruby & Lilli. Love spending time with these two gorgeous women – always fun.


The day consisted of a Runway Show, Centre Stage – a opportunity to sit and listen to Brisbane fashionistas talking about the latest trends, Stylist Hub – grab some styling hints from some fabulous Brissie stylists and a Pop Up Precinct – your chance to shop the runway straight away and I can’t mustn’t forget the Moet Lounge where you could grab a bite to eat, sip champagne and relax.


So what do you wear when you are going to be in a room full of gorgeous Brisbane fashionistas.

For me it had to be something comfortable that I could wear all day and that stayed true to my sense of style.

I can be very indecisive when trying to pick an outfit for an event and but this time I knew that I wanted to wear a gorgeous Red Silk Kimono from ShortList.

But I still had to decide what to wear with it.

Now a few weeks ago I was admiring Sally from Steele My Style frayed hem jeans and she told me they were super easy to make.

I’ve always been quite handy in the sewing department but did doubt that I may not be able to pull these off.

The Thursday before the BFW event I decided they would be perfect to wear with my kimono. I went through my quite large jean collection to find a pair that I wouldn’t be too upset if I ruined them.

You can see my efforts below – I ;m quite pleased with how they turned out.

Below is a very quick 3 step how to if you would like to give it a go – I promise it really is super easy.

  • Cut the hem off a pair of jeans – you need to cut it off at the length that you would like these to end on your leg, for me this was just above ankle.
  • Decide how long you want to make your tassels and take your scissors and cut 1/2 – 1 cm strips up to that point (I cut mine in 1/2 cm strips). You can sew a just above the end of the cut line to stop the tassels from going any further, I haven’t yet (and I’m going to be honest I probably won’t).
  • Lastly chuck the jeans in the washing machine for a quick wash and once finished throw them into the dryer and that’s it, they will come out looking like mine below. Easy Peasy.

Short List Silk Kimono in Red Floral $129.00 * | Sandler Jacinta Nude Glove $149.95 * | Bohemian Traders Strappy Singlet in White $119.00 | Old pair of Sussan Fashion Jeans | Ruby & Lilli Tassel Earrings $35.00 (the red is no longer available but there is still turquoise and black)



And while you drink champagne you have to update social media – it’s a rule.




As an official blogger I had front row seats to the Runway show and also got a sneak peak back stage as the models got ready for the show.

I was very excited to see that the trends that I love featured very heavily in the runway think

  • Off the Shoulder
  • Lace
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Playsuits
  • Bold Colours

The designers featured were:

400 C | Adrift | ar – cryk | IXIAH | Kahlo Kahlo | Louenhide | Nat – Sui | Oki – Oro | PinkPunk | Saylor & Saige | Sun Soaked | Tengdahl |Wilde Willow




The Two Corporate Girls – Beckie and Sophie talking about Corporate trends. Now even though I don’t work in the corporate sector I still picked up a few tips and a pair of skinny white pants and culottes are now on my must have list.


Items marked with * were gifted to me for editorial consideration

L~ F
  • Looks like a great event and I love your outfit for it. My goal this year is to find a kimono that doesn’t look too dressing-gowny. I’ve decided that’s why I don’t wear my current one.

    • Yes dressing gowny is not a look I would normally go with either. I do love a good kimono tho it’s great for hiding the butt and slimming the thighs a plus for me 😜

  • You looked amazing! LOVED catching up with you (as always) and thank you for supporting the girls – I was so super proud of them!
    Ps,..I think you could start a business offering to fray the hem of jeans – you have a hidden talent you knew nothing about – did such a fabulous job! xx

    • The girls were amazing – you should be proud of them and they had some great tips.
      You sound like hubby he was trying to convince me to make some and sell them online – not sure where I would find the time 😜

  • I love the look of your jeans! Such a clever modification! I’ll have to give this a go!


    • It’s super easy Ingrid- you can buy them already frayed but it’s a real trend that I wouldn’t eant to spend a lot of money on them

  • ADA

    Hi Karen, I am Ada. So glad I found your blog. Your fringe jeans and bright kimono wrap are absolutely gorgeous and this is one very inspiring look. =)

    I run a style linkup every Thursday so I Welcome you to stop by and join my current brand-new linkup, pretty lady. Thanks, Ada. =)

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Cool Look.