Island Love

Hello……’s me.

I was wondering that after all these months if I should write.
(he he..sorry but I love that song).

What has been happening in your worlds? Its been full steam ahead here! With a kitchen reno ticked off, painting semi-almost-a little bit started-a little bit done, Christmas preparations well and truly in full swing, and the usual kids, working, life thrown in the mix, I tell you I am looking forward to some down time over the holidays!

I have also been working on a little side project which I will hopefully be able to share with you all very soon (psst if you just can’t wait, jump over to my Instagram and you might just get a whiff of an idea). It is very exciting!! Something I have wanted to do for a looooong time.

But for now I wanted to share a few pics of our kitchen reno. There a few details to go (painting, lights and flooring) but we are extremely happy! Its is amazing how changing the layout has effected our lifestyle and the way we interact as a family on a daily basis.

The mc-massive island is now the hub of the home. From family breakfast to kids meals and activities, and of course our guests gravitate there, like flies to the preverbal, for a cold beverage and usually a cheese board. Today, I managed to put a weeks worth of the family’s clean laundry folded onto it.

Anyway, just give us the pictures I hear you say…..ok, ok, pushy bunch. He, he…enjoy!

Here is the before (note we had already put in the new servery window at this point)…don’t you just love the 90’s biege. I was super sad to see it go :(

And the after. Ah my heart is happy!

Bonus – a few of my favourite (well most favourite) elements!


Are you renovating? I would love to see what your up to! Share details in the comments below!!


Girl Unearthed – More like girl on fire!

How many of us have an idea? How many of us have an idea that’s going to help shape a generation of women? How many of us have an inspired idea and then work our butts off to make it happen?

There is a group of women who clearly Pinterest doesn’t have an effect on, procrastination is null and void, and determination is stored by the truck load.

I met one of these women earlier this year, at a conference designed for female entrepreneurs actually- go figure!

Sarah Coull (aptly pronounced “cool”) and I had our ‘meet cute’ while waiting in line for an organic coffee. A tall young fresh faced girl, I (in my ignorance) thought to myself – bet she is in PR. Given I was at conference for entrepreneurs, I should really not have been surprised to find that she was actually doing something pretty awesome.

Earlier this year Sarah launched Girl Unearthed – a blog offering career inspiration to young women. Profiling women in unique roles across all different industries, the blog is giving girls a real life glimpse of possible careers and pathways to get there. See – awesome!

Growing up in Tasmania, Sarah herself was always a strong willed girl, destined to succeed. After making the call to relocate after completing school, she embarked on an undergraduate degree in Media & Communications across the Bass Strait in Melbourne.

Sarah Coull - Founder GirlUnearthed

Sarah Coull – Founder & Editor-in-Chief Girl Unearthed

Sarah has lead quite the interesting career path herself. After interning at cult teenage mags Girlfriend and Cosmo, Sarah initially thought a career in magazines might be for her but after taking a belated gap year to travel and work in a book shop back in Tassie, she fell in love with books and embarked on a career in publishing, heading back to Melbourne to study her Master of Publishing and Communications.

Whilst studying she landed a job at educational publishing juggernaut Macmillan as a Publishing Assistant and later a Junior Publishing Editor, staying with the company for a couple of years. . A redundancy and new job later, Sarah still felt like she wasn’t being fulfilled creatively and that she needed something else to work on.

Drawing on her time at Girlfriend, and the mentoring influence she saw publications like this could have on young women, she began developing ideas around careers and thinking about what was currently available for girls and women early in their careers.

“There was already so many career websites out there that have articles on things like ‘how to get a promotion’ and ‘how to become a leader in the workplace’, which is great but I thought there needed to be something that opened up young people’s minds about what was out there in terms of jobs, that you just wouldn’t know about until you’re in a workplace or until you’ve meet someone in that job,” Sarah says.

And so, Girl Unearthed was born.

By featuring profiles of women working in different jobs and detailing the paths they took to get there, Sarah is hoping to help young women identify where their skills and passions could take them, or to encourage women who are already working, that the path towards a dream career doesn’t always have to be straight.

The GirlUnearthed platform breaks down stories by industry.

The Girl Unearthed platform breaks down stories by industry.

“Reading about different jobs, you might think, ‘I am really good at that key skill. I am really good at framing data to build a report and analysing things’. I want girls to be able to see different job tasks and skills in the profiles, and recognise that they’ve got these skills and that they could do it too.”

“One of our biggest setbacks when we’re young is that we don’t believe we can do something, and we underestimate our abilities when we’re younger – especially when applying for jobs! I’ve also found that being so busy, as young women we often don’t spend much time reflecting on what we’re good at and enjoy. That’s something I’d like to spend time developing on the website, articles and activities for reflecting on what your skills are and honouring yourself and what you can offer an organisation. “

Sarah has found that the interviews that have been more popular are not the ones she would have expected to be more popular.

“I had an environmental consultant who does surveys on environments for companies and reports on how their business operations are is physically affecting the environment and the wildlife around them.

She was the most interesting, outdoorsy person and had done all sorts of cool things in her job,” she recalls.

“She was, a real person. You will find that we’re generally not putting up super glamorous jobs that girls may have heard about – we want to put up real jobs for people to connect with.”

Sarah and her team of editors at Girl Unearthed aim to provide insight with every article, into that particular job and industry and to allow the readers to be able to identify what the main tasks are, what are the skills or qualifications to have for that job and to identify a pathway to it. As well as to see the fact that they are all random and unique to that person. She hopes this will allow women to not be scared of the path they may take.

Her vision is to develop the site to be an aggregate of careers-related content and events, pulling in content from the different universities, TAFEs, and other educational institutions, and becoming a real hub for knowing when different career events are on and what is out there. A site where girls can go to explore different jobs, do reflective exercises to widen their minds and explore different pathways. Encouraging thinking outside the box and being able to look down a different path, to see where they could end up.

So after hearing so many stories, and having her own interesting career – what is Sarah’s advice for anyone thinking about their future career?

“The wisdom gained is – don’t be afraid to jump into something different because you don’t think you’ve got the skills. More and more people are hiring based on skills set rather than directly related work experience to the role, “ she said.

“Good employers will look at your skills and your confidence in backing yourself in those skills.”

Sarah also recommends spending time reflecting on what you’re good at and companies and roles that interest you.

“Samantha Wills had a cool insight at the Run the World conference this year about finding your passion and your path. She said ‘Look at what you spend your free time doing – and do that.’ And I think that’s a great place to start when young women are thinking about what they’d like to do in their career. What are the things you’re most passionate about? Being able to combine one of your passions with your own unique skill set in a job role is the ultimate goal – because no one wants to be dragging their feet to work every day!’

Reno update


I had every intention of keeping you in the loop for all of my design decisions. Driving you crazy with talk of paint colours, laminate V timber V stone bench tops. Agonising over cabinetry handles and waxing lyrical on pendant lights. Giving you every painstaking detail of my inability to make decisions but it turns out (and this is a surprise to me) –  I don’t actually have that problem.

I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted and found fixtures and fittings that fitted in well, were available and are relatively affordable. STFD! (That’s – Shut The Front Door for new players). Who knew! All those years of pinning have finally paid off. So there, anyone who thinks that Pinterest is time wasting!

So where is it all up to?

  • Our fab new servery window is in!
  • Cabinetry signed-off and being installed in just under 3 weeks!
  • Cabinet hardware sorted (and I am, borderline inappropriately, in love with the knobs).
  • Sink and tap purchased.
  • Gas cooker on order.
  • So just need to find some subway tiles and we are literally cooking with gas.

I thought about sharing my design choices with you now but I am going to make you wait and do a big reveal – just like the do in the Block! Tragic I know! (It’s really just a ploy to get you to revisit my blog and boost my numbers!)

I am a wee bit nervous about being without a kitchen for a couple of weeks but I am willing to sacrifice for the greater good! I am so looking forward to entertaining over the summer. With the pool, outside entertaining area and soon to be awesome kitchen,  it’s going to be just a lovely space to bless our friends and family, and just hang out together!

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The tortured’s love for the torturer.


In a world consumed by what everyone else is doing – judging, not judging, accepting, rejecting, comparing, ignoring, analysing, pitying, idolising – I love this quote by Frederik Buechner (an american author and theologian). It will challenge you.

“The love for equals is a human thing–of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing–the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing–to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy–love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.” 
                         – Frederick Buechner

It reno time!

For those who aren’t regular readers, my husband and I bought a house in April and we are starting to get serious about doing some renos – Yay McFreakity Yay!

Needless to say I am in my element. If Pinterest was a problem for me before, well let’s just say, pray for me!

Get ready for the onslaught of reno pics as well as probably too much information on every single detail! First up is the kitchen and I am super excited. I was going to keep it a mystery – with a big unveiling but I thought it would be far more interesting for those of you playing at home to go on the journey with me!

Here is what our 20 year old kitchen looks now!

Kitchen Before

The U-shape will be reconfigured to an L-shape bench along the back and side wall, with lower cabinets and top cabinets down one side, and a servery onto our entertaining patio off the other.

The return bench which formed the u-shape will be going and replaced with a decent sized island with two of the most divine pendants ever created! To add a little classic farmhouse style we will have the token butlers sink and gas cooker – which husband is super excited about as he gets to buy a new wok (insert eye roll). There adds another 10 minutes at the butcher.

First to go is the window (as the bench will be built to the servery) which we are hoping will be replaced in the next couple of weeks. So it will soon be actions stations! Brace yourself.

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to see the progress!

Tunns xo

Capsule Wardrobe – Half Way Report


A few of my loyal readers (you know who you are) have been asking about the capsule wardrobe! So I thought I would give you a, slightly over, half way report.

All in all, I have found it soooooooo much easier having the capsule wardrobe. Never stuck for something to wear – everything goes with everything! It’s kind of like having a big uniform but with lots of combinations to choose from, saving me time in the mornings not having to think too much about what to wear! Leaving more time for drinking coffee and becoming human.

I have, however, stumbled over a few littles issues to take into consideration when planning for the Spring capsule! I guess I’ll share with you too so you can learn from my mistake (I am such a giver!).

Tip 1 – Transition Pieces

Living in a sub-tropical climate you never truly know when the shift from hot to cold will happen. Just when you think the season has changed, your likely to get a once-in-a-10-year-freaking-hot-day in autumn or winter for that matter. For this reason, I kept out a few “transitional pieces”, as I boxed up all my summer gear. A couple of extra tops to throw on should it get unseasonably steamy!

Tip 2 – Have all the items by the start of the season or you run short

There are still pieces I intended on purchasing before the autumn/winter season but for whatever reason haven’t gotten around to getting. Given the capsule is purposely designed both practically and aesthetically – this left holes in my wardrobe and  resulted compromised outfits! Argh – first world problems.

I blame not creating “The List” early enough and therefor not having enough time for perfect piece hunting. Will not make that mistake again!

Tip 3 – Add an “around the house” category

Even though my outfits were lovely, they were geared towards leaving the house! I ended up pulling out a few old jeans and shirts (and a couple of comfy trackies – I know some of you are shocked!) to wear on the days I was locked away inside, doing housework, playing with kids, covered in what I am hoping was vegemite.

So there you go! A few little tips/mistakes for you to take fourth and learn from! Is anyone planning a Spring Capsule? I have started a Pinterest Board…we should share ideas.

Altering your capsule to fit your saving dreams.


My full mid-way capsule wardrobe report will be up later this week but I thought I would share these great tips from therealjlow about budgeting for a capsule wardrobe!

Hope they are helpful!


Originally posted on therealjlow:

Altering your capsule to fit your saving dreams.

Whether you are paying off debt or saving up for a big purchase like a house or a car or even a big event like a wedding or having a baby, saving or just spending less and saving more can be incredibly difficult.

When I was younger I vividly remember watching Alvin Hall’s “Your money or your life” and I remember being transfixed as he showed all types of people from different walks of life as to how if they continue the way they are that this could potentially ruin their lives. He was clearly a subscriber to tough love and shock tactics but that coupled with my parents strong beliefs on avoiding debt and I have always been a little bit petrified of over spending. That’s not to say I don’t have debt like most I have student loans but the…

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3 Ways to Get Passionate


And before your mind goes somewhere it shouldn’t (or should maybe…depending on your relationship status) I’ll clarify, get passionate about a cause.

We have all heard the benefits of being involved in something outside of ourselves, whether it’s a charity, social enterprise or local cause. Deep down we all love to give – time, money, resources. It makes us feel a part of something, like we belong. It makes us feel good. It makes us happier.

But did you know it can also make you healthier. Altrusim is said to reduce stress which in-turn can increase our immune system. Some studies have also shown it to decrease mortality rates! (See this article by the Berkley Wellness Centre) Not a bad couple of bonus’ really!

So what are some ways you can start enjoying the benefits of giving a bit…or a lot if you can!

1. Choose a cause that speaks to you. Maybe its in an area you or someone you know has had experience in – such as a certain illness or disadvantage. If it is something that is close to your heart, you generally wont need any extra motivation to want to get in and help.

2. Research & Sign-up. Look into that area, get educated on what challenges that particular cause might be facing – raising awareness, financial pressure or political barriers. The more you know about the cause, the easier it will be for you to identify how to help. It will also help you in talking to others and getting them to care about your cause too! Sign up to an e-newsletter so you can stay up to date with whats happening, events that are coming up or resources they need.

3. Do. Giving isn’t always about money. While sometimes that might be a real need of a cause, a lot of the time awareness is just as crucial. Getting people to understand the battle organisations are facing, whether its against disease, political repression, environmental protection, humanitarian issues, distribution of knowledge is key to combating problems. This is the part when you jump in and start to get passionate.
Do by:

– Hosting fundraisers
– Donating regularly
– Speaking! The most easiest thing you can do. Be an Ambassador and spread the word about your cause.

Change your perspective on your life by getting passionate about a cause. You will definitely feel happier and you may even be healthier too!


Have some ideas on other ways to get involved? Share them in the comments below – I would love to hear them! I would also love to hear about the organisations you care about, I may be able to feature them on the blog.