Friday, 5 August 2011

yummy mummy Amanda of Tout Mon Amour

I have been fortune enough to meet so many lovely mums through the blogosphere who share similar passion as me and today I would like to introduce you to the master mind behind the online store {Tout Mon Amour}, meet the lovely Amanda.

Amanda is a mum to 4 beautiful children, Zack, Lataya, Kynan and Siara, she runs the successful online business Tout Mon Amour and also has a lovely blog ~ if you ask me I think she is a “super mum”!

Amanda describes her business as her own baby, I quote: “The newest 'baby' in the our family is an online haven of sweetness where my children and I can share our favourite finds with you... be it a cherished birthday gift, a whimsical piece of bedroom decor or the perfect party decorations to create that all important unforgettable celebration.”

I would like to thank Amanda for taking the time in answering all the questions and for giving our readers an insight of her lovely business and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy the interview xx



Tell us a little about YOU, the woman behind {Tout Mon Amour}?
I'm the younger of two sisters, am married to a very supportive, loving husband and I have 4 gorgeous children including twins! Being a typical Taurian those that know me best would say I am a bit stubborn, can be a little too ‘set in my ways’, and a perfectionist. I am a huge sentimentalist with fond memories of my ALL my childhood parties. Through Tout Mon Amour I get to share all my great loves in one place... beautiful pieces for children, the home and most importantly my "Must Have" party-ware for those very special celebrations...birthdays!! Other big passions are fine food and wine...travel and I have a slight adventurous streak...

When did you launch your business/blog and what is the inspiration behind your business?
Tout Mon Amour launched in December 2010. The inspiration behind my online store comes from the desire to source unique, clothing, giftware and party ware for my children with my focus primarily on handmade.

Who and what inspire your work?
Beautiful, Vintage and Hand-made pieces inspire me on a daily basis. I'm very much in awe of all the talented women I have met through the Australian Hand-Made community. The creativity of their ideas, the attention to detail and the overall quality is why I source and support unique handmade products for my online store.

What was the most rewarding thing that has happened in your career so far?
Definitely seeing Tout Mon Amour finally go "live" after all the months of planning! -From developing the overall design, to securing the perfect brands. It has been a very exciting period for my family and ...a real labour of love!

Can you tell us your favourite handmade item you have brought recently?
I adore the ‘Flower Fairies’ and ‘Tooth Fairies’ by my friend Jo from Purkilicious (as per the image above)
She has the most stunning range of handcrafted pieces – from her unique bunting and wall decorations, to the fairy doors and hair accessories. What I really love is the uniqueness of each fairy. Each ‘one off’ tooth fairy comes with a gorgeous enveloped note inside an organza bag. The boys are also not forgotten! ‘Tooth Pixie’s’ are also available. We have a new range of fairies and buntings on their way in the coming weeks.

Name three products you can’t live without? And why?
1. My morning coffee….thanks to my Jura Espresso Machine. I don’t always have time for breakfast so my coffee is a must have!
2. My MacBook which goes where I go – being a mum and business owner this is essential.
3. My favourite perfume…quick and easy when there is no time for make-up…this is any women’s best friend!

If you could style a party for a “well known/A list” celebrity, who would you choose and why?
I would choose Pink – the entertainment side of things would be taken care of! You could certainly think outside the square in relation to the styling and I think she would be refreshing and fun to work with and I am sure the end result would have the ‘wow’ factor.

Name your three favourite party themes and tell us what do you love about them?
I do love the usual pink, girly parties but right now I am admiring some gorgeous boys parties that have been featured recently. I think it is always challenging to find something unique for little men, especially an age appropriate theme as they get older. I loved planning my sons Robin Hood party earlier this year.

Do you have a favourite trend? {it could be related to anything}Definitely vintage and the handmade revival…up cycling….finding the beauty and the use for preloved goods. I also love the home party planner trend - anyone can now create a memorable event using the amazing range of products available online around the world. I love receiving customer photos with Tout Mon Amour products! It’s so nice to feel I played a small part in creating a little person’s special day.

What is your day-to-day like?
My average day starts at about 6am and I have the kids ready for kindy and school and in the car by 7.45am. I work part-time so on those days I arrive at work at 8.30am. Afternoons are busy with soccer training and dancing so most nights are dedicated to Tout Mon Amour – returning customer email enquiries, packing orders, to organising specials and new items.


What does the future hold for {Tout Mon Amour}?

I am hoping that I will in the near future be able to devote more time on the growth of Tout Mon Amour – it is ‘all my love’ after all!

What is your favourite place in the world?
Oh this is difficult - I have many fond memories of places I have visited but my favourite place in the world would be where my family are lucky enough to live and where we spend lots of time. A few hours at Mooloolaba Beach with my family on a warm, sunny day…..swimming, building sand castles, collecting shells, a walk along the boardwalk topped off with fish and chips at Mooloolaba Spit.

Email: amanda@toutmonamour.com.au
Website: www.toutmonamour.com.au
Blog: www.tout-mon-amour.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ToutMonAmour

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