Seeing in spring with White Stuff

Spring is here at long last and the trendy types at White Stuff are on a mission to help people welcome the new season in style. They asked me to choose from their range of printed shirts and put together a post about the fun I got up to in it.

I have to admit that this was something of a two-pronged challenge. I haven’t worn a shirt since I left my old job eight months ago, so this represented a step out of my comfort zone – particularly as I am no model! Secondly, everyone has been ill for most of the month so I didn’t have much chance to get out and about. Thankfully, everyone recovered just in time for Easter so the chance was finally there. No pressure then!

A neatly folded shirt.

I chose a Tennon Dobby shirt as I thought it would contrast well with jeans. It’s a slim fit cut, 100% cotton and features contrast stitching and embroidery. It looks great and is really comfortable to wear. It looks good with the sleeves up or down too, making it a versatile option for those occasions when you’re just not sure whether the dress code is smart or casual!

We went to my parents’ house where we always have a good time. My sister and her kids were down for the weekend and there was an Easter egg hunt planned for the little ones, so there was plenty of fun to be had by all! As you can see from the main shot above, I was forced to drink some sparkling wine as soon as I arrived, so I stood in front of a nice, light wall and enjoyed it while noticing something interesting in the middle distance. A fine start!

A man playing a piano.

One thing that’s always popular with Dylan, Xander and their cousins is my mum’s piano. I only know how to play two different songs on it – one of which is Hot Cross Buns – so I seized the opportunity to play it for them, complete with the strange headbanging motion that some pianists seem to favour. Unfortunately, those pictures came out a little blurry, so here’s one of me in my shirt during a more sedate moment.

After lunch, it was time for the kids’ Easter egg hunt. As the older children legged it around the garden with their excitement seemingly overriding their sense of direction, I took Amelie to show her the daffodils. She didn’t seem too impressed, to be honest, but she did like my shirt so that’s the main thing!

A man showing a baby some flowers.

She wasn’t alone either; everyone complimented me on looking smart for once, so it got the seal of approval from four different generations. My grandma was particularly pleased to see me sporting something other than my usual T-shirt and hoodie combination! Although I wasn’t comfortable being the focal point, I was comfortable in the shirt and it’s great to have something different in the proverbial locker for future family get-togethers.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

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