New Book, New Year | Find Your Weigh
December 27, 2019
Tomato Red Pepper Cheese Soup – Instapot Recipe
January 16, 2020
New Book, New Year | Find Your Weigh
December 27, 2019
Tomato Red Pepper Cheese Soup – Instapot Recipe
January 16, 2020

I live in a very hot climate year-round, so the easy casual look is something I have learned to master over the years for my own sanity. It’s great to see all the layered styles on social media, but they just don’t work when it’s hot outside and you’re boiling inside.

Over the holidays, my husband, daughter and I had the opportunity to spend a day exploring old Manila. Today’s pics were taken at the historic Ft. Santiago, which is in the heart of the old walled city. Ft. Santiago was built in the 16th century inside the old walled city of Intramuros. It was also the site where hundreds of Filipino and American POW’s were held and eventually killed toward the end of WWII.

For this day out, I chose a simple t-shirt and cropped jeans. The aubergine color gave me a color boost and it really stood out against the brilliant color of the Philippine sky and the weather-worn stone of the fort.

Here, I used the partial tuck-in to keep the proportions in check. When wearing cropped pants, it helps to keep an eye on the hemline of your top. If the hemline falls too low, you risk making your legs look short and squatty…and those are two adjectives none of us want to hear about our outfits.

The fort is situated just down the lane from the Manila Cathedral. If you look closely, you can spot the two domes of the cathedral in the background.



It was a great time spent with family and an awesome opportunity to explore a place we’d never visited before. Actually, this was our first time to visit this area even though we’ve lived in the Philippines for 11 years.

But then, isn’t that how things often go? We get so bogged down in our everyday routines that we fail to appreciate what’s right outside our door.

I guess that’s what I’m trusting God for in 2020…fresh eyes! I want to see Him in my everyday and open my eyes to the many blessings that I typically overlook in pursuit of the next deadline or project.

How about you…what are you trusting God for in 2020?


~ Shellie

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  1. Happy New Year. The color of your top looks great on you. Thanks for sharing your look at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

  2. Beautiful color on your top! Interesting place you visited!

  3. Cynthia says:

    That outfit is perfect for the warm weather of Manila. Did you try the Calesa ride insid Ft. Santiago or is it still there?
    A few meter from Manila Catheral is another church, San Agustin, which is the oldest church. Inside is a Museum that houses many artifacts.. There is also a beautiful hidden garden , not even imagined from the outside.
    If you go inside Casa Manila, which is just opposite this Church (now converted into a resto)., you would see how old Manila houses used to be.
    Oh, By the way, I got married in Manila Catheral back in the 90’s.♥️

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      I had been to the house and Barbara’s cultural show before, but this was my first time to the Fort. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences. I can see why it holds such special memories for you.

  4. mireille says:

    I really love the color of your top! And nice and flowy for the heat! I need to look for a pair of cropped pants that are not skinny , then I could wear them more in the summer here. It does get hot and humid in the South!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      I can’t handle skinnies in the heat. There’s something about letting your ankles breathe.