There's only one way to cure those post-holiday blues that sink in after a trip to New York, the shopping capital of the world, and that's more shopping. You'd think that after five days shopping to my heart's content I'd be sick of the sight of the high street, but the thought of Glasgow's first ever Style Mile Shopping Festival just fills me with excitement instead. I'm not a big fan of your standard music festival, but a festival dedicated to the art of shopping? Count me in!
I've been saying for years now that the shopping in Glasgow is some of the best you'll find in the UK, with Buchanan Street boasting huge names such as Michael Kors alongside our gorgeous House of Fraser and a multitude of shopping centres like Buchanan Galleries, Princes Square and the St. Enoch Centre to name just a few! With flagships, department stores and independent boutiques alike Glasgow is an absolute nirvana when it comes to getting your shopping fix.
From the 25th-30th of May the Glasgow Style Mile Festival will be bringing a jam packed programme to the city centre, with events including styling sessions, makeup masterclasses with the incredible Jamie Genevieve, special discounts from some of our biggest retailers and plenty more. You can find out more about what's on during the festival here and where to snap up the best special offers here.
What better time to put my favourite saying - "shopping is my cardio" - to the test? You may remember that a while back I was debating getting myself a fitness tracker however I never quite got round to it because it just didn't feel like a "fun" thing to buy and I was fed up of buying boring things, although since discovering the Fossil Q range of wearable technology it's been a different story.
For months now my phone had been my only way to roughly gauge how many steps I was doing a day, but seeing as it wasn't on my person at all times and probably not all that accurate I had no idea what my actual activity levels were like. Now that I have an activity tracker to wear on my wrist all day I can easily track the steps I fit in at work (a lot) and the steps from all of those sneaky trips to the fridge from my computer.
I hate that this matters to me so much, but my new Fossil Q Dreamer is a whole lot prettier than the standard FitBit type gadget. Rose gold is my favoured finish when it comes to jewellery, so the sleek copper finish of the tracker slots in to my collection with ease. The soft leather strap is comfortable enough to wear all day yet durable enough to withstand my usual daily wear and tear. I've already been eyeing up some of the interchangeable straps for when I fancy switching it up, which will help the Q Dreamer integrate in to my wardrobe seamlessly. It's no heavier than wearing a watch and you can even set it up to vibrate and light up in specific patterns to inform you of any notifications your phone has received whilst connected.
Using the Fossil Q app I've been able to keep a tab on the number of steps per day and calories burned whilst wearing the tracker, as well as setting goals and taking part in the weekly "Curiosity Challenges" set by the app. I started out by setting a goal of 8,000 steps per day, but it ended up being a bit easier than I expected so I've upped this to 10,000 per day for more of a challenge.
Since welcoming the Fossil Q Dreamer in to my life I've suddenly become the kind of person who obsesses over "beating" my step goal on a daily basis. Having been hitting roughly 20-30,000 steps a day in New York I knew that there'd be just a slight dip in numbers on my return to Glasgow, but I was pretty surprised at just how slight that difference actually was.
A pretty relaxed shopping trip around my favourite city centre stores racked up over 11,500 steps and burned roughly 500 calories; which totally justifies my snack stops along the way. With so much choice when it comes to browsing the shops in Glasgow it's no wonder that the total distance was well over 10km. I definitely stand by my thinking that shopping does count as exercise, and a decent amount at that! Is it sad that I'm already excited to see how many steps I manage to rack up when it comes to Christmas shopping? Probably, yes...
You can check out the Fossil Q range in their St. Enoch Centre store and find out more about what's happening during the Glasgow Style Mile Festival here
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