At the half-year mark at my new job,  I began to wonder how work was impacting my physical fitness. Although I run (wickedly satisfying) mental marathons on the weekdays, my desk job is no different from looking at sitting hours logged. So I bit the bullet to try out several fitness monitoring devices on the market.

Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, Fitbit One

At the heart of wearable devices like the FitBit One, Nike+ Fuelband, and Jawbone Up are accelerometers and algorithms that track how much you flail around daily (e.g. steps taken, calories burned). You set goals and monitor progress on the device / app.

I tried the Fuelband and the Up for a week each, since they were wristbands with solid reviews. The Jawbone Up scores higher on design, battery life, and functionality; the Nike Fuelband shines in its simplicity and one-button ease of use. Overall, I like the Up better, since the the bonus sleep monitoring feature gives way to answering interesting questions, e.g. how much sleep can I get on a redeye flight?

A few personal findings:

  • I sleep like a baby.
  • I have surprising average activity levels.
  • I compensate for weekday sitting by dancing through the weekends. See screencaps comparing steps taken at work vs. a concert.

Continue reading for device details on design & fit, app features, and battery life.
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The LunarGrand series sports the Nike Air Lunarlon shock-absorbing sport outsole on a dress shoe upper from Cole Haan (with memory foam insoles). Call it what you will, a sneaker that means business or a dressy running shoe–the line comes in great colorways and are wicked comfortable.

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Design sketches from Cole Haan’s Innovation Designer Salehe Bembury.
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The Gramercy Oxford doesn’t have the Lunarlon tech, but it does have an EVA sneaker outsole and is brilliant all the same.
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Stumbled on a stocked H&M by accident (I love Los Angeles).

Re-Edition capsule collection.
103 deconstructionist, disproportional, and mind-bending pieces.
Reinterpretations of original runway works over the brand’s 23 year history.


Picked up a pair of white Trompe L’oeil Sneakers
Tempted to keep it as an art piece and not wear it.


I saw these being worn everywhere during my vacation in Europe. These are low-tops stacked on a hidden wedge heel, with the look of strapped high-tops. Needless to say, these are the only sneakers I’ve wanted to buy in a very long time.

These are the original models: the Bekket by Isabel Marant and the Bea by Ash.

[Galliano's show] dared to inject an unfinished quality into the most polished fashion arena of them all. Sheer layers exposed the underlying construction of garments. The black floral designs that were picked out on a flaring white skirt were like an initial guide for a master embroiderer who would fill in the colors later. ~ Style

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