Anna Akbari

Anna Akbari
How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

Unlearning. We could all use a bit more of it. We spend so much time obsessed with acquiring new knowledge that we don’t realize a lot of not-so-useful knowledge also finds its way into our heads.
How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

Perhaps we’re thinking about happiness in the wrong way. It’s an attitude, yes, and some of us are genetically happier people, but it’s also a byproduct of very specific habits we do consciously or subconsciously throughout our…

Which Fashion Rules to Ignore

Which Fashion Rules to Ignore

You’ve heard these all before: Every woman should own these 10 items. You shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day. You shouldn’t spend so much on your appearance. You should dress for your body, your…

How to Have Better Winter Style

How to Have Better Winter Style

At the height of winter, most of us are just trying to stay warm, fashion be damned. (Do you feel like you’re walking around in a giant sleeping bag most days? You’re not alone.) But polish and practicality…

How to Survive Invasive Holiday Banter

How to Survive Invasive Holiday Banter

The crazy distant relative, the coworker who has one too many, the awkward stranger looking to stir the pot — the cast of characters likely to be in attendance at any of your holiday gatherings will leave no overly personal talking…

How to Get a Fall Wardrobe When You’re Broke

How to Get a Fall Wardrobe When You’re Broke

After months of sticky humidity, the coziness of fall clothing is a welcome reprieve. But what isn’t so warm and fuzzy is its price tag. Even if you’re frugal, cold-weather attire simply costs more: It’s usually…

30 Work Shoes for Rain, Sleet, or Snow

30 Work Shoes for Rain, Sleet, or Snow

Between the rain and puddles (and, in a few months, snow and muddy slush) hitting you from multiple directions, the elements can take their toll on your state of mind and your wardrobe. But when inclement weather strikes, your professional…

How to Be a Better Online Shopper

How to Be a Better Online Shopper

The lobby of my building has become a veritable loading dock from the explosion of online purchases most of the tenants receive every day. One glance at the mountains of boxes confirms that online sales continue to outpace in-store…

How to Boost Your Happiness

How to Boost Your Happiness

An important aspect of the money-happiness connection is the fact that the amount of money you make matters less than how you spend it. And while we know money alone can’t buy happiness, strategic spending can significantly enhance…

Perfume for Women Who Hate Perfume

Perfume for Women Who Hate Perfume

Smell is our strongest sense, and the scents we wear are much more than frilly enhancements or attraction tactics. Inhaling fragrance induces a physiological effect in the body and the brain, and studies show that certain scents can reduce stress…

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

What if I told you that owning less clothing would end your nothing-to-wear syndrome? That’s the theory behind a capsule wardrobe — a small collection of largely seasonless, versatile basics. Having an extremely flexible wardrobe…

How to Dress for Nontraditional and Creative Offices

How to Dress for Nontraditional and Creative Offices

In certain offices, looking too boring can be a detriment. For example, in one creative office where I worked, an applicant interviewed in a traditional pantsuit. Despite her skill set the general sentiment was that she just didn’t “get…

What Colors to Wear Spring 2015

What Colors to Wear Spring 2015

The colors you wear send subtle signals out into the world. And while the idea that we should change colors with the seasons sounds both impractical and tedious, playing chameleon can highlight and draw out different aspects of our personalities…

How to Find Spring 2015 Trends in Your Closet

How to Find Spring 2015 Trends in Your Closet

After what’s felt like a long visit to Siberia for much of the country, stripping off the layers and slipping into some spring styles feels more therapeutic than indulgent.

But before you grab your wallet and run to the…

16 Wellness Apps That Make You Happier

16 Wellness Apps That Make You Happier

What makes you happy?

My hunch is that technology was not the first answer to pop into your head. Perpetual notifications and an ever-full inbox constantly nag for our attention. Rampant misuse of technology hurts our bodies and minds…

Successful Women Share Their Personal Style

Successful Women Share Their Personal Style

Clothes do not make the woman. But they can make her even better.

The daily grind of dressing and grooming rituals never ends, nor do the visual, sizing-you-up encounters with clients and coworkers. We all inevitably make our…

How to Dress Like Claire Underwood

How to Dress Like Claire Underwood

Since House of Cards debuted, the number-one request I get from clients is “Make me look like Claire Underwood.” Her character is a bit frightening, but aesthetically, she’s impeccably chic and pulled together. And while we don’t…

Don’t Dress for the Job You Want

Don’t Dress for the Job You Want

I don’t own a suit. Never have, likely never will.

I feel like a forced caricature of a “business lady” when I step into pantsuits and skirt suits alike. Granted, I don’t have a…