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Anna Akbari

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Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and “the thinking person’s stylist.” She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual self-presentation, visual culture, identity, technology/human relationships, and happiness. Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which offers intelligent commentary on image and culture-related issues, and Sociology of Style services, its personal consulting division, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert and can be found speaking or writing for such outlets as TED, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times. Watch her TED talk; sign-up for Sociology of Style; read and hear more here; follow her on Twitter.

Don't Apologize for How You Spend Your Money

You may judge me. (Though at least a few of you will nod silently in agreement.) Here’s why: I prioritize spending money on my appearance. After my bills are paid and I’ve tucked away some cash in savings, the number-one area I invest in is my...

How to Look Your Best on Video Chat

In the Golden Age of the selfie, even the most camera-shy among us are no strangers to flashing our own image. But the magic of the flawless Instagram snap is in the number of takes we get to perfect it (what’s your average? Two shots? Five?)....

Why Women Don’t Want a Female Boss

Women are the worst. To each other. Maybe you instantly know what I’m talking about. Or maybe the suggestion that women aren’t one big supportive sorority gets your feminist juices flowing. Regardless, woman-to-woman abuse is one way we continue...

5 Excuses for Not Looking Your Best — Debunked

This year I’m going to grow to 5’10” and have perfect, poreless skin — and I’m going to achieve it all for the price of a latte. No I’m not — and neither are you. These beauty fixations are time wasters, but we all have them: Lies we tell...

What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

Ahh, the office holiday party. Some can be awkward, groan-inducing experiences, while others are opportunities for testing the limits (of drinking with coworkers). But whatever your office dynamics, one variable remains the same: You have to put...

Engagement Rings: To Wear or Not to Wear?

I never wanted an engagement ring. Ever. I looked at women with left-hand bling in bewilderment, confused by the baubles’ mass appeal, quietly judging what I interpreted as an antiquated tradition. No ring for me. Never ever, I swore. Flash...

A Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Survival Guide

’Tis the season of buying and spending. Or so it seems. If you’re like me, the thought of lining up in the cold, dark night to pounce on a discounted TV or half-price sweater makes you recoil. But despite the frenzied start, you likely do have a...

Warning: Lighting Can Make You Lose Sleep & Money

Once the sun, moon, and stars were our only sources of light. Then came fire, and much much later, electricity (and finally, phone screen glare). It’s only been a few hundreds years — a mere blip in human history — that we have experienced the...

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