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Ada Polla
Ada Polla is the CEO and co-creator of Alchimie Forever skincare., Combining the utmost standards of Swiss quality with the most potent botanicals, Alchimie Forever provides visible results for all skin types and a calm, bright complexion for even the most sensitive skin. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her national press to communicate her family’s knowledge and passion for the science of anti-aging skincare. Ada’s distinguished educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in political science and art history at Harvard University followed by an MBA from Georgetown University.
Although day-to-day operations at Alchimie Forever keep Ada busy, she still finds time to be involved in several ventures such as the Washington Spa Alliance and Fashion Group International, where she serves on the board as Founding Member and Treasurer, respectively. In addition, Ada operates on the Editorial Board of GCI Magazine and is on the HBA Conference Advisory Board. She was featured on the cover of Business Week Small Biz and was one of the top five finalists nominated for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2011, the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship presented her with the Homegrown Entrepreneur Award.

Entries by Ada Polla

A Vogue Editor Names Her Favorite Beauty Experts

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:23 PM

It is a rare, precious occurrence to be able to sit down with the former beauty editor of Vogue, and was one of my highlights of 2015. I don't get tongue-tied meeting Brad Pitt, but Sarah Brown, well, I have to admit being a little shy and awkward at first...

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Art and Beauty, Beauty and Art...

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 4:29 PM

The coming together of the world of visual arts and the world of beauty (and fashion) is nothing new. I still have the special edition Jeff Koons bottle that Kiehl's introduced a few years ago, and continue to be fascinated by the collaborations between NARS makeup and various visual artists,...

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Charlotte Casiraghi, the Ultimate Style Crush

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:31 PM

The list of my style-icon-girl-crush is growing. I am lucky to call my grandmother and my godmother style icons. Some of my style icons are fictional characters, such as Claire Underwood or Catherine Banning. And some, unoriginally, are celebrities, including Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Bacall. To...

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Michelle Obama's Makeup Artist Spills His Secrets

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:17 PM

This past Sunday I ran into one of my favorite beauty people at the West End SoulCycle in DC -- Carl Ray, celebrity makeup artist and the man responsible for Michelle Obama's always perfect makeup. He almost didn't recognize me because I was not sporting my signature red...

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35 Items In Your Wardrobe is All You Need: 7 Steps

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 3:51 PM

My interpretation of a "minimalist wardrobe" was recently challenged when my girlfriend Jenn Mapp told me about her 35 items. I have known her for years (pre toddler and infant, pre house), and have always thought of her as a "fashionista" in the best sense of the word. I rarely...

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Beauty Looks By Zodiac Sign

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:53 PM

I believe in astrology. After all, I am a libra - I am definitely a lover of beauty (my chosen calling running skin care line Alchimie was not an accident), of harmony, and of peace. I hate conflict. So when I had the chance to interview Aurora Tower,...

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How a Style Star Accessorizes for a Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:20 PM

It's that time of year. Music festival time. I have been spying on the beautiful people attending Coachella and Jazz Fest via Instagram, which inspired this piece on jewelry dos and don'ts for festivals. Who better to turn to than New Orleans BFF and jewelry designer Ashley Porter, the creative...

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Robin Wright's House of Cards Style: A How-To Guide From Her Stylist

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:36 PM

I am drawn to powerful women who prefer pearls to diamonds, dresses to pants and pencil skirts to mini skirts. Some of these women are real, such as Jackie Kennedy or my godmother Dominique. And some are fictional, such as Catherine Banning or Claire Underwood, who is my latest fashion...

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A Celebrity Spills Her Best Beauty Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:40 PM

To me, an essential part of style is beauty. And part of beauty is ritual, magical. I have always been fascinated by beauty rituals, men's and women's; I always want to look inside people's vanities; and I think a bathroom tells a lot about a person... So I could not...

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The Tastemaker: Blogger Tommy Lei on His NYFW

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:11 PM

I have always dreamed of going to N.Y.C. Fashion Week, and while I have had opportunities to go, the scheduling Gods have just never been with me on this one. The second best thing to being there is to live vicariously through Tommy Lei of My Belonging. He describes himself...

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The Most Cinematic Moment You Can Have at Home

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:52 PM

Take a break, take a bath, and take a breath. Your body and your soul will thank you. And if you would like more advice, read on.

It is Feb. 18 and I just had my first bath of 2015. I dream about baths usually in the late evenings...

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Why Is Rene Russo So Striking in The Thomas Crowne Affair?

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 11:13 AM

One of my favorite movies is the Thomas Crown Affair -- the remake with Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan. I have probably seen it 12 times, and just this past weekend on a long plane ride home on a Friday night, I watched it again.

One of the reasons...

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Tips to Enjoy This Holiday Without Over-Indulging

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:17 PM

The holiday season is as wonderful as it can be stressful. As fulfilling as it can be filling. Most of us are lucky enough to love our families. And also lucky enough to know healthy eating habits. Yes sometimes, the craziness of the holiday season gets the better of us....

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Non-Traditional and Cool Decorations for the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

I love the holidays. And I love tradition. Yes sometimes the idea of more green and red decorations and another stocking just doesn't get me very excited. And apparently, I am not alone. Over a glass of champagne recently, I had to pick the brains of decorator extraordinaire

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Do You Know How To Write A Perfect Thank You Note?

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:53 PM

I love to send handwritten notes. Some might say that is one of my trademarks. I like to think I know when to send and how to write a thank you note. But one truly never knows. So I had to ask my BFF and card queen Heidi Kallett about...

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How to Dress for Football Season From a Former NFL Cheerleader

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:52 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Not Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's football season. Starting last Sunday, the next Sunday without football isn't until February of 2015.

As I get ready for this season, both reality and fantasy, I think of statistics, trades, injuries and about what I...

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Styling Characters From Your Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:35 PM

I love to read. I love to read more because I love my book club. And I love my book club more because Karin Tanabe is in it. She is an author; she actually was introduced to book club because she is an author, and came to present her first...

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What I Learned Internet-Stalking Lauren Bacall Pictures

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Since last Tuesday, when Lauren Bacall died, I have been obsessed with all of the photographs of her that have deluged the internet. Many I had seen before, as I have a fascination for women and style from the 40s and 50s, some I had not. All the while internet-stalking...

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How to Decorate Your Home for July 4th in Hamptons Style

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Despite the U.S. loss in the World Cup, I am still thinking red, white and blue as summer is in full swing, and 4th of July is approaching. But oh how does one do red white and blue without looking tacky? I turned to my friend Natasha Esch's expertise for...

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Laure Hériard Dubreuil: Stylish Advice for Effortless Chic

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:13 PM

At the Women's Wear Daily CEO Summit last month I have the pleasure of hearing beauty entrepreneurs and leaders, and the delightful surprise of meeting Laure Dubreuil, CEO and Founding Partner of The Webster Miami. She is an entrepreneur, beautiful, French, and incredibly fashionable. I could not help...

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