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Ada Polla
In 2004, daughter and co-creator of Alchimie Forever,, Ada Polla set out to launch her family’s Swiss based skincare line in the US. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus and determination, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her several press-worthy opportunities to communicate her family’s knowledge and passion for the science of anti-aging skincare. Securing partnerships with exclusive spas, specialty boutiques and a global collective of cosmetic dermatologists, Ada continues to share her family’s philosophy that healthy skin can be achieved using effective products and promises that even though Alchimie Forever is growing, she is still dedicated to providing consumers with a personal touch in every experience, called the Forever Commitment.
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. Ada contributes to several magazines and speaks at top universities and leading industry conferences. 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. Ada is a visionary in skincare and business and successfully blends the two in all of Alchimie Forever’s prolific endeavors. Ada also has experience consulting for DiamondCluster International and product management expertise in the medical device industry from her work at
Candela Corporation. 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.

Entries by Ada Polla

23 Style Secrets From the Most Chic Woman I've Ever Met

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:55 PM

I met Erin Hazelton when she was writing for fashion magazines in New York City. This was more years ago than I care to remember -- but she looks the same. What struck me the first time I saw her, and still what strikes me every time I see her...

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The Inside Scoop On Modeling

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Beauty fascinates me. Modeling fascinates me. And I am blessed to have many beautiful girlfriends -- including a couple who are professional models. One is Cecilia Singley (you can read her interview here); another is Kate Michael, who is based in DC. While we usually get together to...

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9 Ways You Can Learn to Love Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:45 PM

In the last 24 hours, three conversations have resonated with me about the meaning of Valentine's day: conversations with a really good (male) friend who is going through a separation; with one of my very best BFFs, who is single; and with a work acquaintance who shared she will be...

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25 Things a Woman Should Have by Her 30s

(50) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Maybe it is because we are 1/12th done with 2014 already. Maybe it is because in 8 months I will be unarguably closer to 40 than to 30. Who knows... in any case, I have been thinking about what I long for -- my list of things a girl (lady)...

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Style and Sports? Meet Andrea Kremer: Television Sports Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Meeting Andrea Kremer was on my bucket list. She is one of four sports figures that made it to my bucket list (the other three being Al Michaels, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick). And meet Andrea Kremer I did, a few years ago, all because of a blog I wrote...

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What is Swiss Style?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Type in "Swiss Style" in Google and see what comes up. As opposed to, for example typing "French Style." What comes up has to do with typography, more specifically, the International Typographic Style. Also knows as Swiss Style, this refers to a graphic design style developed in Switzerland in the...

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Affordable Extravagances: A CEO's Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:48 PM

'Tis the season... the season of gratefulness, and the season of giving. While I think about holiday gifts year-round, which makes the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas much less stressful, shopping for everyone on my list is top of mind right about now. Finding the perfect gift for everyone really...

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11 Fashion Rules Inspired by French Vogue

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 11:56 AM

When speaking with a friend this past week about fashion icons and comparing notes in terms of who we turn to for fashion inspiration, the name Emmanuelle Alt came up. I had to admit never having heard of her. Google to the rescue -- she is the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue...

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Bad Lighting Realizations

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Not long ago, I looked at myself in the mirror one evening and thought: "Wow, I don't look fresh." It wasn't as bad as thinking: "Wow I look old," but it still wasn't a great feeling. It might have been the terrible lighting in the hotel bathroom, it might have...

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From Real Housewife to Real Life -- An interview With Mary Amons

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Mary Amons came into my life a number of years ago, through common acquaintances. Pre Real Housewives of D.C. Slowly but surely, we first became friendly, then friends, and we are on our way to top even that. Over coffee recently at Leopold's, a favorite Georgetown gem, I asked her...

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What to Pack to Look Chic While Travelling

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Aureta Thomollari, entrepreneur, blogger and luxury consultant, makes me want to be more glamorous; more put together; more elegant. She makes me want to dress up every day. She is a visual expression of my belief in how dressing up is about how you present yourself to the world, and...

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The Power of Dressing Up

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:21 PM

One of my life philosophies is to always be overdressed. This may be rooted in the fact that I grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where everyone is, by average U.S. standards, overdressed. After 17 years in the U.S., where yoga wear is considered stylish outside of the yoga studio, and...

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Are You a Hair Color Virgin?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Not counting a brief incident about 20 years ago with a bottle of at-home color that turned my hair pink, I lived the first 35 years of my life with what I know now is called "virgin hair." I am intimately familiar with my natural hair color, which puts me...

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6 Things To Do With Flower Vases

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 4:16 PM

I love getting flowers... and I always wonder what to do with the assortment of small clear vases I have being accumulating over the years. Recently, at a pot luck get together, my girlfriend Jennifer inspired me by bringing veggies and dip in those jars... she used both the shorter...

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5 Rules for Wearing All Black Clothing

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:58 AM

A couple of weeks ago, my husband's company, Neill-TSP, implemented a company-wide 85 percent all-black dress code. There were two key reasons behind this decision. The first was a branding reason: some of the business units already had this policy in place, and best marketing practices suggest that coherence and...

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5 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman Should Have

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 1:34 PM

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Eli Zybert, who manages the U.S. operations of the famed Italian jewelry company, Zydo. Zydo is one of the premier Italian jewelry houses and is renowned for superior quality, exquisite craftsmanship and stylish design. Over cocktails, Eli and I...

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8 Tips to Ease Back Into Work After a Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:25 PM

I am a firm believer in the idea that absolutely no one needs a vacation as much as the person who came back from a vacation yesterday. Today, that person was me. This is my first day back in the office after an idyllic, magical 10 day vacation in Greece....

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The Perfect Button Down Shirt: Tips from an Expert

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Over the past 6 months, I have seriously cleaned out my closet. I have taken pieces to the tailor, given clothes to Goodwill, sent really cute items to my similarly-sized BFFs when I decided they just weren't for me anymore. Which means that now, I have a very specific list...

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24 Hours in the Life of a Beauty Brand CEO

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 6:18 PM

As I write this, it is just past 7 pm somewhere in the skies. I spend a lot of time here -- a lot of time in the sky, in airports. As a beauty entrepreneur, I travel most of my time. Also as a beauty entrepreneur, I get asked frequently...

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How to Survive a Red-Eye Flight

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:41 PM

I am about to get on a red-eye flight from Sacramento back to DC (well, technically via Philly). I have to admit I try to avoid these, but one has to do what one has to do. I fly to Europe 4 times a year, and to Geneva, red-eyes are...

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