Beautiful Legs

As summer is approaching, I have put away my tights and my legs are loving the warmth of the sun on their bare skin. Skirts and dresses are finally being worn again, which means my legs need to look beautiful.

I apply sunscreen everyday so my skin doesn’t get red or peel away. I motivate myself to work out regularly, whether its running, biking, fitness or yoga and I get excited when I feel my adductors tightening. Thanks to laser hair removal, I don’t need to worry about shaving or waxing in order to have soft skin.

Since I’ve started working in an OR (operating room), I have been trying to avoid having varicose veins. When you are standing up, the blood in your legs needs to fight gravity to reach the heart. This is rendered possible by the venous valves and venous pump (muscle contraction). If either is not working, blood accumulates in the legs and this causes dilated veins (eg, telangiectasia, varicose veins), leg edema, skin changes, or ulceration. Risk factors are mostly standing up in a static position, especially in warm environments (think hair dressers, surgeons, barmen…).

To avoid this, when I am in the OR, I wear compression stockings. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning, before getting out of bed, is put on my stockings. Then, during the day, once an hour I contract my calves fifty times each. When I arrive back home, I place my calves under cold water and, once dry, I apply Alchimie Forever Dry Skin Balm on them which contains watercress in order to keep them fresh. Finally, when I go to bed, I raise my legs by placing a pillow below my ankles.

Thanks to my routine I hope to have beautiful legs for a very long time.

Pleine Lune

Elles nous suivent partout et pourtant impossible de les regarder en face ; elles prennent de la place, grandissent parfois sans prévenir et nous embarrassent lorsqu’elles manquent de tenue. Mais malgré tout ce qu’on leur reproche, elles sont douées pour attirer les regards et attiser le désir. Les fesses d’une femme, c’est tout un poème… Il n’y a pas si longtemps d’ailleurs j’en ai fait le refrain d’une chanson :

Blonde ou brune

par mes fesses de lune

je t’allume.

Je trouve que le derrière mérite qu’on lui accorde notre attention. Pour lui rendre hommage, voici quelques pensées et conseils à partager.

Chez les Polla, on a les fesses bien rondes ; avec le nez en trompette, ce sont nos deux « marques de fabrique ». Étant la moins sportive des 4 sœurs, j’ai souvent trouvé que mon fessier manquait de tonicité. Alors depuis l’âge de 16 ans je me tartine de crèmes raffermissantes. À l’époque c’était Vichy, aujourd’hui c’est Alchimie Gel minceur tonifiant. Depuis mes 30 ans, je suis passée à la vitesse supérieure et je fais une cure de CelluM6 et/ou de Exilis une fois par an.

Puis, avec la maturité vient la sagesse 😉 … J’ai découvert quelques astuces pour mettre mes attributs en valeur, comme bien choisir mes habits et soigner ma posture. J’ai compris aussi que le lâché prise est une vertu puissante, et que le fait de célébrer mon corps – même les jours où il ne me le rend pas – m’élève au-dessus de tout complexe. Et finalement, mon secret, c’est l’amour. Oui, les caresses embellissent notre corps, je vous le jure !


Getting ready to Party

As a working mother, my nights out are rare and precious. I look forward to each and every one of them and have come up with a “night out ritual” to enhance the positive feelings they create for me. Here’s how I get prepped, feel sexy and energized in 30 minutes max.

As a working mother, my nights out are rare and precious. I look forward to each and every one of them and have come up with a “night out ritual” to enhance the positive feelings they create for me. Here’s how I get prepped, feel sexy and energized in 30 minutes max.

Rule number 1: I start fresh. Taking a shower after my work day is like turning a page and creating a new beginning.

Rule number 2: I create a mood. I choose my music as carefully as I do my clothes. They both influence and mirror my mood. Beyonce, Hôtel Costes compilations and Imagine Dragons are part of my current playlists.

Rule number 3: I never get dressed before I apply my makeup. I am way too clumsy to take that risk!

Rule number 4: I use the best products on my skin. Starting with Alchimie Forever products, I mix a little bit of Kantic Brightening moisture mask with my moisturizer to benefit from the glow . My favorite foundation is Ellis Faas, which I layer with Chado’s Poudre Essentielle HD and a blend of their two blushes.

When it comes to makeup, my priorities are both eyes and lips. Depending on my outfit, I typically wear smoky or green eyes to which I add a touch of Ellis Faas E301 light. Their lights are magical and miraculous, they give me that hot and sparkly look. Sometimes, I slightly color-in my eyebrows. This last step is one I only recently added to my makeup routine, as it is a tip which Forever Boutique’s makeup artist – Shannon – gave me. While during the day I usually go for natural lips (I adore Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lip Neutral Rose), my evenings are all about sensuality. Ellis Faas creamy lips red L401 and Hot Lips pink L406 always give a beautiful highlight to lips.

My face done, I’m almost ready to go. I slip into my dress, slip on my heels, place my lipsticks (including my must-have Chado’s Gloss Excquis) in my clutch, and come out of the bathroom feeling like I own my night. My favorite moment? When my love looks at me in awe… now I know my ritual was successful and I am ready to take on the evning – either with him, or leaving him to spend the evening with my girlfriends, knowing he will think of me all night.

Ada, Cyrille, Rachel and Roxane Polla embody the 2nd generation of “Forever” family businesses. Complicit and complementary, the sisters put their power of 4 towards the development of their three brands: Forever Institute, Forever Boutique and Alchimie Forever. They build the future on a shared heritage: audacity of innovation, value of work, passion for aesthetics.