July 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Whittemore House"

Beauty 411: Dawn and Samantha Goldworm



For New England-bred twin sisters Dawn and Samantha Goldworm, scent isn’t merely an accessory, it’s a lifestyle. It’s upon that credo that the platinum-maned pair have built 12.29, their olfactive branding company that has, since its launch in 2009, been busily creating custom scents for luxury boutiques, private homes, and a slew of runways—Rodarte, Jason Wu, and Prabal Gurung among them. And as of November, the sisters Goldworm have a home fragrance collection to call their own. The five new 12.29 candles (available at have dreamy scents and equally dreamy names—like A Vivid and Wild Beauty, a blend of milky florals and earth and fresh green notes—and a distinctly elegant presentation: Each is housed in fine porcelain courtesy of Limoges. Here, the fragrance-focused duo share their beauty favorites and, naturally, preferred scents.

“We followed Victoria and Larry from Bumble and Bumble to their own chic West Village salon, Whittemore House, years ago. We love the cucumber water they offer upon arrival, and Victoria is the queen of balayage. The salon also smells lovely, with a custom 12.29 scent that wafts throughout the space.”

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“We are in love with the newly designed line of Oribe hair products. Not only is the packaging modern and chic, but the formulas smell delicious. We use the Oribe Ultra Gentle Conditioner and Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil.”


“I am a big fan of Japanese nail art, and Sakura is my go-to salon in NYC. It takes approximately two hours for a session, but the results are well worth it.” —Samantha


“Although not super well known for its nail products, NARS has the best color and quality polishes. I am currently obsessed with a deep Purple called Fury. My other go-tos are OPI Big Apple Red and Essie Ballet Slippers.” —Dawn


“I swear by Amore Pacific skincare. All the products have a beautiful texture, and my skin is left smooth and luminous.” —Samantha


“I use a combination of Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx, La Roche-Posay Hydraphase, and Bioderma Créaline H20. My years in Paris changed my regimen. The French really know skincare best.” —Dawn

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“Neither of us wears a lot of makeup. Our mother always had a fresh, clean, natural face, and so we [gravitate] toward the same. However, we never leave the house without mascara: Lancôme Ôscillation or Definicils. And for Samantha, a touch of lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo or Lady Danger.”


“The Mandarin Oriental Spa at the Time Warner Center in New York is the ultimate for a massage and relaxation.”


“For the most luxurious facial, I love The Guerlain Spa on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. You can curate your session by choosing a Guerlain perfume to scent the entire experience. So decadent!” —Dawn


“I am loyal to the 1992 Purple Perfume by 12.29.” —Samantha

“The only scented product I wear on my person is my perfume. It is an animalic Oriental with a touch of spice; very sexy, deep, and personal. And I scent all of our family homes with amber, and of course the 12.29 candle collection.” —Dawn


“Samantha and I regularly do juice detoxes when the seasons change to give our bodies a rest and rejuvenate. We also try to drink a fresh juice every morning. Our favorite juice spots in the city are Juice Press on East 10th Street and Organic Avenue on Third Avenue for its coconut water. In Paris, Bob’s Juice Bar in the Marais has great fresh juice and super-yummy food.”

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“Yoga is our meditation. We have both been practicing it for years—it is our exercise, our discipline, and our balance. Our teachers are Lady Ruth Lauer-Manenti and Rima Rabbath at Jivamukti Yoga Center. The Jiva Cafe also has an amazing selection of vegan food.”


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When Karlie Kloss saw a stampede of choppy crops storming the “bombed-out beach” of a runway at Marc Jacobs, I wonder if this phrase, coined by Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, crossed her mind: “Bitch stole my look!” While I highly doubt the derogatory portion of the statement came out of the sweet Midwestern native’s mouth, her hair (or more likely, a wig), seen on the pages of Interview‘s October issue, certainly bears a striking resemblance to the bowl cuts seen on the catwalk. And with Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House doing the dye jobs for both the glossy (likely shot before the show) and the designer, it’s no wonder they share the same grown-out, grunge-meets-surfer aesthetic. The only question that remains: Who wore it best?

Photos: Gianni Pucci /; Interview magazine

Getting Werbowy-ed: The Secret to Going CĂ©line Blonde


Daria-Blonde-CelineLike a lot of women, I suffer from the delusion that I am blonde. I was towheaded as a kid, and because I grew up in Florida, and bathed daily in chlorine and vitamin D, I was a beachy-blonde teenager, too. The plain fact of the matter, though, is that I have moderately dark brown hair, with an auburn tint to it. Which is fine most of the time; very fine, in fact. But then that day comes, after a long winter, when I turn my face toward the suddenly blazing summer sun and think: I need to be blonde again.

But what blonde? Because let’s face it, there are some issues around going blonde. I knew I didn’t want that buttery Bergdorf blonde you see all over the Upper East Side; I’m not that kind of girl. And teenage years aside, I’m no sun-streaked surfer blonde, either. Peroxide? No. That Hollywood highlighted blonde I think of when I think extensions? Certainly not. But as with many things, the solution to my problems came in the form of Céline. There’s been lots of chat about Daria Werbowy’s haircut that debuted in the Spring ’13 Céline ad campaign, but let’s pause for a moment to appreciate the caramel subtlety of Daria’s recently blonded hair. This is a sophisticated blonde, so mellow it’s barely blonde at all. It’s connotation-free, and now—courtesy of the fabulous Victoria Hunter at Whittemore House—it is the color of my hair, too.

“The process we use at Whittemore House to do any coloring is called ‘hair painting,’” Hunter explains when I asked her to detail how she Werbowy-ed my locks. “It’s the modern way to color hair, and it should not be confused with ‘balayage,’” she continues, “as this is a much more involved and refined process of achieving multidimensional, seamless hair color.” Hunter also points out that further to my concerns regarding upkeep, she put in darker roots. Not only is that a boon to my laziness but those roots also keep me from looking washed-out.

“For most people, depth of color around the face helps to accentuate and complement skin, and it can also impart a healthy glow,” Hunter says. “With this particular process, we rinsed after one application of dark roots and painting, and after partially drying it, we went back in to paint some more strategic pieces of lightness.” And that layering process, she concludes, is what makes my color unique to me. Much like Céline, the shade itself is an exclusive luxury product.

Photo: Courtesy of Celine