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Carolina Santos Read was born in London and raised in Madrid and Connecticut where she studied at the Casa de Cultura and Eastern CT Ballet. She was in numerous productions including "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" (Young Aurora), "Hoedown" (Cowgirl), and a soloist in Balanchine's "Concerto Barroco." Carolina has attended many summer dance intensives including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, the Carmen Roche ballet school and the Amor de Dios flamenco school in Spain. Carolina was awarded two gold medals with distinction at American Academy of Ballet's Performance Awards, and was recipient of the Shoreline Arts Alliance dance scholarship in 2004.<br /><br />

She graduated from Fordham University with a BFA in dance in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey School and a BA in Political Science. She has worked with choreographers Maximo Luna, Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Pascal Rioult, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Pedro Ruiz, Robert Battle, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Jacqui Buglisi, and performed Ramon Oller's "Besame" solo set by Irene Hogarth of Ballet Hispanico. In the spring of 2008 she performed as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater. In August 2008 she performed as tango dancer and dance captain in an Actors Equity (AEA) production of "Evita" at the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. She then performed with Ballet Hispanico's Senior Ensemble in Manhattan.<br /><br />

Carolina has acted in commercials, film and television including "Beautiful Girls," "The Reflection," and "Friends With Kids" (Chicago dancer) as well as Princess Sophie's Secretary on Season 4 of Gossip Girl, a stewardess in ABC's "Pan Am" pilot, and Johnny's girlfriend on "Tattoo Nightmares." She models for commercial print work and has danced in music videos. In March 2010 Carolina performed in "Canto," an all-women flamenco piece choreographed by Melinda Marquez. April-September 2010 she toured the UK with England's Giffords Circus as dancer and assistant choreographer. She performed in plays "La Revolucion" and "Moctezuma" at NYC's Mint Theater, as well as "The Producers" and "Home for the Holidays" in CT.  She most recently performed a flamenco solo in the 2012 Provincetown Dance Festival and was seen Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical at the Gramercy Theater. She is currently working in the ghost opera "Circle of Haunts" in NYC, and in March she will once again guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

Fashion

Shine On

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Hi there!

For this week’s post I wanted to shout out For Love & Lemons for another perfect party dress that I’m so happy to be wearing for an occasion: my NYC farewell party as I leave soon to move to Los Angeles (but I’ll be back and forth)! This party dress called the Guilded Star Mini Dress was just on sale! I love that I can style it by day with nude wedges and my LV Speedy like I did in photos above, and for night I swapped out wedges for a black star boot from Free People and my YSL black medium Kate evening bag!

Who says sparkle can’t be worn by day? Fashion rules are made to be broken! 

Xo, 

Carolina

 

Summer Skincare Faves

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Hi there! 

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and to me it’s not over yet! These are some of my current skincare obsessions thanks to the Goop store in Sag Harbor, NY. I just got back from the Hamptons and that pop up store gave me a chance to get some truly wonderful products! 

First off is my never fails fave: Moroccan oil Argan oil for hair. I love putting this into beach hair to add moisture and contain frizz. My hair is so healthy and happy from using the Moroccan Oil shampoo conditioner and styling cream too!  

Now for my Goop finds: French Girl rose lip scrub is great for getting rid of dead skin on your lips and leaving them plump and smooth. Finish it off with rose balm for an extra hidrated pout!  It smells so good too:)

I love the way the Tata Harper lip and cheek balm feel, and her products are all natural and organic! In the sun this balm and sunscreen are all you need and I love the colors it comes in. 

Finally this lapis face oil/serum by Herbivore is to die for if you have combination skin like me. It leaves skin hydrated and balanced and not excessively oily. 

Let’s carry out that summer glow into fall with healthy skin and hair! 

Xo, 

Carolina

Vitamin Sea

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Hi there! 

I hope everyone is enjoying a little vitamin sea this summer! I’m on a show contract in the Hamptons and trying to make time for the beach whenever possible. My current obsession is beach throws like the Lilly turquoise kaftan (recently blogged about: a score at Marshall’s), and my tan one with Pom poms that I was gifted from a friend. These beach throws are everywhere and so effortless for the beach and running errands. 

I’m also loving a beach hat like the two pictured above! The “resting beachface” one is from Bohemian Groove on the Move (I love her store check her stuff out)! The white one that says “beach time” was from a boutique here in the Hamptons. They protect your face from UV rays and are perfectly beach chic!

Xo, 

Carolina  

Polka Dot Emoji Girl

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Hi there! 

I recently opened the musical Evita at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY and am enjoying a summer in the Hamptons! Right now polka dots are a big thing for the summer, and this gorgeous Topshop “On the Spot Maxi” dress was perfect to wear to our opening! A modern take on the classic Flamenco dress (and my upbringing in Spain), it was a fun version of the polka dot trend to wear but my way. I love the frill detail and the red tassel earrings I paired it with were a steal at TJ Maxx.

There are so many fun ways to wear polka dots in the summer, I’ll include another dress below I’ve been wearing nonstop! The dress is from a little boutique in Manhattan on the UES called “Thais” and the bag I just bought in Montauk at a little boutique! Unfortunately it was the last one left.

Xo, 

Carolina  

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Summer in Lilly

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Hi there!

I’ve been spending as much of my summer away from the city as possible (I’m a mermaid at heart) and summer in Lilly, especially on the CT shoreline or the Hamptons, is always a bright preppy and fun way to go. Here I am on the CT Shoreline in my Lilly Pulitzer tassel top, which was way less because I found it at Marshall’s just like the blue gorgeous kaftan I blogged about a few weeks ago! I am so happy Lilly is carried there now, and I don’t have to spend as much as I usually do in their stores for my summer pop of color fix. 

I styled it with an oldie but goodie pair of white lacy shorts, my Havaianas flip flops, and Gucci shades for a beach or pool day. It is such a fun look for Summer to wear color and tassels, whether for the beach or daytime or into night (tassel earrings are my fave right now)!

Xo,

Carolina

The Bodysuit

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Hi there!

Have you been seeing the bodysuit trend and wondered how to style it? There are so many ways and it’s such a fun and easy look for Summer! I styled my Zara orange with fuscia polka dots bodysuit with a cutoff short and flip flops at the beach or nude wedges to walk around casually and my straw bag. It can also be dressed up with a high waisted pant and heels! To accentuate the fuscia polka dots I wore a fuscia earring and my hair up to keep it casual and fresh. In the above looks I was at Rockaway beach in NYC and the bottom look I was in Miami recently!  

Have fun with this trend because I just love it!  

Xo, 

Carolina  

Seeing Stars & Ruffles

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Hi there!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday long weekend or at least a day off:). I celebrated at the beach today (see my stories) and took a lot of time off in June to be with my family in Connecticut.  

This is one of my favorite looks right now: the tie back on this gorgeous Celestial collection from Spell Designs (this is the Celestial Mini Dress) is my favorite along with the pleated skirt and ruffle collar. I paired it with my fave Free People star ankle boots and an oldie but goodie Chanel. I’ll be wearing this look into fall because the star pattern and color are so much fun, and I can wear it with a blazer or moto jacket when it gets colder.  

Spell Designs’ boho looks always get it right for me, which makes them one of my all time fave brands. Also I’ve only had one issue with making an exchange because of sizing and their customer service team couldn’t be more accommodating and a dream to work with.  Even though they are an Aussie brand they have a US online store and are carried at many boutiques as well.

Xo,

Carolina

Americana Stripes for July 4th!

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Hi there!

Wondering what to wear for the 4th of July? Americana is a look that never goes out of style, but for the 4th of July you know you want to look red-white-and-blue-chic! This Zara off the shoulder belted white and blue striped dress is right on trend. It’s preppy and figure-flattering and I styled it with a coral red cardigan (available now at the JCrew outlet) and coral red sandals, as well as a fun and festive tassel earring (we are seeing these everywhere and I love them and have them in different colors too).  

A fun wedge or heel dresses up the look even more, and maybe a straw bag added would accentuate that Summer picnic or BBQ party!  

Enjoy summer everyone :) 

Xo, 

Carolina

Designer Beach Kaftan (for less)!

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Wearing my Lilly Pulitzer kaftan, straw bag, Havaianas flip flops and Gucci shades on Miami Beach.  

Hi there! 

I’ve been back from Miami a couple weeks but had so much fun photographing new looks there like this gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer turquoise kaftan, which was way less because I found it at Marshall’s!!! I am so happy Lilly is carried there now, and this was one of two beautiful new pieces I bought.  

I styled it with the same straw bag from the last couple posts (also a steal from the Moroccan Imports store in Chelsea Market in NYC) and Havaianas flip flops and Gucci shades for a beach day. It is such a fun look with the gold embroidery and really comfortable cotton as well. Snag yourself one before they are gone!

Xo, 

Carolina

Memorial Day High-Waisted Shorts

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Hi there!

The nice weather has finally come to the East Coast! I might have taken these photos in Miami recently, but I will surely be wearing this look on MDW.  

These cute little high-waisted cherry shorts by Aqua (purchased at Bloomingdales) are so much fun with my oldie but goodie Free People off the shoulder eyelet top, and Chanel red patent leather flats as well as my favorite straw bag with Pom Pom I got from the Moroccan imports store in Chelsea Market in NYC.  I finished out the look with my brand new Gucci shades!

I always like to wear looks that have a hint of Americana (be on the lookout for next week’s blue and white striped dress that is also perfect for Summertime, is right on trend, and also has the Americana vibe) for this festive weekend. This cherry look is white and red and I didn’t wear blue but you can always go full Americana and preppy for this holidays weekend! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Boho Ruffles and The It Bag This Season

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In the Spell Designs City Lights Maxi, Arezzo wedges and a handmade straw bag from a boutique in Chelsea Market NYC. 

Hi there!

I’m back in Miami for work and loving the weather as always. We shot some photos in my current obsession dress: Spell Designs’ “City Lights Maxi.” I love that it’s bohemian, floral, has ruffles and tassels (see the back of the dress photo above), and super comfortable. It also transitions from day into night beautifully depending on the styling (throw on a wedge a night bag and some accessories to dress it up or wear it to the beach with flip flops and no makeup: it works so well either way). I’m also loving this handmade straw bag from one of my favorite stores in Chelsea Market NYC: the Moroccan imports store. The owner is lovely and his imports are beautiful and affordable!

Tassels, ruffles, florals, color, boho, straw bags and more are all in this season and I’m loving all those trends! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Elastic Wax the Green Choice (50% off)!

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Hi there!

Have you ever gotten razor burn or dark spots from ingrown hairs or shadows from hair that is still there after shaving? The Elastic Wax Center owned by Cristina (a fellow Brazilian and incredible entrepreneur) in Astoria Queens (and growing) is a healthy and green option for waxing. Not only is it chemical free but it heals the skin from bacteria, fungus, and dark shadows or other blemish imperfections. My favorite part is that it is natural, organic, and doesn’t harm the environment. I absolutely loved being treated here.  

My skin didn’t just feel smooth post wax, but it didn’t have blemishes, shadows, or razor burn. I will never go back to regular waxing again! 

Visit the center at any of their locations in Astoria and stay tuned as they grow to Manhattan and LA. Say Carolina sent you for a 50% off discount! 

With love, 

Carolina

A Boho Maxi Dress

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In my Sayulita frill gown from Spell Designs, Aldo gold sandals and Chanel vintage bucket bag at the beach in Miami.  

Hi there! 

On a recent work trip to Miami where I took a couple days off to hit the beach, I wore my Spell Designs Sayulita frill gown that I’m completely obsessed with for spring. There are so many ways to wear a bohemian maxi dress this spring. Casual is how I styled it this time with my Aldo gold sandals and vintage Chanel yellow bucket bag and messy wavy hair. However, you could always go a more formal route with wedges or a chunky platform heel and a scarf or jacket and hair more formally curled to give it a night look, and more dramatic makeup. 

These colors pop, and fun vibrant colors are always in for spring as are florals, frills, and boho chic! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Spring Boho Romper

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Wearing my Nectar Clothing romper, 12th Tribe belt,  and oldie but goodie Aldo gold sandals and vintage 1920s gold clam shell purse. Starfish necklace by JCrew accessories.

    

Hi there! 

I can’t believe the beautiful warm weather in NY this weekend, we have been needing this sunshine. It brings me back to my Mexico resort vacation recently and this Nectar Clothing romper ensemble I put together that I can’t wait to re-wear this spring. I styled this fun boho bell sleeve romper with oldie but goodie Aldo gold sandals and my vintage 1920s gold clam shell purse. The starfish necklace and earrings are from JCrew accessories (unfortunately not a recent buy/collab but they do sea-themed jewelry often as does Lilly Pulitzer and more). The belt is 12th Tribe. 

Enjoy the Spring air and throw on a fun romper to celebrate! Prints are really in right now and I’m always drawn to a boho ensemble:) 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Resortwear Boho Bikini and More!

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Hi there! 

I’m missing my Mexico resort vacation and wanted to share my favorite brand of the moment: Spell Designs (Spell and the Gypsy) whom I’ve blogged about before but my recent Flamingo Blossom Bikini set were so much fun to wear with my Sayulita frill shorts and Sayulita top! All can be found on their site. I wore the top and shorts on Sayulita beach in Mexico as well which I thought was perfectly fitting!

Happy resort season and Easter babes! 

Xo

Carolina  

It’s Spring! Spring Dress Fever

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In my Free People for Nordstrom yellow dress and oldie but goodie Arezzo wedges from Brazil while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

Hi there! 

I just got back from a beautiful resort vacation and it’s now Spring (ignoring our current snowstorm situation haha). Naturally every Spring I look forward to Spring dresses and this Free People dress for Nordstrom is gorgeous and right on trend.  It’s also on sale since I got it!

I’m currently loving the feminine silhouette of an off the shoulder dress and bell sleeves and this dress combines both. With the rouched fabric at the waist and sleeves it also gives a beautiful silhouette in the waistline, coming out with a billowy skirt. I frolicked around in Mexico in it and can’t wait to wear it this Spring into Summer! 

xo, 

Carolina  

Boho Bombers for Spring

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Wearing my Spell Designs blue skies bomber, Rebecca Minkoff mini love Crossbody with her pink embroidered guitar strap, H&M vegan leather moto pants and platform lace-up booties.  

Hi there!

I’m obsessed with the bomber jacket trend (I almost like it more than my moto jacket craze which will never get old)! I’m feeling this Spell Designs bomber jacket because it has a floral pattern to make it a little boho, and it’s very lightweight so it can be worn under a jacket or as a thin layer over a tank only. I styled it with H&M vegan leather moto pants and lace-up platform booties to give it a little edge, as well as my Rebecca Minkoff mini love Crossbody bag with RM embroidered guitar strap.  

As always I favor a bohemian rock and roll look, but this one is updated and so easy and fun to wear. 

Happy (almost) Spring!

Xo, 

Carolina

This Lipstick Won’t go Anywhere

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Wearing Lip Sense Lipstick in B Ruby! 

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Wearing Lip Sense in Aussie Rose! 

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Wearing Lip Sense in Fleur de Lisa! 

Hi there!

I recently found out about Lip Sense lipsticks from my co-worker and friend Lindsey and I’m completely hooked! I order them all through her now, and if you’d like to too comment or email me through my website and I’ll be sure to put you guys in touch. They have a Facebook group called “Practically Perfect Pouts” where all the colors are listed as well as special deals going on;).

These lipsticks are a lip stain that you then cover with a special gloss that moisturizes and seals in the color, allowing it to stay on for hours and hours! My lips look glossy and stay put, and they don’t come off on coffee cups or anyone else’s cheek (or lips!) I love these colors for work and there are a ton to choose from. 

Stay glossy! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Spring Overall Trend!

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Hi there!

As Winter slowly draws to a close I love finding ways to incorporate a Spring look with layers so I’m still season-appropriate for winter. One trend I have been wanting to style lately is the overall look. 

These overalls (a steal on sale currently at Topshop!!) are with a skirt which is so fun and flirty, and the black velvet with little flowers allows it to be worn in different seasons plus the flowers are looking forward to spring. Because I was in the Catskills last weekend going to a meditation retreat, I photographed this with the winter landscape as the contrast with my bright Zara turtleneck added a fun pop of color to the snowy landscape. I finished the look with black leggings and my new black buckled moto boots I found at a little boutique while in Paris recently. These boots can be found on so many sites and in so many stores right now, they are right on trend! I even witnessed my fave (she’s also Brazilian) fashion blogger sporting Givenchy identical ones on her way to Paris Fashion week yesterday! I was also carrying my large Chanel vintage tote I have been using nonstop lately.

There are so many fun ways to sport overalls, and the key is to have fun with it. You can’t go wrong!

Xo, 

Carolina  

Eyemazing Cream!

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Hi there!

For those of you who watch my stories you might have seen my unwrapping video some months ago when I received my shipment of Virginia Stone skincare goodies. Her eye collection is incredible, and I am now an ambassador for her line and I couldn’t wait to share this brand I’ve recently began to work with.

Virginia and I met during fashion week last year and she is an amazing human being, above all. She is beautiful inside and out, and her products show this radiance. Her products are natural and sustainable and her packaging is divine and sustainable as well! The stone keeps the product from being at the wrong temperature, and it’s magnetic in the way it closes. All her products are so natural you can eat them, literally. They smell good and feel great on the skin. They are designed based on skin tone because her philosophy (and this is proven) is that different skin pigments respond to different products. I’m using the light one and in the summer I’ll switch to the next one up for skin tone. 

Above I included a selfie I took where I’m wearing minimal makeup and have natural hair to celebrate my using this great product and the glowing effect it has on my skin!  When you purchase this great product on the site be sure to use my code to save 10%: “Click here for Carolina’s VS code.”

Xo, 

Carolina