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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

Summer Sparkle

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In my Madewell sparkly 60s mod t-shirt dress, a recent Poshmark score, Valentino rock stud bag, and Zara studded sparkly ballet flats. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

In my Madewell sparkly 60s mod t-shirt dress, a recent Poshmark score, Valentino rock stud bag, and Zara studded sparkly ballet flats. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

Well it's definitely summer weather now in NYC! But what do you feel light and airy in, dressed up, and comfortable? A t-shirt shift dress from Madewell with sparkle and a 60s mod feel! 

This dress is so light and airy: perfect for going out on a warm evening. It's so fun and easy to wear, and I styled with an ankle strap ballet flat with sparkle from Zara and my Valentino rock stud bag. I went really matchy matchy on this one but I wanted to shine on a special occasion evening.

Hope you're out enjoying the weather! Stay tuned soon as I'll be posting some great summer looks I wore recently throughout Europe on vacation.  

Xo,

Carolina  

Styling a Military Jacket

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply military jacket, Express jeans, Nine West sandals, and Chanel purse on the Upper East Side. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

In my Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply military jacket, Express jeans, Nine West sandals, and Chanel purse on the Upper East Side. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

Military jackets are a fun Spring trend, but how do you wear one without looking like a member of Sg & Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?  Don't worry I've got you covered! 

This fun military jacket is a versatile sweater material with a hint of velvet to dress it up, and can be thrown over mostly anything. It's by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply (though I recently got this on Ebay!) and goes with jeans and a band tee or a fun flirty look like the way I styled it above: with a dark jean, a funky bright sandal, big earrings, and a Chanel purse. I call this my running from brunch to errands in style look! 

The sandals you might recognize from two posts ago, a recent Nine West outlet score, and the jeans are Express Denim. My bag is Chanel and earrings were a gift from my cousin in Brazil. This was a perfect look to walk around NYC with Francisco and hit the museums and lunch. 

The jacket is perfect for those slightly chilly late Spring evenings without keeping you too warm, too! Now that Memorial Day has passed it's officially summer but it's not super hot just yet, so a light blazer or military jacket is perfect!

Xo, 

Carolina  

 

Puma Workout

Carolina Santos Read

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Exercising in Central Park wearing my Puma Swan Pack: black sneakers, Swan leggings and matching sports bra, as well as Puma iridescent drawstring bag and black mesh hoodie. All current Puma items. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Exercising in Central Park wearing my Puma Swan Pack: black sneakers, Swan leggings and matching sports bra, as well as Puma iridescent drawstring bag and black mesh hoodie. All current Puma items. Photography by Francisco Graciano

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Dancing on the NYC streets in my Puma leggings and tank! All current Puma items. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Dancing on the NYC streets in my Puma leggings and tank! All current Puma items. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

I would like to thank the amazing Puma team for sponsoring me. I have loved working with this amazing brand and they so generously sent me the workout clothes you see in the photos above. Francisco and I wanted to show the two sides to my workout and lifestyle in these photos: my athletic go-getter workout junkie lifestyle as well as the fact that I'm a dancer in addition to dancing in musical theater productions and on camera. Additionally, you can regularly find me keeping fit in dance classes. Puma keeps me stylish while doing it.  

The first look is the swan pack. It's complete with black sneakers, matching Swan print white black and pink leggings and sports bra, and a black mesh crop hoodie. They even gave me a fierce purple and black iridescent black drawstring bag to wear! This look has me feeling fierce and like a warrior when I go for runs or take Barre method, Pilates, yoga, or strength training classes. I love how the swan print on the bra and sides of the leggings adds a little dancer to my fierce ensemble, and the hoodie looks tough with the mesh detail while still fashion forward with the crop top and billowy sleeves. I'd wear this for workouts as well as running around the city! 

Side note: I'm on classpass for workouts, and it's amazing because I can switch up the classes I take at gyms and boutique gyms all over the city so it suits my freelance lifestyle perfectly and allows the variety I crave when working out. Get $30 off on me when you join classpass here: Get $30 @classpass!

My second look is also all Puma except for my La Duca dance heels which I live in for dance class, at auditions, and in musical theater contracts. I love how the mesh detail on the leggings makes me feel strong and the soft pastel colors softens the ensemble and also makes me feel like a mermaid. They are fashion forward with the mesh and angular crop length, and the mesh in the leggings matches the mesh in the tank! My tank is grey and black to match many of my workout clothes. I would also wear this look as athleisure with a flat or a sneaker for running around the city into a workout. 

Work out in style with Puma no matter what you're doing. Thank you, Puma! 

Xo,

Carolina  

Pops of Color & Bell Sleeves

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On a date to the park wearing my new Vince Camuto top from Nordstrom, Nine West fuscia flats (a recent outlet purchase),  Express dark wash skinny jeans, and Chanel purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

On a date to the park wearing my new Vince Camuto top from Nordstrom, Nine West fuscia flats (a recent outlet purchase),  Express dark wash skinny jeans, and Chanel purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Running through the streets of New York to make a Broadway show on date night in my same Nordstrom top, Valentino rock stud flats and purse, and Express blue jeans. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Running through the streets of New York to make a Broadway show on date night in my same Nordstrom top, Valentino rock stud flats and purse, and Express blue jeans. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there! 

Now that we are fully into Spring I love to pull out bright colors from my wardrobe. Fuscia is such a fun pop of color to wear, and this new Vince Camuto top from Nordstrom is perfect with its flowy quality and bell sleeves which are right on trend. This top can be dressed up or down and is perfect for Day into night. I styled it two ways in the photos above: with blue jeans and grey studded Valentino flats and a matching studded purse in black to give it some edge and my hair swept back into a low ponytail. This was more of an evening look with a pink & rhinestone JCrew outlet statement necklace to dress up the top. Not shown in the photo was the leather jacket I wore over it all.

 In the other look I had a daytime park date and I wore the same fuscia Nordstrom top with Express dark wash jeans and changed the shoes to a new pair of fuscia Nine West outlet suede lace-up sandals and an oldie but goodie Chanel purse of mine. I just wore earrings with no necklace and wore my hair down and natural for abmore flirty easy daytime feel. 

Enjoy the beautiful Spring weather, and have some fun with color and a flirty spring trend like the bell sleeve:) 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Beachy Boho Free People

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Hi there! 

This is the last of my worn in Mexico while on Spring Break resort series, brought to you by this lovely Free People top, a new Poshmark score as well as the gold Jack Rogers wedges I styled it with. I also finished the look with an oldie but goodie pair of H&M lacy shorts. 

Billowy boho tops like these as well as metallics and lace are super on trend for Spring, but frankly will never go out of style either. I love how this look can also transition effortless from day into night and has a beachy effortless chic to it. 

Have you checked out PoshMark to either re-sell gently worn or new clothing and accessories or to buy? I absolutely love it! I recently attended the "PoshNation" fest in New York where I met the CEO and PR team who are lovely and fellow poshers. It's a great community and a lot of fun not to mention an easy way to resell and downsize you closet to make room for new fashion. Find me on there as "PoshLina7." 

Xo, 

Carolina

So Voyage Spring Scarf

Carolina Santos Read

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In my El Voyage knit scarf styled with Free People top, Express dark wash skinnies and Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. Photography in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Francisco Graciano. 

In my El Voyage knit scarf styled with Free People top, Express dark wash skinnies and Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. Photography in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

Continuing with the resort theme and general spring wardrobe when you're on the go, I wanted to highlight another wonderful brand I've been working with: El Voyage. Created by Yenifer Lam and Vicky Cohen they are a New York-based brand that highlights the gypsy in all of us. Made for utility and comfortable while traveling, this brand is pretty synonymous with my lifestyle.  

I became acquainted with them this Spring at Fall 2017 fashion week's Nolcha showing and I'm so grateful I did! Check out this gorgeous textile scarf I was gifted. It matched my favorite St. Tropez Free People flowy top, and I wore it to travel to and from Mexico. Also in this look is my Louis Vuitton Speedy bag.  

The scarf doubled up as a blanket in the plane and a serong on the beach. Versatile pieces like these are perfect for travel. 

Check out some of their embroidered leather sachets, boots, and more scarves. They have great products. 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Resort Beachwear

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In my Lilly tunic, Havaianas, and Vera Bradley beach tote on a vacation in Mexico. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

In my Lilly tunic, Havaianas, and Vera Bradley beach tote on a vacation in Mexico. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

I thought I would continue the resort trend since it's that time of year and as it heats up we inevitably start to imagine ourselves at the beach, right? Maybe it's just me? Hehe. 

This Lilly Pulitzer tunic is perfect for throwing over your bathing suit or wearing with white pants and sandals to go out on the town. The pattern and color are resort-chic and lightweight for a sunny day and to pack for travel. I styled mine with Havaianas flip flops and a Vera Bradley madras beach tote as well as my Ray Ban sunglasses. 

Enjoy fun in the sun or plan for your next trip with a beautiful versatile tunic! Just don't forget your sunscreen:) 

Xo,

Carolina  

Resort Wear Hawaii-Style

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Wearing this embroidered romper, from the cutest little beach-chic boutique in Honolulu called Island Sweetie which is now on sale. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Wearing this embroidered romper, from the cutest little beach-chic boutique in Honolulu called Island Sweetie which is now on sale. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

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Wearing my new kimono and amethyst necklace from another wonderful Hawaiian boutique on Kailua Kona in downtown Kona called Sugar Momo. I love small businesses like this one! Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Wearing my new kimono and amethyst necklace from another wonderful Hawaiian boutique on Kailua Kona in downtown Kona called Sugar Momo. I love small businesses like this one! Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

I love Spring Break and resort wear. We can finally let our skin take in some sunlight and salt water and let our hair down a little. I was lucky enough to have traveled to Hawaii (and Mexico) recently and while in Hawaii I visited Big Island (Kailua Kona) and Oahu (Honolulu)! I had a blast and loved visiting two little boutiques: Island Sweetie in Honolulu and Sugar Momo in downtown Kona. 

The first look featires a romper which is currently on sale from Island Sweetie in downtown Honolulu in the Waikiki beach neighborhood. The embroidery and beachy look are spot on trend and so much fun to wear as a beach cover-up or casual look for Spring and Summer. I styled mine with flip flops and baseball cap over my bathing suit for lounging around the resort by day.

The second look was from the cutest store in downtown Kona on Big Island called Sugar Momos. They featured crystals like my gorgeous amethyst necklace and other gypsy boho clothing pieces and home accessories. I wanted to take everything home with me! My floral kimono (currently on sale) is also from there, and my shorts are oldie but goodie H&M conscious collection as well as the tank. My silver sandals are from a Tibetan store in New York City. This adorable shop in Kona will be moving and expanding to next door to their current location, and the owner has the coolest story. Don't miss out on stopping by when you're in the area! 

Stay tuned next week for more resort looks! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

 

Hair & Makeup by Ecru

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Ecru New York Velvet Air Lipstick in Plumberry & Runway Lash Amplifying Mascara.

Ecru New York Velvet Air Lipstick in Plumberry & Runway Lash Amplifying Mascara.

Trying out the Ecru New York Curl Essentials Kit! 

Trying out the Ecru New York Curl Essentials Kit! 

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One morning after using the Rejuvenating Moisture Mist on dry bed head hair (3 day hair) that had no life to it before.

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My hair is naturally wavy (my Brazilian genes gave me that!) but it can get frizzy really easily like in the photo above. Sometimes I just want a more structured wave without it looking crunchy...

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My waves were fuller here but I wasn't using Ecru yet and it was still a little frizzy. Photo by Graham Scott. 

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In this photo I have the wave and curl I love. Defined but still looking natural and not like there's too much product in.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

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I just wanna show it off! Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

I am so happy Ecru New York and I became acquainted at Fashion Week. The team of women I met were so wonderful and I have now been able to try out the product I was sent and can tell you how much I really LOVE it!  

The velvet air lipstick is amazing. It goes on smoothly and stays on, and can be shiny or matte depending on whether you swipe it with a finger after applying. The color I got, plumberry, you can see in the photos below is a gorgeous berry lip (hot on the runways for fall) and I just loved it. The runway lash amplifying mascara is one of the best mascaras I've ever used. It has a curved wand and the product makes your lashes long and voluminous and stays on, even when I sweat or go in water! People have been asking me if I have fake lashes and I tell them no, they are all real!

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Now as for the hair products, if you take a look at the photos above you can see that the Curl Essentials Kit includes the hydrating shampoo, anti-frizz conditioner, defining styling potion and rejuvenating moisture mist. These products are silicone sulfate and paraben free (which is important to me) but they lather unlike other paraben-free shampoos and conditioners I've tried before. They are also color safe. I've yet to dye my hair but that is really good to know. They smell wonderful and the product works by leaving my hair smooth and tamed of frizz with volume and defined curl without looking greasy or crunchy. My waves and curl look natural but with definition. I am in LOVE with these products! Head to the Ecru New York site for yours!

With love,

Carolina

Travel Favorites

Carolina Santos Read

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Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

If you've been following along on my Instastories and posts or Snapchat you've seen my recent trip to Hawaii and I'm now embarking on a trip to Mexico with my parents and Francisco. As a frequent traveler, I have developed certain packing rituals and among them are travel products I don't board a plane without. I figured they were worth a share because I adore these products and I'm sure you will too!

First up is the Chanel travel sized perfumes. I've had Chance and Coco Mademoiselle, and with the little travel twist bottle holder it makes it easy to refill the travel sizes and always travel with the right size liquids if you're not checking a bag! I LOVE perfume, especially Chanel. I typically buy at Duty Free to save on tax too! 

Next up is my Henri Bendel travel soy candle in the Beach scent. It smells lovely and is perfectly sized to be on the go and have a nice smelling hotel room! Their tops don't get stuck and are easy to throw in the suitcase. 

I also love to travel with a Yankee Candle room spray. This one is a beachy scent called "Sun & Sand" which is so fresh and tropical, perfect for my back to back beach journeys. There are so many wonderful scents to choose from no matter what kind of adventure you're off on!

Speaking of sprays, I LOVE my Mario Badescu rosewater aloe and herbs face mist (see two posts ago!) and of course I love to have the travel sized one on hand with my beauty products. More on Mario later and some of the other skincare I love!

In addition to scents and things, I am a huge fan of my travel humidifier by Crane. It is small and easy to pack and you just add water (literally)! The customer service team for Crane is very friendly too. As a performer too when I'm not blogging, vocal health is really important to me (and not getting sick) and this humidifier allows the dry rooms to not bother my sinuses as I sleep. My room humidifier at home even has essential oils in it which makes the moisture mist even better! I got mine at a CVS but they are available on Amazon and many other retailers too! 

Last but not least as a product rep for Volkswagen I have a passion for Vdubs and this adorable VW Bus travel speaker was a major score! It amplifies my music in a hotel room and looks so cute. It makes a bus honking sound when you turn it on or off and the headlights light up when it's on. It comes with a charger too.

I hope you enjoyed my travel products! I'm passionate about them as they make life on the road easier, more fun, and smell better!  I hope you're enjoying Spring Break if you are taking one this year 😊

Xo, 

Carolina  

Black Tie Date Night

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Photography by Whitney Browne. 

Photography by Whitney Browne. 

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Hi there! 

Recently I was fortunate enough to be Francisco's date to his Paul Taylor Dance Company gala where we celebrated the opening of their annual season in Lincoln Center at the David Koch theater. The occasion was black tie and I love an opportunity to get dressed up. 

I found this gorgeous Jarlo gown at Bloomingdales on sale for less than $100! The necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring are gorgeous rainbow pyrite by Made in Earth collection. Thank you to the Made in Earth team for your help in styling my dress with your gorgeous jewelry! Rainbow pyrite was not in my post from our Made in Earth shoot. It's a memory enhancement gemstone and it's from Russia. I'm obsessed with the gold pink and green sparkly hues it emits, and it accented my gown perfectly. I also wore gold sparkly peep toe Christian Louboutin pumps which I'll show you in a photo below since my gown was long and didn't show them in the photos. Finally I topped off styling the ensemble with my gold python clutch from Coach.

I always recommend after New Years sales on gowns when you have an event to go to. I always do well!

Xo, 

Carolina

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Close up of the details, from my snapchat and Insta stories feed that night. Follow me on snap: @StylebyLina or @carolinasantosread on IG if you don't already!

Beauty Faves

Carolina Santos Read

These are some products I'm loving at the moment, especially on snowy days! Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rose water, Philosophy snow angel body scrub, and Rodan & Fields lash boost serum. More below.

These are some products I'm loving at the moment, especially on snowy days! Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rose water, Philosophy snow angel body scrub, and Rodan & Fields lash boost serum. More below.

Alison Solomon (click on her name for her website to buy R+F products from her) introduced me to lash boost and I don't need to buy eyelash extensions anymore!!  

Alison Solomon (click on her name for her website to buy R+F products from her) introduced me to lash boost and I don't need to buy eyelash extensions anymore!!  

Here's my progress in just 6 weeks of using the product. These photos are unedited! Check out these modeling pics below to see how short my eyelashes were before. I tried eyelash extensions but I didn't like the maintenance or cost. This product really works!  

Here's my progress in just 6 weeks of using the product. These photos are unedited! Check out these modeling pics below to see how short my eyelashes were before. I tried eyelash extensions but I didn't like the maintenance or cost. This product really works!  

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These are some modeling photos prior to using the product. My eyelashes weren't long! 

These are some modeling photos prior to using the product. My eyelashes weren't long! 

Hi there! 

I hope you're all enjoying a cozy day in with this snowy weather! It's days like these that remind me how much I love good skincare products. My faves lately are shown above: Mario Badescu facial spray with rose water herbs and aloe, Philosophy body scrub and Rodan + Fields lash boost serum. 

Mario Badescu is my go-to European facial (and other treatments) skin spa. They are affordable and have been around forever. They are also a celebrity staple. This skin spray leaves your face moisturizer and hydrated ad gives you that little glow after applying your makeup. It smells great and boost your mood, and it's perfect to take on the plane when the dry air sucks the moisture from your skin. Your skin stays dewy and glowing with this spray! Stay tuned for a post coming soon with my favorite travel products. I of course have this in a travel size I never fly without. 

Philosophy makes fabulous products and their sayings are always fun to read on the bottle too! This snow angel body scrub leaves you clean, smelling good, and rids your skin of dry skin so you can be soft and like new after the shower. Don't forget to pair if with your favorite moisturizer or skin oil. 

I'm new to Rodan + Fields products but my friend and fellow performer Alison Solomon introduced me to the lash boost and eye cream recently and I LOVE these products! The lash boost is a serum applied with a brush to your lash line after cleansing and drying skin in the evening. You sleep with it and wash your face in the morning and the results appear quickly. My lashes grew a ton and I don't need to get eyelash extensions anymore. I never liked the maintenance or cost of them, and with this product with or without mascara, my lashes have the same long effect only they are mine and won't get damaged over time! For more products of theirs and to shop this one head to Alison Solomon's page!  

Xo, 

Carolina

Bell Sleeves & Metallic Booties

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Photography by Francisco Graciano. For outfit details please see below! 

Photography by Francisco Graciano. For outfit details please see below! 

Hi there! 

Last weekend was freezing but I wanted to still look cute for brunch so I paired some Spring and Winter trends with warm but fun pieces together for a cozy yet stylish look. 

My new black bell sleeve crop top with cross cross detail by Nectar Clothing is more of a spring top so I layered it with a black tank underneath to keep warm. I styled it with a pair of black pleather jeans from Zara and my new H&M silver ankle booties! They are a steal at under $50 and look just like DVF ones I saw on the runways on fashion week. 

I also layered on my oldie but goodie fave Topshop faux fur turquoise coat, turquoise Free People beanie and skull scarf for extra warmth.

Stay warm while we wait for Spring to hit the NYC streets! Stay tuned for next week's gala post and my black tie look as well as Francisco's for Francisco's Lincoln Center gala for Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Xo,

Carolina

Made in Earth Jewelry!

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Wearing Made in Earth collection Black Obsidian skull bolo tie, skull ring, and bracelet. Wearing a Black Obsidian will aid in removing negativity and protecting from psychic attacks by helping to keep you shielded. All of the stones' energetic properties from photos to follow will be listed below in the body of the post.

Wearing Made in Earth collection Black Obsidian skull bolo tie, skull ring, and bracelet. Wearing a Black Obsidian will aid in removing negativity and protecting from psychic attacks by helping to keep you shielded. All of the stones' energetic properties from photos to follow will be listed below in the body of the post.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Raw Cavensite drop earring, pendant, and ring as well as Herkimer Diamond bracelet. See post below for the stones' energetic properties. 

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Raw Cavensite drop earring, pendant, and ring as well as Herkimer Diamond bracelet. See post below for the stones' energetic properties. 

Wearing Made in Earth Collection 14K Gold Vermeil Finished Herkimer Diamond Pendant and 14K Gold Vermeil Finished Herkimer Diamond Ring. See post for Herkimer Diamond's energetic properties.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection 14K Gold Vermeil Finished Herkimer Diamond Pendant and 14K Gold Vermeil Finished Herkimer Diamond Ring. See post for Herkimer Diamond's energetic properties.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection  (on my left hand, from top to bottom): Citrine Mid Ring, Aquamarine Ring, and Labradorite Ring (right hand, from top to bottom): Amethyst Mid Ring, Amethyst Ring, Peridot Open Front Ring, and Citrine Ring. See post for each gemstone's energetic properties. 

Wearing Made in Earth Collection  (on my left hand, from top to bottom): Citrine Mid Ring, Aquamarine Ring, and Labradorite Ring (right hand, from top to bottom): Amethyst Mid Ring, Amethyst Ring, Peridot Open Front Ring, and Citrine Ring. See post for each gemstone's energetic properties. 

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Amethyst bracelet and ring as well as earrings. Please see below for the healing and energetic properties of Amethyst.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Amethyst bracelet and ring as well as earrings. Please see below for the healing and energetic properties of Amethyst.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Black Tourmaline Pendant, Black Tourmaline Open Front Ring (on my right hand), Black Tourmaline Ring (on my left hand), Black Tourmaline Bracelet, and I'm holding a Pyrite Cluster. Please see below for the energetic properties of the stones.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Black Tourmaline Pendant, Black Tourmaline Open Front Ring (on my right hand), Black Tourmaline Ring (on my left hand), Black Tourmaline Bracelet, and I'm holding a Pyrite Cluster. Please see below for the energetic properties of the stones.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Pyrite Cluster Pendant, Pyrite Cluster Ring (on my right-hand index finger), Pyrite Slice Ring (on my right-hand middle finger) and Pyrite Cluster Bracelet. Please see below for the energetic properties.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Pyrite Cluster Pendant, Pyrite Cluster Ring (on my right-hand index finger), Pyrite Slice Ring (on my right-hand middle finger) and Pyrite Cluster Bracelet. Please see below for the energetic properties.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Fluorite Pendant and rings. Please see below for the energetic properties of this stone.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Fluorite Pendant and rings. Please see below for the energetic properties of this stone.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Jadeite Drop Earrings, ring, and pendant. More details below on the healing properties of this stone.

Wearing Made in Earth Collection Jadeite Drop Earrings, ring, and pendant. More details below on the healing properties of this stone.

Wearing Made in  Earth Collection Peridot Drop Earrings, pendant, and rings. More on the stone's energetic properties below. All photography by Francisco Graciano.

Wearing Made in  Earth Collection Peridot Drop Earrings, pendant, and rings. More on the stone's energetic properties below. All photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there! 

As I wrote about in last week's NYFW recap, I had the opportunity to set up a shoot with Made in Earth jewelry after attending their fashion week presentation. Francisco and I fell in love with the company, the jewelry, and the energy behind all the gemstones and their origins and mining processes.  

In our shoot I had the opportunity to wear a lot of their jewelry which I just LOVED! Please see individual photo captions above for all their gemstone names and below for their meanings, healing and energetic properties as well as origins which is what makes each and every piece special. The craftsmanship from their original form to the jewelry they are fashioned into is just beautiful and I'm so proud to have gotten to work with this brand! Their pieces and colors are perfect for the upcoming spring season!

I can't wait to wear my new pieces (I am now the proud owner of rainbow pyrite earrings and an adventurine skull ring) and also coming up I'll be styling one of their ensembles for Francisco's Lincoln Center gala for Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Xo,

Carolina  

STONE INFOMATION:

1.Black Obsidian - Wearing a Black Obsidian will aid in removing negativity and protecting from psychic attacks by helping to keep you shielded. This stone is from Mexico.

2.Cavensite - Wearing this stone allows you to channel your spiritual truth and aids in connecting with spirits. This stone is from India.

3. Herkimer Diamond -This is the stone of attunement and new beginnings, but also aids in tension release and energy alignment. This stone is from New York!

4.Citrine - The golden girl of the Quartz family, this stone never needs cleansing and is known as the stone for wealth and abundance. This stone is from Brazil.

5. Aquamarine - Aquamarine is famous for its stunning oceanic shades of blues and greens. Known as the ‘stone of courage’, this gem will give you the strength to step up to life’s challenges. This stone is from Brazil.

6. Labradorite - With an electric blue and sometimes multi-colored sheen. The stone of vitality and originality, Labradorite will allow you to be yourself. This stone is from Madagascar.

7. Amethyst - Amethyst, a purple variety of quartz, is a timeless classic that will never go unnoticed. Allow this gem to aid in meditation and channel your inner spirituality. This stone is from South Africa.

8. Peridot - This gemstone can help give you strength and aid in regeneration. This stone is from Pakistan.

9. Black Tourmaline - This stone repels and blocks negative energies and can also aid in the removal of negative energies within a person or space. This stone is from Brazil.

10. Pyrite - Delicate yet dominant, each cluster of golden Pyrite crystals shows the true magic of nature’s craft. The stone for memory enhancement, this Pyrite will also shield you against negative energies. This stone is from Peru.

11. Rose Quartz - Perfect stone for love. Let this stone help you to love yourself and open your Heart Chakra to receive love from others. This stone is from Madagascar.

12. Fluorite - Fluorite is loved for its jewel-toned shades of blue, green and purple. Wear this translucent gem to help you to live in the present while enhancing your logical and intuitive abilities. This stone is from China.

13. Jadeite - Known as the “stone of magic” in Mayan and Aztec cultures, Jadeite unites and improves dysfunctional relationships while offering protection and good fortune. This stone is from Burma.

NYFW recap

Carolina Santos Read

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At the Made in Earth NYFW presentation. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

At the Made in Earth NYFW presentation. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

With New York fashion week now wrapped and my feeling better from a bad cold, I finally have the time to recap for you! I kicked off the week by attending the Made in Earth showroom party in SoHo at their Elizabeth Street location. Upon meeting owner and founder Bunny Bedi (who is based in Australia) Francisco and I fell in love with the brand and the beautiful natural jewelry. 

All of their gemstones are mined in different parts of the world. For example, one of my favorites in the images above is rainbow pyrite (the gold glittery one) which exclusively comes from Russia. See the image right above the jewelry where Bunny opened the rock to show us rainbow pyrite in its natural habitat. I am now the proud owner of rainbow pyrite earrings and an adventurine green skull ring. Not only do these stones look beautiful but they are expertly crafted and all have energetic properties that will help you in all areas of your relationships or your decision-making process. Stay tuned for a collab shoot we did the following week which I'll post next!

I was also able to attend @thenylonproject1's #itcanbeyou homelessness awareness benefit  at The Delancey where they featured an raffle, fashion show, celebrities, DJ, and more. Among the celebrities doing interviews were Miss NY, JWoww, and others. I always love attending a charity event and hope I can attend another Nylon Project event. I wore my Huminska emerald green velvet dress, Chanel ice cube bag, and H&M silver ankle booties. Metallics and velvet are big trends for fall and I just love them! 

I was also able to attend @thenylonproject1's #itcanbeyou homelessness awareness benefit  at The Delancey where they featured an raffle, fashion show, celebrities, DJ, and more. Among the celebrities doing interviews were Miss NY, JWoww, and others. I always love attending a charity event and hope I can attend another Nylon Project event. I wore my Huminska emerald green velvet dress, Chanel ice cube bag, and H&M silver ankle booties. Metallics and velvet are big trends for fall and I just love them! 

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Domingo Zapata "LovexFashionxArt" NYFW show at The Box. Photography by me and Francisco Graciano.  

Domingo Zapata "LovexFashionxArt" NYFW show at The Box. Photography by me and Francisco Graciano.  

One show I had a blast attending was the Domingo Zapata #LovexFashionxArt presentation. He is a visual artist from Spain and in this fashion show there was a mixture of live painting (one of the models had a heart painted on her back by him) and flamenco dancing as well as a drag performer and grunge meets flamenco clothing look with Spanish and pop music. It was a lot of fun to attend! If you look closely in my photos you might spot Lindsey Lohan. Check out my Instagram @carolinasantosread for videos of the painting and flamenco performer. The show was at the Box in the Lower East Side, further adding to the grunge & rock and roll vibe. 

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The photos above are from the Nolcha accessories presentation featuring wonderful beauty and accessories collections. I really enjoyed meeting some of the designers and chatting with them about their brand. El Voyage had some fabulous shoes, handbags, and scarves as did Andraab which focuses on luxury cashmere scarves from the cashmere region in India. Cofi designs are all from Denver and they make leather goods either shoes or bags with patterns and textures that are just beautiful! I love their metallic boots and bags that feel so soft like suede but are in fact leather. Their floral cowboy boots are so gorgeous too! 

I also loved talking to beauty brand Ecru New York and trying their lipstick and mascara. I will soon get to try out their hair products and I'll be sure to post about all the products they gave me to try! See my Instagram for a little video I did wearing their berry lipstick and mascara. So smooth and really lasts, and my lashes looked incredibly long! 

All the fashion week shows and events I was able to attend (a Puma event prior to fashion week too, see my IG for more) were wonderful! I can't wait to pick up some new pieces for fall, but in the meantime I'm excited for Spring to be here soon with the weather starting to heat up in New York. There are so many fun jackets and shoes I can't wait to start wearing! 

Stay tuned next week for a shoot Francisco and I did for Made in Earth where I was able to model some of their gorgeous jewelry! 

Xoxo

Carolina

Howdy Cowgirl!

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Free People "Ribbons and Rows" dress, vintage belt and cowboy boots with stars, and tan tights. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

In my Free People "Ribbons and Rows" dress, vintage belt and cowboy boots with stars, and tan tights. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

I've always had a thing for Western chic outfit details, such as pairing a cowboy boot with a dress, but I became more fond of the style and lifestyle once I started dating Francisco a few years ago, since he's originally from San Antonio, Texas. 

I'm not the only one into this style, however, it's a huge trend! How do I like to style my cowboy boots? With a dress, and a braid, or a flannel and jeans or even a peasant top and cutoff shorts. My new cowboy boots in this look were a vintage find (I love the metallic star detail and that they are shorter than the more common cowboy boot) that I paired with tights and my Free People "Ribbons and Rows" dress in royal blue. I love the neckline texture of the embroidery and beading. It looks Native American, and there's nothing more American than that. The slight ruffle detail on the sleeves and skirt of the dress are right on trend for Spring too! 

Recently I've been seeing ruffles, stars, metallics, and country chic everywhere, and I wanted to piece together an outfit showcasing those trends. My belt is also vintage but the same gold buckle design is everywhere at the moment from smaller boutiques like 12th Tribe to larger department stores like Nordstrom.  There's also a similar boot to mine currently on sale on FreePeople.com

Giddy up for some weekend fun! 

Xo, 

Carolina

Audrey & Chanel-inspired

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Chanel-inspired blazer from EBay, Rachael Zoe blouse, Express jeans, Valentino bag and Steve Madden loafers. Photography at Bloomingdales by Francisco Graciano.  

In my Chanel-inspired blazer from EBay, Rachael Zoe blouse, Express jeans, Valentino bag and Steve Madden loafers. Photography at Bloomingdales by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

In my photos above I was inspired by some old Audrey Hepburn photographs I wanted to steal the look and feel from and re-create in a more modern way. I love the look of a classic Chanel-inspired tweed blazer with pockets, and Audrey's 1960s style is also so iconic in her skinny jeans, turtlenecks and loafers. So I combined the loafers and jeans with a classic silk bow and button-down blouse and topped it off with a white shimmery blazer in a Chanel-inspired look. 

This Chanel-inspired blazer was an EBay find from a small boutique that hand made blazers, and they had so many beautiful ones to choose from! Many shops such as JCrew, Ann Taylor, Zara, and department stores like Bloomingdales have a variety to choose from.

My black silk blouse with bow front detail and a low neckline, and buttons in the front is by Rachael Zoe Collection, from a couple seasons back. It's one of my wardrobe staples that was worth investing in because I'll wear it again and again, so getting some high quality staple pieces is always worth it! The skinny jeans are Express and they fit me so well. I go through jeans so quickly that I stopped buying designer jeans (though if I go designer I LOVE Rag & Bone).  

My accessories are my Rock Stud Valentino bag that I have been toting everywhere lately, accentuating the gold and black in my look, and a great pair of Steve Madden sparkly gold loafers. Metallics can be worn as a neutral to me, they are very much in fashion, and they are always a fun statement piece to add onto a more conservative look like this one. If you're thinking of shopping now is the time when many sales are happening so head to websites and stores and see what bargains you'll find! I am also a stylist so feel free to message me if you need wardrobe help, style advice, or personal shopping services. 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Vegan Leather, Faux Suede & Winter Neutrals

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Catherine Malandrino faux suede grey over the knee boots, Nordstrom vegan leather skinny jeans, white Free People sweater (now on sale), and Valentino rock stud bag at the movies. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

In my Catherine Malandrino faux suede grey over the knee boots, Nordstrom vegan leather skinny jeans, white Free People sweater (now on sale), and Valentino rock stud bag at the movies. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there, 

 I recently purchased some gorgeous things on the Nordstrom site, including the outfit in this post. I scored the Catherine Malandrino thigh high faux suede grey boots at a Nordstrom Rack.  The link here is for the black ones but the grey are available at Nordstrom Rack and they were a steal! I went with black and neutrals for this look beginning with the grey boots, and I paired the boots with my new Hue leatherette (aka vegan leather) black leggings from Nordstrom online as well as a Free People winter white sweater tunic with bell sleeves which is now on sale. It can be worn with any tank underneath and it so comfortable, cozy, and stylish. 

In the winter I love to be warm and cozy as well as stylish, and this look utilizes different textures but with a dressy, elegant finish. The faux leather leggings even have a warm fuzzy lining inside too! Perfect for a date night like my recent date night to the movies with Francisco, when we went to see La La Land. I also wore my fuzzy free people winter white scarf for more layering and texture and my black long puffy coat from Guess. 

I hope you're staying warm, cozy, and stylish!

xo, 

Carolina

Stars in my Eyes

Carolina Santos Read

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On the river walk in San Antonio wearing Forever 21 mesh star top, Vince Camuto moto boots, vintage red leather mini skirt, and Valentino bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

On the river walk in San Antonio wearing Forever 21 mesh star top, Vince Camuto moto boots, vintage red leather mini skirt, and Valentino bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

While on holiday vacation in San Antonio, TX with Francisco's family we went for a night walk on the river walk to see the Christmas lights, and it was a fun background to shoot this look. 

In the look above I styled a black mesh long t-shirt with stars on it from Forever 21 with a black tank underneath, and a vintage red pleated leather mini skirt, black tights, and my oldie but goodie Vince Camuto black biker boots with gold buckles. I topped off the look with my Valentino rock stud bag.

The star trend is such a fun look to wear on any item of clothing, and can have an all American feel. I went a little more edgy and playful in the mesh top with a pop of red leather in my skirt and black accessories. I also love it worn preppier or all American like on a pair of cowboy boots! Free People has an ankle bootie with stars on it in different colors that I'm lusting after right now!

I hope everyone is enjoying the snowy weather:) 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Velvet Dress Up

Carolina Santos Read

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In my new emerald green velvet dress from Huminska boutique in the East Village. This is the Greta dress in Huntress Green. Styled with Valentino rock stud flats and Furla bag. Photography in San Antonio by Francisco Graciano.  

In my new emerald green velvet dress from Huminska boutique in the East Village. This is the Greta dress in Huntress Green. Styled with Valentino rock stud flats and Furla bag. Photography in San Antonio by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there!

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday break. I certainly did getting to see my family in CT and Francisco's in San Antonio, TX. While in Texas we took the time to photograph my new Huminska boutique "Huntress Green" "Greta" dress. I have been looking for the perfect velvet dress and this color is really flattering on most skin tones including mine. It hugs the body in the right places and I love the peekaboo detail just below the collarbone with the bow that can wrap around the neck or on the chest. The ruffle on the bottom adds a lovely silhouette too. Huminska is a beautiful little boutique in the East Village of Manhattan. All dresses are designed by the owner and made in the garment district. They are pricey but will last and are easy to wash. I fell in love with this dress and had to have it. It feels good to shop local too!

I styled the dress with my new grey Valentino rock stud flats, and my new  Furla purple gummy purse with gold chain strap, which my Godmother just gifted me from Paris. I am in love with my new little purse! It is very versatile and such a cute size. It can be dressed up or down and is perfect with a dress to go out. Even though the holidays are over there is plenty of opportunity to dress up and go out, and velvet is a perfect of the moment trend that can still be worn after the holidays. 

Xo, 

Carolina