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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

Nautical Gets an Edge

Carolina Santos Read

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Wearing black leggings with my Aldo booties, H&M bodycon striped dress and Bebe leather biker jacket. Louis Vuitton mini cross body Alma bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Wearing black leggings with my Aldo booties, H&M bodycon striped dress and Bebe leather biker jacket. Louis Vuitton mini cross body Alma bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!  

Remember that post I did this summer about the nautical look worn in a more traditional preppy sense? Well this fall I'm feeling the nautical trend but revamped and made modern in a slightly edgy way. How to do this effectively without looking like Popeye? Read on.  

The TommyxGigi collection Tommy Hilfiger partnered up with supermodel Gigi Hadid for is kind of an obsession of mine at the moment. I even posted a #wcw this week on my Instagram with actress Ruby Rose wearing my favorite nautical military jacket from the line. Ruby would look good in anything and with her short hair and tattoos she effortlessly makes nautical look badass. But how should other (maybe less obviously edgy people) go about edging it up a bit? 

In my look above I paired pieces I already had in my closet such as my H&M long sleeve turtleneck navy and white striped bodycon mini dress, a black legging, my Aldo studded ankle booties, and my favorite oldie but goodie Bebe black leather biker jacket. My Louis Vuitton mini Alma cross body in plum added a bright pop of color, and I also accessorized with wayfarer style black shades. 

I also recently found this black and white striped off the shoulder dress (snapshot below from my time in LA this week) at Topshop recently and it's currently on sale! I paired it with a preppy pink Zara blazer and black studded flats to add girly and edgy touches. In colder weather (like it's getting back in NY) I'll throw a black turtleneck under it and tights, and perhaps an over the knee boot like the Rebecca Minkoff runway look I posted below as one of my current inspirations for this. 

Another look I have in mind to wear soon is a long sleeved striped shirt with my black vegan leather skinny Moto jeans and a chunky boot or stiletto. See where I'm going with this? Not too edgy not too prep. The right balance is key. More photos below!

Xo, 

Carolina

The look on the left, one of my inspirations for this post. Bravo in your NYFW runway Rebecca Minkoff!  

The look on the left, one of my inspirations for this post. Bravo in your NYFW runway Rebecca Minkoff!  

My fave TommyxGigi jacket on actress and girl crush Ruby Rose. She edges up a nautical look naturally. Her sleeve tattoos are beautiful. 

My fave TommyxGigi jacket on actress and girl crush Ruby Rose. She edges up a nautical look naturally. Her sleeve tattoos are beautiful. 

My other striped dress look from Topshop, Zara, and Aldo.  

My other striped dress look from Topshop, Zara, and Aldo.