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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


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Carolina Santos Read

In my new  Reformation  Manon dress, in a coral red. With  YSL  army green platforms and  DuMond &nbsp;army green clutch with gold wrist chain. Earrings are from a small boutique in Brazil from my last trip there in May.&nbsp; Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

In my new Reformation Manon dress, in a coral red. With YSL army green platforms and DuMond army green clutch with gold wrist chain. Earrings are from a small boutique in Brazil from my last trip there in May.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there! 

On this week's blog post I wanted to feature another look from one of my all time favorite brands: Reformation. If you recall from previous posts, Reformation is a favorite of mine because they are an Eco-friendly company that is completely made in the US with all recycled textiles and renewable energy. The clothes are gorgeous and elegant without being unreasonably expensive, and their marketing is fun and edgy. I highly advise you becoming a "Ref babe" too.

In the photos above I styled Reformation's Manon dress in a coral red with an older pair of YSL army green cork wedges and a DuMond bag (a Brazilian designer that makes gorgeous accessories). The earrings are ask Brazilian from a small boutique in the gorgeous RioMar shopping center in Recife from my last trip there in May to visit family. The bright color of the dress is playful yet sexy and shows off a summer tan. The backless detail of this dress makes it feminine and flirty, and easy to wear out dressed up like I did or by day with a sun hat, picnic basket and your favorite flat sandals for a more casual look.

Because this look had me feeling French and oh so chic, we chose to photograph it in my Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood in front of a French restaurant we like!