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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

Embroidery & Off the Shoulder

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

Here I am in Paris recently visiting the artwork at the Petit Palais, and we chose to take pictures in the gorgeous courtyard because the light was delicious! 

This look embodies a few of the trends I'm most excited about currently: embroidered Denim and an off the shoulder top. Both my jeans and top are from Zara (currently) and my fuscia suede lace-up sandals are Nine West outlet (they are called Ruby 4 You). I finished the look with my favorite Ray Ban sunnies and my Celine Luggage Tote crossbody bag. 

This is an effortless chic summer look that can be worn day into night and was casual and stylish as well as comfortable to travel around Paris on a beautiful day last month! I would also style the top with a skirt and the embroidered Denim looks great with a more fitted top and jacket for a more polished look as well. If you wear a billowy top I recommend a tighter jean so you're not swallowed up by the clothes. It creates a sleeker line.  

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far! More travel posts coming in the next few weeks with fun summer outfit inspiration that can also transition into fall! 

Xo, 

Carolina