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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

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Seeing Stars & Ruffles

Carolina Santos Read

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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

LA Vibes

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there! 

I am in sunny Los Angeles working and playing for a few weeks and thought Venice Beach would be the perfect backdrop for this Free People “Magic Mystery tunic!” I love how it has a boho 70s vibe with bell sleeves so naturally I styled it with my Old Navy high waisted jeans and my hair down and a little frizzy! This top is also available at Nordstrom which was where I scored it from! I finished the look with my Aldo studded moto boots and vintage Chanel chain strap tote bag.

Peace and Xos, 

Carolina

Styling a Military Jacket

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Ralph Lauren  Denim &amp; 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  

 

Pops of Color & Bell Sleeves

Carolina Santos Read

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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  

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 . &nbsp;

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  

Burgundy & Chanel

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Chanel  ballet flats,  Celine  mini luggage tote in a matching burgundy, black and burgundy pants from  H&amp;M , and black cutout turtleneck top and sweater from Brazil. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

In my Chanel ballet flats, Celine mini luggage tote in a matching burgundy, black and burgundy pants from H&M, and black cutout turtleneck top and sweater from Brazil. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

One of my favorite colors this season (just like last fall) is burgundy. I incorporated this color and black into my look above. In it I styled my new Chanel burgundy and black ballet flats with my matching Celine mini Nano Luggage Tote, a pair of H&M paisley black and burgundy pants, and a black turtleneck cutout top and leather and cloth sweater from Brazil.  

Wearing ballet flats and going out to see Waitress the musical recently had me wanting to dance, and what's more appropriate than dancing on Broadway? Hehe. These flats were a great investment because they are a staple piece that is not only good quality and will last, but it won't go out of style. Trendy pieces I don't always buy designer, but a classic piece that lasts you end up getting your money's worth.

Style the burgundy trend in any way you like, and it goes really well with black, white, army green, and grey. You can color block it with another hue too, but to me I think more muted colors go well with it.  I even topped off my look with a new Sephora matte lip stain in a purple red that really popped with this look!

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! 

xo, 

Carolina

Smorgasburg: End of Summer Casual

Carolina Santos Read

Duck C Bao Asian bun and Lychee iced tea! Please read on for outfit details:)

Duck C Bao Asian bun and Lychee iced tea! Please read on for outfit details:)

Duck C Bao Asian bun (and lychee bubble tea: yum!)&nbsp;

Duck C Bao Asian bun (and lychee bubble tea: yum!) 

Organic coconuts and coconut water are my fave!&nbsp;

Organic coconuts and coconut water are my fave! 

In Williamsburg for Smorgasburg wearing  Zara  shorts, a vintage tee,  Aldo  studded flats, and a  Chanel  classic quilted chain strap black purse. Photography  Francisco Graciano .&nbsp;

In Williamsburg for Smorgasburg wearing Zara shorts, a vintage tee, Aldo studded flats, and a Chanel classic quilted chain strap black purse. Photography Francisco Graciano

Vietnamese street food puffs with beef and herbs. So yummy! Francisco also got noodles but I was feeling full and wanted room for ice cream:)&nbsp;

Vietnamese street food puffs with beef and herbs. So yummy! Francisco also got noodles but I was feeling full and wanted room for ice cream:) 

The People's Pops in the Blueberry hibiscus flavor was delicious! They were doing shaved ice too.

The People's Pops in the Blueberry hibiscus flavor was delicious! They were doing shaved ice too.

Hi there! 

Francisco and I ventured into Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a recent Saturday afternoon for end of summer outdoor eating fun. The concept of Smorgasburg is to get a lot of food vendors in one place so you can sample a variety of food and drink options. We definitely had fun!

To the festival I wore a vintage London tee tucked into Zara red denim frayed shorts, with my Aldo studded ankle strap flats and a Chanel quilted black chain strap purse. I finished the look with Ray Ban wayfarers for an effortless casual summer outfit with an edgy but playful finish. 

Check out Smorgasburg for great eats! I described in my photo captions what we ate, and everything was delicious! I love how many organic options they have too. Don't forget sunscreen or a hat though because you will be in the sun a lot. The views of Manhattan from the water are gorgeous! We even raised up my coconut like the Lion King against the beautiful Manhattan skyline for a photo op.  We later went vintage and local artisan shopping in the heart of Billyburg.

Stay tuned for my NYFW posts beginning later this week! 

Xo, 

Lina  

Rock & Roll Night Out

Carolina Santos Read

In my Marc by Marc Jacobs slingback booties, H&M ripped skinny jeans and faux fur jacket, Topshop top, and Chanel bag.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I have recently been watching the new show "Vinyl" on HBO and am completely obsessed with 70s rock and roll fashion.  I've always been influenced by boho and 70s rock and roll (with a feminine edge) but lately it's been on fleek (did I use that saying correctly?)!!

In my look above I styled my rock and roll night out-fit from the ground up starting with my Marc by Marc Jacobs oldie but goodie slingback peeptoe dark blue satin booties (see close-up of the shoes below for the bow and rhinestone detail and the geometrical heel that really makes the shoe) with my black ripped H&M skinny jeans, and a black recent Topshop top purchase.  This top has a cool peeptoe front with the criss cross neckline I love to accentuate the collarbone and shoulders.  The seams of the top have geometrical shapes too which picks up the detail in the shoe.  I then threw my plush faux fur green and black H&M jacket (a recent bargain item on sale) for a real 70s vibe, styled my hair naturally curly and let it get messy and did a mean cat eye.  Last but not least I added my favorite Chanel ice cube bag that I bring out on special occasions.  Please see the close up below for more bag details.

I love how Francisco captured these Marc by Marc Jacobs sing back peeptoe ankle booties.  The satin is really pronounced, and the black mirror-like finish with the geometrical heel.  The boots are my style: a little edge with a girly touch: a feminine bow with rhinestone detail.

Here is my Chanel ice cube bag I bought in Europe years ago and I just treasure.  It's ice cube detail with metallic trim make the bag match really well with almost anything, and it's such a statement unique piece.  It was the perfect finish for a funky rock and roll look.

In the look taking a tour of NY Vintage archives wearing a Dior piece.

Another shot from my tour of NY Vintage lusting over these Vivienne Westwood beauties. What an incredible place!

I wore the look out to visit my friend Megan at New York Vintage Incorporated in Chelsea where I was able to browse the archives and try on some pieces like this exquisite Dior feather shawl seen above in the first photo, and the incredible Vivienne Westwood heels in the second photo.  I was so incredibly inspired by this place and I can't wait to go back and rent out some pieces for a shoot! Thank you Megan and NY Vintage, I will be back! 

Peace and love,

xo

Carolina

Free People and Fall Nail Art

Carolina Santos Read

 Free People Movement drifter pant and white flowy top, Aldo booties, Zara vegan leather jacket, Urban Outfitters beanie, and Chanel purse. Photography in Brooklyn by Francisco Graciano.

Free People floral corduroys and slouchy top, Aldo booties, and Rebecca Minkoff fringe purse.  Photography in SoHo by Francisco Graciano.

For outfit credits please see photo above.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

For today's blog entry I wanted to talk about how much I love Free People.  Free People is a clothing store chain that to me captures the essence of the style I love.  They combine rock and roll with festival and traditional hippie fashion that can either be rough around the edges or girly.  It's not too fussy or contrived, and the pieces I buy from Free People I find to be timeless.  Check out my Free People Me (#FPMe) account under Lina7, where I've styled a lot of other Free People pieces in my wardrobe.  The fact that this brand allows for consumers who may or may not be bloggers or stylists to style their FP wardrobe and post on the FPMe app is genius.  There you can see how other people styled the pieces you are wanting to purchase and get ideas about fit and styling beforehand.  Free People also holds events for Free People Me stylists a few times a year.  I've been invited to rooftop dinners, yoga sessions, and scored dress benefits.  You guys seriously rock.

If you look at my images above you'll see a few "oldy but goodie" favorites.  The first image has some Free People harem/slouchy pants (called "The Drifter Pant") that I wear day to day or to dance class or yoga styled with my Aldo studded booties, Free People baggy white top, and my Zara blush vegan leather jacket I talked about in my last post.  I finished the look with my hair naturally curly, a berry lip and cat eye, and an old Urban Outfitters black beanie that is a fave of mine once it starts to get colder.  My quilted chain strap Chanel is a classic and goes with any outfit. The Free People pieces in that outfit are versatile from the yoga room or dance floor to a casual stylish day look.

The second two photos include my Free People floral corduroys from last year (their actual name is the "FP Printed Cord Skinny") that I will be re-wearing this season styled above with the same Aldo booties and Free People top. I completed the look with my natural curly hair and my Rebecca Minkoff fringe black cross body bag I scored at last year's sample sale.  This outfit is casual and comfortable with a bohemian and slightly edgy vibe that I just love.

Did you know Free People is the same company as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie? Well now you do.  All 3 of those stores have a similar aesthetic but a slightly different target demographic.  Anthro and Urban have insanely beautiful stuff too, and Anthropologie has some great sales.  I'm currently eyeing a coat at Anthropologie!

Nail Art done by Marie Nails (Nolita location) for a recent print shoot showcasing fall runway nail art trends. Photography by Prime Content Studio NYC.

Another fall nail art trend for my recent print shoot.  Nails by Marie Nails (Nolita location), photography by Prime Content Studio NYC.

In the above two photos you'll see a couple of fall nail art trends that were seen on the fall runways this year.  The former of the two photos is a spin on the black and gold as well as glitter trends (I am obsessed with the detail in the leaf nail, they are wizards at Marie Nails).  The latter photo is a spin on the paint trend as well as red and black seen on runways such as Desigual (the Barcelona designer famous for mixing things up).  Which one's your favorite? They are both gel nails with nail art design, and they lasted a really long time.  My favorite was the black and gold because I had never had studs on my nails before, and I absolutely loved how it looked.

Xo,

Carolina