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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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Resort Wear & Spring Trends

Carolina Santos Read

Wearing a new Zara off the shoulder top with new Aldo lace up flats, H&M ripped black jeans, and a Rebecca Minkoff fringe cross body bag. Photographed in Mexico by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I was recently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a resort vacation and Francisco and I took some resort wear shots, the first of which I'm featuring here and will continue to feature in the next couple posts! These spring looks transition easily into summer as well, but when I think resort florals and a beachy feel (sometimes preppy) certainly comes to mind.

In the photos above I'm wearing a new Zara floral off the shoulder crop top (link includes the exact link to the top) that I paired with my new Aldo green lace-up "Harmony" flats, my also new H&M skinny high-waisted ripped black jeans, and an "oldie-but-goodie" black leather fringe cross body bag I scored at a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale.  

I'm not always one to follow every new trend, but this spring's off the shoulder trend as well as lace up flats I'm really loving.  The top and shoes are recent purchases that won't break the bank, and neither will the H&M ripped jeans.  The top and pants are both under $40 and the shoes are only $60! As always, click on my direct links to buy.  As a rule when I'm trying out new trends I stick to a more affordable store so if I don't wear it another season I'm not worried about the price I paid (a one season investment is ok if you didn't spend too much in my eyes).  However, I can see myself wearing these two trends for many seasons! 

Here is a closer look at the accessories linked above.  I love how the shoes tie around the ankle!

My Rebecca Minkoff bag is a high quality purse (I always like to buy bags of good quality since I wear them often and even trend purses should last multiple seasons), and her price point is always reasonable for being a high end designer. Plus she's from New York! Fun fact I shot a commercial that her husband directed! They are SUCH a cool and awesome couple and family.

Tag me in your resort looks on Instagram and I'll repost! My fashion blog (new) IG is @carolinasantosread and my personal performer one is @L1naBaller1na.



A different take on the same look.  I call this "resort hipster." Thanks for your eye, Francisco

Army Green and Blush Pink

Carolina Santos Read

In my W by Worth top, Zara long vest, H&M skinnies, Valentino rock stud flats, and Rebecca Minkoff purse while strolling Park Ave.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

Lately I have been really loving the color combination of army green paired with a soft blush pink or baby pink.  As you can see by my outfit above, I paired my W by Worth new spring 2016 top (the one I purchased after my recently blogged-about visit to the showroom) with my cream and blush pink cheetah print H&M skinny jeans.  

The details of the same outfit up close and personal

I then accessorized the top and pants with an army green long vest I bought recently from Zara, and my favorite Valentino cream and pink rock stud flats.  My bag is an oldie but goodie I scored a couple years ago at a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale.  I love the cream and black color combination on it with the big bow on the front and metal chain link hardware on the strap: another great example of girly meets rock and roll.

This time of year the flowers everywhere in New York are stunning, and my Upper East Side neighborhood is no exception with the blooming trees and tulips on the ground.  A perfect colorful setting to shoot this look.



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,