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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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Summer in Lilly

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there!

I’ve been spending as much of my summer away from the city as possible (I’m a mermaid at heart) and summer in Lilly, especially on the CT shoreline or the Hamptons, is always a bright preppy and fun way to go. Here I am on the CT Shoreline in my Lilly Pulitzer tassel top, which was way less because I found it at Marshall’s just like the blue gorgeous kaftan I blogged about a few weeks ago! I am so happy Lilly is carried there now, and I don’t have to spend as much as I usually do in their stores for my summer pop of color fix. 

I styled it with an oldie but goodie pair of white lacy shorts, my Havaianas flip flops, and Gucci shades for a beach or pool day. It is such a fun look for Summer to wear color and tassels, whether for the beach or daytime or into night (tassel earrings are my fave right now)!

Xo,

Carolina

Designer Beach Kaftan (for less)!

Carolina Santos Read

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Wearing my  Lilly Pulitzer  kaftan, straw bag,  Havaianas  flip flops and  Gucci  shades on Miami Beach.  

Wearing my Lilly Pulitzer kaftan, straw bag, Havaianas flip flops and Gucci shades on Miami Beach.  

Hi there! 

I’ve been back from Miami a couple weeks but had so much fun photographing new looks there like this gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer turquoise kaftan, which was way less because I found it at Marshall’s!!! I am so happy Lilly is carried there now, and this was one of two beautiful new pieces I bought.  

I styled it with the same straw bag from the last couple posts (also a steal from the Moroccan Imports store in Chelsea Market in NYC) and Havaianas flip flops and Gucci shades for a beach day. It is such a fun look with the gold embroidery and really comfortable cotton as well. Snag yourself one before they are gone!

Xo, 

Carolina

Summer in Lilly Neons

Carolina Santos Read

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Wearing a  Lilly Pulitzer  dress and shell top (and shell bracelet!) while spending time on the CT shoreline with friends and family. The top is styled with  JCrew  neon pink shorts and  Maypol  gold espadrilles and the dress with  Jack Rogers  gold wedges. My  Chanel  vintage bag finished off the look.&nbsp;

Wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress and shell top (and shell bracelet!) while spending time on the CT shoreline with friends and family. The top is styled with JCrew neon pink shorts and Maypol gold espadrilles and the dress with Jack Rogers gold wedges. My Chanel vintage bag finished off the look. 

Hi there! 

With Summer in full swing my favorite color combo is a pop of neon paired with neutrals like white or metallics. In the looks above I styled a Lilly Pulitzer white and gold shell tank and matching gold shell bracelet with JCrew neon pink shorts and Maypol gold espadrilles. 

In the bottom look I wore a new Lilly Pulitzer neon pink and gold dress with my Jack Rogers gold wedges. I finished off both looks with my Chanel vintage chain strap tote that I have been carrying around nonstop lately! 

I hope you're enjoying summer:) 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Resort Beachwear

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Lilly  tunic,  Havaianas , and  Vera Bradley  beach tote on a vacation in Mexico. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .&nbsp;

In my Lilly tunic, Havaianas, and Vera Bradley beach tote on a vacation in Mexico. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

I thought I would continue the resort trend since it's that time of year and as it heats up we inevitably start to imagine ourselves at the beach, right? Maybe it's just me? Hehe. 

This Lilly Pulitzer tunic is perfect for throwing over your bathing suit or wearing with white pants and sandals to go out on the town. The pattern and color are resort-chic and lightweight for a sunny day and to pack for travel. I styled mine with Havaianas flip flops and a Vera Bradley madras beach tote as well as my Ray Ban sunglasses. 

Enjoy fun in the sun or plan for your next trip with a beautiful versatile tunic! Just don't forget your sunscreen:) 

Xo,

Carolina  

Beachy Resort Wear

Carolina Santos Read

Wearing a Lilly Pulitzer (for Target!) dress, wedges by Arezzo, shell earrings from Brazil and new shell purse by SkinnyDip London.  Photographed in Mexico by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

The dreary weather this week (not today, thankfully!!) had me wishing I was back in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico enjoying the warm sun, though I'm grateful for the time Francisco and I got to spend there.  Warm sunny weather and beaches always gets me excited for resort wear, which is why I wanted to dedicate another post to this genre.  

Nothing makes me think of resort, beachy weather, boats, and being tan more than one of my all-time favorite designers: Lilly Pulitzer.  Growing up in the Connecticut shoreline (post Madrid) I discovered Lilly where she is widely popular.  Her bright color and preppy prints are fun to wear and look great with a tan! Of course living in West Palm Beach, Florida for so long she created what she loved to wear and for the beachy lifestyle she had. I love this dress I bought not long ago when Lilly launched a Target collection.  Not as bright as my other Lilly dresses, this one struck me for its nautical feel with the white and blue colors and its sand dollar and starfish print.  I'm a sucker for starfish and like to pretend I'm actually a mermaid (it's okay to think I'm nuts, I'm fully aware).  The silhouette of the dress is an effortlessly chic slip on but with its flouncy ruffles and synched waist it adds shape and texture.  

I paired the dress with my brand new crossbody shell bag one of my best friends Jessica gifted me for my birthday from one of my favorite accessory stores based in England: SkinnyDip London.  They sell their products online and in various stores including Topshop.  Last summer I bought a pink shell coin purse from them, and now I have a rose gold gorgeous shell purse as well! Lastly I added my favorite shell earrings from Brazil and my neutral-toned Arezzo wedges I bought in Brazil last fall (their Spring line) for a beachy dressed-up look that isn't too formal or fussy.

The marina in Puerto Vallarta was the perfect setting to photograph this dress when Francisco and I were out for a celebratory dinner.

Xo,

Carolina

Posing with my favorite VW model next to the Beetle: a traditional microbus (or "combi" as it's called in Latin America).  I couldn't help myself, we matched!