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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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Spring Overall Trend!

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there!

As Winter slowly draws to a close I love finding ways to incorporate a Spring look with layers so I’m still season-appropriate for winter. One trend I have been wanting to style lately is the overall look. 

These overalls (a steal on sale currently at Topshop!!) are with a skirt which is so fun and flirty, and the black velvet with little flowers allows it to be worn in different seasons plus the flowers are looking forward to spring. Because I was in the Catskills last weekend going to a meditation retreat, I photographed this with the winter landscape as the contrast with my bright Zara turtleneck added a fun pop of color to the snowy landscape. I finished the look with black leggings and my new black buckled moto boots I found at a little boutique while in Paris recently. These boots can be found on so many sites and in so many stores right now, they are right on trend! I even witnessed my fave (she’s also Brazilian) fashion blogger sporting Givenchy identical ones on her way to Paris Fashion week yesterday! I was also carrying my large Chanel vintage tote I have been using nonstop lately.

There are so many fun ways to sport overalls, and the key is to have fun with it. You can’t go wrong!

Xo, 

Carolina  

Vintage Look with Updates

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Wearing my TaschNYC Janis Joplin vintage tee (refurbished with the heart cutout and studded design by Tasch) with Old Navy high-waisted bell bottom jeans, Sam Edelman teal platform blue velvet sandals, and teal Topshop faux fur coat with YSL black medium Kate bag. Photography by  Meghan Asselta .

Wearing my TaschNYC Janis Joplin vintage tee (refurbished with the heart cutout and studded design by Tasch) with Old Navy high-waisted bell bottom jeans, Sam Edelman teal platform blue velvet sandals, and teal Topshop faux fur coat with YSL black medium Kate bag. Photography by Meghan Asselta.

Hi there! 

Continuing the vintage band tee trend (I love how versatile a great rock and roll band tee can be) we recently photographed another t-shirt from the TaschNYC vintage repurposed tee collection. This one was a Janis Joplin tee with custom heart cutout and studded detail in the back. All the tees have been custom redesigned in some way which I really love. I styled this with my Old Navy high-waisted Bell bottom jeans (a recent sale score!) and my Topshop teal faux fur jacket. I finished the look with my new Sam Edelman teal velvet platform sandals and my YSL medium Kate bag. I felt right out of the 70s with this look; a little boho rock and roll vibe!

I also worked with TaschNYC in the past with some of their gorgeous dressy looks including a beaded purple dress I had a blast shooting in and walking the runway in. They have some fun casual wear as well as formal ladies clothing!  

Xo, 

Carolina

Bell Sleeves & Metallic Booties

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Photography by  Francisco Graciano . For outfit details please see below!&nbsp;

Photography by Francisco Graciano. For outfit details please see below! 

Hi there! 

Last weekend was freezing but I wanted to still look cute for brunch so I paired some Spring and Winter trends with warm but fun pieces together for a cozy yet stylish look. 

My new black bell sleeve crop top with cross cross detail by Nectar Clothing is more of a spring top so I layered it with a black tank underneath to keep warm. I styled it with a pair of black pleather jeans from Zara and my new H&M silver ankle booties! They are a steal at under $50 and look just like DVF ones I saw on the runways on fashion week. 

I also layered on my oldie but goodie fave Topshop faux fur turquoise coat, turquoise Free People beanie and skull scarf for extra warmth.

Stay warm while we wait for Spring to hit the NYC streets! Stay tuned for next week's gala post and my black tie look as well as Francisco's for Francisco's Lincoln Center gala for Paul Taylor Dance Company. 

Xo,

Carolina

Festive in Black & Gold

Carolina Santos Read

At a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

At a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Sitting by the tree at a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Sitting by the tree at a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Standing by the tree at a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Standing by the tree at a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

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Hi there! 

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy first day of Chanukah everyone! In the spirit of the Holiday season I wanted to share my favorite holiday color combination: Gold and Black. 

In the look above I styled my favorite Lauren by Ralph Lauren black blazer with gold RL crest over a Zara black turtleneck tucked into a Topshop gold sequin mini skirt. I finished the look with black tights and vintage black suede pumps, and my favorite gold python clutch from Coach. I also added a couple statement necklaces for some added sparkle!

Make sure you sparkle over this holiday season and ring in the New Year in style. I love an excuse to sparkle and shine and be festive. If you've been following along on my social media I've been snapping and Instagram story sharing some fun holiday moments and looks too.

Xo, 

Carolina  

Prints and Maxi Skirts

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Frolicking in Downtown Essex, CT on a beautiful summers day. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

Frolicking in Downtown Essex, CT on a beautiful summers day. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

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A visit to Marleys Cafe on the shoreline of Connecticut in the town of Essex. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

A visit to Marleys Cafe on the shoreline of Connecticut in the town of Essex. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

With Summer in full swing, I am a huge fan of the flowiness and the airyness of a maxi skirt. This look is fun and flirty fashion perfect for a dressy or casual summer occasion. The flower print is not too busy and adds a bohemian feel with a bright color palette that is very lively.

I styled a new Farm Rio skirt (I featured a recent dress purchase from them in a recent post, they are one of my favorite Brazilian fashion brands) with a Topshop mesh and spandex crop top, and a great platform wedge. Also in this look is my Topshop shell purse. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Xo,

Carolina  

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