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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 Sparkle

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Madewell  sparkly 60s mod t-shirt dress, a recent Poshmark score,  Valentino  rock stud bag, and  Zara  studded sparkly ballet flats. Photography by  Francisco Graciano . 

In my Madewell sparkly 60s mod t-shirt dress, a recent Poshmark score, Valentino rock stud bag, and Zara studded sparkly ballet flats. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

Well it's definitely summer weather now in NYC! But what do you feel light and airy in, dressed up, and comfortable? A t-shirt shift dress from Madewell with sparkle and a 60s mod feel! 

This dress is so light and airy: perfect for going out on a warm evening. It's so fun and easy to wear, and I styled with an ankle strap ballet flat with sparkle from Zara and my Valentino rock stud bag. I went really matchy matchy on this one but I wanted to shine on a special occasion evening.

Hope you're out enjoying the weather! Stay tuned soon as I'll be posting some great summer looks I wore recently throughout Europe on vacation.  

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  

Vegan Leather, Faux Suede & Winter Neutrals

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Catherine Malandrino  faux suede grey over the knee boots,  Nordstrom  vegan leather skinny jeans, white  Free People  sweater (now on sale), and  Valentino  rock stud bag at the movies. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .&nbsp;

In my Catherine Malandrino faux suede grey over the knee boots, Nordstrom vegan leather skinny jeans, white Free People sweater (now on sale), and Valentino rock stud bag at the movies. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there, 

 I recently purchased some gorgeous things on the Nordstrom site, including the outfit in this post. I scored the Catherine Malandrino thigh high faux suede grey boots at a Nordstrom Rack.  The link here is for the black ones but the grey are available at Nordstrom Rack and they were a steal! I went with black and neutrals for this look beginning with the grey boots, and I paired the boots with my new Hue leatherette (aka vegan leather) black leggings from Nordstrom online as well as a Free People winter white sweater tunic with bell sleeves which is now on sale. It can be worn with any tank underneath and it so comfortable, cozy, and stylish. 

In the winter I love to be warm and cozy as well as stylish, and this look utilizes different textures but with a dressy, elegant finish. The faux leather leggings even have a warm fuzzy lining inside too! Perfect for a date night like my recent date night to the movies with Francisco, when we went to see La La Land. I also wore my fuzzy free people winter white scarf for more layering and texture and my black long puffy coat from Guess. 

I hope you're staying warm, cozy, and stylish!

xo, 

Carolina

Velvet Dress Up

Carolina Santos Read

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In my new emerald green velvet dress from  Huminska  boutique in the East Village. This is the Greta dress in Huntress Green. Styled with  Valentino  rock stud flats and  Furla  bag. Photography in San Antonio by  Francisco Graciano . &nbsp;

In my new emerald green velvet dress from Huminska boutique in the East Village. This is the Greta dress in Huntress Green. Styled with Valentino rock stud flats and Furla bag. Photography in San Antonio by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there!

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday break. I certainly did getting to see my family in CT and Francisco's in San Antonio, TX. While in Texas we took the time to photograph my new Huminska boutique "Huntress Green" "Greta" dress. I have been looking for the perfect velvet dress and this color is really flattering on most skin tones including mine. It hugs the body in the right places and I love the peekaboo detail just below the collarbone with the bow that can wrap around the neck or on the chest. The ruffle on the bottom adds a lovely silhouette too. Huminska is a beautiful little boutique in the East Village of Manhattan. All dresses are designed by the owner and made in the garment district. They are pricey but will last and are easy to wash. I fell in love with this dress and had to have it. It feels good to shop local too!

I styled the dress with my new grey Valentino rock stud flats, and my new  Furla purple gummy purse with gold chain strap, which my Godmother just gifted me from Paris. I am in love with my new little purse! It is very versatile and such a cute size. It can be dressed up or down and is perfect with a dress to go out. Even though the holidays are over there is plenty of opportunity to dress up and go out, and velvet is a perfect of the moment trend that can still be worn after the holidays. 

Xo, 

Carolina  

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.

Xo,

Carolina

Puffy Coat or Faux Fur?

Carolina Santos Read

Topshop faux fur turquoise coat, Aldo booties, and JCrew vegan leather skinnies styled with a vintage hat and Celine Nano Crossbody bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

 Hi there!

So in my last post I noted my belief that being warm doesn't have to be boring. This is why I want to lay out a few coat options for warm fun coats for this winter season that I'm having so much fun with in my closet right now! 

In my look above you can see my Topshop turquoise blue faux fur coat. I feel like a rockstar in this coat when going out, and it's warm and fuzzy too. I paired it here with my JCrew vegan leather skinnies, favorite Aldo studded ankle booties, a vintage hat and scarf, and my Celine nano Crossbody bag in a burgundy red. Francisco and I took to the streets of Gowanus, Brooklyn to shoot against some graffiti that we thought spelled out what I felt like doing in this outfit quite literally! 

On the LES of Manhattan in my Guess puffy coat, Free People scarf and Celine Nano Crossbody. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

In the photos above I'm wearing my new Guess puffy coat with faux fur trim on the hood. I styled it with my Celine Nano Crossbody bag, Free People new fluffy white scarf, my favorite booties, and my H&M boyfriend dress pants, as well as a red lip. I love the belt feature on this coat to cinch the waist while still providing a thick layer of warmth, and the faux fur trim makes it playful and more stylish instead of an average black standard puffy coat.

My new H&M faux fur with Valentino rock studs and Kate Spade purse.

This is a brand new H&M faux fur jacket I found on sale. It's a black with dark green mixed in. For a night on the town I'll pair it with vegan leather skinnies, my Valentino rock stud heels and matching Kate Spade red with cheetah print purse. This is a fun while staying warm alternative! 

Xo,

Carolina